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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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