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Santa Clara County residents urged to participate in census

Submitted by Santa Clara County

 

After a June 27 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that blocked the U.S. Census Bureau from including a question about citizenship status on the 2020 Census, officials from Santa Clara County urged all county residents to participate in the census to ensure a complete count in 2020.

 

“We celebrate today’s decision because the census is about counting all people living in the United States, regardless of their immigration status,” said Supervisor Dave Cortese. “But tomorrow we must get back to work in order to attain our goal of a complete count of all residents. We must intensify our proactive efforts to support county residents in their participation in the census, including fighting any renewed attempts to add the citizenship question. The stakes are too high not to do so.”

 

An accurate census count is vital to ensure county residents receive their fair share of federal funding and representation. Santa Clara County receives approximately $500 million in federal funds, based on census data, annually. The funds pay for essential services such as education and health care.

 

“The only way to ensure equal representation in Washington, D.C., is for every single Santa Clara County resident to be counted,” said Supervisor Susan Ellenberg. “The citizenship question’s exclusion from the census fuels our efforts to empower individuals to participate in this constitutionally mandated program. All residents, regardless of immigration status, should participate in the census in order for county residents to enjoy their fair share of federal resources.”

 

Over the past year, Santa Clara County has engaged key community stakeholders on educational and outreach strategies that will minimize an undercount. The County of Santa Clara is considered one of the hardest counties in the United States to accurately count in the census because of its sizable population of hard-to-count residents, which include children under the age of 5, immigrants, and residents in high-density housing. The county has made substantial investments in census preparation and outreach to ensure a complete and accurate count in 2020 and is involved in litigation seeking to protect the rights of all residents to be counted.

 

“The County of Santa Clara is relieved that the Supreme Court agreed with our position to exclude the citizenship question,” said David Campos, Deputy County Executive who oversees the Division of Equity and Social Justice, which includes the Office of Immigrant Relations. “While the citizenship question is now blocked from appearing on the form, we recognize the Trump Administration has already caused some community members to fear census participation, and we are ready to continue working as a community to support all residents in participating in the census. We cannot be deterred by the this or any other Trump Administration attempt to silence our community. Being counted makes us stronger.”

 

Census Day is April 1, 2020. To get involved in the Santa Clara County’s 2020 Census efforts, please visit their website at www.sccgov.org/census or send an email inquiry to census@ceo.sccgov.org.

 

 

New emergency alert system goes live

Submitted by the City of Hayward

 

For people who live in the Hayward area, learning about emergencies or neighborhood hazards just got a little easier. The City of Hayward and Fairview Fire Protection District are introducing a new mass notification alert system in partnership with Alameda County called AC Alert.

 

The new service provides a way to quickly alert members of the public in the event of a local emergency and steps people may need to take to keep themselves and family members safe.

 

AC Alert replaced the CodeRED alert system in Hayward and the Fairview Fire Protection District on Monday, July 1. The new service is free and requires subscribers to opt-in. Subscriber data from the outgoing CodeRED alert system cannot be transferred to the AC Alert service.

 

AC Alert users can subscribe for notifications based on multiple locations — for any residence, workplace, school or other location in Alameda County. If a safety hazard or concern arises in the area, a notification will be sent to the device entered by the subscriber.

 

Once an AC Alert message is received, a subscriber can confirm receipt and the system will stop sending the initial notification. If a subscriber does not confirm receipt of an alert, the system will continue to attempt to reach the subscriber using all contact data provided.

 

To opt-in to the service, residents can call the Hayward Fire Department Emergency Service Office at (510) 583-4948, send an email to eso@hayward-ca.gov, or visit the AC Alert webpage at https://www.hayward-ca.gov/fire-department/disaster-preparedness/mass-notification-system and follow the instructions.

 

 

Alameda County Fire Department

Submitted by Alice Kim

 

Friday, June 21

  • At about 8:24 p.m. firefighters responded to a three-alarm fire at Knops Upholstery, 460 E. 14th St. in San Leandro. The fire appeared to have started in the rear loft area of the building which housed two additional businesses: Fashion City and Sweet Fingers Restaurant. All were destroyed in the blaze. Several nearby apartments were also affected. Based on the level of damage the buildings will need to be demolished. Meanwhile, portions of the sidewalk near the fire-damaged area are temporarily closed for public safety. An investigation is ongoing.

Alameda County Sheriff’s Office

Submitted by Sgt. Ray Kelly

 

Wednesday, June 26

  • At about 10:15 a.m. deputies responded to a call for a welfare check on a resident on the 20500 Block of Forest Avenue in Castro Valley. After receiving no response at the house, deputies walked to the rear of the property to a detached guest house where they found a male and female dead from suspected gunshot wounds. The victims appeared to have been dead for several days and there were obvious signs of foul play. Detectives are investigating the incident as a possible double homicide; however additional crime scene analysis and an autopsy may change their focus. The victims’ names were not immediately released. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Investigations at (510) 667-3636.

 

 

Apple buys more self-driving car technology in latest deal

AP Wire Service

 

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP), Jun 26 – Apple has bought a struggling self-driving car startup as the iPhone maker continues to explore the potential market for robotic vehicles, despite recently curtailing its work on the technology.

 

The Cupertino, California, company confirmed its acquisition of Drive.ai Wednesday without disclosing the price. A recent filing with California labor regulators disclosed that Drive.ai planned to close its doors this Friday, laying off 90 workers.

 

Apple didn't say whether its deal included the engineers who were set to lose their jobs with Drive.ai. Apple trimmed the size of its own self-driving car division in January when it reportedly eliminated more than 200 jobs in the division.

 

The deal gives Apple the rights to Drive.ai technology deployed in self-driving vans that had been giving short-distance rides in Arlington, Texas and Frisco, Texas.

 

 

Meet with police over boba tea

Submitted by Fremont Police Department

 

Pull up a chair, enjoy a boba tea and chat with members of the Fremont Police Department, including Police Chief Kimberly Petersen. That’s the idea behind a “Badges and Boba” event set for Wednesday, July 10 in Fremont.

 

The goal for this informal meet-and-greet is to let community members ask questions and share neighborhood concerns with police. Patrol and traffic officers, detectives and Public Affairs Specialists in the police department’s Community Engagement Unit will also be on hand to answer questions.

 

No formal presentation is planned, so people are free to drop in anytime during the 90-minute event which starts at 6 p.m. at Sharetea on Washington Boulevard. Admission is free. A complimentary sample size Black Milk Tea or Mango Passion Fruit Green Tea will be available to visitors while supplies last. Sharetea will sponsor one choice of topping.

 

Badges and Boba

Wednesday, Jul 10

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Meet members of the Fremont Police Department

Sharetea

3948 Washington Blvd., Fremont

(510) 790-6740

Mleon@fremont.gov

 

 

BART Police Log

Submitted by BART PD

 

Thursday, June 20

  • At 10:05 p.m. a man identified by police as Gary Carter Jr. of Oakland was arrested at the San Leandro station on suspicion of trespassing, disturbing the peace, receiving stolen property, possession of burglary tools and drug paraphernalia. He was booked into jail.

 

Saturday, June 22

  • At 2:30 p.m. a man identified by police as Nathaniel Williams, 54, of Union City was arrested at the Fremont station on suspicion of indecent exposure and booked into the Redwood City Jail.

 

Monday, June 24

  • At 5:37 p.m. a man identified by police as Jack Naidu, 76, of Hayward was arrested at the Hayward station of suspicion of driving under the influence. He was booked into jail.

 

 

What does a Camellia have to do with tea?

Article and photos by Daniel O'Donnell

 

There are a thousand different kinds of beer that people can purchase these days. Belgian beers are the preferred choice for many aficionados, with valid reason. This does not mean that they would not drink other types, but the centuries old Belgian yeast strains, local water, and time-perfected brewing processes all help to create superior-tasting beers. However, beer drinkers are not the only people who elevate one type of libation over another in a given group. There are plenty of tea drinkers who would insist that teas made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis, a plant that can be grown throughout the Bay Area, are superior.

 

There are thousands of different herbal tea blends that are made using different dried herbs, spices, flowers, fruits, and other plant materials. The ‘true teas' that are black, green, oolong, white, yellow, and pu-erh (fermented or “dark”) are all derived from Camellia sinsensis, also called tea plant. Herbal infusions are types of teas that use one of the true teas as a base and incorporate an herbal blend into them. There are plenty of local gardeners who make their own herbal teas from plants in their yards. Many would be surprised to know that almost anyone can grow a tea plant and make their own black, green, or oolong tea.

 

Camellias are frequently used throughout Bay Area gardens for their attractive fall and winter flowers. Only the less-common Camellia sinensis can be used to make tea. It can grow in full sunlight like other Camellias if the temperatures are not extreme but grows best in areas that get only a few hours of sunlight or in bright shade. It can also be grown indoors near a window or glass door. It prefers slightly acidic and sandy soil that should be kept lightly moist. Indoors, the plant will grow about 6 feet tall; outside in the ground it can reach as high as 15 feet. It blooms in the fall with primarily white flowers but occasionally will have ones with pink tones as well.

 

There are hundreds of hybrids and cultivars of the Camellia sinensis found throughout the world. For example, the popular Lipton Tea Company has its own Camellia sinensis “Lipton” that the company uses for all its proprietary teas. Regan Nursery (www.regannursery.com) sometimes has a variety of Camellia sinensis in stock or available by order. Purchasing from a local nursery helps ensure that a plant can be grown locally.

 

It is the drying process that determines whether a black, green, white, oolong, yellow, or pu-erh tea ends up in the teapot. The tea characteristics of the particular cultivar's leaves might differ slightly in flavor and texture. Different oils, smoking, and other things used in the drying process will also help create unique combinations that differentiate black varieties, green varieties, and all the other ‘true tea' varieties from each other.

 

A tea plant needs to be at least two years old to harvest leaves for making tea. The process begins in late winter when the tips of the plant should be pruned to promote more shoots. New growth will appear in the spring. When a new shoot has four unfurled leaves, pick the top two and the bud. This will encourage new growth. This process can be performed every two weeks for the entire growing season (until late summer in the Bay Area). Newly picked leaves will need to be processed immediately whether there are six or 36 of them.

 

  • To make black tea, crush the leaves in your hands and place on a tray in a cool location. After the leaves oxidize and turn completely brown, usually one to three days, dry them in the oven at 250 degrees for 20 minutes. Let cool, and then store in an airtight container.
  • To make green tea, promptly steam leaves for a minute or roast them in a frying pan for two minutes to alleviate oxidation. Use immediately or dry them in the oven at 200 degrees for 20 minutes, and them store in an airtight container.
  • To make oolong tea, let leaves wilt in the sun for 45 minutes and then place them inside in a cool location for a couple of hours. When the edges begin to oxidize and turn light brown or red, dry in the oven at 250 degrees for 20 minutes and then store in an airtight container.

 

White tea is the least processed tea to make but has a more complicated process, the same as yellow tea and pu-erh tea. There are only a few different yellow teas available to buy today because of the labor-intensive processing and lack of historical data on how exactly to make them. Pu-erh teas are difficult to make but can be bought.

 

Tea drinkers like beer drinkers can be very passionate about what they drink. A Belgian beer might be the ideal choice to make a toast for beer connoisseurs, but for “true tea” enthusiasts, there is nothing like enjoying a homegrown and homemade black tea with your breakfast toast.

 

Daniel O'Donnell is the co-owner and operator of an organic landscape design/build company in Fremont. www.Chrysalis-Gardens.com

 

 

Takes from Silicon Valley

How do we create innovators? Our library’s first little bet

By Parker Thomas, FUSE Corps executive fellow

 

Last year, I heard loud and clear that Fremont businesses are looking for innovators – creative problem solvers who expect that jobs at every level will require lifelong learning. Schools are a good place to start learning these skills, but adults need these skills too. So, I’m spending another year exploring how the Alameda County Library could be a catalyst for innovation in the community and help people become innovators.

 

Similar to last year (www.thinksiliconvalley.com/blog/inspiring-next-generation-makers-fremonts-push-maker-education/), I launched this effort with a listening tour by talking to library members (that’s what our customers like to be called), library staff, parents, students, and other members of the community. In addition to my own listening, I got to piggyback on a yearlong Alameda County Library strategic planning process that asked similar questions.

 

Here are just a few of my findings:

  • The library is one of the few remaining public institutions that our community (and communities across the country) seems to trust. I’ve seen members come talk to librarians about all kinds of issues, including health, housing, and employment – simply because librarians are trusted to be guides into unfamiliar worlds.
  • In a larger sense, libraries are part of our social infrastructure. As Eric Klinenberg describes in his book, “Palaces for the People,” public libraries play a critical but underappreciated role in our societies as places of social connection. As Klinenberg writes, our social infrastructure “influences seemingly mundane but actually consequential patterns, from the way we move about our cities and suburbs to the opportunities we have to casually interact with strangers, friends, and neighbors. Social infrastructure affects everyone.”
  • There are lots of reasons people come to the library (study, warm up, socialize, read news, etc.), but overall the library is seen as an institution of knowledge, not just a repository for books. People come here to learn and try new things. For example, when talking to power users of our children’s program (people who have come to more than 20 percent of all the programs we offer), I learned that many parents bring their kids specifically because they trust the library to offer enrichments that they can’t provide and that their kids are not getting in school. One mother said that she lost count of the number of times she brought an unwilling 10-year-old boy to a program and then left with an enthusiastic participant interested in learning more.

 

Overall, people seem to trust the library enough to try new things. In that sense, the library seems to be an on-ramp for new experiences and acquiring new skills. It is a perfect place to learn to be an innovator.

 

In June, after six months of listening, prototyping, and planning, we are launching our first little bet: an innovation space called Archimedes. Archimedes will be full of laser cutters, 3D printers, new computer lab, and hand tools to fix things. But our dream is bigger.

 

We want our members to learn and grow the problem-solving and lifelong learning skills that Fremont employers are seeking. We want Archimedes to be a place where our community comes together to define and practice the skills needed to thrive in today’s world – while making some cool stuff along the way, of course.

 

In May, the board of the Alameda County Library Foundation awarded Archimedes $87,000 for tools and programming. Although we’re up and running, we could still use your help to –

 

  • Understand the skills you think are required to, as the library says, “create your desired future.” Send me an email at pthomas@aclibrary.org and describe the skills you or your company are looking for. This will help us create a roadmap of programs we want to offer.

 

  • Create challenges to learn these skills. This summer, we are going to work with Kristin Berbawy, MVROP’s star maker teacher at Irvington High School, to create several challenge camps in early August. Each camp will have a group of high school students working on a challenge that will affect our community, similar to the Public Works and Fire Department projects from last spring (thinksiliconvalley.com/blog/drones-students-paving-future-road-repair). We are looking at the community to provide these challenges. Each challenge should have an owner who can describe it to us and a solution we could make either in real life or design in software. This could be a water monitoring system that reports from the field, a bicycle-powered irrigation system, a sign that needs to survive outside for 10 years, or a new headlight design – just to name a few ideas. It’s fine if said solution requires some struggle. That’s one of the lessons to be learned. If you have a challenge, or would be willing to work to develop one, email at pthomas@aclibrary.org.

 

 

Bricks by the Bay

Submitted by Rebecca Downing

Photos Courtesy of Bricks by the Bay

 

The 10th anniversary of “Bricks by the Bay,” a LEGO exposition of amazing creations by LEGO builders from all over the western United States and beyond will be held in Santa Clara on July 13 – 14, 2019. The whole family can enjoy creative sculptures, art, vehicles, cities, forests, and animated creations all made out of LEGO.

 

Erik Wilson, President of Bricks by the Bay, has been a LEGO fan long before the unassuming plastic building toys made their way across the Atlantic. During their childhood, Wilson and his brother looked forward to getting a Christmas package from their grandmother in Sweden. It arrived full of treasures: cookies, picture books and, best of all, LEGO sets from nearby Denmark. In those days, LEGO wasn’t available in the United States and the pieces were either red or white. The boys built spaceships, castles and robots long before pre-designed modern sets arrived on the scene.

 

Years later, Wilson’s brother pulled out their old LEGO collection for his children and gave Erik a couple of modern sets as compensation. Erik thought, “Why would I want this stuff?” followed rapidly by “Wait a minute, these are really cool!”

 

Wilson started buying more sets and has again built castles, spaceships and robots and found a special love of building models of classical Greek and Roman architecture including the Parthenon of Athens and the Colosseum of Rome. He builds other types of models including scenes made into trophies for prizes at the annual Bricks by the Bay convention. LEGO complements Wilson’s job as a biochemist—which also involves putting small pieces together. The rest of his family is now involved designing and building LEGO creations, some of which they have brought to the Bricks by the Bay convention too. As president of Bricks by the Bay, Wilson’s time is now full of administrative duties, but whenever he needs a break, he pulls out a box of bricks and creates something new!

 

Our theme for the convention this year is the UneXpected so prepare to be astounded and amazed as you explore the original and unique in the grand ballroom of the Santa Clara Convention Center.

 

Vote for your favorite creation in our People’s Choice contest and visit our vendor booths selling all kinds of Lego® and accessories. It’s a great way for kids and grownups to be inspired to build your own Lego® creations at home. As always, attendees can purchase an event kit—a LEGO creation unique to that year’s convention. This year’s is a Jack-in-the-Box designed by Li Li.

 

To learn more about the exposition including hours and ticket prices visit: bricksbythebay.com

 

Bricks by the Bay Convention

Saturday, Jul 13 – Sunday, Jul 14

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Last entry: 3 p.m.

Santa Clara Convention Center

Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara

www.bricksbythebay.com

Tickets: $5-35

 

 

California to require background checks for ammo purchases

By Don Thompson

Associated Press

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP), Jun 25 – California has among the most stringent gun laws in the country and on Monday a far-reaching new initiative to curb violence will require background checks for every ammunition purchase.

 

Gov. Gavin Newsom and other proponents said it will save lives, but opponents are suing in hopes of eventually undoing a law they said will mostly harm millions of law-abiding gun owners.

 

Voters approved the checks in 2016 and set an effective date of July 1. Ammunition dealers are seeing a surge in sales as customers stock up before the requirement takes effect.

 

“In the last two weeks I've been up about 300%” with people “bulking up because of these stupid new laws,” said Chris Puehse, who owns Foothill Ammo east of Sacramento.

 

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence spokeswoman Amanda Wilcox appeared with Newsom at a news conference Tuesday and said the checks are “the kind of thing that could have prevented” last week's fatal shooting of rookie Sacramento police Officer Tara O'Sullivan.

 

Prosecutors charge that Adel Sambrano Ramos fatally shot the 26-year-old officer using one of two rifles assembled from parts to create assault weapons that are illegal in California. Wilcox and other supporters said ammunition background checks can help authorities discover so-called ghost guns that aren't registered with the state.

 

The state Department of Justice, which will administer the background check program, estimates there will be 13.2 million ammunition purchases each year. But 13 million will be by people who already cleared background checks when they bought guns in California, so they are already registered in the state's gun owners' database.

 

They will pay a $1 processing fee each time they pick up bullets or shotgun shells.

 

Store clerks will run buyers' identification through that database and a second database of those who bought guns legally but are no longer allowed to own them because of certain criminal convictions or mental health commitments. Those who pass get their ammo on the spot.

 

But the Democratic governor and Robyn Thomas, executive director of the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, said there are still some issues that must be addressed. People who bought rifles or shotguns before 2014 and anyone who bought a handgun before 1996 are likely not in the state's registry.

 

“Sometimes in the drafting process little bits and pieces don't always fit perfectly together,” Thomas said.

 

Wilcox and Matthew Cubeiro, an attorney representing opponents, said owners of unregistered weapons will have to pay $19 for a one-time background check that can take days to complete and is good for a single purchase within 30 days. Wilcox said that should encourage owners to register their firearms.

 

Buyers will also have to get their ammunition through registered dealers, ending a practice that Thomas said allowed bullets ordered online to be delivered to their doors “like a pizza.” But she said the law allows owners to give each other ammunition.

 

The state is also seeking to require owners to prove that they are in the country legally if their drivers' licenses contain the notation that “federal limits apply.”

 

Republicans in the state Assembly criticized a move that they said will harm the millions of drivers who don't yet have new federally approved REAL ID driver's licenses in part because of a months-long Department of Motor Vehicles backlog. But state officials said older drivers' licenses will also still be accepted.

 

California has 4.5 million registered gun owners. States officials estimate about 3 million are regular shooters and that they will buy ammunition four or five times each year.

 

“For retailers and the average recreational shooter, these new requirements are going to, at a minimum, create practical and financial problems and friction when trying to make a simple ammunition purchase, and they will do nothing to stop access by criminals who have so many other ways to get ammunition,” said Chuck Michel, an attorney for the National Rifle Association and its state affiliate, the California Rifle & Pistol Association.

 

California's requirement follows similar laws in Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts and New Jersey. Gun violence declined in those states after they required licenses to buy ammunition, though they also tightened other gun laws, said Ari Freilich, California legislative affairs director for the San Francisco-based Giffords Law Center.

 

He said requiring vendors to report the brand, type and amount of ammunition will enable the justice department to spot who is buying massive volumes of ammunition, who is buying ammunition when they are barred from owning weapons, and perhaps link purchases of a specific type of ammunition to a nearby crime.

 

Terry McGuire, owner of Get Loaded Guns and Ammo east of Los Angeles, said many owners are buying bulk ammunition now because “they're more concerned about the government wanting to keep track of what they're buying.”

 

Opponents sued last year contending the background checks violate the Second Amendment right to bear arms, impede interstate commerce and are pre-empted by federal law. The lawsuit's star plaintiff is California resident Kim Rhode, who said in a statement that she shoots thousands of shotgun shells each week while trying to become the only person to win seven medals in seven consecutive Olympics.

 

“Many people will be temporarily inconvenienced, just as they are in an airport security line, just to keep everyone safer,” Freilich said.

 

 

California, Canada sidestep Trump, ink deal on emissions

By Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

DETROIT (AP), Jun 26 – California picked up an important partner its long-running dispute with the Trump administration over vehicle emissions and fuel economy by announcing a deal with Canada to work on pollution reductions.

 

The agreement comes as the state is in a standoff with its own federal government on the same issues, with little hope of resolving the dispute outside of court.

 

Few details were offered under the deal announced Wednesday, but it's clear that Canada would be amenable to stricter regulations that now match those in California and 13 other states, setting up a conflict with the Trump administration's plans to relax the standards. Canada is in the midst of reviewing its requirements.

 

Two agencies in the Trump administration are reviewing Obama-era standards and have proposed freezing fuel economy and emissions requirements at 2021 levels. California and the other states likely would reject such a move and go with stronger standards. The administration has threatened to challenge California's legal right to set its own requirements, granted in 1970 as a way to combat oppressive smog.

 

Although members of both parties in Congress and the auto industry have urged negotiations to get one requirement nationwide, no talks are scheduled.

 

“It's not looking very good at the moment,” Mary Nichols, chairwoman of California's Air Resources Board, said on a conference call Wednesday.

 

Two Trump administration agencies, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seem to have rejected the idea of negotiating, Nichols said. “We remain hopeful as long as there's any opportunity to avert what will otherwise be years of litigation and some degree of confusion,” Nichols said.

 

Messages were left Wednesday seeking comment from the EPA and the traffic safety agency, both of which have powers to set fuel economy and pollution regulations.

 

Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna stopped short of saying the country would join California with stricter standards, but said the country is “very interested in options that deliver cleaner cars by making cuts to carbon pollution.” Fuel economy and pollution standards often vary between countries, but the U.S. and Canada have matched in recent years.

 

At issue is a Trump administration plan to roll back the Obama EPA requirements, which would require cars to get 36 miles (58 kilometers) of real-world driving per gallon (3.8 liters) of gas by 2025. The goal is for Americans to fill up their gas tanks less frequently, sending fewer climate-changing emissions and pollutants into the air, one of the most aggressive measures in place to deal with the impact of climate change.

 

Instead, the administration has proposed halting the tougher standards at a 2020 requirement that cars achieve 30 miles (48 kilometers) per gallon of real-word driving. Under the Obama rules, California and the federal government were on the same page.

 

It's the second effort by the Trump administration to annul initiatives adopted under Obama to rein in fossil fuel emissions. The administration on Wednesday eased restrictions on coal-fired power plants.

 

Under the deal between California and Canada, the governments will work together on regulations to cut greenhouse gas emissions from light-duty vehicles and to accelerate use of zero-emission vehicles such as electric cars. They'll also share information on low-carbon fuel requirements, which Canada is developing.

 

Other states may sign on to California's stricter standards, Gov. Gavin Newsom said without giving details.

 

Nichols said California and Canada weren't sending a message to the Trump administration with the agreement, which came just a week after a congressional committee held a hearing on the matter. She said the agreement has been in the works for a long time.

 

 

Chabot reunion to showcase former football players

Submitted by Guisselle Nunez

 

Many Chabot College football players from the past will come together to reminiscence and reconnect during July when more than 150 alumni are expected to attend the Chabot College Football Reunion.

 

The event, set for Sunday, July 28, organized by former head coach Keith Calkins (1968-1978) and committee members Gerry Fisher (1962-63), Rich Statler (1963), Rusty Anderson (1965-66) and Larry Aguiar (1972-73), is the only thing Calkins wanted to celebrate an upcoming milestone.

 

“Last year, my wife asked me what I wanted for my 80th birthday,” Calkins said. “I told her I wanted a reunion of former Chabot football players. I asked four of my former players and assistant coaches to serve on a committee to make this happen. We decided to start with 1962, the first year of Chabot football, and end in 1978, my last year as head coach.”

 

Calkins, whose birthday is July 22, said the event will be the first ever for Chabot College's former football players. Although there were challenges in attempting to find and contact 630 former players, Facebook and People Finder searches – as well as the assistance of his wife and former players – were instrumental in tracking down most of the players.

 

“The overall response was overwhelming,” said Calkins. “We have players coming from Rhode Island, Texas, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Colorado, Nevada and Arizona.”

 

Calkins said the informal, athletes-only reunion will additionally have a number of special guests, including 10 former Chabot College management and physical education staff members, four former local high school head coaches, 16 head and assistant coaches from Chabot, six former sportswriters from the Tri-Valley, Hayward, Fremont and Oakland areas, and former program supporters.

 

Among the registered football players are: three California Sports Hall of Fame members, 10 California Community College Football Hall of Fame members, five former Golden Gate Conferences Players of the Year, 37 Chabot College Athletic Hall of Fame members, 27 Football Team of the Decade members (1962-1971), 43 Division One football scholarship winners, more than 100 college graduates and 18 players who played professional football.

 

“This is a remarkable group of Chabot Gladiators,” said Calkins, adding “Once a Gladiator, always a Gladiator.”

 

The reunion is set for 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 28 at Shannon Community Event Center in Dublin. Tickets are $40 and include beverages and light hors d’oeuvres. Payments should be made by sending a check made payable to Keith Calkins at 20564 Wildwood West Drive, Penn Valley, California, 95946. The deadline is July 19. For details, visit the reunion website at www.chabotfootballreunion62-78.com.

 

Chabot College Football Reunion

Sunday, Jul 28

2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Athletes only meet and greet

Shannon Community Event Center

11600 Shannon Ave., Dublin

www.chabotfootballreunion62-78.com

Tickets $40: Deadline is July 19

 

 

‘Sell By' or what? US pushes for clarity on expiration dates

By Candice Choi

AP Food & Health Writer

 

NEW YORK (AP), Jun 06 – If milk is a few days past its “Sell By” date, is it safe to drink?

 

U.S. regulators are urging food-makers to be more consistent with labeling terms like “Best By” and “Enjoy By” that cause confusion. By clarifying the meaning of such dates, they are trying to prevent people from prematurely tossing products and to reduce the mountains of food that goes to waste each year.

 

Even if you rely more on sight and smell to size up foods, you might be surprised by the risks and practices around food spoilage.

 

WHAT'S NEW?

 

Phrases like “Best By”, “Enjoy By” and “Fresh Through” generally indicate when a food's quality would decline – not when it becomes unsafe to eat. To help make that clearer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently recommended companies stick with “Best If Used By.”

 

Industry groups got behind the phrase after earlier guidance from regulators, along with the more definitive “Use By” for perishables food that should be thrown out after a certain date. But the FDA hasn't endorsed the latter phrase, which could have safety implications.

 

Regardless, the FDA's recommendation isn't mandatory, and consumers will likely continue seeing variations, in some cases because of local regulations. With milk, for instance, states may require “Sell By” or other labeling.

 

HOW ACCURATE ARE THE DATES?

 

It's difficult for manufacturers to pinpoint how long foods will stay good, given variables like how long they sit on loading docks and how they're stored in people's homes.

 

Milk should be good for at least a few days after its “Sell By” date, though exactly how long will depend on factors including pasteurization methods.

 

Many people use dates on packages as guideposts and rely on their senses. Crackers might taste stale, for instance, while more perishable foods might be discolored or smell funky.

 

Foods like fresh meat and dairy are more vulnerable to spoilage in part because their moisture allows the small amounts of bacteria to multiply more quickly, said Martin Bucknavage, a food safety expert at Penn State Extension.

 

“As time goes on, the few becomes more and more,” he said.

 

IS SPOILAGE ALWAYS BAD?

 

Your tolerance for spoilage likely varies depending on the food. Few would keep pouring chunky milk over cereal, but many might overlook a spot of mold on bread.

 

Food safety experts generally recommend throwing out food at the first signs of spoilage. With mold, even a small fleck might be an indicator that there's a lot more of it that you can't see.

 

“It's kind of like an iceberg: It's only part of what's going on,” said Leslie Bourquin, a Michigan State University professor of food science and safety.

 

An exception is for certain dense foods where mold has difficulty spreading. With hard cheeses, for instance, food safety experts say it's fine to carve out a 1-inch chunk around the mold and eat the rest. If you're not sure about when it's safe to eat around mold, the U.S. Department of Agriculture offers a chart.

 

Keep in mind spoilage often isn't what's responsible for food poisoning: “Sight and smell aren't always great indicators of safety,” said Bourquin.

 

A slab of raw chicken, for example, might look fresh but contain salmonella. To limit the chances of getting sick from such germs, regulators recommend safe cooking and handling practices.

 

HOW DO FOOD-MAKERS PREVENT SPOILAGE?

 

Canning in a sealed, sterile container is a way to preserve foods for years, while freezing can also stop the clock on spoilage. But even in those cases, foods can deteriorate in quality depending on factors such as acidity and how tightly the package is sealed.

 

In the meantime, the trend toward “natural” foods has prompted some food-makers to purge some preservatives. But companies may find “natural” alternatives that perform similar functions, and new ways to make foods last longer are emerging.  One company, for example, developed an edible peel made from plants that helps extend the shelf-life of produce like avocados.

 

HOW ARE FOOD BANKS AFFECTED?

 

Greater understanding about date labeling might encourage more donations to food banks. In 1996, a federal law sought to encourage donations by shielding individuals and companies that donate food from liability.

 

But Michael Flood of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank notes concerns about spoilage don't end with a donation. People who receive donated food may also be confused about the meaning of various dates and end up throwing products away.

 

“We have the same problem the overall food industry has,” he said.

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This Associated Press series was produced in partnership with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.

 

 

Consumer group warns of dangers of classic summer toys

AP Wire Service

 

BOSTON (AP), Jun 18 – A consumer advocacy group is reminding parents of the dangers of classic summertime toys like baby pools, high-powered water guns and inflatable pool rings. Boston-based World Against Toys Causing Harm issued its annual list of 10 “summer safety traps” Tuesday.

 

Other toys on the list include water balloon slingshots, on-ground water slides such as the Slip ‘N Slide, and projectile-firing toy guns. Nonmotorized scooters also earned a spot because the organization says they're responsible for most toy-related injuries. Trampoline parks, all-terrain vehicles, pool covers, and defective pool drain covers were other child safety risks included on the list.

 

The organization says July and August account for more preventable, accidental deaths than any other two-month period of the year.

 

 

Parcel tax exemptions for seniors, people with disabilities

By Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese

 

Thousands of seniors and people with disabilities who own property may be paying taxes they don’t have to pay, and they don’t know it. Or if they do know it, they find the exemption application process challenging and overly burdensome.

 

At the last board meeting, I called for administrators to develop an outreach plan so that eligible homeowners know about the exemption and can get help applying for it. I also asked for an analysis of how many homeowners in Santa Clara County might be eligible and locations where we could provide information to them. The board unanimously approved the proposal by me and Supervisor Cindy Chavez, and administrators will bring an outreach plan to the board on September 10.

 

This parcel tax is paid by homeowners who live in school districts that have voter-approved measures that assess a portion of their property taxes to provide funding for schools, usually for a special initiative or to expand services. Homeowners are eligible to opt out of paying this tax if they are age 65 or older, receive Supplemental Security Income for disability at any age, or receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits at any age and meet the income requirements.

 

Chavez and I heard from residents and representatives from school districts at a special meeting on May 22 of the Children, Seniors and Families Committee. We called this meeting in response to a Civil Grand Jury Report that identified flaws in notifying residents about the exemption and in the application processes among some of the 24 school districts that collect a voter-approved parcel tax.

 

Some suggestions we heard at that meeting included the County helping school districts receive information when property changes ownership, inserting a letter into property tax bills, and enlisting the Registrar of Voters, Department on Aging or the Social Services Agency to help with reaching underrepresented segments of the County’s older residents and residents with disabilities.

 

Our Finance Agency has already created a webpage with helpful information. Visit sccgov.org and type in Parcel Tax Exemption. Click on the first item in search results and it will take you to the Special Assessment – Parcel Tax page. For more information, you can also call my office at (408) 299-5030 or email me at dave.cortese@bos.sccgov.org.

 

 

California DMV to close all offices for Real ID training

AP Wire Service

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP), Jun 24 – California's Department of Motor Vehicles says it will close all offices for a half-day next month to train workers on the federal Real ID program.

 

The Sacramento Bee says all DMV offices will be closed on July 24 until 1 p.m.

 

Americans must have updated Real ID identification cards by October 2020 if they want to board airplanes or enter federal facilities without using a passport.

 

California has struggled to implement the program since its launch last year. The Bee says the DMV provided at least one incorrect ID card to a Californian with temporary immigration status.

 

The DMV also has asked about 3.5 million Californians who applied for Real ID cards to submit a second proof of address because the initial system didn't meet federal guidelines.

 

 

Tale of Tattle Tails!

By Madhvika Singh

Photos courtesy of Tattle Tails

 

Dogs have been a part of Adam and Andrea Boynton’s life for as long as they can remember, and their shared love of dogs helped them bond as a couple as well. When the couple first met, Andrea was working at a pet grooming service. Adam had dogs growing up, and now keeps a German Shepherd as his companion. The couple bought Tattle Tails in 2013, taking over from original owner, and established their business on Peralta Boulevard in Fremont—the shop’s second location.

 

The Boyntons are now moving their business to Niles because the site of their current store is being converted into a residential development. They received the property evacuation notice about two years ago. Ironically, this is the second time the shop has been forced out: another housing development plan prompted Tattle Tails to move to Peralta from its original Niles home in the first place. Adam says that the process of relocation has been disruptive and stressful, and has had a negative impact on their business.

 

When the businesses near their store received the notice and started to move out, the surrounding buildings became empty. Adam mentioned that those empty spaces and parking lots invited crime and other unsightly activities that were not conducive for business. Tattle Tails suffered, as customers didn’t feel comfortable coming to that location anymore.

 

The Boyntons are not alone in their situation. As the housing crisis grows, and more and more houses are being built in areas where previously neighborhood stores stood; this may lead to distress and hardship at least in the short term for businesses as they relocate. For residents, it might also mean they can no longer walk to the neighborhood store, and will have to travel further to get services. On the other hand, an increasing number of residents should create more demand for services and open up opportunities for business to grow and expand. The housing crisis not only impacts the City economically, but also alters the physical and socio-economic character of the City as spaces are reconstructed and their purpose is redefined. Something for us all to ponder as we make decisions about the future of the place we call home.

 

No matter the shop’s location, quality service is what keeps customers coming back. Andrea is quite popular among dog owners. In Adam’s words – “Dog grooming is like a calling for her and she has a God-given talent for it. Even problematic dogs seem to calm down in her presence and develop a bonding with her. It’s almost as if she has a sixth sense.” While Andrea handles the dog grooming services, Adam helps with logistics. With the shop moving back to Niles District, this re-opening feels like a coming home.

 

Adam and Andrea were lucky enough to find a new location in the Niles area towards the end of May. The new store is still undergoing renovations, and they plan to inaugurate it on July 13th, and also offer some specials at that time. The shop is also planning to feature nail and dremmeling specials during the Niles Dog Show on Saturday, July 20.

 

Tattle Tails’ opening inauguration

Saturday, Jul 13

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tattle Tails

37266 Niles Blvd, Fremont

(510) 796-8253

 

 

PG&E power line blamed for sparking Monterey County wildfire

Received by Newsfinder from AP

 

KING CITY, Calif. (AP) – A downed Pacific Gas & Electric power line is blamed for sparking a wildfire in eastern Monterey County this week.

 

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the 2,456-acre blaze that erupted east of King City was “power line-related.”

 

PG&E confirms that it had a downed power line in the area and the utility is trying to determine what caused it to fall.

 

The fire was contained Wednesday without any injuries or building damage.

PG&E equipment has been blamed for starting some of California‘s largest and deadliest recent fires, including a blaze last November that killed 85 people in and around the town of Paradise.

 

PG&E filed for bankruptcy in January as it faces potentially billions of dollars in liability.

 

 

Dear EarthTalk: If we already know how to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) and turn it into fuel, why aren’t we doing more of it?

— M.N. Daly, Springfield, Massachusetts

 

With recent measurements detecting the highest levels of atmospheric CO2 in human history – and experts warning we have less than a dozen years to turn around our profligate emissions to avoid cataclysmic changes – the time is nigh to start ratcheting down our carbon footprints. One solution that seems obvious but has been slow to get out of the starting gate is scrubbing large amounts of CO2 from the air and recycling it as a feedstock to produce carbon-neutral fuels to power our machines.

 

We have known how to capture CO2 from the air on a large scale since the 1950s, but it wasn’t until the late 1990s that environmentalists started looking to so-called “Direct Air Capture” (DAC) as one of a suite of tools at our disposal for dealing with the greenhouse effect. Since then, researchers have been scrambling to come up with the most efficient ways to capture CO2.

 

Massachusetts-based start-up Carbon Engineering was formed in 2011 in an effort to produce and eventually commercialize DAC technology that can use captured CO2 to make fuel at costs competitive with producing conventional fossil fuels. After several years of research and development and implementation of its technologies at a pilot plant in British Columbia, the company has been able to get the costs of capturing CO2 down to $100/ton – six times less than previous models predicted was possible.

 

But it’s what happens next that has environmental advocates jazzed. Carbon Engineering’s solar-powered electrolyzer splits water into hydrogen and oxygen, and then combines the hydrogen with previously captured CO2 to make carbon-neutral gasoline, diesel or even jet fuel. Assuming a $100/ton cost for capturing atmospheric CO2, the company can produce these eco-friendly fuels for about $1/liter, which is only marginally more expensive than their fossil-fuel counterparts. The hope is that costs will come down to below fossil fuels as demand grows and facilities scale up. Also, as more states follow California’s lead in requiring increasingly significant portions of their fuel mixes to come from “low-carbon” sources, demand for these green alternative fuels will rise and prices will likely drop even more.

 

R&D like this isn’t limited to the U.S. Spain’s SUN-to-LIQUID project uses unique solar concentration technologies that combine sunlight with oxygen and atmospheric CO2 to get three times as much energy out of the sun’s rays as existing solar “reactors.” The resulting “synthesis fuel” combines hydrogen and carbon monoxide and could be used to power vehicles or any type of engine equipped to deal with it.

 

And a team of Swiss and Norwegian scientists wants to put such technologies to use on millions of solar-powered floating islands at sea that could suck CO2 out of the air and turn it into fuel without taking up any land or bothering human neighbors. Such a plan may seem far-fetched, but we need to be open to new idea if we are going to turn the tide on climate change before we reach the dreaded “point of no return.”

 

EarthTalk is produced by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss for the nonprofit EarthTalk. To see more, visit www.emagazine.com. Send questions to: question@earthtalk.org.

 

 

Park It

By Ned MacKay

 

In recent weeks, visitors have reported finding dead sharks that have washed up on beaches along San Francisco Bay, including Crown Beach in Alameda. James Frank, naturalist at Crown Beach’s Crab Cove Visitor Center, has provided some good information about the phenomenon.

 

Essentially, shark die-offs are common in late spring and early summer. The incidence was first reported in 1967 by Ron Russo, East Bay Regional Park District chief naturalist, now retired. The district maintains a database for reporting washed-up sharks to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The district collaborates with researchers from Fish and Wildlife and UC San Francisco, all working to pin down the exact cause.

 

A parasite called Miamiensis avidus seems to be the culprit. It has been known to infect captive aquaculture fish and is not uncommon in the wild. But it seems to have an especially strong effect on leopard sharks in San Francisco Bay. There’s an informative article on the topic in the October 27, 2017 edition of National Geographic.

 

The sharks present no threat to people, but Frank advises people to avoid trying to “rescue” them, since the sharks will not survive. Sending them off into deeper water makes it harder for the district to keep accurate records.

 

The most helpful thing that park visitors can do if they encounter a shark, bat ray or other fish washed up on a park district shoreline is to report it to Crab Cove Visitor Center at (510) 544-3187; provide the date, species if known, and location.

 

In cases of less commonly affected species that wash up on the shore, the district may collect and send samples to researchers for further analysis. Staff may not be able to follow up with each call but will call back if there are additional questions.

 

Crab Cove Visitor Center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays at 1252 McKay Avenue, off Alameda’s Central Avenue. The center has an aquarium and exhibits about the cultural and natural history of San Francisco Bay.

 

The center hosts Family Nature Fun Time from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday; fish feeding time at the aquarium takes place from 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you’d like to help keep the shoreline pristine, the center needs volunteers for a post Fourth of July beach cleanup from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon Sunday, July 7, coordinated by naturalist Morgan Guenther. Bring buckets and gloves or borrow them from the center.

 

Up the hill at Tilden Nature Area near Berkeley, insects and arachnids are the focus of few programs at the Environmental Education Center.

 

Naturalist Trent Pearce will lead an insect expedition, open to all ages, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday in July. These are short walks to meadows and fields in search of our six-legged friends.

 

Eight-legged – itsy-bitsy spiders – are the stars of a program from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays, July 7 and July 21, led by naturalist Jenna Collins. Bring your magnifying glass for a walk around the Little Farm in search of the littlest ones.

 

You can talk with the animals during a program from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. every Sunday in July and August; meet at the Little Farm classroom. Learn how various animals find their food and avoid predators.

 

The center and the Little Farm are both at the north end of Tilden’s Central Park Drive. For information, call (510) 544-2233.

 

Out at Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve in Antioch, the underground Greathouse Visitor Center will be closed for construction through mid-September. During this time, the Sidney Flat Visitor Center, which is in the group of buildings to the left as you enter the park, will be open on weekends from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Most naturalist-led programs meet in the parking lot at the end of Somersville Road. Tours of the Hazel-Atlas mine will continue as usual. For information, call (888) 327-2757, ext. 2750.

 

All summer long, there are lots of things to see and do in the regional parks. For a full schedule, check out the website, www.ebparks.org.

 

 

Editorial

A HEAP of trouble

 

Bureaucratic solutions to social problems are always problematic. Human beings are notorious for failing to adhere to a standard set of guidelines that seek wholistic solutions in an individualistic context. While a study of systems may lend itself to a wholistic approach and give direction, the complexity of some issues such as homelessness is composed of so many factors that a one size fits all approach, while helpful in one context, may miss the mark in a multitude of additional considerations.

 

A $500 million block grant through the Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) was established in 2018 by the State of California to address the problem of homelessness. Alameda County received approximately $16.2 million of those funds… and the gold rush was on! In order to capture a piece of this pie, municipalities were, understandably, asked to follow a set of guidelines including cost-sharing and time deadlines. Declaration of a “Shelter Crisis” was an easy bureaucratic maneuver that simply made an ongoing and increasingly visible issue an official goal. However, capturing the prize of grant dollars became a driving factor in place of civic engagement, obscuring the goal of eliminating population displacement, a terrible waste of human resources.

 

A major stumbling block for bureaucracies in a democratic system is the time element. By their very nature, governments tend to move slowly, searching for consensus and adequate public disclosure. Sometimes, in their haste to accomplish even a worthy goal, the most expeditious path may prove detrimental, inciting unnecessary opposition and antagonism. HEAP grants are an example of a governmental response to a societal problem that must be addressed with humility, humanity and a clear understanding of its how’s and why’s. The temptation to bypass public scrutiny, controversy and criticism is inviting but the consequences are grim if and when exposed. The Fremont City Council is learning this lesson as they consider locations for a Navigation Center and face outrage from many in the Niles District who feel shortchanged by the process.

 

[An additional example of bureaucratic quiet haste involves an 802,340 square foot Class A Industrial Office Park complex – two five-story office buildings, two six-story office buildings, two five-story parking garages – in Ardenwood [Fremont] approved through a Zoning Administrator Permit without Planning Commission or City Council approval.]

 

While HEAP is a laudable effort to address homelessness, a major core problem remains… how to survive economically in a system that encourages rampant exploitation and wacky economics. Those at the lower end of pay scales are not inherently lazy or inept, but pay the price for conspicuous consumption by others and skyrocketing prices. While some financially fortunate individuals and families are the consequence of excellent personal skills and work ethics, others occupy a select financial status due to good fortune, fate or factors irrespective of ability. A comparison can be made with those less fiscally stable… some have significant personal problems while others find themselves in untenable situations due to factors beyond their control.

 

As we assess the trials and tribulations of fellow human, it is a good idea to consider the phrase, “There but for the grace of God go I.” Whether in a religious context or not, the meaning is pretty much the same. Politicians and residents alike must be aware, engaged and amenable to constructive criticism that comes with exposure to public sentiment.

 

As we celebrate the birthday of the United States of America, the Declaration of Independence declared the core values of this country: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” We need to remember this; if not, we could be in a HEAP of trouble.

 

 

California rethinks endorsement deals for college athletes

By Andrew Oxford

Associated Press

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP), Jun 25 – California lawmakers are debating whether to let student athletes sign endorsement deals and hire agents in a move that could upend the multibillion-dollar business of college sports.

 

A proposed law wending through the state Assembly would scrap policies that strictly limit the ways in which college athletes can profit from their name, image and likeness, raising the prospect of private sponsorships long off-limits for students.

 

The bill comes amid an ongoing national debate over the extent to which students can financially benefit from their athletic performance.

 

The legislation's backers argue it is a matter of fairness.

 

“This is a civil rights issue of today,” said Sen. Steven Bradford, a Democrat from Gardena, California, and an author of the legislation.

 

But universities across the state are opposing the law, arguing it would put them in direct conflict with National Collegiate Athletic Association policies.

 

The NCAA's president suggested that California schools may be prohibited from participating in national championships.

 

“When contrasted with current NCAA rules, as drafted the bill threatens to alter materially the principles of intercollegiate athletics and create local differences that would make it impossible to host fair national championships,” NCAA President Mark Emmert wrote to lawmakers. “As a result, it likely would have a negative impact on the exact student-athletes it intends to assist.”

 

The opposition has left lawmakers questioning whether to force a showdown between California's universities and the NCAA or let the NCAA address the issue on its own at a national level.

 

The organization announced last month that it will create a working group to review policies on allowing student athletes to earn money from their name, image and likeness. The working group will release its findings in October.

 

Emmert asked lawmakers postpone consideration of the bill until next year.

 

But other lawmakers backing the bill are blunt that the state is well-positioned to nudge the NCAA along on the issue, noting California is home to powerhouse NCAA programs, from the University of California, Los Angeles to Stanford University.

 

“The NCAA could change these rules,” said Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, a Democrat from Berkeley and co-author of the bill.

 

She added: “This is what California does. We lead, and we lead with our values.”

 

Skinner noted the bill would not take effect until 2023, leaving time for the NCAA and schools to address the law.

 

Senate Bill 206 seems to have momentum, with the Senate passing it by a vote of 31-5 last month. An Assembly committee approved the measure on Tuesday. It goes next to the Assembly Higher Education Committee with the backing of civil rights groups and sports agents.

 

Some experts also dismiss the suggestion that the NCAA could stop the state with adopting such a law.

 

“Any attempt by the NCAA to ban California schools for complying with California law would very likely be seen as illegal under antitrust law as well as perhaps under other parts of California law,” said Marc Edelman, a professor of law at Baruch College at the City University of New York who consults on sports law.

 

The proposed law is just the latest turn in an ongoing debate over college sports, which has included lengthy litigation and talk of everything from paying student athletes to letting student athletes form unions, much like professional athletes.

 

Proponents of Senate Bill 206 in California argue it will give athletes with professional league prospects a reason to stay in school and bring a measure of fairness to the economics of college sports they argue is lacking. But backers also say it could also help students in sports that have lower profiles and come with fewer opportunities for making a living as a professional athlete by letting them earn money while competing at the college level.

 

Federal lawmakers have taken up the issue, too, with Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, publishing a report on college sports earlier this year calling on athletics programs to compensate students.

 

Edelman argued that the political dynamics in Congress may leave states best positioned to act on the issue, however.

 

Legislative aides said in an analysis of the bill that it represents uncharted territory.

 

The NCAA might refuse to budge, the bill might end up in court or the NCAA might create some way for athletes to monetize their name, image and likeness, aides noted.

 

For example, the NCAA already allows athletes to accept prize money for Olympic winnings.

 

 

Facebook's currency Libra faces financial, privacy pushback

By Rachel Lerman

AP Technology Writer

 

SAN FRANCISCO (AP), Jun 18 – Facebook is getting a taste of the regulatory pushback it will face as it creates a new digital currency with corporate partners.

 

Just hours after the social media giant unveiled early plans for the Libra cryptocurrency, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire insisted that only governments can issue sovereign currencies. He said Facebook must ensure that Libra won't hurt consumers or be used for illegal activities.

 

“We will demand guarantees that such transactions cannot be diverted, for example for financing terrorism,” he said on Europe-1 radio.

 

Facebook unveiled its much-rumored currency Tuesday and said it will launch publicly early next year with such partners as Uber, Visa, Mastercard and PayPal.

 

Libra could open online purchasing to millions of people who do not have access to bank accounts and could reduce the cost of sending money across borders.

 

But it comes as Facebook already faces scrutiny over its poor record on privacy and its dominance in social media, messaging and related businesses.

 

Libra poses new questions for Facebook: Given that cryptocurrency is lightly regulated now, if at all, how will financial regulators oversee Facebook's plan? And just how much more personal data will this give the social media giant, anyway?

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A `RUDE AWAKENING' OVER REGULATION?

 

The financial industry is more heavily regulated than internet companies – especially in the U.S., where tech companies have often been given free rein.

 

Companies creating Libra are in for a “rude awakening” if they expect the same model of light regulation, said Karen Shaw Petrou, managing partner of Federal Financial Analytics in Washington.

 

She expects Libra will fall under U.S. regulations adopted in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Which agency will oversee the venture will depend on what the currency system does, she said.

 

France's Le Maire said he asked central bank chiefs from the G-7 countries to produce a report by mid-July laying out “guarantees that we must set … to assure us that there are no risks of illicit financing or for the consumer.”

 

In the U.S., the senior Democrat on the Senate Banking Committee said Facebook's new digital currency will give the tech giant unfair competitive advantages in collecting data on financial transactions as well as control over fees.

 

“Facebook is already too big and too powerful,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio.

 

One hurdle Facebook and its partners will face is the potential for criminals to use it for money laundering and fraud, given the pseudo-anonymous nature of Libra and other digital currencies.

 

Facebook said it will comply with all existing financial regulations, though it has not offered many details. The company said its wallet app for using Libra will walk people through a verification process to ensure they are who they say they are.

 

Still, Facebook is sure to face an onslaught of liability concerns when it comes to anti-money laundering and identity verification, said Nicholas Weaver, a senior researcher at the International Computer Science Institute at the University of California, Berkeley.

 

“I am shocked they have decided to go ahead,” he said.

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PRIVACY PUSHBACK?

 

Facebook has been dogged with questions about users' personal data, especially since the Cambridge Analytica scandal hit last year.

 

That appears to be part of the reason Facebook created a nonprofit oversight association to govern Libra. It also created a subsidiary, Calibra, to work on the technology, separately from its main social media business.

 

“We've heard loud and clear that you don't want social and financial data commingled,” Calibra head David Marcus wrote on Twitter, addressing Facebook users. “We understand we will have to earn your trust.”

 

In some ways, privacy is the enemy in the battle against money laundering and other crimes, Weaver said. You want to know who is making transactions to keep them secure and legal, he said.

 

Facebook is “going to get access to a lot of financial data,” Forrester analyst Aurelie L'Hostis said. “What are they going to do with that information and what are they going to put in place to safeguard that information?”

 

Cryptocurrencies such as Libra store all transactions on a widely distributed, encrypted ledger known as the blockchain. Libra is designed so transaction amounts are visible, but transaction participants can be anonymous – at least until they move money into real-world accounts.

 

Facebook said people can keep their individual transactions from appearing on the blockchain by using Calibra's wallet app, though in that case, Calibra itself would have people's data.

 

Calibra said it won't use financial data to target ads on Facebook. It also said it won't share financial data with Facebook, though there are exceptions that haven't been fully spelled out, including situations where data sharing would “keep people safe.”

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ANTITRUST RED FLAGS?

 

Congress has launched an inquiry into whether Big Tech giants such as Facebook and Google have gotten too big. Regulatory bodies including the Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department are said to be considering investigations.

 

Adding another major business will make Facebook bigger – if Libra takes off as intended – but it may not raise major antitrust red flags, said New York University law professor Eleanor Fox.

 

“It is a grass-roots entry into a new field and can actually reflect an increase in innovation,” she said.

 

Still, she said, people could be alarmed because of Facebook's use of data in the past. And Justice Department officials have hinted they may take a broader view of harm to competition to go well beyond whether a company's dominance leads to higher prices.

 

Sarah Miller, deputy director of Open Markets Institute, which advocates against monopolies, said it was “insanity” to trust Facebook to launch a global cryptocurrency when it is already facing regulatory scrutiny around the world over data privacy.

 

“The FTC needs to rein in Facebook before the corporation puts our financial information and currency systems at risk, too,” she said.

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Associated Press writers Mae Anderson in New York, Frank Bajak in Boston, Marcy Gordon in Washington D.C. and Angela Charlton in Paris contributed to this report.

 

 

Baseball

Pirates prevail for tournament win

Submitted and photos by Mike Heightchew

 

The District 14 Senior League All-Star Tournament on June 25th provided all the action anyone could ask for as the Fremont American Pirates stormed back from a 6-run deficit to tie the score in the sixth inning. Both teams – Pirates and Niles [Niles-Centerville] played a terrific game that could have gone either way. The deciding runs were scored by the Pirates in the top of the eighth inning but with darkness falling on the field, the final outcome was undecided until a Niles outfield flyball was snagged in the bottom of the ninth inning (extra innings) for the final out. Final score: Pirates 11, Niles 8

 

 

Screenwriter to share her latest work in public reading

Submitted by Nancy Guarnera

 

As part of the Fremont Area Writers’ monthly “Second Saturday” program, local screenwriter Carol Lee Hall, will present a staged reading of her screenplay “The Angry Angels of Chinatown” on Saturday, July 13 in Fremont.

 

The historical drama recounts the efforts of Donaldina Cameron and her helpers to liberate enslaved Chinese girls and young women in San Francisco during the early 1900s. After the 1906 earthquake, Chinatown was rebuilt as a tourist attraction, but human trafficking continued. Just as today, there were groups then that were determined to liberate these girls and young women from their enslavement. Some of these liberators were Chinese women. The screenplay tells the story of these courageous women and their struggle for freedom.

 

After the reading, Hall will be available to answer questions from the audience. The two-hour event is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, July 13 at Half Price Books in the Fremont Hub shopping center on Fremont Boulevard at Mowry Avenue. Admission is free.

 

Fremont Area Writers, the local branch of the California Writers Club, is partnering with Half Price Books to give the Tri-City community an opportunity to experience its local authors and their work. These events are held the second Saturday of each month and showcase a different author each month. For more information about Fremont Area Writers, visit their website at cwc-fremontareawriters.org.

 

Second Saturday Author Reading

Saturday, Jul 13

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Screenwriter Carol Lee Hall

Half Price Books

39152 Fremont Hub, Fremont

cwc-fremontareawriters.org

 

 

Fremont Police Log

Submitted by Geneva Bosques, Fremont PD

 

Thursday, June 20

  • A man was reported to have reached into an occupied vehicle on the 1100 block of Chopin Terrace and stole items before fleeing on foot through an apartment complex. The suspect was described as a black man in his 20s and wearing a red-hooded sweatshirt and jeans.

 

  • Auto burglaries were reported on the 46000 block of Landing Parkway and at Hampton Inn Landing, Lucky store in the Brookvale shopping center, Comfort Inn Hotel, Park and Ride lot in the Ardenwood district, Fremont Bank on Decoto Road, the Ranch 99 supermarket and The Globe on Stevenson Boulevard.

 

  • Officers were dispatched to the area of Chapel Way and Fremont Boulevard on a report of someone with a gun. Three suspects approached a victim and then racked a handgun and stole the victim’s designer brand belt. They ran to a waiting dark blue Mini- Cooper and fled southbound Fremont Boulevard. An investigation is ongoing.

 

Friday, June 21

  • Auto burglaries were reported on the 5300 block of Mowry Avenue and the 40000 block of Sundale Drive.

 

Saturday, June 22

  • A strong-armed robbery occurred at the Ranch 99 center in north Fremont. The victim had her purse snatched by a woman. The suspect fled in a gold four-door Toyota Corolla. The suspect was described as Hispanic.

 

  • Officers responded to multiple late night calls about a vehicle vs. pedestrian collision in the area of Mission Boulevard and Mohave Drive. Officers found an unidentified male pedestrian suffering from major injuries. The driver of the vehicle was cooperative with the investigation and said that a transient pedestrian was jaywalking and he did not see the pedestrian until after the collision. The driver agreed to provide a chemical sample and was taken to a local hospital. It is not believed that drugs or alcohol are factors in the collision. Located next to the pedestrian was an airsoft replica gun. The pedestrian was non-responsive and taken to a trauma center for treatment and was later listed in stable condition. An investigation is continuing.

 

Sunday, June 23

  • At approximately 10:00 p.m. Fremont Fire responded to a brush fire in the hills east of Mission Boulevard near Nichols Road. The fire was limited to vegetation but burned close enough to residences that it required a couple of evacuations. The fire was contained within three hours and no injuries resulted. It’s estimated the fire burned five acres. While assisting with evacuations, officers located a witness who told officers the fire may have started during a domestic dispute. Arson Investigator Detective Macdonald was notified and the incident remains under investigation.

 

Tuesday, June 25

  • Officers responded to a report of a collision involving a vehicle and an overturned big-rig crane at Grimmer Boulevard and Blacow Road. Officers determined the 32-year-old driver of the big-rig was intoxicated and he was arrested. Because of the size of the big-rig, multiple police units were tied up on scene for traffic control.

 

Wednesday, June 26

  • Auto burglaries were reported on the 39100 block of Sundale Drive, at the Spin a Yarn restaurant (3), Lowe’s store at Pacific Commons (2) the 43700 block of Boscell Road (2), 46807 Warm Springs Blvd. (3).

 

 

Fremont Unified School Board Meeting Highlights

Submitted by Brian Killgore

 

At its June 26 meeting, the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board of Education:

 

  • Approved administrative appointments – The board also appointed Mission San Jose High School Assistant Principal Jeff Evans as interim principal at MSJHS; and Brookvale Elementary Principal Cindy Hicks-Rodriguez as new principal of Horner Junior High School. Both will assume their new positions July 1.
  • Authorized Staff to Enter into an Agreement with Sixth Dimension, LLC – The Board authorized staff to enter into an agreement with Sixth Dimension in the amount of $343,956 for design and bidding phase construction management services for the new construction and modernization projects at Thornton Middle School. Board approves by 4-1 vote (Trustee Crosbie votes Nay).
  • Modernization Projects at Centerville Middle School (Middle School Conversion) – The Board received a presentation on the new construction and modernization projects at Centerville Middle School and authorized staff to proceed with Option 2d, which has a total estimated project cost of $87,233,148. Option 2d provides permanent capacity for the enrollment population in the study (1,572) and recommends an enhanced investment into new classroom buildings and existing building modernization beyond the other two options. In addition, this option recommends construction of a new central quad. Board approves Option 2d by 3-2 vote (Trustees Berke and Crosbie vote Nay)
  • Authorized Staff to enter into an agreement with LCA Architects – The Board authorized staff to enter into an agreement with LCA Architects in the amount of $368,992 for the theater improvements at Washington High School. The work is anticipated to commence in winter 2019, with an estimated completion/occupancy of fall 2020.
  • Authorized Staff to enter into an agreement with CCM/STV – The board authorized staff to enter into an agreement with CCM/STV in the amount of $224,776 for construction management services for the Proposition 39 Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting replacement project. Previously, the board authorized a $3.5 million contract with Clear Blue Energy Corporation for design-build services for this project. By replacing interior and exterior lighting, the district will realize an estimated annual cost savings of $466,025 from the general fund in the first year of operation, and $4.6 million over the effective useful life of the new LED lighting equipment.

 

 

Health panel: Millions of US kids should get hepatitis shot

By Mike Stobbe

AP Medical Writer

 

ATLANTA (AP), Jun 27 – A scientific panel is recommending that more than 2 million U.S. kids get vaccinated against hepatitis A.

 

Thirteen years ago, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended hepatitis A shots for all U.S. children at age 1. On Thursday, the panel said the shots should be given to older children who weren't vaccinated earlier, including 14- to 18-year-olds who turned 1 before the recommendation was made.

 

The panel also recommended the shots for every person with HIV. About 1.1 million Americans are estimated to have HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. People with HIV tend to develop more severe hepatitis A illnesses.

 

U.S. hepatitis A infections and deaths have risen in the last two years, spurred by outbreaks among the homeless and drug users.

 

 

Honor Roll

Georgia Institute of Technology

Spring 2019 Dean’s List

  • Nathan Chan, Fremont
  • Jasmin Voigtlander, Hayward

 

Carleton College, Minnesota

Spring 2019 graduate

  • Apoorva Handigol, Fremont

 

Southeast Missouri State University

Spring 2019 graduate

  • Taylor Rodriguez, Fremont

 

 

CONTINUING EVENTS:

 

Monday – Friday, May 3 – Aug 2

Conversation, 7+1 Collective

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Paintings, sculptures, collages from eight female artists

John O'Lague Galleria

777 B St., Hayward

(510) 538-2787

www.haywardartscouncil.org

 

Mondays, May 14 – Dec 30

English Conversation Group

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Practice spoken English in a friendly environment

Union City Branch Library

34007 Alvarado Niles Rd., Union City

(510) 745-1464

 

Fridays, May 17 – Oct 25

Fremont Street Eats

5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Food trucks, beer, wine, music

Town Fair Plaza

39100 State St., Fremont

fremontstreeteats.com

 

1st & 3rd Tuesdays, May 21 – Aug 20

Castro Valley Street Eats

5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Food trucks, activities

Adobe Art Center

20395 San Miguel Ave., Castro Valley

(510) 881-6735

 

Saturdays, May 25 – Aug 31

Campfire Program

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Games, songs and stories around the campfire

Anthony Chabot Campground and Park

9999 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley

(510) 690-6677

(510) 544-3187

www.ebparks.org

 

Tuesdays, May 28 – Aug 27

Practice Your Spoken English R

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Chat session for intermediate+ English learners

Fremont Main Library Fukaya Room A

2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont

(510) 574-2063

www.aclibrary.org

 

Mondays & Wednesdays, Jun 17 – Jul 24

Jenny Lin Program

6:45 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

For orchestra, band and chorus students

Proctor Elementary

17520 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley

jennylinfoundation.org

 

Monday – Thursday, Jun 17 – Aug 8

Mr. Hirsch's Tie Collection

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Eclectic tie collection

Ohlone College Newark Campus

39399 Cherry St., Newark

(510) 742-2300

www.ohlone.edu/library

 

Mondays & Wednesdays, Jun 17 – Aug 8

Beginning Technology Skills R

1:00 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.

Free noncredit course on Microsoft Office

Ohlone College Newark Campus

39399 Cherry St., Newark

(510) 742-2300

www.ohlone.edu/noncredit

 

Tuesday – Saturday, Jun 19 – Jul 3

FIFA Fun Days

Call for dates and times

2019 Women's World Cup screenings

San Leandro Main Library

300 Estudillo Ave., San Leandro

(510) 577-3971

 

Thursdays, Jun 20 – Sep 19

Fatherhood Class

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Relationship, parenting, management, job search skills

Fremont Family Resource Center, Pacific Room #H800

39155 Liberty St. (at Capitol), Fremont

(888) 308-1767

www.r3academy.org/fremont

 

Friday – Sunday, Jun 21 – Jul 27

As We See It

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Mixed media and sculpture from Sun Gallery members

Sun Gallery

1015 E St., Hayward

(510) 581-4050

www.sungallery.org

 

Wednesday, Jun 26 – Aug 14

Chess Club

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Kids going into grades 2-6 can learn how to play chess

Irvington Library

41825 Greenpark Dr., Fremont

(510) 795-2626

www.aclibrary.org

 

Thursday – Sunday, Jun 28 – Jul 27

Guild Members Juried Show

12 noon – 5 p.m.

Exhibition of two- and three-dimensional art

Olive Hyde Art Gallery

123 Washington Blvd., Fremont

(510) 791-4357

www.olivehydeartguild.org

Fridays, Jun 28 – Aug 30

Teach Seniors Technology

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Computer and cell phone questions answered

Milpitas Senior Center

40 North Milpitas Blvd, Milpitas

(408) 586-3400

 

Fridays, Jun 28 – Aug 30

GO the Game Club

3:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Learn to play this ancient game of strategy

Union City Branch Library

34007 Alvarado Niles Rd., Union City

(510) 745-1464

www.aclibrary.org

 

Saturdays, Jun 29 – Jul 13

Visitor Center Desk Training R

10 a.m. – 12 noon

Seeking volunteers. Must attend all three sessions

SF Bay Wildlife Refuge – Don Edwards

1 Marshlands Rd., Fremont

(510) 792-0222 x476

 

Saturdays, Jun 29 – Aug 31

Zumba Kids

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Dances, games. Wear comfy shoes and clothes

New Hope Community Church

2190 Peralta Blvd., Fremont

(510) 739-0430

Monday – Saturday, Jul 1 – Jul 31

Local Color

10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Pastel and oil landscape paintings by Mary K. Stahl

Portola Art Gallery-Allied Arts Guild

75 Arbor Rd., Menlo Park

(650) 321-0220

www.portolaartgallerycom

 

Fridays, Jul 5 – Jul 19

Summer Family Storytime and Craft

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Fun with stories and crafts. Ages 3-5

Fremont Main Library

2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont

(510) 745-1421

www.aclibrary.org

 

Mondays, Jul 1 – Aug 12

Teen Summer DIY

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Join teen librarians for creative fun

Fremont Main Library

2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont

(510) 745-1421

www.aclibrary.org

 

Saturdays & Sundays, Jul 6 – Aug 31

Nature Crafts

10 a.m. – noon

Discover the natural world through your artistic side

Sunol Regional Wilderness

1895 Geary Rd., Sunol

(510) 544-3249

www.ebparks.org

 

Saturdays-Sundays, Jul 6 – Aug 31

Wild Wonders

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Games, activities, crafts for all ages

Sunol Regional Wilderness

1895 Geary Rd., Sunol

(510) 544-3249

www.ebparks.org

 

Sundays, Jul 7 – Jul 14

Hayward Municipal Band Concerts in the Park

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Variety of music including big band, classical, pop

Tony Morelli Bandstand in Memorial Park

24176 Mission Blvd., Hayward

(510) 881-6766

www.haywardmunicipalband.com

 

Sundays, Jul 7 – Aug 25

Animal Feeding Time

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Discuss reptiles, observe feeding time

Sunol Regional Wilderness

1895 Geary Rd., Sunol

(510) 544-3249

www.ebparks.org

 

Fridays & Saturdays, Jul 12 – Jul 27

Phantom of the Opera

Fri – Sat: 8 p.m. Sun 7/21: 2:30 p.m. Thurs 7/25: 8 p.m.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic masterpiece

Jackson Theater, Smith Center at Ohlone College

43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont

(510) 659-6031

https://tix6.centerstageticketing.com/sites/ohlone6/

 

Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays, Jul 20 – Aug 4

Newsies $

Fri – Sat: 7:30 p.m. Sun: 2:30 p.m.

Tony-award winning Disney musical. Produced by Star Struck Theatre

Dublin Center for Performing Arts

8151 Village Prkwy., Dublin

(510) 659-1319

www.StarStruckTheatre.org

 

Friday nights

Laugh Track City $

8 p.m.

Fast-paced improv comedy show

Made Up Theatre

4000 Bay St., Suite B, Fremont

(510) 573-3633

https://madeuptheatre.com/

 

Saturday nights

8 p.m.

Audience-inspired improv play

Made Up Theatre

4000 Bay St., Suite B, Fremont

(510) 573-3633

https://madeuptheatre.com/

 

 

THIS WEEK

 

Tuesday, Jul 2

Milpitas Town Hall

7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Rep. Ro Khanna will discuss recent actions by Congress

Milpitas High School

1285 Escuela Pkwy., Milpitas

(408) 945-5500

 

Tuesday, Jul 2

Movie: A Dog's Way Home

1:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Bella the puppy goes on an epic 400-mile journey

Centerville Library

3801 Nicolet Ave., Fremont

(510) 795-2629

www.aclibrary.com

 

Wednesday, Jul 3

4th of July Craft

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Create a simple holiday craft, all materials provided

Ages 7 and under with parent

Irvington Library

41825 Greenpark Dr., Fremont

(510) 795-2626

www.aclibrary.org

 

Thursday, Jul 4

Fremont 4th of July Parade

10 a.m.

Floats, drill teams, marching bands and balloons

Downtown Fremont

Capitol Ave. between Fremont Blvd. & State St.

http://fremont4th.org/

 

Thursday, Jul 4

4th of July Pancake Breakfast $

8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Fire truck demo, classic cruisers, music

Newark Fire Station #3

Alameda County Fire Station #27

39039 Cherry St., Newark

(510) 790-7218

(510) 632-3473 x1321

 

Thursday, Jul 4

Independence Day Celebration $

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Music, games, contests. Bring a picnic

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont

(510) 544-2797

www.ebparks.org

 

Thursday, Jul 4

Spanish Storytime

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Stories, crafts, activities – all in Spanish

Union City Branch Library

34007 Alvarado Niles Rd., Union City

(510) 745-1464

www.aclibrary.org

 

Friday, Jul 5 – Saturday, Jul 6

The Sleeping Beauty $

Fri & Sat: 7:00 p.m. Sat: 2:30 p.m.

Musical comedy adaptation of the classic fairytale

Milpitas Community Center

457 E. Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas

(408) 586-3210

www.centerstagepa.org

 

Friday, Jul 5

Eden Area Village Member Forum & Outreach

2 p.m.

Meet members, learn how they are helping local seniors

Hayward City Hall

777 B St., Hayward

(510) 208-0410

www.edenareavillage.org

 

Friday, Jul 5

Music at the Grove: “Decades”

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Songs from the 50's through today

Shirley Sisk Grove

Cedar Blvd. at New Park Mall, Newark

(510) 578-4000

www.newark.org

 

Friday, Jul 5

Earthquake Tour R

10 a.m. – 12 noon

See 4-foot offset from1868 quake, build structures and see how they fall

Tyson Lagoon

1999 Walnut Ave., Fremont

(510) 790-6284

http://msnucleus.org

 

Saturday, Jul 6

Summer Concert Series

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

The San Leandroids perform 80's hits

Pacific Commons at The Block

43440 Pacific Commons Blvd., Fremont

(510) 770-9798

www.pacificcommons.com

 

Saturday, Jul 6

Nature Walk for Health

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

1.3-mile guided nature walk. Meet at Visitor Center

SF Bay Wildlife Refuge – Don Edwards

1 Marshlands Rd., Fremont

(510) 792-0222

 

Saturday, Jul 6

Family Crafts and House Tours $

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Family friendly patriotic crafts and activities

McConaghy House

18701 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward

(510) 581-0223

haywardareahistory.org

 

Saturday, Jul 6

Family Tule Tour R

10 a.m. – 12 noon

Importance of tules for environment

Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon

1999 Walnut Ave., Fremont

(510) 790-6284

http://msnucleus.org

 

Saturday, Jul 6

Fremont Saturday Market

2 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Local artists, vendors, food trucks, craft beer, entertainment

Town Fair Plaza

39100 State St., Fremont

www.townfairplaza.com

 

Saturday, Jul 6

Open House

1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Fossils, electricity sessions and planetarium show

Children's Natural History Museum

4074 Eggers Dr., Fremont

(510) 790-6284

msn@msnucleus.org

 

Saturday, Jul 6

Farmyard Storytime

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Classic barnyard tales

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont

(510) 544-2797

www.ebparks.org

 

Saturday, Jul 6

Garden Bug Safari

12 noon – 1 p.m.

Discover the world of bugs

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont

(510) 544-2797

www.ebparks.org

 

Saturday, Jul 6 & Sunday, Jul 7

Old-Fashioned Fun

Sat: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Sun: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Try stilt walking, potato-spoon races, tug-o-war, sack races

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont

(510) 544-2797

www.ebparks.org

 

Saturday, Jul 6 & Sunday, Jul 7

Ohlone Village Site Tour

Sat: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Sun: 10 a.m. – noon & 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

.5-mile walk to a 2,000-year-old Ohlone village site

Coyote Hills

8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont

(510) 544-3220

www.ebparks.org

 

Saturday, Jul 6

Garden Open House

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

How to ferment and pickle vegetables, food, vendors

Paradise Community Garden

20095 Mission Blvd, Hayward

(510) 909-4077

 

Saturday, Jul 6

Dance with Your Family

11 a.m. – 12 noon

Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, children ages 3-8

Fremont Main Library

2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont

(510) 745-1421

www.aclibrary.org

 

Saturday, Jul 6

Music and Movement

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Songs and movement to build motor and social skills

Ages 6 and under with adult

Centerville Library

3801 Nicolet Ave., Fremont

(510) 795-2629

www.aclibrary.com

 

Saturday, Jul 6

Woof Animal Rescue Dog Adoption Showcase $

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Adoption fees apply

Pet Food Express

39010 Paseo Padre Pkwy., Fremont

(510) 713-9999

www.lovewoof.com

 

Saturday, Jul 6

Fremont Area Writers 10th Anniversary Picnic

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Meet at Redwood 2 area

Lake Elizabeth Central Park

1100 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont

(510) 793-5683

FAW News

 

Saturday, Jul 6

Mini Sand Art Planter MAKEbreak $

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Plant a succulent in a jar with colorful sand

Michaels

39170 Argonaut Way, Fremont

(510) 857-0268

31080 Dyer St., Union City

(510) 471-5443

153 Ranch Dr., Milpitas

(408) 785-9998

 

Saturday, Jul 6

Happy Face Jar $

10 a.m. – 12 noon

Make and take home a cute craft. Ages 3-8

Michaels

39170 Argonaut Way, Fremont

(510) 857-0268

31080 Dyer St., Union City

(510) 471-5443

153 Ranch Dr., Milpitas

(408) 785-9998

 

Sunday, Jul 7

McConaghy House Tours $

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Victorian farmhouse

McConaghy House

18701 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward

(510) 581-0223

haywardareahistory.org

 

Sunday, Jul 7

Hens Lay Eggs

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Listen to a story, touch a hen's feather, search coop for eggs

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont

(510) 544-2797

www.ebparks.org

 

Sunday, Jul 7

Wonderful Wool

11 a.m. – 12 noon

Learn about wool

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont

(510) 544-2797

www.ebparks.org

 

Sunday, Jul 7

We All Scream for Ice Cream

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Learn how to make ice cream the old-fashioned way

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont

(510) 544-2797

www.ebparks.org

 

Monday, Jul 8 & Thursday, Jul 11

Summer $1 Movie $

10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Kung Fun Panda

Century 25 Movie Theatre

32100 Union Landing, Union City

(510) 487-9347

 

Monday, Jul 8

Milpitas Rotary Club Meeting

12 noon – 1:15 p.m.

Robert Davila – 2020 census for Santa Clara County

Dave and Busters

940 Great Mall Dr., Milpitas

(408) 957-9215

http://www.clubrunner.ca/milpitas

 

Monday, Jul 8

Outdoor Discoveries: Sensational Snakes R

10:30 a.m. – 12 noon

Preschool and home school nature series. Ages 4-8

Sunol Regional Wilderness

1895 Geary Rd., Sunol

(510) 544-3249

www.ebparks.org

 

Tuesday, Jul 9

Identity Theft

6:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

Presentation hosted by Habitat for Humanity

Fremont Main Library

2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont

(510) 745-1421

www.aclibrary.org

 

Wednesday, Jul 10

Family Movie Night: Small Foot

8:30 p.m.

Bring blankets, lawn chairs and snacks. Rated PG

Halcyon Park

1245 147th Ave, San Leandro

(510) 577-3462

www.sanleandro.org

 

Wednesday, Jul 10

Knights of Columbus Bingo Night $

6 p.m.

Sponsored by St. Maximilian Kolbe Council 16770

Our Lady of Grace

3433 Somerset Ave., Castro Valley

 

Friday, Jul 12 – Sunday, Jul 14

Annie Jr. $

Fri: 7 p.m. Sat: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sun: 2 p.m.

A lovable orphan searches for her true parents

Irvington High School Valhalla Theatre

41800 Blacow Rd., Fremont

(510) 590-7510

www.ihsdrama.com

 

 

Have fun the Japanese way

Submitted by Joyce Davis

 

Everyone is invited to the Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church’s (SACBC) annual Japanese Bazaar on Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14. Admission is free; the event will feature food, games, entertainment, Japanese bazaar shop, silent auction and more. Japanese cuisine will include chicken teriyaki, gyoza, udon, sushi, and manju. The public can also enjoy TeriBurgers, TeriDogs, corn-on-the-cob, shaved ice, sodas, and beer.

 

There will be games for kids and adults, including Bingo, Demon Smash, Koi Pond, and Nickel Pitch. Other activities include O-Nami Taiko (Japanese drums), Kendo, Japanese dances, hula dancing, Ikebana and Bonsai exhibit and demonstration, and a Buddhism mini-lecture. Funds raised support SACBC and its affiliated organizations, including Japanese Language School, Fujinkai/Buddhist Women’s Association, and programs for seniors and families.

 

For more information, call (510) 471-2581, visit https://www.japanese-city.com/calendar/events/index.php?eID=34717 or the church’s Facebook page @SACBCBuddhistChurch.

 

Japanese Bazaar

Saturday, Jul 13 – Sunday, Jul 14

11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church

32975 Alvarado Niles Rd., Union City

(510) 471-2581

https://www.japanese-city.com/calendar/events/index.php?eID=34717

 

 

Assemblyman Chu plans public meeting in Newark

Submitted by Kansen Chu

 

California State Assemblyman Kansen Chu (D-San Jose) will hold his next Newark Community Office Hours meeting for constituents on Tuesday, July 16 at the Newark Library. During the meeting, community members will be able to meet directly with Chu and ask questions about local or state issues. Chu will also provide an update on his priorities for the community.

 

Chu represents the 25th Assembly District which includes Newark, Fremont and northern Santa Clara County. Admission is free, but because space is limited, people attending are asked to RSVP by calling Chu’s district office at (408) 262-2501. RSVPs also can be made by visiting Chu’s website at https://a25.asmdc.org/, and then clicking on “District” in the navigation bar and choosing “Upcoming Events” from the pop-up menu and following the prompts.

 

Kansen Chu meeting

Tuesday, Jul 16

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Newark Library

6300 Civic Terrace Ave.

(408) 262-2501

Free; RSVP requested

 

 

Letter to the Editor

Haste makes waste

 

It is imperative the City of Fremont address the proper location for a proposed Navigation Center. The city staff has a moral obligation to its citizens to spend tax dollars wisely. 

 

The state grant cannot be used in haste. It could lead to an unsuccessful endeavor. I am fully aware it is set up to be used expeditiously, a flawed directive that will lead to failure on many levels. 

 

After weeks of going through documents, it is clear the Niles Discovery Church lot was primarily considered because the city had a very eager partner. However, this site is away from many complimentary needed services for the chronically homeless. Most services are located in the center of the city and in the Irvington district. Niles has little amenities and no social services. Homeless advocates advise a location near services to make it easy for the clients to seek services outside the center. 

 

It can’t be ignored the low barrier navigation center will bring a certain sub population of the chronically homeless to the area. With that population will come increased drug use on our streets and in the parks. The navigation center will not have a curfew.

 

It may be the desire of the church and local promoters to want to serve 50% of the Niles homeless population but the reality is, it is meant to serve Alameda County. The impacts will be long lasting to any residential area this is placed in.

 

Contrary to belief of the Human Service Department, the church is located in a residential area directly across the street from the historic California Nursery Park. It is not a “somewhat” remote area. It is an established neighborhood.

 

It also cannot be willfully ignored that the site is located on a heavily used walking path for elementary school children. It is abhorrent that staff was aware of this and continued in negotiations with the church all the while promoting it as the best choice to the members of city council. 

 

If it were not for the concerned residents adjacent to the church it would have been a done deal! No ifs ands or buts about it! Records indicate if the church and city came to an agreement it would be in operation by the fall.

 

An estimated budget to run this Navigation Center for the proposed five years has not been presented. In my research it will cost between 8 to 10 million dollars for a 5-year operation.

 

Many questions remain. How will the city sustain this project? What is the exit plan? Where will the clients who fail to get supportive housing end up going?

 

If the city staff continues to pursue the Niles Discovery Church site, it may hurt its chance to be a successful program. It will be another California boondoggle.

 

Respectfully,

 

Wendy Arnold

Niles District, Fremont

 

 

It’s summer, why not learn to belly dance?

Submitted by Jui-lan Liu

 

Not only does a visit to the library let patrons stretch their minds, they can stretch their bodies too! Patrons will have a chance to do just that when the Fremont Main Library hosts a “Belly Dance with Azra” program on Saturday, July 13.

 

During the one-hour session, participants will learn the basics of belly dancing from hip movements and body isolations to stretches and reaches. Hip scarves will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own along with water and a towel. The instructor, Azra, has been leading belly dance workshops since 1998.

 

The session will start at 1:30 p.m. in the library’s Fukaya Room. Admission is free and open to all ages. For details, call (510) 745-1401.

 

Belly Dance Program

Saturday, Jul 13

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Basic moves, stretches and reaches

Fremont Main Library, Fukaya Room

2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont

(510) 745-1401

www.aclibrary.org

 

 

CORRECTION

 

In the June 25, 2019 edition of Tri-City Voice, the article “Giants win District 14 Tournament of Champions” incorrectly identified the team as the Niles-Centerville Giants rather than Centerville National Giants. The correct sports brief is reprinted below. We apologize for the error.

 

 

Giants win District 14 Tournament of Champions

Submitted and photos by Mike Heightchew

 

The Centerville National Giants won the District 14 Major Baseball Tournament of Champions with a win over Newark National 5-1 on June 20th. With runs in the second and fourth innings, the Giants were in the driver’s seat even though Newark tried to close the gap but could only put one run across the plate.

 

 

Automakers urge California, US to restart mileage talks

AP Wire Service

By Kathleen Ronayne

Associated Press

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP), Jun 06 – Major automobile manufacturers urged the Trump administration and California on Thursday to restart negotiations over vehicle mileage standards to prevent a lengthy legal battle, warning that moving ahead with two sets of standards would create instability in the auto market.

 

“What works best for consumers, communities, and the millions of U.S. employees that work in the auto industry is one national standard that is practical, achievable, and consistent across the 50 states,” the 17 companies including Honda, Ford and Mercedes-Benz wrote in a letter addressed to Trump.

 

At issue is a Trump administration roll back of tougher Obama-era mileage standards that would require cars to get 36 miles (58 kilometers) of real-world driving per gallon (3.8 liters) of gas by 2025. The goal is for Americans to fill up their gas tanks less frequently, sending fewer climate-changing emissions and pollutants into the air.

 

Instead, the administration is halting the tougher standards at a 2020 requirement that cars achieve 30 miles (48 kilometers) per gallon of real-word driving. It also wants to take away California's long-held ability to set its own, tougher standards, first granted in 1970 under the Clean Air Act as the state dealt with oppressive smog. Under the Obama rules, though, California and the federal government were on the same page.

 

California has already sued to block the changes, and both sides have accused the other of failing to negotiate a middle ground. The Trump administration formally cut off talks with the state in February.

 

California, the nation's most populous state, has considerable influence over the auto market. Roughly a dozen states have used its emissions standards in the past, accounting for about a third of the market.

 

The automakers suggested Thursday that the administration consider adopting a standard that's halfway between its latest proposal and what California wants. They also called for a standard that “achieves year-over-year improvements” in fuel economy and facilitates the use of “alternative powertrains,” such as electric vehicles.

 

“We strongly believe the best path to preserve good auto jobs and keep new vehicles affordable for more Americans is a final rule supported by all parties – including California,” they wrote.

 

In the letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom, meanwhile, the companies said such collaboration would lead to greater greenhouse gas emissions reductions than having two standards.

 

“We know that reaching an agreement has been challenging, but the stakes are too high and the benefits too important to accept the status quo,” they wrote to Newsom.

 

The administration is expected to release its final version of the mileage rollbacks soon.

 

Dan Becker, director of the Center for Auto Safety's Safe Climate Campaign, said the letter shows automakers want weaker standards and more loopholes.

 

“Had they sent this months ago, maybe it wouldn't be too late. But now they're closing the garage door after the gas guzzler has fled,” Becker said in an email.

 

The Trump administration and California are frequent sparring partners, with the state filing more than 50 lawsuits against the federal government during President Donald Trump's tenure.

 

California has “failed to put forward a productive alternative, and we are moving forward to finalize a rule with the goal of promoting safer, cleaner, and more affordable vehicles,” said Judd Deere, a White House spokesman.

 

Newsom, in an emailed statement, said a rollback of the standards would be bad for the climate and the economy.

 

“I applaud the automakers for saying as much in their letter today to the President. We should keep working towards one national standard – one that doesn't backtrack on the progress states like California have made,” he said. He did not comment on whether the state would go back to the table.

 

A spokesperson for Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board, did not immediately comment.

 

Associated Press writer Tom Krisher in Detroit contributed.

 

 

Milpitas Police Log

Submitted by Sgt. Jason Speckenheuer

 

Tuesday, June 18

  • At about 12:30 a.m. a 25-year-old man arranged to meet with a woman at a residence on Elm Avenue. Once there, the man was confronted at the door by another man, later identified by police as John Anthony Walter, 33, of Milpitas. Walter used an unknown object to strike the victim on his head and stole is cellular phone and wallet. The victim returned to his home in San Jose and notified police. Later, at about 1:35 p.m. Milpitas Police detectives located Walter, and the woman, identified by police as Suzette Christine Andrews, 39, of Milpitas in their Milpitas home. After obtaining a search warrant, authorities found the stolen cellular phone and wallet inside the residence along with a Taurus .38 caliber revolver. Both were arrested and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on various charges.

 

 

Observe the Moon and Beyond: Apollo 11 at 50

By David Prosper

 

Saturn is at opposition this month, beckoning to future explorers with its beautiful rings and varied, mysterious moons. Our moon prominently passes Saturn mid-month, just in time for the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11.

 

Saturn is in opposition on July 9, rising in the east as the sun sets in the west. It is visible all night, hovering right above the teapot of Sagittarius. Saturn is not nearly as bright as Jupiter, next door in Scorpius, but both giant planets are easily the brightest objects in their constellations, making them easy to identify. A full moon scrapes by the ringed planet late in the evening of July 15 through the early morning of July 16. Some observers in South America will even see the moon occult, or pass in front of, Saturn. Observe how fast the moon moves in relation to Saturn throughout the night by recording their positions every half hour or so via sketches or photos.

 

While observing the Saturn-moon celestial dance the early morning of July 16, you can also contemplate the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Apollo 11 mission. On June 16, 1969, Apollo 11 blasted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on a journey of almost a quarter million miles to our nearest celestial neighbor, a mission made possible by the tremendous power of the Saturn V rocket – still the most powerful rocket ever launched. Just a few days later, on July 20, 1969 at 10:56 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the lunar surface and became the first people in history to walk on another world. The astronauts set up equipment including a solar wind sampler, laser ranging retroreflector, and seismometer, and gathered up almost 22 kilograms (48 pounds) of precious lunar rocks and soil samples. After spending less than a day on the moon’s surface, the duo blasted off and returned to the orbiting Columbia Command Module, piloted by Michael Collins. Just a few days later, on July 24, 1969 all three astronauts splashed down safely in the Pacific Ocean. You can follow the timeline of the Apollo 11 mission in greater detail at bit.ly/TimelineApollo11 and dig deep into mission history and science on NASA’s Apollo History Site: bit.ly/ApolloNASA.

 

Have you ever wanted to see the flag on the moon left behind by the Apollo astronauts? While no telescope on Earth is powerful enough to see any items left behind the landing sites, you can discover how much you can observe with the Flag on the Moon handout: bit.ly/MoonFlag. You can catch up on all of NASA’s current and future missions at www.nasa.gov.

 

This article is distributed by NASA Night Sky Network. The Night Sky Network program supports astronomy clubs across the USA dedicated to astronomy outreach. Visit https://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/index.cfm to find local clubs, events, and more.

 

 

Tenant rent ordinance has changed in Hayward

Submitted by City Councilman Mark Salinas

 

At their June 18 meeting, the Hayward City Council voted to repeal and replace the City’s former rent stabilization ordinance and replace it with a new ordinance called the “Residential Rent Stabilization and Tenant Protection Ordinance.”

 

The new ordinance will go into effect July 25. There were several reasons why a change was needed. One is the old ordinance was outdated. As in other Bay Area cities and throughout the State of California, many Hayward renters felt they were treated unfairly by their landlords and wanted the City Council to put in place equitable protections against bad landlords. Renters also saw increasing rents from month to month without any regard to State laws and local ordinances. They felt they were being taken advantage of, and far too many families were ultimately forced to move out of their rental unit. In addition, since state law and local ordinances are applied differently to different tenants, there was confusion as what rules applied to tenants.

 

Here are some key changes in the new ordinance:

 

  • If their rent increases more than 5%, tenants have a mandatory mediation process available to them. All mediation is binding, and landlords and tenants must follow the resolution.
  • Landlords will file rent increases and eviction notices with the City so it can track patterns, trends, and potential problems with landlords and tenants.
  • Landlords must have a “just cause” to evict a tenant.

 

Housing, especially rental housing, is a complex issue, and although the City Council is moving to protect renters, this does not take away from the bigger and more significant issue facing Hayward: building more housing for all income levels. Although there are developments in the pipeline, it is still not enough to meet projected future needs in the City.

 

To download the ordinance and staff report from the City of Hayward, visit https://hayward.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx, then click on the 7 p.m. City Council Meeting link for 6/18/2019, download the agenda, and follow the prompts for the link to the ordinance. For details, call (510) 583-4000.

 

 

City of Newark

June 27, 2019

 

Presentations and Proclamations:

  • Introduce Franklin Lee, Senior Support Specialist in the Maintenance Division.

 

Consent Calendar:

  • Authorize Joint Powers Agreement with City of Fremont for paratransit services.
  • Authorize Joint Powers Agreement with City of Fremont for case management services.
  • Authorize Emergency Medical Services First Responder Advanced Life Support Services Agreement with County of Alameda.
  • Establish Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Tax Appropriations Limit.
  • Approve addition of Vehicle Abatement Officer position.
  • Approve addition of Lead Child Care Instructor.
  • Approve survey for citywide speed limits.
  • Award contract for 2019 Asphalt Concrete Street Overlay Program to DeSilva Gates Construction LP.
  • Award contract to Bay Construction Co. for Newark Community Dog Park.
  • Set July 25, 2019 for a public hearing to establish Underground Utility District No. 15 on Newark Boulevard between Fair Avenue and Bellhaven Avenue.
  • Approve investment policy.
  • Approve amendments to 2018-2020 Biennial Budget and 2018-2019 Capital Improvement Plan.

 

Non-Consent:

  • Approve annual Engineer’s Reports and intention to levy and collect assessments and setting public hearing date of July 25, 2019 for Landscaping and Lighting District Nos. 1,2,4,6,7,10,11,13,15,16,17,18,19. PASSED 3-0-1-1 (Abstain, Collazo)

 

City Council Matters:

  • Happy 4th of July
  • Music at the Grove concert July 5th
  • Movie in the Park on June 29th at Silliman Center to benefit Relay for Life.

 

Oral Communications:

  • Comment regarding problems with disposition of human remains, 5G cell towers.

 

Mayor Alan Nagy                   Absent

Vice Mayor Sucy Collazo       Aye, 1 Abstention

Luis Freitas                             Aye

Michael Hannon                     Aye

Mike Bucci                             Aye

 

 

City of Newark Jr. Cougars basketball camps

Submitted by Coach Darryl Reina

 

The City of Newark, in cooperation with the coaching staff at Newark Memorial High School, will be offering basketball camps this summer designed to bring out the best in each and every player. Each Camp will be held at the Silliman Activity Center Gymnasium in Newark.

 

Girls Basketball Camp for ages 7-15 will be held Monday, July 8 – Friday, July 12, 9 a.m. – 12 noon. The fee is $99 for Newark residents, and $108 for non-residents. The Camp Director is Coach Darryl Reina.

 

Junior Boys Camp for ages 8-12 will be held Monday, July 15 – Thursday, July 18, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., under the direction of Coach Craig Ashmore. The fee is $94 for Newark residents, and $103 for non-residents.

 

Coach Ashmore is also offering an Advanced Boys Camp for ages 12-15 on Monday, July 15 – Thursday, July 18, 11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. The fee is $94 for Newark residents, and $103 for non-residents.

 

To register or for more information stop by the Silliman Center, go online at www.newark.org, or call (510) 578-4620.

 

 

City of Newark Jr. Cougars basketball camps

 

Girls Basketball Camp (ages 7-15)

Monday, Jul 8 – Friday, Jul 12

9 am – 12 noon

 

Junior Boys Camp ages (8-12)

Monday, July 15 – Thursday, July 18

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

 

Advanced Boys Camp ages (12-15)

Monday, July 15 – Thursday, July 18

11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

 

Silliman Activity Center Gymnasium

6800 Mowry Ave., Newark

www.newark.org

(510) 578-4620

Fee: $94 – 108

 

 

Fremont News Briefs

Submitted by Cheryl Golden

 

Fourth of July Parade and Road Closures

Mark your calendar for the Fremont 4th of July Parade from 10 a.m. to 12 noon in Downtown Fremont. This year’s parade will feature approximately 70 parade entries, including colorful patriotic floats, marching bands, and equestrian units. The National Anthem will kick off the event promptly at 9:45 a.m. on the main stage. Following a parade flyover, the parade will officially step off at 10 a.m. and is anticipated to last two hours.

 

Only official parade participants with credentials will be allowed to enter the staging area and parade route. The Fremont Police Department asks attendees to please refrain from bringing backpacks and large bags into the venue. In addition, UAVs (drones) will not be permitted to fly over the parade route or within the event venue. For more information visit https://fremont4th.org.

 

Several major roadways will be closed during the parade. All road closures will begin at 6 a.m. Thursday, July 4, and roads are expected to reopen at 2 p.m. The road closures are as follows:

  • Paseo Padre Parkway (both directions full closure between Mowry Avenue and Stevenson Boulevard)
  • Stevenson Boulevard between Civic Center Drive and Paseo Padre Parkway
  • Capitol Avenue (between State Street and Paseo Padre Parkway)
  • Hastings Street (between Capitol Avenue and Mowry Avenue)
  • Walnut Avenue (between Liberty Street and Civic Center Drive)
  • Liberty Street (between Beacon Avenue and Capitol Avenue)

 

Ban on fireworks

Fremont’s public safety departments would like to remind residents, businesses, and visitors that the sale, possession, and use of all fireworks are banned within the city. This ban includes the “safe and sane” variety of fireworks that are legal in some other cities. Fire and police resources will be on patrol during the peak times of concern to maintain an active vigilance against fireworks use.

 

In California, possession of illegal fireworks is considered a misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine of not less than $500 or more than $1,000, or by imprisonment in a county jail for up to one year. If you are found to be in possession of a sufficient amount of illegal fireworks, you may be guilty of a felony and punished by a fine up to $5,000 and/or imprisonment in a state prison or county jail. Parents may be held liable for any damages or injuries caused by their children’s use of illegal fireworks.

 

Fremont Police and Fire are anticipating a high call volume during the Fourth of July holiday season. We ask that community members help due their part to keep our city safe and dial 911 in case of a true emergency. To report illegal firework use, call the Fremont Police Department Dispatch Center at (510) 790-6800 and select option 3.

 

National Night Out Registration Underway

Start organizing your neighborhood to participate in the annual National Night Out from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, August 6. Join Fremont police staff along with community organizations, neighborhood groups, and city leaders. National Night Out provides the opportunity for neighbors to get to know each other better and sends a strong message to criminals that our community will look out for each other by reporting suspicious activity in their neighborhoods. Throughout the night, city staff will make visits to the registered parties where they will share information, network, and answer questions that community members may have.

 

Community members can register their parties until 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 30 to participate in this year’s event. Register at www.FremontPolice.org/NNOReg to be considered for a visit by the police or fire department. Our goal is to provide each party with one visit from city staff, but it will depend upon the number of parties and staff who sign up to participate. Requests for a visit from the fire department must be made separately. First register your party and then contact Pam Franklin at pfranklin@fremont.gov or call (510) 494-4200.

 

If you plan to block off your street for your celebration, you will need a block party permit from the City of Fremont; for details, contact Barbara Yee-Charlson at (510) 494-4561 or byee-charlson@fremont.gov. The deadline to file for a permit is Friday, July 5; and cost of the permit is $20. More information is available at www.Fremont.gov/SpecialEventPermit. If you have questions about the National Night Out, call the Fremont Police Department’s Community Engagement Unit at (510) 790-6740.

 

Benefit Concert and Dinner

This year marks the Fremont Family Resource Center's (FRC) 20th anniversary. The event “With a Little Help from My Friends” will take place at 6 p.m. September 13 at Campo Di Bocce of Fremont. The benefit concert and dinner will feature The Sun Kings, California's premiere Beatles Tribute Band. General Admission tickets are $95 per person. The VIP experience at $175 per person includes a pre-concert show with Drew Harrison, lead singer of the Sun Kings and premier John Lennon vocalist, and front row seating at the concert.

 

The FRC helps individuals and families achieve financial stability and success by building assets, advancing their education, and gaining sustainable wage jobs. Proceeds from the event will benefit the center and its programs including Discovery Cove Childcare Center, offering free childcare for parents accessing FRC services; and SparkPoint Fremont and Family Support Services, providing financial coaching, workshops, and family support to strengthen Tri-City families in need.

 

Tickets are available online at www.Fremont.gov/FRC20. For questions about the event, email FRCevent913@gmail.com or call (510)818-9888. For details about sponsorship opportunities, contact Paula Manczuk-Hannay at PManczuk-Hannay@fremont.gov or call (510) 574-2049.

 

Tri-City Animal Shelter Seeks Kitten Fosters

Want to serve your community during the busy summer season? Foster a litter of kittens. The amount of time that kittens are in your care varies from two to seven weeks, depending on how young they are when you start fostering. Kittens must be kept separate from your resident pets – using a spare bedroom or bathroom for your fosters is ideal.

 

 Tri-City Animal Shelter will provide initial food and litter and will loan you a kitchen scale for weigh-ins. The shelter will also provide medical support to your litter. To apply and for more details, visit www.TriCityAnimalShelter.org/188/Fostering.

 

 

Niles-Centerville forces “what if” for championship

Submitted and photos by Mike Heightchew

 

The Senior team from Niles-Centerville kept their hopes alive for a District 14 championship with a terrific offensive performance on June 24th. In a must-win situation, the hits started in the first inning and continued, outpacing the Fremont American Pirates 14-4. The win evens the records of both teams and forces a tie-breaker for the championship on June 25th.

 

 

Scholarship recipients shine at Ohlone College

Submitted by Vanessa Bocog

 

The Smith Center at Ohlone College was packed full of smiles on Tuesday, May 28 as students, family, friends and the college community gathered together to celebrate the gift of scholarship at the Annual Ohlone College Foundation Scholarship Awards Reception.

 

Thanks to the generosity of the Ohlone College Foundation donors, 79 students were awarded scholarships totaling $156,950. The annual event is an opportunity for scholarship recipients to be honored, and for donors to have the opportunity to see the impact their investment will make in the future of student’s lives.

 

“We are thankful to the many donors who are playing an invaluable role in supporting our students in their journey to success,” said Dr. Gari Browning, President/Superintendent of the Ohlone Community College District. “The role they play aligns with Ohlone’s mission to empower students in reaching their full potential.”

 

This year’s scholarship recipients included 38 incoming, first-year students — 33 of whom received the Ohlone Promise Scholarship – with 27 continued studies students and 14 students successfully transferring on to four-year institutions after building a successful educational foundation at Ohlone College.

 

“The students we award the scholarships to each year truly exemplify what it means to work hard, have clear goals, and embody the fortitude it takes to be a true Ohlone Renegade,” said Dr. Rakesh Sharma, Board Chair of the Ohlone College Foundation.

 

The Ohlone College Foundation awards a variety of scholarships with gift amounts ranging from $500 to cover the cost of books, $1,000 for tuition assistance and $3,600 for the Ohlone Promise Scholarship which provides students the full cost of tuition, fees, and books. Its available to high school seniors from Fremont, Newark and New Haven Unified School Districts who have the intention of attending Ohlone as a full-time student.

 

An additional scholarship in the amount of $4,000 was donated by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and given to a student transferring to a four-year institution. The scholarship is dedicated to students who are able to succeed in their studies at Ohlone College in light of challenges outside of their college life. This year’s recipient was Sweeti Bharadia, a second-year continuing student, who demonstrated an unwavering dedication and focus on her studies despite undergoing many personal obstacles.

 

The Ohlone College Foundation Scholarships transform the lives of student recipients and are made possible with the heartfelt support and generosity of donors. If you would like to donate to the Ohlone College Foundation, please visit ohlone.edu/foundation or call (510)659-6020.

 

Scholarship Recipients:

Husna Abid, Anabel Agraz, Michael Balleza, Sweeti Bharadia, Lisa Brown, Ivan Capristo, Eunice Chan, Ashnil Chand, May Chaw, Ailin Chen, Adam Crownover, XinQi Deng, Curtis Espadera, Angelica Esquivel, Iman Fawzy,Helen Feng, Janelle Figueroa, Amanda Fitzgerald, Naya Flores, Mika Pauline Garrote, Alexis Gobel, Sean Gordon, Danielle Karylle Hu, Chloe Hu, Bryan Hui, Aaron Humpert, Imon Karim, Simrin Kaur, Mingyun Kim, Choon Koek, Priscilla Koh, Chi-YingKuo, Ka Wing Lam, Alina Lam, Catherine Li, Jennifer Lopez-Atayde, Michelle Lozada, Joseph John Macrohon, Jordan Magat, Allen Mao, Elijah Martinez, Samantha Mata, Reshab Mehta,Lwin Moe, Henna Mohabbat, Jada Montez, Gabriella Montyoia Fontillas, Hrithik Nair, Brittany Nelson, Alyssa Jannel Nunez, Amal Omar, Harriet Ouonkap, Samantha Pantoja, Erica Peralez, Vincent Pham, Leslie Ramirez, Dylan Seeley, Diego-Alonzo Sevillano, Suraj Shah, Abraham Shalizi, Harjot Singh, Amandeep Singh, Cecilia Sistena, David Soto Arrue, Marisela Suarez, Rugayya Syeda, Ethan Tamayo, Shin Min Thu, Keilani Titsworth, Michelle Torcuator, Elizabeth Updike, Diego Ureno, Mariela Vera, Juliana Viado, Ivan Williams, Xiali Wu, Mursal Yari, Lu Zhang, Malia Zornoza

 

 

PG&E urging customers to update contact information

Submitted by Tamar Sarkissian

 

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is sending postcards to more than 240,000 customers encouraging them to update their mobile number, email and other key information so the company can contact them in advance should it become necessary to temporarily turn off power for safety this fire season.

 

These customers, who live throughout PG&E’s service area, have incomplete or no contact information on file. It is important that all customer information is up to date so PG&E can share important wildfire safety alerts. In addition to notifying customers directly, PG&E also will provide outage updates and information through channels such as social media, local news, radio and the pge.com website.

 

“With the 2019 wildfire season now upon us, we all need to be better prepared to stay emergency-ready and to keep our families and friends safe,” said Laurie Giammona, PG&E’s senior vice president and chief customer officer. “We are asking our customers to be sure we have their latest contact information so we can do our best to reach them in advance of a potential Public Safety Power Shutoff event.”

 

The Public Safety Power Shutoff program is one of many additional precautionary safety measures in response to the 2017 and 2018 wildfires that the company is putting in place as part of its Community Wildfire Safety Program intended to reduce wildfire threats and strengthen communities for the future. Extreme weather threats can change quickly. PG&E’s goal, dependent on weather and other factors, is to send customer alerts through automated calls, texts and emails at 48 hours, again at 24 hours, and again just prior to shutting off power.

 

Besides updating their contact information to prepare for Public Safety Power Shutoffs, PG&E encourages customers to do the following:

 

  • Have an emergency plan for wildfires and discuss it with friends, family and neighbors
  • Update or create a go bag or 72-hour kit that can be used in case there is a need to evacuate
  • Clear defensible space around homes or businesses

 

PG&E thanks the over 390,000 customers who have taken action to ensure they will receive its wildfire safety alerts since June 1, 2018. For customers who have not yet confirmed or updated their contact information, PG&E strongly encourages everyone to do so by visiting www.pge.com/mywildfirealerts or by calling the PG&E contact center at 1-866-743-6589.

 

 

LINKS shuttle service releases new app, upgrades buses

Submitted by Alice Kim

 

The San Leandro LINKS, a free shuttle between Downtown San Leandro BART station and West San Leandro, has introduced new upgraded buses and NextBus application. The new application allows riders to find real-time arrival predictions for nearby stops instantly, find stops and pinpoint precise vehicle locations, get walking directions, and save favorites or set alerts for favorite stops and times.

 

Employees at innovative companies seek a range of transportation options and LINKS offers an easy, free connection between employment locations and BART. LINKS is a key component of the city’s efforts to revitalize San Leandro’s industrial areas and a partnership between the city and the San Leandro Transportation Organization. The shuttle is funded by businesses along the bus route through the West San Leandro Business Improvement District.

 

To download the app and learn more, visit the NextBus site at https://nextbus.cubic.com/Mobile-Access. For more information on LINKS, including route maps, service hours, and stop locations, visit www.sanleandrolinks.com or contact the LINKS Shuttle at linksshuttle@sanleandro.org.

 

 

Social Security Column

Self-employment and social security

By Linda Zamfino

Social Security Representative

 

Many people enjoy the independence of owning and operating their own small business. If you’re a small business owner, you know that you have additional financial responsibilities when reporting your taxes. A part of this is paying into Social Security. Most people who pay into Social Security work for an employer. Their employer deducts Social Security taxes from their paycheck, adds a matching contribution, then sends those taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and reports the wages to Social Security. Self-employed people must do all these actions and pay their taxes directly to IRS.

 

You’re self-employed if you operate a trade, business or profession, either by yourself or as a partner. You report your earnings for Social Security when you file your federal income tax return. If your net earnings are $400 or more in a year, you must report your earnings on Schedule SE, in addition to the other tax forms you must file. You must have worked and paid Social Security taxes for a certain length of time to get Social Security benefits. The amount of time you need to work depends on your date of birth, but no one needs more than 10 years of work (40 credits).

 

In 2019, if your net earnings are $5,440 or more, you earn the yearly maximum of four credits – one credit for each $1,360 of earnings during the year. If your net earnings are less than $5,440, you still may earn credit by using an optional method described below.

 

We use all your earnings covered by Social Security to figure your Social Security benefit, so, report all earnings up to the maximum, as required by law. Family members may operate a business together. For example, spouses may be partners or run a joint venture. If you and another person operate a business together as partners, you should each report your share of the business profits as net earnings on separate self-employment returns (Schedule SE), even if you file a joint income tax return. The partners must decide the amount of net earnings each should report (for example 50 percent and 50 percent).

 

You can read more about being self-employed and how that affects your Social Security benefits, including optional methods of reporting, at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/EN-05-10022.pdf.

 

 

Sun safety tips from a dermatologist

By Stephanie Gertsch

 

With summer well underway, people in the Northern Hemisphere are ready to take advantage of long warm days at the pool, beach, or lake. A less balmy prospect is increased risks that come with sun exposure. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S., with 3.5 million cases occurring each year. Dr. Akhil Wadhera, dermatologist at Kaiser Permanente in Fremont, says he can expect one in five of his patients to develop skin cancer at some point.

 

Luckily for us skin creatures, most skin cancers are not deadly. The exception is Melanoma, which according to Wadhera, “happens to be not only the deadliest skin cancer, it’s actually the deadliest cancer … About ninety thousand patients get diagnosed with melanoma every year in the United States, and about 10,000 die of it. So, it’s almost like one every hour.” Ultraviolet light is the most common cause, and all skin types and ethnicities are at risk. “Even our darkest African Americans get Melanomas,” says Wadhera. “And in fact, the risk of them having a bad outcome is much higher because they don’t pick it up fast enough.” All skin shows sun damage, and while redheads burn more easily, those with darker skin such as Hispanics, Asians, and South Asians, can be more prone to discoloration. Everyone needs protection.

 

People run the risk of skin cancer and skin damage when they overestimate the effectiveness of their sunscreen, treating SPF numbers like a magic talisman rather than a guideline. Sunscreens are tested in a lab with a certain amount of product over a certain surface area, “but none of us know what our facial surface area is, right?” Wadhera points out. “None of us weigh the sunscreen that we’re taking out. We’re just winging it.” The recommended dosage is a half teaspoon for the face and neck, and a whole ounce (six teaspoons) for the entire body, including arms and legs, back, and front. Many people use only half of one-fourth the recommended amount, meaning they only get 10 percent of what SPF promises.

 

In addition, people are bad at estimating their actual time in the sun. Just like unplanned snacks can add up the calories and sabotage a diet, unplanned sun exposure can damage your skin. Wadhera recounts a common scenario: “Many patients will come and say, ‘Doc, I’m not going out. I’m sitting at home. Why do I need to use it?’ But the problem is they don’t remember that they talked to their neighbor on their porch for 45 minutes. They were in the sun. They hadn’t planned for it, they weren’t going out for it, and they didn’t use the sunscreen, but they spent 45 minutes.”

 

The best way to get the most out of your sunscreen is to simply make application part of your daily routine. If you already have a skincare regimen, make this your last step before applying primer and makeup. Dermatologists recommend sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, and broad spectrum to block both UVA (skin stressing) and UVB (cancer causing) rays. Sunscreens also come in both chemical and physical forms. Physical blockers contain inorganic minerals such as zinc and titanium, which reflect light back rather than absorbing it. By contrast, chemical types absorb light and convert it into heat. Although both can be effective, Wadhera recommends minerals because “we don’t want our patients to absorb that light, we want to reflect it.”

 

Naturally, sunscreen is not the only line of defense against skin damage. For starters, people can shun the sun during the brightest time of day. Wahera says, “The first thing I tell people is to avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. … if you have to be out, then look for shade.” Long sleeves, wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, and parasols with sun protection are every bit as critical in your arsenal. Sunscreen is there to fill in the gaps.

 

Even when it’s for the sake of their health, people in western cultures can feel a little sad at the thought of a summer without a tan. Tans are a sign of health, common knowledge states. And once you have one, at least it protects you from more burns, right? But according to the dermatologist, “There is no safe tan.” The only tan that isn’t a sign of damage is one that comes not from the sun but from a self-tanner bottle. In addition, tinted sunscreens are becoming more popular, so you can get the illusion of sun while protecting yourself at the same time.

 

The most important part of sunscreen is choosing the one that works for you. Wadhera says, “In the end there’s hundreds of products of sunscreens. As long as it’s SPF 30, as long as it’s broad spectrum, use the one that you’re going to like. Because I can recommend 10 different products to people, but if you don’t like the smell or it irritates you, you’re not going to use it.”

 

You can learn more sun safety tips and how to spot a Melanoma at https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.org/health-wellness/health-encyclopedia/.

 

 

Teachers Reach Agreement with the School District

Article and photos by Roelle Balan

 

Teachers play an important role in a student’s life, and when they can’t afford basic necessities, the entire community is affected.

 

For the first time in history, the New Haven Teachers Association went on a teacher strike for higher salaries. The strike started on May 20, 2019 and ended on June 9, 2019, lasting 14 school days. The agreement is a 4% pay increase for the 2018 – 2019 and 2019 – 2020 school years. Since the 2018 – 2019 school year has passed, teachers will get a retroactive pay increase starting from January 1, 2019. For the 2018 -2019 school year only, teachers will be awarded an additional 2.5%, bringing their total raise to 6.5%.

 

Teachers would get another raise in addition to the promised 4% based on how much money the district makes next year. New Haven Unified School District spokesperson John Mattos said based on the district’s revenue projections for next year, if they make a million dollars more, the teachers get a 0.5% raise. If the district makes two million more, the teachers gets a 1% raise for next year. Retiring teachers have a chance to make up the days they missed during the strike, Mattos explained. Those retiring this year may work for 14 days this summer so they can receive pay benefits for the last year they worked.

 

Mattos said the district can afford the teacher raises. The board approved the district budget at the Tuesday June 18, 2019 meeting, including the teacher pay increases. Unfortunately, the district needs to make an estimated $6.5 million in cuts during the 2020 – 2021 school year. It’s still years ahead, but Mattos said most likely positions will be cut. He said about 91% of the budget is paying salaries of administrators, staff, and teachers.

 

Not everyone was satisfied with the results of the strike. “It would have been better served if we got the thing we wanted initially, which was the COLA raise…supporting the need for teachers, what they call a living wage kind of consideration. So, some folks weren’t satisfied with that, but it just means we’ve got to continue to make sure that those kind of things are considered in the future,” New Haven Teachers Association president Joe Angeles said. “But the membership as a whole understood and was really supportive of what we had to go through for this unfortunate strike.” Only 60% of the 585-member teachers union voted yes to the new agreement.

 

The union is already getting ready to negotiate the next three-year contract, which starts in the 2020 – 2021 school year. Angeles said the process is called a “sunshine request” where they open up a contract for review. The contract review is scheduled for this October. “Hopefully, by the end of this coming year, we will have a full three-year contract,” Angeles said.

 

Angeles said the strike would have not gained so much traction without the support from students and the community. “We really became the idea and support of this community, which has a large part of the whole education process here…and I think it helped them understand what their authority and empowerment is in this whole process,” Angeles said. “We’re really appreciative of that and we’ll look forward to moving on and again continuing this journey to make sure teacher consideration is in full place and no longer put to the side.”

 

A number of events were canceled because of the strike including an art show at Logan High School, an open house event in Conley-Caraballo High School, and a number of athletic competitions. The strike ended just before eighth grade promotions and high school graduations, and those events proceeded as scheduled.

 

 

Tesla: Sales record within reach but deliveries are problem

By Tom Krisher

AP Auto Writer

 

DETROIT (AP), Jun 26 – Tesla is close to setting a quarterly record for deliveries, but the company is having trouble shipping vehicles to the right places as the second quarter comes to a close, CEO Elon Musk told workers in an internal memo.

 

Musk wrote that the company could break the record of 90,700 deliveries set in last year's fourth quarter if everyone goes “all out” before the quarter ends on Sunday.

 

Wall Street will be watching, because shares of the Palo Alto, California, company are down more than 30 percent this year, as investors became concerned about demand for Tesla's electric vehicles. In the first quarter the company delivered only 63,000, a 31 percent drop from the fourth quarter of last year.

 

The company has not changed its guidance of 360,000 to 400,000 vehicles this year, and Musk has repeatedly denied there is a demand problem for the company's three vehicles, the Model S full-size sedan, the Model 3 small sedan and the Model X SUV.

 

But Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives wrote in a note to investors Wednesday that it's unlikely the company will deliver 90,000 to 100,000 vehicles this quarter and reaching annual delivery targets “is going to be an Everest-like task in our opinion.” He expects 84,000 to 88,000 deliveries for the quarter when the company announces its numbers sometime next week.

 

“Tesla has become the ultimate `prove me' stock, and it must start with a good 2Q delivery unit number” to restore its credibility with Wall Street, Ives wrote. “Musk & Co. have talked the talk, now it's time to walk the walk.”

 

Details of the internal memo were reported Tuesday night by Bloomberg News.

 

Tesla lost $702.1 million in the first quarter, among its worst quarters in two years. Musk predicted another loss in the second quarter but said Tesla would be profitable again by the third quarter.

 

 

Emergency Text-to-911 service now available in Fremont

Submitted by Fremont PD

 

The Fremont Police Department Dispatch Center is now accepting Text-to-911 services from wireless telephone customers in the City of Fremont. The texts, up to 140 characters, should only be used in an emergency situation when a voice call is not possible – such as if a caller is deaf, hard of hearing, speech impaired, or if speaking out loud would put a caller in danger. An emergency situation is defined as an inherently dangerous situation demanding an immediate response on the part of a police officer. Non-emergency calls, requests and non-urgent tips will not be accepted through the Text-to-911 service.

 

If there is an emergency and a voice call cannot be made, callers should follow these guidelines:

 

  • Don’t text and drive
  • In the first text message send the location and type of emergency
  • Text in simple words without abbreviations or slang
  • Remember that text are limited to 140 letters/numbers each
  • Be prepared to answer questions and follow instructions from the 911 call taker

 

Police emphasize that callers should not abuse the 911-to-Text service; it should only be used in an emergency and texting or calling 911 with a false report is a crime.

 

Additionally, in order to use the Text-to-911 service, callers should be aware of the following challenges:

 

  • A text or data plan is required to place a 911 text
  • As with all text messages, messages to 911 may take longer to receive, may get out of order, or in some rare cases, may not be received at all
  • If you do not receive a text response from 911, try to contact 911 another way
  • Photos and videos cannot be sent to 911 via text at this time
  • Text-to-911 cannot include more than one person. Do not send an emergency text to anyone other than 911
  • Text messages cannot be forwarded to an outside agency such as Fire or EMS. In those situations, a dispatcher will call and verbally relay the information.

 

To watch an online video demonstration of how the Text-to-911 service works in Fremont, log on to https://youtu.be/HY2zyfLXik8.

 

Finally, voice calls to 911 are still the best and fastest to contact 911 dispatchers. For non-emergency calls or to report a non-urgent (not in progress) crime tip to police in Fremont, call (510) 790-6800, extension 3.

 

 

The Robot Report

 

Drive.ai had sputtered to a halt. The startup company, which developed artificial intelligence for autonomous vehicles, recently laid off its staff in Mountain View, California and Plano, Texas. Then, in June 2019, Apple Inc. rode to the rescue, acquiring Drive.ai and hiring many of its former engineers.

 

For all of the hype and funding around self-driving cars, it’s easy to forget the challenges of developing fully autonomous vehicles and how competitive the field is.

 

Pulling over after a strong start

Drive.ai was founded in 2015 and worked on kits to add autonomy to existing vehicles. It used deep learning and built middleware for simulation that is hoped would lead to a “brain” for self-driving vehicles.

 

Drive.ai was valued at $200 million after its Series B round two years ago, said Axios, an online news website. Last year, Drive.ai piloted shuttles in Frisco, Texas. However, the company had been looking for a buyer since early this year, and it reportedly suffered from rotating CEOs.

 

As with consumer robotics, the business might have struggled, but its intellectual property and worker expertise were still valuable. Apple has “acqui-hired” data, systems, and software engineers, among other former Drive.ai employees, said the San Francisco Chronicle. Apple’s autonomous shuttle project, dubbed “Palo Alto to Infinite Loop” or PAIL, was intended to link its offices in Silicon Valley.

 

The Drive.ai purchase demonstrates that Apple doesn’t want to be left in the dust behind other big technology companies such as Waymo LLC and Uber Technologies Inc., despite shutting down “Project Titan” in January. Rumors of Apple’s interest in Drive.ai circulated recently, even as the latter company was shutting down.

 

The California Department of Motor Vehicles had found that Apple and Uber placed far behind the Google spinoff in terms of “miles per disengagement,” a rating of self-driving safety. Waymo recently offered its lidar sensors to non-competitors, as the debate continues over whether lidar, radar, and/or vision systems are best for driverless navigation and safety.

 

Also, Waymo recently partnered with Groupe Renault and Nissan Motor Co. to “research commercial, legal, and regulatory issues related to driverless transportation-as-a-service offerings in France and Japan.”

 

Whether it’s through partnerships, acquisitions, or direct investment, don’t count out the traditional automakers for self-driving vehicles. Last month, General Motors’ Cruise unit raised $1.15 billion, and Toyota AI Ventures announced its second $100 million mobility startup fund.

 

More merging into driverless traffic

Meanwhile, in late June 2019, Uber acquired Mighty AI Inc. for an undisclosed amount. Seattle-based Mighty AI said it “labels data at scale” for training autonomous vehicles, robots, and other systems.

 

In addition, Starsky Robotics began testing driverless trucks in Florida. The San Francisco-based company raised $16.5 million in a Series A round in March. Unlike competitors such as Ike or TuSimple, whose driverless trials still include human safety drivers, Starsky Robotics is relying on remote operators.

 

The Robot Report will continue monitoring transactions, technology advances, and consolidation in autonomous vehicles.

 

— Eugene Demaitre

 

 

Union City City Council

June 25, 2019

 

Consent Agenda:

 

  • Accepted a $6,000 donation from Fremont Bank for police-community engagement events. Coffee with Cops, National Night Out, and Shop with a Cop are examples of such events.
  • Amended building inspection services contract amount from $150,000 to $250,000 to 4Leaf, Inc.
  • Approved the Emergency Medical Services First Responder Advanced Life Support services agreement with the County of Alameda. The five-year contract starts on July 1, 2019.

 

Public Comment:

 

  • Resident congratulated Joan Malloy for her new position as city manager and congratulated Tony Acosta on his retirement.

 

Public Hearing:

 

  • The first of five public hearings to transition to a by-district election system. Maps will be available at least 7 days before the August 13, 2019 public hearing. Residents and city council members can turn in their marked-up maps to city clerk Anna Brown.
  • Budget adoption for the years 2019 – 2020 and 2020 – 2021.
  • Public Hearing on an annual renewal of Landscape and Lighting District.

 

City Reports:

 

  • Accepted the city’s Organizational Management Audit. The audit provided recommendations on how the city can change and improve its operations.
  • Appointed Joan Malloy as the new city manager and approved her employment agreement, starting July 1, 2019. Malloy has an annual compensation of $245,000. Benefits include paid healthcare costs of $2,000 a month and a paid life insurance coverage of $100,000.
  • Adopt an Urgency Ordinance to make sure Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) don’t enter city storm sewer systems when buildings are demolished. This will be executed through a new demolition permit process called a priority building materials screening assessment.

 

Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci                Aye

Vice Mayor Gary Singh                      Aye

Emily Duncan                                     Aye

Pat Gacoscos                                       Aye

Jaime Patiño                                        Aye