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Facebook tech chief to step down
By Barbara Ortutay
Associated Press Technology Writer

Facebook's Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer is stepping down from the social media company, taking on a part-time role while longtime executive Andrew Bosworth will replace him next year.

Schroepfer, known as “Schrep,” has been at Facebook for 13 years and is a close friend of CEO Mark Zuckerberg. He called his decision difficult “because of how much I love Facebook and how excited I am about the future we are building together” but added that his new role will let him focus on personal and philanthropic efforts while staying connected to Facebook. The transition will happen sometime in 2022.

Bosworth, known as “Boz,” is another longtime Facebook exec and a close friend of Zuckerberg's. He has most recently been in charge of Facebook's augmented reality and virtual reality efforts, as well as hardware products such as Oculus and Portal, Facebook's video calling gadget.

“As our next CTO, Boz will continue leading Facebook Reality Labs and overseeing our work in augmented reality, virtual reality and more, and as part of this transition a few other groups will join Boz's team as well,” Zuckerberg wrote in a memo to Facebook staff that was posted online. “This is all foundational to our broader efforts helping to build the metaverse, and I'm excited about the future of this work under Boz's leadership.”

Schroepfer's transition comes amid relentless challenges for Facebook that have ranged from concerns about extremism, vaccine and election-related misinformation spreading on its platforms, regulatory pressure on competition, antitrust issues and user privacy among other issues.

Another longtime executive, Fidji Simo, left Facebook over the summer to become CEO of Instacart.

Top utility regulator overseeing PG&E resigns
Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP), Sept. 28 — California's top utility regulator announced Sept. 28 she'll step down at the end of the year, leaving Gov. Gavin Newsom searching for new leadership as the state continues to grapple with devastating wildfires and the threat of power blackouts.

Marybel Batjer announced her resignation in an email to staff at the California Public Utilities Commission. Newsom, a Democrat, appointed her to the job in 2019 as Pacific Gas & Electric was in bankruptcy proceedings, and her term was set to run through the end of 2026. She did not provide a reason for her early departure, saying in her message that it was a difficult decision “in the face of a changing climate and global pandemic.”

The CPUC is one of the most important regulatory bodies in the state, particularly as California deals with devastating wildfires sparked by utility equipment and the increasing use of intentional power shutoffs to prevent equipment from sparking further fires. Beyond electric utilities, the commission oversees telecommunications, water, rail, and transportation companies such as Uber and Lyft.

Pacific Gas & Electric Co., the state's largest investor-owned utility, filed for bankruptcy in 2019 and much of Batjer's tenure has focused on stepping up oversight of the troubled utility. The company pleaded guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter related to the 2018 Camp Fire that wiped out most of Paradise and was sparked by its equipment. It also faces numerous criminal charges for fires caused by its fraying equipment, including four charges of manslaughter charged last week.

The CPUC approved a plan in 2020 for the utility to exit bankruptcy that included greater oversight. In April, the commission said the company was falling short on vegetation management and required it to begin submitting corrective action reports every 90 days. PG&E has filed paperwork indicating its equipment may be responsible for the massive Dixie Fire, which sparked this summer.

The utility also remains under the supervision of a federal judge who is overseeing PG&E's criminal probation for a felony conviction after the utility's gas lines blew up part of a suburban neighborhood in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2010.

The CPUC has faced criticism for being too lax with the utilities it regulates. The Center for Biological Diversity criticized Batjer on September 28 for failing to hold utilities accountable and not doing enough to help the state transition to renewable energy.

“Batjer's departure is an opportunity to appoint a utility regulator who will actually hold PG&E and other utilities accountable for their dirty energy choices and grid failures,” Jean Su, director of the center's Energy Justice Program, said in a statement.

Batjer is one of five commissioners. She was previously head of the Government Operations Agency under Newsom and former Gov. Jerry Brown. Newsom also tasked her with modernizing the Department of Motor Vehicles as it faced long lines and errors in the state's automatic voter registration system.

She was previously a cabinet secretary to then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and undersecretary of the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency. She also worked in Nevada state government and for Caesars Entertainment Inc.

Newsom will appoint a new commission president who must be confirmed by the state Legislature. His office said he'll decide on a replacement by the end of the year.

International day of peace
By Dennis Waespi, Board of Directors

With peace messages, music, art and a lakeside walk, several hundred people enjoyed a multicultural celebration of the United Nations International Day of Peace on Saturday, September 18 at Lake Chabot Regional Park in Castro Valley. I was honored and privileged to serve as the master of ceremonies.

The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. It was conceived as a way for the world to observe 24 hours of nonviolence and ceasefire, and to celebrate peace by spreading compassion, kindness and hope.

East Bay Regional Park District has observed it annually in recent years, since in all its activities and programs the district tries to bring to practice the principles of community cooperation, environmental preservation and intercultural understanding.

Partners in this year’s observance were the Eden Area Interfaith Council, Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center, and the UNA/USA East Bay Chapter.

The opening speaker was Monica Arellano, vice chairwoman of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area, who welcomed the audience to the Ohlone’s ancestral and present homeland.

Other speakers included several students from the Freedom Center, Bishop Robert of the Interfaith Council, and Melinda Howard-Herrarte of the United Nations Association.

Musicians Kokou Katamani and Bruce Burger performed, and children from Bahai Castro Valley sang a peace song.

The program culminated with unveiling and dedication of a Peace Pole that has been erected next to the lawn at the Lake Chabot boat marina.

The message “May Peace Prevail on Earth,” is inscribed on the pole in multiple languages.

The peace pole movement was started in 1955 by Japanese philosopher Masahisa Goi in response to the devastation of World War II. Lake Chabot’s new peace pole joins some 250,000 Peace Poles that have been erected worldwide.

If you visit Lake Chabot to see the Peace Pole, I recommend a very pretty walk afterwards out of the East Shore Trail for as far as you wish to go. More than a dozen people joined me on that walk after the Day of Peace celebration.

It’s paved and mostly flat, with beautiful views of the lake and its abundant bird life. You might even see an eagle; there’s a nesting pair in the eucalyptus groves overlooking the lake.

Right next to the Peace Pole is a group of exercise machines to help you stay fit. Or you can rent a boat at the marina and go for a paddle or row. The marina has a snack bar, too. If you bring your own food, there are lots of picnic tables and barbecue stands.

For anglers, the lake is stocked periodically with trout and catfish. State fishing license regulations apply.

One thing you can’t do is swim, though. East Bay Municipal Utility District reserves Lake Chabot as a backup water supply.

The entrance to Lake Chabot is on Lake Chabot Road just north of Castro Valley. There’s a parking fee of $5 per vehicle. It’s a great place to relax in natural surroundings, just a short distance from the bustle of urban life.

Park It
By Ned MacKay

Autumn with its cooler weather is a great time for hiking in regional parks and other public lands, and the park district has lots of enjoyable naturalist-led walks on the schedule. Here are some options:

“Morningtide Walks” is a series of tidal marsh explorations the second Saturday of each month with naturalist Virginia Delgado. There’s a walk from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on October 9 at Bay Point Regional Shoreline. The hike is free, but registration is required. For registration and information, call (888) 327-2757 and select option 2.

“Saturday Strolls” are another hiking series. Join a naturalist for a moderate, 3¼ -mile hike from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 9 at Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve in Oakland. There’s no bubbling lava, but Sibley does show geologic evidence of a volcano that was active in the Oakland hills 10 million years ago.

The hike is free of charge and registration is not necessary. The Park entrance is on Skyline Boulevard a short distance south of the intersection with Grizzly Peak Boulevard. For information, call (510) 544-3187.

It’s more of a telescope-assisted hike through the heavens, but astronomy buffs will enjoy a skywalk hosted by park district naturalist Alex Collins and Tri-Valley Stargazers from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 9 at the Arroyo Road staging area of Del Valle Regional Park. The group will have telescopes set up for viewing of constellations, star clusters, nebulae and more. Bring blankets, flashlights, and dress in layers.

The Arroyo Road staging area is at the end of Arroyo Road, which is reached via South L Street in downtown Livermore. The program is free of charge and registration is not required.

As mentioned in the previous column, autumn is the annual tarantula mating season. For suggestions on where to try to find tarantulas at Del Valle on your own, email DVvisit@ebparks.org.

Another hiking opportunity is Over-the-hills Gang, an informal group of hikers 55 years and older who enjoy nature study, history, fitness and fun.

Naturalist Trail Gail Broesder will lead the group on a hike from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 12 starting at Marina Bay Park in Richmond. Bring water, a snack, and sunscreen. The group will follow CDC guidelines, so please also bring a mask.

The hike is free of charge and registration is not necessary. For information and directions, call (510) 544-2233.

This is just a sampling of upcoming activities scheduled at the regional parks. For a full list, visit the park district website, www.ebparks.org.

While we’re on the topic of hiking, a few safety tips are in order for anyone visiting the regional parks and other public lands, whether hiking, bicycling or horseback riding.
• It’s best to go with a friend or a group. The parks are safe, but if you’re with a friend, there’s help if you become injured.
• If you do go alone, tell someone responsible where you are going and when you expect to return. Better yet, describe your specific trail route and stick to it. And remember to check back in when you return.
• Take along a map of the park. You can download a map at the park district website, www.ebparks.org. Free maps are also usually available at the information panels at park trailheads.
• Check the weather and dress in layers. Especially in the fall and winter, conditions can change suddenly. If it turns cold and wet, you can’t put on extra clothing that you didn’t bring along.
• The Park district still recommends carrying a mask and maintaining social distancing. We’re not out of the woods yet, COVID-wise.
• Bring water and a snack. Once you are past the trailheads and picnic areas, there aren’t any drinking fountains. And don’t forget some water for your dog. A one-gallon Ziploc bag makes a good drinking bowl for Fido.
• In an emergency, call 9-1-1. There’s also a direct emergency number to the park district’s police and fire dispatcher: (510) 881-1121.

These precautions will assure a safe and enjoyable visit to the parklands. Happy trails!

News and notes from around the world
Submitted by The Association of Mature American Citizens

Oldest living identical twins
A lot happened in 1913. It was the year that the Federal income tax law was ratified, the year that gave us the first box of Cracker Jacks containing a prize and the year that Woodrow Wilson was inaugurated as the 28th president of the U.S. Meanwhile, says the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC], in Japan that year a pair of identical twin sisters were born and on November 5, 2021 they will celebrate their 108th birthday. Umeno Sumiyama and Koume Kodama have already received a birthday gift from the folks at Guinness who track world records — a certificate proving that they are, indeed, the world’s oldest living identical twins. See them in a video posted on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbHeFlwfCyA.

Feeling young again
Clyde Bridger was anxious to take the controls of the vintage T-33 Fighter Jet on display at a recent air show in Oconto, Wisconsin. It brought back memories of his service in the Vietnam War when the 90-year-old ex-fighter pilot was flying combat missions. Bridger told a local TV news reporter: “I feel like a teenager all over again. There's not very many times that you see somebody especially my age even getting into one, much less actually doing the flying.”

It doesn’t look like a McDonald’s
It’s pretty easy finding a McDonald’s when you’re hungry; they all look alike. Right? Not so, say AMAC officials. There’s one in Las Vegas that is as garish as they come. In Poland there’s a McDonald’s in a cavernous cellar dating back to the Middle Ages. And then there’s the flying saucer McDonald’s in the U.K. But what may be the world's largest and most lavish McDonald’s is located in Orlando, Florida. According to National Public Radio, the company “has so much love for these unique and creative McDonald's locations around the world and the sense of nostalgia they bring.” Take a video tour inside this McDonald’s location on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsv6AuSH5Nk.

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

Trash Talk
By The Pickup Artist

This is the ninth edition of Trash Talk, a column devoted to cleaning up our neighborhoods.

Upcoming clean-up event

The Keep Hayward Clean and Green task force is holding another of its clean-up days on Saturday, October 23 from 8 a.m. to noon at Weekes Park in Hayward. The Park is near I-880 and Tennyson Road off-ramp (east bound), next to Weekes Library on Patrick Avenue.

If you would like to come and help improve our neighborhoods, here’s your chance. If you are just curious and would like to see what it is all about, come join us! Bags, grabbers, vests and gloves will be provided, and trucks will pick up what you collect. In the interest of public health, we are asked to wear masks. A hat and sunscreen are also recommended.

To save time on Saturday, you can pre-register by going online until 3 p.m. on Thursday, October 21 at:
For more information: Call: (510) 881-7745 or email Colleen.Kamai@hayward-ca.gov.

All Garbologists are welcome!

Water conservation tip
Are you paying for water you aren’t using? Little leaks add up! We were unaware of a slow leak at a faucet in our backyard. Over a two-month period it cost us over $300. I found the water company to be very reasonable, and they helped me understand the temporary increase in usage. There was a crack in the housing of a timer for the irrigation system. I called the manufacturer, Orbit, to see if there was a fix. They asked me to read the serial number and said it was ‘only’ five years old, so they sent me a new one. It had a warranty for six years! My kudos to Orbit for having such faith in their products they will offer such a generous warranty.

My point is, faucets can drip, and if seldom used, may not be noticed. Try this: wrap a paper towel around the faucet and fasten it with a rubber band. Check it a day or two later. If the towel is dry, you’re ok. If it is even a little damp, it could be time to replace the faucet’s washer. You can find ways to replace it by searching “how to change a faucet washer” online. BE SURE TO SHUT OFF THE WATER SUPPLY FIRST.

You can expect to use more water in summer months. If you see an outrageous jump in your bill like we did, you can fill out a form for a rebate once the problem has been corrected. Rebate requests can only be submitted once every two years, but hopefully there will not be leaks that often. Faucets are definitely something to monitor.

The quote for today:
“Don’t let your fear of what could happen make nothing happen.” –Peter Gallagher in the movie Hello, my name is Doris.

Answer to the last Trash Talk Question:
Have you found money on any of your pick-up routes? Yes, $2.41 during the first four months of this year alone. And that’s just the change, sometimes the folding kind, too! Part of my “get rich slowly” scheme…

The Trash Talk Question for today: Have you met anyone who changed your life while trash-walking? See the next edition of Trash Talk.

Send comments or questions to ThePickupArtist-KHCG@outlook.com.
Tri-City History Queries No. 9
By Kelsey Camello, for the Washington Township Museum of Local History

Q: What was happening in Irvington 125 years ago?
A: Here’s a hint: Throughout history, people have always loved starting fires and causing destruction. But it was true then and it remains true today that people can count on the helpers who try, and very often succeed in putting the chaos to bed.

Just shy of 125 years ago (124 to be exact) – September 15, 1897. The search for an interesting bit of Irvington (now part of Fremont) history commences in the now defunct newspaper, The Washington Press. Published every Thursday out of Irvington, from editor and proprietor E. B. Thompson, the cost of The Washington Press was just $2.75 per year for 52 issues, delivered.

And now, for the excerpts:

“FIRE BUGS ABOUT. Mission San Jose Infested With a Gang of Unruly Tramps and Fire Fiends.” Numerous fires were reported in just one week, including the Enos barn and contents, a carriage shed and two small buildings at the Mission Convent, a shed behind J. Coffaney’s stable, the roof of Joe Sunderer’s barn, and a barn and blacksmith shop owned by P. McKeany near Mission Peak. Thanks to “the fire laddies of the Mission, [who] together with their machine soon put in an appearance, and after hard work succeeded in keeping the fire[s] from spreading.”

“A very social card party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. L.E. Osgood. […] At midnight refreshments were served and a jolly hour spent at the festive board.”

Advertised: “Palm Saloon, Irvington. Only the finest of Wines, Liquors, and Cigars. The neatest and best conducted Saloon in Washington Township. J. J. O´Keefe, Prop.”

“The Palmdale Winery commenced the season’s crushing of grapes.”

“Painting in oil, water colors, crayon and china painting taught by Mrs. Elda Cutler, at the Curtner Seminary, Irvington.” Classes were priced at full day lessons for $1.00 or 25 cents per hour.

“[Alfred O.] Rix will shortly commence the erection of the ten thousand gallon tank, which will be built on the rear of Mr. H. Crowell´s business lot. It will be used for furnishing water for our roads. The water will come from the Mission.”

Advertised: “Irvington Hotel, C. Koboldt, Prop. First-Class Hotel. Opposite Rail Road Depot. Furnishings new Throughout. Finest of Wines, Liquors and Cigars at the Bar. Livery Stable in connection with the Hotel.”

“More Lady Bikers. Miss Jordan, of the Curtner Seminary has purchased a fine all nickel Columbian bicycle [off] J.E. Jacobus of Niles, who is the township agent for that first class wheel. […] Miss Durham has also placed an order with Mr. Jacobus for a Columbia wheel.”

And just for fun, a little note, “A number of town boys took in the circus at San Jose Monday eve.”

Continue to explore this issue of The Washington Press by visiting https://archive.org/details/cafrwtm_000252.

Have a local history question of your own? Email us at info@museumoflocalhistory.org. Be sure to include “Tri-City History Queries” in the subject line.

Homicide Investigation
Submitted by Union City PD

On October 1, 2021 at approximately 8:31p.m., Union City Police Department officers were dispatched to the 4200 block of Queen Anne Drive for a report of a shooting. At 8:33pm, the first officers arrived on-scene, located a single victim with at least one gunshot wound, and attempted life saving measures. Alameda County Fire / Paramedics arrived on-scene and pronounced the victim, 35 year-old Union City resident, Joaquin Tenorio, deceased. UCPD Detectives were notified, and the investigation is still on-going.

A motive for the shooting is unknown at this time and UCPD personnel are gathering information to identify all parties involved and as to why this incident occurred. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Angela Fonseca at angelaf@unioncity.org or (510) 675-5227. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can leave information on the UCPD tip line at (510) 675-5207 or at tips@unioncity.org

NAMIWalks Your Way: A United Day of Hope
Submitted by Joe Rose

Before the pandemic, in any given year, one in five people in the United States reported having a mental health condition. Mental health experts suggest the figure is now two in five, or even higher.

Every year, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, known locally as NAMI Alameda County South, brings together hundreds of people to raise mental health awareness and funds through NAMIWalks. Previously the walks have been in person. This year and last, due to the ongoing effects of COVID-19, NAMI Alameda County South will be doing its NAMIWalks event virtually.

However, there will be an opportunity to participate in small in-person events. Many local NAMI organizations are joining together nationally on Saturday, October 9 to participate in NAMIWalks Your Way: A United Day of Hope.

To join NAMIWalks Your Way: A United Day of Hope, visit namiwalks.org/alamedacountysouth. There is no registration fee, but fundraising is encouraged. Participants can join a 5K walk or pick an activity such as jumping rope, baking a cake, practicing yoga or walking with friends and family in the neighborhood.

The Walk Chairs for this year’s NAMI Alameda County South affiliate are: Honorary Chairs, Alameda County Supervisors Dave Haubert and Richard Valle. Corporate Chair, Tricia Williams, CEO, Fremont Hospital and Family Team Chair, James Diamond.

One hundred percent of the funds raised support NAMI Alameda County South’s free local mental health programs, resources, services and advocacy efforts. NAMI Alameda County South appreciates our local support, in particular our Premier Sponsor Fremont Hospital. NAMIWalks is supported across the country by National Partners Alkermes, Humana and Takeda Lundbeck.

Saturday, Oct 9
Free socially distanced event; various times

Man wins candy factory after finding Indiana's golden ticket
By Carson Gerber
Kokomo Tribune

KOKOMO, Ind. (AP), September 19 – For over three months, a small necklace with a golden ticket attached lay buried in the ground at Highland Park, waiting to be found.

Andrew Maas, a 39-year-old father from Colorado, did just that. On August 29, he walked into the park and dug up the ticket hidden beneath the Vermont Covered Bridge. And with that, he became the new owner of a 4,000-square-foot candy factory in Florida.

The find was the culmination of a year-long, nationwide, Willy Wonka-inspired treasure hunt that had 35,000 people solving riddles and then scouring the country for golden tickets hidden in every state. But the final ticket for the ultimate candy factory prize lay quietly underground in Highland Park.

The national scavenger hunt was orchestrated by David “Candyman” Klein, who developed the world-famous Jelly Belly brand in 1976 and founded Candyman Kitchens. Last year, he and his partner, Stephanie Thirtyacre, drove around the country hiding the tickets in every state and then creating four-line riddles leading hunters to the prize. One thousand people were allowed to register for each state hunt, and the finder was awarded a $5,000 prize. “We just got in the car and went,” Thirtyacre said. “We do things really spontaneously.”

When Klein, 74, announced the treasure hunt in September, it quickly gained national media attention, with major news outlets around the world covering the fantastical undertaking. Soon, their website for the search went viral. That's when Maas came across the contest. He said he loves riddles and adventures. He even met his wife during a year-long mission trip around the world that was based on the hit TV show “The Amazing Race.”

So, the prospect of getting clues and searching for golden tickets was something Maas couldn't resist. He ended up registering for the hunt in Colorado, Kansas, Wyoming and South Dakota, but never found a ticket. Maas said he did solve the riddle for the ticket in Kansas and was on his way to get it when another contestant beat him to it one minute before he arrived.

Then, on Memorial Day weekend, the final riddle for the last ticket was released for everyone who had registered for the state hunts. It read:

“Don't have a instant idea, for a treasure diehard
“We see witches nearby, two stand guard
“Go Solve and Search, as low as our toe
“Why find a nut and walks are no foe.”

Maas instantly started working on solving the puzzle. For months, he worked through the clues, but kept hitting dead ends. As the weeks dragged on and no one found the ticket, Klein started releasing smaller clues to help, including narrowing down the search area from six states to just Illinois and Indiana.

That's when Maas hit on the idea that “a treasure diehard” was Indiana Jones. The ticket was in Indiana. He started looking at cities in the state and came across Kokomo. That's when the line “Don't have a instant idea” made him think of the Beach Boys' song “Kokomo” and the lyrics “We'll get there fast and then we'll take it slow.” “It was such a fun name, and I knew David was a fun, lighthearted person,” Maas said.

It felt right, so he started looking at all the parks in the city, knowing the tickets were always hidden in public spaces. Maas found a photo on Google Maps of the two pavilions near the Vermont Covered Bridge in Highland Park. They looked like two witches' hats. At 10:30 p.m. Aug. 28, all the clues fell into place. Maas had it.

At midnight, he bought a 6 a.m. flight from Denver to Indianapolis, where he landed that morning and drove straight to Kokomo. After a 30-minute search, Maas knew it was buried somewhere under the bridge after looking around the displays of Old Ben and the Sycamore Stump.

Klein had earlier provided all the contestants with a close-up photo of the spot as a clue, which showed metal. From the sun glinting in the picture, he knew it had to be under the northwest metal truss of the bridge. Maas started digging. Then he saw the glint of the metal ticket in the ground. “I thought, ‘Oh my gosh! I can't believe it,’” he said. “After all this time, I had it. It was so surreal. I had been thinking about this for a year. It was a crazy mix of adrenaline and excitement.”

Maas registered his find on the treasure hunt website. Twenty minutes later, Klein called him while he was still in Highland Park and told him he had won. He had just won the candy factory. Maas was floored. He now owned the plant, which makes an edible sand-art treat called Sandy Candy, along with other sweet concoctions. But he knew he couldn't pick up his wife and two kids and move them to Florida to run the business.

Instead, the two are now working on an agreement in which Klein gives him the factory and then buys it back from him. Maas said he's fine with whatever the agreement turns out to be. “Whatever it is, we'll be happy with it,” he said. “It's money we didn't have. But the excitement and adventure was the real reward. The money is the gravy on top.”

It all begs the question: Why choose Kokomo for the final golden ticket? As with most things with Klein and Thirtyacre, it came down to random chance. Around March, the two started thinking about where to hide the final ticket, and figured they wanted it somewhere in the middle of the country. Kansas was in the back of their minds.

So like before, they jumped in the car and started driving from Florida to Kansas with no particular place in mind. When they hit Indiana, Thirtyacre decided she was tired of driving. The two planned to head to Illinois to see her son. That's when they saw the exit for Kokomo. Klein started humming the Beach Boys song, and Thirtyacre remembered she had an aunt who had recently died who lived there. Soon, they were on the exit and heading into the city before they found themselves in Highland Park.

They both instantly fell in love with the Vermont Covered Bridge. And that's where they buried the last golden ticket that ended up hidden for three months before Maas flew from Colorado to find it. The two ended up also falling in love with the city. In fact, they named their new kitten Kokomo. “Everybody there has a really, really good attitude and a positive attitude, and we really felt welcome there,” Klein said.

The treasure hunt fulfilled a lifelong dream for Klein, who has worked in the candy business since he was 7 years old, when he ran the candy section of his grandmother's licorice store in California. Inspired by Willy Wonka, Klein has always wanted to give away a candy factory, and Thirtyacre said she's always wanted to create her own national treasure hunt. With their powers combined, they decided to pull it off last year.

And now that the contest is over, and they've given away a candy factory and $250,000 in prize money, they both say they feel like they've done something truly special for the nation as it struggles through the COVID-19 pandemic. “We honestly felt like we did some good for the world, and that gave us the greatest pleasure,” Klein said. “It was something to think about and dream about. And sometimes dreams are better than reality.”

Restaurant’s answer to staff shortages: robot servers
Associated Press

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP), Sept. 19 — A Connecticut restaurant is taking an unorthodox approach to addressing staff shortages: robot servers to serve meals.

The operator of the New London location of the Shaking Crab told The Day that the ocean-themed restaurant will use regular waiters and waitresses to explain the menu and take orders but that the robots will deliver the meals to the tables.

Gulshan Soni told the newspaper the robots can be summoned with a bell, and said the innovation is partly for showmanship and to draw in customers with something unique, and partly to address staffing shortages being experienced across the industry. The four robots cost between $6,000 and $22,000, he said.

The restaurant is scheduled to open to the public in early October. The Shaking Crab has more than two dozen locations in the northeastern U.S. and China, according to its website.

Famous Skinny House sells for fat price
Associated Press

BOSTON (AP), Sept. 17 — Boston's famous Skinny House has sold for a nice fat price. The home in the city's North End hit the market in August for $1.2 million, and the deal was closed Sept. 16 for $1.25 million, according to Zillow.

The home “received multiple offers and went under agreement for over list price in less than one week,” real estate agency CL Properties posted on Facebook.

The four-story home built in 1862, according to a plaque on the facade, is about 1,165 square feet — even though it is about 10 feet wide at its widest point and narrows in the back to about 9.25 feet. It has two bedrooms and one bathroom and includes a private deck with a view of Boston Harbor. The home does not have a front door. Instead, residents enter through a side door. It was last sold in 2017 for $900,000.

The home is also known as the Spite House, according to the plaque. According to local lore, two brothers inherited some land. When one of them joined the Army, the other built a large house that took up most of the land. When the soldier brother returned, he built the Skinny House to block his brother's view and sunlight.

Home is where the heart is – Fremont welcomes Afghan refugees: Part I
By David R. Newman

The recent withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and the swift takeover by Taliban forces have sent thousands of Afghan families suddenly scrambling for a way out. Many with U.S. ties are literally fleeing for their lives, desperately hoping for a seat on an airplane that will fly them away from their homeland, now controlled by a historically repressive and anti-American regime.

This is just the latest crisis to unfold in a country that has been devastated by decades of drought, famine, and war. The Soviet invasion of 1979, the first Taliban takeover in the 1990’s, and American invasion in 2001, have all sent Afghans fleeing to other countries, including the United States. In 2019, there were at least 132,000 foreign-born Afghan immigrants living in America, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Many Afghan refugees now call Fremont home. A 2009 study showed the city had the largest Afghan population in the US with as many as 30,000 living in the area. Afghan restaurants, markets, and other businesses line a small stretch of Fremont Boulevard in Centerville, an area some refer to as “Little Kabul.” Where else can you buy freshly baked naan bread and halal meat, or shop for products imported directly from Afghanistan and Pakistan?

So, when the Taliban took control of Kabul, it hit the area hard. Friends and relatives of those stuck in Afghanistan waited desperately for news of what was unfolding over 7,500 miles away. Mywand Zazay, a young Afghan American who opened Zazay Halal Grill in 2015, says his father is still there. “He left for vacation, and that’s when everything went down.”

Zazay’s parents came to the US in the 1990’s and settled in Fremont. He was born in Oakland, a first generation American-born Afghan. Zazay, like many others, has become part of the “great American melting pot,” a term that aptly describes the Bay Area, where hundreds of cultures and ethnicities are represented.

Hayward City Councilmember Aisha Wahab says, “We’ve always been very open to foreign cultures in the Bay Area. You can walk five miles and run into people from the most random parts of the world, people who have made the Bay Area their home. I think it makes people feel at ease, thinking that they’re not the only ones who are going to stick out like a sore thumb.”

Wahab is the first Afghan American woman to be elected to public office in the United States. She cites another popular theory as to why so many Afghan refugees settle here. “Many people say it reminds them of Afghanistan – the hills, the weather. It’s beautiful. Unfortunately, you look at Afghanistan today and it’s not the same Afghanistan that my parent’s generation came from. So much war has destroyed everything.”

Wahab is proud of the response from local government to the current crisis. Cities throughout the Bay Area have all stepped up and declared their support for Afghanistan, and pledged to continue to welcome Afghan refugees. “The Taliban poses a great threat in so many ways. It’s the average people in the street who are protesting that give hope for the future of the country,” shares Wahab.

While the Taliban has officially condoned travel in and out of Afghanistan, and has tried to reassure the world that they are a “kinder, gentler” reincarnation of their 1990’s tyrannical self, signs point to a return of public executions and systematic oppression of women. Zazay explains, “There are still flights out of Kabul now and then, but you still need to go through security, and there are checkpoints everywhere. They can stop you and search your car at any time. That’s why my dad is staying put. Even though he’s Afghan-born and well known there, if you go out, there’s too much of risk of being apprehended and questioned by the Taliban.”

Zazay helped organize a rally, in coordination with the City of Fremont, that took place on August 21. Over 70 people attended, marching down Thornton Avenue carrying signs that read “Keep The Airport Open,” “Save Our Allies,” and “Evacuate Afghanistan Now.” Zazay states, “It was a call to action. It was amazing to see the amount of support we got from the community, old and new alike. This is what we need to do more of. This is what makes a difference.” Hundreds attended a similar rally at Hayward City Hall on August 18.

It has been over a month since Kabul fell to the Taliban. Most of those who have gotten out are now living on a US military base somewhere in the world, waiting for their paperwork to be processed and enter a country of their choice. For most, that’s the United States, and a chance to start over—from scratch, as many escaped with just the shirts on their backs and a few prized possessions.

Despite the high cost of living, Afghan refugees continue to arrive here, joining friends and family who have already made the long journey, drawn by a community that reminds them of home.

Part II of this series will focus on how local organizations are helping Afghan refugees.

More Information and Ways to Help:

City of Fremont Afghan Relief Help Fund: www.fremont.gov/ARHelp
Afghan American Women’s Association: a-awa.org/
Afghan Coalition: www.afghancoalition.org/
International Rescue Committee: www.rescue.org/
Jewish Family & Community Services: jfcs-eastbay.org/urgent-afghan-evacuation/

Festival of India & Diwali Mela celebrate Indian culture
Submitted by Ritu Maheshwari

Over the past 29 years, Festival of India has come to symbolize unity, integrity, culture and the Indian community of the Bay Area. Organized by Federation of Indo Americans (FIA) of Northern California in association with Festival of Globe (FOG) and Fremont Hindu Temple, this celebration of democracy will be observed in conjunction with Diwali, Festival of Lights, on Saturday, October 9.

This year’s FOG event will begin with a devotional worship of Lakshmi, Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. Dance performances, dazzling cultural showcases from a cross-section of India, health fair, costumes, and children’s programs will be held all day, starting at 9 a.m. More than 100 booths will sell jewelry, clothes and delicious food.

Diwali, Festival of Lights, involves the lighting of small clay lamps filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. Devotees wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family members and friends. People pray for continued prosperity, wealth and health on this holiday.

Describing the importance of the event, Dr. Romesh Japra, Founder and Convener of FOG said, “This year again, FOG is leading the community in showcasing our heritage and culture by celebrating Diwali and including the global community of the Bay Area. It is a very special occasion for the community to come together and keep traditions alive. Only when we have strong roots can we grow and prosper in this land of opportunities.”

Online tickets available for $5 at Sulekha.com, Eventmozo.com and FOGsv.org. Tickets at the gate are $6.

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Dance performances and health fair
2 p.m.: Lamp lighting by dignitaries
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.: Cultural showcases
All day: Shopping and food stalls

Festival of India and Diwali (The Festival of Lights)
Saturday, Oct 9
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
39639 Paseo Padre Pkwy, Fremont
Tickets: $5 online, $6 at the gate

Flock to Pink Flamingo Golf Tournament
Submitted by Liz Ellison

The Pink Flamingo Golf Tournament is back! From 12 noon till 4 p.m. on Sunday October 10, participants will make their way through the “course,” a variety of holes sponsored by local businesses and residents. A map will be provided, and there will be prizes for Best Dressed, Best Score, and Most Creative Hole Design.

The beginning and end of the course will be at Joe’s Corner, 37713 Niles Boulevard. (Look for the 5-foot-tall flamingo on the sidewalk.) The final hole is called the “Watering Hole,” where fun, food and refreshments are served!

This is an entirely outdoor event for adults and kids alike! The weather is historically perfect during the early days of October, so it should be a great time for all.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children. A portion of the proceeds will go to a local charity, and back to Niles Main Street Association so they can continue to bring exciting events to Niles. Niles Elementary Parent-Teacher Association is a co-sponsor.

For more information or to purchase tickets go to www.niles.org and click on the events tab. If you are interested in sponsoring or hosting a hole, please contact Liz Ellison, event coordinator. (510) 684-5014.

Pink Flamingo Golf Tournament
Sunday, Oct 10
12 noon – 4 p.m.
Start at Joe’s Corner
37713 Niles Blvd., Fremont
(510) 684-5014

Fremont City Manager resigns
Submitted by Geneva Bosques

After serving as Fremont City Manager for three years, Mark Danaj resigned effective September 30. Upon submitting his resignation, Danaj said, “It has been my honor to serve the City Council, employees, and residents of Fremont.”

During a special closed session on September 28, Fremont City Council members voted to accept Danaj’s resignation. Assistant City Manager Brian Stott has been appointed Acting City Manager until further notice.

Danaj replaced former City Manager Fred Diaz who retired in 2018. Danaj was no stranger to Fremont having previously worked for the city from 2011 until 2014 when he served as assistant city manager and chief operating officer. Then, he served as city manager of Manhattan Beach in Southern California from 2014 until his return to Fremont in September 2018.

“I’d like to thank Mark Danaj for his dedicated service to the Fremont community and leadership as our City Manager over the last three years, as well as during his previous years as Assistant City Manager,” said Mayor Lily Mei. “Mark has led the city through several major milestones this past 18 months as we navigated through an unprecedented historical pandemic. Through its strong leadership team, Fremont is well positioned to move forward and maintain its track record of stability. I wish Mark all the best.”

Fremont awarded for climate action achievements
Submitted by Geneva Bosques

On September 23, 2021, the City of Fremont was acknowledged at the League of California Cities Annual Conference in Sacramento for leading on climate action efforts and creating a more sustainable community.

The City was selected as a 2021 Beacon Vanguard Platinum Award winner by the Institute for Local Government (ILG). This is ILG’s highest recognition through their Beacon Award Program. The award recognized the City in the following categories: community greenhouse gas reductions, agency greenhouse gas reductions, agency energy savings, agency natural gas savings, and sustainability best practices. Fremont is one of only five cities statewide to achieve Platinum Level and the largest city in California to be recognized.

In addition to the Vanguard Award, the City was selected as a 2021 Beacon Leadership and Innovation Award winner for using innovation to promote clean energy in Fremont.
Fremont Mayor Lily Mei attended the conference and accepted both awards on behalf of the City. “We are proud of the work our City has done to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, advance clean energy, and adopt policies that address climate change,” states Mayor Mei. “It is a great honor for the City to be recognized for our efforts by the Beacon Program. Keeping Fremont healthy, vibrant, and resilient for current and future generations remains a top priority.”

To continue to address climate change in Fremont and meet citywide goals, the City is currently in the process of updating its Climate Action Plan (CAP). The updated plan will provide a roadmap for achieving citywide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions in alignment with Fremont’s goal of a 55% GHG emissions reduction by 2030. The City has already gathered feedback through community workshops, stakeholder discussions, and a virtual community forum. Staff has evaluated the feedback, the updated CAP will soon be available for community review and input. To learn more, visit www.Fremont.gov/CAP.

City Government and You! – A Series Exclusive

Gathering and engaging in civic discourse dates back to the founding of this country. It speaks to the democratic core of our society, and is the method by which laws are made to this day.

In this special series, we take a deeper look at city government and, in particular, we explore the many advisory boards, committees and commissions that exist at a local level. Who resides on these boards? How long are their terms? Where and when do they meet? What do they do? How do they feel about what they’re doing?

If you’ve ever wondered how cities operate, then this is the series for you. Our goal is to help demystify the process and encourage active participation.

Join us as we pull back the curtain on democracy.

Hayward Planning Commission
By Hugo Vera

The City of Hayward’s Planning Commission holds regular public hearings and oversees plans to issue permits, variances, site plans and architectural reviews in relation to planning/zoning actions for residential, commercial and industrial land development. In addition to handling subdivisions of the city’s land, the Planning Commission also makes recommendations related to planning regulations, design review policies, development of parks and open space, and the City Council’s annual general plan.

Planning commissions are crucial part of any city’s development and progress. They essentially act as a board to determine which developmental projects are fit to proceed on city land and how much of the project is to be funded with taxpayer dollars, if applicable. Especially within the City of Hayward, the debate over lack of housing (and lack of affordable housing at that) as well as Cal State East Bay’s rising student population has made this particular Planning Commission arguably the most important city-governmental body in Hayward, second only to the City Council.

As an example of what the Planning Commission does, item 73 of their Public Hearing agenda on their September 2, 2021 meeting pertains to the development of nine residential lofts and 46 townhome units. As part of the proposal process, developers make their case to the Planning Commission and the decision whether or not to proceed with the project is further deliberated during the regular City Council meeting if it cannot be resolved by the Planning Commission.

The Planning Commission normally meets at Hayward City Hall, located on 777 B. Street, but as of now, meetings are still being held remotely due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Below is list of neighboring cities who have an equivalent to Hayward’s Planning Commission (along with their respective names):

● Union City Planning Department
● San Leandro Planning Department
● City of Fremont Planning Division
● City of Newark Planning Commissioners
● City of Milpitas Planning and Zone Department

There are currently nine members on the Hayward Planning Commission Board with terms lasting four years with a term limit of two each.

Below is a list of all nine members along with their respective contact information:

● Aidan I. Ali-Sullivan Aidan786@gmail.com
● Ray Bonilla, Jr. Ray.Bonilla@hayward-ca.gov
● Mariellen Faria mefaria@yahoo.com
● Daniel Goldstein dan-goldstein@hotmail.com
● Briggitte Lowe briggitte.lowe@hayward-ca.gov
● Al Mendall al.mendall@hayward-ca.gov
● Gary Patton gary.patton1@att.net
● Julie Roche rocheschram@gmail.com
● Robert C. Stevens robert@highland-consulting-group.com

Anyone seeking information on how to run for a position on the Hayward Planning Commission is advised to contact City Clerk Miriam Lens (email: Miriam.Lens@hayward-ca.gov).

Mayor Lily Mei Joins Fifth Class of Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative
Submitted by The City of Fremont

FREMONT, Calif. – September 28, 2021 – Mayor Lily Mei is ready to explore the latest in leadership and management practices, as one of 38 mayors chosen for an intensive education program with Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative.

As a member of the Initiative's Class of 2021-22, Mayor Mei is in a cohort of mayors participating in a program delivered by faculty from Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School as well as world-class experts from Bloomberg Philanthropies' global network.

The yearlong program launched with a three-day in-person training session in New York City, on Sunday, September 26, 2021. Mayor Mei attended at no cost to the City. Each day of the convening, mayors attended classroom sessions focused on the latest management and leadership practices, using case studies and workshops developed at Harvard.

“Being chosen for the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative is an honor. I'm looking forward to the next year as an opportunity to meet with city leaders, exchange ideas, and discuss how best to approach solving pressing problems for our communities,” stated Mayor Lily Mei. “I believe the program will help enhance our leadership team's capabilities to work on our City's areas of priority including financial health, continued response to COVID-19, addressing homelessness, and neighborhood improvement, not to mention connecting me with other mayors with innovative approaches to similar issues in their own cities.”

Collectively, Harvard University and Bloomberg Philanthropies aim to help mayors and their leadership teams manage the complexities of running a city, and to give these leaders opportunities to learn from one another. The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative will connect Mayor Mei to some of the university's top educators, coaching from experts, a network of peers, and technical assistance. The program provides an opportunity to share practices and learn from fellow mayors about the promising ideas that are helping to enhance the quality of life in cities around the world.

For more information, please visit the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative.

Help for Weather-stressed Lawns
by Melinda Myers
Photos courtesy of MelindaMyers.com

The extreme heat and drought of 2021 across much of the country has turned many lawns brown. Damaged lawns may be thin, contain dead patches or are overrun with weeds. Fall is a good time to improve the health and appearance of a weather-worn lawn. Start the process by evaluating the damage. Then plan a course of action and be prepared to follow through as needed with proper care.

Fall fertilization can help improve thin lawns and those with numerous small dead patches the size of a baseball or smaller. Apply fertilizer in early September to help lawns recover from summer stress while encouraging denser growth and deeper, more drought tolerant roots. Those in warmer climates growing grasses like centipede, Bermuda and zoysia should make sure the last fall application is at least one month prior to the average first killing frost. Use a low nitrogen, slow-release fertilizer that won’t harm stressed lawns and young seedlings if repairing or overseeding the lawn.

Continue to mow high as long as the grass continues to grow. Taller grass produces deeper, more drought-tolerant roots. Mow often, removing only a third of the total height. This is less stressful on the lawn and results in shorter clippings that can be left on the lawn. The clippings return moisture, nutrients, and organic matter to the soil.

Use a sharp blade for a cleaner cut that closes more quickly, reducing water consumption and risk of insects and disease while leaving the lawn looking its best. You’ll also save time as sharp blades cut more efficiently and reduce fuel consumption by as much as 22%.

Improving a lawn’s growing conditions will help it recover more quickly and equip it to better manage environmental stress. Core aerate (remove plugs of soil from) lawns that have more than one half inch of thatch, those growing in compacted soils, or before overseeding. By removing plugs of soil, you will break through thatch and create channels for water and fertilizer to reach grass roots. For best results, core aerate the lawn when it’s actively growing: fall for cool season grasses and spring or early summer for warm season grasses.

Hand removal of weeds is the most environmentally friendly option. Organic broadleaf weedkillers with the active ingredient Fehedta or Hedta is another option. Spot treat problem areas to minimize the use of chemicals and reduce the stress on already stressed lawns. As always, read and follow label directions carefully whether using traditional, natural or organic chemicals.

With cool season lawns, repair dead and bare patches that are the size of a soccer ball or larger as needed. Those growing warm season grasses will have the best results when seeding in spring through early summer. Rake away dead grass and debris roughening and exposing the soil below. Spread grass seed over the area and lightly rake to ensure seed-to-soil contact. Or mix a handful of grass seeds in a bucket of compost or potting mix. Organic matter helps conserve moisture and promotes seed sprouting. Spread the mix over the soil surface. Water these areas often enough to keep the soil surface moist until grass seeds sprout. As grass begins to grow, water more deeply and less often to encourage a robust drought tolerant root system.

Proper maintenance and a bit of cooperation from nature will help transform your lawn from a disappointment to an asset in your landscape.

Melinda Myers has written more than 20 gardening books, including “The Midwest Gardener’s Handbook” and Small Space Gardening. She hosts The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything” DVD series and the nationally-syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment TV & radio program. Myers is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine. Her web site is www.MelindaMyers.com.



Practice Your Spoken English
4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Talk with native English speakers about everyday topics in a friendly, welcoming setting
Via Zoom

First Presbyterian Church of Newark Youth Group
7 p.m.
Youth and young adults, students welcome
Contact: brian@newarkpress.org

San Lorenzo Street Eats
5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Food trucks
500 Via Mercado, San Lorenzo

Third Thursday each month
Chronic Pain Support Group
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Request link: njordan@fremont.gov

Fremont Street Eats
5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Food trucks and live music
2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont

Virtual Telescope Viewing R
9:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Free on Facebook Live
Join resident astronomers live from Chabot’s observation deck

Comedy Shows R$
8 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Improv by Made Up Theatre’s comedy troupe – Live and Online!
Proof of vaccination or negative Covid test required for entry
4000 Bay Street, Suite B, Fremont
(510) 573-3633


Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church Family Service
10 a.m.
For link, call (510) 471-2581

First Presbyterian Church of Newark Worship Services
9:30 a.m.; Worship Service In-Person or Online
35450 Newark Blvd., Newark

St. Anne’s Episcopal Church Service
10 a.m.
In person or via Zoom
2791 Driscoll Rd., Fremont

Mondays and Wednesdays, September 20 – November 8
Become a Trained Music Volunteer
9:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Support the Music for Minors II by helping students

Tuesday – Sunday, October 9 – February 13
Color into Line: Pastels from the Renaissance to the Present
9:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
More than 80 works spanning five centuries
Legion of Honor
100 34th Ave., San Francisco

Wednesdays, October 6 – October 27 R
HPD Virtual Community Academy
6:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Learn about Hayward police department
18+ years
(510) 293-5051

Second Thursdays, September 9 – June 9
Cafe Dad
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Hayward Unified School District program for fathers to support each other and obtain resources
Virtual meetings via Zoom
For more information contact: ep101@husd.k12.ca.us

Thursday, March 18 – Sunday November 7
Immersive Van Gogh
9 a.m. – 11 p.m. (times vary)
Walk-in exhibit with digital projections and music
SVN West San Francisco
10 South Van Ness Ave., San Francisco
Tickets: $24.99 – $39.99

Thursday – Saturday, September 25 – October 9
Art On The Rebound
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
In person art exhibit by A.R.T. Inc.
Adobe Gallery
20395 San Miguel Ave., Castro Valley

Friday, October 1 – Sunday, October 31
Bay Day Challenge R
Explore 25 miles of SF Bay Trails, or choose 5 activities
Sign up online, complete remotely


Second Saturdays, July – December
Talkin’ Dirt
10/9, 11/13, 12/11
9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Free webinar on gardening, hosted by LEAF
Via Zoom

Saturdays, October 2 – 23
New Ice Age Fossils Fundraiser $R
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Fossils found only a few feet under San Francisco Bay mud help us understand the evolution of the horse.
Children’s Natural History Museum
4074 Eggers Dr., Fremont
(510) 790-6284

Saturday and Sunday, October 2 – October 10
Ballet Folklorico Dia De Los Muertos $R
Saturday, Oct 9: 8 p.m.
Sunday, Oct 10: 2 p.m.
Performances from Ballet Folklorico Mexico Danza and Ballet Folklorico Mexicano De Carlos Moreno
San Leandro Performing Arts Center
2250 Bancroft Ave., San Leandro

Sunday, September 20 – Thursday, November 18
Affection for Chinese Calligraphy and Paintings
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Calligraphy work from the Oriental Art Association
John O’Lague Galleria, Hayward City Hall
777 B St., Hayward
(510) 538-2787

Sundays, September 26 – December 5
Reflections of Light
12 Noon – 3 p.m.
Grand Opening for Public
Sunday, September 26
Artists use various media to portray reflected and refracted light
Dove Gallery, Park Victoria Church back lot
875 S. Park Victoria Dr., Milpitas

Sunday – Saturday, October 22 – 31
Alameda County Fair
Mon.– Fri., 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Sat. Sun., 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Fair food, carnival, exhibits, concerts, shopping
Pleasanton Fair Grounds
4501 Pleasanton Ave.


Wednesday, October 6
Fremont Art Association General Meeting and Demo Artist
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Guest artist demonstrates fusion of traditional and digital art
Via Zoom, link provided upon registration

Thursday, October 7
Enjoy the Water
5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Places to hike, fish, kayak, camp

Thursday, October 7
Online Marketing
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Learn how to market your products/services on the web. Free webinar by the SBDC

Thursday, October 7
Afghan Refugee Relief Effort Update
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Latest updates about efforts to settle Afghan refugees in the Bay Area
Via Zoom

Afghan Refugee Relief Effort Update

Friday, October 8
Dhinchak Dussera Charity Ball $
8 p.m.
Malavalli Auditorium
India Community Center
525 Los Coches St., Milpitas
(408) 579-9426

Friday, October 8 – Saturday, October 9
Flash Fiction Poetry Contest 2021
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Read community submissions and vote for your favorites!
Half Price Books
39152 Fremont Hub, Fremont
For submission & event details:

Saturday, October 9
Field of Dreams Fundraiser $
12 noon – 2 p.m.
Check out the new baseball complex at Chabot College
25555 Hesperian Boulevard, Hayward

Saturday, October 9
Zoom Social Write-In
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
For all levels: Practice your writing in a relaxed, friendly environment
Request Zoom link from scottfrombayside@yahoo.com

Saturday, October 9
Impressionist Women and Pastels: A Conversation with Laura D. Corey
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Limited seating, first-come, first-served
John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theater
Legion of Honor Museum
100 34th Ave, San Francisco

Saturday, October 9
Mission San Jose Rotary Foundation Fundraiser $R
3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Taste an exquisite selection of specialty wines, cheese, and charcuterie from around the globe
Held outside at a private residence in Mission San Jose
RSVP to msjrotaryfundraiser@gmail.com
For more info contact John A. Schinkel: (510) 468-7382

Saturday, October 9
Powerhouse Comic Con $R
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Family friendly pop culture and comic convention
Alameda County Fairgrounds
Enter Gate 8 or 12 off Valley Avenue, Pleasanton


Parking $10

Saturday, October 9
Chung Yeung celebration
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Place the name of your departed loved one on the wall of honor
Chapel of the Chimes
32992 Mission Blvd., Hayward
(510) 400-4442

Saturday, October 9
Faith & Blue Weekend: Reimagining Public Safety in the 21st Century
12 noon – 2 p.m.
Community dialogue between community members and law enforcement regarding public safety
Via Zoom: https://bit.ly/2YdbA2M

Saturday, October 9 – Sunday, October 10
Niles Canyon Railway $
10:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
Diesel Trains. 1 hour 20 minutes roundtrip
Sunol Depot
6 Kilkare Rd., Sunol

Saturday, October 9 – Sunday, October 10
Celebrate! An Evening of Favorite Operatic Ensembles $
10/9: 8 p.m.
10/10: 2 p.m.
Fan-favorite operatic ensembles with a big cast of well-known singers
Bankhead Theater
2400 First St., Livermore
(925) 373-6800

Tuesday, October 12
Candle Light Vigil
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Hosted by SAVE to honor National Domestic Violence Awareness & Prevention Month
Fremont City Hall
3300 Capitol Ave, Fremont

Tuesday, October 12
Mexican Sugar Skull Art Class $
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Local artist Diego Marcial Rios hosts
39675 Cedar Blvd., Suite 135, Newark
(510) 358-5877

Tuesday, October 12
A Symphony of Flavors Fundraiser $
Support the Fremont Symphony when you order dine-in or take-out
2740 Mowry Ave., Fremont
(510) 797-9000

Wednesday, October 13
Passport to Paradise $R
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Davis Street annual gala
Sequoyah Country Club
4550 Heafey Rd., Oakland

Saturday, October 16
Day on the Bay
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Health resource fair, free COVID-19 and flu shots, marina tours, kayak rides, pumpkins, and more!
To Register: https://bit.ly/3ijQUwV
Alviso Marina County Park
1195 Hope St., Alviso

Saturday, October 16
Mexican Sugar Skull Art Class $
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Local artist Diego Marcial Rios hosts
39675 Cedar Blvd., Suite 135, Newark
(510) 358-5877

Letter to the Editor

This petition will be forwarded to the City of Fremont, Alameda County Water District, Fish and Game, Public Utilities Department, Fremont Housing Division, Alameda County Housing Authority, and Fremont Police. Contents of the petition are stated below. If you live in Fremont please sign!

To Whom It May Concern:
We the undersigned request your immediate attention and action on a matter which deeply concerns the members of our community.

We the inhabitants on Old Canyon Road were drawn to live in this area because of its closeness to the Alameda Creek and quiet rural feel on the outskirts of the city of Fremont. However, in the past two years the Alameda creek area has developed a number of problems addressed below.

Hundreds of trespassers: The creek area receives hundreds of trespassers throughout the summer who leave their garbage and add to noise pollution as well. They line the street with their cars and leave no parking for the locals. They completely ignore “no parking” signs and are not being penalized.

Garbage: The hundreds of people who frequent the creek litter a great deal and the garbage continues to pile up more and more. They also relieve themselves by the creek leaving their feces. This is not only unsightly but also toxic to our water system. The Alameda creek is part of our city’s watershed which will become drinking water, and also flows out to the Bay. So, the toxicity caused by the garbage may be affecting the health of not only wild life but the people of the city as well.

Homeless encampment: A homeless encampment has formed up and down the banks of the Alameda Creek. One member of our community was stalked and sexually harassed by one of the homeless, while other members of our community were forced to confront homeless who were loitering in our neighborhood near our homes and cars. The homeless also add to the garbage and feces problem and subject us to daily noise pollution by yelling profanities at one another. One member of our community even heard an episode of what sounded like domestic abuse and had to call the police.

Fire Hazard: The people who frequent the creek area are known to throw creek-side family barbecues. The homeless who live in the creek area also have fires nightly. Community members report being able to smell nearby fires on a nightly basis. We also sometimes hear gunshots and fireworks coming from near the creek.

Our requests: Given the above stated problems we urgently request that you provide solutions. We want the homeless encampment to be disbanded, the creek area to be thoroughly cleaned, and we would like there to be some form of effective security instated to prevent hundreds of people from illegally entering the creek bed area.

This is of grave importance to us and to our safety as members of the Old Canyon Road community, and the entire Fremont community at large. It is also of grave importance to the health and safety of the water, the animals and the natural environment of the creek and creek bed area.

Thank you for your diligence with this matter. You may update us on your progress on this by emailing myrellathompson@gmail.com. Myrella Thompson is the creator of this petition and will be in touch with her neighbors by email, in person and via next-door.com.

The Old Canyon Road community and larger Fremont community


Letter to the editor

Historical Japanese garden in California: wheelchair accessibility and more

With fall approaching, schools in the Tri-City area are back in full swing. Covid-19 cases are also going down for vaccinated people. Even though more and more are getting vaccinated, we still have to take all the necessary precautions so that we protect others as well as ourselves. Parks, recreation areas, and picnic spots have reopened. As we have a wheelchair user in the family, we can now visit wheelchair-friendly places more freely and take a quick stroll. As we are always looking for new places to visit, we were surprised to discover this hidden gem in Hayward…the Japanese garden.

This is a beautiful, quaint, and wheelchair-accessible garden located next to the Hayward senior center. The garden design is based on Japanese principles. The entrance is a little Shinto gate, and once you are inside it’s absolutely gorgeous. This is one of the oldest Japanese gardens in California. The garden has different types of ornamental plants which are well sculpted and arranged densely along the pathways. Those cozy pathways make the place very private, and they are completely wheelchair accessible.

There are several covered gazebos with ample seating and nice views overlooking the pond. Beautiful rock arrangements make a perfect seat for couples. There is a little waterfall in the center of the garden where you can see koi and turtles. The garden is clean and well maintained. The wooden bridge makes a nice backdrop for the pictures. This is a beautiful place for a quick stroll away from the hustle-bustle of the city. There are no entry fees that cover maintenance, so it is our duty to do our part and keep it clean.

Wheelchair accessibility:
• The paved pathway is completely wheelchair accessible.
• The gazebos and wooden bridge are not wheelchair accessible.
• Parking for the gardens is shared with the senior center, with a large accessible parking lot.
• There is additional ADA parking at De Anza Park on North 3rd street, a short walk from the garden.
• There is a senior center as you enter the gardens which has ADA restrooms. The garden itself has no restrooms.

Covid-19 precautions:
• Covid-19 restrictions are eased now with the reopening of many recreational activities. However, it is essential to keep social distancing and safety procedures in mind.
• Always wear your face mask in public places.
• Avoid crowded areas.
• While walking or running, keep a distance of 6 feet.
• Wipe your crutch or mobility scooter handle, or wheelchair wheels when you return home.

Twesha Ghosh

Honor Roll

The Citadel, South Carolina
Spring 2021 Dean’s List
• Austin Miles-Curtsinger of Newark

Ohio University
Summer 2021 Dean’s List
• Shakalha Amir of Hayward

Ohio University
Summer 2021 graduates
• Julie Vasquez of Hayward
• Lovedeep Kaur of Union City
• Shale Shivangili of Castro Valley

Empty the shelters $20 adoption event
Submitted by Alyse Lui

From Tuesday, October 5 through Saturday, October 9, Hayward Animal Shelter is participating in Empty the Shelters National Adoption Event, sponsored by Bissell Pet Foundation. Adoptions costs are $20 for qualified homes and include spay or neuter procedures, vaccinations, and a microchip (adoption fee does not include $17 dog license fee for Hayward residents).

Two-for-one kitten and guinea pig adoptions are also available. Adopt two kittens or two guinea pigs and still pay only one $20 adoption fee. This helps ensure that your kitten or guinea pig will always have company and a playmate. Guinea pigs are social animals and should be adopted in pairs.

For more information, to view animals currently available for adoption, and to fill out an adoption application, visit www.haywardanimals.org/adoptions or contact the Hayward Animal Shelter (510) 293-7200.

Empty the shelters $20 adoption event
Tuesday, Oct 5 – Saturday, Oct 9
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Hayward Animal Shelter
16 Barnes Ct., Hayward
(510) 293-7200

Registration for After School Programs
Submitted by City of San Leandro

The City of San Leandro will launch Kid's Club, an after-school recreation program hosted at Chabot Park and Stenzel Park. COVID-19 safety guidelines and procedures will be observed during the program to maintain proper safety protocols.

Kid's Club operates Monday to Friday, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. at both parks. The program serves youth entering grades K-5 and offers safe outdoor space to play and socialize. Daily activities include enriching games, creative crafts, and fun activities designed with each child's health and wellness in mind. Kid's Club will start Tuesday, October 12, 2021.

Space is limited and registration will be made on first-come first-serve basis. Registration opens Monday, October 4 at 8:30 a.m. for San Leandro residents and Thursday, October 7 for non-residents. Please register at SanLeandroRec.org. San Leandro residents may be eligible for the RecLINK scholarship.

For more information, call Liz Hodgins at (510) 577-3473.

2021 Youth Art Contest
Submitted by Fremont Unified Student Store

The 2021 National Youth Art Charity Art Contest is organized by the non-profit 501(c)(3) Youth Art Foundation. Proceeds will be donated to Afghan Refugees Resettlement Program.

All K-12 students are eligible to participate. There are five participating groups:
1. K-2
2. Grades 3-5
3. Grades 6-8
4. Grades 9-10
5. Grades 11-12

Artwork Requirements:
Any type of art in any size is welcome. There is no specific topic, any artwork that reflect your creativity will be accepted. Each participant may submit a maximum of two pieces of artworks.
Submit your artwork online at https://bit.ly/3mjYjh0.

Entry Fee: $15 for each piece of artwork submitted
Submission Deadline: October 15, 2021
Awards: Award certificates for gold, silver, bronze, honorable mention and finalist will be emailed to participants.

Fremont Unified Student Store (FUSS) supports Youth Art Foundation in their effort to raise money for the City of Fremont Afghan Refugee Help Fund. FUSS is a 100% volunteer-based nonprofit organization formed in 2012 to support all schools in FUSD by partnering with its community to raise funds through events and activities. All net proceeds are donated to FUSD.

2021Youth Art Contest
Submission Deadline: Oct 15, 2021
Entry Fee: $15 per submission
www.fuss4schools. org | info@fuss4schools.org

Outdoor family fun planned a Chabot College gala
Submitted by Mujeeb Dadgar

Friends of Chabot College, in partnership with Chabot Athletics, is holding its seventh annual Field of Dreams fundraiser on Saturday, October 9 at the college’s new baseball complex on its Hayward campus. Proceeds from the. event will go to Friends of Chabot College, the foundation that collects charitable donations on behalf of the institution for programs, services and student scholarships at the college.

The event will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new facility, named in honor of long-time Chabot head baseball coach Steve Friend who has served the role since 1989. Family-friendly activities will include an opportunity to try out the new batting cage, practice pitches in the bullpen, a pitching contest and food and drinks.

Community members Berty Nebenzahl, Jeff Dixon, and Chabot College Vice President of Administrative Services Dale Wagoner will be recognized during the event.

Tickets are $85 per person or $150 for a family of four and can be purchased online by visiting www.eventbrite.com, and entering “chabot’s field of dreams” into the search field and following the link.

Individuals or organizations interested in sponsoring the event can learn more at www.supportchabotcollege.org/gala.php.

Field of Dreams fundraiser
Saturday, Oct 9
12 noon – 2 p.m.
Chabot College Baseball Complex
25555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward
www.eventbrite.com – search for “chabot’s field of dreams”
$85/person; $150/family of four

Cocktails & Conservation: Taking action for wildlife one drink at a time
Submitted by Oakland Zoo

This virtual happy hour series features some of the world’s most incredible conservationists. These heroes are working on the ground every day to save endangered species and their habitats. Guests join via Facebook or YouTube Live to learn, ask questions, and be a part of the solution to preserve our planet’s rich and diverse wildlife. Each episode will feature a custom cocktail, so we can toast to a safe world for wildlife. Look out for the recipe, mix your cocktail, and join us live!

October’s Cocktails and Conservation theme will be “Animals Asia: Heroes for Moon Bears and More.” Our guest Jill Robinson, founder of Animals Asia, has taken the lead on rescuing over 600 beautiful moon bears from the bear bile industry. This amazing organization gives these bears a beautiful life in natural enclosures in the company of their fellow bears in their China and Vietnam sanctuaries.

We are pleased to feature a signature cocktail from alaMar Kitchen & Bar so we can imbibe while being inspired! This series is hosted by Amy Gotliffe, VP of Conservation at Oakland Zoo.

Cocktails & Conservation: Animals in Asia
Wednesday, Oct 13
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Virtual event: Join via Facebook and YouTube live.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements for Schools
Submitted by Governor’s Press Office

Governor Newsom announced on October 1 plans to add COVID-19 vaccine to the list of vaccinations required to attend school in-person when the vaccine receives full approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for middle and high school grades. California is the first state in the nation to announce such a measure.

“The state already requires that students are vaccinated against viruses that cause measles, mumps, and rubella – there’s no reason why we wouldn’t do the same for COVID-19,” said Governor Newsom.

Students will be required to be vaccinated for in person learning starting the term following FDA full approval of the vaccine for their grade span (7-12 and K-6).

Poets and writers: Share your thoughts
Submitted by Tish Davidson

Aspiring writers and poets are invited to join the free Zoom social write-in sponsored by Fremont Area Writers on October 9 from 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. This is your chance to jumpstart your creativity and meet some new people in the Fremont/Newark/Union City area. The event is open to writers of all levels from absolute beginner to published pro. The write-in is not a writing critique session. Your writing will not be judged, just enjoyed by your fellow writers.

How the Write-In Works: After you sign in, the computer will randomly assign you to a virtual room with three other writers. Once everyone has gathered, you will get a choice of three writing prompts. Choose one and free write for eight minutes. You can write a memoir, personal essay, or poetry, but the prompts have been chosen to encourage you to write about yourself and your life so that participants can get to know each other.

After you write, there is time for all four writers in the room to read their responses to the prompt and exchange ideas and experiences in a relaxed, supportive atmosphere. The computer will then reassign everyone to a different room, the prompts will change, and the process is repeated.

Fremont Area Writers is a branch of the statewide California Writers Club. It sponsors Zoom talks by writers, editors, and others associated with the process of publishing on the fourth Saturday of every month from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. More information on FAW programs is at https://cwc-fremontareawriters.org/. To participate in the write-in or attend a meeting, please request the Zoom meeting link from Scott Davidson at scottfrombayside@yahoo.com.

Zoom Social Write-In
Saturday, Oct 9
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Request Zoom link from scottfrombayside@yahoo.com

An art enthusiast’s goal to give back
Submitted by Nanki Kaur

The pandemic has caused people of varying ages to visit hospitals more frequently than ever, and while quarantine has kept many of us home, some patients’ conditions have required them to prolong their hospital stay for months on end. That’s when Arushi Gupta, a lively high school junior in San Jose, decided it was time to bring some light to the lives of these patients, for whom hospitals have become homes over the past year and a half. One of her leading motivations was to lift children’s spirits at hospitals while pursuing her passion for art. Gupta’s business, First Ray Designs, is donation-based and sells a wide variety of trendy stickers, all while giving back to hospitals around the Bay Area.

As a child, Gupta experienced some health issues herself, inspiring her to create a business benefiting hospitals and their patients. “I think that was a situation in my life that I just can’t forget because it was so prominent, and it was just something that took up so much time,” she explains. First Ray Designs is run online, currently operating on social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook. Orders can be placed through the First Ray Designs website, where customers can view and purchase unique sticker designs, packages, and even order custom stickers.

Currently, 50% of net proceeds go towards the Recreational Therapy Fun Fund at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, with the remaining profits benefiting St. Jude’s Children's Hospital. In addition to these donations, Gupta also supplies select hospitals around the country with monthly contributions of sticker packs to disperse among patients, hoping to provide them with a sense of joy.

As the pandemic’s conditions worsened, Gupta faced several obstacles when it came to advertising, especially as a small business just starting out. “Getting customers in this day and age, especially when there's just so many businesses doing something similar, is very hard to do!” she shares. But that didn’t stop her from stepping forward towards her goal of donating. “I wanted to still be able to donate…So that’s what I decided to do, just flip it more to donations.”

Presently, the goal for First Ray Designs is to continue donating and to increase its’ contributions. “I’m currently donating to 20 hospitals, and I’m hoping that number can increase.” As for Gupta, she hopes to connect with the patients and hospitals on a deeper level once the pandemic is over. “After [COVID-19 cases go down], I [hope to] be able to actually visit the hospitals and meet the kids, and actually disperse the packets by myself, instead of just mailing them. I think that would be a good way to connect with them in the hospitals nearby.”

Her advice for other teenagers hoping to start businesses is to “Just go for it because there really isn’t anything that can hurt you! It’s more just putting in the effort and time and if nothing happens you can always stop it, or change it into something else, like I did. I think just being able to do that initial push and just starting it, is the best thing you can do for your business.”

First Ray Designs
Instagram: @firstraydesigns
Website: https://www.firstraydesigns.com/

Browse flash fiction poetry by local authors
By Arathi Satish

The Flash Fiction Poetry Contest is a unique local writing contest conducted by Fremont Cultural Arts Council (FCAC) along with Half Price Books. Writers can take a 300-word limit as a challenge and push the boundaries for fiction and poetry. This year, all entries in the contest must be in a recognized form of poetry, on any topic.

Al Minard, contest organizer, said, “The Fremont Cultural Arts Council was inspired by the poetry of Amanda Gorman at President Joseph Biden’s inauguration. We believe that poetry is a form of writing that can send a message in fewer words and have a large impact…We have supported short prose stories in the past and wanted to inspire the poets among us to broaden our horizons with their outlook on life. Many people are trying to recover from the pandemic and have struggled with this new normal. Half Price Books is excited to have us once again in their store and host the Flash Fiction Poetry contest this year.”

Poems of 300 words or fewer will be posted around Half-Price Books on Friday, October 8 through Saturday, October 9, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Everyone visiting Half Price Books on these days will be able to read submissions and vote for their favorites. Voting closes Saturday, October 9 at 5 p.m. Ballots will be available at the Flash Fiction Contest table. Winners will be announced Saturday, October 9 at 5:30 p.m. in Half Price Books and posted on the FCAC website the following week.

Contestants do not need to be present to win, but are encouraged to be there in person to mingle with other participants and collect their prizes. As Julie Gilson, President, FCAC said, “Without a specific subject this year, our local writers and poets will have maximum opportunity to show their creativity, and we hope to see many entries.”

In the past, submissions were posted on columns inside the bookstore so that visitors could wander around and view submissions in an interactive way. This year Al Minard pointed out, “Previous contestants at Half Price Books had their Flash Fiction Stories posted on the columns, and they were difficult to read sometimes. This year we will not only post the poems on the columns but have two binders with all of the poems inside for you to be able to read more easily. No names of authors will be on the poetry so everyone is encouraged to read and vote on the content of the poem.”

Each writer is allowed to enter up to three original poems. There is no age or residency restriction, but all content will be appropriate for the general reader. There will be five cash and gift card awards. Margaret Thornberry, Past President Emeritus of FCAC will select an entry for a special award of a Nothing Bundt Cakes trio of Pumpkin Spice Cakes.

For more information visit www.fremontculturalartscouncil.org or contact Al Minard at (510) 552-4839

Flash Fiction Poetry Contest
Friday, Oct 8 – Saturday, Oct 9
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Half Price Books
39152 Fremont Hub, Fremont

New fossils and funding for Children’s Natural History Museum
By Stephanie Gertsch

Fossils excavated right here in the Bay Area? Neigh!

At least, that’s what the progenitor of today’s horses might answer. On four Saturdays in October 2021, East Bay residents will have the opportunity to view a variety of fossil specimens from the late Pleistocene Epoch (over 11,700 years ago) at the Children’s Natural History Museum (Math Science Nucleus) in Fremont.

Fossil fragments from horse, bison, musk ox, deer, and elk, were unearthed during construction on the Facebook Menlo Park campus and donated to the museum by Facebook. In conjunction with other local fossils and minerals, the new display teaches about chemistry and plate tectonics, how biological life today helps us interpret fossils, and the story these local fossils tell of Ice Age evolution. Children will get a special discovery kit to help them observe the exhibit, and can also participate in a scavenger hunt.

Museum board president Joyce Blueford recalls how once the fossil fragments were cleaned up and seamed together by technician Ariel Tonesi, they looked even better than she expected. It really “made the limbs come alive—Instead of a piece, it became a real limb.”

This month’s fossil exhibit is the first step in the museum’s plans to continue providing hands-on education to children around the East Bay. Like many organizations, the museum had to close its doors due to Covid. Luckily, State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-10) has helped secure a state grant for the museum’s space, including the Wesley Gordon Fossil Hall, and to integrate Science, Math, and Technology Curriculum.

On Friday, October 1, the museum hosted a luncheon to kick off the exhibit. Senator Wieckowski presented a check for five million dollars to Blueford. Funds will go toward the future of the museum: updating the current building and possibly constructing a new facility at the head of Sabercat Trail (on Osgood and Blacow Roads).

“We are here; we’re not going anywhere,” said Blueford. “With the pandemic and the death of my husband last year, I was feeling a little down. So, we decided we have to either make it or break it. And Bob [Wieckowski] came along and said, ‘We finally got you some money.’ That basically saved our butt.”

Also at the event were Phil Gordon (son of Wesley Gordon, who donated the original six truckloads of material to start the museum), Fremont Unified School District board members and Superintendent Christopher Cammack attended the ceremony as well as representatives of City of Fremont and County Supervisor Haubert,

The museum will be open from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. on October 2, 9, 16, and 23. Purchase tickets in advance online. Due to Covid restrictions, registration is limited, and masks must be worn indoors.

In addition to the new fossils, returning visitors will notice that second-floor museum halls have been redesigned to be more spacious. “We’re ready for kids,” said Joyce Blueford. “We had our first kindergarten class on Wednesday, and they totally enjoyed it.”

Fossils, history, and local science education? Yay!

Children’s Natural History Museum
Saturdays, Oct 2, 9, 16, 23
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
4074 Eggers Dr., Fremont
Tickets: $10 per person

By John Grimaldi and David Bruce Smith
October 1 through 15

Music in the air
Edward Bellamy wrote “Looking Backwards” in 1888. It featured a 19th Century time traveler who journeyed to the 21st Century and told of a fictitious — but marvelous — invention that allowed one to play music almost at will.

The radio — as it became known — did not appear in 2000; Guglielmo Marconi received a patent for his gadget in 1896, but in his time, it was regarded as a scientific curiosity. On October 1, 1920, Scientific American magazine reported “it has been well known for some years that by placing a form of telephone transmitter in a concert hall or at any point where music is being played, the sound may be carried over telephone wires to an ordinary telephone receiver at a distant point. But it is only recently that a method of transmitting music by radio has been found possible.”

And according to History.com, the National Bureau of Standards in Washington, D.C. started testing the transmission of music via the radio in late 1919 and early 1920 — just in time to help catapult the Jazz Age in America and the world.

The Grateful American Book Prize recommends “The Jazz Age: The 20s” by Time-Life Books.

Opera celebrated
The Italians and the Germans were the connoisseurs of opera — until George Gershwin. Enthralled by the genre, and mesmerized by “Porgy,” DuBose Heyward’s novel of African American life in Charleston, South Carolina, Gershwin wrote the author and inquired about collaborating on a musical score.

That was in 1926, but the Gershwin’s — in demand composers — couldn’t begin work until 1933. Two years later, “Porgy and Bess” debuted on Broadway, and flopped.

According to History.com, “Many of the songs had been cut from the show between its trial run in Boston and its Broadway debut, however, a fact that may well have hurt “Porgy and Bess” with critics. In fact, the full George Gershwin score of “Porgy and Bess” would not be performed again until a triumphant 1976 revival by the Houston Grand Opera helped establish its current place in the standard operatic repertoire.”

For more information about the Gershwin’s, the Grateful American Book Prize recommends Lawrence D. Stewart’s “The Gershwin Years – George and Ira.”

Tales of the sea
The first use of submarine warfare occurred in 1776 — during the American Revolution; the Turtle, an American submersible vessel, attempted to sink the 64-gun HMS Eagle in New York Harbor, but the mission failed, and the Turtle was lost; the American sloop carrying it was submerged by the British.

The world’s first noteworthy submarine was the H.L. Hunley, named for the person who built it for the Confederacy. On October 15, 1863, it went down during its trial run in Charleston Harbor; reconstructed by the following February, it encountered the U.S.S. Housatonic, fired a torpedo into its hull, and capsized.

Although it was the first recorded triumphant submarine attack in history, the Hunley went under before it got to shore. The reason for its descent has never been determined. Some say the Hunley settled on the ocean floor to wait for the tides to shift in the submarine’s favor; others believe its swipe with the Housatonic caused its demise — or possibly — there was a collision at sea. In 2000, the Hunley was salvaged and put on display in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Grateful American Book Prize recommends Mark Ragan’s “Submarine Warfare in The Civil War.”

–This feature is courtesy of The Grateful American Book Prize, which is an annual award given to authors who have created outstanding works of historical fiction or nonfiction for seventh to ninth graders.

The human side of homelessness
Submitted by Veena Kommu

In the 1930s, Orwell wrote about his brief experience of homelessness in Paris and London. He saw people “sleep by the score under the Seine bridges, and in doorways, and on benches in the squares, and round the ventilating shafts of the Metro, and even inside the Metro stations.”

This scene holds true in the Bay Area today. There are scores of people near underpasses, under bridges, in public parks, and permanent skid rows in cities. Statistics point to an upward trend in homelessness. However, data only tells part of the story.

High schooler Veena Kommu decided to talk to homeless people in the Bay Area, and get their stories out to the public. Her goal is to separate their character from their circumstances. Ordinary people can become homeless due to circumstances beyond their control or choices they made at a young age. Over the next few weeks we will cover their stories:

Rusty, who moved into his pickup truck when the auto shop where he worked closed due to Covid. Marty, who lived in a tent where he had carefully arranged his belongings. Lisa, a middle-aged woman whose trajectory in life changed when she got pregnant at 16 and others. Homeless people deserve a life in society. Together, we can solve the homeless problem one step at a time.


In the corner of a public parking lot is a 15×12 foot tent, in which a queen mattress, two small dressers, and a table are arranged neatly. A tall African American man in his late fifties is cleaning the area around the tent. He gives a charming smile and agrees when asked for an interview.

The man goes by “Marty.” He was born in Oakland and has lived in the East Bay his entire life. His mother worked several jobs to pay rent during his early teens, while his aunt cared for him and his brother. His aunt married and moved away when he was around fifteen, leaving Marty without adult supervision.

When describing his teenage years, Marty uses the word “popular” several times. This image of popularity in his early teens got him admission into late-night parties while his mom was working. He started smoking and drinking. Eventually his grades fell, and soon, he dropped out of school.

Marty's life took a dramatic turn one summer when a man offered to hire him. It turned out that the job was to sell drugs in the neighborhood. For Marty, the lure of easy money was too difficult to ignore. However, his real problem started when he went from selling to using. With clouded judgment, he got involved with untrustworthy people and began committing small-time burglaries.

His conversation veers back to the lack of a positive male influence, attributing his present condition to bad decisions that he made as an unsupervised teenager.

Marty went through many relationships, which he again attributes to his popularity. He did mature over time and entered into a decade-long marriage that ended in divorce. Marty blames himself for the separation, since he had a run-in with the law due to possession of marijuana.

Now Marty is finally in a stable relationship through which he has a son. According to Marty, having a son was a turning point in his life. He wants to be there for his son and prevent him from making some of the same mistakes that he put himself through. Marty’s girlfriend is a nurse, and she is staying with their son at her parents’ house until her application for federally subsidized housing comes through, at which point Marty hopes to join them. Marty himself stays in his tent because he is treated like a child at homeless shelters. He also mentions that some homeless people are unhygienic, and he feels unsafe in shared spaces because of a few mentally unstable individuals.

According to Marty, society treats all homeless people as birds in a flock. An action by one is perceived as an action by all. He also believes there is more prejudice against homeless than racial minorities—at least in the Bay Area.

When asked about stress, Marty mentions knowing his physical limitations, having had two heart attacks and a hip replacement. However, his mental stress is much higher. He’s skeptical of doctors only giving medications to temporarily dampen physical and mental ailments, rather than pursuing long-term solutions. He keeps himself mentally engaged by doing small tasks to take his mind off his troubles. As for law enforcement, Marty thinks they generally understand homeless people's circumstances unless they do illegal acts.

Marty’s goal is to be the best father possible to his son because his personal experience has taught him how bad characters can easily influence young people to make life-altering poor choices. He wants his son to be educated and lead a productive life, and is motivated by the thought that society will look at his son differently than it did him.

ArtWalk honors local artists in downtown fair
Submitted by Livermore Arts

“ArtWalk” will turn downtown Livermore into an “art district for the day” on Saturday, October 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sponsored by Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, the event celebrates the many ways the arts bring the community together in a showcase that features handmade and original works by over 200 artists, as well as live music, performances, hands-on crafts, and community art projects.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, ArtWalk has offered opportunities for artists to interact with visitors as they explore a broad range of works ranging from contemporary to classical, abstract to realism, pottery to jewelry and mixed media. Art is shared in booths spread across the downtown area, from the Bankhead Theater lobby and Plaza to McLeod Street and Stockman’s Park. Artists are clustered in parks, on sidewalks, and at Livermore Art Association Carnegie Gallery on 3rd and J Streets.

McLeod Street will be closed between First and Second Streets for displays and a range of free art activities for the young and young-at-heart. Artist Nana-Dictta Graves will offer a mini-workshop to make art projects from recycled materials and Way Up Art & Frame will offer the opportunity for everyone to experiment with art materials.

Veteran artists led by Bud Donaldson, as well as high schools in Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District, will display their work in the Bankhead lobby. The Gallery at the Bankhead is exhibiting “Explorations in Colored Pencil IX” through October 31, with over 50 works that showcase the versatility of the colored pencil as an art medium. Also on display in the Bankhead’s Founders Room are beautiful quilts by the late Gigi Phillips.

Throughout the day, live music performances will be presented on the Plaza and at Stockman’s Park. Big White House Winery and John Evan Cellars will be pouring wine for visitors to enjoy while they shop and listen to the live performances. Organized by Matt Finders, musicians at the plaza will be playing live jazz. Enjoy music from 11:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. from Meredith McHenry, Andrew Mathers, Matt Finders and Friends, Element 116, and Tom Rosefield. Stockman’s Park will also have performance arts including Encore Players and live music.

Information and maps for ArtWalk activities are available online at www.LivermoreArts.org.

Livermore ArtWalk
Saturday, Oct 9
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Bankhead Theater
2400 First St., Livermore

Project Green Earth: growing trees in the millions at zero-cost
Submitted by Richard Sekar and Laura Charles

Project Green Earth, started in Fremont California, is a pragmatic, almost zero-cost, yet scalable tree growing initiative that is spreading fast among clubs and school children.

This project was founded by Richard Sekar and was initially supported and guided by Sr. Barbara Hagel and Sr. Jeanette De Young of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose. Subsequently, several Rotary clubs (including Fremont Morning Rotary, Rotary-Niles Canyon, Rotary-Mission San Jose), Girl and Boy Scout troops, and other local community volunteers started actively participating. The volunteer team has made and scattered over 12,000 seed-balls since November 2020.

Seed-balls can be created at home using mud from the backyard and a seed from a long-living tree—such as oak, pine, or redwood. This is a great fun-filled educational project for the kids. (Depending upon the county you live in, you may need to get permission from the local government for seed-ball scattering or growing trees around.)

Key Benefits
The biggest advantage with seed-balls is that they can be scattered throughout the year, irrespective of whether it rains or not. The seeds inside remain germinated and dormant until rain falls, and seeds start to sprout and grow.

Anyone can enjoy making seed-balls, whether young or old. And while having fun, people will also feel happy that they are helping to save the Earth for future generations to come.

So, let us join hands in restoring our planet Earth for our children and our grandchildren.
Small Businesses Eligible for PG&E Bill Relief
Submitted by Hayward Chamber of Commerce

PG&E will auto-enroll eligible customers in new extended payment arrangements to protect small businesses from electric or gas shut offs while helping pay down any balance due over time. Small business customers, and residential customers, with a PG&E bill at least 60 days past due will automatically be enrolled.

Small business customers having a hard time paying their bills should contact PG&E immediately at (800) 743-5000. Financial resources for business customers are available at https://bit.ly/3zyTJ2X

Ways for Customers to Save on Energy Bills

Automatic enrollment in the new payment plan program will not change enrollment in financial assistance programs. Customers struggling to pay bills should learn more about the following programs:

• Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) offers up to $1,000 to pay eligible household energy costs.
• Relief for Energy Assistance through Community Help (REACH) Program offers one-time financial assistance to qualified customers with past-due bills.
• Arrearage Management Plan (AMP) offers up to $8,000 in unpaid balance forgiveness, if a customer is enrolled in the California Alternate Rates for Energy Program (CARE) or Family Electric Rate Assistance Program (FERA), owes a specific bill amount and are more than 90 days past due.
• PG&E's Medical Baseline Program as well as various external programs such as the California COVID-19 Rent Relief Act helps income-eligible households pay rent and utilities, both for past due and future payments. Renters and landlords are eligible to apply.

To learn more about additional resources and financial assistance programs visit pge.com/covid19 or call 800-743-5000.

Dead bird with West Nile virus confirmed in Alameda County
Submitted by Judith Pierce Davison

Officials from the Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District are reporting a dead bird found in Pleasanton has tested positive for the West Nile virus. It was tested September 27 at the district’s laboratory and is the first indication of active virus transmission in Alameda County this year.

The district is increasing mosquito monitoring and larval control efforts throughout the area where the positive West Nile virus dead bird was discovered. Every effort is being made to locate areas of standing water where mosquitoes may breed including but not limited to catch basins, storm drain systems, and swimming pools. Anything that can hold water for more than four days such as buckets, tires, and fountains can breed mosquitoes.

“With the change of season, residents may assume mosquitoes are no longer a threat, but this is usually the time of year when we see an increase in West Nile virus in our county,” said General Manager Ryan Clausnitzer. “With light showers in the mornings followed by warm weather in the afternoons, mosquitoes still have plenty of opportunities to breed and flourish. We wish to remind residents to do their part by removing standing water from their property and protect themselves from mosquito bites by wearing repellent and long and loose clothing. While we are not detecting high numbers of mosquitoes in the area where the bird was found, there is an increased risk of West Nile virus with every mosquito bite.”

According to district officials, as of September 27 California has had 192 dead birds, 2,126 mosquito samples, and 57 humans test positive for West Nile virus. Residents can reduce the risk of contracting mosquito-borne diseases by following these guidelines:

• Dump or drain standing water on your property because that is where mosquitoes develop.
• Know that dawn and dusk is when mosquito activity peaks, so limit outdoor activities during this time.
• Defend yourself from mosquito bites by wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts and apply insect repellent containing EPA-registered active ingredients such as DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, or Oil of lemon eucalyptus.
• Door and window screens should be in good repair with no tears or holes.

West Nile virus is transmitted to people and animals through the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no cure for West Nile virus. Approximately one in five people who are infected with West Nile virus will develop symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, or rash. Fewer than one percent will develop a serious neurological illness such as encephalitis or meningitis. Adults older than 50 and people with compromised immune systems are at increased risk of serious complications. Anyone who develops symptoms should seek medical care immediately.

For information about mosquitoes, West Nile virus, or to request any of the district services, go online and visit www.mosquitoes.org or call (510) 783-7744. Alameda County residents can also request mosquitofish for their fish ponds, horse troughs, or neglected swimming pools. For information concerning West Nile virus symptoms, prevention or testing contact the Alameda County Public Health Department at (510) 267-8001.

National Faith & Blue Weekend
Submitted by BART Police Department

The National Faith & Blue Weekend (NFBW) is October 8 – 11, 2021. BART Police Department, along with several other departments, organizations and faith-based leaders, will be hosting two online events this year. NFBW is a collaborative initiative that builds bridges and breaks down biases through activities and outreach amongst Bay Area law enforcement professionals and the Bay Area communities we serve. Rebuilding Trust, Empowering Communities: Reimagining Public Safety in the 21st Century community dialogue between members of the community and law enforcement regarding public safety with be held on Sunday October 10. “My Voice Matters,” a two hour round table discussion regarding law enforcement and youth endangerment will be held on Sunday October 10.

If you need additional information, please visit:

Rebuilding Trust, Empowering Communities: Reimagining Public Safety in the 21st Century
Saturday, Oct 9
12 noon – 2 p.m.
Via Zoom: https://bit.ly/3uuuNZL

“My Voice Matters”
Sunday, Oct 10
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Essay contest winners will also be announced at this event.
Via Zoom: https://bit.ly/3kZ6j7G

Fremont Fire Department Log
Submitted by Fremont Fire Department

Wednesday, September 29
• Just after 9:00 a.m. firefighters responded to a report about a double-deck bus that struck multiple trees on Kaiser Drive near the Ardenwood area. Upon arrival firefighters found a tree wedged into the front end of the bus and used hand tools to extract the driver from the bus. The driver was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. To ensure the bus was stabilized firefighters elevated it using large airbags and a winch to remove the tree. Workers from Alameda County Public Works, Fremont Police Department and a heavy equipment towing company worked to clear the area.

• At 12:12 p.m. Special Task Force crews responded to a hazardous materials incident at 46409 Landing Parkway in an industrial area of Fremont. Upon arrival, they found a small acid spill and cleaned the area and later opened the building when it was deemed safe to enter. One person was taken to a hospital after being exposed to the acid spill. There were no other reports of injuries. The cause of the incident is under investigation. 

Fremont Police Log
Submitted by Yanneth Contrada, Fremont PD

Wednesday, September 29
• At about 5:10 p.m. a man was reported to have violently pulled an adult female into his vehicle in the 300 block of Mowry Ave. and driven off with her. Witnesses told officers the pair appeared to know one another; patrol officers then started searching for the vehicle. Later, detectives identified the suspect as Marquice McClinton, 35, of Fremont, who had a record of numerous arrests including attempted homicide with a firearm. At 12:15 a.m. September 30, detectives located and pursued the suspected vehicle and, with the assistance of a helicopter from the San Jose Police Department, were able to stop the vehicle near Sundale Drive and Fremont Boulevard in central Fremont. McClinton was arrested after a short standoff and booked into Santa Rita Jail on charges of kidnapping, felony domestic violence, false imprisonment, and felony evading. About an hour later detectives located the female victim who was unharmed. An investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call the FPD Investigative Unit at (510) 790-6900 or send an anonymous tip by texting TIP FREMONTPD followed by a message to 888-777, or via the web at https://local.nixle.com/tip/alert/6216337.

Suspect sought in Fremont attack
Police seek help
Submitted by Fremont PD

Police in Fremont are asking the public for help in identifying and locating a man suspected of attacking a woman who was walking at Lake Elizabeth in Fremont’s Central Park on August 26.

According to Fremont Police Department officials, the incident occurred at about 7:30 a.m. when the woman was walking near the boathouse and talking on her cell phone. An unknown man approached and began cursing at her in English and Hindi. He then punched her three or four times in the head, causing her to fall to the ground and briefly lose consciousness. He then took her cell phone and threw it into the lake, and left the scene.

In a statement released September 29, police described the man as being between 40 and 50 years old, between 5-feet-10 and 5-feet-11 inches tall, with an average athletic build, dark brown eyes, black straight hair cut short, full dark beard and mustache, and a medium complexion. At the time of the incident, he wore a black windbreaker-type jacket, grey sweatpants, and running shoes.

The case is being investigated as a felony battery and vandalism. Anyone with information is asked to call Fremont Police Detective Anthony Liu at (510) 790-6931 or send an email to aliu@fremont.gov. Anonymous tips can be sent by texting Tip FremontPD followed by a short message to 888777 or via the web at https://fremontpolice.gov/TIP.

Robbery suspects arrested
Submitted by Newark PD

On Thursday, September 23, 2021, at approximately 2:15 p.m., Newark Police Department Dispatch Center was advised by Alameda County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) Aviation Unit that a white colored Toyota RAV4, recently stolen during a carjacking in an East Bay city, was in Newark. The Aviation Unit reported they observed the occupants of the vehicle actively committing a strong-armed robbery in the area of Newark Boulevard and Jarvis Avenue.

Newark police officers immediately responded to the robbery and located the suspect vehicle as it fled the scene. A pursuit was initiated, with the assistance of the ACSO airplane, from eastbound State Route 84 to northbound Interstate 880, and ultimately terminated in Hayward when the driver pulled into a cul-de-sac. Two of the three subjects exited the car and fled on foot through residential backyards. The driver was taken into custody without further incident. Officers quickly set up a perimeter in the area and ultimately arrested the second subject. The third subject is still outstanding and investigators are actively working to identify him.

The strong-armed robbery victim’s property was recovered in the suspect vehicle and returned. The 75-year-old victim did not sustain any serious injuries.

The two subjects in custody, both 15-year-old juveniles, were ultimately arrested. Both were booked at Alameda County Juvenile Hall. The Alameda County District Attorney assigned to juvenile cases charged both juveniles on Tuesday, September 28th, 2021, with robbery and evading a peace officer.

If you have any information regarding this investigation or believe you were victimized, please contact Newark Police Officer Matt Warren at matt.warren@newark.org or 510.578.4960.

Information can also be left anonymously on the “Anonymous Tip” hotline at 510.578.4965.

We would like to thank our regional law enforcement partners on the ground for their help in this case. We would also like to thank the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit for their assistance in the air.

Union City Police Log
Submitted by Union City PD

Monday, August 30
• At about 12:37 p.m. officers responded to a robbery report in the 32000 block of Alvarado Boulevard. The caller told police that a male went up to the teller, passed a note, and demanded money. The man then fled on foot with the cash. Witnesses described the suspect as a tall Black man between 30 and 45 years old.

Thursday, September 9
• At about midnight officers responded to a report about an assault in the 2500 block of Copa Del Oro Drive. The victim told police that the suspect was intoxicated and tried punching her. The suspect then grabbed a kitchen knife, charged at the victim, and tried to stab her. The victim was able to escape without injuries. Officers arrived and placed an adult female under arrest on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and battery.

Sunday, September 12
• At about 3:00 a.m. Officer Evoniuk spotted a suspicious vehicle while on a patrol check in the 4000 block of Whipple Road. He contacted the male occupant, and a record check showed two outstanding arrest warrants, he also had suspected methamphetamine in his pocket. A record check on the vehicle showed it was reported stolen several months ago. The male was arrested on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle and drugs.

• At about 4:15 p.m. officers responded to a report about an assault in the 32100 block of Alvarado Blvd. The victim told police that he confronted an unknown male that was speeding in a vehicle through a parking lot. The driver and two occupants exited the vehicle and battered the victim. The driver then got back into the car and tried to run the victim over. The victim was able to get out of the way and avoid getting hit. The suspects then fled on foot as officers arrived and were not found. Detectives are investigating the case as an assault with a deadly weapon.

Alameda County Sheriff’s Office
Submitted by Sergeant Ray Kelly

Wednesday, September 29
• Sheriff’s detectives conducted more than a dozen search warrant operations in several East Bay locations to take down a large organized and sophisticated network of illegal marijuana growers. Preliminary estimates showed detectives seized more than 100,000 plants and more than $10,000,000 in cash along with millions of dollars’ worth of infrastructure, equipment, lighting, generators and supplies needed to grow the plants. An investigation is continuing into what the Sheriff’s Office describes as the biggest marijuana bust in Bay Area history. Details will be released as they become available.

BART Police Log
Submitted by Les Mensinger and BART PD

Saturday, September 25
• At 7:41 a.m. a man identified by police as Joshua Wise, 34, of Hayward was detained at San Leandro station for smoking. A record check showed an outstanding $10,000 warrant. He was arrested and booked into Santa Rita Jail.

• At 6:47 p.m. a man identified by police as Michael Washington, 46, of Berkeley was arrested at Fremont station on suspicion of violating a court restraining order. He was booked into Santa Rita Jail.

Sunday, September 26
• At 6:08 p.m. a man identified by police as Emmanuel Macias, 31, of Oakland, was arrested at Bay Fair station in San Leandro on a misdemeanor $10,000 warrant issued by BART police charging indecent exposure and false imprisonment. He was booked into Santa Rita Jail.
• At 7:57 p.m. a man identified by police as Dominque Rooffener, 32, of Fremont was arrested at Fremont station on a felony warrant charging theft. He was booked into Santa Rita Jail.

Monday, September 27
• At 1:05 p.m. a man identified by police as Jerry Thomas, 37, of Berkeley was detained at Milpitas station on suspicion of fare evasion. A record check showed an outstanding warrant charging theft. He was arrested and booked at Santa Clara County Main Jail.

• At 4:53 p.m. an adult male was found unresponsive and with no pulse at Fremont station. Officers provided emergency aid and administered two doses of NARCAN with negative results. Arriving paramedics pronounced the man dead. Based on preliminary investigation, police believe the man may have died from a drug overdose; no foul play is suspected.

• At 9:23 p.m. a man identified by police as David Begovich, 30, of San Francisco was stopped at Milpitas station on suspicion of possessing a drug paraphernalia pipe. A record check showed seven outstanding warrants. He was arrested and booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail.

Wednesday, September 29
• At 11:37 a.m. a man identified by police as Chester Johnson, 41, of Oakland was arrested at Union City station on an outstanding warrant charging him with being out of compliance with a sex registration requirement. He was issued a prohibition order and booked into Santa Rita Jail.

Thursday, September 30
• At 12:19 a.m. a man identified by police as Carlos Flores, 42, of San Leandro was arrested at Bay Fair station in San Leandro on suspicion of public intoxication. He was booked into Santa Rita Jail.

• At 2:45 p.m., Officers Winslow and Tatarian responded to the Milpitas station to conduct a welfare check on a male subject that possibly overdosed on a Daly City bound train. Upon arrival, the subject was found to be passed out and unresponsive. Officers administered three doses of NARCAN, at which point the subject woke up and started to become responsive. The subject was taken to an area hospital for further medical treatment.

• At 6:03 p.m., Officers detained Ashley Keller (10/08/1987, San Leandro) for fare evasion at Bay Fair Station. Keller was booked into the Santa Rita Jail for outstanding warrants.

Champions of Character
Submitted by Rachel Kahoalii

The following Newark Memorial High School athletes were recognized as Champions of Character by their teammates this week:

Football: Diego Arreola and Josh Limitiaco
Diego is someone who is always working hard with a positive mindset and is always trying to get better on and off the field. This is why he has been nominated this week as our Champion of Character.

Josh is very hard working and constantly pushes his peers on and off of the field. He shows dedication, especially off the field with keeping his grades up and constantly putting in the extra work to be at his peak performance.

Volleyball: Jillian Walker and Mariam Aziz
Jill is Champion of Character because she always has a positive attitude and is always working hard. Whether we’re doing good or bad she not only pushes herself but her teammates as well. Jill is always the loudest on the court celebrating or cheering during a game to lift up our moods. She always checks up on how we are doing and tries her best to motivate her team.

Mariam is a Champion of Character because she is someone who always puts in the work whether it’s during practice or outside of practice. She is also one of the motivators on this team, having a lot of energy no matter what the situation.

Cross Country: Bianca Rodriguez Yanez & Sean Ambrosio
Bianca always brings a positive impact to the team. She is always there to make someone smile and it is something that needs to be recognized. When one of her teammates is feeling down, she knows how to bring them back up. Thank you for all that you do Bianca!

Sean is a very motivating teammate during workouts and has been mentoring some of the underclassmen for school activities and sports.


Due Diligence

In the financial arena, the term “due diligence” is frequently used to acknowledge and express concern for safekeeping of valuable resources – cash, commodities, stocks, bonds, etc. Those qualified as “fiduciaries” are entrusted with management of such assets in the best interests of clients.

Due diligence is also reflected in other areas of business and commerce. This system of analyzing risk and reducing elements of danger can be applied to administration, human resources, taxes, intellectual property and environmental concerns as well. The process of analysis, risk assessment, fact checking, monitoring and progress depends on faith in those entrusted with essential services and valuable documents or items. When monitoring progress, the need for corrective action is a prime factor to continue and remain on course.

There is nothing new about the use and terminology of due diligence. Its roots, as “requisite effort,” can be traced back to the 15th century and possibly even earlier. Although a legal definition emerged centuries later, the meaning remained essentially the same: protection – public or private – from harm by others.

While obvious when dealing with money and property transactions, organizations also have fiduciary responsibilities when managing their operations. If financial fiduciaries are unsuccessful, it can be readily visible and apparent, reflected by losses in a profitable marketplace or legal complications. However, in the public and service sector, clarity can be subject to interpretation and subjective evaluation.

The recent separation of the City of Fremont from (now former) City Manager Mark Danaj is a conundrum that requires close inspection and evaluation of the city’s system of due diligence. Leaving Fremont for the top management position as City Manager in Manhattan Beach [Southern California], his tenure there lasted just shy of four years. In a contentious termination, Danaj was able, through a network of public employee associates, to hopscotch to a temporary position with the City of Santa Clara en route to another top position… Fremont City Manager.

Irrespective of other considerations such as salary and benefit incentives, the selection of a former employee, embroiled in a controversial termination situation, seems a bit odd… especially when considered for the very same position. While personnel matters are, by their nature, shrouded by legal restrictions, the selection process in this case bears scrutiny. Why was Danaj selected?

The Separation Agreement between the city and Danaj specifically forbids full disclosure of any details, allowing only the statement, “DANAJ resigned from City service effective September 30, 2021 and the departure was settled in a mutually acceptable manner.” With little detail allowed to surface, it is incumbent on Fremont councilmembers to restore trust and faith in their hiring practices.

It is unfair to residents and other employees alike to accept such abrupt, drastic negative action with little or no explanation and include a lavish financial reward to boot. Closed council meetings to discuss Danaj were held September 21 and 28, a period on one week. At the latter meeting, his resignation (termination) was accepted unanimously. The short timeframe of meetings and separation is an indication of a specific precipitating incident or event. With time, some details may emerge from the agreement’s legal web, but until then much relies on trust in sitting councilmembers.

Until the truth is revealed, it is essential for current councilmembers to conduct a search for a new city manager with transparency and candor. Due diligence has been around for centuries, but its practice is often problematic. Let’s hope that city staff and council respond to this management debacle with renewed dedication to the hope and promise of due diligence.