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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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