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Government Editor
Simon Wong
(510) 494-1999 ext. 108
New public Montessori high school
Opening in Hayward August 2013

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Silver Oak High School, a public Montessori charter school, will open in Hayward on August 26, 2013.

Applications for the 2013-14 school year are being accepted for freshmen and sophomore (9th and 10th grade) only.

There will be an informational meeting on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 7 p.m. at Golden Oak Montessori, 951 Palisade Street, Hayward. For more information, call (510) 470-0484 or (510) 470-1443 (Espanol), email or visit

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City seeks applicants to serve community
Vacancies on boards, commissions, committees and task force. Deadline for applications is July 11, 2013

HAYWARD, Calif. -- The City of Hayward seeks individuals interested in serving Hayward and wishes to fill the following openings: Community Services Commission (three vacancies and one potential vacancy); Council Economic Development Committee (one vacancy); Downtown Hayward Business Improvement Area Advisory Board (four vacancies); Keep Hayward Clean and Green Task Force (seven vacancies); Library Commission (two vacancies, one potential vacancy). Appointees to these bodies serve in an advisory capacity to the City Council.

Prospective applicants must reside within the Hayward city limits and be registered voters. ...
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Sports news, kids, camp, golf tournament share big-hearted Lowell Hickey
Sign-up for the Greater Hayward Area and Park District Foundation's annual golf tournament

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Many sports fans in the East Bay in the late sixties through the early eighties may remember immediately turning to the sports section of their morning paper to see what Lowell Hickey had to say about the world of sports that day. Hickey’s interesting and informative approach to sports news commentary gained him a huge following and made him a local celebrity.

What many may not know is what an interesting life Hickey had before and after his time writing locally.

Hickey knew that if he could not play professional baseball, he would write about it. ...
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Fireworks safety

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Every year in the United States, the Fourth of July is celebrated with community parades, picnics, barbecues and fireworks but, sadly, Independence Day also includes fireworks-related tragedy. The safest way to enjoy them is at professionally, organized, public displays.

All fireworks, including "safe and sane" fireworks, are banned in Hayward and the Fairview Fire Protection District. Fireworks can be dangerous and injure severely. An estimated 9,800 people (an average of more than 26 people daily) were treated in emergency departments for injuries sustained from fireworks; more than half were children. ...
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Meet the author, Russell City
Local author Maria Ochoa will sign copies of her book "Russell City"

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Between 1853 and 1964, on the western shore of what is now the city of Hayward there existed a small rural community. This pictorial history traces the role that this region, which became known as Russell City, played in the development of the East Bay. Named for Joel Russell, a New England teacher who came to California during the Gold Rush and found success as a judge, political activist and businessman, Russell City later became a destination point for diverse migrant and immigrant groups including Spaniards, Danes, Germans, Italians, African Americans and Mexicans. ...
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Your community needs you
Commission, committee, task force vacancies

HAYWARD, Calif. -- The City of Hayward seeks individuals interested in serving Hayward. We currently have openings on the following: Community Services Commission (8 potential vacancies); Council Economic Development Committee (1 vacancy); Downtown Hayward Business Improvement Area Advisory Board (2 vacancies, 1 potential vacancy); Keep Hayward Clean and Green Task Force (KHC&GTF) (7 vacancies); Library Commission (2 vacancies, 1 potential vacancy); Personnel Commission (No vacancies); and, Planning Commission (no vacancies).

Appointees to these bodies serve in an advisory capacity to the City Council. Prospective applicants must reside within the Hayward city limits and be registered voters. ...
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Vacancies on County Recycling Board

ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. -- The Alameda County Source Reduction and Recycling Board has two vacancies, one as “an Environmental Educator employed as such on a full-time basis” and another as “a representative of the recyclable materials processing industry.” The appointees must live in Alameda County. Appointment terms are two years and Board Members are eligible for re-appointment to one additional two-year term.

The Recycling Board administers the voter-approved Waste Reduction and Recycling Initiative, which levies an $8.23 per ton landfill disposal fee that generates approximately $8M per year for waste reduction and recycling programs in Alameda County. ...
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Saluting military recruits

CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. -- Saluting Military Recruits (SMR) is a non-profit, veteran-run organization created to recognize, with a formal procession ceremony, graduating high school and college students (and their families) who have enlisted in the armed services to enter military service after their graduation.

This Event will be held on Sunday, June 2, 2013 from: 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Castro Valley Center for the Arts, 19501 Redwood Road, Castro Valley. Please join us as we celebrate these young men and women as they prepare to defend our country.

To attend and participate, please RSVP to Chairman Michael L. Emerson before May 18, 2013 at MLEmerson@aol. ...
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TRI-CITIES, Calif. -- Join the Women’s Council of REALTORS (WCR) Tri-Cities Chapter for their monthly luncheon at the Hilton Hotel, Newark, on May 15, 2013. Networking at 11:30 a.m.; program and lunch from noon until 1:30 p.m. The Chapter serves REALTORS in Fremont, Newark, Union City, Hayward and surrounds. Membership is open to men, too.

Well-known speaker and real estate practitioner, Rick Geha, will speak about Leadership. ...
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Dine out for education

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Support the Hayward Education Foundation during May 2013 through the "Dine Out for Education" program. Each Thursday, visit a participating restaurant and a portion of the check will go to Hayward Education Foundation's Teacher Grant Program. Print the flyer for that day and present it to the restaurant with your check.

For more details and to download the flyers for participating restaurants, visit

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Union Sanitary District
Learn about the agency's work

FREMONT, Calif. -- The Union Sanitary District collects and treats wastewater for more than 300,000 people in the Tri-City area and owns and maintains more than 780 miles of sewer lines.

The agency’s General Manager, Richard Currie, will explain his agency’s work and how the agency expects to achieve a "net zero" energy bill via its solar facility at a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. on May 13, 2013 in Fremont.

This event is hosted by the League of Women Voters of Fremont, Newark & UC.

Union Sanitary District Public Meeting
Monday, May 13
6:30 p.m.
Fremont Congregational Church
38255 Blacow Road, Fremont

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Let’s Do Lunch Hayward...and breakfast, too
Free breakfast and lunch for kids

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Started in summer 2011, “Let’s Do Lunch Hayward...and breakfast, too” is a summer breakfast-and-lunch program that provides Hayward and Hayward-area kids with free breakfast and lunch while school is not in session. Hayward Unified School District Food Services and Hayward partners will implement the program again this summer in Hayward and surrounds. All kids under 18-years old are eligible to participate at more than 20 sites throughout the City of Hayward.

They include selected Hayward schools, Hayward Firefighters Local 1909, Hayward Police Junior Giants Baseball Program, faith-based organizations and Hayward-area non-profit organizations. ...
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Distraction-free driving starts with you
First citation $159, subsequent offenses at least $279

UNION CITY, Calif. -- The Union City Police Department (UCPD) participated in the April 2013 Distracted Driving Awareness campaign, sponsored by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the California Highway Patrol.

UCPD committed to this campaign because distracted driving is a serious traffic safety concern that puts everyone on the road at risk. In recent years, hundreds have been killed and thousands seriously injured in California because of collisions that involved at least one driver who was distracted. Nationally, an estimated 3,331 died in 2011. ...
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Rotary awards notebook computers
Furthering education

UNION CITY, Calif. -- The F.U.N. Sunset Rotary Club presented laptops to two young women from the City of Union City’s Youth and Family Services (YFS) program on May 3, 2013. The computers are provided by the Rotary District 5170 “Children at Risk” program, which is one of the many “New Generations” services offered by local Rotary Clubs.

The 18-year old awardees are graduates of Conley-Caraballo High School, have been accepted at community colleges and will use their new computers to facilitate their studies. The students have been working since last summer, in jobs they obtained with the help of the City’s employment opportunity program at YFS. ...
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Increased funding for armed and prohibited persons program
SB 140, effective May 1, 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill that provides $24M for a Department of Justice program that takes firearms out of the hands of individuals who are prohibited by law from owning them.

“California is leading the nation in a common-sense effort to protect public safety by taking guns away from dangerous, violent individuals who are prohibited by law from owning them,” said California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris. “These funds will allow the Department of Justice to increase the number of agents conducting these smart and effective operations. I commend Governor Brown for signing this critical public safety investment into law. ...
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Chihuahua palooza
Week-long small dog adoption

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Hayward Animal Shelter is participating in “Celebrating the Small Dog,” a week-long adoption event from Tuesday, April 30 to Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Help us find homes for these little dogs that fill our shelters due to the over-breeding a few years back as a result of high media exposure. Visit the Hayward Animal Shelter to learn more about the special characteristics of the breed.

The adoption fee for all Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes at this event, which is sponsored by the Hayward Animal Shelter Volunteers, is $20. Dog license fees apply for Hayward residents. ...
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HAYWARD, Calif. -- In 2008, two veterans named themselves “Homeless Angels.” While living on the street, Jose and Joe worked to help their peers attain stability. In 2010, Jose lost his life helping a woman to achieve safety. In his memory and in reflection of our commitment to continue the work to eliminate obstacles to self-sufficiency, the Homeless Angels project was launched.

On May 3, 2013, Homeless Angels presents PLAY, a free art exhibit by Cathy Trotter, Nelson Lienhard and Jordan’s Mom. PLAY consists of re-purposed, renewed or refreshed children’s toys and games and will remind you of your own playful days. ...
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$9.4M in California homeowner assistance grants

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced on April 18, 2013 California’s National Mortgage Settlement Grant Program has awarded $9.4M to 21 organizations in order to assist Californians affected by the state’s foreclosure crisis. Grant recipients will begin to implement their programs immediately.

“The foreclosure crisis has inflicted deep and widespread harm on California homeowners and communities,” said Harris. “These grants will give homeowners and families the financial and legal tools they need to recover. ...
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Alameda CTC going paperless
April 30 deadline to retain hard copy documents

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Following the Alameda County Transportation Commission’s approval of the implementation of a paperless distribution process for the Alameda CTC Commission, Committee and Subcommittee meeting packets in in late March 2013, implementation of this policy is now underway. Alameda CTC is mailing out packets to its Commission Standing Committees and Community Advisory Committees in April 2013 to allow members the opportunity to notify Alameda CTC if they need to receive hard copy agenda packets. ...
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Bill would allow Alameda and Contra Costa counties to pursue transportation measures

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Assembly Local Government Committee approved a bill by Assembly Member Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) on April 3, 2013 that would allow both Alameda and Contra Costa counties to put transportation measures on their ballots to boost investments in local infrastructure projects. AB 210 passed the committee 7-2 with bipartisan support and now heads to the Revenue and Taxation Committee.

“Even though Measure B1 in November 2012 barely came up short of the two-thirds threshold, it showed overwhelming support in Alameda County for investing in our roads, streets, BART and other transportation projects to meet the needs of local residents and businesses,” Wieckowski said. ...
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General Plan update
New topic added

HAYWARD, Calif. -- A new topic has been added to As the City of Hayward receives more feedback, we can refine the questions and obtain more specifics on the ideas and vision you have presented. This topic is about health and quality of life.

There are five questions that ask you to select your top choices. As always, the comment section allows you to tell us why you made those choices. Those comments are an invaluable source of details that would otherwise be difficult to obtain.

So, please visit and tell us what you think. It’s quick and easy! Hayward will have a stronger General Plan because of your input. ...
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Safely dispose of unused prescription drugs
Medical waste and hypodermic syringes will not be accepted

UNION CITY, Calif. -- Union City Police Department (UCPD) and the City of Union City, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is hosting a drop-off location to safely dispose of subsequently accumulated unwanted and unused prescription drugs on Saturday, April 27, 2013. Please note: medical waste and hypodermic syringes will not be accepted.

In the five previous Take-Back events, the DEA in conjunction with state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners, have collected more than two million pounds (1,018 tons) of prescription medications. ...
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PLEASANTON, Calif. -- Cookie would be a wonderful addition to any family. She is a SPECIAL girl and a SPECIAL NEEDS. Cookie is deaf, although it has not stopped her for a moment. She is a happy, healthy, loving, friendly pit bull that would make a wonderful family dog.

Tri-Valley Animal Rescue (TVAR) was so committed to this darling girl, they decided to put her into a foster home but to give her the very best chance in life, TVAR enrolled her at Diablo K-9 so she could learn all the needed obedience commands with her trainer Shane. ...
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Community assistance program
Assemblyman Bill Quirk's monthly surgery

CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. -- Beginning Tuesday, May 7, 2013, a representative from Assemblyman Bill Quirk’s office will be available at the Castro Valley Library every first Tuesday of the month from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. to help residents resolve California state-related issues. Assemblyman Quirk represents District 20 which includes Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, Fremont, Hayward, San Lorenzo, Sunol and Union City.

The Assemblyman’s representative will work with you to help if you have a problem with a state agency, need legislative information, wish to know more about proposed legislation or just want to express your comments and concerns. ...
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Hayward La Honda Music Camp
Sign-up by May 1 for discounted rates

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Hayward La Honda Music Camp celebrates its 52nd anniversary in 2013 and looks forward to welcoming students in grades 6-12 to a challenging and fun experience devoted to developing fine musicianship. The camp mission is to inspire young people to achieve their best musically, to enjoy a great social/recreational experience and take home memories that will last a lifetime. ...
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Gang awareness and strategies for parents

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center will host a “Gang Awareness and Strategies for Parents” workshop on April 23, 2013 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Hayward High School Library, 1633 East Avenue, Hayward. Former Sergeant Ted Muniz is the featured guest speaker.

All are invited, including students and parents, to join in this important discussion to learn about and discuss smart, realistic and positive ways to address gangs with your youth. Dads/adult male role models and young men/sons are encouraged to attend and will receive a special incentive.

Refreshments, free childcare and English/Spanish translation will be provided. ...
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Volunteers needed for Citywide Clean-Up Day
Hoping to recruit more than 200 volunteers

HAYWARD, Calif. -- The City of Hayward’s annual Citywide Clean-Up Day will take place on Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 8 a.m. to Noon. Clean-Up Day is an opportunity for all ages to volunteer and help clean-up neighborhoods across the City.

Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. in Weekes Park for initial registration and then spread out across the City to pick up trash and litter. All clean-up supplies will be provided. At the end of the event, all volunteers will be treated to a free BBQ lunch and “thank you” gift.

The City is hopes to register 200 volunteers for this year’s Clean-Up Day. Last year’s event drew 200 volunteers and was a great success! Volunteers can register online at www. ...
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Nixle comes to Hayward

HAYWARD, Calif. -- The City of Hayward and Hayward Police Department are pleased to announce that beginning April 15, 2013, up-to-date information of critical importance and/or interest to the community will be available to all registered participants through the use of the Nixle Community Information Service which will include a weekly “police blotter” and allow the City to send important, valuable information directly to the community when circumstances warrant it. Messages can be delivered instantly to subscribers via cell phone text messages and e-mail notifications and made available online at Nixle’s web site at ...
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Meet your elected officials

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Elected officials, representing the local communities of Castro Valley, Hayward, San Leandro and San Lorenzo, have been invited to “report to the residents” at a Meet Your Elected Officials forum on Friday, April 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The forum will be held at the Hayward City Hall.

Elected Officials from all levels of government have been invited: congressional, state senate and assembly districts, county supervisors, city councils, school boards, community college board and a multitude of special districts.

A representative from each board has been asked to present their board’s greatest accomplishment in 2012 and a major goal for 2013. ...
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Development opportunity near CSU East Bay

HAYWARD, Calif. -- The City of Hayward and the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) are pleased to announce that they are seeking to discuss the development of two opportunity sites along Mission Boulevard, one of the East Bay’s major arterials, near the CSU East Bay Campus.

The two sites, which can be developed together or independently, present a unique opportunity for innovative density, open space and reshaping neighborhood character. ...
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Temporary lane closures at San Mateo-Hayward Bridge toll plaza
Be prepared for delays

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Motorists may experience periodic delays at the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge toll plaza as Caltrans and the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) make temporary lane changes in order to install a new automated toll collection and accounting system.

During the weekend of April 20-21, 2013 the two FasTrak lanes (toll lanes #3 and #4) will be closed. FasTrak customers are advised to stay to the left and use toll lanes #1 and #2.

During weekdays, April 15-19, and April 22-26, one toll lane will be closed each day as workers complete upgrades in the remaining cash/FasTrak lanes (lanes #5 through #10). ...
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Julie Ramirez, 10th Senate District ‘Woman of the Year’

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. -- Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett (D-San Leandro) has named Fremont resident Julie Ramirez as the 2013 10th Senate District “Woman of the Year.”

Ramirez is the Founder and President of Alameda Blue Star Moms/Chapter CA23. This non-profit has assisted hundreds of local military families with school supplies, toys for the holidays and coats and bicycles for children since 2009. It has provided resources for parents of deployed soldiers, returning veterans and supporters of military families.

“Julie Ramirez has distinguished herself as an active community resident and supporter of military families, including her own,” Corbett said. ...
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Love, belonging and the need for community

TRI-CITIES, Calif. -- Join the Women’s Council of REALTORS (WCR) Tri-Cities Chapter for their monthly luncheon at the Hilton Hotel, Newark, on April 17, 2013. Networking at 11:30 a.m.; program and lunch from noon until 1:30 p.m. The Chapter serves REALTORS in Fremont, Newark, Union City, Hayward and surrounds. Membership is open to men, too.

Sahar Kordahi will help attendees discover new ways of Community Building. Learn the essential ingredients you need to create your very own collaborative community that will support you in your personal, professional, global and spiritual ways and how collaborations with others in business can help you generate more income. ...
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Seed lending library

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Hayward Public Library will unveil a new Seed Lending Library on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the Downtown Main Library. The “Hayward Seed Lending Library” will operate as a community seed exchange in which borrowers will be able to “check out” a wide variety of flower and vegetable seeds to plant in their gardens for home use. Seed library borrowers will also learn how to harvest seeds from the fully grown plants to return to the seed exchange.

The event marks the beginning of a four-week “Seed Read” Book-to-Action program to promote literacy, healthy living, sustainable gardening and access to locally grown fresh produce. ...
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Lori Taylor
New Economic Development Manager appointed

HAYWARD, Calif. -- City Manager Fran David is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Lori Taylor as the new Economic Development Manager for the City of Hayward.

Taylor will lead the City's Economic Development Program, including implementation of the City’s new Economic Development Strategic Plan. Her team will oversee a range of programs designed to attract new businesses to Hayward and retain and expand existing businesses, as well as business events and promotion of Hayward’s many attributes as a highly desirable business location.

She has most recently served as Community Development Director for the City of Alameda. ...
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Apply for the Hayward Youth Commission

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Applications are now being accepted from students interested in serving on the Hayward Youth Commission. The City of Hayward is looking for students eager to represent the interests, needs and concerns of the young people in the Hayward community and to provide input to the elected officials of the City of Hayward, the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District and the Hayward Unified School District about services that affect youth. Youth Commissioner’s responsibilities include attending meetings the first and third Monday of each month from September to June, except holidays and working on special projects that address current issues. ...
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General Plan update

HAYWARD, Calif. -- As part of the General Plan Update, the City of Hayward is looking for opportunities to improve the overall health and well-being of the community whose members are invited to participate in a workshop at City Hall to share their ideas about making Hayward a healthier place to live.

Health-related issues for discussion may include public safety, smoking, obesity, health care facilities, environmental quality, healthy housing, healthy foods, walking and bicycling, safe streets, community gardening and recreation. ...
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Bus detours
More than 20 routes and hundreds of stops impacted

AC Transit urges bus riders to make alternative transit plans during the Oakland Running Festival on Sunday, March 24, 2013. Twenty-three bus routes will be detoured and/or delayed to accommodate an anticipated 15,000 people running through downtown Oakland and neighboring streets. The running events, including a 26-mile marathon, are scheduled from 6:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

AC Transit plans to restore service throughout the day at spots where runners have already passed. However, most of the service restoration will occur on streets on the edge of the race course. ...
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Exchange what? Taxes for Profit?
WCR Tri-Cities monthly luncheon with speaker James Callejas

TRI-CITIES, Calif. -- Join the Women’s Council of REALTORS (WCR) Tri-Cities Chapter for their monthly luncheon at the Hilton Hotel, Newark, on March 20, 2013. Networking at 11:30 a.m.; program and lunch from noon until 1:30 p.m. The Chapter serves REALTORS in Fremont, Newark, Union City, Hayward and surrounds. Membership is open to men, too.

James Callejas will provide information that applies to everyone personally and to their clients regarding taxes. Callejas, a Cal graduate, moved to the rarified atmosphere of Beverley Hills to work for Merrill Lynch. ...
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Contractors’ workshop

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Alameda County, the City of Hayward, and BART wish to certify local businesses for a variety of contracting opportunities. Attend a free workshop by the Hayward Chamber of Commerce in co-operation with the Alameda County Auditor-Controller's Office, the City of Hayward Division of Finance and BART on March 27, 2013 at the corporate headquarters of Marelich Mechanical. A limited number of seats are available.

The Small, Local and Emerging Business (SLEB) program is designed to ensure all Alameda County businesses have opportunities for contracting and procurement activities. ...
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Re-dedication of sports center

UNION CITY, Calif. -- The City of Union City, Mayor and Council, former Mayor Mark Green, City staff and the Union City community will gather on March 16, 2013 to re-dedicate the Union City Sports Center as the Mark Green Sports Center in recognition of Green’s many contributions and effective leadership that were essential for construction of one of Union City’s premier civic facilities.

During a distinguished career of public service to Union City spanning 26 years, culminating with 19 years as Mayor, former Mayor Green was a tireless champion of physical fitness, sports, Leisure Services programs and the development of parks and recreation facilities (among many other things). ...
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Moreau Catholic to represent County in State Championships

HAYWARD, Calif. -- For the past eight years, Moreau Catholic High School’s Mock Trial Team has participated in the Constitutional Rights Foundation mock trial program. High school teams assume the roles of defense and prosecution attorneys and witnesses and compete at county, state, and national levels. Students experience the roles and responsibilities of pre-trial attorneys, defense and prosecution attorneys, defense and prosecution witnesses, a court clerk and a bailiff. This year the team argued on the admissibility of a statement made by the defendant using Miranda v. Arizona and relevant Supreme Court cases.

Teacher-coaches Phil Wilder and Petar Zegura and attorney-coach, James B. ...
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New sidewalk on south side of Mission, at I-680

FREMONT, Calif. -- Seismic upgrades of Bay Division pipelines continue as part of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s Hetch Hetchy Water System Improvement Program. The latter entails construction along Mission Boulevard, Fremont. Pedestrians are asked to observe construction and safety signs regarding sidewalk closures.

The contractor has installed a new sidewalk along the south side of Mission Boulevard, north of the I-680. Residents are asked to use this sidewalk instead of crossing to the north side of the road which is currently under construction. To ensure personal safety, please do not cross Mission Boulevard between I-680 and Curtner Road. ...
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Adopt at the Bunny Hop
Animal adoption event - March 16

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Rabbits looking for new homes will be available for adoption at the Hayward Animal Shelter’s Bunny Hop event on March 16, 2013. Several other animal-rescue organizations will participate because they also have many rabbits searching for their forever homes!

If someone already has a bunny, or two, they can take them to the event for a free nail trim. Also, if an owner wants a companion for their bunny, they must visit the Shelter with their rabbit for a "bunny date" to ensure compatibility with a new bunny. Their own rabbit must be spayed or neutered, though, or an arrangement will not work. ...
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Gasoline excise tax to increase by 3.5 cents

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Effective July 1, 2013, the excise tax on gasoline will increase by 3.5 cents to 39.5 cents per gallon and the excise tax on diesel fuel will remain unchanged at 10 cents per gallon, following a vote February 28, 2013 by the California State Board of Equalization (BOE) which executed its legislative mandate to adjust the rate by March 1, 2013.

Although excise tax in not paid directly by the consumer, the gas station owner may choose to pass this tax onto the customer in the form of higher gas prices. While the excise on gasoline will go up by 3.5 cents, the BOE cannot predict what the selling price of gasoline will be on July 1, 2013. ...
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The Loop
Mission-Foothill makeover almost complete

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Construction of The Loop in Hayward will start on Friday night, March 15, 2013 and complete before Monday’s morning commute on March 18, 2013. This is a final piece of the biggest public works project in Hayward’s history, designed to relieve congestion, improve traffic and provide easier access to Hayward’s Downtown. However, completing this critical piece of the 238 Corridor Improvement Project will require major traffic disruptions for a short period of time.

The Loop is part of the 238 Mission Corridor Improvement Project, which started in August 2010. ...
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World Series trophies come to town
See the 2010 and 2012 World Series trophies at Hayward City Hall

HAHYWARD, Calif. -- The SF Giants and City of Hayward will host a reception at City Hall from 3:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Guests of honor will be the 2010 and 2012 World Series trophies and all are welcome to attend. SF Giants fans and other baseball supporters will have the opportunity to pose for photographs.

Hayward Police Department’s (PD) Lt. Sheryl Boykins wears many hats including that of the Hayward Junior Giants Commissioner for the City of Hayward, a post in which she has served for 12 years. Originally, as a Hayward PD Officer, she coached local children who enrolled in the Junior Giants program which is held during the summer vacation. ...
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Socialize and learn with NAHREP
Complimentary mixer and business rally

SF BAY AREA, Calif. -- The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) Bay Area will host a complimentary party from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Faz Restaurant, Oakland, on February 28, 2013. Enjoy host appetizers and complimentary wine-tasting in the company of like-minded real estate professionals. The event is sponsored by Prospect Mortgage, Property ID & Faz Restaurant.

This complimentary mixer is a pre-launch party for NAHREP Bay Area’s one-day Business Rally on March 6, 2013 at the Oakland Marriott. ...
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For Each and Every Child
A strategy for education equity and excellence

WASHINGTON, D.C -- The future of the American Dream depends on what we do at this decisive moment. As an educator for more than 30 years, I know the dream is first ignited in the classroom. Education is the origin of opportunity in our cities and towns and is the engine of exceptionalism on the world stage. Now, more than ever before, the attainability of the American dream is imperiled by an opportunity gap in public education - a gap exacerbated by wealth disparities at the local level. Our nation’s global leadership is also threatened by widening disparities between American children and students from other developed nations, as our children and families fall further below the poverty line. ...
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Union City Police Department swears-in new officers

UNION CITY, Calif. -- Union City Police Department welcomed four new officers at a swearing-in ceremony at Union City City Hall on February 21, 2013 - Troy Cushman, Angela Fonseca, Duc Nguyen and Joshua Vasicek.

The occasion was also an opportunity to introduce new police cadets Gregory Louie, Michelle Northington, Nicolas Siacotos and Henry Tran and to bid farewell to Union City’s longest-serving, volunteer Reserve Police Officer Ed Ruckli on his retirement after 30 years’ service.

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General Plan update
More community workshops - Mar 6 & 11

HAYWARD, Calif. -- The deadline for discussion, exchange of ideas and public comments about Hayward’s future on has been extended until March 15, 2013.

The City of Hayward will hold a joint City Council/Planning Commission meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 to present the draft Vision and Guiding Principles for the General Plan, which is based on public input received over the previous several months. Attendees will see how the community’s ideas are incorporated in the vision.

Residents will have two more opportunities to provide their views at free community workshops on March 6 at 7 p.m. at Hayward City Hall and on March 11, 2013 at 7 p.m. ...
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Bipartisan bill to reduce wildfire threat
Forest-thinning would reduce fuel for devastating wildfires

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A bill by Assemblymen Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) and Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals) would reduce the fuel available to devastating wildfires in California by improving forest thinning projects. Between 2005 and 2011, more than 832,000 acres of forest land burned in wildfires, costing the state more than $1.2 billion in fire-suppression costs.

“We have all seen the coverage of these huge fires that rage out of control, destroying wildlife habitat, polluting the air and costing a fortune to control and extinguish,” Wieckowski said. “This bill is a common sense approach to strengthen forest-thinning projects and help reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions across the state. ...
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Long-range implications of Prop. 30
State Controller John Chiang to speak at League of Women Voters Eden Area luncheon forum

SAN LORENZO, Calif. -- State Controller John Chiang will discuss the long-term implications of Proposition 30 on Education, Health and Social Service Programs at a luncheon forum on March 22, 2013, hosted by the League of Women Voters Eden Area at the San Lorenzo Village Homes Association, 377 Paseo Grande, San Lorenzo.

The Controller is the Chief Fiscal Officer of California and ensures the state’s $100 billion budget is spent properly. Chiang also helps administer two of the nation’s largest public pension funds and serves on 81 state boards and commissions.

Prop. 30 is a sales and income tax increase initiative constitutional amendment, approved in November 2012. ...
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Mexican Ambassador to address Hayward Chamber of Commerce

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Ambassador Carlos Felix Corona, consul general of Mexico, will discuss his country’s new president, trade, education and immigration policy when he is hosted at a Hayward Chamber of Commerce luncheon on February 21, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. at the Golden Peacock Banquet Hall, 24989 Santa Clara Street, Hayward.

"Hayward has a historic connection with Mexico, with important cultural and economic ties as well as family connections that the ambassador appreciates and wants to address," said Kim Huggett, president and CEO of the Hayward Chamber of Commerce. "He recognizes Hayward's unique links to his country and is eager to speak in our community. ...
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Parent & Me: Literacy Jamboree
Free classes start March 5

UNION CITY, Calif. -- With spring approaching, many new parents are looking for fun and new ideas to enjoy with their children. Parent & Me: Literacy Jamboree will introduce you and your child to the importance of exposure to literature at a young age, while providing socialization with other families.

Accompanied by a parent/caregiver your pre-schooler (age 3-5 years) will be introduced to an educational program focusing on kindergarten-readiness and enhancing your child’s social and emotional development. Throughout the session parents and children will experience fun, learning activities, art projects, constructive play time, music and story time. ...
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Lunar New Year celebration
See in the Year of the Snake - Feb 15

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Join the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA), the Asian Business Alliance (ABA) and US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce West on February 15, 2013 at Skywest Golf Course Pavilion, Hayward to celebrate the Year of the Snake. The event will also honor business owners who have contributed to the community.

Starting at 10 a.m., attendees at this free event will have the opportunity to network, enjoy lunch and entertainment and celebrate the businesses that will be honored. The keynote speaker is Board of Equalization member Betty T. Yee.

Please RSVP to Dr. Hal Gin at Hal.Gin@apapa. ...
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Free home preservation workshop by Wells Fargo
Register by Feb 11

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Wells Fargo & Company is hosting a free Home Preservation Workshop for Bay Area Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Wells Fargo Financial, and Wells Fargo Home Equity customers facing financial hardships. Wells Fargo has invited more than 8,500 mortgage customers to the free workshop which will be held on Wednesday, February 13 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Oakland Convention Center - Oakland Marriot East and West Halls located at 1001 Broadway, Oakland. Parking is free. ...
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Justice for Chiapas
Lunch-time lecture

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Chabot Colllege’s Students for Social Justice (SSJ) Club brings social awareness of global and local issues to Chabot College and its community. Since it was founded eight years ago, these dedicated students have highlighted ethical issues such as: human rights, women’s rights, local, national and international politics, environmental racism and the unspoken consequences of war.

For this event, the SSJ have joined UC Berkeley’s Anthropology Department’s students, and invited Chabot’s Anthropology Club students to present a human right’s subject – “Southern Mexico’s Indigenous Communities Rights. ...
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Hayward Promise Neighborhood

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Attend the Hayward Promise Neighborhood’s second Neighborhood Health and Empowerment Network (NHEN) meeting on February 21, 2013 from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

Participants will gain a better understanding of the Hayward Promise Neighborhood Initiative, besides it being a $25M federal grant for the Hayward community; how this initiative will benefit Hayward students, parents, schools, their neighborhoods and community; who in Hayward is involved; how others can become involved; and how “success” will be measured and sustained over time, beyond the life of the grant.

Refreshments, free parking and Spanish language translation services are available. ...
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Moina Shaiq receives Love Hero Award

FREMONT, Calif. -- Fremont human rights activist Moina Shaiq will be honored with a "Love Hero" award by the Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison, City Council members and members of the Fremont and Alameda County Human Relations Commissions have been invited. The award is given in conjunction with the national “Standing on the Side of Love” campaign which promotes equality for marginalized communities. ...
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Bill would prohibit wage garnishment for student debt
AB 233 is part of Wieckowski’s Student Bill of Rights package aimed at reducing debt for California’s college students

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- With national, student loan debt exceeding $1 trillion and a greater burden than credit card debt, California Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) has introduced legislation to prohibit wage garnishment orders on student loans not made, insured or guaranteed by the United States government.

Assembly Bill 233 is part of Wieckowski’s Student Bill of Rights legislative package, which will also include a “Know Before You Owe” bill to require entrance and exit loan counseling for students receiving private loans. ...
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Hearing to examine justice crisis facing California families

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) will chair a special informational hearing of the Assembly Judiciary Committee to examine the serious challenges facing the state's judicial system in light of the economic recession and recent budget changes.

Millions of Californians depend on access to our courts to defend their rights and freedoms, protect their families, children, employment, and homes. The recession has forced the state to make substantial budget cuts to our justice system, resulting in closure of some courtrooms, reductions in key public services and elimination of self-help programs upon which thousands, without lawyers, rely. ...
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Bill introduced to allow County to put new transportation measure before voters
November 2012’s Measure B1 showed overwhelming support for infrastructure improvements

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California State Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) has introduced legislation to allow Alameda County to seek approval from voters for a transportation sales tax measure to fund a variety of infrastructure projects throughout the County.

Under Wieckowski’s bill, AB 210, the County would have until January 1, 2017 to place a transportation sales tax ballot measure, at a rate of no more than 0.5 percent, before voters. The County’s Measure B1 on the November 2012 ballot received 66.53 percent voter support, coming just short of the necessary two-thirds threshold needed for approval. ...
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BP and ARCO sued over environmental violations
Gas station storage tanks inadequately maintained

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Attorney General Kamala D. Harris filed a civil lawsuit on February 1, 2013 against BP West Coast Products, BP Products North America, Inc. and Atlantic Richfield Company for allegedly violating state laws governing hazardous materials and hazardous waste by failing to properly inspect and maintain underground tanks used to store gasoline for retail sale at more than 780 gas stations in California.

“Safe storage of gasoline is not only common sense, it is essential for protecting the integrity of California’s groundwater resources,” Harris said. ...
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Celebrating 30 years of giving
RSVP by Mar 1

HAYWARD, Calif. -- The Hayward Education Foundation (HEF) will celebrate its 30th anniversary at its annual gala on March 22, 2013 at 5 p.m. at CSU East Bay’s University Union.

The dinner will be accompanied by entertainment, raffle and auctions. The event is hosted by John Kessler with key note speaker LaDonna Harris, Alameda County Deputy Probation Chief. Enternaiment will include the All-Saints Bell Choir, the Mt. Eden Teja Bluez Vocal Jazz Ensemble and the Tennyson Choir.

Tickets for this event are $95 each, $380 for a half-table (four) and $760 for a gala table (eight). Please RSVP by March 1, 2013 at or (510) 881-0890. ...
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Tom Cain Memorial photography exhibit
Annual photography exhibit

UNION CITY, Calif. -- Tom Cain lived in Union City for most of his life and loved to take pictures! He took his camera with him wherever he went and the community knew him as Union City’s “resident photographer.” Union City Leisure Services annual photo contest and exhibit has been renamed to honor Tom’s memory and his love of photography.

The 1st Annual Tom Cain Memorial Photography Exhibit will be on display at Union City Sports Center until April 30, 2013. For more information, call (510) 675-5328 or email chrisv@unioncity. ...
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Free CERT program
Sign-up for CERT training

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Hayward Fire Department is providing a free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training Program which will consist of four evening indoor classes and one outdoor “hands-on” skills class. Participants learn skills that will enable them to provide emergency assistance to their families and immediate neighbors and organize a neighborhood team response. Training will begin in April 2013 at Hayward City Hall, 777 B Street, Hayward.

Participants must attend all classes to receive certification. CERT training is for all City of Hayward and Fairview residents, aged 18 years or older. Residential verification will be required during the final application process. ...
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Engravings on Castro Valley Veterans’ Memorial
Submit names by Feb 28

CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. -- The Castro Valley Veterans’ Memorial Committee would like to express its appreciation to all who donated and helped build the Memorial for the community. The Memorial still has space available and is accepting donations for Bricks, Service Stones and Major Donors. Since late September 2012, more than 200 new donors’ names await addition to the Memorial.

To be included in the Spring 2013 engraving, anyone wishing to include a name should submit details by February 28, 2013. There are options available for all Veterans to be placed on the Service Stones or bricks. Non-veterans may donate a brick to express support for Veterans or for family-recognition. ...
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Think like an investor to win for your clients
How to better compete in a sellers' market - Feb 20

TRI-CITIES, Calif. -- Join the Women’s Council of REALTORS (WCR) Tri-Cities Chapter for their monthly luncheon at the Hilton Hotel, Newark, on February 20, 2013. Networking at 11:30 a.m.; program and lunch from noon until 1:30 p.m. The Chapter serves REALTORS in Fremont, Newark, Union City, Hayward and surrounds. Membership is open to men, too.

In this presentation, Lori Greymont, nationally known investment coach, will share how she works with real estate investors. Her unique insights will help you compete in the current sellers’ market and get your buyers into homes. You won’t want to miss this very special presentation if you want to grow your business and, more importantly, help your clients. ...
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Community Academy
Learn about Hayward Police Department starting Feb 19

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Anyone interested in learning how Hayward Police Department (PD) operates should attend the free nine-week Community Academy starting on February 19 and ending on April 16, 2013. This is a must for members of Neighborhood Watch groups but a prerequisite for anyone considering becoming a block captain who is usually the liaison between neighbors and the Police Department. The Community Academy is open to Hayward and non-Hayward residents. ...
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‘There ought to be a law’ contest
Participate in the legislative process by Feb 15

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) has announced that he is once again unveiling his annual “There Ought to be a Law” contest for citizens of the 25th Assembly District which includes the cities of Fremont, Newark, Milpitas, San Jose and Santa Clara. The contest invites community members to submit ideas and proposals for new state legislation with the goal of improving neighborhoods and communities throughout the state of California.

“I am excited to hear from the people of the 25th Assembly District and to listen to their ideas for ways we can make a positive change in the community,” Wieckowski said. ...
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Website redesign through crowd-sourcing
Congressman Mike Honda redesigns website

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Representative Michael Honda (CA-17) has launched an innovative project to further improve civic engagement with Congress. The Congressman is redesigning his website using a technique called “crowd-sourcing” to make his website more accessible his constituents.

Designers will mock up multiple images and formats for consideration by Rep. Honda on The final design will be chosen based on constituent votes, design functionality and office criteria regarding usability.

Rep. Honda has always been at the forefront of web trends. His current website was crowd-sourced - the first-ever use of the technique in Congress - using a similar method. ...
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BART invites public feedback
Have your say on BART safety

OAKLAND, Calif. -- A new law aiming to create a safer, cleaner environment for BART riders and employees is being implemented. BART will hold a series of community meetings in February to inform the public about the law and seek feedback on its implementation.

The legislation that began as Assembly Bill 716 allows BART to issue a “prohibition order” against anyone who commits certain offenses on BART property, banning them for between 30 days and a year, depending on the offense. These offenses run the gamut of urinating in public to violent attacks against BART employees or customers. ...
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Cash mob
Shop in Downtown Hayward - Feb 9

HAYWARD, Calif. -- SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2013 at 1 p.m.…Cash mob at Foothill Coin & Jewelry, 22449 Foothill Blvd (between Russell Way & A St) Hayward, Visit or call (510) 582-2274. Parking In rear.
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All fur love
Pet adoption event; adoption fee reduced - Feb 9

HAYWARD, Calif. -- The Hayward Animal Shelter will host its first adoption event of 2013 on February 9, 2013 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Sunshine Rescue Group will also participate. The event is sponsored by the Hayward Animal Shelter Volunteers and Sunshine Rescue Group.

Kittens, cats, dogs, puppies, bunnies and other critters will be available for adoption. In recognition of Prevent a Litter Month, the adoption fee for all animals that find a new home and loving families will be reduced to $20. However, dog license fees still apply for Hayward residents.

For more information, call the Hayward Animal Shelter at (510) 293-7200. ...
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Art and jewelry reception and sale
Proceeds support “Homeless Angels” - Feb 8

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Snappy’s Café and the South Hayward Parish, a coalition of seven faith-based organizations, invite everyone to an art and jewelry reception and sale on February 8, 2013, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Snappy’s Café, 978 A Street, Hayward.

Proceeds will support the award-winning “Homeless Angels” economic development effort to end homelessness in Hayward. The sale lasts from February 1 until February 28, 2013 at Snappy’s Café. Pick up a cup of java and piece of jewelry!

For more information, call (510) 432-7703, email or visit ...
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Human trafficking in our communities
Human trafficking in the suburbs and how to use the Internet safely - Feb 8

UNION CITY, Calif. -- Attend a community event and panel discussion on February 8, 2013 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Union City, to learn the truth about human trafficking and how to ensure your family uses the Internet safely.

The following organizations will be present:

MISSSEY, an organization that assists survivors of human trafficking, will provide education about suburbs and "average" communities at risk for strategically concealed human trafficking activities. Speaker: Tashina Manyak.

Peter D. ...
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2012 Board of Directors' Awards

HAYWARD, Calif. -- In 1962, the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (HARD) Board of Directors established an Annual Board of Directors Awards policy to recognize individuals and organizations that, on a voluntary basis, assist the District in its mission to provide high quality leisure facilities and programs to its residents.

On December 21, 2012, the Board of Directors’ Awards Committee composed of Directors Paul Hodges and Minane Jameson and staff members Dan Giammona and Kerrilyn Ely reviewed the nominations received for 2012. ...
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Volunteer of the Year Award

HAYWARD, Calif. -- The Hayward Area Recreation and Park District’s Board of Directors recognized its volunteers on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at the Hayward Area Senior Center. More than 400 volunteers were invited to the brunch and ceremony.

In 2012, there were 894 registered volunteers who donated in excess of 72,000 hours. Volunteers are a vital part of the District - in the aquatics, arts, camps, dance, special needs program, theatre arts, gymnastics, nature, parks, youth, sports and senior adults programs. ...
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Online forum for City’s General Plan Update

HAYWARD, Calif. -- The City of Hayward has launched, a new comprehensive community engagement website, where citizens can engage, communicate and collaborate with City leaders and other residents on an update of the Hayward General Plan.

The goal is to involve the community in the planning process and to obtain meaningful feedback that will help shape the General Plan and future of the City. Hayward is an online tool to gather input and generate ideas on what community members want Hayward to become over the next 25 years. Obtaining input from a broad range of citizens is important to ensure the General Plan reflects the community’s priorities.

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Hayward Chamber of Commerce Awardees

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Hayward community members gathered on Saturday, January 26, 2013 to celebrate hometown heroes Pam Russo, St. Rose Hospital (Business Person of the Year), Ariel Dolowich, Ochoa Middle School Principal (Educator of the Year), Detective Ryan Cantrell (Police Officer of the Year) and Battalion Chief George Silva (Firefighter of the Year) at the 69th Annual Hayward Chamber Awards Gala at California State University, East Bay. ...
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City files lawsuit

UNION CITY, Calif. -- On Tuesday, January 29, 2013, the City of Union City filed a Writ of Mandate and Complaint for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief against the California Department of Finance, California State Controller and Alameda County Auditor Controller. The lawsuit challenges the determination of the Department of Finance to prohibit the expenditure of 2011 Bond Funds for transit-oriented development projects and to withhold payment of funds needed to fulfill the obligations of the former Redevelopment Agency.

The Writ will be available on the City of Union City’s Website ( once filed and served with the court. ...
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Alameda CTC receives clean audit
Continues predecessor agencies' tradition of 100 percent clean audits

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Alameda County Transportation Commission (CTC) received a clean report on its first audit of consolidated financials since the Alameda CTC was created from the merger of the Alameda County Congestion Management Agency (ACCMA) and the Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority (ACTIA) in 2010. This clean audit continues the long tradition of ACCMA and ACTIA receiving unqualified opinions from independent auditors.

"The result of this audit is further proof to the taxpayers of Alameda County that the Alameda CTC is an excellent steward of public funds," said Alameda CTC Chair Supervisor Scott Haggerty. ...
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New chair and vice chair of Alameda CTC

OAKLAND, Calif. -- In the first change in leadership since its inception, the Alameda County Transportation Commission (CTC) unanimously elected Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty as its Chair and Oakland City Council President Pro Tem Rebecca Kaplan as its Vice Chair, on January 24, 2013. Both have served on the Commission since it was created in July 2010, from the merger of the Alameda County Congestion Management Agency and the sales tax authority, Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority.

Supervisor Haggerty is a long standing local and region-wide leader for transportation funding and implementation, and succeeds inaugural Chair, Mayor Mark Green. ...
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a taste of STYLE

HAYWARD/DIABLO, Calif. -- Join the St. Rose Hospital Foundation for a fun evening of wine tasting, fantastic food sampling, shopping in our fashion and accessory marketplace, bidding on one-of-a-kind items in our silent and live auctions and cheering the male models in our all-male fashion show on March 14, 2013 at the Diablo Country Club.

Tickets for this fundraiser, which lasts from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., are $100 person. Net proceeds benefit patient services at St. Rose Hospital, Hayward.

The event is sponsored by Fremont Bank, Diablo Country Club, CBS SF Bay Area, 44/Cable 12 and Diablo Magazine. ...
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2nd annual Hayward Honors Women teach-in

HAYWARD, Calif. -- The national theme of the 2013 Women's History Month is "Technology, Science, and Innovation." The speakers for this year's Hayward Honors Women Teach-In event are three experts who have built their careers recruiting girls and women for careers in technology, science and innovation; they have taught future science scholars and applied-science skills to make sure communities and neighborhoods are safe throughout Alameda County.

5:00 p.m. Reception and refreshments.

5:30 p.m. Program begins.

Introduction and welcome from Hayward City Council Member Mark Salinas. ...
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BART subject to late night delays in the Transbay Tube
Plan for longer BART journeys Jan 21 to Feb 5

OAKLAND, Calif. -- BART continues to make its system safer in the event of an earthquake. This week BART began work to complete a power supply upgrade project in advance of the next stage of its Earthquake Strengthening Project. There will be some late evening work in the Transbay Tube for the next few weeks which will require use of only one track after 10 pm.

This work is being scheduled during hours that will minimize disruption to customers. Work must begin during passenger service hours because it requires more than the 2-4 hours each night that are usually available for servicing the Transbay Tube. ...
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Visit the Emerald Isle

HAYWARD, Calif. -- The Hayward Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a trip to Ireland, featuring exploration of the countryside, castles, villages, pubs and local cuisine. The cost is just $2,849 per person, double occupancy, for the period March 13 to March 21, 2013. The trip is open to all, who wish to take advantage of the opportunity to travel with a reliable tour operator, and is not restricted to Chamber members and their families.

The package includes round-trip air transportation from SFO, a professional tour host throughout the program, first class hotel accommodations for seven nights, daily breakfasts and three dinners. ...
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Meet the author and find the real Starman Heart Stargirl
Debut of third book in the "Sanctuary" series

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Hayward-based author S.C. Williams will debut Starman Heart Stargirl, the third book in the fantasy, cult-classic “Sanctuary” series on January 26, 2013 at The Book Shop, Hayward. She will be available to sign her new book and the series’ first two titles, Sanctuary and Mad Lavender which tell the story of a local family’s adventures in the Hayward Hills or, possibly, your own backyard.

“However, there is a challenge. Take a photo of yourself at the section of sidewalk at Cal State University, East Bay that reads “Starman Heart Stargirl” and present it at the book-signing to win a prize,” encourages S.C. Williams. ...
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Mark Green

UNION CITY -- Union City’s Mark Green has stepped down as Mayor after 19 years. He might not be a household name but was regarded in political circles as one of the most effective elected officials in the Bay Area and in California. Staff members of the various agencies, on whose boards he served until recently, value his grasp and understanding of the business of government to translate policy into reality. His fellow board members also recognized his depth and breadth of experience which enabled Green to make bold decisions that lay the foundations for the future well-being of the East Bay and beyond. ...
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Grey Ghost Paracon 2013
Paranormal conference and educational fundraiser for USS Hornet Museum’s STEM program

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The USS Hornet Museum will host a special fundraiser for its Education Department on Saturday, February 2, 3013 beginning at 9 a.m. The event, The Grey Ghost: Paranormal Conference will be a fundraiser with all money raised going to a special fund that will allow the Hornet to provide transportation for local schools to take part in its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) educational programs.

The event will be the first time the USS Hornet will work with the Alameda Paranormal Researchers to host a paranormal conference. The event will feature some of the well-respected names in the paranormal field. ...
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Home preservation workshop
Wells Fargo will meet homeowners facing financial difficulties

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Wells Fargo will host a free Home Preservation Workshop for Bay Area Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Wells Fargo Financial and Wells Fargo Home Equity customers facing financial hardships. Wells Fargo has invited more than 8,500 mortgage customers to the free workshop which will be held on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Oakland Convention Center – Oakland Marriot East and West Halls located at 1001 Broadway, Oakland. Parking is free.

Homeowners whose loans are “under water” - meaning they owe more on their mortgage than the value of their home - may be eligible to refinance their loan based on criteria including demonstrating ability to repay. ...
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Accessibility Advisory Committee vacancies
Apply to serve on AC Transit's AAC

OAKLAND, Calif. -- To ensure transit services are used and easily obtainable by all members of the public, AC Transit seeks volunteers to fill vacancies on its Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC). The District is interested in receiving applications from people who wish to volunteer and serve as advocates for seniors and disabled bus riders.

The AAC, consisting of 14 members, typically meets on the second Tuesday of the month to address concerns about, and implement and enhance, AC Transit’s programs and services in relation to seniors and people with disabilities. ...
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Support the Lions Club
Crab feed

UNION CITY, Calif. -- The Lions Club of Union City will hold a crab feed on January 26, 2013 at the Ralph & Mary Ruggieri Senior Center, Union City, to raise funds for programs that support Union City youth and other Lions Club community projects.

The evening will feature music, raffle prizes, silent auction and no host bar. Happy Hour starts at 5 p.m. and dinner, at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $40 per person, or two for $75, and available from any Lions Club member. Alternatively, call Gloria Gutierrez at (510) 589-9752.

Union City Lions Club Crab Feed
Saturday, January 26
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Love is in the air
First annual crab feed

FREMONT, Calif. -- St. James the Apostle Catholic Church, Fremont, will host its first crab feed, at Holy Spirit Church Hall, 37588 Fremont Boulevard, Fremont, at 6:00 p.m. on February 16, 2013. Come for delicious crab and home-made pasta, have some fun and win prizes! There will be silent and live auctions.

Tickets are $45 per person. Reserve and purchase tickets for a table for eight and your table will receive a complimentary bottle of wine or a round of margaritas!

Proceeds from this fund-raising event will be used to build the Mother Theresa Educational Center for Children. For more information and tickets, call the parish office at (510)-792-1962.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday march

Please join us for an annual commemoration of the work and words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 21, 2013, at Hayward City Hall Plaza. All are welcome to participate in this celebratory event to usher in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.

9:30 a.m. Gather at Hayward City Hall Plaza, 777 B Street (at Watkins), Hayward, for music and the words of Dr. King.

10:00 a.m. March of Witness. In celebration of Hayward's diversity we invite you to carry your organizational banner and to wear national dress.

10:30 a.m. Return to City Hall Plaza; listen to songs and be inspired by Dr. King's words of courage, hope and justice. ...
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Key state and local issues
What are the issues for 2013-14?

CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. -- The League of Women Voters Eden Area will hold a forum to recommend the issues on which the state and local League should focus its attention 2013-14. Will it be campaign finance reform, air quality, water resources, mental health, gun control or something else?

The free forum will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2013, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Castro Valley Library, 3600 Norbridge Avenue, Castro Valley.

The State League has 24 positions on major issues in the areas of government, natural resources and social polices. Each of its positions, or “white papers,” is the result of one- or two-year studies by the League membership. ...
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Songs for a Spiritual Journey
A book to re-energize one's spirit and soul

FREMONT, Calif. -- The parishioners of St. James the Apostle Catholic Church, Fremont, were presented with a special Christmas gift from their pastor, Fr. Antony Vazhappilly. His second book, “Songs for a Spiritual Journey,” was released in early December 2013 and perfectly complements his first, “A Marian Handbook” which was published in 2010.

“Songs for a Spiritual Journey” is a compilation of 52 poems and reflections by Fr. Antony to guide his readers through a weekly contemplation throughout the year. This book is intended to re-energize one's spirit and soul as one journeys back to the basic Christian teaching that man needs God and forges ahead by living with this same belief and conviction. ...
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Contempo Park

UNION CITY, Calif. -- The Latter Day Saints Tongan-speaking Church Group II from Union City volunteered at Contempo Park on December 15, 2012. They planted shrubs, trees and spread mulch. This is the third volunteer project the church has completed at this location; their work can be seen and enjoyed by park visitors and neighborhood residents. Many citizens walk in this park daily and will enjoy the spruced-up areas.

Public Works employees Alex Quintero and Jesus Banuelos set up and assisted with the project. Tracy Williams represented the church. Union City’s Public Works crews have reported less vandalism and graffiti in the park as a result of our volunteers’ efforts for continued improvements. ...
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Not your ordinary technology toolkit
Hints and tips to grow your business

TRI-CITIES, Calif. -- Join the Women’s Council of REALTORS (WCR) Tri-Cities Chapter for their monthly luncheon at the Hilton Hotel, Newark, on January 16, 2013. Networking at 11:30 a.m.; program and lunch from noon until 1:30 p.m. The Chapter serves REALTORS in Fremont, Newark, Union City, Hayward and surrounds.

Best-selling author Shashank Shekhar will speak about online tools and techniques to dramatically grow your business. He will impart the same tips and tricks that helped his mortgage business grow from zero to $65M in just four years. These are field-tested ideas and most are easy to implement. ...
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Phillips 66 and ConocoPhillips sued for environmental violations
Underground storage tanks at 560 gas stations in 34 counties improperly inspected and maintained

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has filed a civil lawsuit against Phillips 66 and ConocoPhillips for allegedly violating state law by failing to properly inspect and maintain underground tanks used to store gasoline for retail sale at more than 560 gas stations in California.

“The state’s hazardous-waste laws help protect our residents from contaminated groundwater,” Harris said. “This lawsuit safeguards public health by ensuring proper maintenance of the tanks that store fuel beneath many California communities.”

The Attorney General’s office was joined in this enforcement action by Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. ...
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Lunar New Year dinner
Welcome the Year of the Snake

UNION CITY, Calif. -- Celebrate the Year of the Snake with the Rotary Club of Fremont, Union City and Newark (FUN) in traditional style on Sunday, February 24, 2013.

Enjoy a 10-course, banquet-style dinner, lion dance, lucky envelopes for health and prosperity in the New Year, entertainment, silent auction, raffle and prizes. Support of this event will enable the Rotary Club of F.U.N. to continue to assist local, regional and international community service projects.

Tickets for the F.U.N. Sunset Rotary Club’s 7th annual Lunar New Year Dinner are $60 each or $550 per table of 10. For more information and to order tickets, contact Betty Wright at (510) 266-3504 and visit www.FunRotary. ...
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Flex Package improves access to energy-efficiency rebates
Limited-time rebate offers new options to earn $1,500 for energy improvements

ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. -- For a limited time, Alameda County homeowners wishing to lower their utility bills and enhance the comfort of their homes can qualify for $1,500 in rebates for energy-saving home improvements through Flex Package. Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis to owners of single-family homes in Alameda County and are offered through Energy Upgrade California (

To qualify for Flex Package, homeowners must simply install two or more qualifying measures with a combined point-value of 100, or more, using an Energy Upgrade California-participating contractor. The more advanced an improvement, the more points earned. ...
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Prizes for transit-related New Year’s resolutions

OAKLAND, Calif. -- As the New Year approaches, it’s not unusual for people to start thinking about their New Year’s resolutions. This year, AC Transit wants to encourage resolutions that relate to transit and the environment.

AC Transit is holding a contest through its Facebook page called “My Transit Resolution.” Participants who share their 2013 Transit Resolution will be eligible to win great prizes, including a gift certificate to Faz Restaurant in Oakland, tickets to the Martin Luther King tribute concert at the Paramount, movie passes, $25 to spend at Oaklandish gift shop in downtown Oakland, and an AC Transit 31-Day bus pass. The contest ends on January 11, 2013. ...
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Silva Pediatric Clinic transfers to Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center, Inc. (TVHC) is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Silva Pediatric Clinic, formerly under the auspices of St. Rose Hospital, Hayward, which recently entered into agreement to be acquired by a new management company to improve its operations and its fiscal position. To prepare for this transition, the hospital Board decided to cease providing services at the Silva Clinic. Final approval for the hospital is now pending with the State Attorney General’s Office.

TVHC and St. ...
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Gilbert’s toy drive and car show
Hayward business helps local kids

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Every December, Gilbert D. Robledo, owner of Gilbert's Body & Paint at 2964 Arf Avenue, Hayward, closes his business for one day to host a toy drive party though he collects toys from Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve. He and his wife, Dolores, organize food, BBQ, a DJ and live music to entertain guests and supporters. There are fundraising auctions throughout the day and collection boxes on tables. Bay Bombs Car Club members show off their prized vehicles at this event which is also an opportunity for friends to catch up with each other. Most, including Robledo, grew up together in Union City’s Decoto neighborhood. ...
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Roast and Toast
Installation of WCR Tri-Cities Chapter officers for 2013

TRI-CITIES, Calif. -- The Women’s Council of REALTORS (WCR) Tri-Cities Chapter, formed in 1993, thanked its outgoing board members and line officers Anna May (president), Greg Jones (president-elect), Viola Scott (VP membership), George Duarte (secretary) and Preiyaa Anand (treasurer) and welcomed incoming line officers for 2013, Greg Jones (president), Preiyaa Anand (president-elect), Eliane Selwan (secretary) and Melody Macabugao (treasurer) who was unable to attend the December 19, 2012 luncheon at the Newark Hilton. Sherri Souza, 2011 California State Chapter President, was the installation officer. ...
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Statewide sales and use tax rate increases on January 1, 2013
New sales and use tax rate, effective for four years

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The statewide sales and use tax rate will increase by a quarter of one percent (0.25 percent) from 7.25 percent to 7.50 percent on January 1, 2013. California voters approved this rate when they voted for Proposition 30 on November 6, 2012. The increase take effect from January 1, 2013 and expire on December 31, 2016.

Across California, the sales and use tax rate will range from 7.50 percent to 10.00 percent because in some cities and counties, voter-approved district taxes are added to the statewide base rate.

California sales tax generally applies to retail sales of goods and merchandise except those sales specifically exempted by law. ...
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Thank you to all for your support
Letter to the Editor from Myron Freedman

HAYWARD, Calif. -- As 2012 draws to a close, the Hayward Area Historical Society (HAHS) wishes to thank everyone for supporting local history and the HAHS.

The New Year promises to be exciting for HAHS members as we anticipate opening our new facility on Foothill Boulevard. The HAHS Center for History and Culture will be a resource for local history, education and fun. It will be a place to find stories about the diverse people who make the area what it is today and a gathering place for a wide range of activities that contribute to the cultural life of all who live here.

The new Center will be a home for everyone's history. ...
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Seeking Retirement Board members
Three vacancies on the AC Transit District Retirement Board

OAKLAND. Calif. -- AC Transit is accepting applications from individuals interested in volunteering to serve on the AC Transit District Retirement Board. There are three vacancies: two representing members of the public and one non-ATU employee, whose terms will expire on March 31, 2013. Applications must be submitted by noon, Friday, February 1, 2013. The District’s Board of Directors will make the appointment.

The AC Transit Retirement Board oversees a non-contributory defined benefit plan with assets of approximately $450M. There are approximately 1,700 retirees or beneficiaries receiving benefits from the Plan. ...
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VTA receives state funding to expand BART facilities
Improved BART Hayward Maintenance complex will accommodate expanded fleet

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The California Transportation Commission (CTC) voted unanimously at their December 6, 2012 meeting to allocate $50M in State funding to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA). The State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) grant will help expand and improve the Bay Area Rapid Transit’s (BART) Hayward Maintenance Complex to accommodate the additional fleet and other system and operational needs when the future BART Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension comes online. ...
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Tri-City winter charity event
More than 330 families served

UNION CITY, Calif. -- The Tri-City Winter Charity Event marked a decade of service on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at the Purple Lotus School on Ninth Street, Union City. The number of families helped by the school, in partnership with Centro de Servicios, is a barometer of the times. In 2009, there was a year-on year increase of 30-40 percent to 174 families. In 2012, more than 330 families visited during the event which lasted from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Students, alumni, parents and volunteers distributed dry and canned foods, clothing, toys and small household items to visitors. Union City Police Explorers arrived with a truck of wrapped Christmas gifts. ...
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EveryOne Counts 2013
Volunteer with Alameda County's Homeless Count

ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. -- Every two years EveryOne Home conducts Alameda County's Homeless Count to measure our community's progress towards ending homelessness and to maintain crucial funding for homeless services. We need your help. On Wednesday, January 30, 2013, the Homeless Count will be conducted throughout Alameda County. This requires 250 volunteers.

What is the commitment of volunteering? 1) Attend one Volunteer Training Session during January 2013; several dates, times and locations are offered. 2) Volunteer during the Homeless Count on January 30, 2013; volunteers will serve as interviewers. In this role, you will meet with homeless service users and ask them survey questions. ...
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Presidential Inauguration tickets
Attend Barack Obama's inauguration

Congressional District 17, Calif. -- On January 21, 2013, Americans from across the country will gather in Washington, DC, to celebrate the second Inauguration of President Barack Obama. A limited number of tickets are available. Apply for them on Facebook at

To keep America competitive in the global economy, share your suggestions on how to return people to work in quality jobs or to ensure every child has access to a high quality, equitable education.

Please write a paragraph of at least five sentences, submit a video or draw a picture suggesting an innovative idea to achieve either of the previously mentioned goals. Entries should be posted online at http://on.fb. ...
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Local heroes and organizations recognized
Free tickets to this event

FREMONT, Calif. -- Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) will recognize some outstanding local organizations and heroes on Thursday, December 13 during the 7th Annual State of the 20th Assembly District Address and Awards Ceremony in Fremont.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at Boehringer Ingelheim, Inc., 6701 Kaiser Drive, Fremont. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. and the program starts at 6 p.m. The public is encouraged to bring a children’s toy and to call Wieckowski’s District Office at (510) 440-9030 to reserve a free ticket. Space is limited. ...
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Citizen’s Advisory Committee vacancy

HAYWARD, Calif. -- The Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (HARD) invites applications from interested residents of Hayward, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo and unincorporated Alameda County for one committee position on the District’s Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CAC). This committee meets four times per year and provides recommendations to the District Board of Directors, reviews District programs and park design projects and works on specific Board-directed projects.

To obtain a CAC application call (510) 881-6704 or visit to download an application. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. ...
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Upcoming community workshops for General Plan Update
Give your input on December 10 or December 12

HAYWARD, Calif. -- The General Plan is a city’s basic planning document that provides a blueprint for development, guides growth and sets land use policy city-wide. The purpose of a General Plan is to: identify land use, transportation, environmental, economic and social goals and policies as they relate to new development; provide a basis for the City’s decision-making; provide citizens with an opportunity to participate in the planning and decision-making process; and inform citizens, developers, decision-makers and others of the ground rules that guide development within the city. ...
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Bring your own bags
Alameda County’s Reusable Bag Ordinance takes effect January 1, 2013

ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. -- When the Alameda County Waste Management Authority’s Reusable Bag Ordinance goes into effect January 1, 2013, grocery stores and many other retailers selling packaged foods and/or alcohol will stop distribution of single-use bags at checkout. Recycled-content paper or reusable bags may be provided, if the retailer charges a minimum price of 10 cents per bag. To avoid the bag charge, customers should take their own shopping bags.

The Alameda County Waste Management Authority adopted the Reusable Bag Ordinance in January of 2012 to further the agency’s long-term waste-reduction goals by helping to decrease the number of bags entering landfill. ...
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Holiday of Wishes
Food drive

FREMONT, Calif. -- The Holidays are when many of us look forward to gatherings, holiday meals, decorations and exchanges of gifts. It is easy to forget there are people in our community going through tough times and struggling to put food on their tables. A holiday celebration and an exchange of gifts are not even an option.

Holiday of Wishes is an organization consisting of local businesses and community members helping needy families enjoy this holiday season. This year, we are inviting children and families that are documented at poverty level or below from six of the elementary schools in our community. ...
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Measure B1 just shy of success
Alameda CTC calls off recount. Despite receiving 66.53% of the vote, Measure B1 did not meet threshold for passage.

The Alameda County Transportation Commission (CTC) informed the Alameda County Registrar of Voters on December 4, 2012 that it accepts the certified election outcome. Measure B1, which would have brought almost $8 billion in transportation investments into the County, did not meet the threshold necessary to pass, despite receiving 66.53 percent of the vote. The required threshold to pass is 66.67 percent and Measure B1 was just 0.14 percent below this.

Due to the high voter support for Measure B1 and almost reaching the two-thirds requirement to pass, Alameda CTC launched a recount. The recount began the morning of Tuesday, December 4, 2012. ...
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Christmas fundraiser
Christmas fundraiser for Bay Area Black Pilots Association's youth programs

HAYWARD, Calif. -- The Bay Area Black Pilots Association (BABPA) will hold its annual Christmas Fundraiser Banquet on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at the Doubletree Hotel by Hilton, Berkeley.

This year, the well-attended event, which will last from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m., will feature Tuskegee Airmen from the William “Bill” Campbell Chapter, a guest speaker and raffle door prizes. Brother Jaye Studios will be the official photographer and Take About Productions will provide the entertainment. There will be a no-host bar from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m.

Tickets, at $70 per person, must be purchased in advance. None will be available on the door. ...
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Roast and toast

TRI-CITIES, Calif. -- Join the Women’s Council of REALTORS (WCR) Tri-Cities Chapter for their monthly luncheon at the Hilton Hotel, Newark, on December 19, 2012. Networking at 11:30 a.m.; program and lunch from noon until 1:30 p.m.

WCR will thank outgoing board members and line officers Anna May (president), Greg Jones (president-elect), Viola Scott (VP membership), George Duarte (secretary) and Preiyaa Anand (treasurer) and welcome incoming line officers Greg Jones, Preiyaa Anand, Eliane Selwan and Melody Macabugao. ...
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Paddy’s coffee house
Dec. 15 - all-day, pot luck party plus donations for Tree of Hope

UNION CITY, Calif. -- Contrary to rumor, Paddy’s Coffee House is not to close. Rather this famed institution, Union City’s only independent coffee shop, is relocating because its lease is about to expire. According to owner, Paddy Iyer, it is time for operational changes and structural alterations which are easier to implement at a new site than at 3900 Smith Street where the business has been for a decade.

Iyer always wanted to open a coffee house and, after a corporate career in IT, decided it was time for a change. So, when the opportunity arose, “Paddy’s” was born. ...
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Upcoming community workshops for General Plan Update
Online survey available for those who cannot attend a workshop

HAYWARD, Calif. -- The General Plan is a city’s basic planning document that provides a blueprint for development, guides growth and sets land use policy city-wide. The purpose of a General Plan is to: identify land use, transportation, environmental, economic and social goals and policies as they relate to new development; provide a basis for the City’s decision-making; provide citizens with an opportunity to participate in the planning and decision-making process; and inform citizens, developers, decision-makers and others of the ground rules that guide development within the city. ...
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Fidelity/HOPE project
Food drive

FREMONT, Calif. -- Fidelity National Title and Help Other People Eat (HOPE) are partnering to raise food donations in the Fremont area. The Fidelity/HOPE Project aims to help people with groceries every month, not just during the Christmas season.

More than 50 million Americans suffer hunger. That is 1 in 6 of the population, including 1 in 5 children. The annual cost of hunger to American society is estimated at $90 billion. In fact, it would cost only between $10 billion and $12 billion each year to virtually end hunger.

Food donations (canned and dry food only) may be left at Fidelity National Title Company, 39141 Civic Center Drive, Suite 100, Fremont. ...
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Alameda CTC launches recount of Measure B1
Narrow margin leads Commission to re-visit Measure B1 on behalf of 66.53 percent of voters

ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. -- The Alameda County Registrar of Voters certified the November 6, 2012 election on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 and the final tally showed Measure B1 just 0.14 percent short of the two-thirds threshold needed for passage. The Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC) has submitted a recount request for Measure B1 to the Registrar of Voters and anticipates a recount beginning as soon as December 3, 2012.

"We have an obligation to the 66.53 percent of Alameda County voters who supported Measure B1 to leave no stone unturned," said Arthur L. Dao, Executive Director. "After receiving such strong support, we won't turn away a critical $7. ...
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Home for the Holidays
Animal adoption event

HAYWARD, Calif. -- A Home for the Holidays is the Hayward Animal Shelter’s final special event of 2012. Scheduled for December 8, 2012 from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m., kittens, cats, dogs, puppies, bunnies and other critters of all colors, shapes, sizes and ages will be available for adoption.

The event, sponsored by the Hayward Animal Shelter Volunteers, is an opportunity to give your family an early Christmas present and a pet a new home. Please remember that a pet is for life and not just for the festive season.

There is a flat-rate $20 adoption fee (plus dog licensing fees if the adopter lives in Hayward). ...
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Tri-City Winter Charity
Free groceries, toys, clothing, books, small household items

UNION CITY, Calif. -- The Purple Lotus Temple & School and Centro De Servicios of Union City will host the annual Tri-City Winter Charity event on December 16, 2012 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Familes from Union City, Fremont, Newark and Hayward are welcome.

Dry foods, toys, clothing, books and small household items will be available plus fun games, booths and the opportunity of photo with Santa. Please bring extra bags to take home groceries and other items.

The organizers welcome contributions of any kind, including monetary donations (please make checks payable to PLT (memo: 2012 Winter Charity)), canned foods, gently used toys, clothing, books, shoes and small household items. ...
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Holiday concert
Free band concert

CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. -- The Castro Valley Community Band will perform festive favorites for its Holiday Concert on December 19, 2012 at the Castro Valley Center for the Arts.

The audience can enjoy popular holiday songs, including March of the Toys, Waltz of the Flowers, Feliz Navidad, Klezmer Dances, highlights from Jersey Boys and a sing-along. Refreshments will be served after the concert, courtesy of Castro Valley Adult & Career Education.

“It will be a joy for the band to perform in the beautiful Castro Valley Center for the Arts. We look forward to welcoming everyone at this free event,” says soloist Lolita Morelli. ...
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Historical seasonal festivities

* Stories of the Season at McConaghy House
Explore the McConaghy House, a Victorian-era home, this season where each room's decorations are inspired by a different and much-loved Christmas story. The property is open to the public on Saturdays (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) and on Sundays (1 - 4 p.m.). Also, enjoy a 40-percent discount in the Boutique gift shop. Admission: $5.00 adults, $3.00 Students/ Seniors (over 65), FREE for Hayward Area Historical Society (HAHS) members and children under 10 years.

* Archie’s Playroom
Santa Claus is coming to Archie’s Playroom at McConaghy House, which will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., on December 8, 2012. ...
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Innovative program to drive City’s economy
Launch of Shop Local Union City program

UNION CITY, Calif. -- The City of Union City and the Union City Chamber of Commerce have launched a no-cost “Shop Local Union City” program that encourages residents, the local workforce and visitors to shop locally in our City. The initiative is an effort to increase public engagement with the businesses that drive Union City’s economy. Shopping locally has many benefits, both for you and your community.

Local businesses support the community by employing its citizens and paying taxes. Buying goods in your community helps maintain the City’s economic and cultural base. Additionally, with a multitude of local businesses, everyone benefits by providing greater product diversity and competition. ...
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Niles Canyon public meeting
New date and venue

FREMONT, Calif -- Caltrans will hold a meeting on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 7 p.m. at Fremont Senior Center to give the public an opportunity to provide feedback on the Road Safety Assessment (RSA) and the Value Analysis Study final reports for State Route 84/Niles Canyon. These reports are available on the Caltrans website at

In response to public concern about planned safety projects in Niles Canyon, Caltrans invited a panel of traffic-safety experts from the Federal Highway Administration to perform an independent Road Safety Assessment (RSA) on State Route 84. ...
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Open house
20th anniversary celebration

HAYWARD. Calif. -- Twenty years ago The Kids’ Breakfast Club (TKBC) was established to improve the quality of life for Hayward kids and their families. TKBC serves children and their families breakfast and conducts academic activities during school vacations; the first holiday program was Winter Session during the winter break. Two decades later, hundreds of kids and their parents participate in Winter Session.

TKBC’s success is only possible because of its volunteers. ...
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I Spy Hidden Angels from Shambhala

Author John Chyan’s latest book is I Spy Hidden Angels from Shambhala (ISBN 9781627093378). The Fremont resident is a Buddhist and volunteers with the Purple Lotus Buddhist School, Union City.

His first foray into publishing was a collection of his thoughts and beliefs on the subjects of meditation, the spiritual world, prayer, love, dreams, life, death, reincarnation, science, auras, orbs and steps towards enlightenment through the experience of end-of-life support and care for others. ...
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SantaCon to help animal shelter
Fundraiser for Hayward Animal Shelter

HAYWARD. Calif. -- Downtown Hayward is the location of Hayward's first SantaCon event. SantaCon Hayward 2012 is a publicly accessible event where guys and girls of legal age dress like Santa and go out on the town for no better reason than that it is great fun. This event serves as a fundraiser for the Hayward Animal Shelter with participating establishments donating a portion of the evening’s proceeds to help support the Shelter.

On Saturday, December 8, 2012, the line-up starts at 7 p.m. at the Turf Club, 22519 Main Street. The Bistro at 1001 B Street is also participating. At 9 p.m., there ill be a Best Santa Suit Contest at Kupe Restaurant & Lounge, 943 B Street. ...
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Nominations for HARD awards
Nominate a person or organization

HAYWARD, Calif. -- The Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (HARD) Board of Directors is accepting nominations of candidates for the Annual Board of Directors' Award for Distinguished Recreational Service in 2012. This award is given annually to an individual and also to an organization for outstanding volunteer service or accomplishment in the field of recreation and parks.

HARD appreciates all the individuals and organizations that provide important volunteer service to the District and the community and have so honored these individuals and organizations with an award program since 1962. Please take the opportunity of nominating an individual and/or an organization for this honor. ...
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Downtown celebrates Light Up The Season
Festivities to mark the Holidays

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Downtown Hayward will sparkle for the holiday season at the Light Up The Season Celebration on December 6, 2012 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Light Up The Season, sponsored by the City of Hayward, the Hayward Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Business Improvement Area, will include holiday musical and dancing groups, children’s rides, an ice-skating rink at City Hall Plaza, illumination of a huge tree in the City Hall Rotunda and the opportunity for kids to meet Santa Claus.

The main events will occur on B Street, from Mission Boulevard to City Hall Plaza. Watkins Street, in front of City Hall Plaza, will be closed for the evening. ...
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Community input sought for mural
Give your input on the second part of the MidPen mural

UNION CITY, Calif. -- MidPen Housing is sponsoring a community meeting on December 4, 2012 at the Station Center Community Room, 11th Street, Union City, at their new multi-family housing development to solicit input for the mural artwork which is in progress at that site.

Renowned muralist, Mona Caron, received the commission to paint a mural that consists of two parts: a 65-foot tall reproduction of a small wildflower that was found near the project site and a smaller, ribbon element that will contain images inspired by the history and people of Union City and be presented at eye-level. ...
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Community workshops for General Plan Update

HAYWARD, Calif. -- The General Plan is a city¡¯s basic planning document that provides a blueprint for development, guides growth and sets land use policy city-wide. The purpose of a General Plan is to: identify land use, transportation, environmental, economic and social goals and policies as they relate to new development; provide a basis for the City¡¯s decision-making; provide citizens with an opportunity to participate in the planning and decision-making process; and inform citizens, developers, decision-makers and others of the ground rules that guide development within the city. ...
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Chamber Awards gala
Tickets availble from November 26, 2012

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Join the Hayward Chamber of Commerce in January 2013 to honor our hometown heroes: Pam Russo, St. Rose Hospital (Business Person of the Year), Ariel Dolowich, Ochoa Middle School Principal (Educator of the Year), Battalion Chief George Silva (Firefighter of the Year) and Detective Ryan Cantrell (Police Officer of the Year).

The event at California State University, East Bay includes a grand banquet with fine wine and silent and live auctions for fabulous items and travel. Tickets are $125 each and available from the Chamber as from November 26, 2012 and will sell out.

For more information, contact the Hayward Chamber of Commerce at (510) 537-2424. ...
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Did you cash in on Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals?
Save your receipts, you might owe Use Tax

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Many California consumers have purchased Black Friday and Cyber Monday specials offered online or via smart phone applications. The State Board of Equalization (BOE) reminds them that they may owe use tax for pre- and post-holiday shopping sprees.

California law imposes tax on in-state purchases and also imposes tax on items purchased out-of-state for use in California. When an out-of-state or online retailer does not collect the tax for an item delivered to California, the purchaser may owe “use tax,” which is simply a tax on the use, storage, or consumption of personal property in California. ...
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Performance Management Network designation awarded to local REALTOR®
Local businessman recognized by national trade body

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Gregory T. Jones, Hayward-based business owner and Realty World Neighbors REALTOR®, has been awarded the Performance Management Network Designation by the Women’s Council of REALTORS® (WCR). The Performance Management Network is a next-generation REALTOR® designation designed from the ground up to deliver the real-world skills, know-how and tools to keep an agent’s business out front and on top of an evolving real estate market. Jones is also the incoming President 2013 of the Tri-Cities Chapter of WCR. ...
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Casting alert
Casting call for single fathers and sorority alumni

Calling all single fathers nationwide. Doron Ofir Casting seeks paragons of fatherhood to star in a new series proving that it takes a real man to do what a woman was designed to do and, quite possibly, better.

Through choice or circumstance, hardship and happiness, you have assumed the ultimate responsibility. You are the understated hero, the self-sacrificing superman who does what ever it takes to support, raise and guide your child alone. You work hard, play harder but your most important priority is, and always will be, being a dad and we want to hear your story. ...
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Moreau Leo Club
Moreau Leo Club founder officers and members sign club charter

UNION CITY, Calif. -- Union City Lions Club is the proud sponsor of a Leo Club at Moreau Catholic High School, Hayward. Moreau Leo Club has approximately 25 members, thanks to the efforts of Charter President Freshman Krisel “Sam” Ong who was sworn-in with another officer and member before signing their club charter on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at Heritage Way, Union City.

The purpose of Leo Clubs is “to promote service activities among the youth of the community which will develop the individual qualities of Leadership, Experience and Opportunity. To unite its members in friendship, fellowship and mutual understanding. ...
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11th Annual Karen Gordin Turkey Swim
Fundraiser for Karen M. Gordin Scholarship Fund

HAYWARD, Calif. -- November means fall is in the air and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It is also time for the Karen M. Gordin Turkey Swim. Every Thanksgiving Day, the Hayward Plunge Staff raise money for the Karen M. Gordin Scholarship Fund. Karen was a lifeguard for the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District who was tragically killed in a car crash in 2001. She was very much loved at the Hayward Plunge and we want to carry on her name and the values she held dear.

The scholarship is given to two individuals who are currently certified lifeguards and in school working towards his/her goals. ...
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City office closures
Furloughs at City Hall

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Most City of Hayward operations will observe holiday closures from Monday, December 24, 2012 through Tuesday, January 1, 2013. City services return to normal operating hours on Wednesday, January 2, 2013. Police, Fire and emergency services will continue operating normally.

Maintenance Services will be providing services and can be contacted at (510) 881-7745 during normal hours (6:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) except on City holidays (December 24-25 and December 31, 2012 - January 1, 2013). The Street Sweeping schedule will remain unchanged for December 26-28, 2012.

Both branches of Hayward Public Library (Main and Weekes) will remain open. ...
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Illegal dumping, an ever-present problem
Finding the right tonic for a public ill

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Hayward City Council voted 6-1 in favor of introducing an amendment to the Municipal Code on October 23, 2012 to combat illegal dumping on public property and to update the Master Fee Schedule with associated charges. There is public opposition to what is proposed. Adoption of the amendment is scheduled for Council’s meeting on November 13, 2012 at 7 p.m.

In stark contrast to Council’s priorities of a Safe, Clean and Green Hayward, city streets and sidewalks have been used increasingly as dumping grounds for large items over the past four years. ...
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Alameda County agencies, hospices and advocates Get The Most Out of Life with a professional exchange

ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. -- Alameda County Behavioral Health Services Agency and Alameda County Health Care Service Agency’s Getting The Most Out of Life Project partners invite you to attend a dynamic Professional Exchange forum, on on November 8, 2012 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., featuring a dialogue between medical professionals, hospice and long-term care providers.

Featured speakers include Dr. VJ Periyakoil, Stanford University; Dr. Aaron
Chapman, AC Behavioral Health Care Services; and Dr. Barbara Beach,
Children’s Hospital and George Mark Children’s House Co-founder.

The program will also include a panel of hospice providers and advocates from
throughout Alameda County. ...
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Healthcare reform forum
How does Obamacare affect you?

FREMONT, Calif. -- President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act 2010 to provide comprehensive health reform for Americans and the US Supreme Court upheld it.

Learn about how this historic law affects you and your families. On November 19, 2012, Alex Briscoe, Director of Alameda County Health Care Services, will discuss how the Act affects the wellness of Alameda County residents and describe what additional changes will be implemented in the coming months. He will also provide an update on the development of Teen Health Centers for Fremont.

This free forum, at Fremont Main Library, is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Fremont, Newark & Union City. ...
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Castro Valley Veterans’ Memorial dedication
All are welcome to attend

CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. -- Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) District 14 Castro Valley Post 9601 will dedicate the long-awaited Castro Valley Veterans’ Memorial on Sunday, November 11, 2012.

The project, which will have taken just over two years to fund and build following the Hayward Area Recreation and Parks District’s (HARD) September 2010 approval of the Memorial’s location, honors the memory and service of Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Air Force and Merchant Marine veterans on Service Stones along with the names of civilians, companies, groups and organizations on 1,000 commemorative bricks. ...
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Assisting with the climate action plan
14-year old completes Eagle Scout project

UNION CITY, Calif. -- Sahil Markanday, aged 14, is one of the youngest boy scouts to have recently completed his Eagle Scout project. Union City residents and the City’s Climate Action Plan are the immediate beneficiaries of his efforts.

“Markanday and his crew of volunteers planted approximately 50 flowering trees and conifers around San Andreas Park to help expand the urban forest to sequester carbon as part of our Climate Action Plan,” explained Union City Grounds Supervisor, Nelson Kirk. “The flowering trees and conifers will also form a canopy to shade the pathways for residents who regularly walk in the park. They also planted another 120 shrubs along the back-up area of the park. ...
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Halloween costume give-away

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Hayward Police Department (PD) provided more than 300 kids with Halloween costumes on October 29, 2012. This was the second annual Halloween Costume Giveaway for which Hayward police officers collected and distributed Halloween costumes to children, aged five to 12, who attend one of five Hayward elementary schools and who might not otherwise have had something special to wear on Halloween night. The costumes were presented to the children at City Hall on Monday afternoon.

This year, Hayward PD joined forces with more than 20 Downtown businesses that distributed candy. Parents were given a list of businesses where they could collect candy until 6 p.m. ...
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Alameda County roads in need of funding
Local transportation measure includes $2.3 billion for roadway improvements on November 6, 2012 ballot

ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. -- Roads are the backbone of the economy and mobility in Alameda County. According to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission's (MTC) Pavement Condition Report released on October 29, 2012, almost 50 percent of Alameda County roads are becoming worn to the point where rehabilitation may be needed to prevent rapid deterioration and some are at-risk of requiring costly reconstruction.

MTC evaluates the condition of Bay Area roads annually to assess the average pavement condition index (PCI), which ranges from 0-100. PCI scores of 60-69 are considered fair and indicate that a street needs rehabilitation to prevent significant deterioration. ...
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Illegal dumping ordinance, the right solution?
Letter to the Editor

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Illegal dumping is a problem that negatively impacts the Hayward community, draining City resources to clear the debris. Volunteers and City staff, who battle constantly to contain the issue, are frustrated and angry. Staff believes they know the culprits.

On Tuesday, October 23, 2012, staff introduced an ordinance that requires private property owners to either clear refuse dumped in the public right-of-way near their home, or business, or be fined several hundred dollars and billed for removal. ...
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Peter Sategna Educational Foundation

Since it was founded several years ago, the Peter Sategna Educational Foundation has awarded more than $180,000 of scholarship funding to various organizations to assist with the start or completion of higher educational goals or learning a trade to enable an individual to enter the work force with a set of specialized skills.

On July 17, 2012, Hayward Mayor Michael Sweeney presented local, high school graduating senior Marlene Marquez with the Mayor’s Award, a scholarship check for $10,000 to assist in paying for college. The Peter Sategna Educational Foundation funded this year’s award. ...
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County announces data sharing initiative and Apps Challenge 2012
New open data portal provides residents with a wealth of information, encourages the public to build apps to address community needs

ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. -- Alameda County has launched the new Alameda County Data Sharing Initiative which gives the public easy online access to records and information about County business and operations. The Initiative enhances the County’s commitment to transparent government and to encourage civic engagement.

The County will host the Alameda County Apps Challenge 2012 on Saturday December 8, 2012, at the Castro Valley Library, 3600 Norbridge Avenue, Castro Valley to encourage residents to harness the power of technology and open government to create web and mobile applications that benefit the community. ...
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Grants training
Learn how to find and apply successfully for grants

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Hayward Adult School and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop on November 27 and 28, 2012. In this class you will learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals. This training is applicable to grant seekers across all disciplines.

Multi-enrollment discounts and discounts for Grant Writing USA returning alumni are available. Tuition is $425 and includes all materials: workbook and accompanying 420MB resource CD packed with tools and more than 200 sample grant proposals. Seating is limited. Online reservations are necessary. Tuition payment ($425 per person) by credit card at the time of enrollment is preferred; however, you may pay later by check. ...
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Holiday business promotions workshop
Let your business make the most of the Holiday season

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Is your business ready to make the most of the Holiday Season? Do you take advantage of holiday promotions?

How to promote your business and organization throughout the holidays and beyond is the focus of a November 13, 2012 luncheon workshop co-sponsored by the Hayward Chamber of Commerce and Rubicon Programs, which operates the Eden One Stop Career Centers in Alameda County. Our presenter will be Karen Rice, Northern California Development Director for Constant Contact.

Tickets must be purchased in advance as seating is limited. Cost of the event, including a light lunch, is $15. ...
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City supports local businesses destroyed by fire
Help for business and property owners

UNION CITY, Calif. -- Union City’s Deputy City Manager Tony Acosta visited the Alvarado Place Shopping Center, 31875 Alvarado Boulevard (at Dyer Street), Union City, to view the damage caused by the four-alarm fire that affected 10 businesses and injured one firefighter. The City will work with the business and property owners on recovery efforts.

“In 17 years, the City has not had a fire of this magnitude. We appreciate the prompt response by the Alameda County Fire Department and Fremont and Hayward Fire Departments. We also wish the firefighter, who was injured in this incident, the very best for a speedy recovery. ...
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Tips and treats, for a healthy lifestyle
St. Rose Hospital lecture series for healthy living

HAYWARD, Calif. -- It is with great pleasure that St. Rose Hospital, Hayward, introduces a FREE monthly lecture series, “Tips & Treats, for a healthy lifestyle!”

Join us each month as we take on a new health discussion hosted by a panel of highly-skilled St. Rose Hospital physicians. This program is a wonderful opportunity to obtain detailed information on a specific topic and to ask questions in a comfortable environment.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we welcome you on October 16, 2012 to learn about the latest surgical advancements in the treatment of breast cancer from Dr. Paul Suding. Then, Dr. ...
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Ice cream social
Make-A-Wish Foundation and Cold Stone Creamery join forces for the 11th Annual National Ice Cream Social

FREMONT, Calif. -- The Make-A-Wish Foundation held its 11th Annual National Ice Cream Social on September 27, 2012 with the help of Cold Stone Creamery. Over the past decade, this event has raised approximately $4M for the Foundation which grants wishes to children, aged between two-and-a-half and 18 years, with a life-threatening medical condition to enrich their lives.

In 1980, seven-year old Christopher James Greicius, who suffered from leukemia, realized his dream of becoming a police officer. US Customs Officer Tommy Austin, who had befriended Greicius and his mother Linda Bergendahl-Pauling, decided to lift the boy’s spirits when his condition deteriorated. ...
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Non-profit alliance
Learn about planned giving as part of a non-profit's funding strategy

HAYWARD, Calif. -- The Hayward Non-profit Alliance (HNPA) will meet on October 18, 2012 at the San Felipe Community Center, 2058 D Street, Hayward, at 10 a.m. The program will include a presentation on planned giving by Tony Macias from the Office of University Advancement at California State University, East Bay.

Macias believes an important ingredient for a non-profit is a planned giving council and skillful deployment tools such as bequests and charitable gift annuities.

Attendees at this free event will also hear from Rachael Osajima of the Alameda County Arts Commission and members will receive a brief orientation on the HNPA and Hayward Chamber of Commerce. ...
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2013 financial forecast
Economic outlook for 2013

TRI-CITIES, Calif. -- Join the Women’s Council of REALTORS (WCR) Tri-Cities Chapter and Susan McHan for the WCR monthly luncheon at the Hilton Hotel, Newark, on October 17, 2012. Networking at 11:30 a.m.; program and lunch from noon until 1:30 p.m.

Learn from one of Silicon Valley's elite. McHan will offer a glimpse of what we can expect from the economy and the overall real estate market in 2013. Will things continue to improve or can we expect something else in 2013? Join us to find out and start early planning for next year!

As CEO and co-founder of Opes Advisors, McHan provides the leadership and direction for the firm. ...
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Mark Green

ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. -- Union City Mayor Mark Green might not be a household name but is regarded in political circles as one of the most effective elected officials in the Bay Area and in California. Staff members of the various agencies, on whose boards he serves, value his grasp and understanding of the business of government to translate policy into reality. His fellow board members also recognize his depth and breadth of experience which enables Green to make bold decisions that lay the foundations for the future well-being of the East Bay and beyond.

Green is running for the Alameda County Supervisor District 2 seat vacated by Nadia Lockyer in April 2012. ...
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Soulciety pays youth to work for your organization

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Hayward-based, non-profit Soulciety seeks organizations and companies in Hayward and the surrounding communities that are in need of workers. You provide the jobs and supervision; Soulciety will provide the youth workers and pay them.

To take advantage of this opportunity, the organization must 1) Email Gina at as soon as possible and provide job title, description, ideal weekly schedule and the number of positions available; 2) Provide youth with work between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m., Monday through Friday and/or weekends from now until June 30, 2013; 3) Provide on-site orientation for youth workers; 4) Provide jobs that are meaningful and productive. ...
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Shrouded Tales at McConaghy House
Tours on October 18, 19 and 20, 2012

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Follow the “Undertaker” through McConaghy House, built in 1886, and witness stories of the McConaghy family. Learn of the family’s history, Victorian death traditions and superstitions and what paranormal activity has been recorded.

Tours begin at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at McConaghy House, 18701 Hesperian Boulevard, Hayward, on October 18, October 19 and October 20, 2012.

$10 for non-members, $5 for HAHS members, seniors and students. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Space is limited. Call Heather at (510) 581-2516.

Shrouded Tales
Thursday, October 18
Friday, October 19
Saturday, October 20
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I-680 Express Lane celebrates second successful year
I-680 Express Lane use grows

ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. -- An ever increasing number of drivers choose to travel in the southbound I-680 Sunol Express Lane, as the second anniversary of the Express Lane’s opening approaches. The Express Lane admits toll-paying solo drivers in addition to carpoolers (who use the lane at no cost), which optimizes capacity and increases travel time reliability. Since the southbound I-680 Sunol Express Lane opened on September 20, 2010, nearly 800,000 solo drivers have reached their destinations by traveling at speeds that are typically 10-15 miles per hour faster than motorists experience in the general purpose lanes during peak commute hours, without impacting carpooler drive times. ...
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Castro Valley Veterans’ Memorial dinner and dedication

CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. -- Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) District 14 Castro Valley Post 9601 will host a Dedication Dinner on November 10, 2012 before dedicating the long-awaited Castro Valley Veterans’ Memorial, the next day.

The project, which will have taken just over two years to fund and build following the Hayward Area Recreation and Parks District’s September 2010 approval of the Memorial’s location, honors the memory and service of Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Air Force and Merchant Marine veterans on Service Stones along with the names of civilians, companies, groups and organizations on 1,000 commemorative bricks which will be installed on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 between 10 a.m. ...
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Alecto to acquire St. Rose Hospital

HAYWARD, Calif. -- The St. Rose Hospital Board of Trustees decided, on September 17, 2012, to execute a letter of intent for the acquisition of St. Rose Hospital by Alecto Healthcare Services LLC.

"October 2012 marks the 50th Anniversary of St. Rose Hospital being a cherished part of the Hayward community but economic conditions and financial realities have put St. Rose at risk. The Board of Directors, in making this decision, relied heavily on two criteria: that St. Rose remains open and that the Mission remains intact. ...
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Crime mapping

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Hayward Police Department unveiled its new crime mapping program on September 12, 2012. This initiative will help reduce crime and enhance community policing. enables residents and business owners to analyze interactive maps and reports of recent criminal activity. The website allows users to search specified areas within the City by date, location and type of crime. They can also generate, print and electronically share the maps and reports. The program raises the community’s awareness of criminal activity in their neighborhoods and in the vicinity of businesses where they work or shop. ...
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The Orient and Emerald Isle

HAYWARD, Calif. -- With past trips to China, Tuscany and Spain, the Hayward Chamber of Commerce has a solid reputation for sponsoring reliable, safe and fascinating overseas excursions. This is your opportunity to experience memorable journeys to two of the world's most beautiful countries – China and Ireland.

Beijing, Hangzhou and Shanghai are featured stops for the Hayward Chamber of Commerce's third trip to China from November 4 to November 12, 2012. ...
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Apply for the Leadership Hayward Class of 2012-13

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Applications are now being accepted for the 22nd class of Leadership Hayward. The Leadership Hayward program develops future community leaders who are knowledgeable about the greater Hayward area and concerned about its well-being. Leadership Hayward provides a unique opportunity for participants to increase their understanding of Hayward's complex social and economic issues. Participants are exposed to the challenges facing Hayward's leaders and how they, as individuals, may respond. ...
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New senior lunch program

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Beginning on August 20, 2012, South Hayward Parish, in conjunction with the New Bridges Presbyterian Outreach Center, will host a Senior Luncheon every Monday starting at noon. Along with being served nutritious meals that meet the requirements of a senior adult’s diet (low in both sodium and sugar), seniors will also enjoy a chance to socialize with fellow residents of the local Hayward community. This program is open to all seniors, 60 years of age or older with a suggested donation of $3.25. The program is designed to engage seniors, especially those in need of companionship, in meeting their fellow Hayward residents to mingle over a delicious meal. ...
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Free G.E.D. and tutoring classes
Free preparatory classes for GED exam

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Beginning on August 20, 2012, South Hayward Parish will sponsor free classes to prepare individuals to take the G.E.D. exam. These classes will be held every Monday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and are geared primarily toward adults who have not graduated from High School. Besides hosting these classes, South Hayward Parish also offers scholarships to provide some assistance for individuals to meet the examination cost. This program is designed to work towards breaking down employment barriers in the local Hayward community, while effectively building and maintaining a just and nurturing community. ...
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What a neat-looking yard!
Call for entries for the 12th annual City of Milpitas Neighborhood Beautification Awards

MILPITAS, Calif. -- Whether it's your own property, a rental, multi-family unit, Home Owners Association complex, or business establishment, get the credit you deserve for doing a great job keeping your front yard looking good.

"Let’s show our civic and personal pride by getting involved in the Neighborhood Beautification Program," said Milpitas Mayor Jose Esteves. "Happy and healthy families thrive in beautiful neighborhoods, so let's beautify our yards and make our neighbors smile every time they pass. ...
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St. Rose Hospital installs most advanced medical imaging system
Most advanced CT scanner improves accuracy of diagnosis, saves more lives

HAYWARD, Calif. -- St. Rose Hospital, Hayward, has recently installed a new 320 Slice CT scanner, the only scanner of this capacity in the entire San Francisco Bay Area. It can scan a heart in a single heartbeat while administering just a fifth of the radiation dose of conventional scanners. While it takes an average of 7-10 rotations to image a human heart, this technology will allow radiologists to scan an entire organ with just one revolution, reducing the need for multiple scans and invasive procedures. This will enable physicians to treat at-need patients immediately, saving both resources and time.

“Introduction of the 320 Slice CT scanner at St. ...
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Help CASA to grow

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. -- Know someone who would make a great Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer? Take them to an orientation to learn more about becoming an advocate and making the difference in the life of a foster youth. Refer a friend or colleague and help CASA to grow!

Contact John Anyosa, Volunteer Recruiter at (510) 618-1964 or email so that CASA can expect you.

For more information, visit

CASA orientations in Alameda County:

Thursday, July 26
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St Rose Hospital receives highest safety rating in East Bay

HAYWARD, Calif. -- St. Rose Hospital, Hayward, is proud to be recognized amongst some of the safest hospitals in the United States. Infections, surgical mistakes and other medical harm contribute to the deaths of 180,000 hospital patients a year. Another 1.4 million are seriously hurt by their hospital care.

The August 2012 issue of Consumer Reports contains safety ratings for 1,159 of the 6,268 hospitals in the United States. The scoring process consisted of six categories ranking hospital safety including: infections, re-admissions, communication, scanning, complications and mortality. St. ...
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Quarter of a million meals served

HAYWARD, Calif. -- South Hayward Parish, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the under-privileged communities within Hayward, reached a milestone; more than 250,000 were meals provided to low-income families and individuals in the last year.

This record-breaking number is both a cause for celebration and concern. What many would consider a miracle is testament to the astonishing success of a small organization consisting of four staff members and a handful of volunteers. Despite budget cuts on the already limited financial support from the state, South Hayward Parish has managed to continue to provide the community with high quality foods and produce. ...
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Funding for community oriented policing efforts
Boost to public safety

HAYWARD, Calif. -- The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) has awarded the City of Hayward $3.6M to hire nine police officers to supplement current public safety efforts to reduce teen crime and truancy and bolster other community policing efforts across the City.

Like all local governments, Hayward has faced significant budget challenges in recent years; this Federal funding will allow the City to provide specialized police prevention and protection services to community members, including mentoring and teen programs. ...
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Fireworks safety

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Every year in the United States, the Fourth of July is celebrated with community parades, picnics, barbecues and fireworks but, sadly, Independence Day also includes tragic events resulting from fireworks use. The safest way to enjoy them is to attend public displays organized by professional pyrotechnicians throughout the Bay Area.

All fireworks are banned in Hayward and the Fairview Fire Protection District. Why? Fireworks can be dangerous and severe injuries can arise. An estimated 9,800 people, or a daily average of more than 26 people, were treated in emergency departments for injuries sustained from fireworks and more than half of the injured were children. ...
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Final pieces of Castro Valley Veterans' Memorial fall into place
Construction underway but fundraising efforts must continue

CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. -- With the VFW and the Castro Valley Veterans’ Memorial Committee’s announcement of Silicon Valley Paving, Inc. as their General Contractor for the Castro Valley Veterans’ Memorial (CVVM) in Castro Valley, all of the contractors needed to build the CVVM are now in place.

On the first day of Summer, Wednesday, June 20, 2012, the building process began in earnest. According to Silicon Valley Paving’s Forrest Williams, who is Build Supervisor, now that the work has started, they hope to complete their part of the project (the Memorial site pad and upgraded parking lot in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act) by the end of July 2012. ...
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Alameda County Transportation Expenditure Plan for November 2012 ballot
If approved by voters in November 2012, more than $7.8 billion in funds for transportation will flow into Alameda County

ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. -- The Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC) received the Alameda County Board of Supervisors' final unanimous approval on June 6, 2012 for the 2012 Transportation Expenditure Plan (TEP), which will guide spending and provide $7.8 billion in sales tax revenue for critical transportation projects throughout Alameda County over the next 30 years. With this approval, the Board of Supervisors has authorized the TEP for placement as a measure on the November 6, 2012 ballot that will go before Alameda County voters. ...
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Veterans’ memorial
Significant donation received but more is needed

CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. -- Even after more than two years of project design and fundraising, there are still some in Castro Valley who do not know that local veterans are building a memorial in Castro Valley Community Park, Lake Chabot Road, Castro Valley.

So, those who have not heard about Castro Valley’s Veterans’ Memorial should visit the park and enter the upper parking lot off Quail Avenue. Some sidewalks and curbs have been removed and cordoned off to make way for handicap parking and a handicap entrance to the new Memorial.

What is the next phase for the Memorial? According to the project manager, grading and leveling of the site itself will begin shortly. ...
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Planning for urban wildfire

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Fire in the hills can occur where urban-interface areas pose threats to citizens and homes. An urban-interface fire creates complex challenges for firefighters. Residents in or near an urban/wildland area, should design and maintain their homes and landscaping with wildfire-safety in mind. Simple steps to make a home fire-safe, inside and out, not only reduces the threat to the property but helps protect families.

Everyone in these areas should understand some basics and be prepared. Construction materials, landscaping plants and design, surrounding wildland fuels, the location of their home, on a slope or flat area, and more all affect exposure to, and threat from, wildfire. ...
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Alameda CTC Chair Mark Green receives "Elected Official of the Year" Award from the California Transportation Foundation
Local elected official recognized for contributions to Alameda County; regional experience also acknowledged.

UNION CITY/OAKLAND, Calif. -- The California Transportation Foundation (CTF) has selected Mark Green, Mayor of Union City and Chair of the Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC), as the recipient of the "Elected Official of the Year" award in recognition of his role in delivering excellent public service for transportation in California during 2011. Mayor Green received the award on May 23, 2012 at the 23rd Annual CTF Transportation Awards ceremony in Sacramento.

For the past 19 years, Mayor Green has been an important champion for transportation projects that benefit Alameda County and the San Francisco Bay region. ...
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Is anybody there?
Paranormal investigations at historic properties

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Thrill-seekers, the curious, sceptics and believers joined the Hayward Area Historical Society (HAHS) and the American Paranormal Research Association (APRA) on May 18 and May 19, 2012 at the Meek Mansion (Boston Road) and McConaghy House (Hesperian Boulevard) to review previous evidence of paranormal activity and participate in APRA-led investigations. Proceeds from the Voices from the Past event, supported by 41 visitors, will help maintain both historic properties.

In return for access to buildings of interest, APRA charges nothing for its investigations and appearances at subsequent fundraisers hosted by local historical societies. The investigators bear all costs. ...
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Alameda CTC marks a decade of progress with Measure B revenues

ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. -- On April 26, 2012, the Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC) marked a decade of transportation gains made possible by Measure B, which 81.5 percent of Alameda County voters passed for a second time in 2000. In the first decade, the Alameda County half-cent transportation sales tax has generated over $956M to upgrade and expand the County's transportation system.

As the agency with sales tax planning and funding authority, Alameda CTC has used this money to help reduce congestion and improve mobility and access through investments in highways, streets, transit, walking and bicycling safety. ...
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Elected Official of the Year
Innovative Leadership Recognized by California Transportation Foundation

UNION CITY, Calif. -- Union City Mayor Mark Green has been named Elected Official of the Year by the California Transportation Foundation. The annual award recognizes an elected official, who has demonstrated leadership excellence in California transportation, and considers nominees from throughout the state who are involved in all modes of transportation.

Mayor Green currently serves as Chair of the Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC) and has been a champion of transportation projects and transportation funding throughout his 19 years as Union City Mayor. ...
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BART Silicon Valley Project, funding milestone for VTA

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- On Monday, March 12, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) received a $900M grant commitment from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for the BART Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension Project. A “signing” ceremony was held at the San Jose City Hall Rotunda at 10 a.m. to commemorate the largest project funding milestone in VTA’s history.

FTA Deputy Administrator Therese W. McMillan presented the $900M Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA), along with the first $100M allocation. The FFGA is a multi-year contractual agreement that formally defines the project scope, cost and schedule and establishes the terms of the federal financial assistance. U.S. ...
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Union City Station intermodal area open

UNION CITY, Calif. -- The station side of the Union City BART/Intermodal station opened on Monday, March 12, 2012, with the Central Accessway now accepting bus and passenger vehicle traffic. The new passenger drop-off and taxi stand on the North Busway is also in use. Only the northbound lane and drop-off area of the North Busway is open to passenger vehicles. Visitors should observe signage for “buses only” areas. This project is part of the City of Union City’s transit village that is under construction, east of the station.

The bus stops at the Intermodal Station will remain in place until the end of March 2012. ...
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Castro Valley Veterans Memorial breaks ground

CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. -- History was made on Saturday, March 3, 2012 as a dedicated band of volunteers and local dignitaries joined more than 200 members of the public to break ground on a permanent tribute to the sacrifices of military men and women: the Castro Valley Veterans Memorial. The Memorial, now fully permitted, is closer than ever to completion.

The Memorial will soon occupy a prominent corner of Castro Valley Community Park at Lake Chabot Road and Quail Avenue. ...
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Register claims for LCD products purchased from 1999 to 2006

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- California residents, who purchased products with LCD panels (computer monitors, laptops and PCs) from 1999 to 2006, are encouraged to visit a new class action website for information on how to file a claim related to a half billion dollar settlement with manufacturers that engaged in price-fixing.

In October 2010, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris filed a lawsuit against 10 companies for engaging in price fixing of LCD panels from 1999 to 2006 that resulted in higher prices for California residents, businesses and government agencies. ...
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Winner of F.U.N. Sunset Rotary Club speech contest

UNION CITY, Calif. -- Sohabe Mojaddidy of James Logan High School won the F.U.N. Sunset Rotary Club’s Youth Speech Contest on February 23, 2012 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Union City.

The speech contest is held annually by the clubs in Rotary District 5170. This year’s topic was “Reach Within to Embrace Humanity” and Mojaddidy’s speech was based on the premise that to embrace humanity we must respect humanity.

One of the essential requirements of the contest is that each speech incorporates Rotary’s 4-Way Test that serves Rotarians as a guide for everyday living. ...
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Mad Lavender
New novel in series chronicles teenagers' quest to save lost mother from magical prison

HAYWARD, Calif. -- "Mad Lavender," a young adult fantasy novel by S. C. Williams, tells the story of a mother trapped in a kingdom inhabited by elves and dragons and the efforts of her husband and children to bring her home.

In this second book of the successful Sanctuary series, readers find Christina, the mother who sacrificed herself to save her son in the first novel, “Sanctuary” (ISBN 1453720634), imprisoned in an elf form but still very human on the inside. Bound by magic and renamed Mad Lavender by her captors, she learns the secrets of elfin craftsmanship and uses them to send a message to her family. ...
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William “Denny” Weisgerber
Marines honor former Mayor of Milpitas

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- William “Denny” Weisgerber, a Marine Corps veteran from Milpitas, former President of Milpitas Rotary Club, past District Governor of Rotary District 5170 and former Mayor of Milpitas, received an Honorary Promotion from Staff Sergeant to Gunnery Sergeant on January, 28, 2012 at a promotion ceremony at the Marine Corps Reserve Center/Navy Operational Support Center, 901 E. Mission Street, San Jose.

He served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps from February 1949 to May 1953. While serving his country in the Korean War, Weisgerber was severely wounded. ...
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Hayward restaurants receive national honors

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Two of Hayward’s established Chinese restaurants were honored at the “Top 100 Chinese/Asian” 8th Annual Awards Show and Conference (, sponsored by Chinese Restaurant News, at the Santa Clara Convention Center on January 9, 2012. Hayward Councilman Olden Henson attended and presented several awards.

The overall mission of the Top organization is “to present the best of Chinese & Asian cuisines to the American and Canadian public.” There are more than 46,000 Chinese restaurants within these jurisdictions, so recognition is no mean feat. ...
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CASA of Alameda County Youth Speakers Bureau
Recruiting ex-foster youth to earn and promote CASA services

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. -- Former foster youth, who have previously had a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), are invited to join CASA of Alameda County’s new Youth Speakers Bureau and have the opportunity to be paid while engaging community members about our mission and sharing their own experiences.

Ideally, applicants (aged 18+) will have had a CASA in Alameda County but we will work with and accept applications from youth who have had Advocates in other counties.

Successful applicants will receive training in public speaking and story-telling, help new Advocates, be able to raise funds at community events, help recruit new CASA volunteers and, potentially, be involved with media. ...
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Guns for gift cards
'No-questions asked' program aims to prevent firearms falling into the wrong hands

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Making Alameda County a safer place to live, work and attend school is a principal goal of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office. The agency, in partnership with the Deputy Sheriff's Activity League (DSAL) and Michael L. Emerson, a concerned Alameda County resident, will host a gun-exchange program to further the safety of residents.

The gun-exchange program, which is scheduled for June 2012 at the Ashland Community Center, 1530 167th Avenue, San Leandro, will allow any adult to surrender an operable firearm in exchange for a gift card. The guns will be accepted on a "no questions asked" basis and be destroyed. ...
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$7.7 billion Transportation Expenditure Plan approved for Alameda County
Poll finds 79 percent of Alameda County voters support transportation funding

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC) Board of Directors approved a $7.7 billion Transportation Expenditure Plan (TEP) on January 26, 2012. The TEP will guide spending for transportation projects in Alameda County over a 30-year period. The projects will be funded through the augmentation and extension of the existing county transportation sales tax measure, which will appear on the ballot in November 2012. ...
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Council Priorities

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Hayward City Council has been reviewing their priorities for 2012. I applaud members’ continuing efforts to ensure the focus remains on the right things, a process I began in late 2007 when I arrived at the City. We built a strong, clear framework for how the City’s resources are allocated to service delivery.

Unfortunately, two things (among others) have occurred to weaken and cloud that framework, established almost five years ago.

First, the two overriding priorities of Public Safety and Cleaning-Up Hayward have been diluted by the addition of a third overriding priority of "greening" Hayward. ...
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Local non-profit with a global reach

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Soulciety’s Executive Director Ron Cariño and Program Director Aaron Horner have known each other since Grade 7 and have undertaken community work since graduating from Mt. Eden High School, 15 years ago. The two-year old organization has grown rapidly and attracted a loyal following. Soulciety has a growing list of sponsors and strategic partners, many of whom approached the non-profit without being wooed, and caught the eye of additional corporate sponsors at its First Annual Fundraiser in early October 2010. ...
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Clipper, a universal fare card
All-in-one, reloadable fare card available free-of-charge all summer

OAKLAND, Calif. -- In mid-June 2010, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and major Bay Area transit operators re-christened the region’s all-in-one, reloadable transit fare card as Clipper, replacing the TransLink® moniker in use since 2002. The distinctive blue and white cards will be available free of charge for all customers through the rest of this summer. Clipper cards ordinarily cost $5, though this cost is waived when customers sign up for Autoload, a feature allowing passengers to add value to their cards automatically from a bank account or credit card.

MTC is the transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. ...
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Firefighter’s ‘shave the way’ for children in need
Hayward firefighters raise funds for childhood cancer research

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Hayward’s finest and MaryJane Colombini of Antonio’s Old Fashion Barber Shop joined forces at Hayward Firefighters Local 1909 Union Hall on Main Street, Hayward, in June 2010 to raise funds for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the non-profit devoted to childhood cancer research.

Thirty-seven firefighters and three boys “shaved the way” in solidarity with children fighting cancer, cheered on by friends and family who sponsored them generously. The volunteers also donated. The marathon lasted from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. with the aim of raising $1,000.

In 2000, a group of friends in the re-insurance industry decided to shave their heads at their St. ...
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Scouting activities, year-round
Boy Scouts of America (BSA) camps come in many different forms.

NEWARK, Calif. -- When most people think of “summer camp” for scouts the image that springs to mind is a week away from home, under canvas, engaged in canoeing, trekking, rock climbing, learning to identify flora and fauna and other similar activities with evenings spent around a camp fire, i.e. a jamboree, but Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has camps throughout the year, in many different forms.

BSA has camping programs for Grades 1 - 12. At Cub level (Grades 1 - 5), there are day camps from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, with different activities from craft to science. Participants need not register for the entire week. Overnight, weekend camps are also available for Grades 2 and 3. ...
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Pilots' open house

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Six months in the planning, the Bay Area Black Pilots Association, East Bay Aviators, Inc. and Tuskegee Airmen Inc. hosted the Third Annual Open House at Hayward Executive Airport on July 10, 2010.

More than 400 visitors attended what is believed to be the Bay Area’s only aviation event that combines history, aviation, culture and community. Open to all, 56 young visitors enjoyed free plane rides and as many experienced the flight simulator at California Airways, a fixed base operator, and toured the Hayward Control Tower. UC Berkeley retiree Ida J. Dunson described her flight as “the best 86th birthday present” she could have had. ...
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Why pay late fines at Hayward Public Library?
How to avoid library fines

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Go “Fines-Free” and get the books and media you want, to keep for as long as you want, at a low monthly price that’s cheaper than buying or renting, guaranteed.

• How does it work?
In the “Fines-Free” Library Loan Program, customers may borrow up to three, five or 10 items at a time with no due dates and no overdue fines. Customers may keep borrowed items for as long as they want, exchange each item for a new one whenever they want , as often as they want. Fines-Free is a new way of making the most of a library card, penalty-free. ...
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EAA Young Eagles program
Co-chair of EAA attends Young Eagles Special Event at Hayward Executive Airport

HAYWARD, Calif. -- The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, is an international membership organization of aviation enthusiasts. Founded in 1953 by veteran aviator Paul Poberezny, there are approximately 170,000 members organized through chapters in more than 100 countries, including the United States.

The early members flew planes that were modified or built by craftsmen instead of factory-assembled. The door or cockpit was required to display an EXPERIMENTAL placard, hence the name "Experimental Aircraft Association." Membership consists of all age groups, ranging from airline and commercial pilots, engineers to business people and even astronauts. ...
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