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Broncho Billy rides again (This time in person!)

Submitted by Niles Film Museum

 

Saddle up, partner, and join us in Niles for some rootin’-tootin’ stunt-filled action and mythic level mirth at Edison Theater, home of Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum (NESFM). July 30 and 31 mark the second time since March 2020 that movies will have been projected on the big screen in the quaint 100-seat nickelodeon era theater. More screenings are planned for the future and to gear back up for screenings on a regular basis soon after that.

 

2022 Broncho Billy & Friends Silent Film Festival Schedule

Saturday, July 30

 

Walking Tour of Niles

11 a.m.

$5 donation requested

Did you know that even if movies had never come to Niles, it would still be an important place in the annals of history? Over the various eras, it has been a known destination – with a train hub, world-class plant and tree nursery, brickyard, flour mill, canning factory, decorative tile plant, and rock-n-roll biker bar. Oh, yes, and movies were made here – more than 350 silent one and two-reelers in four years.

 

Find out what happened here one hundred years ago. Important landmarks will be discussed and stories will be shared by historian David Kiehn and museum docent Rena Kiehn. Meet at the film museum and bring your camera. Includes a Walking Tour of Niles booklet.

 

Johnny Crawford Remembrance

12:45 p.m.

Many of you will remember Johnny Crawford as Mark McCain, the son of Lucas McCain (as portrayed by Chuck Connors) in The Rifleman back in the late 1950s. But did you know he was a singer, musician and big band leader? That he was a champion rodeo rider? There will be a recorded video interview with his very-accomplished-in-their-own-right siblings, Bobby and Nance. We will screen clips of his television, film and musical career.

 

Tribute to Diana Serra Cary (Baby Peggy)

3 p.m.

Diana was a great friend and supporter of our silent film museum, and silent film child star herself, who passed on February 24, 2020. Her father, Jack Montgomery, a real-life cowboy, worked for Broncho Billy. Come see some films on the big screen. Going back to the nickelodeon time machine, we ask for a 50-cent donation for each film. Facemasks required.

 

3:00 p.m. Circus Clowns (1922) /Carmen, Jr. (1923)

3:30 p.m. Peg o’ the Mounted (1924)

4:00 p.m. Happy Birthday, Baby Peggy (Diana’s 90th celebration)/ Such is Life

4:30 p.m. Miles of Smiles (1923)

 

Saturday night at the silents show

7:30 p.m.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Suggested member donation $8, not yet member $10

Please read COVID-19 policy

 

Feature Film – SEVEN CHANCES (1925) (Jon Mirsalis, Keyboardist)

Struggling stockbroker Jimmie Shannon (Buster Keaton) learns that, if he gets married by 7 p.m. on his 27th birthday — which is today — he'll inherit $7 million from an eccentric relative. But, after Mary Jones (Ruth Dwyer), whom he's mooned over for years, turns him down, he has only hours to find a woman who'll marry him. Much mayhem ensues!

 

Preceded by shorts and a presentation

 

 

Sunday, July 31

 

50-cent donations requested per film. Facemasks required.

 

Classic Silent Westerns on 16mm

11 a.m. (Bruce Loeb, Pianist)

In honor of Larry Telles, a founding board member of NESFM, author and historian who passed in February 2022. Larry was a great lover of Westerns and movie serials like Flash Gordon and King of the Kongo, but especially with a woman in the lead, such as Exploits of Elaine. We will be presenting film prints from Larry's collection.

 

11:00 a.m. Exploits of Elaine (Chapter 10–The Life Current)

11:40 a.m. Tools of Providence

12:15 p.m. The Leap from the Water Tower

12:45 p.m. The Man from Tia Juana

 

Broncho Billy / Essanay one-reelers (Frederick Hodges, Pianist)

 

1:30 p.m. Slippery Slim and the Impersonator / Broncho Billy’s Fatal Joke

2:15 p.m. Alkali Ike’s Pants / The Prospector

3:00 p.m. Versus Sledge Hammers / Broncho Billy’s Christmas Dinner

3:45 p.m. Jacksonville, Florida – Winter Film Capital of the World (Greg Pane, Pianist)

 

Silent Film Historian Sam Gill, will share his research of filmmaking in Jacksonville, Florida and film shorts shot in Jacksonville will be presented for our last program of the weekend!

 

COVID-19 POLICY

For entry into museum / daytime film segments in the theater – facemasks are required.

Saturday evening show – Vaccination Card must be presented / facemasks are required.

 

 

Broncho Billy and Friends Silent Film Festival

Saturday, Jul 30 – Sunday, Jul 31

Special Museum Hours

11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday

Edison Theater

37417 Niles Blvd., Fremont

(510) 494-1411

www.nilesfilmmuseum.org

pr@nilesfilmmuseum.org

 

 

 

 

Swiss National Day

By Madhvika Singh

 

Surrounded by the stunning beauty of the Alps and serenity of the countryside filled with mountains, rivers and lakes, Switzerland can make anyone fall in love with it.

 

Swiss National Day celebrates the founding of the Swiss Confederacy. It is a national holiday in Switzerland and is set on August 1. The date is inspired by the day the three Alpine cantons of Schwyz, Uri and Unterwald swore the oath of confederation in “early August” in the year 1291. That date has come to be regarded as the founding of Switzerland. Swiss National Day was first celebrated in 1891 and annually since 1899, although it didn’t become a national holiday until 1994.

 

To celebrate Swiss National Day on behalf of the local Bay Area community, United Swiss Societies of Northern California, Inc. (USSNC) will be hosting an event on August 6 at Swiss Park in Newark. “This year, the celebration is coming back in-person after going virtual for two years during the pandemic,” shared Diane Wagner, President of USSNC.

 

The event will feature music by Zicke Zacke Band and food by Lugano Swiss Bistro. There will be fun-filled activities for the whole family including a rock-climbing wall, Swiss Heritage Mobile Museum and art & dance classes. Award winning children’s author Gisela Bengfort will be on hand for a book reading and signing. Among other activities will be a Swiss train display courtesy of Robert Waal with the group European Train Enthusiasts and a cow stacking competition. Souvenirs and other Swiss fare from local businesses will also be available for purchase. For more information, please visit https://unitedswissnorcal.org/.

 

The program for the event will feature a speech by Sylvia Gerber, Swiss Consulate representative, a flag parade, singing of the American and Swiss anthems, and music by local artists.

 

USSNC’s history dates back to 1910 when a group of Swiss Americans got together to unite the many Swiss clubs around the San Francisco Bay Area. Their goal was for the Swiss clubs to work together to support, promote and maintain Swiss traditions. The organization became official in 1912 and set out with Switzerland’s slogan, “One for All and All for One.” In 1982, they were renamed USSNC. Throughout the years, they have maintained their mission to connect Swiss communities by promoting, facilitating, and organizing educational and cultural activities. “These events and celebrations bring the people together and generate a sense of community,” shared Wagner.

 

There are many local Swiss clubs that focus on all aspects of Swiss culture and tradition like food, music, sports and arts from the four regions of Switzerland, namely German, Italian, French and Romansh. “Various clubs offer a great opportunity for families to experience and immerse in Swiss culture and tradition,” added Wagner. A full list of USSNC clubs can be found here: https://unitedswissnorcal.org/member-societies/.

 

“The COVID-19 pandemic required the organization to become more creative to continue to serve their mission,” shared Wagner. They created digital events like Swiss Kids Camp via Zoom, a virtual television show for Swiss National Day and launched an online auction. Their video program “Swiss National Day Live 2021” received a Silver Telly Award of Excellence in the General Low Budget category at the 43rd Annual Telly Awards. The video production was a joint effort by the various Swiss clubs to showcase their Swiss heritage. Many club members had no video production skills, but team came together to create budget-friendly programming to celebrate the occasion during the pandemic. The show can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/XywrN-AQRTw. “We invite members of the community to come join the organization to help us carry the mission forward,” shared Wagner.

 

 

Swiss National Day

Saturday, Aug 6

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Swiss Park

5911 Mowry Ave., Newark

(510) 793-6272

Home

staff@swissparknewark.com

Tickets: https://swissnationalday2022.eventbrite.com/

$10 Adults, 16 and under free

Price increases after August 1st

Free parking

 

 

 

Pull quote:

 

“Molly is a two-year-old beagle, and weighs around 20 lbs. She has been a Pet Partners pet therapy dog for six months and has been working at Washington Hospital for about a month…She even has her own Washington Hospital badge!

 

“A cute story about Molly: Patients can’t reach her from their beds since she is so small, so we always pull up a chair when we visit. Molly sits on my lap and is perfectly content to be petted and part of the conversation! And, of course, she is as popular with the staff as with the patients!” – Constance Gertsch (From Ohlone Humane Society Facebook Page)

 

 

 

 

 

Washington Hospital’s WOOF Program

By Charlene Dizon

Photos courtesy of Evangeline Imana-Iyemura and Kel Kanady

 

Since 1955, Washington Hospital Service League has remained dedicated to providing a wide range of volunteer opportunities. From working in the lobby to creating newborn baby bonnets that mothers cherish for a lifetime, volunteers have the chance to explore various positions in helping patients, families, visitors and professional staff. Their mission statement– to make a difference by helping others– is further emphasized by Washington’s Outreach of Fur (WOOF), a dog therapy program.

 

Established in 2019, WOOF focuses on bringing patients encouragement and attentiveness through volunteers and their vetted therapy dogs. In the past three years alone, WOOF has become a highly favored service among patients who seek that boost of comfort. Assistant Director of Volunteer Services Evangeline Imana-Iyemura states, “Patients are first asked if they are interested in the program and then we check that they are medically approved to have visitors.” WOOF currently has five active therapy dogs alongside a group of volunteers. The program is consistently seeking to grow.

 

Chosen volunteers must first undergo the process of training and certification. WOOF uses nationally recognized third-party organizations such as Pet Partners and Therapy Dogs International for vetting whether a dog has the skillset and temperament for the program. Therapy dogs are ideally gentle, friendly and open to meeting strangers. Following verification comes training at Washington Hospital. Imana-Iyemura explains, “Once the dog and owner has been approved, they shadow an existing team with a coordinator.” WOOF volunteers visit rooms in different hospital wings, where therapy dogs greet and interact with the patient. Since the WOOF program has gone into effect, volunteers and staff have witnessed the remarkable impact that these dogs have on patients.

 

Therapy dogs are known for easing numerous symptoms, including depression and fatigue. For patients who may be in the hospital for an indefinite amount of time, brief moments of joy with an animal that they otherwise would not have access to are highly beneficial. “A staff member received an alert for a high blood pressure patient,” Imana-Iyemura recalls. “When they arrived at their room, they noticed the patient had a drop in blood pressure because the therapy dog came to visit.” This event, along with many others, only heightens the program’s significance and precisely why it is in place. WOOF not only comforts patients, but medical staff as well. Imana-Iyemura adds, “Our staff is our biggest fan. WOOF volunteers and dogs try to visit our nurses’ stations often and the result is like one of a child in school who gets that jolt of surprising excitement.”

 

As WOOF continues its journey, Washington Hospital Service League upholds its mission to positively influence and serve the community. During incredibly strenuous and uncertain times of the pandemic, it takes the efforts of both medical staff and volunteers to deliver patients with care that embodies support and reassurance. For patients and staff, WOOF is certain to uplift and inspire.

 

 

For more information on WOOF, visit: https://www.whhs.com/giving-volunteering/volunteer-opportunity/. Those interested in learning more or volunteering for WOOF, visit volunteer_services@whhs.com or call (510) 818-7465.

 

 

 

Backpacks for Kids

Submitted by Eden Area Chamber of Commerce

 

Five hundred backpacks for elementary school aged kids in the Cherryland Area will be available at Cherryland Community Center on Sunday, July 31 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This event is sponsored by Grant Avenue Foundation. Backpacks will be filled with school supplies, mittens, kid-size mask, hand warmers, hand sanitizer, toothbrush with toothpaste, and a three-ring binder for each kid.

 

 

Backpacks for kids

Sunday, July 31

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Cherryland Community Center

278 Hampton Rd, Hayward

Edenareachamber.com

 

 

 

Donation promotes children’s music education

Submitted by Carol Zilli, MFMII Executive Director/Founder

Photo courtesy of Veera Kazak, MFMII Program Manager

 

Music for Minors II (MFMII), the 501 (c)(3) nonprofit keeping music in children’s classrooms and lives since 1988, is the grateful recipient of community support once again from a great realty, the Intero Foundation! This is the third time the Foundation has supported MFMII’s annual fall music docent training class for community volunteers. This year the Intero Foundation has also supported our MFMII’s Got Talent Children’s Showcase.

 

Recently, Intero Realty Union City staff presented MFMII Executive Director Carol Zilli with a large replica of the $5,200 check to the nonprofit. Carol will be writing a song for Intero as a token of appreciation for their generosity at a key time for the nonprofit given the impact COVID19 has had on the program with school closures. Some of the lyrics include “Intero’s Got Integrity (3x).… I-N-T (clap clap), E-R-O (clap clap) Intero is (clap clap), the place to go….” Complete lyrics and audio are on the MFMII website: www.musicforminors2.org.

 

MFMII is recruiting new volunteers from now until mid September when the annual, fun-filled music docent training class begins. MFMII will also have a booth and be on stage at the Fremont Art Festival on August 6 and 7. If you love music and children and know that music is a powerful learning tool that feeds the brain while it touches the heart, then come to the free hybrid training orientation on September 14 and first day of class on September 19. Class will be taught virtually and in person. Email info@musicforminors2.org or call (510) 733-1189 for more information.

 

Hope to see you at our interactive booth at the festival!

 

 

Music For Minors II fall docent training

Monday, Sept 19 – Monday, Nov 7

9:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

 

Free orientation

Wednesday, Sept 14

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

 

Corpus Christi Catholic Church

37891 Second St., Fremont

online via Zoom

(510) 733-1189

www.musicforminors2.org

 

 

 

To be seen and heard: Russell City Reparative Justice Project

By Hugo Vera

Photo courtesy of Russell City Reparative Justice Project

 

A crucial chapter of Hayward’s history that has gone widely unnoticed is finally being brought back into the spotlight, partly thanks to the Russell City Reparative Justice Project. Stemming from a proclamation made on behalf of the City of Hayward following the George Floyd and Breonna Taylor demonstrations in 2020, in which the city apologized to its Black community for its role in red-lining and other discriminatory housing practices in decades past, the Russell City Reparative Justice Project was established to empower the descendants of those who lived in the storied community.

 

So, what exactly is or was Russell City?

 

First established in 1853 along the upper-west Hayward shoreline, Russell City is often described by historians and locals as Hayward’s first predominantly-Black neighborhood. Russell City’s first settlers were Danish immigrants, and the community was later named after Joel Russell, a New England-born educator who came to the East Bay during the Gold Rush. The community initially drew in large pockets of poor Danish and German immigrants and later welcomed the massive migration of African-Americans who journeyed west from the East Coast and American South following the Civil War. In the years that followed, Mexican-Americans, Italian-Americans and other marginalized ethnic groups that could not find housing in other parts of Hayward began new lives in Russell City.

 

“I think what’s very overlooked, which is also very impressive, is just how autonomous the Russell City community was,” says Russell City Reparative Justice Project manager and management analyst Daniel Mao. “This was a multicultural community in a time when that was unheard of and it was truly self-governed with its own schools, fire station, you-name-it.”

 

Following the project’s formation in 2020, Mao and the City Manager’s office have been actively working to reach out to the community and identify former residents of Russell City and their descendants. The city’s goal is to collect as many testimonies from Russell City residents/resident-descendants as possible and commemorate these stories in projects such as historical walking tours.

 

Cal State East Bay Department of Ethnic Studies professor and chair Dr. Nicholas Baham is just one many scholars working on a historical walking tour that will lead to a future museum near Hayward Airport that aims to tell the story of Russell City as well as the African-American experience in Hayward. For Dr. Baham, a Black educator, the importance of telling the Russell City story could not be overstated.

 

“We’re living in a time in American history in which a sizable portion of the population simply does not want to learn or discuss difficult chapters of our history such as Black history, the treatment of Native Americans and the current border crisis,” states Baham. “The population change that we’ve seen in Hayward, and one that is continuing to change due to rapid gentrification and the washing out of Black history, demands that we look at the history of working-class communities [such as Russell City]. When you’re able to tell the story of this community, it not only makes you visible but it gives you a lineage to that space and time in history.”

 

The city of Hayward hopes to have a functioning walking tour and museum commemorating Russell City and other components of Hayward’s Black history by the end of 2023 or early 2024. In the meantime, anyone with stories or any other connections to Russell City is invited to contact Russell City Reparative Justice Project by visiting https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RussellCityRJP.

 

 

 

Positive West Nile Virus mosquitoes found in Milpitas

Submitted by Santa Clara County

 

A surveillance program by the County of Santa Clara Vector Control District recently confirmed the presence of West Nile positive mosquitos in a small area of Milpitas.

 

As a result, officials ordered the area centered around Gingerwood and Aspenridge drives to be treated with insecticide using truck-mounted equipment from about 10 p.m. Saturday, July 23 until 1 a.m. the next day. The broader area targeted for treatment was:

 

  • North — Border of Alameda County/Santa Clara County
  • East — North Milpitas Boulevard
  • South — Redwood Avenue and North Abel Street
  • West — Border of I-880 Northbound

 

The goal is to reduce West Nile Virus-transmitting mosquito populations. Officials emphasized that mosquito treatments pose minimal risk to people, pets, animals and the environment when applied by a licensed vector control professional.

 

Anyone that is being bothered by mosquitoes or who knows of a potential mosquito-breeding source is asked to contact the County of Santa Clara Vector Control District at (408) 918-4770 or visit their webpage at www.sccvector.org for more information.

 

 

 

Ask the DMV

 

You’re always first at the DMV online. Learn more about how to take your written driver’s license knowledge test online.

 

Take care of your DMV transactions, such as the online driver’s knowledge test, from the comfort of your home with the DMV’s online services! Online services allow you to take advantage of fast and convenient service, with the comfort of knowing that your transaction is safe and secure. The online driver’s knowledge test is available in over 35 languages for eligible customers who complete the online driver’s license application. Along with the knowledge test, there is also an interactive eLearning course option for those who need to renew their license and have trouble with exams or prefer an alternative learning method. The eLearning course is approximately 45 minutes and is currently only available in English.

 

Don’t wait: Start your driver’s license application now at dmv.ca.gov/online!

 

Q1: Can I take the online drivers test on my mobile device?

A1: No, the test cannot be taken on a tablet or a mobile device. You will need to take the online test on an internet-enabled computer or a laptop with a webcam. You can begin the online exam between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding state holidays. For identity verification and as a fraud prevention measure, online test participants are required to verify their identity and agree to be monitored throughout the exam.

 

Q2: How many times can I attempt to the online driver’s test?

A2: The test can be attempted online twice. If you fail to pass the test after two tries, you will be prompted to go to a DMV office to take the test a third time.

 

Q3: What happens after I take my online knowledge test or eLearning course?

A3: Customers with a testing requirement for their license must still go to an office after completing one of the online options to provide the required identity and residency documents, take a photo, provide a thumbprint, complete a vision screening, and be issued a licensing document.

 

For more information or answers to questions not listed here, please visit www.dmv.ca.gov/online

 

 

 

EARTHTALK

 

Are oil companies really greener?

By Alexander Birk

 

Dear EarthTalk: Are oil companies actually taking steps to cut emissions overall or are their claims mostly just “greenwashing”?

– J.B.S., Waukesha, Wisconsin

 

It’s no secret that the climate crisis is intensifying and the world is looking for solutions. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) stated in its latest report that we are facing a “code red” for humanity if we are unable to make substantive changes. According to the IPCC we must cut our carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in half by 2030 in order to secure a livable future. Even though there has been a push for emissions reduction, global emissions are not showing signs of declining.

 

As top contributors of pollution, oil companies are under a microscope. In response to increased pressure, many have begun to make promises that they are working toward being part of the solution. The scientific journal PLOS One reports that major oil companies are using terms like “climate,” “low-carbon” and “transition” more frequently in their reports and claim that they are striving to go “carbon neutral.”

 

Carbon neutral is as much of an oxymoron as there can be when applied to oil companies, which begs the question: How do they plan to accomplish this goal? One way they are trying to achieve net-zero emissions is by investing in nature-based carbon credits. Essentially, they are pledging money to plant trees that absorb the CO2 equivalent of the output of their company.

 

While this solution seems simple enough, common criticisms of oil companies’ responses are that net-zero promises are solely based on facility operations and not on the fuel sales themselves; additionally, oil companies have continued to invest in more acreage for the express purpose of extracting more oil — thereby showing their true priorities. Researchers at Tohoku University and Kyoto University conclude that transitioning to clean energy is not occurring because investments and actions by oil companies simply do not match the public promises they are making.

 

It's important to understand that nature-based credits come with complications. It takes years for trees to mature so it’s often unclear how much CO2 they’ll absorb. In addition, the lifespan of these trees is not a guarantee either: With increasingly warm and dry conditions, there is an increased likelihood that these trees could die due to drought or fire, in which case the carbon offset becomes worthless.

 

So, are oil companies simply greenwashing? Some have made minor efforts but it is not nearly enough. That being said, it is important to know how we as individuals can still make a difference. Divesting from oil companies will help reduce the amount of money going toward these polluters. Even if you are not giving money directly to oil companies, your money can indirectly exacerbate the problem. Doing your due diligence to make sure that your bank is not funding oil companies along with other investments in your portfolio can make a world of difference. Reallocating money to make sure you are investing in a clean energy future will help to take the fate of our planet out of the hands of big oil companies.

 

 

ONLINE CONTACTS:

  • Oil company responses to climate change:

theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2022/may/11/fossil-fuel-carbon-bombs-climate-breakdown-oil-gas

  • Nature-based Carbon Offsets:

eenews.net/articles/booming-offset-industry-could-cut-co2-or-just-line-pockets/

  • Oil Company Greenwashing:

npr.org/2022/02/16/1081119920/greenwashing-oil-companies

  • How to start divesting:

greenamerica.org/fight-dirty-energy-grow-clean-energy/divest-reinvest/getting-started-divestment

 

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

 

Bling!

Hey, guys, if you’re in love and are looking for a sure-fire way to pop the question, you might want to get in touch with Abdul Gafur Anadiyan, managing director at SWA Diamonds, says the Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC). You’ll find him in Malappuram, India and, if you have the dough, he has an engagement ring that will knock your lady’s socks off. It features 24,679 diamonds and the Guinness Book of World Records attests to the fact that it’s a one of a kind. Guinness describes Abdul as specializing “in diamond jewelry with a mission of making it affordable for all.” Sure enough, he’s asking a mere $95,243 for this piece of bling.

 

A sunny story

It happened on July 12 — a New York City event known as “Manhattanhenge,” when the sun sets in perfect alignment with the streets of Manhattan. And as usual, huge crowds of tourists joined Manhattanites to get a glimpse of the phenomenon, according to the AMAC. They gathered on the East side of town facing due West to watch the sun as it made its descent beyond the Hudson River, its rays falling perfectly between Manhattan’s sky scrapers. It happens each year for two days in May and two days in July. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson came up with the moniker, Manhattanhenge, comparing it to Britain’s Stonehenge. See video of “Manhattanhenge” on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-70Nt9hqHI.

 

Don’t wake the sea lions

It can get pretty crowded at the balmy beaches of La Jolla, California and, recently, the crowd at La Jolla Cove got a wakeup call when a beachgoer accidentally roused a group of sea lions, reports AMAC. Apparently, the sleeping mammals were awakened by a visitor who had gotten too close to them. She was frightened and started running away, the sea lions allegedly ran after her, which in turn caused a panicked mass evacuation of sunbathers. The sea lions eventually returned to the water and no one was hurt. See video of charging sea lions: www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/sea-lions-chase-away-beachgoers-at-la-jolla-shores/2990905/.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Park It: Ohlone information table

By Ned MacKay

 

The Ohlone Peoples have lived in what is now California for thousands of years; Sunol Regional Wilderness is a place important to their culture and history. You can learn more about these Native Americans during a program from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 30 in the Sunol Visitor Center with naturalist Kristina Parkison. The program is free and registration is not required.

 

Sunol Wilderness is at the end of Geary Road off Calaveras Road about five miles south of I-680 and the town of Sunol. There’s a parking fee of $5 per vehicle.

 

 

Wool and the sheep that provide it are the focus of a program from 11 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, July 30 at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont, with naturalist Mindy Castle. Mindy will talk about wool’s special properties and show how it can be made into the familiar items we use daily.

 

Or you can try your hand at some Victorian table-top games including ball and cup, tops, and Jacob’s Ladder in a program from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. the same day.

 

Ardenwood recreates life on a prosperous 19th Century estate, with lots to see and do. Both programs are drop-in; no registration is necessary. Park admission fees apply. The park is located at 34600 Ardenwood Boulevard, just north of Highway 84. For information, call (510) 544-2797.

 

 

A bug hunt is the plan for Family Nature Fun Hour from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 30 at the Doug Siden Visitor Center at Crab Cove and Aquarium, located at Crown Beach in Alameda. Venture forth with a naturalist in search of insects that hop, crawl and fly.

 

The program is free of charge. It repeats on Sunday at the same time. Crab Cove is at 1253 McKay Avenue off Alameda’s Central Avenue. For information, call (510) 544-3187.

 

 

Technically, spiders aren’t insects, they are arachnids. Learn more about some of the itsy-bitsy web-spinning variety by joining naturalist Jenna S. Collins on a spider safari from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30, starting at the Environmental Education Center in Tilden Nature Area near Berkeley. Bring a magnifying glass. No registration is required. The center is at the north end of Tilden’s Central Park Drive. For information, call (510) 544-2233.

 

 

The Dotson Family Marsh at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline in Richmond is an example of planning for climate change and sea level rise, while restoring marshland habitat. There’s a two-mile, naturalist-guided walk to explore the marsh starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 30. This is a free, drop-in program. For maps and directions, go to www.ebparks.org/parks. For information, call (510) 544-3176 or email MobileEducation@ebparks.org.

 

 

At Big Break Regional Shoreline in Oakley, there’s a family-friendly, naturalist-led craft session every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. Each craft relates to the natural history of the Delta. The programs are free, no registration required. Big Break is at 69 Big Break Road off Oakley’s Main Street. For information, call (510) 544-3050.

 

 

This is just a sample. For the full story, go to www.ebparks.org and click on “Things To Do” at the top of the home page.

 

 

 

THE ROBOT REPORT

 

Sony making sensors for autonomous vehicles

By Brianna Wessling

 

Sony Group is developing a sensor for self-driving vehicles that uses 70% less electricity, according to reporting from Nikkei Asia. The sensor will be made by Sony Semiconductor Solution and will be paired with software developed by Tier IV.

 

Sony plans to lower the amount of electricity needed for the sensors by relying on edge computing. The company plans to process as much data as possible through AI-equipped sensors and software on the vehicle itself, instead of transmitting that information to an external network.

 

Sony said this approach should make autonomous vehicles safer, as it will shrink communication lags. The company also plans to incorporate image recognition and radar technologies into its sensor to make a self-driving vehicle better equipped for rain, fog or other adverse conditions.

 

Autonomous vehicles use large amounts of power because of all of the added technology on board, which can result in at least a 35% smaller range for electric vehicles (EVs), according to Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. If Sony reaches its goals, it could limit this impact to just around 10%.

 

Sony has already commercialized edge computing technology in chips for retailers and industrial equipment. The company’s goal is to reduce the amount of power used by an electric vehicle’s on-board systems by 70%.

 

Tier IV is a startup backed by Sompo Holdings that creates open-source software for autonomous vehicles. The company’s software is used by Yamaha Motor and in the EV operations of Foxconn. The company hopes to develop basic self-driving technology with Sony for use in Japan and overseas.

 

The project will be overseen by Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization under the ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

 

Slowly, the autonomous vehicle industry has been making progress in getting autonomous cars on the roads. Last month, Cruise hit a new milestone by charging for its first robotaxi rides in San Francisco, a city that’s become popular testing ground for the technology.

 

Many autonomous vehicle developers, however, focus on increasing battery capacity instead of trying to decrease the amount of power used by the system. Sony’s approach could make electric vehicles easier to use for autonomous operations.

 

 

Brianna Wessling is an Associate Editor, Robotics, WTWH Media. She can be reached at bwessling@wtwhmedia.com.

 

 

 

Social Security Matters

By Russell Gloor, National Social Security Advisor, AMAC Foundation

 

Dear Rusty: My wife passed away a few days ago and I have three children – ages 15, 11, and 10. Is there anything I need to do? Signed: Suddenly Widowed

 

Dear Suddenly Widowed: We are so sorry to hear of your wife’s passing; please accept our condolences for your loss. Here’s what you need to know about Social Security:

 

  • Your wife’s minor children will all be eligible for a survivor benefit, which will be based upon the Social Security benefit amount your wife had earned up to the month she died. The children can collect their survivor benefit until they are 18 years old (or 19 if they are still in high school).

 

  • The standard minor child benefit amount is 75% of your wife’s “primary insurance amount” (or PIA, which is the benefit she had earned until she died) but, since there will be three children collecting, the Family Maximum will apply. The Family Maximum limits total survivor benefits to between 150% and 180% of your wife’s PIA. Typically, with three survivors, the Family Maximum should come out to about 175% of your wife’s PIA. Social Security will determine these numbers when you apply for benefits for the children, which you should do by calling 1 (800) 772-1213, or making an appointment at your local SS field office (find it at www.ssa.gov/locator). The funeral home which handled your wife’s arrangements will send a copy of her death certificate to Social Security, but SS will probably require you to provide each child’s Social Security number and birth certificate, and you may also need to provide your wife’s death certificate if they ask for it. As each child becomes age-ineligible for minor child benefits, the benefit for each remaining minor child will automatically increase, up to their maximum 75% of your wife’s PIA.

 

  • Because your children are minors, you will need to act as their Representative Payee. Social Security will guide you through that when you contact them to apply for benefits for the children, but it essentially means that their benefits will be paid directly to you and you will be obligated to use that money on behalf of the children. You can review Social Security’s Representative Payee rules at this link: www.ssa.gov/payee/.

 

  • Regardless of your age, as your wife’s surviving spouse with minor children you could be eligible for a “child in care” surviving spouse benefit until the youngest child is 16, but you should be aware of the following:

 

  • If you are working full time, you probably will be ineligible for child-in-care spouse benefits because of your earnings. Social Security imposes an earnings limit for those collecting early spousal or survivor benefits.

 

  • If you are eligible for child-in-care benefits and collect the same, it would detract from the benefit amount each of your children will get because of the Family Maximum discussed above. In other words, the Family Maximum amount (which Social Security will determine based on your wife’s PIA) is the total amount that can be paid out on your wife’s record, regardless of how many survivors are collecting.

 

As your wife’s spouse, you will also be entitled to a one-time lump sum death benefit of $255, which you can request when you speak with Social Security. Once again, please accept our condolences on the loss of your wife. I hope the above information is helpful at this difficult time.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Tri-City History in Photographs #7: Shops

by Kelsey Camello, for the Washington Township Museum of Local History

 

Shop (noun): The workshop of a person who works in a manual trade; a place for doing specific, skilled manual work. 

Alvarado, 1910-1920: Interior of Auto Garage

Irvington, 1898: H. Crowell Blacksmithing & Machine Works

 

Mission San Jose, 1900: Stanley´s Agricultural Works – Out front, pictured third from left: Joseph Sunderer

Warm Springs, 1920s: Exterior of Liberty Garage and Gas Station

 

Explore more of our online collection by visiting: https://californiarevealed.org/collections/washington-township-museum-local-history.

Let’s explore local history through themes and photographs. Have a topic or idea you’d like us to explore? Email us at info@museumoflocalhistory.org.

 

 

 

Phlox adds color and pollinator appeal all season long

By Melinda Myers

 

Fill your gardens with color from spring through summer and even into fall with a variety of pollinator-friendly phlox. The beauty, diversity, and usefulness in the garden of this group of plants had the National Garden Bureau declare 2022 Year of the Phlox.

 

Start out the growing season with creeping phlox (Phlox subulata). This low growing phlox is perfect for rock gardens, as a groundcover or planted at the front of a perennial garden. Grow it in full sun with well-drained soil in growing zones three to nine. (You can check your growing zone online). Once flowers fade, shear plants back halfway to encourage attractive new growth that will last all season long.

 

Woodland phlox (Phlox divaricata) is native to Midwestern woods and fields and hardy in zones three to eight. The periwinkle blue flowers add some welcome color to shady spots in spring. Grow it in moist rich soil and watch for hummingbirds and butterflies that visit the blooms.

 

The Garden Club of America named Blue Moon woodland phlox its Plant of the Year, awarding it with the 2022 Montine McDaniel Freeman Horticulture Award. This award is given to native underutilized plants with superior ecological and ornamental attributes. Their goal is to increase the use of these plants in gardens. Blue Moon is mildew resistant, long blooming and like the species is an early source of pollen for native bees and swallowtail butterflies, and nectar for hummingbirds.

 

Downy or prairie phlox (Phlox pilosa) is another North American native phlox that can be found in prairies and is hardy in zones three to nine. The pale pink to purple-pink blossoms appear in the spring. Grow it in full sun with moist to well-drained loam or sandy soils. Like other phlox, it attracts and supports butterflies and hummingbirds.

 

Marsh phlox (Phlox globerrima) is native to wet prairies and open woodlands and thrives in moist soil and even damp clay. The intense magenta flowers appear June to July and are a hummingbird magnet. Grow this phlox in zones four to eight.

 

The North American native tall garden phlox has long been popular with gardeners. It blooms mid-season, adding color and height to any garden bed or mixed border. Perfectly round flower clusters top each stem and come in a variety of colors from white to pink, purple, salmon and more. Grow these in full sun with moist, rich, well-drained soil.

 

The flowers of many tall phlox varieties are fragrant, attract pollinators and make great cut flowers. Remove faded flowers and provide sufficient moisture and nutrients to encourage more blooms. The Fashionably Early series of tall phlox blooms early and for a long period with rebloom in fall.

 

Grow tall phlox in full sun, provide sufficient space, and avoid overhead watering to reduce the risk of powdery mildew. Select mildew-resistant varieties like LUMINARY™, Opening Act, Sweet Summer and Super Ka-pow to reduce the risk of this disease.

 

Consider adding a variety of phlox plants to your garden this season or next. You and the pollinators will appreciate the long season of beautiful flowers, pollen, and nectar.

 

 

Melinda Myers has written more than 20 gardening books, including the recently released Midwest Gardener’s Handbook, 2nd Edition and Small Space Gardening. She hosts The Great Courses How to Grow Anything” DVD instant video series and the nationally syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment TV & radio program. Myers is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine and her website is www.MelindaMyers.com

 

 

 

Alameda County Water District Board

July 14, 2022

 

Consent Calendar:

  • Approval of minutes from June 9 board meeting and June 29 special board meeting.
  • Ratification of payment of audited demands dated June 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2022.
  • Reaffirm a State of Emergency resolution regarding the COVID-19 pandemic health and safety concerns that impact the ability for meetings to be held safely in person.
  • Approve the designation of certain products by specified brand or trade name.
  • Vacate a portion of easement and allow a quitclaim deed to NewPark Mall, LP.

 

Action Items:

  • Set an amount to be levied through property taxes for the groundwater portion of state water project contract costs for Fiscal Year 2022/23. Motion unanimously approved.
  • Approve Fiscal Year 2022/23 consolidated salary schedule and related salary schedules. Motion unanimously approved.

 

Board of Director’s Reports:

  • Director Weed attended the Association of California Water Agencies 2022 Washington D.C. Conference on July 12-14 and gave a summary.
  • Director Sethy attended the July 11 Alameda County Special Districts Association meeting and gave a summary. He also attended Association of California Water Agencies Region 1 Program and Tour in Eureka on July 7-8 and will give a detailed summary at the next board meeting.
  • Director Huang attended the June 23 City of Newark State of the City address and gave a summary.
  • Director Akbari attended the Fremont 4 of July parade and after party and gave a summary.

 

 

John Weed, President             Aye

Aziz Akbari                            Aye

James Gunther                        Aye

Judy Huang                             Aye

Paul Sethy                               Aye

 

 

 

Most major nations lag in acting on climate-fighting goals

By Seth Borenstein

Associated Press Science Writer

 

WASHINGTON (AP), July 19 — For most of the major carbon-polluting nations, promising to fight climate change is a lot easier than actually doing it. In the United States, President Joe Biden has learned that the hard way.

 

Among the 10 biggest carbon emitters, only the European Union has enacted polices close to or consistent with international goals of limiting warming to just a few more tenths of a degrees, according to scientists and experts who track climate action in countries.

 

But Europe, which was broiling through a record-smashing heat wave and hosting climate talks last week, also faces a short-term winter energy crunch, which could cause the continent to backtrack a tad and push other nations into longer, dirtier energy deals, experts said.

 

“Even if Europe meets all of its climate goals and the rest of us don't, we all lose,” said Kate Larsen, head of international energy and climate for the research firm Rhodium Group. Emissions of heat-trapping gases don't stop at national borders, nor does the extreme weather that's being felt throughout the Northern Hemisphere.

 

“It's a grim outlook. There's no getting away from it, I'm afraid,” said climate scientist Bill Hare, CEO of Climate Analytics. His group joined with the New Climate Institute to create the Climate Action Tracker, which analyzes nations' climate targets and policies compared to the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement.

 

The tracker describes as “insufficient” the policies and actions of the world's top two carbon polluters, China and the U.S., as well as Japan, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia. It calls Russia and South Korea's polices “highly insufficient,” and Iran comes in as “critically insufficient.” Hare says No. 3 emitter India “remains an enigma.”

 

“We are losing ground against ambitious goals” such as keeping global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) or 1.5 Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) since pre-industrial times, said veteran international climate negotiator Nigel Purvis of Climate Advisers. The world has already warmed 1.1 degrees (2 degrees Fahrenheit) since pre-industrial times.

 

Seven years ago, when almost all the nations of the world were preparing for what would become the Paris climate agreement, “it was all about ambition and setting ambitious targets,” Larsen said. “Now we are transitioning into a new phase that's really about implementation … I don't think the international community knows how to do implementation.”

 

Other nations and the United Nations can pressure countries to set goals, but enacting laws and rules is a tougher sell. While Europe has been successful with “a long history of implementing and ratcheting up existing policies,” Larsen said, that's not the case in the United States. The U.S. is on path to cut emissions by 24% to 35% below 2005 levels by 2030, far shy of the nation's pledge to reduce emissions by 50% to 52% in that time, according to a new analysis by Rhodium Group.

 

Biden is running low on options, said Larsen, a report co-author. Congress — specifically key Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia — is balking on the president's climate-fighting legislation, and the Supreme Court curbed power plant regulations.

 

Congressional action “was a big window of opportunity that would have allowed us to be on track to our goal,” Larsen said. A second window is available in “the suite of federal regulations that the Biden administration plans to release.”

 

“These are the two big deciders of whether the U.S. will meet its target, and one we have largely failed on. So, in that sense, it is a big miss because these opportunities don't come along very often,” Larsen said. The U.S. can get close to reaching its goal, but it's not close yet, Larsen said. Whether that happens “depends on the next three to 18 months of what the administration does.”

 

Other nations, particularly China, look at what the U.S. is doing to fight climate change and are reluctant to ratchet up their efforts if America isn't doing much, Purvis and Hare said. At the urging of activists and some Democrats, the Biden administration is considering declaring a national emergency because of climate change and using special powers to cut carbon pollution from power plants and vehicles. Calling it an emergency is not enough; what matters is the actions that follow, Purvis said.

 

Biden could put a moratorium on federal lands and water. He could reinstate a ban on U.S. oil exports. He could move up spending on wind and solar. But all are subject to a conservative Supreme Court. “The big question is where can Biden go with executive orders and how convincing is that going to be to other leaders?” Hare asked.

 

Elsewhere in the world, “the Russian energy crisis has definitely been a major setback,” Hare said. It's a short-term problem for Europe, and it's even loosened some of their rules, but “their long-term policy framework is very robust, and this might help them double down on alternative energy,” Larsen said.

 

But the panic over natural gas has other countries, specifically in Africa, jumping onto the bandwagon of liquified natural gas, which still emits carbon. The pivot to LNG has added 15% to 20% to the amount that the world uses, Hare said.

 

While there is a risk Europe might add infrastructure for natural gas that will be hard to abandon, it looks like the Russian invasion of Ukraine strengthened Europe's resolve to reduce Russia's energy influence and get off fossil fuels, Purvis said.

 

There are other places where weaning the world off carbon looks more possible. A new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency found the cost of electricity last year from onshore wind fell by 15%, offshore wind by 13% and solar panels by 13% compared to 2020. Meanwhile, electric vehicle sales in America are rising, and the time when they could hit “escape velocity” and really make a difference is on the horizon, Larsen said.

 

 

 

Fremont City Council

July 19, 2022

 

Consent Calendar:

  • Select Teresa Keng as Vice Mayor from July 2022 through March 2023.
  • Delegate authority to City Manager during Council recess July 20, 2022 – September 5, 2022.
  • Vacate water line easement at 39176 Fremont Boulevard.
  • Execute a Mutual Indemnification Agreement with Alameda County for collection of taxes and assessments for FY 2022/23.
  • Approve Capital Budget appropriation actions for various transportation projects.
  • Approve 5-year service agreement with Bay Central Printing, Inc. for photocopying and printing services for a total not to exceed $1M.
  • Approve successor memorandum of understanding with Operating Engineers, Local Union No. 3.

 

Public Communications:

  • Discussion of Fremont Draft Housing Element by Fremont for Everyone group.
  • Lack of follow-up of staff reviews and council referrals.
  • Emergency personnel residency within city.

 

Other Business:

  • Set annual rate for General Obligation Bonds Debt Service for FY 2022/23.
  • Adopt Citywide Fiber Optic Master Plan.

 

Council Communications:

  • Designate Councilmember Salwan as League of California Cities conference voting delegate.
  • Response to Councilmember Kassan referral for major road projects.

 

 

Mayor Lili Mei                                               Aye

Vice Mayor Teresa Keng, District 1              Aye

Rick Jones, District 2                                      Aye

Jenny Kassan, District 3                                 Aye

Yang Shao, District 4                                     Aye

Raj Salwan, District 5                                     Aye

Teresa Cox, District 6                                     Aye

 

 

 

San Leandro City Council Meeting

July 18, 2022

 

Recognitions:

  • Mayor's Award for Kindness given to Luella Santos, Building Futures volunteer.
  • Proclaiming July 26, 2022 as Disability Independence Day in San Leandro.
  • Proclamation Honoring Davis Street Community Center for 50 Years of Service.

 

Public Comments:

  • Local pickleball players shared the sport’s popularity and how important it is for helping the elderly and handicapped; urged city pickleball court improvements.
  • New resident requested council assistance enforcing fence limit code and view ordinance.
  • Residents requested that the newly opened mental health and suicide prevention line (988) refer callers to the city’s Community Assessment and Transport Team rather than San Leandro Police Department.
  • Resident sought plan for feral cat issue.

 

City Manager and City Attorney Reports and Comments:

  • City Manager Fran Robustelli stated that the Crosstown Multimodal Corridor Study along Bancroft Avenue and Williams Street is scheduled for completion this fall, with an open house planned for Saturday August 13; National Night Out Block Parties to bring Police and neighbors together are scheduled for Tuesday evening August 2; Police Department United for Safety event returns August 22 at the Civic Center Plaza (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) with free barbecue, information booths, activities for children and McGruff (crime dog) photo opportunities. For details on these events contact the City Manager’s Office.

 

Presentations:

  • Update provided for Project Homekey’s proposed Lewelling Shelter.
  • Many residents voiced support for the Lewelling Shelter and its Homeless Navigation Center.
  • Update provided for using American Rescue Plan Act Funds for the COVID-19 Recovery Plan and the Community Advisory Budget Task Force Recommendations.
  • Housing Element Update provided.

 

Consent Calendar:

  • Resolution to approve Amendment No. 1 to a consulting services agreement with HF&H Consultants, LLC through June 30, 2023.
  • Resolution to approve a non-professional services agreement with Bay Area Tree Specialists for high maintenance tree trimming.
  • Resolution to approve an acquisition and maintenance agreement with the City of Oakland for the MacArthur/Superior Roundabout Project.
  • Resolution to approve Amendment No. 5 to a consulting services agreement with BKF Engineers for preparation of construction-ready plans, specifications and estimates for the MacArthur/Superior Roundabout Design Project.
  • Resolution to approve a parcel map and execute a subdivision improvement agreement with the owner, subdivider and applicant for project at 2483 Washington Ave.
  • Resolution to approve a consulting services agreement with Kier & Wright Civil Engineers and Surveyors, Inc. for on-call land surveying services.
  • Resolution to approve a consulting services agreement with CSW/Stuber-Stroeh Engineering Group, Inc. for on-call civil engineering and land surveying consulting services.
  • Resolution to approve a consulting services agreement with LAZ Parking for parking enforcement services through June 30, 2025.
  • Adopt two resolutions: 1. Declaring intent to form City of San Leandro Community Facilities District No. 2022-1 (Monarch Bay Shoreline Facilities & Services) and; 2. authorize future bonded indebtedness for the proposed CFD No. 2022-1.
  • Motion to nominate Erin Ouberg as the District 1 Commissioner to the Recreation and Parks District for term ending December 31, 2022.
  • Resolution to amend the purchase and sale agreement and joint escrow instructions between the City of San Leandro and Beam Development, LLC to sell real estate property owned by the city; and real property sale.
  • Resolution to accept a non-professional services agreement with Common Vision to implement CALFire funded street tree planting and outreach from June 2022 to June 2026.

 

Items Removed from Consent Calendar:

  • Resolution opposing the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and supporting the Freedom of Choice. Motion adopted 6-0-1 (Cox, absent)

 

Public Hearings:

  • Adopt two resolutions: 1. Regarding the matter of imposing liens for non-payment of delinquent solid waste service charges, sidewalk repairs, certified unified program agency fees, code compliance and enforcement, plus administrative penalties and charges 2. Overruling protests. Motion adopted 6-0-1 (Cox, absent)

 

Action Items:

  • Motion to submit the 2023-2031 Public Review Draft Housing Element to the State Department of Housing and Community Development. Motion adopted 6-0-1. (Coz, absent)

 

City Council Reports:

  • Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter participated in Bay Area Quality Air meeting.
  • Councilmember Victor Aguilar, Jr. attended Mosquito Abatement meeting.
  • Councilmember Fred Simon toured Illinois Covenant House Navigation Center.

 

 

Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter                           Aye

Vice Mayor Pete Ballew, District 6               Aye

Deborah Cox, District 1                                  Absent

Bryan Azevedo, District 2                              Aye

Victor Aguilar, Jr., District 3                          Aye

Fred Simon, District 4                                    Aye

Corina N. Lopez, District 5                            Aye

 

 

 

BART Police Log

Submitted by Les Mensinger and BART PD

 

Saturday, July 16

  • At 9:29 a.m. a man identified by police as Brian M. Voncollenberg, 28, was detained on a train at Bay Fair station in San Leandro on suspicion of smoking. A record check showed $15,000 in warrants. He was arrested and booked at Santa Rita Jail.

 

  • At 6:51 p.m. a man identified by police as Hector Salazar, 30, of Bay Point was arrested at Bay Fair station in San Leandro on suspicion of possessing a dirk or dagger, drug paraphernalia, a controlled substance and probation violation. He was booked into Santa Rita Jail.

 

 

Sunday, July 17

  • At 1:24 a.m. a man identified by police as Andre English, 39, of San Francisco was arrested at Bay Fair station in San Leandro on suspicion of being out of compliance with sex offender registration rules, possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. He was booked into Santa Rita Jail.

 

 

Monday, July 18

  • At 3:46 p.m. a person was on the trackway just south of Hayward station and suffered a medical emergency. Arriving medical personnel pronounced the person dead at the scene; the body was taken by the coroner at 6:20 p.m. No foul play was suspected.

 

 

Wednesday, July 20

  • At 9:30 a.m. a man identified by police as David Carrozzo, 44, of Davis was arrested at South Hayward station on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia and on an outstanding warrant. He was booked at Santa Rita Jail.

 

 

Friday, July 22

  • At 12:28 a.m. a man identified by police as Jesse Toups, 29, of Louisiana was arrested at Milpitas station on suspicion of making criminal threats. He was booked into Santa Rita Jail and issued a prohibition order.

 

 

 

Police to host community barbecue

Submitted by San Leandro PD

 

A barbecue is often a good time to meet friends and neighbors and promote community togetherness and safety. That’s the idea behind a free United 4 Safety BBQ & Badges community barbecue planned by The San Leandro Police Department.

 

San Leandro residents are invited to visit the police station on E. 14th Street on Saturday, August 27 to meet and get to know police officers and other department members while enjoying a free barbecue lunch. The four-hour event starts at 10 a.m. and will include various children’s activities including a photo opportunity with McGruff the Crime Dog.

 

 

United 4 Safety BBQ & Badges

Saturday, Aug 27

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Community barbecue with police

San Leandro Police Department

901 E. 14th St., San Leandro

Email: crimeprevention@sanleandro.org

(510) 577-3228

Free

 

 

 

CHP Hayward and Castro Valley merger

Submitted by California Highway Patrol

July 15

 

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has started construction on a new, state of the art facility in Hayward, that will allow us to merge the existing Hayward Area and Castro Valley Area offices into a single office. This new facility, located at the intersection of Jackson Street and Santa Clara Street, will operate as the Hayward Area office, however it’s area of responsibility will include all areas currently covered by both the Hayward Area and the Castro Valley Area offices.

 

Combining the two offices will allow us to improve communication between jurisdictions, increase the number of officers able to respond to calls for service, and nourish community outreach across a wider range. While we understand that some residents in the Castro Valley area may be concerned when learning that their local CHP office is moving to Hayward, we want to reassure everyone that this merger will not impact CHP patrols or jurisdictions. Our responsibilities within the current Castro Valley area will remain the same. We anticipate the new office being opened in the fall of 2023.

 

Our service to our communities has remained paramount throughout the decision-making process, and we look forward to continuing to provide highest level of safety, service, and security to all communities within both the Hayward and Castro Valley Areas!

 

 

 

Fremont Police Log

Submitted by Yanneth Contrada, Fremont PD

 

Thursday, July 7

  • Officers responded to a report of a possible active auto burglary on Enterprise Street. A witnessed reported watching a live security camera feed and seeing several people that appeared to be loading items from a van into a truck. Upon arrival, officers saw one vehicle being driven away and three suspects fleeing on foot. One suspect was stopped and found to be in possession of a controlled substance. An adult suspect from San Ramon was arrested. The case is still under investigation.

 

 

Wednesday, July 6

  • Officers received report of a commercial burglary at a storage facility that likely took place between 10:00 p.m. July 4 and 6:00 a.m. July 5. Someone entered the property by using pallets to climb over a concreate wall and cut the razor wire along the top of the wall. Catalytic converters were stolen from RVs being stored on the property. It’s unclear if other items were stolen. No video surveillance footage is available. The case remains under investigation.

 

  • Officers received a report about an unknown person approaching a victim a discount warehouse. While one suspect distracted the victim, another person took the victim’s purse containing $5,000 from their shopping cart. The case is being investigating as a grand theft and remains under investigation.

 

 

Friday, July 8

  • A victim reported being approached by three unknown people in the parking lot at his apartment complex. One of the suspects was armed with a knife. The suspects demanded the victim's cell phone, which the victim gave to the suspects. The suspects returned the phone and demanded the victim's wallet. The victim told the suspects that the wallet is in the apartment. The suspects followed the victim to the apartment and waited outside, while the victim retrieved the wallet and brought it outside to the suspects. The suspects then demanded the victim's car keys. The victim went back to the apartment, locked the door, and called police. Officers responded to the area and set up a perimeter, but no suspects were located. The case remains under investigation.

 

 

Sunday, July 10

  • When officers tried to make a traffic stop near Auto Mall Parkway and Osgood Road, the driver of the vehicle sped away and immediately crashed. The driver/suspect fled on foot and was last seen running southbound on I-680. A search of the area was made, but the suspect was not located. A stolen handgun was found inside the suspect vehicle and officers were able to determine the suspect’s identity; an arrest warrant was requested.

 

 

 

East Bay getting ready for National Night Out

Staff report

 

Police, community groups and residents from numerous East Bay cities 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.

 

Now in its 38th year, National Night Out is set for Tuesday, August 2. The idea is to provide an opportunity for neighbors to hold a block party to get to know each other better and send a strong message to criminals that community residents look out for each other by reporting suspicious activity in their neighborhood. Parties can include food, games or crime prevention tips. In some cities, participants can register their party with local police who will try to stop by and offer support. Individually, people can show their support for the program by turning their porch lights on from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

 

Here is a roundup of National Night Out events from local law enforcement agencies. Citizens who want to host a party and have police representatives visit, should contact their local department.

 

  • Newark

Tuesday, Aug 2

6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Various neighborhoods

Party registration deadline: July 27

www.newark.org/departments/police/

(510) 578-4237

Free

 

 

  • Union City

Tuesday, Aug 2

4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Citywide police-hosted block party only

Union Landing Shopping Center, 32115 Union Landing Blvd., Union City

No registration necessary

www.unioncity.org/639/National-Night-Out

Email: UCPDCommunity@unioncity.org

(510) 675-5284

Free

 

 

  • Milpitas

Tuesday, Aug 2

4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Various neighborhoods

Party registration: Officer Mostafa Asefi at masefi@milpitas.gov

or Officer John Muok at jmuok@milpitas.gov.

Free

 

 

  • San Leandro

Tuesday, Aug 2

5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Various neighborhoods

Party registration: www.sanleandro.org/393/National-Night-Out

(510) 577-3228 or email crimeprevention@sanleandro.org

Free

 

 

  • Fremont

Tuesday, Aug 2

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Various neighborhoods

Party registration date is passed

(510) 790-6740

www.fremontpolice.org/NNO

Free

 

 

  • Hayward

Tuesday, Aug 2

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Various neighborhoods

Party registration date is passed

Details: www.hayward-ca.gov/nno

Free

 

To learn how National Night Out is celebrated in other communities, visit the National Association of Town Watch website at www.natw.org.

 

 

 

Newark Police Log

Submitted by Newark PD

 

Monday, June 13

  • At 2:08 p.m. officers responded to a report about an in-progress robbery in the 1000 block of NewPark Mall Road. The suspects fled before officers arrived. Taken: 50 pairs of glasses.

 

 

Thursday, June 16

  • At 12:29 a.m. officers responded to a report about a man exposing himself in the 6000 block of Peppertree Court. The suspect, a 35-year-old Newark resident, was arrested on outstanding warrants.

 

 

Saturday, June 18

  • At 3:34 p.m. Officers Adami and Taylor responded to a report about an altercation between two males in the 5000 block of St. Mark Avenue. Upon arrival, officers made contact and arrested a 30-year-old Newark man on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon (not a firearm). He was booked at Santa Rita Jail.

 

 

Sunday, June 19

  • At 5:50 p.m. officers responded to a report about an assault in the 6000 block of Truckee Court. Upon arrival, they met and later arrested a 26-year-old Newark man on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon (not a firearm). He was booked at Santa Rita Jail.
  • At 10:23 p.m. Officer Swadener responded to a report about a woman exposing herself in the 5000 block of Saint Mark Ave. The suspect, a 32-year-old Newark resident, was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication and booked at Santa Rita Jail.

 

 

Tuesday, June 21

  • At 11:30 p.m. Officer Cervantes investigated a theft of an electric bicycle in the 1000 block of NewPark Mall Road.

 

 

Saturday, June 25

  • At 1:16 p.m. Officer Frentescu investigated an overnight theft of gasoline in the 7000 block of Morton Avenue. The investigation is ongoing.

 

 

Sunday, July 3

  • At 6:39 p.m. officers conducting illegal firework enforcement were alerted of illegal fireworks in the 6000 block of Lafayette Ave. Officers obtained a search warrant and seized a large quantity of illegal fireworks. A 17-year-old male from Newark was arrested on suspicion on charges of possession and sales of illegal fireworks. He was released to his parents with a court Notice to Appear. An additional citation for Firework Social Host Ordinance violation was issued to the homeowner.

 

 

Monday, July 4

  • At 7:00 p.m. officers responded to a report of a negligent discharge of a firearm resulting in an injury in the 6000 block of Mistflower Ave. Upon arrival officers secured the firearm and provided aid to the victim before they were transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. It is believed that the gun owner was cleaning the firearm and negligently discharged the firearm.

 

 

Vehicle catalytic converter thefts:

  • June 13: 5000 block of Tenaya Ave.; June 18: 6000 block of Cedar Blvd.; June 24: 5000 block of Thornton Ave.; June 25: 37000 block of Cherry St.; June 28: 8000 block of Peachtree Ave.; July 4: 6000 block of Cedar Blvd., and the area of Dragonfly Street and Tule Elk Way.

 

 

 

Man arrested in shooting of Northern California officer

Associated Press

 

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP), July 18 — A central California man has been arrested on suspicion of shooting and wounding a San Francisco Bay Area police officer during a traffic stop on Saturday, July 16, authorities said.

 

Jeffrey Choy, 33, of Stockton, was arrested Sunday, July 17 by U.S. Marshals agents and Mountain View police officers after a short foot pursuit in Fremont, the Mountain View Police Department said in a statement.

 

Officials said the officer, whose name has not been released, had pulled over Choy while conducting DUI enforcement on July 16 in Mountain View. As the officer approached Choy's vehicle, he pulled out a gun and shot the officer in the torso and drove away, crashing his car a short distance later and fleeing on foot, police said. The officer was taken to a hospital where he was treated and later released, authorities said.

 

Officials arrested Choy the next day in Fremont after a brief foot pursuit. He faces attempted murder of a peace officer charges, the department said. It was not immediately known if Choy had retained an attorney who can speak on his behalf.

 

More than a dozen local, state and federal law enforcement agencies helped in the search and arrest of Choy, officials said. “To say that I am proud of the around-the-clock work our teams did to find the man responsible for wounding our officer is an understatement,” Mountain View Police Chief Chris Hsiung said in a statement.

 

 

 

Letter to the Editor

 

 

 

 

Retirees are uncomfortable with 40-year high inflation

 

This letter is a true picture and represents what is actually happening with all 65 million American retirees receiving social security benefits. And of course, they are not comfortable with 40-year high inflation in the United States as announced at 9.1%,  the largest annual increase since Nov. 1981.

 

We have noticed the 5.9% increase in social security cost of living adjustment (COLA) in 2022 which was the largest increase since the 7.4% hike in 1982. But inflation in the current year (2022) has only continued to accelerate, and it seems all but inevitable at this point that cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2023 will be even larger. Analysts predict the bump could be as high as 8.6% if current inflationary trends continue.

 

On the one hand, it could be bad news for others, and on the flip side, a higher COLA for 2023 may force higher income earners to pay more for Medicare part B & part D benefits. Also, lower-income beneficiaries may see cuts to income-related benefits as their monthly payments increase.

 

All of this means retirees won't have extra money, despite a huge benefit increase. However, they will buy the same amount of goods and services or less if inflation continues to increase after the COLA is calculated for the year. 

 

Retirees should be aware of the big raise that's coming so they aren't shocked by it – and should make sure to think about the impact of such high inflation on their overall financial picture.

 

Zafar Yousufzai

Fremont

 

 

 

Honor Roll

 

Georgia Institute of Technology

Spring 2022 Faculty Honors

  • Karthik Varadharajan of Fremont
  • Vivek Vijaykumar of Fremont

 

Rochester Institute of Technology

Spring 2021-2022 graduates

  • Roshni Rajesh Wadhwa of Milpitas
  • Amanda Bui of Fremont
  • Apeksha Bamniya of Milpitas
  • Tejal Shanbhag of Fremont
  • Ravi Pola Shiva Shankar of Milpitas
  • Salman Khan of Milpitas

 

 

 

Congratulations, graduates!

Submitted by City of Fremont

 

Officials from the City of Fremont’s Senior Peer Counselor program recently welcomed seven new volunteers who recently graduated from a training class and soon will join the program as Senior Peer Counselors.

 

The newest graduates are:

  • Janet Quilici
  • Aditie Panda
  • Noorein Inamdar
  • Beth Newell
  • Pai Chie Chen Chow
  • Thomas Tran
  • Thom Hoffman

 

The program was developed in 1989 by the city’s Human Services Department to address the emotional needs of older adults residing in the Tri-City area. Since its inception, Senior Peer Counselors have provided emotional support to hundreds of residents.

 

“We are extremely grateful to our senior volunteers, members of this Senior Peer Counselor graduation class. They have committed their time, energy and life experiences to the ideal that all seniors should live happy and productive lives,” said Ahmad Tarin, Senior Peer Counselor Program Coordinator. “Without their commitment and individual talents, our program could not exist.”

 

Anyone with questions about the program, or who would like information about services for older adults in the Tri-City area can call the Senior Infoline at (510) 574-2041.

 

 

 

Fremont LEAF, Daily Bowl and Daylight Foods win StopWaste awards

Submitted by StopWaste staff

 

At a recent recognition event, Alameda County public agency StopWaste celebrated the recipients of the 2022 StopWaste Efficiency Awards, given for outstanding achievements in waste reduction, community engagement, and environmental stewardship. Among this year’s winners are local nonprofit Local Ecology and Agriculture Fremont (LEAF); as well as Daily Bowl, a non-profit food recovery service, and Daylight Foods, a fresh food distributor, both located in Union City. In addition to resource efficiency through reuse, recycling, composting, and waste prevention, each of these organizations excels at building partnerships in the community.

 

Fremont LEAF was awarded for Excellence in Community Engagement. Founded in 2008, the organization builds community through activities focused on sustainable living. LEAF manages both a community garden and a food garden where residents learn about composting and organic agriculture; attend workshops on beekeeping, plastic waste reduction and other hands-on topics; and contribute to growing produce and seedlings for donation. “Last year we grew and donated over 6,000 pounds of produce to local food pantries,” says LEAF President Elaine Owyang. LEAF also manages a Glean Campaign to rescue backyard fruit and engages community members and organizations in City of Fremont’s annual Go Green Earth Day event.

 

Daily Bowl and Daylight Foods won an Award for Excellence in Food Recovery Collaboration.

The two Union City-based organizations have partnered to recover surplus edible food to feed people for nearly three years. Daily Bowl collects Daylight Foods’ surplus perishables on a regular basis and distributes them to agencies and nonprofits who share the rescued food with local families in need. This is harder than it sounds, as produce orders are often canceled at short notice, or there’s perishable food left over that can’t be sold quickly at a discount. That’s where the two organizations’ collaboration comes in. “Working together, we’ve developed a reliable but flexible process that minimizes waste and maximizes community benefits,” says Paddy Iyer, Daily Bowl’s Executive Director. In 2021 alone, the partnership rescued 124,158 pounds of produce, dairy, prepared foods, and other perishables.

 

With such community connections, it is no surprise that Fremont LEAF and Daily Bowl had crossed paths prior to the award event. Owyang and Iyer met at a StopWaste event, and when LEAF needed a new food recovery partner to distribute produce from their garden, Daily Bowl connected them with Centro de Servicios in Union City, to whom LEAF has donated produce ever since.

 

Learn more about the award winners at www.StopWaste.org/BEA.

 

 

 

Cal State East Bay Women's Volleyball receives academic award

Submitted by CSUEB Athletic Communications

 

On Monday, July 18, United States Marine Corps (USMC) and American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced its 2021-22 USMC/AVCA Team Academic Awards. Among more than 1,200 teams total (collegiate and high school), and 147 NCAA Division II women's volleyball programs, Cal State East Bay, under the direction of head coach Kim Lambert, received the honor for success in the classroom during the 2021-22 academic year.

 

The Pioneers' program garnered the AVCA Team Academic Award for the fifth time as NCAA Division II members. The award commenced in 1992-93 and is celebrating its 30th academic year in 2021-22.

 

Among the 1,200-plus programs to be honored are men's and women's volleyball programs in all NCAA Divisions, NAIA, two-year colleges, NCCAA, USCAA, high school boys’ and girls’ volleyball and beach volleyball.

 

For a program to be recognized for the USMC/AVCA Team Academic Award, the team must maintain a grade point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale (4.1 on a 5.0 scale) during the specific academic year.

 

 

 

2022 East Bay Swim League Championships

By Angela Xiong

 

On July 22-23, the 46th Annual East Bay Swim League Championship (EBSL) took place at Chabot College in Hayward. The decision to split the meet into two days, with ages 13-18 swimmers competing the first day, and ages 12 and under swimmers competing the second day, was made in order to provide an additional safety measure, accommodating ongoing COVID-19 concerns. Following a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 46th EBSL Championship meet kicked off stronger than ever with 11 local Bay Area teams competing for the title of League Champion.

 

The meet started off with Medley Relays followed shortly by a variety of swim events including 50-yard Backstroke, 25-yard Breaststroke, 200-yard freestyle, and more. Over the course of both meet days, onlookers gathered around the pool’s perimeter during each event, consistently cheering the swimmers on – promoting a positive meet environment.

 

Since its establishment thirty years ago, the ESBL has been dedicated to providing young swimmers with the opportunity for summer recreational swimming competitions in order to foster sportsmanship, team spirit, and cooperation within the sport of swimming. In the 2022 EBSL Championship meet, this mission was accomplished through the supportive and educational emphasis promoted by coaches, friends and family members. Not only has splitting the meet between two days provide increased COVID-19 safety, but it also allowed the swimmers to receive more individual attention, the younger swimmers g benefiting from this championship meet format. In the end, the Newark Bluefins emerged victorious in first place, followed by the Mission Valley Barracudas, and the Chabot Marlins.

 

Reflecting on the 2022 EBSL Championship Meet, Co-meet Director Patrick Ryken shared, “Swimming is such a life-long skill [and] to see young swimmers develop the skills and grow into strong competitive swimmers going into middle school and high school ages is really special.”

 

 

 

Comic-Con returns in full force with costumes, crowds

AP Wire Service

Jul 21

 

SAN DIEGO (AP) – The pop culture extravaganza that is Comic-Con International is back to its old extravagance. Stars, cosplayers and hordes of fans are filling the San Diego Convention Center in full force for the first time since 2019. Here's a look at this year's version of the four day festival.

 

COMIC-CROWDS

 

The pandemic necessitated virtual versions of Comic-Con in the summers of 2020 and 2021, and a scaled-back in-person version in November, but none were anything like the usual spectacle, with lovers of all things geeky descending from around the globe and arena-sized panels on films and TV shows that resemble sporting events.

 

It's not clear whether the convention will draw the estimated 135,000 people who flooded San Diego before the pandemic.

 

But thousands of fans came in droves on Thursday for the convention's first day. As required, nearly all wore masks – the protective kind, not the super-villain kind, though there were plenty of those too – and the excitement amid the crowd was palpable.

 

“Everybody's just been cooped up for a while, and they've been anticipating this,” said Minneapolis resident Dinh Truong, 34, who came to Comic-Con for the second time and attended Wednesday's preview night. “It's nice just to see everybody in the same atmosphere. I'm excited to see the program, see what's going on, see everybody cosplaying and all that, and just getting back to what we used to be.”

 

COMIC-COSPLAY

 

It's likely no one has missed the in-person convention more than the captains, queens and connoisseurs of cosplay. Comic-Con is their Met Gala, and no getup is too elaborate.

 

Lorelei McKelvey, 54, who is from San Diego but now lives in Yokosuka, Japan, was dressed as Captain Carter, Captain America's British, World War II-era counterpart.

 

“I had to do one that I could authentically replicate,“ McKelvey said. “I went and did my research and found out what were the authentic British officer leathers worn in World War II, and I found manufacturers to actually make those leathers.”

 

She walked the Convention Center floor in real-as-possible officer cavalry boots and Royal Air Force gauntlets, and carried a 5-pound steel shield.

 

McKelvey came to Comic-Con and worked a booth for 20 straight years. This is her first time coming as a cosplayer, and her second time coming as a trans woman, and she's excited to be reunited with the cherished friends she's made here.

 

“My last convention is the first time they've seen me as Lorelei,” McKelvey said. “This is their first time to see me four years later and to see how much I've grown since then.”

 

Others wandered the halls as “Star Wars” Stormtroopers, the Mandalorian, Wonder Woman, Thor and Sailor Moon. Chuckie from “Child's Play” emerged from one cosplayer's stomach.

 

COMIC-COMING ATTRACTIONS

 

Comic-Con makes most of its news as a venue to show off trailers and footage from forthcoming films and TV shows during star-studded mega-panels held in Hall H, which holds some 6,000 people. Announced panels include Warner Bros. and the DC Universe's “Black Adam.“ It will include Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who plays the titular antihero, director Jaume Collet-Serra, and the stars playing Hawkman, Dr. Fate, and other members of the Justice Society.

 

“Get ready, because the hype is real,“ Johnson said in pro-wrestler promo mode on Instagram earlier this month. “Guess who's coming to town, the most electrifying man in all the DC Universe.”

 

Warner Bros. will also provide a preview of “Shazam: Fury of the Gods.”

 

Marvel may hold back its best material for Disney's forthcoming D23 Expo, but is expected to tease its next film, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” and the Disney+ TV series “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.”

 

A pair of much-anticipated fantasy prequels will also give fans a taste of their worlds. A new trailer dropped Wednesday in advance of a panel from HBO Max that will show off the “Game of Thrones” spinoff “House of the Dragon,” set 200 years before the original series.

 

Amazon is going back in time 2000 years for “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power,“ a tale of the emergence of evil among the elves long before Frodo and Bilbo walked Middle Earth. Their panel this year comes 21 years after director Peter Jackson presented footage from the first of the original films at Comic-Con.

 

 

 

Netflix to rely on Microsoft for its ad-backed video service

By Michael Liedtke

Associated Press Technology Writer

 

SAN FRANCISCO (AP), July 13 — Netflix has picked Microsoft to help deliver the commercials in a cheaper version of its video streaming service expected to launch later this year with a pledge to minimize the intrusions into personal privacy that often accompany digital ads.

 

The alliance, announced July 13, marks a major step toward Netflix's first foray into advertising after steadfastly refusing to include commercials in its video streaming service since its inception 15 years ago. Netflix announced it would abandon its resistance to ads three months ago after disclosing it had lost 200,000 subscribers during the first three months of the year amid stiffer competition and rising inflation that has pressured household budgets, causing management to realize the time had come for a less expensive option.

 

Netflix has warned it will likely report even larger subscriber losses for the April-June period, increasing the urgency to roll out a cheaper version of its service backed by ads to help reverse customer erosion. That decline has contributed to a 70% decline in its stock price so far this year, wiped out in about $190 billion in shareholder wealth and triggered hundreds of layoffs.

 

The Los Gatos, California, company is scheduled to release its April-June numbers on July 19, but still hasn't specified when its ad-supported option will be available except it will roll out before 2023. Netflix's announcement about the Microsoft partnership also omitted a crucial piece of information: the anticipated price of the ad-supported option.

 

“It's very early days and we have much to work through,” Greg Peters, Netflix's chief operating officer, said in a post that also highlighted Microsoft's “strong privacy protections.”

 

Landing the ad deal with a video streaming service that boasts more than 220 million subscribers represents a major coup for Microsoft, which has been engaged in a long-running and often acrimonious battle for the past 20 years with Google, the dominant force in digital advertising. “This deal gives Microsoft something its growing ad business has lacked — quality streaming video inventory that has potential to scale” said Insider Intelligence analyst Ross Benes.

 

Mikhail Parakhin, Microsoft's president of web experiences, said the Redmond, Washington, company is “thrilled” with Netflix's choice in a post that also underscored the company's commitment to privacy.

 

While Microsoft still makes software that powers most of the world's personal computers, Google has become increasingly powerful through its dominant search engine, ubiquitous Android software for smartphones and other popular digital services that last year generated more than $200 billion in ad revenue — far more than any other marketing network.

 

But Google ad sales depend heavily on the personal information that its mostly free services collect about their billions of worldwide users, a form of surveillance that Netflix evidently wants to avoid with the commercial interruptions in its video service to lessen the chances of alienating subscribers. Google also owns YouTube's video site, which already competes against Netflix for people's attention and will soon be an advertising rival, too.

 

Microsoft also may have had another factor working in its favor. Netflix Inc.'s co-founder and co-CEO, Reed Hastings, served on Microsoft Corp.'s board of directors from 2007 to 2012.

 

 

 

Tesla 2Q profit drops from 1Q, but company beats estimates

By Tom Krisher

AP Auto Writer

 

DETROIT (AP), Jul 20 _ Tesla's second-quarter profit fell 32% from record levels in the first quarter as supply chain issues and pandemic lockdowns in China slowed production of its electric vehicles.

 

But the Austin, Texas, company still surprised Wall Street with a $2.26 billion net profit for the quarter. Tesla stuck with a prediction of 50% annual vehicle sales growth over the next few years, but said that depends on the supply chain, equipment capacity and other issues.

 

The company made a record $3.32 billion in this year's first quarter.

 

Tesla's sales from April through June fell to 254,000 vehicles, their lowest quarterly level since last fall. But the company predicted record-breaking production in the second half and said that in June it had the highest production month in its history.

 

Industry analysts had been expecting lower earnings after the lower sales figures and tweets by CEO Elon Musk about laying off 10% of the company's work force due to fears of a recession. In an interview, Musk described new factories in Austin and Berlin as “money furnaces” that were losing billions of dollars because supply chain breakdowns were limiting the number of cars they can produce.

 

But Tesla exceeded Wall Street expectations from April through June with adjusted earnings of $2.27 per share. Analysts polled by FactSet expected $1.81. Revenue was $16.93 billion, beating estimates of $16.54 billion.

 

Wedbush analyst Dan Ives said the company's results were “better than feared” for the quarter. The reiteration of the 50% annual sales growth will make bullish investors happy, he wrote in an email.

 

Tesla shares rose slightly in extended trading Wednesday to $745.23.

 

The company said it converted 75% of its bitcoin investment to government currency during the quarter, adding $936 million in cash to its balance sheet. It spent $1.5 billion on the investment last year, but it was unclear how much it has lost. Analysts say it is in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

 

The price of bitcoin has fallen about 50% so far this year.

 

 

 

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CONTINUING EVENTS:

 

Monday – Saturday, July 1 – July 31

Sunrise and Sunset

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Reception: Sat. July 9, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Watercolor/pastel paintings by Robin Scholl

Portola Art Gallery

Allied Arts Guild

75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park

www.portolaartgallery.com

 

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

www.sungallery.org

 

Tuesday – Saturday, July 26 – July 30

Bissell Empty the Shelters$

1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Bring photo ID and proof of address

Hayward Animal Shelter

16 Barnes Ct., Hayward

www.haywardanimals.org

 

Wednesdays

San Lorenzo Street Eats

5 p.m. – 9 pm.

1062 Grant Ave., San Lorenzo

www.thefoodtruckmafia.com

 

Thursdays

Newark Street Eats

5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

6430 Thornton Ave., Newark

www.thefoodtruckmafia.com

 

First Thursdays

Plethos Comedy Lab $

8 p.m.

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

Tickets: $10

Castro Valley Marketplace Lab 200

3295 Castro Valley Blvd, Castro Valley

https://plethos.org/

 

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 beautiful Patterson House Museum

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont

www.ebparks.org

(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

www.ebparks.org

(888) 327-2757

 

Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays

Ride the Rails

10:20 a.m. – 2:55 p.m.

Travel back in time on the train through the eucalyptus groves

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont

www.ebparks.org

(888) 327-2757

 

Friday, July 15 – Sunday, July 31

Picasso at the Lapin Agile $

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

Steve Martin comedy imagines a meeting between Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein

Chanticleers Theater

3683 Quail Ave., Castro Valley

(510-733-5483)

https://chanticleers.org

$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

www.slplayers.org

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

 

Friday July 29 – Sunday July 31

626 Night Market $

Fri., 3 p.m. – 11 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 1 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Food, crafts, arts, games, music, entertainment attractions

Alameda County Fairgrounds

Enter Gate 8 or 12 off Valley Ave., Pleasanton

626nightmarket.com

 

Friday July 29 – Sunday, August 6 (no show 8/1 and 8/2)

Les Miserables: School Edition $

8 p.m.

Epic story of adversity, love, and redemption

Outdoor Amphitheater at Ohlone College

43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont

StarStruckTheatre.org

(510) 659-1319

 

Fridays

Fremont Street Eats

5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

3500 Capitol Ave., Fremont

www.thefoodtruckmafia.com

 

First Fridays at Chabot Space $

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Hands-on activities, workshops, and performances from community partners

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

Chabot Space and Science Center

10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland

https://chabotspace.org/

 

Third Saturdays

Investigating Space $

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Discuss big topics in exploring space with researchers and scientists

(Included with admission)

Chabot Space and Science Center

10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland

https://chabotspace.org/

 

Saturdays

Laugh Track City

8 p.m.

Improvised games and scenes based on audience suggestions (please show proof of vaccination)

Made Up Theatre

4000 Bay St., Ste B, Fremont

(510) 573-3633

madeuptheatre.com

Tickets: $15

 

Saturdays, July 2 – August 27

Bubbleworks

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

 

Saturdays – Sundays

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

www.ebparks.org

 

Saturdays – Sundays

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

www.ebparks.org

 

 

UPCOMING

 

Tuesday, July 26

Age Well, Drive Smart R

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Aging and its effects on safe driving, maintaining good physical health. 65+

Age Well Center at Lake Elizabeth

40086 Paseo Padre Pkwy., Fremont

http://bit.ly/agewellclass

 

Tuesday, July 26

Soothing Negative Symptoms R

9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m.

Learn how to develop a way to relieve stress and sadness

Age Well Center at South Fremont

47111 Mission Falls Ct., Fremont

http://bit.ly/agewellclass

 

Tuesday, July 26

Community Forum on Anti-Asian Hate R

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Panelist speakers, resource fair

Washington West Anderson Auditorium

2500 Mowry Ave., Fremont

whhs.com/events

 

Wednesday, July 27

Ikebana Workshop R

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Japanese flower arranging, bring hand pruners and frog (flower holder)

Fremont Main Library

2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont

https://aclibrary.bibliocommons.com

 

Thursday, July 28

Hey Jude R

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy listening to 60’s and 70’s music in an outdoor setting

Castro Valley Library

3600 Norbridge Ave., Castro Valley

www.aclibrary.org

 

Friday, July 29

Community Movie Night

6:30 p.m.

Bring your family and friends to see Encanto

Echo Church Fremont Crossroads

41386 Fremont Blvd., Fremont

(510) 651-0301

Echo.church/connect

 

Saturday, July 30

Wonderful Wool

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Learn how to make wooly wonders

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont

www.ebparks.org

(888) 327-2757

 

Saturday, July 30

Meet the Chickens

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Discover why they like to scratch and peck at the ground

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont

www.ebparks.org

(888) 327-2757

 

Saturday, July 30

Victorian Table Top Games

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Play games of days gone by

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont

www.ebparks.org

(888) 327-2757

 

Saturday, July 30

Campfire Program

8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Songs, games, activities with “The East Bay ROCKS” theme. Ages 5+

Dumbarton Quarry Campground

9400 Quarry Rd., Fremont

www.ebparks.org

 

Saturday, July 30

Ohlone Cultures Info Table $

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Learn about the rich cultural history of the Ohlone people. Ages 5+

Sunol Regional Wilderness Visitor Center

1895 Geary Rd., Sunol

Parking $5

www.ebparks.org

 

Saturday, July 30

First Time Home Buyer Workshop R

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Learn how to create a budget, repair credit, shop for a lender

Online meeting

www.echofairhousing.org

 

Saturday, July 30

Community Closet

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Free women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing (donations accepted!)

Studio 11

34626 11th St., Union City

(510) 675-5445

unioncity.org

 

Saturday, July 30

Walking Tour of Niles $

11 a.m.

Find out what happened in Niles 100 years ago

Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum

37417 Niles Blvd., Fremont

www.nilesfilmmuseum.org

(510) 494-1411

 

Saturday, July 30

Bronco Billy & Friends Silent Film Festival $

12:45 p.m.

Johnny Crawford Remembrance

Clips of his Rifleman shows, interview with his siblings

3 p.m.

Tribute to Diana Serra Cary/Baby Peggy

“Circus Clowns”, “Carmen, Jr., “Peg o’ the Mounted”, “Happy Birthday, Baby Peggy”, “Miles of Smiles”

7 p.m.

Buster Keaton in “Seven Chances”

Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum

37417 Niles Blvd., Fremont

www.nilesfilmmuseum.org

(510) 494-1411

 

Sunday, July 31

Bronco Billy & Friends Silent Film Festival $

11 a.m.

Classic silent westerns, “Exploits of Elaine”, “Tools of Providence”, “The Leap from the Water Tower”, “The Man from Tia Juana”

Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum

37417 Niles Blvd., Fremont

www.nilesfilmmuseum.org

(510) 494-1411

 

Sunday, July 31

Farm Discovery Table

11:30 a.m. – 12: 30 p.m.

Explore artifacts, get hands-on with historic tools

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont

www.ebparks.org

(888) 327-2757

 

Sunday, July 31

Wheat Harvesting

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Help mill grain into stone-ground flour

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont

www.ebparks.org

(888) 327-2757

 

Sunday, July 31

Pokean: Make a Native American Game

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Using cornhusks and feathers, make your own hacky sack type game

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont

www.ebparks.org

(888) 327-2757

 

Sunday, July 31

Nature Stories $

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Story and activity about animal ears. Ages 4-10

Sunol Regional Wilderness Visitor Center

1895 Geary Rd., Sunol

Parking $5

www.ebparks.org

 

Sunday, July 31

Snake Talk $

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Meet the animal ambassador gopher snake. Ages 2+

Sunol Regional Wilderness Visitor Center

1895 Geary Rd., Sunol

Parking $5

www.ebparks.org

 

Tuesday, August 2

Brain Health Talk Series: What is Normal and Abnormal Brain Aging? R

1:30 p.m.

Latest research on healthy aging

Family Resource Center – Pacific Room

39115 Liberty St., Fremont

city.fremont.gov/awcclasses

 

 

 

Summer Outdoor Movie Nights & Concerts

 

Free Outdoor Movies

8 p.m.

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

 

Sing 2

Saturday, July 22

Kennedy Park

19501 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward

 

Luca

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

 

HaywardRec.org

 

 

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

 

Sing 2

Friday, July 29

8:30 p.m.

Foothill Park, Milpitas

Summer Concerts

 

 

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

www.sanleandro.org/377/Recreation-Human-Services

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

www.newark.org

 

 

Fremont Summer Concert Series

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

 

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

RegeRec@fremont.gov

 

 

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: 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

www.worldfamousturfclubca.com

 

 

Russell City Awareness Blues Series

2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

 

July 23 – Salute to Russell City Blues Women

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

 

Heritage Plaza

888 C St., Hayward

OR

Hayward City Hall Plaza

777 B St., Hayward

www.westcoastbluessociety.org

 

 

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

www.haywardlodge.org

 

 

150 Minutes of Music and Light

Thursday, August 11

Food trucks: 5:30 p.m.

Band begins: 6:30 p.m.

Hella Fitzgerald concert, food trucks, light show sponsored by Pinnacle. Bring a lawn chair.

Marina Park

14001 Monarch Bay Dr., San Leandro

SanLeandro.org/150