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Ice cream social with arts & crafts in Shinn Park

Submitted by Arathi Satish

Photos by Al Minard


Ice Cream Social with Arts & Crafts in Shinn Park, sponsored by Fremont Cultural Arts Council (FCAC), Mission Peak Heritage Foundation, Fremont Art Association, Boy Scout Troop 447, and Jack in the Box will be held Sunday, July 17. Step back in time, enjoy Shinn Park, eat delicious ice cream and enjoy local art.


“FCAC is pleased to partner with the other sponsors in bringing back Arts in the Park to Shinn Park. Combining this event with Mission Peak Heritage Society’s Ice Cream Social will mean there will be something of interest to all ages,” said FCAC President, Julie Gilson.


During the day, local artists and crafters will display, demonstrate and sell their art work including paintings, photography, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, etc. Historic crafts and skills of the past can be admired and purchased too. There is no charge for enjoying the art, music, dancing or view.


Al Minard, who has been organizing the event for years said, “We are delighted to hold this event after a two-year pandemic hiatus. It’s so nice to see people in person and hold outdoor events safely without worrying too much about Covid. We have combined Art in the Park with Ice Cream Social. Who doesn’t like ice cream? The ice cream will include ice cream sundaes and ice cream floats.” Apart from ice cream, there will be soft drinks and food available from noon onwards.


Visitors can tour the historic Shinn House with a docent in historic costume, provided by Mission Peak Heritage Foundation. They can wander around the park observing historic flowers and unusual trees, and enjoying the musical performance. The garden club that maintains Shinn grounds will have plants for sale.


Al pointed out, “We will be limiting the number of people on tours of the house for safety reasons and will be requesting that everyone wear a mask so that people can be safe and socialize with friends.”


“Cameras are encouraged both on the grounds and in the house,” said Al Minard. “The house was completed in 1876 and the interior walls and woodwork are the same pattern and colors as the house was in the 1880’s. Milicent Shinn, the daughter of James and Lucy Shinn was the first woman to earn a Ph.D. from the University of California and this was her home during much of her life.”


FCAC interns will be taking an active part in assisting Al Minard. Boy Scout Troop 447 will assist with parking. Profits will be used for historical preservation and restoration by Mission Peak Heritage Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


For more information visit FCAC website at https://fremontculturalartscouncil.org or contact Al Minard at (510) 552-4839 or aminard957@comcast.net.



Ice Cream Social with Arts and Crafts in Shinn Park

Sunday, Jul 17

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Shinn Park

1251 Peralta Blvd., Fremont

(510) 794-7166


Admission to Shinn Park: Free


Shinn house tours

12 noon – 3:30 p.m.

Tours: $5 adults, $2.50 kids 5-12




Monarchs get the royal treatment

By Victor Carvellas


A peaceful plot of land stretches south from the corner of West Estudillo Avenue along San Leandro Boulevard, between the sidewalk and a massive mural depicting the migration of the Monarch Butterfly. Larger-than-life images invite the fluttering counterparts to take a rest below in the San Leandro Butterfly Garden.


In the fall and spring, migrating monarchs (Danaus plexippus) avail themselves of this gift, a respite they rightly deserve. Although scientists estimated the Western United States monarch population at a healthy 247,000 at the end of 2021, that number had dipped precipitously to an estimated 2,000 only as far back as 2020. This astonishing and inexplicable rebound testifies to nature’s resilience, yet for all that, U.S Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has observed a steady decline in monarchs since 2000 and is currently scheduled to list the species as endangered in 2024.


Some people are trying to help. “About six years ago,” says retired landscape architect and designer of the Garden, Lary Huls, “a guy from the breakfast club I attend saw the unkempt plot while waiting for BART one day and asked me if there was something we could do. I drew up the design, and he found the money.” Huls had centered his landscape business on native plants and saw the opportunity to provide a habitat that would support not only migrating monarchs, but other important pollinators, including numerous other butterflies, moths, birds and bees.


Monarchs cannot fly in temperatures below 55 degrees Fahrenheit, so every October as temperatures drop, they leave their homes in the Rockies of Canada and the U.S. to wend their way south on thermals and air currents. Western US populations travel to eucalyptus, pine, and cypress groves along the California coast from Mendocino to San Diego, while Eastern US monarchs travel various routes through Texas into Central Mexico. Though the butterflies complete the southern journey in a single generation, the trip back in the spring requires three to four generations. In a miracle of nature, the knowledge of the way back is passed on from parent to caterpillar. The parents do not make the entire journey back; rather they lay eggs along the route. The resulting caterpillars rely entirely on chemical messages received at birth. Astonishingly, these instructions survive the pupation process in which caterpillars liquify in the chrysalis before emerging as adults.


Crucial, then, to monarchs’ survival is the availability of safe breeding environments, a resource under pressure. Threats include changes in breeding habitat due to conversion of grasslands to agriculture, urban development, widespread use of herbicides, logging, drought and changing seasonal cues due to climate change.


While the majority of migrating populations can be found stopping places other than the East Bay (such as Natural Bridges in Santa Cruz), the garden does draw visitors. In San Leandro, Huls planted native California species such as milkweed, sunflower and coyote mint. The milkweed is crucial as it’s the only plant where females lay their eggs. When emerged, caterpillars eat the milkweed, ingesting the plant’s toxins. While harmless to the caterpillars, these chemicals impart in them a taste that hungry birds avoid. The selection of plants, for Huls, has another purpose, as well. “It’s a demonstration,” he says, “that water-saving and habitat-supporting gardens can be beautiful.” Having evolved in the drought-prone Mediterranean climate of Northern California, such natives not only need less water than many non-natives but have also evolved alongside many animal and insect species as part of their life support systems.


Such gardens may be the future of pollinator conservation. Dr. Doug Tallamy’s 2020 book Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in your Yard discusses the benefits of a network of conservation-minded gardens with the health of local wildlife as its prime mission. An estimated 20 million acres could act as “corridors of habitat” that would collectively comprise what Tallamy calls the Homegrown National Park.


Though the butterfly problem garners broad support from the Fish and Wildlife Service, and the US Department of Agriculture has a stake in the success of pollinators, given their extreme importance to the majority of our crops, the efforts of private citizens and non-profit organizations are crucial. Citizens are volunteering their time across the US to collect the data organized research requires. Monarch Larvae Monitoring Project, for example, at the University of Minnesota monitors larval monarch populations and the milkweed they feed on. Volunteers can get involved at https://monarchjointventure.org/mlmp. You can also report your butterfly sightings at Journey North https://journeynorth.org/sightings/.


San Leandro Butterfly Garden is open year-round, but if you’d like to help tend and keep it clean, volunteers are welcome on the first Saturday of every month.



San Leandro Butterfly Garden Monthly Work Day

West Estudillo and San Leandro Blvd (opposite BART)

First Saturday of every month (summer and fall)

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.





San Leandro Players present: ‘Harvey’

Submitted by Terry Guillory


Starting July 16, San Leandro Players debut their summer show, “Harvey” a classic comedy written by Mary Chase.


It is a spring afternoon at the Dowd family home, and a tea for the high society ladies of the Wednesday Forum is in full swing. However, to Veta’s horror, her brother, Elwood P. Dowd arrives home unexpectedly and in the company of his closest friend, Harvey, a six-foot one-and-a-half-inch tall white rabbit—a friend nobody else can see! Elwood, ever pleasant and polite, begins introducing his companion to the ladies.


Confusion reigns as Veta tries to have Elwood committed. Doctors, Veta and Elwood all try to figure out who is really crazy. Of course, it all gets sorted out in the end, but there are many surprises (as well as comic doses of wisdom) along the way, as everyone questions just what exactly is real and who is normal.


The show is directed by Dana M. Fry, Ed.D. The cast features Keith Jefferds, Terry Guillory, Zoe Novic, Shayna Ann Howlett, Mark DeWeese, Kathy Blumenfeld, Thomas Farley, Rob Mueller, David Weiner, Siobhan O'Brien, Jenna Peters-Ring and Dan Buchalter.


The venue, San Leandro Museum Auditorium, is next to the historic Casa Peralta and two blocks east of San Leandro BART Station. Wheelchair accessible. Proof of vaccination and masking required.


“Harvey” is presented by arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.



San Leandro Players present: Harvey

Saturday, Jul 16 – Sunday, Aug 14

Saturday: 8 p.m.

Sunday: 2 p.m.

Fridays 8/5 and 8/12: 8 p.m.

San Leandro Museum/Auditorium

320 West Estudillo Ave, San Leandro

(510) 895-2573


Tickets: $20 general; $15 seniors & under 12




2022 Kia Telluride: The family wagon updated

By Michael Coates


Two generations ago the family wagon was a Ford Country Squire Wagon or maybe a Mercury Grand Marquis. The 2022 Kia Telluride is a stylish update of that family hauler. It’s big, but that means it’s got room that your family needs.


It’s got its own sense of style. It will get the job done, just like mom and dad expect, but carry itself with a sense of style. The styling is traditional SUV, but with current flair. It shouldn’t be a surprise that the Telluride is not only the biggest in size, but also in sales among Kia’s eight “trucks” (a minivan and a variety of SUV/crossovers).



The Telluride is big, but not Chevrolet Suburban big. It has three rows of seating (seating seven or eight depending on the configuration), although the third row is not recommended for full-size adults. You could view the Kia Telluride as the minimum viable three-row vehicle. It has a light, more car-like touch from behind the wheel compared to some of its truck-based competitors, so it doesn’t feel as big as it is.


The well-mannered Telluride likes the freeway, so it is subtly encouraging you to load up and go. This vehicle is designed for big families or families with friends who like to hit the road. Loading up is aided by its hands-free liftgate in the rear, where you’ll find 21 cubic feet of storage behind the third row (up to 46 cu. ft. if you drop the third row).


The advanced cruise control (Smart Cruise Control w/Stop & Go in Kia’s parlance) extends hands-free operation to the highway in a relatively effortless fashion, adding to the ease of freeway operation. The 5,000-pound towing package is a $794 option that seems like a natural for this kind of vehicle, also designed for the open road.


Kia also features one of the longest warranties on the market. Its 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain/5-year, 60,000-mile overall with roadside assistance means the car will outlast your kids’ younger years.


Our test model, an SX with the Prestige Package, still clocked in at under $50,000, including freight and handling charges from its Georgia assembly plant. A front-wheel drive Telluride with less ostentatious equipment starts at just above $34,000.



The contemporary part of the Telluride is evident from behind the wheel. It has very clear controls and the typical complement of modern safety technology such as multiple airbags, electronic stability control, assistance on collision avoidance and alerts for lane-keeping and cross-traffic. A head up display option is highly recommended. That technology plays out in a NHTA 5-star overall crash test rating.


In the top-of-the-line SX model we tested, heated and ventilated second row seats added to interior comfort while rain-sensing wipers eased exterior issues. A 10-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound audio system took care of tunes inside while dual sunroofs provided a sense of airiness.


Outside, 20-inch black alloy wheels finished off the classy look of the SX trim.


Under the hood is a modern gasoline direct-injection 3.8-liter V6, backed up with an 8-speed automatic transmission, along with on-demand all-wheel drive in our test model (front-wheel drive only models are also available). That powertrain combo delivers plenty of power and an EPA measured 19 city mpg/24 highway and 21 combined. We were able to hit 27 mpg regularly, but also saw in-town miles around the expected range.


The Downside

While the Kia Telluride is quite a step up from the station wagon of yesterday, it still could move further; Kia’s shown its Seven concept that looks like the electric Telluride of the near future. It can’t arrive soon enough.


Inside, the dated display needs to be updated and bumped up size (Kia’s listening—see next paragraph). The mousefur (my term, it’s Premium Cloth in Kia’s description) headliner didn’t seem aligned with where this aspirational brand wants to go.


Next Year’s Around the Corner

The Telluride is getting a mid-cycle makeover for 2023, including new “adventure” trims, a 12.3-inch (instead of 10.25-inch screen) display, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, digital key and upgrade of adaptive cruise control technology. No pricing has been announced for the 2023 model, which is expected to arrive this fall.






The Emperors’ Downfall: Can Penguins Survive Climate Change?

By Caroline Moreno


Dear EarthTalk: I hear Emperor penguins are on the brink of extinction… How did they get there and what can we do to save this species?

—J.W., Westport, Connecticut


Two words explain the decline of Emperor penguins: climate change. Like many wildlife species across the globe, Emperor penguin populations have been declining for years due to the repercussions of a warming planet, such as melting sea ice and rising oceans.


According to a 2021 population survey and assessment in Global Change Biology, “If Sea ice declines at the rate projected by climate models under current energy system trends and policies … almost all [Emperor penguin] colonies would become quasi-extinct by 2100.”


“Antarctica is not escaping climate change at all. It’s warming, it’s melting, it’s contributing to sea-level rise,” Tim Naish of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) tells Newshub.


Scientists from the British Antarctic Survey and the non-profit Oceanites estimate that approximately 238,000 breeding pairs of Emperors, or 595,000 adult birds, live in Antarctica. Although these numbers have held relatively steady over the past several decades, new studies warn that the penguins’ future is tied directly to that of the sea ice on which they depend; as the ice melts, so too do the penguins’ chances of survival.


Emperor penguins are not the only Antarctic species with uncertain futures. As a sentinel species of the Southern Ocean — the proverbial canary in the coalmine — declines-in Emperor populations indicate larger ecosystem disruptions that affect other wildlife, as well. Krill, a small shrimplike animal that floods the Southern Ocean, serves as a major food source for baleen whales, seals and fish, as well as penguins. But krill populations have been declining in recent decades and may decline by as much as 30% by the year 2100.


One way to save Emperor penguins is to study how they adapt to their changing habitats. “In contrast to what people think, the Emperor penguin is a species very poorly studied,” Céline Le Bohec from the Hubert Curien Pluridisciplinary Institute in Strasbourg, France tells Popular Science. “…any data, especially from the sea, is exciting and precious.”


Scientific research recently got a boost in the form of a yellow data-gathering robot that roams among the Emperor colony. ECHO’s data will allow researchers to “define and map marine biological ‘hotspots’ and Marine Protected Areas,” Le Bohec said. Such information may prove invaluable to informing where and how to implement conservation efforts.


Additionally, any actions that reduce climate change will eventually help the Emperors and all Antarctic wildlife. Reducing our carbon footprint and plastic waste present two immediate opportunities. Eating less fish and cutting down on krill oil may also help. Many fish farms use krill scooped from Antarctica for fish food. Krill fishing not only reduces the penguins’ food source, but can also catch hungry whales, seals and penguins in the fishing nets. Finally, non-profit organizations that protect penguins and their habitats are always in search of additional funding — a small donation can’t hurt!




  • Penguins International: How Can You Help Penguins?


  • Pew Charitable Trust’s Protecting Emperor Penguins:



EarthTalk is produced by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss for the nonprofit EarthTalk. See more at https://emagazine.com. To donate, visit https//earthtalk.org. Send questions to: question@earthtalk.org.







Yesteryear’s Redlining Means Environmental Racism Today

By Amy Ryan


Dear EarthTalk: What do outdated federal housing mandates from the 1930s have to do with environmental justice today?

-William. O., New York, New York


Racist policies from the 20th century have left minority communities disproportionately impacted by environmental pollution and global warming, researchers find. Through studies conducted nationwide, researchers have determined that urban neighborhoods historically “redlined” by the federal government suffer from higher levels of air pollution and tend to be several degrees warmer than nearby communities.


How did this happen? Following the Great Depression, the U.S. economy was faced with nationwide housing shortages. The federal government stepped in and designed color-coded maps to help banks determine “safe” locations to insure mortgages. Minority neighborhoods — typically African-Americans and immigrants — were redlined to indicate high risk, while privileged white communities were favored for housing opportunities. Nine decades later, these communities continue to have lower income and suffer from deteriorating infrastructure, making them more susceptible to environmental hazards.


Redlined communities were also targeted — and are still — for industrial development unlike the affluent suburbs nearby. Overrun with manufacturing facilities, highways and warehouses, they face what is known as the “urban heat island” effect and suffer from warmer temperatures due to heat-trapping structures, pavement and cement. They also lack green infrastructure like trees and cooling canopy cover.


The policies of segregation that the U.S. followed “were so powerful that they determine the racial landscape of today,” says Richard Rothstein of the Economic Policy Institute and author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. “…other neighborhoods are now unaffordable to them, [so they are] restricted to neighborhoods where there are fewer trees, where there is more heat.” Urban communities are often chosen for industrial developments, like pipelines and facilities with high-pollutant discharge, causing poorer living conditions and increased health risks.


Studies find that people living in redlined neighborhoods can have lifespans up to 30 years shorter than others in nearby areas, due to conditions brought on by environmental hazards. Such communities are much more likely to suffer from poor health and lower financial health and have less ability to cope with these effects, says Vivek Shandas, a professor of urban studies and planning at Portland State University studying the link between redlined communities and warmer temperatures.


In a nation grappling with discrimination, environmental justice efforts need to prioritize these marginalized communities. Some Democratic candidates have made climate change impacts on urban, minority and low-income communities a focus of their platforms. Addressing these challenges will require understanding how not everyone has the same capacity to adapt to environmental burdens. In order to ensure a fair and just world for all, we need to acknowledge and address mistakes of the past.




  • Redlining and Environmental Racism:


  • Past Racist ‘Redlining’ Practices Increased Climate Burden on Minority Neighborhoods:


  • Racist Housing Practices from the 1930s Linked to Hotter Neighborhoods Today:


  • How Air Pollution Across America Reflects Racist Policy From the 1930s:



EarthTalk is produced by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss for the nonprofit EarthTalk. See more at https://emagazine.com. To donate, visit https//earthtalk.org. Send questions to: question@earthtalk.org.




News and notes from around the world

Submitted by The Association of Mature American Citizens


A long, non-stop flight

Being a flight attendant doesn’t get any more glamorous than the job Bette Nash has. After all she’s been at it — non-stop, as they say — since 1957, says the Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC). The 86-year-old stewardess started her career flying for Eastern Airlines and now works for American Airlines and the Guinness Book of World Record recently declared her to be the world’s oldest airline steward still on the job. Back in the day, 65 years ago when she got started, “You had to be a certain height, you had to be a certain weight,” she said. “It used to be horrible. You put on a few pounds and you had to keep weighing yourself, and then if you stayed that way, they would take you off the payroll.” See video of Bette Nash at work on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVTIYiz6LqY.


Did you hear the one about…?

Seriously, the first of July came and went and many of us didn’t know it was International Joke Day, according to the AMAC. The British online learning platform, Global Dimension, explains Joke Day “was started for a laugh by comedian and writer Wayne Reinagel in 1994 so he could publicize his own joke books. It has no official status and it is unclear how many people really observe it, but that just makes it all the more charming. Jokes aren’t just a trivial matter, they lift others up when they’re sad, they reveal useful cultural insights and most importantly, they allow us to be more honest. This is a day to celebrate the importance of jokes and comedy in our lives.” Hear a selection of quick fun jokes on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2q1IoX6l_c.


The world’s most lovable pooch?

Each year the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, America’s oldest dog show, celebrates the world’s “most perfect dogs,” says reports AMAC. But, what about the not-so-perfect hounds? They get their chance for international attention at the World's Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, California — an annual event that dates back to the 1970s. Mr. Happy Face, a Chinese crested-chihuahua mix, won this year’s competition on June 24. In a bio for the event, the pooch’s owner Janeda Banelly of Arizona described Happy Face as a “humble soul” and “an example, in subtle ways, to help humans realize that even old dogs need love and a family too.” See video clips from the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9Yia2q-Gkg.



The Association of Mature American Citizens is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization representing membership in Washington, D.C. and in local congressional districts nationwide. More information is available on its website at www.amac.us.




Swallow Stories

By Pat Kite


Mrs. Swallow is again sitting on her high nest. Mr. Swallow stares down at me from his perch.


They become quite grumpy when I enter my walkway, flittering over my head. I apologize, but I smile. Unlike some of my compatriots who don’t enjoy swallow poop, my swallow annual homecoming makes me so happy. They have come here for over 30 years, built a few nests, and provided me with hungrily peeping babies. The juveniles will eventually perch with their parents in a military row. They will test flight, round and round, before they fly away. I think swallows are lucky. Let’s chat about luck in these difficult times.


In many cultures, swallows represent hope, love, joy and loss. Muslims believe that barn swallows make annual pilgrimages to Mecca. Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all associated swallows with the souls of the dead. Ancient Greeks thought their assorted and powerful gods could change form into a swallow. Romans believed swallows were sacred birds. They carried the souls of dead children. You would not want to injure a swallow; that is bad karma.


Greeks thought the swallow was a symbolic representative of the Christ child. When barn swallows return to us in April, they bring hope and renewal. On Good Friday, legend tells us, swallows appeared at Christ’s tomb. They became symbols of Christ’s reappearance, proclaiming Christ had risen from the dead. There is a Scandinavian legend that swallows hovered over Christ’s cross crying out “Svale! Svale! (Cheer up, Cheer up!), and so swallows got their name from “Svale!”


In Japan the swallows also represented spring’s arrival. The swallow is a symbol of good luck, fidelity, and fertility. In early needlework, you will see many swallow inclusions. In China, swallow “yan” images festoon stores. The swallow is a symbol of both wealth and loyalty, future success, happiness and many children. In German culture if a swallow builds a nest on your house, it preserves the house from both fire and storm. In general, when a swallow’s nest appears on or under your roof, it will bring good family fortune.


Sailors consider swallows to be important birds. Some long- ago sailors thought swallows could carry a drowned sailor’s soul to heaven. Swallows were often tattooed on a sailor’s arms or hands for every 5,000 seafaring miles travelled. They symbolized a safe return.


For my story lovers, here is a Native American legend. A barn swallow swiped fire from the gods and gave the fire to humans. The gods got angry, and shot flaming arrows at the swallow. One of the arrows struck the thieving bird at the base of its tail. That tail part burnt away, and that is why all future swallows have a long-forked tail.




Social Security Matters

By Russell Gloor, National Social Security Advisor, AMAC Foundation


Ask Rusty – About Working While Collecting Early Benefits


Dear Rusty: How much would be withheld from my social security benefits? I am 62 and can claim about $1,900 a month now. I’m still working, making about $75K per year. How much of my benefits would I get? What would be withheld from me and when would I get it back? And would there be any penalty? Signed: Eligible but Working


Dear Eligible: In the scenario you describe, you will not be eligible to collect Social Security retirement benefits at this time because your earnings are too high. Here’s how that is determined:


  • At age 62, you are subject to Social Security’s “earnings test” which limits how much you can earn while collecting early benefits. The earnings limit applies until you reach your full retirement age (FRA), which for you is 67.


  • Your penalty for exceeding the earnings limit now would be $1 for every $2 you are over the limit. At your current salary of $75K per year, you will be over the 2022 annual earnings limit of $19,560 by $55,440, which means you would owe Social Security $27,720. Since your age 62 benefit amount is about $1900 per month ($22,800/year), your annual SS benefit would be insufficient to offset the penalty for exceeding the earnings limit, thus you would not be entitled to a Social Security benefit because of your current earnings. You will again be eligible to collect SS when your earnings are substantially less, or when you reach your full retirement age, whichever occurs first.


Social Security’s earnings test affects everyone who works and earns when collecting benefits before reaching full retirement age. Each year, Social Security sets a limit for how much can be earned before benefits are affected (the 2022 limit is $19,560; it increases slightly each year). Those who exceed the limit pay a “penalty” of $1 for every $2 they are over the limit, which must be paid to SS either in a lump sum, or by having benefits withheld for enough months for SS to recover what is owed. If your Social Security benefit isn’t enough to offset the penalty for exceeding the earnings limit, no benefits will be paid.


Those collecting early benefits who earn only slightly more than the annual earnings limit can collect some benefits each year because their penalty is small enough. For example, someone earning $25,000 per year would exceed the 2022 earnings limit by $5440 and, thus, incur a penalty of $2720. That would probably mean about 2 months of withheld benefits, enabling them to get benefits for the remaining 10 months of the year. Social Security will withhold benefits for enough months to recover whatever the beneficiary owes for exceeding the limit.


The rules surrounding Social Security’s earning test are somewhat complex. For example, there is a “first year rule” which exempts salary earned prior to claiming SS from counting toward the earnings limit. When someone first claims Social Security mid-year they are, instead, subject to a monthly limit ($1,630 for 2022) for the remaining months of the calendar year. If the monthly limit is exceeded, no benefits are payable for that month. The earnings limit no longer applies when full retirement age is reached but is still in effect in the months of that year prior to attaining FRA. The earnings limit during those months is much higher and the “penalty” for exceeding it is less.


Social Security prefers that those working and collecting early benefits contact them in advance to withhold benefits for as long as needed to offset the expected penalty. Doing so will avoid an Overpayment Notice being issued in the following year when your earnings amount is received from the IRS.


After full retirement age, Social Security will adjust the beneficiary’s payment to account for months benefits were withheld and increase the monthly amount accordingly. That will result in some, or perhaps all, of the withheld benefits being recovered over time (depending on longevity).



This article is intended for information purposes only and does not represent legal or financial guidance. It presents the opinions and interpretations of the AMAC Foundation’s staff, trained and accredited by the National Social Security Association (NSSA). NSSA and the AMAC Foundation and its staff are not affiliated with or endorsed by the Social Security Administration or any other governmental entity. To submit a question, visit our website (amacfoundation.org/programs/social-security-advisory) or email us at ssadvisor@amacfoundation.org.





Apple to add ‘lockdown' safeguard on iPhones, iPads, Macs

Associated Press


CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP), July 6 — Apple said it will roll out a “lockdown” option for iPhones, iPads and Mac computers intended to protect against spyware unleashed by state-sponsored hackers — although enabling that protection will also make these devices less useful.


The safeguard announced July 6 is a tacit acknowledgement that not even Apple — the world's most valuable company — has been able to adequately shield the iPhone and its other products against intrusions from state-backed hackers and commercial spyware. Governments have used these tools to violate the privacy of journalists, political dissidents and human rights activists.


The new feature, called “lockdown mode,” will initially be offered as a test version so that security researchers can help Apple identify any bugs or weaknesses. Apple usually releases its major updates to its device operating systems in late September.


While only a handful of countries appear to have the resources to develop in-house mobile phone hacking tools, private companies like Israel's NSO Group have been selling phone hacking software to government agencies around the world for years.


The growing hacker-for-hire problem prompted Apple to file a federal lawsuit late last year against NSO Group for breaking into iPhones and other Apple products. In its complaint, Apple accused NSO Group employees of being “amoral 21st century mercenaries who have created highly sophisticated cyber-surveillance machinery that invites routine and flagrant abuse.” NSO, which has been blacklisted by the U.S. Commerce Department, has denied any wrongdoing and said its products have been used to thwart child abusers and terrorists.


Unlike the security features that Apple builds into most of its software, the company's lockdown feature is meant to serve as an emergency button that Apple expects will only be needed by a small number of its users.


The lockdown measure is considered a last resort for people targeted by spyware, since activating lockdown will disable many popular features. That includes sending attachments and links in texts, as well as the ability to receive FaceTime calls from new numbers. Web browsing will also be limited.


But Apple believes the extra layer of protection will be valuable to activists, journalists and other targets of hacking attacks launched by well-funded groups. Users will be able to activate and deactivate lockdown mode at will.


The growing use of encrypted communications through phone apps like WhatsApp and Signal have prompted governments to turn to commercial spyware vendors to gather information on targets.


Such mobile phone spyware vacuums up text messages, emails and photos while secretly controlling a smartphone's microphones and cameras. Some of the more advanced tools can infect a phone using so-called “zero click” exploits that don't depend on the user inadvertently activating them, such as by clicking on a malicious link.


Google, whose Android mobile phone platform is used by iPhone competitors, has also been targeted by commercial spyware vendors. The company's Threat Analysis Group says it's tracking more than 30 such companies and routinely publishes reports on exploits used to hack into phones, making them far less effective.


Google also offers an “Advanced Protection Program” that uses a special security key hardware to make user accounts harder to hack. The company said it strongly recommends the program for “journalists, activists, business executives, and people involved in elections.”


Separately, Apple also provided more details about a $10 million grant it pledged last November to help counter large-scale hacking attacks. The money will go to the Dignity and Justice Fund, a philanthropic arm of the Ford Foundation.




Enlist nature’s help managing garden pests

By Melinda Myers


Put away the harsh chemicals and work in concert with nature to manage pests in the garden. Create an inviting habitat for nature’s pest controllers to enlist their help with your gardening efforts.


Lady beetles, praying mantis and other beneficial insects feed on damaging pests like aphids. Just tolerate a bit of damage and wait for the good guys to move in and clean up the problem.


Grow a few plants to attract these and other beneficial insects to your landscape. Dill and its relatives attract parasitic wasps, coreopsis brings in the aphid-eating lacewings, and milkweed attracts lady beetles as well as monarch and other butterflies. Add some hyssop to attract the pirate bugs that eat thrips, spider mites and leafhoppers. Then plant members of the aster family to attract spiders that eat a variety of insects.


Invite songbirds into your gardens. They add motion and color to the landscape and help manage garden pests. Most songbirds eat a combination of fruits, berries, seeds and insects. Their diet varies with the season. During spring and summer, they eat lots of insects and spiders when they are plentiful, easy to catch and an important part of their hatchlings’ diet.


A birdbath will help attract them and beneficial insects to the garden. Select one with sloping sides for easy access to the water. Add a few seed-producing flowers like black-eyed Susans, coneflowers, salvia, coreopsis and more. If space allows, include a few berry producing shrubs like dogwoods and evergreens for shelter.


Leave some leaf litter under trees and shrubs and in the garden for toads that dine on slugs and other insects. Include a shallow pond or water feature. Even a shallow saucer filled with chlorine-free water is effective. Place rocks in and around the water for added toad appeal. Purchase or make your own toad abode from a ceramic or clay pot. Place it in a shady location near a garden filled with protein-rich insects. Set it directly on the soil and elevate one side with stones or use a cracked or broken pot that provides an entryway for the toad.


If you can’t wait for nature’s help, look for more eco-friendly options. Knock aphids and mites off plants with a strong blast of water. Trap slugs with shallow cans filled with beer. Trap and kill aphids in yellow bowls filled with soapy water.


Use barriers of floating row covers to keep pests like cabbage worms, Japanese beetles and bean beetles off plants that don’t need bees for pollination. These fabrics let air, light and water through so just loosely cover the plants at planting, anchor the edges and allow the plants to support the fabric.


Use these fabrics to help manage squash vine borer and squash bugs. Cover squash plants at planting. Remove the fabric as soon as the plants begin flowering for bees to pollinate the flowers. Only use this method if these pests were not a problem in this area of the garden the previous growing season.


Remove and destroy, smash or prune out pest-infested stems as they are found. Enlist the help of young gardeners. Teach them the difference between the good and bad bugs in the garden. Then show them how to pluck, drop and stomp the plant-damaging pests. They’ll burn off some excess energy while helping maintain your garden.


If you decide to intervene with a chemical control, look for the most eco-friendly option on the market. Always read and follow label directions as these chemicals are designed to kill insects and if misapplied can harm beneficial insects as well.


For more information, watch the Organic Pest Management for Vegetable and Flower Gardens webinar (MelindaMyers.com) on my website to learn tips for managing common insect and disease problems while being kind to bees, butterflies, other beneficial insects as well as the environment.



Melinda Myers has written more than 20 gardening books, including The Midwest Gardener’s Handbook, 2nd Editionand Small Space Gardening. She hosts The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything” DVD series and the nationally-syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment TV & radio program. Myers is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine and was commissioned by Summit for her expertise to write this article. Her website is www.MelindaMyers.com.




After-Party contributes with volunteer booths, music, food and more

Submitted by Tina Fernandez Steckler


Spectators at the City of Fremont Annual July 4th Parade took advantage of a unique opportunity to continue celebrating at Tri-City Nonprofit Coalition's (TCNPC) first-ever After-Party at the Downtown Event Center. The majority of attendees walked the few blocks from the parade route on Paseo Padre Parkway and were rewarded with entertainment, giveaways and more!


Nineteen Tri-City nonprofits participated, and each had a booth with displays and activities. After-Party attendees learned about the nonprofits’ respective missions, events, volunteer opportunities and needs. Attendees enjoyed communicating with staff members and volunteers from AngelAid, Tri-City Alameda County Chapter BRADY United Against Gun Violence, Candlelighters, Citizens for Better Community (CBC), Fremont Chamber of Commerce, Fremont Education Foundation, HERS Breast Cancer Foundation, Historic Mission San Jose, League of Women Voters, LIFE ElderCare, Music for Minors II, Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, Rcoz, Room Redux, SAVE, Tri-City Ecology Center, Urban Forestry Friends, and Washington Township Museum of Local History.


Festivities also included Food Truck Mafia as well as delicious beer provided by Das Brew, the sales of which benefited Fremont Education Foundation. The crowd was kept entertained by lively music and vocal performances by Bay Area Panthers cheerleading team, Dream Achievers, Music for Minors II, Ohlone Theater students and Starstruck Theater.


TCNPC’s After-Party was made possible by Presenting Sponsor Supervisor David Haubert (District 1), Community Sponsors Citizens for Better Community (CBC) and Fremont Chamber of Commerce, and Media Sponsor Tri-City Voice.


This fun, festive, interactive and informative event will return again next year so be sure to save the date and join TCNPC immediately after the City of Fremont's 4th of July parade. For more information about this event or TCNPC's monthly meetings and events, visit https://tcnpc.org.




Car show and vendor sign-ups open for Hayward Street Party

Submitted by Hayward Chamber of Commerce


Early-bird registrations for car enthusiasts who want to show off their restored vintage and classic vehicles, hot rods or trucks during the annual Hayward Street Party on August 18 are being accepted by Hayward Chamber of Commerce.


The cost is $25 in advance or $35 the day of the show. To register, visit the chamber website at www.hayward.org for details or send an email to info@hayward.org. Be sure to include the make, model and year of the vehicle and the owner’s name so that information can be included in a dash plaque during the show.


In addition, the chamber is accepting reservations from food and craft vendors. For details, call Susan at (510) 537-2424 or send an email to susanoc@hayward.org.




Workshop to focus on emission reduction measures in Hayward

Submitted by City of Hayward


Officials from the City of Hayward are seeking input from the community as it updates its Climate Action Plan (CAP) for reducing community-wide greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating the effects of climate change.


On April 13, the city hosted its first public workshop to discuss community-identified priorities for inclusion in the updated CAP. This feedback was used to develop draft measures aimed at reducing local emissions in transportation, building, waste and water services, and others areas.


Examples of draft emission reduction measures include:


  • Develop electrification-ready requirements for home sales, such as installing electric panels with sufficient amperage to support an electric vehicle and other home electric appliances.
  • Implement a tree-planting program focusing on the least-covered portions of the city.
  • Require that food service providers charge customers a fee for disposable utensils, cups and other single-use food ware.
  • Establish e-scooter and e-bike hubs in downtown and commercial areas.


These and additional potential measures will be discussed during the second public CAP workshop set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 19. The free workshop will be meet online using the Zoom platform. To register, visit the City of Hayward webpage at hayward-ca.gov, then enter “climate action plan workshop #2” into the search box and follow the prompt for the registration link.




Age Well Center hosts employment fair

Submitted by City of Fremont Human Services Department


On Thursday, July 21, the Age Well Center at South Fremont will host an employment fair for adults aged 55+.


Older adults were greatly impacted by the pandemic and also face age discrimination. The National Council of Aging reported that older adults have “been disproportionately affected in terms of employment loss” during the pandemic compared to other age groups. CNBC cited a survey conducted by AARP where “Nearly 80% of older employees say they have seen or experienced age discrimination in the workplace.” To root out ageism and help older adults who want to work and remained employed, the Center has invited employers that are interested in hiring older adults.


Participating companies are looking for older adults who are interested in part time employment and have flexible schedules. Companies include: All City Management Services, Beacon Home Care, MV Transportation, On Lok, Public Storage, Public Authority and Senior Community Service Employment Program.


Bring your resume and be prepared for possible onsite interviews.



55+ Employment Fair

Thursday, Jul 21

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Age Well Center at South Fremont

47111 Mission Falls Ct., Fremont

(510) 742-7540





Giving back one book at a time

By Anushka Vasudev

Photo courtesy of Sahm Taguchi


From pleasant weather and scenic beaches, to a bustling resort environment, Cabo, Mexico is a paradise for people around the world. While much of a tourist’s time is spent enjoying this landscape, there is another part of this picture that is often filtered out. Cabo resident Senmaru Hrncrik-Maruyama questions this description, saying “[Cabo] isalmost a paradoxical place because there’s going to be hundreds of millions of dollars of development in one area, and then you can drive for half an hour, and there’s ten person families living in the size of one of our own rooms.”


Maruyama is not only a resident of Cabo San Lucas, but also co-manager of a non-profit organization. In Oakland, Sahm Taguchi, CEO, and Josh Majteles, another manager, along with Maruyama, built the foundation of their non-profit, Good Books Foundation. This organization provides all kinds of books from comics, picture books, to other classics for underprivileged children in Cabo, Mexico who don’t have access to such reading material or even proper education.


Taguchi first met Maruyama two years ago during a trip to Cabo. After getting to know each other through boogie boarding and playing guitar, Taguchi and Maruyama became close. Majteles and Taguchi have been friends since third grade after meeting each other in school. Through Taguchi’s efforts to rope in his two friends, this trio quickly came together to create their own non-profit.


These highschoolers share how their motivation for starting this organization stemmed from their own love of reading and how that became part of their identity. Taguchi elaborates, “We have come to realize how big of a bubble we are in. I wake up every day, and I can read the news, and I can read books, but some people can’t.” This disparity urged the 16-year-olds to give back to their community in Cabo, where they have been frequent visitors. “We gained a pretty deep relationship with the people, and it’s pretty natural to want to help your own community,” Maruyama says, “and this is the way we found we could best make a difference: by promoting education and literacy.”


This trio’s journey to creating a significant platform with Good Books Foundation has not been smooth sailing. Taguchi says, “At the very beginning, when people didn’t know about the organization, trying to spread the word was very difficult.” From issues with raising money, distribution to networking, they have come across many hurdles. “But we don’t give up;” Taguchi emphasizes, “we have hit roadblocks many times. We just can’t give up.”


The shared grit these teenagers have to drive change within their community has only grown over time. “When Sahm [Taguchi] first came to me with this nonprofit, he said that this was going to be one of the biggest non-profits ever started by underaged kids,” Majteles says, “I got to be honest: I was excited to work with him, but I really didn’t think we would make the change we have made and that we are going to make.” So far, the organization has donated over 215 pounds of books. Currently, they have 800 books in Oakland waiting to be donated and 150 books being distributed in Cabo.


The group notes how much effort and small pieces of the puzzle, which often go unnoticed, have been put together to build this organization. Maruyama touches on the reality that “it’s more difficult to make a real difference than we realize. We are trying to make people care about reading, which has brought so much change to my life, to Sahm’s life, and to Josh’s life. We are really trying to find the best way to make a difference for these people who are woefully underprivileged.” They reflect on the positive impact reading has brought to their life, and they hope that through their organization, they can bring this same impact to underserved children.


“I know the feeling of reading a new book, and how it can take you into a new world,” Maruyama shares, “and not only that, it also ups peoples’ chances of being successful in their own right.” The organization hopes that their ongoing initiatives can contribute to a growing movement where children around the world who don’t have access to quality education can start learning and reading from a young age.



Good Books Foundation





Jenny Lin Foundation presents concert with 200 young musicians

Submitted by Jenny Lin Foundation


Join us Saturday, July 16, for Jenny Lin Foundation’s youth concert that showcases the talent and hard work of its summer program participants in three ensembles: Band (directed by Travis Nasatir), Orchestra (directed by Greg Conway), and Choir (directed by Kaia Richards).


Jenny Lin Foundation was established in 1994 following the senseless murder of 14-year-old Jenny Lin. Since then, thousands of young Bay Area musicians have benefited from the summer music program offered each year free of charge in Castro Valley. This year about 200 young people will be performing on stage at the community concert, sponsored by Chabot College. Admission is free but tickets must be reserved in advance.


While the Foundation’s mission is to promote child safety and to continue Jenny’s love of music, it is important for everyone to remember that this 28-year-old case has yet to be solved. Committed to finding Jenny’s killer, the Foundation recently doubled the reward to $200,000 for information that would lead to the arrest and conviction of the assailant. With tireless efforts of the police and help from the community, Jenny’s family remains hopeful that justice will soon be served.



Jenny Lin Foundation Summer Youth Concert

Saturday, Jul 16

6:30 p.m.

Chabot College Performing Arts Center

25555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward

Reserve tickets at: www.purplepass.com/jennylinconcert2022






Meet Fresh debuts limited-edition shaved ice to support No Kid Hungry

Submitted by Jocelyn Wong


Meet Fresh, an authentic Taiwanese dessert chain, will launch its limited-edition Mei Lin’s QT Cup, a mango strawberry shaved ice with almond pudding, basil seeds and mini taro balls, from July 15 – July 31 at 10 selected locations with 100% sales donated to No Kid Hungry.


“We are honored to collaborate with celebrity chef Mei Lin to create this special item to help fight the problems of hunger for kids in United States. Shaved Ice is our best-selling item and we believe it’s important to raise awareness along with Chef Lin’s creation,” said Meet Fresh General Manager, Chingyi Fu. “Kids should always get the healthy food they need.”


“Very excited to be partnering up with Meet Fresh to support No Kid Hungry. It’s so important for every child to have a nutritious & nourishing meal. No child should ever go hungry,” said Chef Mei Lin.


Mei Lin's QT Cup will be available at the following locations: Fremont, Cupertino, Livermore, Santa Clara, San Jose.



Meet Fresh

Pacific Commons Shopping Center

43337 Boscell Rd., Ste p9-c, Fremont

(510) 573-0785




Graduates give back

Submitted by Constance Dalton


It’s not unusual for a graduating class to want to leave a lasting impression on their school, but the Class of 2022 at Our Lady of Guadalupe (OLG) in Fremont went above and beyond. OLG has a building dedicated on one side to the library and on the other side to the Preschool. The 8th graders decided to paint a mural on the fence which faces the schoolyard and protects the ramp into the building. As Alexssa Bermudez put it, the students wanted to give back to the school that has helped them so much. The 8th graders could have simply concentrated on summer fun, but instead they came back to school, picked up pencils and sketchbooks and created a design that shows both leadership and creativity. Five members of the class (in photo) then stayed to use acrylic paints to make their vision come alive.


After brainstorming, the students decided the mural should be colorful and full of life, according to Isaac Higares, one of the artists. Their design includes day, night, the globe and a bookshelf with colorful book spines. The globe is inscribed “God loves,” which Kelsea Espinoza says not only shows their creativity but will be, the students hope, an inspiration to others. As Jasmine Grisante tells us, “The finished mural is the product of our hard work, which I think makes it beautiful!”


Their hard work and imagination will also encourage parishioners and members of the CYO (Catholic Youth Organization) sports teams. As you read this, students and counselors from the Kidz to Pros summer program are already enjoying these students’ work. The Our Lady of Guadalupe school and parish communities say “Bravo!” to the Class of 2022!




Old Mission San Jose gift shop & museum news

Submitted by Gary Dorighi


Couldn’t make it to Old Mission San Jose’s Founder’s Weekend Festival? You may still buy 225th Anniversary commemorative items in our Gift Shop. We have coffee mugs, decanter & wine glass sets, heritage wine glasses, beer mugs and more.


We are proud to announce our brand-new educational video, “Mission San José: The Patriarchal Mission.” See it when you take a self-guided tour of the Old Mission. Many thanks to the Native Daughters of the Golden West for their support.



Old Mission San Jose

Wednesday – Friday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

43300 Mission Blvd., Fremont

(510) 657-1797





Rancho Del Agua Caliente tour

Submitted by Fremont Age Well Centers


Age Well Center guests are invited to attend a special one-hour tour of the Galindo-Higueara adobe located on Rancho del Agua Caliente in Fremont on Friday, July 22. This rancho was awarded to Fulgencio Higuera in 1830 by then-governor Juan B. Alvarado.


Inside the building are displays that describe the hide and tallow trade, a video that shows how the land was used from the Ohlone period to the restoration, and a display of Ohlone artifacts. This adobe and its 20 acres represent an important chapter in Spanish-Mexican-California history.


Transportation is not provided by Age Well Centers; please meet at 47300 Rancho Higuera Road. The tour is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.



Rancho Del Agua Caliente tour

Friday, Jul 22

10:30 a.m.

47300 Rancho Higuera Rd., Fremont


Free; donations accepted




Resources for veterans to be explained at conference

Submitted by Michael Hill-Jackson


A three-day online conference aimed at transitioning armed service members, veterans and their families and focusing on resources available to them is set for July 13-15.


Sponsored by Northern California Economic Development Initiatives (EDI), the free conference will provide vital tools that help the military and veteran communities learn about Veterans Affairs benefits and initiatives, get help with claims, explore financial strategies for long-term success, and offer military spouses benefits and career training.


“Our goal is to improve the lives of Veterans, service members, and their families through VA’s commitment to successful transitions and the holistic welfare of the military and Veteran communities,” said Northeast District Director, Performing the Delegable Duties of the Under Secretary for Benefits, Thomas J. Murphy. “This event has been tailored to meet the specific needs of the NorCal Veteran community.”


Agencies represented at the conference include the Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor, the Federal Trade Commission and Prudential. Presentation topics include building wealth, budgeting, developing a financial roadmap, debt reduction, entrepreneurship, career development, protection against identity theft, and more.


For more information, including daily conference lineups and registration links, visit the EDI Northern California webpage at https://vaedi.com/event/northern-california-2022.




Honor Roll


Hamline University, Minnesota

Spring 2022 Dean’s List

  • Alex Villanueva of Hayward


Kansas State University

Spring 2022 graduates

  • Sammantha Trammel of Castro Valley
  • Savannah Isheim of Fremont


Hamilton College, New York

Spring 2022 Dean’s List

  • Samantha Chen of Fremont
  • Xavier Nelson of Hayward
  • Aparna Patnaik of Fremont




Hayward companies recognized for innovation

Submitted by City of Hayward


Officials from East Bay Economic Development Alliance (East Bay EDA) have selected four companies from Hayward as finalists for its 2022 East Bay Innovation Awards. The awards celebrate and showcase organizations that most contribute and embrace innovation in manufacturing, services, produce design and information.


A panel of subject matter experts scored more than 200 nominations and selected two finalists across multiple competitive award categories including: Advanced Manufacturing, Arts & Culture, Built Environment, Clean Tech, Community Impact, Education, Engineering & Design, Food, Life Sciences, and Technology. These Hayward companies emerged as finalists:


  • DuPont EKC Technology (Advanced Manufacturing): This global advanced material manufacturer designs and produces specialized chemistries that are critical in the production of semiconductors. DuPont EKC’s advances are helping semiconductor producers scale up production to meet the global chip shortage that is impacting the cost of electronics and consumer goods, including cars and mobile phones.


  • Eikon Therapeutics (Life Sciences): This startup is employing new technology at the interface of biology, engineering and chemistry to discover novel treatments for life-threatening diseases. Eikon’s discovery platform is built on groundbreaking innovations from its Nobel Prize-winning founders, culminating in the creation of microscopes that enable real time, molecular-resolution measurements of protein movement in living cells. In January 2022, the company raised $518 million in venture capital funding to commercialize its technology.


  • Applied Silver (Technology): This company developed “SilvaClean” — a patented smart technology platform that utilizes the antimicrobial properties of silver ions. The technology infuses textiles with silver ions during the laundry rinse cycle, where they bond to fabric to residually kill pathogens, mold and mildew, reducing odors and static.


  • Cal State East Bay Green Biome Institute (Education): Their focus is on conservation and faculty/student research involving genomic profiling and seed/tissue banking of California’s endangered plant species. This institute’s mission is to collect and sequence the DNA of all California plants on the verge of extinction, with the goal of saving them or at least creating a record of their existence.


The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on August 3 at the Fox Theater in Oakland. Details about the event are posted online at https://iawards.eastbayeda.org.




New officers welcomed in Union City

Submitted by Union City PD


During the week of July 4, Union City Police Department Chief Jared Rinetti swore in three new officers to the force in a ceremony that included pinning of their badges.


Joining the force are Madison Geldermann, Raymond Yusuf and Griffin Thompson. Their next step is completing a three-week in-house orientation before moving on to the Field Training Program to prepare to serve the community.


Meanwhile, Union City Police Department is recruiting for more officers of all experience levels. For details visit their webpage at www.joinunioncitypd.com.




Pioneers Scholar All-American Honors

Submitted by CSUEB Athletic Communications


Collegiate Swimming & Diving Coaches Association announced on its Individual Scholar All-Americans following the Spring 2022 semester. Eight members of the Cal State East Bay women's swimming program received the distinct honor.


Named to the First Team from the Pioneers were Delaney Carlson, Brooklyn Dressel and Olivia Parham. Each first team honoree was recognized by achieving at least a 3.50 grade point average during the academic year and participated in the NCAA Championships this past season.


Second team honorees from Cal State East Bay include Emma Knott, Alondra Ortiz, Tori Padilla, Peyton Wayment and Maddie Wittkowske. To qualify for the second team, a swimmer must achieve a 3.5 grade point average in the academic year and achieve a “B” time standard in individual events only.


Earlier in the week, the Pioneers were recognized as a Scholar All-America Team by College Swimming Coaches Association of America with a team GPA of 3.64 in the 2022 spring semester.




Pioneer Student Athlete Honor Roll

Submitted by CSUEB Athletics Communications


California Collegiate Athletic Association announced its 2022 Spring Academic Honor Roll and 2021-2022 Winter Academic Honor Roll. From Cal State East Bay, 27 spring student-athletes between six different sports were named to the honor roll. Of the 27, 23 were named to the honor roll for at least the second time in their career at CSUEB. Nine student-athletes between men's and women's basketball were named to the winter honor roll.


To qualify, a student-athlete must be of sophomore athletic standing or higher, and have a 3.3 cumulative GPA or higher while competing in a CCAA-sponsored sport in that season, to earn a place on the CCAA Academic Honor Roll.


Spring honorees:




Austin Alvarez

Ethan Brodsky

Essex Brown Jr.

Blake Campbell

Samuel Esparza

Derek Flowers

Connor McWard

Enrique Nunez

Matthew O'Mahony

Adrian Padilla

Mark Woinarowicz


Men's Golf


Tommy Jernigan

Michael Savin


Women's Golf


Caroline Berge

Arrianna Custodio

Drishti Karumbaya

Cassandra Puspoki




Anamaria Beard

Sara Cano

Sarah Fukushima

Abby Greer


Track & Field


John Robert Bradshaw

Justin Matties

Miles Worthen

Claire Fisher

Amanda Navarro

Chase Worthen


Winter honorees:


Men's Basketball


Tim Andreolli

Josh Dhatt

Jesse Galloway

Zack Perlstein

Justin Vigil


Women's Basketball


Grace Campbell

Delia Moore

Madison Schiller

Faith Turner




No Longer Safe


Mass shootings with tragedies one after the other become a ritual in our civil society. And looks like no end at all!


The last week's planned mass shooting in Highland Park, Il by the suspect who fired more than 70 rounds into the crowd from a rooftop using a high-powered rifle on parade-goers makes no sense to me. These people were from a small town and took their families and kids to be part of the Independence Day celebration. That's it.


Later, the news confirmed eight people were killed, and 30+ received injuries. I am shocked!  And authorities declared – it was a legally purchased firearm. However, the investigators revealed the suspect was planning the attack on the parade for several weeks.


My heart goes out to the victims and I offer my deepest sympathies to the families of the innocent of the mass shooting. (May Lord Almighty rest their souls in eternal peace – Amen).


But I would definitely ask readers to say Yes/No: should we go to the next year's 4th of July celebration parade in a public place along with family/friends accompanied by kids?


Zafar Yousufzai





Californians to vote on 7 ballot measures in November

By Adam Beam

Associated Press


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP), July 5 — California voters will weigh in on seven ballot measures this fall, the fewest to appear on a statewide general election ballot since 2014.


June 30 was the deadline to qualify measures for the November ballot. Secretary of State Shirley Weber confirmed that seven questions will appear in November. Six are ballot initiatives that supporters gathered enough signatures to place before voters and one was placed on the ballot by the state Legislature.


Two other initiatives that had qualified were withdrawn after state lawmakers worked out a compromise and passed legislation before the deadline. Lawmakers also rejected a possible question about whether to remove involuntary servitude as punishment for a crime from the state constitution.


This year's ballot measures ask voters to weigh in on a variety of issues, including abortion, sports betting and school funding.



This question placed on the ballot by the state Legislature asks voters to amend the state constitution to guarantee a right to an abortion and contraceptives. Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, letting states decide whether to allow abortions. California is run by Democrats who support abortion rights, so the laws here won't change anytime soon. But California's right to an abortion is based on a right to privacy in the state constitution. The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling overturning Roe v. Wade found the right to privacy does not guarantee the right to an abortion, concerning supporters that the state's abortion laws could be vulnerable in state courts. This amendment, known as Proposition 1, would leave no doubt that abortion is legal in California.


Sports betting

Two ballot initiatives would amend California's constitution to make it legal to bet on sports in California. But they would do it in different ways. Both would require the participation of federally recognized Native American tribes. The key question is how people would be allowed to place bets.


One initiative, Proposition 26, would let people bet on sports at casinos operated by Native American tribes. It would also allow people to bet on sports at the state's four licensed horse racing tracks in Alameda, Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties. A portion of a 10% tax would help pay for enforcement of gambling laws and programs to help people who are addicted. This measure is supported by some Native American tribes.


Another measure, Proposition 27, would let people use their phones to place bets on sports. A tax would first pay for regulatory costs, while 85% of what's left over would go to homelessness programs while the remaining 15% would go to nonparticipating Native American tribes. This measure is supported by some sports betting companies.


Proposition 27 specifically includes language that says voters declare the two measures do not conflict, and that if both pass, they both can become law. However, if both pass there would likely be litigation to settle the matter.


Arts, music in public schools

This initiative, Proposition 28, would require lawmakers to use 1% of all state funding for public schools for music and arts education programs. That would be between $800 million and $1 billion each year, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office. For schools with 500 or more students, at least 80% of the money must be spent to employ teachers while the rest could be used for training, supplies and education partnerships. The initiative was placed on the ballot by the group Californians for Arts and Music Education in Public Schools.


Raise taxes on the wealthy

This measure, Proposition 30, would raise taxes on rich people and use the money for wildfire prevention programs and incentives to help people buy electric cars to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The initiative, funded by a coalition of rideshare companies, labor and environmental groups; would raise taxes by 1.75% on people who have at least $2 million in personal income per year. That would bring in between $3 billion and $4.5 billion in new revenue each year. Of that money, 45% would go to rebates and other incentives for purchasing electric cars, 35% would be for charging stations and 20% would be for wildfire prevention programs, with an emphasis on hiring and training firefighters.


Flavored tobacco

This initiative, Proposition 31, asks voters whether a 2020 law that outlawed the sale of certain flavored tobacco products in California should take effect or be overturned. When the state Legislature passes a law, voters have the power to stop it from ever taking effect if they can gather enough signatures to put a referendum on the ballot. That's what tobacco companies did after lawmakers passed a law in 2020 to outlaw certain flavored tobacco products, arguing the products were designed to appeal to children. The law was delayed until voters could decide in November.


Kidney dialysis

This measure, Proposition 29, would require a doctor, nurse practitioner or physicians' assistant to be present during treatment at an outpatient kidney dialysis clinic. This will be the third consecutive general election where voters have been asked this question. The two previous measures failed. This measure is backed again by labor unions who represent health care workers. And again, kidney dialysis companies are opposing it. Some have suggested the subtext of these ballot initiatives reflects a broader battle of labor unions attempting to organize workers at the state's more than 600 kidney dialysis clinics.




California voters to weigh constitutional right to abortion

By Adam Beam

Associated Press


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP), June 27 – California voters will decide in November whether to guarantee the right to an abortion in their state constitution, a question sure to boost turnout on both sides of the debate during a pivotal midterm election year as Democrats try to keep control of Congress after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.


The court's ruling on Friday (June 24) lets states decide for themselves whether to allow abortion. California is controlled by Democrats who support abortion rights, so access to the procedure won't be threatened anytime soon.


But the legal right to an abortion in California is based upon the “right to privacy” in the state constitution. The Supreme Court's ruling declared that a right to privacy does not guarantee the right to an abortion. California Democrats fear this ruling could leave the state's abortion laws vulnerable to challenge in state courts.


To address that, state lawmakers on Monday (June 27) agreed to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot this year that would leave no doubt about the status of abortion in California.


“While for now we may feel safe here in California, we cannot rest on our laurels,” said Assembly member Sabrina Cervantes, a Democrat from Riverside. “It is only a matter of time before this will directly affect you and the people you love.”


The amendment would declare that the state “shall not deny or interfere with an individual's reproductive freedom in their most intimate decisions, which includes their fundamental right to choose to have an abortion and their fundamental right to choose or refuse contraceptives.”


It would become law only if a majority of voters approve it this November. Of California's likely voters, 76% oppose overturning Roe v. Wade, according to a poll conducted in May by the Public Policy Institute of California.


That could give a boost to Democrats' chances of retaining control of Congress. Despite its progressive reputation, California has a number of competitive House races that will help determine which party wins the most seats in November for the remainder of Democratic President Joe Biden's first term.


Republicans opposed the amendment, arguing it is too broad and would allow for abortions late in pregnancy when a fetus is capable of surviving outside of the womb. California law currently restricts abortion to only before a fetus is viable, which is usually defined as around 24 weeks of pregnancy.


“The wording of this says nothing about late term. It puts no restrictions on it,” said Assembly Republican Leader James Gallagher, who noted his twin sons had complications at about 30 weeks of pregnancy. “Babies like my twins at 30 weeks, their lives could be taken.”


Assembly member Akilah Weber, a Democrat from San Diego and practicing obstetrician-gynecologist, said many factors other than the gestational age of the fetus determine viability, arguing the decision is best left to the patient and her doctor.


“This amendment … is not only compassionate, but it is rooted in the current state of science, evidence-based medicine and the legal landscape,” she said.


California joins Vermont in trying to protect abortion in its state constitution. The Vermont proposal, also on the ballot this November, does not include the word “abortion” but would protect “personal reproductive autonomy” – although there is an exception “justified by a compelling State interest achieved by the least restrictive means.”


The amendment in California is part of Democrats' aggressive strategy to make California a sanctuary for women seeking abortions. Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law aimed at shielding California abortion providers and volunteers from lawsuits in other states – a measure aimed at blunting a Texas law that allows private citizens to sue people who help women in that state get an abortion.


California's massive operating budget – scheduled for a vote later this week – contains more than $200 million in new spending to expand access to abortion in the state. The money would pay for abortions for women who can't afford them, scholarships for people studying how to provide abortions and money to help women pay for logistics like travel, lodging and child care – but only within the state of California.


Monday's abortion debate in the state Legislature was colored with the emotion of personal experiences as many lawmakers detailed their own experiences with abortion. Assembly member Buffy Wicks said she chose abortion during an unplanned pregnancy when she was 25, and it allowed her “to have a family when I was ready.”


Assembly member Isaac Bryan said his mother “got pregnant from a rape” and chose to have him and put him up for adoption.


“I get asked all the time why that doesn't make me pro-life,” Bryan said. “It's because my mother had options. She had choices, and they were hers to make. And I refuse to be tokenized to undermine the bodily autonomy of women and childbearing people.”




Congress approves free student meal extension through summer

By Lisa Rathke

Associated Press


Jun 24, 2022 — Congress passed a bill Friday that aims to keep up the expanded, pandemic-era distribution of free meals for all students this summer.


Final passage of the Keep Kids Fed Act in the U.S. House came less than a week before rule changes for child nutrition programs were set to expire June 30.


“Our action today staves off a dangerous hunger cliff: ensuring universal free meals for all children throughout this summer, while helping schools keep up supply chain snags and rising costs for the upcoming school year,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, in a statement.


The bill now goes to President Joe Biden for his signature.


The legislation is intended to extend the rules that were adopted soon after COVID-19 disrupted schools nationwide so that summer meal distribution sites could operate in any community with need, rather than just where there's a high concentration of low-income children, and offer to-go meals.


Rules that have allowed all students to receive meals for free at school, regardless of family income level, are still set to expire before the next academic year.


A bipartisan agreement that had been reached this week in the Senate would have allowed children who are eligible for reduced price lunch to eat for free in the upcoming school year, but that provision was removed from the final agreement.


Advocates said the action in Congress will provide relief for families, but they are disappointed that the reduced-price lunch kids won't get meals for free while families are struggling with soaring food and gas prices. They also say there will be fewer meal sites this summer because of the late timing of the legislation.


“Everything's going up, food, gas, housing. Those families that are in that category oftentimes make a little bit too much money so that they can't get assistance from different programs, now school meals, but they don't make enough that they can cover basic necessities, so we're putting those families in an awful position,” said Lisa Davis, senior vice president of Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign.




San Leandro City Council Meeting

July 5, 2022



  • Mayor's Award for Kindness given to San Leandro Historical Society volunteer Evelyn Gonzalez.
  • Mia Ousley appointed as the Landlord Representative to the Rent Review Board.
  • Reina Canale appointed as the Homeowner/Resident Representative to the Rent Review Board.


Public Comments:

  • Resident urged Community Police Review Board completion.
  • Walgreens parking lot cleanup requested.



  • Police Chief Abdul Pridgen provided Police Department Update.
  • Deputy City Manager Scott Koll presented City of San Leandro Parking Program Update.
  • City Manager Fran Robustelli presented Police Department Retention Program.


Consent Calendar:

  • Resolution Calling and Giving Notice of the Holding of the November 8, 2022 General Municipal Election for the City of San Leandro and Adopting an Ordinance to Establish Election and Nomination Procedures for the November 8, 2022 City of San Leandro General Municipal Election.
  • Approve Edits to the City Council Member Handbook.
  • Resolution to Approve Two Consulting Services Agreements for Third Party Plan Check Services Between the City of San Leandro and CSG Consultants, Inc.
  • Minutes of the City Council Meeting of June 21, 2022.
  • Minutes of the City Council Meeting of June 21, 2022.

Passed 7-0


Items Removed from Consent Calendar:

  • Resolution to Authorize the City Manager to Accept the Engineer's Report for Fiscal Year 2022-2023 for the Heron Bay Maintenance Assessment District, Assessment District No. 96-3 and Ordering the Levy and Collection of Assessments Within the Heron Bay Maintenance Assessment District; Assessment District No. 96-3 for Fiscal Year 2022-2023.

Passed 6-0-1(Simon)


Action Items:

  • Second Reading to Adopt Ordinance 2022-010 Approving a Development Agreement with Cal Coast Companies LLC, Inc. for the Private Elements of the Monarch Bay Shoreline Development.

Passed 6-0-1(Ballew)

  • Resolution Approving and Authorizing the City Manager to Enter into Memorandum of Understanding Side Letter Agreements with the San Leandro Police Officers’ Association (SLPOA), San Leandro Police Management Association (SLPMA) and San Leandro City Employees Association (SLCEA) to Facilitate a Staffing Retention and Resiliency Program.

(no action taken)


Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter                           Aye

Vice Mayor Pete Ballew, District 6                 Aye, 1 Recusal

Deborah Cox, District 1                                  Aye

Bryan Azevedo, District 2                               Aye

Victor Aguilar, Jr., District 3                          Aye

Fred Simon, District 4                                     Aye, 1 Recusal

Corina N. Lopez, District 5                             Aye




BART Police Log

Submitted by Les Mensinger and BART PD


  • At 7:42 a.m. a man identified by police as Ronald Conner, 55, of San Francisco was arrested at South Hayward station on two no bail warrants and booked into Santa Rita Jail.



Monday, July 4

  • At 10:35 p.m. a person identified by police as Mashia Brantley, 26, of Hayward was arrested at Bay Fair station in San Leandro on two warrants charging vandalism and booked into Santa Rita Jail.



Sunday, July 3

  • At 2:00 p.m. a man identified by police as David Williams, 34, of Fremont was detained at Fremont station on suspicion of fare evasion. A record check showed a $20,000 warrant charging vandalism issued by Fremont Police Department. He was arrested on booked at Santa Rita Jail.



Tuesday, July 5

  • At 9:36 p.m. a man identified by police as Isaiah Edwards, 36, of Oakland was arrested at San Leandro station on suspicion of vandalism. He was booked into Santa Rita Jail.




Calling all cars!

Submitted by Hayward Police Department


Owners of old, new, classic or even kit-built cars are invited to join Hayward Police Department in a CAR-A-VAN celebration on Monday, July 25 to kick off National Night Out (NNO) festivities coming August 2.


CAR-A-VAN is a free police-escorted drive through selected residential streets in Hayward to show off fun and colorful vehicles and raise community awareness of NNO. Participants should bring their cars to the staging area in the Southland Mall parking lot at Winton Avenue and I-880 where they will be given instructions. Cars will depart at 6 p.m. for an approximately one-hour ride before returning to Southland Mall for a community gathering.


Then, on Tuesday, Aug. 2 Hayward Police, along with Hayward Neighborhood Alert and numerous community groups will be celebrating NNO throughout the city. The goal is to promote neighborhood safety and boost community involvement. Residents are also encouraged to show their support by leaving their porch light on from 7 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.


Neighborhoods are invited to participate by hosting events ranging from small potlucks and barbecue gatherings to large block parties. Participants are encouraged to register their block party with the city so representatives from Hayward Police Department and city officials can stop by to offer tips and support.


To register a block party online, visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/nno-2022 and complete the registration form by Friday, July 22. For more information send an email to Sgt. Faye Maloney at faye.maloney@hayward-ca.gov or call (510) 293-5051.



National Night Out; Hayward



Monday, Jul 25

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Southland Mall, Hayward


Block parties

Tuesday, Aug 2

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Register by Jul 22

(510) 293-5051






Fremont Police Log

Submitted by Monica Leon


Friday, June 24

  • An officer at Alvarado Boulevard and Lowry Road spotted a vehicle that had been reported to have evaded a pursuit by Oakland Police, Almeda County Sherriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol. The officer used a Pursuit Intervention Technique maneuver to stop the vehicle. The juvenile driver was taken into custody and a replica firearm was located inside the vehicle. Oakland Police responded and took custody of the suspect.



Saturday, June 25

  • Officers responded to a report of a person lighting a dumpster on fire near Grimmer Boulevard and Irvington Avenue. A witness identified the suspect to arriving officers. An adult from Fremont was arrested on suspicion of arson.



Sunday, June 26

  • An officer spotted a vehicle reported stolen being driven in the area of northbound I-880 and Mowry Avenue. The officer recognized the driver as someone with outstanding warrants and started a vehicle pursuit northbound on I-880. When the vehicle struck the center median near the Alvarado exit and became disabled, the driver and two other people fled in multiple directions. A witness reported seeing one of the suspects run into Lucky supermarket at Charter Square shopping center. Based on the possibility of the outstanding subjects being armed, the store was immediately evacuated. Officers located one suspect inside the store and he was positively identified by the witness as fleeing from the suspect vehicle. A person from a nearby residence later reported seeing another suspect getting into an Uber. A perimeter was set up with drone and K-9 deployment. Units from Union City Police Department, California Highway Patrol, and San Jose Police Air Unit assisted with the search. Inside the vehicle, officers located an assault rifle, loaded AR15 magazine, an extended Glock magazine, and a driver license belonging to one of the suspects. One adult suspect from Fremont was arrested.



Monday, June 27

  • Officers responded to a report about a male chasing people with a machete inside the Marshalls store at the Fremont Hub shopping center. The suspect was reported to have stolen merchandise by force from the store earlier in the evening. By the time officers arrived, the suspect had left the store on foot, but officers soon found him near Fremont Boulevard and Beacon Avenue in central Fremont. The suspect surrendered without incident and the weapon was determined to be a hatchet. A record check showed the suspect had a no bail felony warrant for violating his parole for robbery. The case is being investigated as robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.



Tuesday, June 28

  • Officers responded to an alert from an automatic license plate reader camera that a vehicle reported carjacked in Oakland was seen near Ardenwood Boulevard and Highway 84. Camera surveillance showed the vehicle driven into a nearby gas station. Officers arrived and arrested the adult driver on suspicion of driving a carjacked vehicle an on an outstanding felony warrant.


  • Officers were called to Dusterberry way in the Centerville area to check on a person reported to be swinging a pole at passing motorists. As officers approached, he began throwing rocks at passing cars. The pole used for swinging was a city-owned sign that the suspect pulled out of the ground. An adult male from Fremont was arrested.



Friday, July 1

  • Officers responded to a report about a fight, with one person possibly possessing a firearm, at Irvington Park on Blacow Road. Two suspects were found in a vehicle near the park and arrested.



Sunday, July 3

  • Officers responded to a report about gunfire at a motel on Mission Boulevard that started with a fistfight between two co-workers and ended when one of them brandished a gun and fired it into the air. When officers arrived, the suspect jumped over a fence into a greenbelt area nearby. The suspect eventually surrendered to officers and was found to be in possession of a loaded hand gun magazine and an unspent round. An additional unloaded firearm was found nearby. The adult suspect was arrested.




Hayward Police Log

Submitted by Hayward PD


Monday, June 27

  • At 4:35 p.m. officers responded to a report about an assault with a deadly weapon on the 19000 block of Hesperian Blvd. The suspect was located and taken into custody by officers. The victim was not injured.



Tuesday, June 28

  • At 5:51 a.m. officers responded to a report about an assault with a deadly weapon on the 900 block of Highland Blvd. Upon arrival, officers located two victims who sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were treated at the scene. The suspect was found at the scene and taken into custody.



Thursday, June 30

  • At 7:15 p.m. a female pedestrian near the 27000 block of Huntwood Ave. was approached by an unknown person who forcibly took property from her and then fled on foot. The victim was not injured.



Saturday, July 2

  • At 10:26 a.m. officers located an occupied stolen vehicle near the 400 block of W. A St. The occupants inside the vehicle were taken into custody and a loaded firearm was recovered at the scene.




Milpitas Police Log

Submitted by Milpitas PD


Friday, June 24

  • At 2:25 p.m. officers responded to a report about someone throwing rocks at vehicles in the Great Mall of the Bay Area parking lot. The suspect, a 27-year-old Milpitas resident, then threw large rocks at arriving officers and made threats. The suspect was eventually arrested and booked into jail on vandalism, assault and criminal threat charges.



Saturday, June 25

  • At 2:36 p.m. officers contacted a woman using other people’s residential power outlets to charge her electronic devices near the 200 block of Coelho St. A record check showed the 21-year-old San Jose resident had multiple warrants charging vandalism, trespassing, court order violations and traffic violations. She was arrested and booked into jail.


At 7:08 p.m. officers responded to a call about a customer in a restaurant in the 900 block of Great Mall Drive with a gun sticking out from his pant pocket. Arriving officers contacted the 24-year-old San Jose man and determined he had a loaded unregistered firearm or “ghost gun.” A record check showed the he was prohibited from possessing a firearm due to a court order. The man was arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of illegal possession of a firearm and a violation of his court order.




Newark getting ready for National Night Out

Staff report


Police in Newark are busily preparing for National Night Out, a nationwide campaign held each August designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, strengthen neighborhood spirit and community partnerships with law enforcement.


This year’s event is set for Tuesday, August 2. The idea is to provide an opportunity for neighbors to hold block parties to strengthen neighborhood relationships, raise crime prevention awareness and continue relationships with people in public safety, police, fire and others organizations.


Locally, representatives from Newark Police Department are hoping to visit as many local block parties as they can to offer support from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. August 2. To help make that happen, organizers should register their party on the City of Newark website at www.newark.org/departments/police/get-involved-community-engagement/national-night-out. Registration deadline is Wednesday, July 27.


For details, contact Jada Chiu (510) 578-4929 or send an email to jada.chiu@newark.org.




Newark Police Log

Submitted by Newark PD


Sunday, July 3

  • At around 9:04 p.m. officers responded to a 911 call from a female saying her ex-boyfriend was ramming her vehicle with his vehicle in a parking lot on the 5800 block of Jarvis Ave. As officers arrived, the man, later identified by police as Ramon St Ange, 20, of Newark, fled in his vehicle with officers in pursuit. During the chase, St Ange appeared to intentionally strike three other vehicles causing damage. No injuries were reported.


In an attempt to disable St Ange’s vehicle an officer tried to deploy spike strips in the roadway. St Ange then turned and drove the vehicle at the officer and struck him. The officer was later treated for injuries at a hospital and released. The pursuit ended when an assisting agency used a pursuit intervention technique to disable St Ange’s vehicle. De Ange initially fled, but was apprehended by a police K9 officer. During the arrest, De Ange continued to fight with officers and attempted to take an officer’s holstered firearm. As a precaution, De Ange was placed in a lower leg restraint. He was later treated for minor injuries at a hospital, then arrested and booked at Santa Rita Jail.


On July 6 the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office filed numerous felony charges against St Ange. Newark Police Department detectives are investigating the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call Investigations Unit Sergeant Yama Homayoun at (510) 578.4920 or send an email to Yama.Homayoun@newark.org. Information can also be left on the anonymous tip hotline at (510) (510) 578.4965. 




Trooper crawls into drainage pipe to rescue missing dog

Associated Press


CONKLIN, N.Y. (AP), June 28 — A missing golden retriever named Lilah, discovered deep inside a culvert pipe in upstate New York, could not be lured out by her owner with peanut butter dog treats or cheese. In the end, State Trooper Jimmy Rasaphone decided to crawl about 15 feet into the pipe under a rural road to rescue Lilah, despite the extremely tight fit.


“He crouched down and literally disappeared into the hole with a lead that had a choker on it,” said Lilah's owner, Rudy Fuehrer, who called 911 for help on June 26. “He was able somehow to manipulate his arms and get the choker around the dog's head.” The trooper and retriever both emerged soaking wet, but safe.


The 13-year-old dog had been missing since June 24. Fuehrer was walking his two other dogs — both Lilah's offspring — a few hundred feet down the road from his house on June 26 when he heard a plaintive yelp. “I said, ‘Oh my God, that's Lilah!’” he recalled on June 28.


Fuehrer, who lives near Binghamton, tried the get the weary and confused dog out but eventually called 911. Rasaphone and his partner showed up within minutes. Rasaphone said he'd go into the pipe since he was the smallest of the three of them. Fuehrer estimates the pipe's diameter was under two feet. He was able to pull Lilah out after Rasaphone emerged.


Fuehrer said he was grateful Rasaphone had the compassion and initiative to go nose-to-nose with his dog in a drainage pipe. And he said Lilah is recovering nicely and out walking. “Needless to say, I took her out on a leash,” he said, “because I didn't want any more escapades.”




Great Salt Lake hits new historic low for second time in a year

Associated Press


SALT LAKE CITY (AP), July 5 — The Great Salt Lake has hit a new historic low for the second time in less than a year as the ongoing megadrought worsened by climate change continues to shrink the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi.


Utah Department of Natural Resources said in a July 4 news release the Great Salt Lake dipped on July 3 to 4, 190.1 feet. That is lower than the previous historic low set in October, which at the time matched a 170-year record low. Lake levels are expected to keep dropping until fall or winter, the agency said.


Dwindling water levels at the giant lake just west of Salt Lake City puts millions of migrating birds at risk and threatens a lake-based economy that's worth an estimated $1.3 billion in mineral extraction, brine shrimp and recreation. The expanding amount of dry lakebed could also send arsenic-laced dust into the air that millions breathe, scientists say.


The state's Republican-led Legislature is trying to find ways to reverse the trend, but it won't be easy. Water has been diverted away from the lake for years for homes and crops in the nation's fastest-growing state that is also one of the driest.




NASA satellite breaks from orbit around Earth, heads to moon

By Nick Perry


WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP), July 4 — A satellite the size of a microwave oven successfully broke free from its orbit around Earth on July 4 and is headed toward the moon, the latest step in NASA's plan to land astronauts on the lunar surface again.


It's been an unusual journey already for the Capstone satellite. It was launched six days ago from New Zealand's Mahia Peninsula by the company Rocket Lab in one of their small Electron rockets. It will take another four months for the satellite to reach the moon, as it cruises along using minimal energy.


Rocket Lab founder Peter Beck told The Associated Press it was hard to put his excitement into words. “It's probably going to take a while to sink in. It's been a project that has taken us two, two-and-a-half years and is just incredibly, incredibly difficult to execute,” he said. “So, to see it all come together tonight and see that spacecraft on its way to the moon, it's just absolutely epic.”


Beck said the relatively low cost of the mission — NASA put it at $32.7 million — marked the beginning of a new era for space exploration. “For some tens of millions of dollars, there is now a rocket and a spacecraft that can take you to the moon, to asteroids, to Venus, to Mars,” Beck said. “It's an insane capability that's never existed before.”


If the rest of the mission is successful, the Capstone satellite will send back vital information for months as the first to take a new orbit around the moon called a near-rectilinear halo orbit: a stretched-out egg shape with one end of the orbit passing close to the moon and the other far from it.


Eventually, NASA plans to put a space station called Gateway into the orbital path, from which astronauts can descend to the moon's surface as part of its Artemis program. Beck said the advantage of the new orbit is that it minimizes fuel use and allows the satellite — or a space station — to stay in constant contact with Earth.


The Electron rocket that launched June 28 from New Zealand was carrying a second spacecraft called Photon, which separated after nine minutes. The satellite was carried for six days in Photon, with the spacecraft's engines firing periodically to raise its orbit farther and farther from Earth.


A final engine burst on July 4 allowed Photon to break from Earth's gravitational pull and send the satellite on its way. The plan now is for the 55-pound satellite to far overshoot the moon before falling back into the new lunar orbit Nov. 13. The satellite will use tiny amounts of fuel to make a few planned trajectory course corrections along the way.


Beck said they would decide over the coming days what to do with Photon, which had completed its tasks and still had a bit of fuel left in the tank. “There's a number of really cool missions that we can actually do with it,” Beck said.


For the mission, NASA teamed up with two commercial companies: California-based Rocket Lab and Colorado-based Advanced Space, which owns and operates the Capstone satellite.




Ciao! American Kennel Club adds a breed, the bracco Italiano

By Jennifer Peltz

Associated Press


NEW YORK (AP), July 6 — U.S. dog lovers, say “benvenuto” to the bracco Italiano.


The ancient Italian bird-hunting dog is the 200th member of the American Kennel Club's roster of recognized breeds, the organization announced July 6. That means the handsome, powerful but amiable pointers can now go for best in show at many U.S. dog shows, including the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club event next year.


The bracco (pronounced BRAH'-koh) goes back more than two millennia in Europe but wasn't brought to the U.S. until the mid-1990s, according to the AKC. It's sometimes called the Italian pointer or Italian pointing dog.


The ideal bracco should be “tough and adapted to all types of hunting, reliable, docile and intelligent,” while also friendly and neither shy nor aggressive, according to the AKC's standard for the medium-to-large breed.


“They're very easy to live with and be around, and yet it's like a light switch — when it's time to jump in the back of the truck and go hunting, and they've got a job, they just light up like a Christmas tree,” said owner and breeder Lisa Moller of Portage, Wisconsin.


She and husband Dale relied on Labrador retrievers as pheasant-hunting helpers before a friend introduced them to a bracco about five years ago. The couple was quickly struck by the dog's methodical hunting style in the field and affectionate nature at home: “They're very Velcro,” Lisa Moller said. The dogs — the proper plural is “bracchi Italiani” — have a deep bark and readily deploy it on spotting backyard wildlife, so “they may not be the right dog for everybody,” she noted.


AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo called the bracco a great companion for active families who can provide “the love and attention it needs.”


The AKC opened the nation's oldest dog registry with a mere nine breeds in 1878. In the last decade alone, the club has added over 20 breeds, ranging from the teeny Russian toy to the powerful dogo Argentino. Criteria involve the total number and generations of registered dogs nationwide, their geographical distribution and other factors.


There remain many breeds that are registered elsewhere but not by the AKC, or aren't formally recognized at all. Some aficionados eschew, or are torn about, the exposure that AKC recognition brings to a breed.


Animal rights activists denounce dog breeding, and they say that adding more breeds just exacerbates faddish demand for purebred pets and fuels puppy mills that feed it. The AKC says it promotes responsible breeding aimed at preserving characteristics that equip dogs for various tasks and ease owners' search for a pup they can live with and commit to.




Stolen Olympic gold medal found in California

Associated Press


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP), June 29 — A stolen Olympic gold medal belonging to a member of the 2020 U.S. Women's Volleyball Team has been found in Southern California, authorities said on June 29.


Jordyn Poulter reported the medal stolen May 25 after the Olympian discovered her car broken into at a parking garage in Anaheim, police said. Detectives later arrested a suspect in the theft, but weren't immediately able to locate the missing medal.


On June 27, the owners of an Anaheim barbershop reported finding the gold medal inside a plastic bag discarded outside their business, police said in a statement. They handed it over to police, who plan on returning it to Poulter.


The 31-year-old suspect is charged with residential burglary, vehicle burglary, identity theft and possession of narcotics, officials said earlier this month. The suspect, an Anaheim resident, has a “lengthy criminal history,” a police statement said.


Poulter was part of the team that won gold at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, after the games were delayed a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.




Oldest Magellanic penguin at San Francisco Zoo dies at 40

Associated Press


SAN FRANCISCO (AP), July 7 — The oldest Magellanic penguin at the San Francisco Zoo & Gardens — one of the oldest penguins living under human care anywhere in the world — died July 6 at the age of 40, the zoo reported. The estimated age of the male, called Captain Eo, was well over the species' average life expectancy of 20 to 30 years, the zoo said in a statement.


Captain Eo was named for a 1980s Michael Jackson short film that was a Disneyland attraction and he was the last remaining founding member of the zoo's Magellanic penguin colony. The aging animal had lost much of his eyesight and hearing and needed special feeding techniques, the zoo said.


Magellanic penguin are native to South America. They can grow more than 2 feet tall and weigh as much as 14 pounds. Captain Eo arrived at the zoo in 1984 when 52 wild Magellanic penguins were brought in to found a colony on Penguin Island, a habitat that includes a large outdoor pool along with burrows and rocky landscapes to mimic their native habitat, the zoo said.


Captin Eo had the personality of “an older sophisticated gentleman,” Quinn Brown, the zoo's assistant curator of birds, said in the statement. “He did not partake in the usual shenanigans of stealing fish from others, or pushing his way through the crowd for fish. Instead, he would quietly and politely sit on the rocky beach and wait his turn for his meal, then go out for a swim or home.” Brown said. “He was one-of-a-kind.”


Captain Eo had 26 children, 31 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, the zoo said. Many are in other zoos and institutions around the country. “While we will never have the honor of embracing and connecting with Captain in this way again, he will always have a monumental place in our hearts,” Brown said. “He represented a part of San Francisco Zoo history and the penguin world that cannot ever be forgotten.”









Monday – Friday, June 22 – July 22

Words for Lunch

11 a.m. – 12 noon

Lunch and reading activities

Hayward Public Library, Heritage Plaza

888 C St., Hayward



Monday – Saturday, July 1 – July 31

Sunrise and Sunset

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Watercolor/pastel paintings by Robin Scholl

Portola Art Gallery

Allied Arts Guild

75 Arbor Rd., Menlo Park



Monday – Friday, July 5 – August 11

Climate Change: Endangered Planet

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Artists reflect on our climate emergency

John O’Lague Galleria

Hayward City Hall

777 B St., Hayward

(510) 581-4050



Monday and Wednesday, June 22 – July 22

Words for Lunch

11 a.m. – 12 noon

Lunch and reading activities

Mia’s Dream Come True All Abilities Playground

28377 Huntwood Ave., Hayward



Tuesday – Saturday, July 12 – July 30

Bissell Empty the Shelters$

1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Adopt a dog, rabbit, kitten, or cat for $20

Hayward Animal Shelter

16 Barnes Ct., Hayward




San Lorenzo Street Eats

5 p.m. – 9 pm.

1062 Grant Ave., San Lorenzo




Newark Street Eats

5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

6430 Thornton Ave., Newark



First Thursdays

Plethos Comedy Lab $

8 p.m.

Ever-changing lineup of Bay Area comics (18+)

Castro Valley Marketplace Lab 200

3295 Castro Valley Blvd, Castro Valley


Tickets: $10


Thursday, Friday, Saturday, July 14-16

Rent $

8 p.m.

Enjoy this timeless Broadway classic under the stars

Ohlone College Smith Center

43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont



Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays

Patterson House Tours

11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m.

Tour the Patterson House Museum

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont


(888) 327-2757


Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays

Animal Feeding

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Check for eggs and feed livestock

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont


(888) 327-2757


Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays

Ride the Rails

10:20 a.m. – 2:55 p.m.

Travel on the train through the eucalyptus groves

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont


(888) 327-2757


Friday, July 15 – Sunday, July 31

Picasso at the Lapin Agile $

Fri/Sat: 8 p.m., Sun: 6 p.m.

Comedy imagines meeting between Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein

Chanticleers Theater

3683 Quail Ave., Castro Valley



$27 General Admission; $22 Senior/student


Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, July 16 – Aug 14

San Leandro Players Present: Harvey $

Saturday: 8 p.m.

Sunday: 2 p.m.

Fridays 8/5 and 8/12: 8 p.m.

San Leandro Museum/Auditorium

320 West Estudillo Ave., San Leandro

(510) 895-2573


Tickets: $20 general; $15 seniors & under 12



Fremont Street Eats

5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

3500 Capitol Ave., Fremont



First Fridays at Chabot Space $

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Hands-on activities, workshops, and performances

Chabot Space and Science Center

10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland


$15 adults, $10 seniors/kids, $5 members


Third Saturdays

Investigating Space $

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Discuss exploring space with researchers and scientists

(Included with admission)

Chabot Space and Science Center

10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland



Saturdays, July 2 – August 27


2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Upbeat pop music and bubble machines

Courtyard near Old Navy

39281 Fremont Hub





Tuesday, July 12

Estate Planning & Charitable Giving Seminar

5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Wills, Revocable Trusts, Life Insurance & Retirement Plans

Anderson Auditorium

Washington West

2500 Mowry Ave., Fremont



Saturday, July 16

Corn Mosaics

11 a.m. – 12 noon

Turn freshly harvested corn into a colorful craft

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont


(888) 327-2757


Saturday, July 16

Victorian Table Top Games

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Play with tops, Jacob’s Ladder and ball and cup

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont


(888) 327-2757


Saturday, July 16

Meet the Chickens

10:30 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.

Come feed the chickens

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont


(888) 327-2757


Saturday, July 16

Nelson Mandela Day

Memorial tree planting, meet public officials, entertainment, food

New Bridges Presbyterian Church

26236 Adrian Ave., Hayward,


Saturday, July 16

Niles Dog Show

9 a.m. – Registration and Pancake Breakfast

Event: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Competitions, pro dog demonstrations, food, rescue and breed organizations

Niles Community Park

3rd and H Streets


(510) 857-6512


Saturday, July 16

Storefront Storytime

11 a.m.

Councilmember Sara Lamnin reads “The Lorax”

Books on B

1014 B. St., Hayward

(510) 538-3943


Saturday, July 16

Lighten Up! $

Comedy night with Paul Conyers and friends

Dinner: 5 p.m.

Concert/show: 7:30 p.m.

Castro Valley Center for the Arts

19501 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley



Saturday, July 16

Comedy in the Plaza

5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Brian Copeland hosts some of his favorite comedians

San Leandro Main Library Outdoor Plaza

300 Estudillo Ave., San Leandro



Saturday, July 16

Webb Space Telescope Community Event

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

First release images, live discussion expert panels

Chabot College Planetarium

25555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward



Saturday, July 16

Relay for Life Garage Sale

8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Hosted by Newark Optimist and Rotary Clubs

36517 Bettencourt St., Newark

(510) 449-6399


Saturday, Sunday, July 16-17

Diesel Train Ride, Sat.

Steam Train Ride, Sun. $

10:30 a.m.  & 1:00 p.m.

1 hr. 20 min. ride through Niles Canyon

Sunol Depot

6 Kilkare Rd., Sunol



Saturday, Sunday, July 16-17

Discovery on Demand

10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Hands-on activities, live animal feeding, learn about habitats

Coyote Hills Visitors Center

8000 Patterson Ranch Rd., Fremont

(510) 544-3220



Saturday, Sunday, July 16-17

Nectar Garden Exploration

11 a.m. – 12 noon

Discover native pollinators and plants

Coyote Hills Visitors Center

8000 Patterson Ranch Rd., Fremont

(510) 544-3220



Sunday, July 17

Wheat Harvesting

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Help mill grain into stone-ground flour

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont


(888) 327-2757


Sunday, July 17

Pokean: Make a Native American Game

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Use cornhusks and feathers to make your own version

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont


(888) 327-2757


Sunday, July 17

Farm Discovery Table

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Explore artifacts, get hand-on with historic tools

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont


(888) 327-2757


Sunday, July 17

Opera in the Vineyard $

5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Gates open at 5 p.m.

Enjoy evening of music among the vines

Retzlaff Vineyards

1356 S. Livermore Ave., Livermore



Sunday, July 17

Ice Cream Social with Arts and Crafts

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sundaes, floats, music, local artist displays

Shinn Park

1251 Peralta Blvd., Fremont



Monday, July 18

Free Food Giveaway

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Fresh food for families, courtesy of Hayward Promise Neighborhoods

Eden Greenway Park

Corner of Harder Rd. and Cypress Ave.


(510) 635-3663


Tuesday, July 19

Technology Presentation: Passwords

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Set up meaningful passwords, store and protect your passwords

Age Well Center at South Fremont

47111 Mission Falls Ct., Fremont





Summer Outdoor Movie Nights & Concerts


Free Outdoor Movies

8 pm.

Bring picnic dinner, low-back chairs or blankets, flashlights


Sing 2

Saturday, July 22

Kennedy Park

19501 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward



Friday, August 19

Castro Valley Community Park

18988 Lake Chabot Rd., Castro Valley


Addams Family 2

Friday, September 10

Meek Estate Park

240 Hampton Rd., Hayward





Classic Movies Under the Stars

Reserve tickets at www.milpitas.gov

$5 per person


Some Like It Hot

Friday, August 12

8 p.m.

Civic Center Plaza, Milpitas



Movie Night Out

Reserve tickets on www.milpitas.gov

$10 = up to 6 seats


The Jungle Cruise

Friday, July 15

8:30 p.m.

Cardoza Park


Sing 2

Friday, July 29

8:30 p.m.

Foothill Park, Milpitas



Dive in Movie: Luca

Friday, July 22

Doors Open: 7 p.m.

Showtime: 8 p.m.

Farrelly Pool

864 Dutton Ave., San Leandro

(510) 569-1245


Tickets: $3 online, $6 at the door



Milpitas Summer Concert Series


The Cires

Friday, July 22

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Pinewood Park

Starlite Dr., & Lonetree Ct., Milpitas


Jordan T

Friday, August 5

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Hall Park

La Honda Dr., Milpitas



Groovin’ at the Grove Free Summer Concerts

Gates open: 4 p.m.

Concert: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


July 22 – Cisco Kid

August 5 – Servants


Shirley Sisk Grove

NewPark Mall, Newark

Bring a blanket or low-back chair

Info at: www.newark.org



Fremont Summer Concert Series

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.


July 14 – Briefcase Blues Brothers

July 21 – Almost Famous

July 28 – Big Bang Beat

August 4 – Jukebox Heroes

August 11 – Aja Vu


Central Park Performance Pavilion

40204 Paseo Padre Pkwy, Fremont

(510) 494-4300




Pacific Commons Summer Concert Series

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.


July 22 – Gary Flores Trio (Latin jazz/salsa)

August 26 – TinMan (classic rock)

September 23 – Last One Picked (rock, blues, country)


Pacific Commons Shopping Center

Auto Mall Parkway at I-880, Fremont

(510) 770-9798



3 O’Clock Jump

Third Saturdays: July 16, August 20, September 17, October 15

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Big Band music in outdoor patio (no cover fee)

World Famous Turf Club

22519, Main St., Hayward

(510) 244-3449




Russell City Awareness Blues Series

2 p.m. – 5 p.m.


July 16 – Alvon Johnson Blues Band

July 23 – Salute to Russell City Blues Women

July 30 – West Coast Caravan of All Stars (closing festivities)


Heritage Plaza

888 C St., Hayward


Hayward City Hall Plaza

777 B St., Hayward




Hayward Oddfellows Summer Concerts

Sundays; 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.


August 7 – 3 O’Clock Jump

August 14 – Uncle Rico’s with The Hypnotones, Mike Meagher’s Music Machine, Brown & Lee, Alrighty Then, and Spirit Flute

August 21 – Gravity

August 28 – SweetSp0ts

September 11 – Hayward La Honda Music Camp

September 18 – Giant Spiders and 129

September 25 – East Bay Youth Orchestras and East Bay Symphonic Band


Hayward Memorial Park Outdoor Amphitheater

24176 Mission Blvd., Hayward