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Alameda County Fire Department

Submitted by ACFD


Saturday, November 2

  • At 9:54 p.m. firefighters responded to a report about a fire at a two-story residential duplex in an unincorporated area of San Leandro. They quickly put out the fire, which was contained to the second floor. One person was displaced, but there were no injuries.


Thursday, November 7

  • At 1:06 a.m. firefighters from Station 22 responded to a fire at the Round Table Pizza on Hesperian Boulevard in San Lorenzo. The fire started on the building’s exterior but spread to the attic. Firefighters were able to hold back the blaze with minimal damage to the building’s interior. There were no injuries.




Adopt An Angel

Submitted by Georgia Butterfield


In the 60’s, elementary school children walked to school early enough to play before classes began. One day in November, a 10-year-old boy named Cory overheard a much younger boy lamenting that he had never had a visit from Santa Claus. Cory had never heard of such a thing.


He went to the store a block away and convinced the manager to let him sweep the parking lot every morning, which he did for several weeks. He told no one what he was doing it for. Finally, he saved up $8 to buy a battery-operated train. His problem was that he didn’t have enough to buy the batteries, or a ride to the store. So, he had to confide in his mother, who drove him and bought the batteries.


He then wrapped the gift and, when it got dark, took it across Fremont Boulevard to a small farmhouse where American High now stands. He placed the gift on the front porch and dashed away. The Monday after the Christmas break, the little boy was thrilled to tell everyone that “Santa had come to his house on Christmas too.” Cory felt that every child deserves a visit from Santa.


Many years later, Cory died suddenly from a brain hemorrhage at age 38. He was my son. As the holidays once again rolled near, it was a very sad time. One day, at our office, there was an announcement that an organization called “Adopt An Angel” needed help wrapping gifts for needy kids.


So I wrapped, and it helped because it was something that Cory believed in – even at an early age. I’m still wrapping, and I still believe, as he did, that every child deserves to go back to school after Christmas and be able to say they had a visit from Santa.


That’s how it all started for me. Today, we work with Alameda County Protective Services and Terra Firm, to provide gifts to kids living in group homes, shelters, foster care or just low-income homes. We will start with over 600 kids and hope to reach a higher number. This is just a small percentage of the thousands of children who have been physically, mentally or emotionally abused and deprived of basic needs. Many are asking for basics such as shoes, PJ’s, school supplies, blankets, sheets, etc. Toothpaste and a toothbrush of their very own. Pencils and paper for schoolwork. A backpack. A jacket. Ordinary things that most of our own kids have grown up thinking are the “norm.”


The list of names is long – too long. The tears that fall are many – too many. We don’t pretend that we can fix the damaged bodies and minds of these children. All we can do is give them the joy of knowing they’re not forgotten on that one magical day of the year when “Santa” will somehow find them and make them feel like any other child. We, through the help of the public, will put smiles on faces and let these children know that someone knows and cares about them.


Those who wish to contribute to Adopt an Angel can contact the organizer Georgia Butterfield at (510) 673-3938 or gbutterfield9@att.net. Gifts must be submitted by December 2 so that they can be processed before wrapping starts on December 7. Many organizations assist with the wrapping, including Logitech, Sunol 4H, Washington Hospital, and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.




American Legion celebrates centennial

Submitted by Jon McLaren


In 2019, the American Legion is celebrating its centennial – 100 years.


Shortly after the end of WWI, in March of 1919, four line-officers, including Lt. Col. Teddy Roosevelt, Jr. and General Pershing, met in Paris to discuss what might happen at home when nearly two million newly discharged veterans, many disabled and shell-shocked, returned to their civilian lives. In response, future Legion founders gathered at the Paris Caucus to talk about launching a new veterans’ organization at home. Three hundred soldiers were expected, but more than 1,000 attended. Later, eligibility criteria were defined and the name “American Legion” was chosen for the association. The Legion was charted by the U.S. Congress in September 1919. It was, and continues to be, non-political.


The American Legion has had a role in the creation of a number of major American institutions, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Flag Code, the “GI Bill,” and many more. The Legion continues to improve lives of veterans and their families, support an effective system of defense, and encourage young people to develop a foundation for the future. All the individual, local American Legion Posts across the country adopt various purposes to serve the “Community, State, and Nation.”


American Legion Post 837 serves the Tri-Cities of Fremont, Newark, and Union City. Our interests, or purposes, continue to be:


  • Boys State and Girls State – funding and support.
  • Ohlone College Veterans – provision of snacks, drinks, and supplies.
  • Helmets for Heroes – small plastic combat helmet piggy banks to collect donations for Veteran causes.
  • Socks for Veterans – new socks and t-shirts collected for Veterans at various VA Facilities.
  • East Bay Scout Band, Venture Crew 224 – sponsorship and support.
  • Flag Appreciation Certificates – recognition of local residents and businesses, who continually display an American Flag.
  • Color Guard – provides the annual Rifle Salute for the Memorial Day Service at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in Warm Springs. Additionally, the Color Guard, escorted by our antique military vehicles convoy, marches in the Fremont 4th of July Parade, the Niles Festival of Lights Parade in November, and in the Newark Days Parade in September.


If you served in the Military, with an Honorable Discharge, at any time, and you would like to join the American Legion please come to one of our meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Niles Veterans Memorial Building. Our website is: www.post837.org.



American Legion

Third Tuesdays

6:30 p.m.

Niles Veterans Memorial Building

37154 Second Street, at “E” St., Fremont





Authentic Japanese Tonkotsu Ramen Specialties

Submitted by Carmen Herlihy

Photos courtesy of Angry Ramen and Bayfair Center


Bayfair Center recently announced the addition of Angry Ramen, specializing in traditional ramen dishes made with a unique Japanese Tonkotsu broth. The new 1,450-square-foot restaurant is located on the exterior of the shopping center between Jamba Juice and Kohl’s. Angry Ramen is open now with limited hours, but will officially open for business with full operating hours from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. starting November 11th.


Angry Ramen serves traditional ramen favorites with made-from-scratch Tonkotsu pork bone broth that has been slowly simmered for 12 hours with the restaurant’s secret blend of spices and vegetables. All ingredients are locally sourced, and Angry Ramen makes its own noodles fresh each day. The restaurant serves two types of noodles: Hakata, a thin egg noodle, and Sapporo, a thicker wheat noodle. Each order can be customized to the diner’s unique preferences. The restaurant also serves a number of appetizers, including edamame and a pork belly wrap.


“Angry Ramen is a welcome addition to our menu of dining options,” says Tony Smith, Senior General Manager at Bayfair Center. “With traditional Japanese ramen dishes and a customizable menu built around locally sourced farm-fresh meats and vegetables, Angry Ramen will soon be a customer favorite with local diners.”


Angry Ramen

11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

15555 E 14th St., San Leandro

(510) 940-8650





Apple commits $2.5B to combat California housing crisis

By Matt O'Brien

AP Technology Writer

Nov 04


Apple has committed $2.5 billion to ease California's housing crisis, eclipsing similar pledges by fellow Silicon Valley giants Google and Facebook to address a lack of affordable housing in a region where affluent tech workers have helped drive up the cost of homes.


Apple's pledge Monday includes a $1 billion statewide fund creating an “open line of credit” to build new homes for households with low to moderate incomes and a $1 billion homebuyer mortgage assistance fund.


“It's a recognition that the San Francisco Bay Area is in a major housing crisis,” said David Shulman, a senior economist with the Anderson Forecast at the University of California, Los Angeles.


Shulman said it's a good step but might not make much of a difference if it's just creating “cheap financing” for development and down payment relief for people who are high enough on the income scale to be able to buy a home in the expensive region.


The company's promise also includes $300 million to make Apple-owned land in San Jose available for affordable housing – a strategy that Shulman said is more effective because sky-high land prices are at the root of the housing crisis.


“If they make the land available for free or very cheap, then you can do something,” he said.


Apple is also investing in a $150 million partnership with a Bay Area nonprofit to support new affordable housing projects with long-term forgivable loans and grants; and $50 million to address homelessness in the region.


Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, said in a statement that the company worked closely with experts to craft a plan “that confronts this challenge on all fronts, from the critical need to increase housing supply, to support for first-time homebuyers and young families, to essential philanthropy to assist those at greatest risk.”


Google and Facebook this year each promised $1 billion to help address high housing costs. It's probably not just philanthropic sentiment that's guiding the tech companies' efforts, said Andrew Padovani, an economist at the University of California, Davis, who says the high housing costs are making the region a less desirable place to live.


“They're really starting to feel the effects of this,” he said. “Trying to hire workers for their campuses in the Bay Area is becoming more expensive. They have to pay workers enough to live in the area.”


Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday called Apple's pledge an “unparalleled financial commitment to affordable housing,” adding he hopes other companies follow its lead. The Democratic governor has urged tech companies to pitch in to ease a crisis in which there are far fewer homes and apartments than necessary to house the state's nearly 40 million people.


The state has also enacted new laws aimed at boosting funding for affordable housing and easing development restrictions.


The Bay Area has been swamped with highly paid tech workers, leading to bidding wars for the limited supply of homes in cities like Cupertino, where Apple Inc. is headquartered. Voters in nearby Mountain View, home to Google, passed a per-employee business tax last year to get companies to help ease the strain on traffic and housing. Cupertino had debated a similar proposal but put it off amid opposition from Apple.


“There's been talk of business taxes for the whole region,” said Cupertino Mayor Steven Scharf. “I think they're trying to get ahead of that and realizing they're having a big impact on the housing situation.”


Padovani, of UC Davis, said Apple's investment targeting low-income and affordable housing is well placed, since most developers have sought to build homes at market rates. He said, however, that there are still other challenges, such as local land-use restrictions and the geography of the Bay Area, which limits where homes can be built.


Faced with higher traffic gridlock and other headaches associated with hosting huge tech campuses, some communities on the peninsula between San Francisco and San Jose have been resistant to make room for new development.


Shulman, of UCLA, said “you need a major relaxation of zoning on the Peninsula and that's going to be difficult to do given the local opposition to density.”





Suspect faces arson charges in hillside park fires

Submitted by East Bay Regional Park District Police


A 42-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a series of small fires set recently at Garin Regional Park in South Hayward. The suspect was identified by East Bay Regional Park District Police as Roman Montalvo. He faces numerous charges including arson and obstructing an officer. He also had an outstanding felony warrant.


The fires were reported at 4:42 p.m. on Saturday, November 2. East Bay Regional Park District Police and Fire personnel, the Alameda County Fire Department, and Cal Fire immediately responded to the report.


Witnesses on the scene provided authorities with a description of a suspicious person in the vicinity of the fires. While the East Bay Regional Park District Police Helicopter (Eagle 6) was on the scene dropping water on the flames, they spotted a suspect that matched the description of the suspicious person directly adjacent to one of the fires.


After the suspect attempted to flee, Eagle 6 directed park officers to his location and he was taken into custody. The eight small fires burned under 10 acres of parkland; no buildings were damaged or threatened.




Pair of Toyota Priuses: for two lifestyles

By Steve Schaefer


Since the beginning of the 21st century, Toyota’s Prius has been the hybrid leader. Its Hybrid Synergy Drive System seamlessly matches a gasoline engine with an electric motor, saving fuel with no action needed by the driver. With the plug-in Prius, Toyota introduced a car that could serve as an all-electric car for local driving but revert to hybrid for longer drives, eliminating range anxiety. The latest version is called the Prius Prime.


I just drove a standard Prius and the Prime back to back for a week each to learn their similarities and differences.


Both Priuses were blue: The standard car was electric storm blue while the Prime flaunted blue magnetism. Blue is often identified with “green” cars, so this seems appropriate. Both cars look essentially the same on the outside at 10 paces, except for the front and rear ends. My 2019 regular Prius showed off a new look with trimmed back headlights and taillamps and reduced edginess. It looks a bit more mainstream, which is not a bad thing.


The Prime features a more flowing shape, with a more sensuously rounded rear window, although both Priuses have split rear windows that can impede vision when you’re backing up.

Inside, the cars look and feel similar, but the Prime, with presumably more interesting information to convey with its battery system, flaunts a larger dash center touchscreen—11.6 inches vs. the 8.1-inch one on the standard car. It’s mounted vertically, kind of like a Volvo’s. The Prime plays a piano tune and shows a video of the car driving up or down a white sphere when you turn it on and off, which helps you know if the car is on or off—an issue with EVs. You can silence it if you so desire.


My standard tester offered all-wheel drive (AWD), which is new, and would likely be a benefit in places with worse weather than I experienced in June in Northern California. The AWD models use a nickel-metal hydride (N-MH) battery while the others employ lithium-ion. Toyota says this is because N-MH batteries work better in cold conditions, where an AWD Prius might find itself.


The hybrid synergy drive system works the same in both cars. The car’s electronic brain blends power from the 96-horsepower 1.8-liter gas engine and the 71-horsepower, 53-kW electric motor for the most efficient performance (the total system horsepower is a modest 121). You can select from three drive modes—normal, eco, and power—in both cars. These modes control how power is delivered for varying levels of efficiency. Eco provides more gradual acceleration. Power lets you enjoy more aggressive driving; normal works fine for everything, but I tended to shift to Eco on longer drives.


The biggest difference, though, is the presence of an 8.8 kW chargeable battery and plug in the Prime, which allows up to 25 miles of pure electric driving. In the plain Prius, you can press the EV Auto button on a level surface with a full battery and get maybe a mile of 25 mph EV cruising, but with the Prime, I set the button to make it all-electric for all my driving. When the chargeable battery was depleted, the car smoothly reverted to hybrid mode. Otherwise, it sailed as smoothly as any pure EV out there in all conditions.


My Prime tester outweighed the standard car by 155 pounds, thanks to the larger battery. The Prime’s battery also took up room in the cargo bay, raising the rear floor a few inches, reducing cargo volume by nearly five cubic feet.


Pricing on the two cars is significantly different. My standard Prius was an XLE model with all-wheel drive, and base priced at $28,820. With several options, including 15-inch alloy wheels ($899), an Advanced Technology Package ($800) that included a color head-up display, and illuminated door sills ($299), the bottom line, with shipping, came to $32,195. The Prius Prime Advanced started at $33,350 and with the same optional alloys and door sills and a couple other things, topped out at $36,085. That’s about the starting price of a pure electric vehicle, such as the Chevrolet Bolt EV or Nissan LEAF.


Efficiency numbers are 52 City, 48 Highway, and 50 mpg combined for the regular Prius. The Prime gets two numbers—54 mpg if you use gasoline only (i.e. never plug it in) and 133 MPGe when using electricity and gas (compare to other EVs). Although the EPA Green numbers are identical (7 for Smog and 10 for Greenhouse Gas), the Prime will save you $4,000 in fuel costs over 5 years compared to the average car versus $3,250 for the standard model.


With its decades of experience, Toyota really knows how to build a great hybrid. But how do you choose between a regular hybrid and a plug-in?


Think about how you drive. If, like me, you commute back and forth to the train station two miles from home and run errands around town, with diligent charging you can essentially drive an electric car, with all the quiet, smooth, clean motoring you want. If you travel longer distances regularly, the benefits of the 25 miles of local battery range are not as useful, and a standard hybrid would be a better and less expensive choice.




Bands 4 Bands

Submitted by Pete Schaaphok


Bands4Bands is a Bay Area coalition of bands that helps up-and-coming groups achieve success through cross promotion, information sharing and live performances. But this month they will be helping kids in need have a special Christmas. On November 16, Bands4Bands will have their 13th annual “Toy Drive,” to collect toys for the Salvation Army. Featured bands will be Toy Called God, TNP, and Mystic Rage.


This is a free show (no cover), open to anyone 21+. Just bring a new toy or a cash donation. Even having a beer will contribute to the cause! All proceeds go to purchase new toys for the holidays.


Bands4Bands Toy Drive

Saturday, Nov 16

8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

The Bistro

1001 B. St., Hayward

(510) 886-8525





BART Police Log

Submitted by Les Mensinger and BART PD


Saturday, November 2

  • At 7:53 p.m. a man identified by police as Ryan Moore, 38, of Oakland was arrested at Bay Fair station in San Leandro on a $30,000 warrant for vandalism and booked into jail.


Monday, November 4

  • At 8:16 p.m. a man identified by police as Joe Jones, 38, of San Francisco was arrested at Bay Fair station in San Leandro on an outside agency warrant and booked into Santa Rita Jail.


Tuesday, November 5

  • At 10:35 a.m. a man identified by police as Arturo Velasquez, 26, of Berkeley was arrested at Bay Fair station in San Leandro on a no-bail warrant from Alameda County for contempt of court. He was booked into Santa Rita Jail.


Wednesday, November 6

  • At 12:34 p.m. a man identified by police as Dennis Miller, 19, of Hayward was arrested at Bay Fair station in San Leandro on suspicion of violating a court order. He was booked into Santa Rita Jail.




Board approves ban on sale of e-cigarettes

Submitted by Janice Rombeck


Acting on a formal recommendation from Supervisors Dave Cortese and Cindy Chavez, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved banning the sale of e-cigarettes and flavored tobacco in unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County. Retailers with existing permits will be allowed to sell tobacco products only until July 1, 2020.


The Board’s vote at the Tuesday, November 5th meeting, was a response to the rapidly growing use of e-cigarettes, or vaping, among teen-agers and the increasing negative effects on teens and young adults across the country who become addicted to nicotine.


“Vaping is now an epidemic in our schools and communities. Pulmonary illness has increased dramatically due to e-cigarette usage with almost 1,500 cases of acute lung injury and 33 deaths reported to the CDC (Center for Disease Control),” said Supervisor Dave Cortese. “Our young people are being targeted by predatory marketers who recruit new users by getting them hooked on the nicotine in e-cigarettes. This ordinance will make it harder for teens to buy e-cigarettes.”


The use of e-cigarettes by high school students increased by 78% between 2017 and 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In Santa Clara County, one third of high school students reported using e-cigarettes, according to a survey by the County Public Health Department.


In 2016, the Board also adopted an ordinance to address teen tobacco use by prohibiting the use of tobacco products to anyone under age 21, including flavored cigarettes. But the dramatic rise in e-cigarette use among youth along with respiratory illnesses and a link to six deaths demanded further action by the Board.


For more information call the Office of Supervisor Dave Cortese at (408) 299-5030 or visit www.supervisorcortese.org




Vigil to honor homeless who have died

Submitted by Chris De Benedetti

Photos courtesy of Abode Services


Abode Services, one of the Bay Area’s largest providers of housing services to homeless people, is partnering with St. James’ Episcopal Church to co-host their annual Candlelight Vigil to honor people in the community who have been affected by homelessness, including those who have died while homeless.


The interfaith vigil will be Monday, November 18 at St. James’ Episcopal Church at Thornton Avenue and Cabrillo Drive in Fremont. The yearly ceremony is held in recognition of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, which runs this year from November 16-24.


The Reverend Lori Walton, Rector of St. James’ Episcopal Church, will emcee the vigil. Featured speakers will include Louis Chicoine, Abode Services’ chief executive officer, and Meli Harmon, of Abode Services. Other scheduled speakers representing different religious faiths will include The Reverend Jeff Spencer, senior pastor of Niles Discovery Church in Fremont; Sarabjit Kaur Cheema, faith leader of the Sikh Faith; and Moina Shaiq, founder of Meet a Muslim Conversations.


“The highest expression of compassion is to reach our hand out, helping those who have less, lifting up the disenfranchised, and recognizing the humanity in each person,” Walton said. “This begins with the awareness that there are those who suffer on our neighborhood streets due to lack of the most basic needs. This vigil serves to honor each life and to bring into our vision the urgent need to actively care for the well-being of all our citizens.”


The names of people who died while homeless will be read. Those attending are encouraged to donate canned goods and other non-perishable items at the church. “The vigil will take place just days before Thanksgiving,” Chicoine said. “This somber ceremony gives us a moment to give thanks for what we have, but it can also be a call to action to work together to ensure our neighbors in need are not left behind.”


The evening’s other co-hosts include Tri-City Interfaith Council and We Stand United Against Hate. For more information, go to www.saintj.com or www.abodeservices.org.


Candlelight Vigil

Monday, Nov 18

7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

St. James’ Episcopal Church

37051 Cabrillo Ter, Fremont

(510) 657-7409





Woman faces charges in violent carjacking; second suspect still at large

Submitted by Geneva Bosques, Fremont PD


A 19-year-old woman has been charged in connection with a violent carjacking and assault that occurred on Monday, October 28 in Fremont. Meanwhile, a second suspect has not been located and Fremont Police Department detectives are asking the public for help identifying him.


The incident started at about 10:20 a.m. when a 31-year-old woman was violently carjacked in the parking lot of a business located in the 47500 block of Seabridge Drive. The victim, who works as a food delivery driver, had just completed a delivery. As she was re-entering her vehicle, two suspects (a male and female) approached her. The female suspect, later identified by police as Naomi Melendez, a 19-year-old transient, grabbed the victim and dragged her violently out of the vehicle. The suspects then began to batter the victim with large river-rocks, pulled her hair and slammed her face into the asphalt. Melendez then got into the front passenger seat of the victim’s vehicle while the male suspect got into the driver’s seat and they drove away.


When officers arrived, the victim had visible injuries and complained of pain to her head. Several witnesses saw the attack and corroborated what happened. Further, several surveillance cameras in the area captured the attack and showed the suspects in the area just prior to the incident.


Fremont Police Detectives entered the vehicle in a Stolen Vehicle System (SVS) database, which allows police to be notified if an automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) camera captures it.


Then, at about 7:45 p.m. on Sunday, November 3, Daly City Police officers received an ALPR alert that the victim’s vehicle had entered their city. Daly City officers went to the area and spotted the vehicle traveling near the intersection of Mission Street and Citrus Drive and made an enforcement stop. Three people were inside, with Melendez in the driver seat.


Fremont Police Detectives went to Daly City and took custody of the vehicle. Evidence connecting Melendez to the carjacking was found inside, and she was arrested and booked into Fremont Jail. The other two occupants were interviewed and found to have no connection to the Fremont case.


On November 5 the case was presented to the Alameda County District Attorney for review. Melendez faces charges of felony carjacking and felony possession of a stolen vehicle.


Meanwhile, police are asking the public for help in identifying the male suspect in the Fremont carjacking case. He is described as Hispanic, in his late teens or early 20s with short hair and a stocky build. They have released photos from surveillance video taken at the scene. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please call the Fremont Police Department’s Investigative Unit at (510) 790-6954 or send an anonymous tip by texting TIP FREMONTPD followed by a message to 888-777, or online at https://local.nixle.com/tip/alert/6216337.

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Collegiate charter school joins cohort to reimagine K-12 learning

Submitted by Neena Goswamy


Hayward Collegiate Charter School is proud to announce its selection as a member of the Invent cohort at NewSchools Venture Fund (NSVF). Hayward Collegiate Charter School is one of 16 organizations in the Summer 2019 investment group. Each member has launched a new, innovative public school this school year designed to meet students where they are, help them succeed, and inspire them to create a brighter future. In addition to the funding, NewSchools will provide management assistance and create a community for cohort members.


Hayward Collegiate Charter School has one mission: to prepare South Hayward scholars to have agency over their lives. At Hayward Collegiate we believe that all students – regardless of race, socioeconomic status, home language, special education need, or zip code – have the fundamental right to a quality education. Fulfilling that right is not only our community’s most pressing challenge, but also should be our highest priority.


“Our families here in South Hayward work very hard; they often work more than one job to support their family and send them to school every day. And yet by 3rd, 5th, and 6th grade only one out of 10 students can read books that are on grade level in Hayward. That leaves 9 children whose families have done the right thing every day who are not getting the benefits of a high-quality education. And so we are here to be part of the solution,” said Neena Goswamy, Founder of Hayward Collegiate. “I grew up here, my roots are here, and my team and I came to this work out of deep honor and respect for our community and are so grateful for the partnership with NSVF.”


“Too many of today’s schools were built for a different time and purpose,” said Frances Messano, Senior Managing Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund. “We believe schools can be reimagined to better prepare young people for the future. That’s why NewSchools Invent is proud to invest in these teams of educators who are thinking boldly and creating new opportunities to set students up for success, regardless of where they’re from.”


Learn more about Hayward Collegiate Charter School at www.haywardcollegiate.org.




Chick-fil-A backs Sunday's National Sandwich Day – oops!

AP Wire Service


ATLANTA (AP), Nov 02 – Everyone who is a fan of Chick-fil-A knows that the chicken chain is closed on Sundays, in keeping with its founder's Christian faith.


But the Georgia-based fast-food chain apparently forgot when it sent an email to some of its loyalty members this week.


“Calling all sandwich lovers,” the email said. “Some prefer it grilled, others fancy the original. No matter which Chick-fil-A sandwich you love, order yours on November 3 for National Sandwich Day.”


Nov. 3, though, is a Sunday this year.


Another email followed Thursday with the subject, “Well … this is awkward.” The company says it was excited about National Sandwich Day and didn't realize it falls on Sunday.


Chick-fil-A spokeswoman Bekki Poelker says the whole situation was just an inadvertent mistake.




Community Concert Band celebrates “9”

Submitted by Milpitas Recreation and Community Services


Discover the mysterious musical magic of the number nine as part of Milpitas Community Concert Band’s 27th season! The band will be performing at the Milpitas Community Center on Friday, November 15.


The band has been going for nine times three seasons, and their fall performance features musical selections all related to number nine, including songs from “The Wizard of Oz,” released in 1939, “Indiana” (the 19th state), the finale from “Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9,” and “Joyful Variations,” based on “Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.”


Throughout the year, the Milpitas Community Concert Band welcomes volunteer musicians of all ages to rehearse weekly and perform free concerts for the community several times a year.


Come hear what they’re all about!



Milpitas Community Concert Band

Friday, Nov 15

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Milpitas Community Center

457 E. Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas

(408) 586-3210





Water Polo



Cougars Report

Submitted by Timothy Hess

Congratulations to the Newark Memorial Girls Water Polo team for their win in the first round (November 6) of North Coast Section Tournament versus Bishop O’Dowd by a score of 8-2. Although the Cougars were defeated by the top-ranked Carondelet Cougars (Concord) on November 9th, the team performed well in post-season play. Go Cougars!




Programs focus on college students’ basic needs

Submitted by Kimberly Hawkins


In recognition of National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week (November 16-24), Cal State East Bay’s (CSEB) Pioneers for HOPE Program is raising awareness through numerous events throughout November.


“Students are doing whatever they can to obtain their degree for a better life,” said Darice Ingram, Pioneers for HOPE coordinator. “Often that means cutting out basic needs like food or sleeping in unsafe housing situations. We are in one of the highest costs of living counties in the country, where renting a room can cost a student $1,300 per month. Students need their community to help however they can. They are our future.”


Cal State East Bay is holding a Veteran Student Services’ Socks and Toiletries Drive. All items collected by Nov. 12 will be assembled into care packages and given to Operation Dignity to assist homeless and hungry veterans. Presentation of care packages will take place at the men’s basketball game on the (CSEB) Hayward campus at 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 15.


Other events include:

  • Swipe-Out Hunger Drive: From November 18-22: Meal swipes at the Dining Commons on campus can be donated by students to other students in need.


  • Hunger Panel: On Tuesday, November 19 CSEB will host a panel on hunger and homelessness and offer a free community meal.


Ingram said having university leadership – everyone from the university president and faculty to students – commit their time and resources to help those in need, is what makes Cal State East Bay unique. “For us helping students meet their basic needs is not a department’s responsibility — it’s all of our responsibility,” Ingram explained. “Everyone rolls up their sleeves to pitch in. We are one of the few campuses with a full-time basic needs position. That attests to our commitment.”


Ingram continued, “Soon we hope to have focused fundraising efforts to make sure this work is always funded. That starts this year with our John Muir CHF Challenge Grant — where every new donation is matched up to $15,000. When we meet it, there will be $30,000 available to make sure we can buy food and other basic needs items for students.”


For program details, call (510) 885-4643 or visit the Pioneers for HOPE website at www.csueastbay.edu/hope/.




Under age 21? It may soon be harder to buy e-cigarettes

Submitted by Janice Rombeck


Acting on a formal recommendation from Supervisors Dave Cortese and Cindy Chavez, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors recently approved banning the sale of e-cigarettes and flavored tobacco in unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County. Retailers with existing permits will be allowed to sell tobacco products only until July 1, 2020.


The Board’s unanimous vote at its Tuesday, November 5 meeting was a response to the rapidly growing use of e-cigarettes, or vaping, among teenagers and the increasing negative effects on teens and young adults across the country who become addicted to nicotine.


“Vaping is now an epidemic in our schools and communities. Pulmonary illness has increased dramatically due to e-cigarette usage with almost 1,500 cases of acute lung injury and 33 deaths reported to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control),” said Supervisor Dave Cortese. “Our young people are being targeted by predatory marketers who recruit new users by getting them hooked on the nicotine in e-cigarettes. This ordinance will make it harder for teens to buy e-cigarettes.”


The use of e-cigarettes by high school students increased by 78% between 2017 and 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In Santa Clara County, one third of high school students reported using e-cigarettes, according to a survey by the County Public Health Department.


In 2016, the board also adopted an ordinance to address teen tobacco use by prohibiting the use of tobacco products to anyone under age 21, including flavored cigarettes. But the dramatic rise in e-cigarette use among youth along with respiratory illnesses and a link to six deaths demanded further action by the board.


For more information, call the Office of Supervisor Dave Cortese at (408) 299-5030.







Veterans Day, a day of hope and honor


Veterans Day, November 11, 2019, has come and gone, but the sentiment remains; a moment to honor those who have served in the armed forces of the United States of America. While Memorial Day commemorates all who lost their lives to protect the values – freedom, justice, rule of law – of our country, Veterans Day embraces all who presently or previously served to defend the public trust in our way of life.


While the phrase, “Thank you for your service” is often used to fill a vacuum of true appreciation, this is a particularly vulnerable time for us to reflect on the nature of our political experiment. Born in rebellion, but based on thoughtful and articulate ideals, the Declaration of Independence and Constitution of our country are based on the premise that, though people are imperfect in thought and action, striving for an ideal is not idle fantasy or an impossible dream. Citizens and non-citizens of all colors, religion and creeds have fought, some with fatal consequences, to protect this ‘land of opportunity,” no matter how flawed.


Service to these ideals comes in many forms, some not clothed in a uniform. However, the visible testament to this collective effort is represented by our service men and women, standard bearers for all of us – separated from prior military service or not. Many military personnel, especially those who have endured the hardship and frightening aspects of combat, will counsel against indiscriminate violence, in favor of peaceful diplomacy. That same lesson can be applied to all levels of strife – local to national and international.


Throughout the history of conflict involving the United States, leaders have often used phrases that indicate strength, but reserve armed conflict for occasions that warrant it (or sometimes, don’t!). During a period of expanding international influence, our 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), was fond of saying, “Speak softly but carry a big stick; you will go far.” Although applied in an uneven manner by that president and others that have followed, the sentiment carries a message of hope and reconciliation, holding force in reserve. The United States has a big stick; thoughtful and judicious use of it is always a challenge with the lives of many in the balance.


Veterans Day is a moment in time that we can enjoy a holiday but take at least some time to contemplate the cost of our form of government and threats to its existence. At all levels of public management – public and private, civil and military – debate and discourse should take precedence over intimidation and coercion. While the force of law and consequences is a necessary ingredient for practical life, force and might can be held as a defensive option to provide peace of mind that will protect our land and families in times of strife.


In the 1965 musical, Man of La Mancha, inspired by a fictional portrayal of Don Quixote by the 17th century Spanish writer, Miguel de Cervantes, the theme song, “The Impossible Dream” became a worldwide hit. In the face of overwhelming odds and a mock trial, the main character expands on the idea of persevering in the face of insurmountable odds. His song [music by Mitch Leigh, lyrics by Joe Darion]is a reflection of an ideal that may or may not be achieved, but is worth the struggle. The song ends with the aspirational conclusion:


And I know if I'll only be true
To this glorious quest
That my heart will be peaceful and calm
When I'm laid to my rest.


In recognition of our people in uniform – parents, siblings, children, friends and family – that are asked to protect us, the phrase, “Thank you for your service” does have meaning.





Education foundation thanks community, announces Zumba fundraiser

Submitted by Kathy Kimberlin


The Fremont Education Foundation (FEF) would like to thank everyone who came out for the 15th annual “Run 4 Education,” especially with such windy conditions! Over 700 runners/walkers came to Quarry Lakes on October 27th. Because of their support and that of generous sponsors, FEF will be able to give grants to 27 elementary, five junior high/middle, and six high schools to support after school sports programs. In addition, all 28 elementary schools and Glankler Early Learning Center will receive a cash prize for participating in the Run. Special shout out to our foundation sponsor Fremont Bank, and to Indulge Photography for great photos of the day.


To continue physical fitness activities and fundraising, FEF partner Fremont Adult School is holding a Zumba fundraiser at the Adult School on Calaveras Road on Saturday, November 16 at 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Registration is $15.00 in advance online or $20.00 at the door. All skill levels are welcome, including those new to Zumba! Register by clicking the donate button at www.fremont-education.org and enter comment “Zumba Fundraiser” to pay entrance fee. Huge thanks to the instructors (including assistant principal, Jackie Sprague) who will donate their time to this project.


Zumba fundraiser

Saturday, Nov 16

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Fremont Adult School

4700 Calaveras Ave., Fremont


Registration: $15 – 20




Foraged Fall Tablescapes

By Lalitha Viveswarm


Forage. “To search for or gather food for animals, particularly cattle and horses.”


And what does one forage for in the fall anyways? Squirrels will forage for nuts and oil rich seed. Hibernating animals will gorge themselves to fill out with fat that will help them survive winter.


Meanwhile, human beings are just starting their consumption cycle. Halloween brings forth the forage for candy. We teach our kids early on to collect and stash sugar. And then comes Thanksgiving, an embarrassment of calories. We also forage for cheap goods and “Black Friday” deals. The holiday season of material gluttony that stretches all the way to the New Year when fireworks herald another annual cycle of consumption. I am not pointing a finger at anyone. Were I to do so, I would have to start with myself.


In sunny California, we can’t be blamed if we barely register the change of seasons. But what if we take a deep breath and slow down a bit? What if we don’t have to go on a seasonal consumption binge? What if we hit pause on the trigger finger that is piling the shopping cart on our shiny screens?


I want to start with the gathering table. The table upon which we break bread, open a bottle of wine, pass that platter, exchange gifts and lean over for a hug or kiss. This could be your Foraged Fall Tablescape.


There are only a few conditions:

  1. It must be foraged from nature, not bought from a store.
  2. It shouldn’t hurt any living being.


Let us see what this may or may not include. For example:

  1. Fallen feathers, OK. Pulling feathers off a bird, even your pet, isn’t OK.
  2. Pumpkins you bartered with a neighbor, OK. Store bought pumpkin, not OK.
  3. Fallen acorns, OK. Gathering all acorns for your tablescape while squirrels starve, not OK.
  4. Plastic or wax fruit is not OK, fruits off your tree or a neighbor’s, OK.
  5. Leaves of various hues, OK. Spray-painting leaves, not OK.


Now that we have an idea of what to forage, here is the game plan.




  • Walk around the neighborhood and forage whatever has fallen to the ground.
  • It’s OK to allow your collected material to dry. Leaves that can be pressed and flowers that retain their color even after they are dried are always winners.
  • Decide on a theme. This time of the year, we can find fallen leaves, acorns, pinecones, berries etc.
  • Some materials can be fresh, usually produce like pumpkins or fruits.
  • Store materials carefully.




  • Toxic materials like glitter, color, paint, glue etc. They don’t decompose naturally and are not good for you anyways.
  • Artificial decorations made of plastic, foil, satin, paper etc. They have their place, but not at a foraged fall table.
  • Flammable materials if there are candles or a lamp on the table. Dried leaves and resinous materials in nature tend to be flammable, but only in excess.
  • Candles and incense burn quickly and can catch on billowing curtains or decorative ribbons.


Recommended: A walk around your neighborhood or meander within your garden. Maybe a public park or one of the many open spaces that remain in our urban landscape. Look at the ground below and it is amazing what nature gives when it is fall.


This is what I found when I walked around my neighborhood. Red-gold Sweet Gum leaves swept to the pavement, their prickly seed pods, pinecones, acorns, gingko leaves like a carpet, eucalyptus branches (some with buds), gnarly tree branches, dried grass like the golden hair of a fairy tale creature.


At the farm that is my workplace, I collected persimmons that hung like orange gold lanterns from leafless trunks and branches, pumpkins, winter squash and gourds that were meant for the market but not quite aesthetic, windblown lavender and brown acorns with their hob nail top hats, frost-damaged marigold flowers still hanging on to their orange and yellow hues and churlish mint tendrils that refuse to die even though the temperatures are now plummeting.


Back at home, I found windfall apples in my backyard and clusters of red pyracantha berries. Dried remnants of brilliant blue statice and surprisingly stubborn roses that seemed to have forgotten it is fall already. And those that were spent had left behind fat red rosehips.


As I look around, I find everywhere the bright and brilliant colors of defiant nature. We don’t have snow in our part of California, but we are still golden with oranges and reds. In fact, colors are not muted, but seem to pop as though they want to stand out. They seem to be beckoning the birds and critters to gorge themselves with oil-rich seeds and nuts for a cold winter. They shed their leaves and invite nature’s creatures to pick up twigs and leaves to line their winter beds. They display bright colors so birds won’t miss the vitamin-C-rich berries.


So, pick what you need and leave behind fall’s last offerings to our furry and feathered friends who need them. Be it your fall table, thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s table, decorate with gratitude for nature, which even as it says goodbye is only gone a while to return in spring. Quoting Percy Bysshe Shelley, “O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?”




Fremont Fire Department Log

Submitted by FFD


Monday, November 4

  • Firefighters responded to a half-acre vegetation fire off Hunter Road in Fremont. All structures were declared safe, but crews stayed at the scene for an extra hour after the fire was extinguished to put out any hot spots. There were no injuries.




Fremont Police Log

Submitted by Geneva Bosques, Fremont PD


Wednesday, November 6

  • At 6:47 p.m. officers responded to several 911 reports about a traffic collision between a motorcycle and an SUV in the area of Stevenson Boulevard and Liberty Street. Officers found the unresponsive motorcyclist lying in the eastbound lanes of Stevenson Boulevard near the entrance to the Estates at Park Place apartment complex. The motorcyclist, later identified by police as Joel Vieto, 29, of Fremont, died at the scene. The 44-year-old male driver of the SUV remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators. A female passenger in the SUV was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Stevenson Boulevard was closed between Fremont Boulevard and Paseo Padre Parkway for several hours while the collision was being investigated. Police said drugs and alcohol did not appear to be a factor. No arrests have been made and the cause of the collision is still under investigation.




Fremont City Council

November 5, 2019



  • Fremont Fire Department has hired 18 lateral recruits who will begin an abbreviated fire academy Friday, November 8th.
  • City of Fremont presented the Partner Award by Clean Tech Open on October 24th.


Consent Calendar:

  • Approve purchase order for fire protective equipment to MES Fire in an amount not-to-exceed $281,025.
  • Second reading of ordinance authorizing an amendment to the contract between City of Fremont and Board of Administration of the Public Employees’ Retirement System.


Ceremonial Items:

  • Proclaim Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month.
  • Proclaim Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month.


Items Removed from Consent:

  • Authorize FY 2019/20 Contract Amendment with California Department on Aging for Multipurpose Senior Services Program services. Speaker questioned whether there is a more efficient use of the funds.
  • Award a Professional Design Contract with PROS Consulting, Inc. in the amount of $512,280 for the Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master Plan Project.


Public Communications:

  • Comments regarding problems with current non-union janitorial contract. Ask for assistance by City.
  • Comments regarding changes to Rancho Arroyo Parkway. Mayor noted this is on the December 3 city council agenda.
  • Comment supporting positioning homeless shelter on city sites using prefabricated homes. Large Bay Area companies have indicated financial support.


Report from City Attorney:

  • Sale of 9,759 square feet at 37412 Fremont Boulevard to adjacent property owner, Silicon Sage, for $1.235 million was approved by City Council in closed session.


Other Business:

  • Presentation on Real Estate Open House Sign Regulations. Violations and enforcement actions discussed in reference to some realtors. Members of the real estate community [Bay East Association of Realtors] volunteered to help police the use of these signs. Complaints include: too many open house signs, signs left out for extended periods, signs used for advertising rather than directional signage. Staff recommendations include limiting signage at intersections and on property, prohibition of signage near Fremont Registered Historical Resource, modification of sign sidewalk regulations, expanding informational outreach programs to realtors, develop options for weekend enforcement of regulations. A volunteer enforcement program and nuisance suits to curb excessive violations may also be an option.


Mayor Lily Mei                       Aye

Vice Mayor Raj Salwan          Aye

Vinnie Bacon                          Aye

Rick Jones                               Aye

Teresa Keng (District 1)         Aye

Jenny Kassan (District 3)        Aye

Yang Shao (District 4)            Aye




Fremont’s tobacco retail license program goes into effect November 8

Submitted by Cheryl Golden


On October 8, 2019, the Fremont City Council voted unanimously to establish a Tobacco Retail License program, with an effective date of November 8, 2019. The City of Fremont joins over 150 California municipalities with similar programs.


The Council’s action is intended to address the public health epidemic of vaping by deterring youth access to any tobacco products in an effort to prevent future generations from nicotine addiction.


The Tobacco Retail License program has the following requirements:

  • Any retailer selling tobacco products must obtain an annual Tobacco Retail License from the City of Fremont
  • Cigarettes must be sold in packs of 20, at a minimum price of $8; Cigars (this includes cigarillos/little cigars) must be sold in packs of 5, at a minimum price of $8
  • Single cigars already sold at $5 are permitted
  • Flavored tobacco products are banned as of November 8, 2019


Flavored products include any tobacco products that impart a characterizing flavor, including menthol cigarettes and flavored non-cigarette tobacco products such as little cigars, smokeless tobacco, and flavored components of e-cigarettes and vaping devices. Characterizing flavor means a taste or aroma relating to menthol, mint, wintergreen, fruit, chocolate, vanilla, honey, candy, cocoa, dessert, alcoholic beverage, herb, or spice.


Letters are being sent to all state-licensed tobacco retailers, in Fremont, notifying them of the changes.


Workshops for retailers are planned this month on Friday, November 15, 2019, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Wednesday, November 20, 2019, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at City Hall in the Council Chambers, 3300 Capitol Ave., Building A.


The license application system will be ready to accept applications by January 1, 2020.

For ongoing information and to read the full ordinance, visit www.Fremont.gov/TobaccoRetailLicense.

For questions please contact the City’s Code Enforcement Division at 510-494-4430 or email code_enf@fremont.gov.




Ways to combat global warming: We can each be part of the solution

Submitted by Shirley Gilbert


Every day we are pelted with news of the devastating effects of global warming: ice caps melting, floods inundating lands and houses, fires burning out of control and scorching the landscape. Through it all we wonder what we, as individuals, can do about it. There are dozens of ways we can change the course of global warming according to environmentalist Jeff Goby. It’s not too late, he affirms, to be part of the solution.


Goby will pass along a new way of engaging with the environment in a program entitled “Reversing Global Warming: Introduction to Drawdown.” It will take place Tuesday, November 19 at the Fremont Main Library. “Like me,” says Goby, “you might feel confused about the best way to help, even guilty that you aren’t doing more and wondering if it’s just too late. I’m excited to share with you an approach to the issue that has given me optimism and focus.”


In the workshop and group discussion, Goby plans to introduce the book “Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming,” that turned his thinking around and made him feel less helpless. The book shows the results of five years of rigorous scientific research on the 100 most substantive, already existing solutions for addressing global warming. It posits that adhering to these solutions can start reversing global warming as early as 2045.


This workshop is sponsored by the Alameda County Library and the League of Women Voters Fremont-Newark-Union City. It is part of the League’s 2019 Speaker Series. The program is free and open to all.


Reversing Global Warming: Introduction to Drawdown

Tuesday, Nov 19

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Fremont Main Library

2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont

(510) 745-1400




Google buys Fitbit for $2.1B, stepping back into wearables

Nov 01

By Michelle Chapman and Matt O'Brien

AP Business Writers


Google is buying Fitbit for about $2.1 billion, enabling the internet company to step back into the hotly contested market for smartwatches and health trackers.


Fitbit is a pioneer in wearable fitness technology, but it's been shredded by that competition. Google, meanwhile, has been developing Wear OS software for other manufacturers to build wearable devices, but they haven't gained much traction in the face of competition from Fitbit, Apple, Samsung and others.


The deal to buy Fitbit could give Google a needed boost.


“Google doesn't want to be left out of the party,” said analyst Daniel Ives of Wedbush Securities. “If you look at what Apple has done with wearables, it's a missing piece of the puzzle for Google.”


Matt Stoller of the Open Markets Institute, a research group that focuses on competition and consolidation, said health care is one of the few industries big enough to help a company as large as Google keep growing.


The deal, expected to close next year, will likely face scrutiny from federal and state antitrust investigators that have launched probes this year. “It's obviously embarrassing to enforcers if they allow it without any sort of scrutiny,” Stoller said.


Fitbit makes a range of devices, from basic trackers that mostly count steps to smartwatches that can display messages and notifications from phones.


They can track a range of fitness activities, such as running, cycling and swimming, along with heart rates and nightly sleep patterns. Fitbit typically asks for date of birth, gender, height and weight to help with calorie and other calculations. Some users also use Fitbit devices and its app to track food and water intake. Women can also track their periods.


Google said it won't sell ads using the sensitive health data that Fitbit devices collect, continuing promises made by Fitbit.


But that likely stop Google from sucking up other personal data from Fitbit devices. Fitbit also has GPS models that could track users' locations. That could help Google know that a runner stopped at a coffee shop on the way back, allowing Google to then display ads for rival coffee shops.


More importantly, having a Google device on the wrist could drive its wearers to use Google services even more – giving Google more ways to collect data and sell ads.


Google's announcement suggests that Fitbit will be absorbed into Google's main business, rather than staying as an independent subsidiary of parent company Alphabet. That follows the trend of smart home device maker Nest, which was folded back into Google in 2018 after being a stand-alone company under Alphabet.


Fitbit has 28 million active users worldwide and has sold more than 100 million devices.


Its market capitalization soared to just under $10 billion after becoming a public company in 2015. But its value this week is well below $2 billion. When rumors of a potential buyout by Google surfaced earlier this week, Fitbit shares soared almost 30%. The stock jumped another 15% in morning trading Friday.


Alphabet said it will pay $7.35 per share for the company, which were trading at $7.20 each after the deal was announced. Alphabet shares gained less than 1% in morning trading.


“With Google's resources and global platform, Fitbit will be able to accelerate innovation in the wearables category, scale faster, and make health even more accessible to everyone,” Fitbit co-founder and CEO James Park said in a statement.


Fitbit has been expanding its partnerships with major health care companies such as Humana to encourage healthier living and disease management. John Hancock announced incentives last year on all its policies for people willing share data gathered by health-monitoring devices and offers Fitbits for free to active participants.


Last year, Fitbit acquired a cloud-based health coaching platform used to help manage conditions including diabetes and hypertension.


Research firm IDC ranks Fitbit fourth in global shipments of digital watches, fitness trackers and other wrist-worn devices, behind second-place Apple, and Chinese companies Xiaomi and Huawei, which took the first and third positions. Samsung came in fifth.


IDC noted that Fitbit pioneered the market but has suffered from poor reception this year to the Versa Lite smartwatch, though that was offset by the popularity of its newly launched Inspire wristbands. A study by Canalys, focused on the North American market, showed Fitbit second behind Apple and ahead of Samsung, though Apple and Samsung experienced the most gains.


Google's lack of wearables has been a blind spot that it is fixing with the Fitbit purchase and the upcoming launch of its earbuds, the Pixel Buds, this spring, UBS analyst Eric Sheridan said in a research note.


Sheridan said that health, fitness and wellness were a key focus for tech platforms. He predicted that Google would integrate its answer to Apple's Siri, called Assistant, with Fitbit along with its watch software.




AP Technology Writers Tali Arbel and Frank Bajak contributed to this report.




Health Fair for low-income and homeless residents

Submitted by Supervisor Dave Cortese


A Downtown Health Fair will be held Friday, November 15, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph in San Jose. I believe this is one of the most important events that my office and our generous sponsors organize each year. To the guests we serve at the Health Fair, check-ups and connections to services can be lifesaving. It is also heart-warming to see volunteers providing amenities that we take for granted every day. Besides health screenings, flu shots and our service agencies, volunteers will provide haircuts, winter clothing, foot baths, showers and lunch. Screenings will include tests for glucose, cholesterol, HIV and dental checks.


Joining my office in sponsoring the Health Fair are the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, the Low-Income Self-Help Center, the Catholic Community Foundation, CHAM Deliverance Ministry, Gardner Health Services, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County and Community Seva.



Health Fair

Friday, Nov 15

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph

80 South Market St, San Jose

(408) 299-5030





Theatre Review



Hello, Dolly! – still glowin’, crowin’ and goin’ strong

By Janet Grant


“Hello Dolly!” burst onto Hayward’s Douglas Morrisson Theatre (DMT) Friday night with color, spectacle and just a bit of zaniness. And judging by the sold-out crowd, this grand lady of the American musical theatre is just as popular as it was on Broadway in 1964.


Based on Thornton Wilder’s play, “The Matchmaker,” “Hello, Dolly!” (Book by Michael Stewart, music and lyrics by Jerry Herman) won an unprecedented 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical in its day. Over half a century later, iconic show tunes, fast-paced action and romantic escapades, keeps “Hello Dolly!” an enduring national treasure.


Under the able direction of DMT’s Sue Ellen Nelsen, “Hello Dolly!” features the exploits of Dolly Gallagher Levi, a widowed matchmaker and side-hustler in turn-of-the-century New York. When grumpy Yonkers grain merchant and half-a-millionaire, Horace Vandergelder hires Dolly to find him a wife, madcap hilarity ensues. Along the way she also arranges matches for Horace’s niece and his two underpaid employees.


Colorful costumes and spectacular choreography rewards the audience throughout the night with visual and audio bliss. Transported to bustling 1880’s Manhattan, toe-tapping tunes like “Put on Your Sunday Clothes,” place you in real danger of getting up and dancing along.


Alicia von Kugelgen, plays the title role of Dolly Gallagher Levi with fearless and confident gusto. She dominates her role with con-artist flair and tender-hearted soul. From the heart-tugging yearning in “Before the Parade Passes by,” to the emblematic “Hello Dolly!” Miss von Kugelgen reflects Dolly’s true nature.


Opposite of Dolly (in nearly every way) was Michael Sally as stingy and ill-tempered Horace Vandergelder. Sally was splendidly bitter and misogynistic throughout the play to the point you had to feel sorry for whoever he was going to take as a wife.


Erick Casanova as Cornelius Hackl and Taylor Hendricks as Barnaby Tucker were delightful as the naive and bumbling duo looking for adventure in the Big City. Casanova was especially impressive with his soulful “It only takes a moment.”


Erin Reis as winsome milliner Irene Molloy and Marissa Ellison as her daft and shy assistant Minnie Fay, formed an engaging quartet with Cornelius and Barnaby. Miss Ries’s amazing rendition of “Ribbons Down My Back,” was one of the night’s showstoppers.


Young artist Ambrose Kemper (Joey Berube) and Horace’s weepy niece Emengarde (Riley Hyde) added to the night’s wild ride of romantic trysts.


Rounding out the night’s zany escapades was Eiko Yamamoto as the insane Ernestina. She was over-the-top funny and a real audience favorite.


And special kudos to Costume Designer Rachael Helman for the vibrant, colorful costumes; Choreographers, Sue Ellen Nelsen and Dallis Wright-Morash for the amazing dance numbers, and Scenic Designer Kuo-Hao Lo for transporting us to a simpler time.

Equally, a loud shout-out to the incredible ensemble who effusively performed many of the night’s iconic numbers, especially the viscerally entertaining “Hello Dolly!”, which was a true feast for the eyes.

DMT’s talented cast and crew have done a great job with their revival of “Hello Dolly!” Like great comfort food, they have given relief to the weary in an entertaining, joyful and foot stomping hit from America’s golden age of musical theatre.


“Hello Dolly!”

Thursday, November 7 – Sunday, November 24

8 p.m. (Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.)


Douglas Morrisson Theatre

22311 N. 3rd Street, Hayward, CA 94546



Ticket Prices are $15 – $29. You can call the Box Office at (510) 881-6777 – open Tuesday – Friday from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.




Police asking for help with hit and run case

Submitted by Union City PD


At about 2:20 p.m. Union City police officers responded to a report about a hit and run accident with major injuries between a vehicle and a pedestrian in the area of San Andreas Drive and San Ardo Court. The male victim was taken by ambulance to Eden Hospital with head and leg injuries.


After hitting the victim, the driver of the vehicle sped away toward Dyer Street. The vehicle was described by witnesses as a gray pickup truck. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the vehicle. Other agencies were notified to be on the lookout.


Meanwhile, the Union City Traffic unit has taken over investigation on the case and has released a surveillance photo of the truck, which appears to be a Toyota Tacoma, extended cab, two-wheel drive, with a black lumber rack (similar to a mid-1990 model year vehicle). The vehicle appeared to be driven by a male of an unknown race.


Investigators are asking that anyone who may have witnessed the incident or know who the driver is to call Officer Travis Solverson at (510) 675-5292 or email tsolverson@unioncity.org. Information can also be given by calling the UCPD anonymous tip line at (510) 675-5207 or by emailing tips@unioncity.org and referencing case number 191030014.




Public, Private Partners Vow to House 100 Homeless College Students in 100 Days

Submitted by Mayra Flores and Robin Reynolds


Santa Clara County stakeholders join the national call to action as leaders from Bill Wilson Center, San Jose State University, West Valley-Mission Community College District, and County of Santa Clara Supervisor Susan Ellenberg come together to tackle college student homelessness through the 100-Day Challenge.


“The 100-Day Challenge focuses our community to step up and house the increasing number of homeless college students in Silicon Valley,” said Sparky Harlan, Bill Wilson Center CEO.


The goal of this effort is to house 100 college students experiencing homelessness in 100 days by working with a multitude of stakeholders and service providers to connect students with available resources.


Along with Bill Wilson Center, the County of Santa Clara’s District 4, West Valley-Mission Community College District, San Jose State University, County Office of Supportive Housing, Community Solutions, and Foothill College will also be collaborating to house these college students.


“No student should live in a car, on someone’s couch, or under an overpass, especially when they’re working toward their dreams and careers,” said County of Santa Clara Supervisor Susan Ellenberg. “I am proud to see all these stakeholders step up and come together to put these students first and find them stable housing.”


“Homelessness is a regional challenge shared by the entire Bay Area, one that cries out for meaningful solutions,” said Mary A. Papazian, President of San Jose State University. “Long-term answers can only emerge through joint efforts between government, civic organization and the broader community, and the 100 Day Challenge checks all the right boxes. At SJSU, addressing student housing is a critical part of meeting our students' overall basic needs, so we are pleased to be part of this important initiative.”


Along with the kick-off of the 100-Day Challenge, the County is proclaiming the month of November as “National Homeless Youth Awareness Month” in the County of Santa Clara and Bill Wilson Center is unveiling a new report focused on homeless youth in Santa Clara County.


According to the 2019 Homeless Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey, 22% of the homeless respondents (ages 18-25) are currently enrolled in college. Of those currently experiencing homelessness, 14% of respondents noted they are living outside and 10% are living in their car.


“For a growing number of students in Santa Clara County, housing insecurity presents the largest obstacle to higher education,” said Brad Davis, West Valley-Mission Community College District Chancellor. “Our county is blessed with outstanding educators across the entire continuum of public and private education, but as rents climb to an all-time high our students are increasingly priced out of higher education, not by tuition and fees, but because they must choose between a roof over their head today or career tomorrow.”




Homeless Count and Survey

Submitted by City of Fremont


The City of Fremont’s comprehensive report and summary detailing the Alameda County EveryOne Counts! 2019 Homeless Point-in-Time Count and Survey has recently been completed. The report details the count’s methodology and findings, as well as a deep analysis of the survey’s results and future implications.


Notably, the report reveals that Fremont’s homeless population increased by 27% since the 2017 Point-in-Time Count, and the number of unsheltered persons rose from 282 to 485. Compared to previous years, those who entered homelessness for the first time are experiencing homelessness for longer periods of time and individuals and families without stable housing are facing new challenges and have access to fewer resources.


For the first time, the survey provided a breakdown of where unsheltered people sleep; approximately 40% of Fremont’s homeless population lives in an RV or car. Regardless of shelter status, 97% of those surveyed in Fremont desire stable housing. When asked how new funding should be spent, 51% of those experiencing homelessness in Fremont agreed on affordable rental housing and 32% expressed a need for permanent subsidies and help paying rent. In addition, 43% of Fremont’s homeless population was also seeking basic sanitation, a need that is now starting to be addressed by Fremont’s CleanStart Mobile Hygiene Unit.

This report accomplishes several important goals including preserving and enhancing current federal funding for homeless services, increasing public awareness of homeless issues, and improving the ability of policy makers and service providers to implement services that meet the needs of the local homeless population.


The EveryOne Counts! 2019 Homeless Point-in-Time Count and Survey and comprehensive report were made possible through the efforts of EveryOne Home, Applied Survey Research, Aspire Consulting LLC, and many other programs, jurisdictions, individuals, and volunteers, under the oversight of EveryOne Home and the Alameda County Continuum of Care.


The comprehensive report is available at: https://www.fremont.gov/HomelessCount2019




Honor Roll


University, the Cumberlands, Kentucky

Fall 2019 new enrollee

  • Maryn Gibson, Hayward


Graceland University, Iowa

Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, new inductee

  • Payton Young, Union City


Tufts University, Massachusetts

Fall 2019 new enrollees

  • Thalia Lightstone, Fremont
  • Fernanda Gonzalez, Hayward


Western Governor’s University, Utah

Spring and Summer 2019 graduates

  • Karen Underwood, Fremont
  • William Auyeung, Fremont
  • Sonja Fosgate, Fremont
  • William Marinelli, Fremont
  • Poorani Rajamanickam, Fremont




Incendio at Mission Coffee

Submitted by Wayne Brask


Incendio has once again summoned the muse and created a new album of incendiary, passionate, breath-taking, original music. Appropriately titled “Summoning the Muse,” the recording features all the beloved attributes of this Latin-based world-fusion band—exemplary guitar playing, catchy melodies, dynamic arrangements, and fiery performances. Brask Concerts is excited to welcome them back to Mission Coffee Roasting Company on Saturday, November 16.


Lively doesn’t begin to describe the band we first heard at San Jose’s “Music in the Park” years ago. Latin guitar, with some Middle Eastern flavoring. Add Jazz-Blues-world fusion, played like they originated the style. Years of touring, both here and internationally have created a following and love of their music. Their eight previous best-selling CDs lead you to their latest, “Summoning the Muse.”


With their masterful guitar work, few artists can equal their ability, or passion. If for some reason you don’t know Incendio, you might have heard or heard of their guitarists Jim Subblefield (who has seven popular solo albums), Jean-Pierre Durand, and Liza Carbe (who have two well-received duo recordings). Plus, their drummer, Timothy Curle, has performed and/or recorded with artists such as Josh Groban, Elton John, Herbie Hancock, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, among others. Earlier this year, Incendio followed the LA Master Chorale performing their “Great Opera & Film Choruses” at the Walt Disney Hall.


They tour a lot and we have been lucky enough to be able to bring them to you. Friendship brings them back: that, and a great audience.



Saturday, Nov 16

7 p.m.

Mission Coffee Roasting Company

151 Washington Blvd., Fremont

(510) 623-6920


Tickets: $15 at the door






Mondays, May 14 – Dec 30

English Conversation Group

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Practice spoken English in a friendly environment

Union City Branch Library

34007 Alvarado Niles Rd., Union City

(510) 745-1464



Sundays, Sep 8 – Dec 1

Family Friendly Matinee

3 p.m.

Dates: 9/8, 10/6, 11/3, 12/1

Made Up Theatre

4000 Bay St. Suite B, Fremont

(510) 573-3633



Mondays, Sep 9 – Dec 17

Advanced Math and Science Tutoring

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

High school and college level help in math, physics and chemistry

Castro Valley Library

3600 Norbridge Ave., Castro Valley

(510) 667-7900



Monday – Friday, Sep 30 – Nov 27

Resonance Exhibit

Upstairs: Mon – Fri, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Downstairs: Mon: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Tues & Thurs: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Mixed media by 11 artists on their experiences with H.A.R.D.


1099 E St., Hayward

(510) 881-6721



Monday – Friday, Oct 4 – Dec 6

Members Show

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Art by members of the Hayward Arts Council

John O’Lague Galleria

777 B St., Hayward

(510) 538-2787



Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Oct 8 – Dec 3

Day of the Dead: A Celebration of Life

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Works by community artists and members of Hayward Arts Council

Sunset Gallery

22100 Princeton St., H2, Hayward

(510) 538-2787



Wednesdays, Oct 9 – Nov 20

Caring for the Caregiver

10 a.m. – 12 noon

Home safety, sleeping well, stress reduction, end-of-life planning. No class 10/23 or 11/13

Kenneth C. Aitken Center

17800 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley

(510) 881-6738



Friday – Sunday, Oct 18 – Nov 17

Cabaret $

Fri – Sat: 8 p.m., Sun: 2 p.m.

German citizens and performers face the rise of the Third Reich

Chanticleers Theatre

3683 Quail Ave., Castro Valley

(510) 733-5483



Friday – Sunday, Oct 18 – Nov 16

Day of the Dead Exhibit

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Works celebrating Dia de los Muertos.

Sun Gallery

1015 E St., Hayward

(510) 581-4050



Mondays & Wednesdays, Oct 21 – Nov 20

Food Business Entrepreneurial Training R

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Learn how to start and grow your own food business

Hayward Main Library

888 C St., Hayward

(510) 881-7980

(916) 234-6551



Fridays, Nov 1 – Nov 22

Toddler Ramble: Do the Loco-Motion $

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Squish, plop, and explore habitats. Ages 1-3

Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center

4901 Breakwater Ave., Hayward

(510) 670-7270



Sundays, Nov 3 – Dec 29

Animal Feeding Time

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Discuss reptiles, observe feeding time

Sunol Regional Wilderness

1895 Geary Rd., Sunol

(510) 544-3249



Saturdays – Sundays, Nov 2 – Dec 29

Nature Crafts

10 a.m. – 12 noon

Discover the natural world through your artistic side

Sunol Regional Wilderness

1895 Geary Rd., Sunol

(510) 544-3249


Saturdays – Sundays, Nov 2 – Dec 29

Wild Wonders

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Games, activities, crafts for all ages

Sunol Regional Wilderness

1895 Geary Rd., Sunol

(510) 544-3249



Thursday – Saturday, Nov 8 – Nov 16

The Reluctant Vampire $

8 p.m.

Join Drusilla on a journey of self-discovery. And blood.

Jackson Theater, Smith Center at Ohlone College

43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont

(510) 659-6031


Fridays & Saturdays, Nov 8 – Nov 16

Peter and the Starcatcher $

7 p.m.

Backstory for the characters of Peter Pan, Mrs. Darling, Tinker Bell and Hook

Castro Valley Center for the Arts

19501 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley

(510) 889-8961



Friday – Sunday, Nov 8 – Nov 17

1984 $

Fri – Sat: 7:30 p.m. Sun: 2:00 p.m.

Adaptation performed by theatre and dance departments

Cal State East Bay Theatre

25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward



Friday – Sunday, Nov 8 – Nov 24

Next to Normal $

Fri. & Sat. 7 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m.

Toney Award-winning “mental illness musical”

Smalltown Society Space

22222 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley



Sundays, Nov 10 – Jan 4

Dove Gallery Art Competition Exhibit

12 noon – 3 p.m.

Artworks from all ages in various media and styles

Park Victoria Baptist Church

875 S. Park Victoria Dr., Milpitas

(408) 464-5011



Thursday – Sunday, Nov 14 – Nov 23

The Learned Ladies $

Thurs: 4 p.m. Fri & Sat: 7 p.m. Sun: 2 p.m.

Comedy by Moliere

American High School Theatre

36300 Fremont Blvd, Fremont

(510)796-1776 ext 57702



Daily, Nov – Dec

Photos with Santa

November: Mon – Sat, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (break 2 p.m.- 3 p.m.), Sun, 12 noon – 6 p.m. (break 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

December: Mon – Sat, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. (break 1 p.m.- 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.), Sun, 12 noon – 6 p.m. (break 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.), Xmas Eve, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (break 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.)

Closed Thanksgiving

NewPark Mall

2086 NewPark Mall, Newark

(510) 793-5683


Friday nights

Laugh Track City $

8 p.m.

Fast-paced improv comedy show

Made Up Theatre

4000 Bay St., Suite B, Fremont

(510) 573-3633



Saturday nights

8 p.m.

Audience-inspired improv play

Made Up Theatre

4000 Bay St., Suite B, Fremont

(510) 573-3633








Wednesday, Nov 13

Compassion Cultivation Training R

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Post training discussion

City of Fremont, Bldg. B

3300 Capitol Ave., Fremont

(510) 574-2035


Wednesday, Nov 13

Science is Fun

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Students in grades 1-4 learn about reflections

Fremont Main Library

2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont

(510) 745-1421



Wednesday, Nov 13

How to Write a Business Plan R

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Learn about what goes into a business plan

Hayward City Hall

777 B St., Hayward

(510) 208-0410



Wednesday, Nov 13

Alzheimer's Support Group R

6 p.m.

Education, coping skills and exercises

Fremont Hills Assisted Living & Memory Care

35490 Mission Blvd., Fremont

(510) 796-4200



Wednesday, Nov 13

America Recycles Day

9 a.m. – 1 pm.

San Leandro residents get motivated to recycle every day and reuse materials

Marina Community Center

15301 Wicks Blvd., San Leandro

(510) 577-6080



Thursday, Nov 14

Small Business Workshop R

10 a.m. – 12 noon

How to write a business plan

Fremont Main Library

2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont

(510) 745-1421



Thursday, Nov 14

Mardi Gras in November $

6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Fundraiser hosted by Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center

PLaYT Restaurant

1036 B St., Hayward

(510) 888-1092



Thursday, Nov 14

One-on-One Resume Help R

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Help writing a cover letter or completing an application

Union City Branch Library

34007 Alvarado Niles Rd., Union City

(510) 745-1464

(510) 745-1464


Thursday, Nov 14

LEAF Garden Science for Kids

3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Learn about vegetables, make a salad

Centerville Library

3801 Nicolet Ave., Fremont

(510) 795-2629



Thursday, Nov 14

Chinese Calligraphy R

3 p.m.

Try your hand at this delicate art using pen, brushes and ink

Fremont Hills Assisted Living & Memory Care

35490 Mission Blvd., Fremont

(510) 796-4200



Thursday, Nov 14

Libertarian Party of Alameda County

7:15 p.m.

Speakers from the Recall Newsom petition campaign

Englander Restaurant

101 Parrott St., San Leandro

(510) 828-2281


Thursday, Nov 14

Family Crafts at McConaghy House $

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Dia de los Muertos

McConaghy House

18701 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward

(510) 581-0223


Friday, Nov 15


8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Prayer around the cross

Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose

43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont

(510) 933-6335

(510) 657-2468


Friday, Nov 15

Latino Business Roundtable

8:30 a.m.

Featured speaker Paul Nguyen, economic development manager for City of Hayward

Sherman L. Balch Pavilion – St. Rose Hospital

27190 Calaroga Ave., Hayward



Friday, Nov 15

Milpitas Community Concert Band

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Concert celebrating the number 9

Milpitas Community Center

457 E. Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas

(408) 586-3210



Saturday, Nov 16

Firefighters Pancake Breakfast

8 a.m. – 12 noon

Benefit for Fremont Fire Volunteer Rehabilitation Unit

Donation: $10 adults; $5 children 12 and younger

Fire Station No. 2

37299 Niles Blvd., Fremont

(510) 494-4200


Saturday, Nov 16

Speed Dating Convention $

3:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Largest event of 2019. Asian to Asian, 45+, and Young Professionals

Crowne Plaza Hotel

32083 Alvarado Niles Rd., Union City

(510) 471-3115



Saturday, Nov 16

Cart of Curiosities

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Find the cart filled with wonders of cultural and natural history

Coyote Hills

8000 Patterson Ranch Rd., Fremont

(510) 544-3220



Saturday, Nov 16

Canine Capers Walk R

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Hike the park trails with your dog

Garin Regional Park

1320 Garin Ave., Hayward

(510) 582-2206



Saturday, Nov 16

Family Fishing Fun $

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Fishing gear provided. Ages 6+

Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center

4901 Breakwater Ave., Hayward

(510) 670-7270



Saturday, Nov 16

Comedy Shorts Night $

7:30 p.m.

“The Fireman”, “Back Stage”, “Pass the Gravy”, “Two Tars”

Niles Essanay Theater

37417 Niles Blvd., Fremont

(510) 494-1411



Saturday, Nov 16

Basket Weaving Workshop R

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

California Indian Basketweavers Association hosts. Ages 12+

San Leandro Main Library

300 Estudillo Ave., San Leandro

(510) 577-3971



Saturday, Nov 16

Incendio $

7 p.m.

Latin guitar with Middle-Eastern and jazz flavoring

Mission Coffee Roasting House

151 Washington Blvd., Fremont

(510) 474-1004



Saturday, Nov 16

Storytime with Ms. Katrin

11 a.m.

“Five Little Thank-You’s”

Books on B

1014 B St., Hayward

(510) 538-3943



Saturday, Nov 16

Pop-Up with European Papercrafts

12 noon – 3 p.m.

Handcrafted gifts, greeting cards, stationary

Books on B

1014 B St., Hayward

(510) 538-3943



Saturday, Nov 16

Meet Author David Hightower

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

“The Sun Also Sets: A Seussical Indictment of Trump”

Books on B

1014 B St., Hayward

(510) 538-3943



Saturday, Nov 16

Eden Area Village Monthly Coffee

9 a.m.

Helping seniors remain in their home and be engaged in community

Hayward Area Historical Society Museum

22380 Foothill Blvd., Hayward

(510) 581-0223



Saturday, Nov 16

Wake Up the Farm

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Help prepare a snack for the sheep and goats

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont

(510) 544-2797



Saturday, Nov 16

Corn Mosaics

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Make a craft using harvested Indian corn

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont

(510) 544-2797



Saturday, Nov 16

Bands4Bands Toy Drive

8 p.m.- 11 p.m.

Free concert: bring toy to donate

The Bistro Brew Pub

1001 B St., Hayward

(510) 886-8525



Saturday, Nov 16

End-of-Life Questions R

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Healthcare forms, choosing healthcare decision maker, advanced cemetery/funeral planning

Holy Sepulchre Cemetery

1051 Harder Rd., Hayward

(510) 581-2488



Saturday, Nov 16

From Hatred to Harmony $

8 p.m.

Former skinhead gang leader talks about his triumph over hatred and addiction

Doubletree Newark-Fremont Hilton Hotel

39900 Balentine Dr., Newark

(510) 490-8390



Saturday, Nov 16

Zumba Fundraiser $R

8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

All skill levels welcome!

Fremont Adult School – Community Center

4700 Calaveras Ave., Fremont

(510) 794-2538



Saturday, Nov 16 – Sunday, Nov 17

Felted Pumpkins

Sat. 12 noon – 1 p.m. Sun. 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Woolly craft for your Thanksgiving table

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont

(510) 544-2797



Arts & crafts and kitten adoptions, oh my!

Saturday, Nov 16 – Sunday, Nov 17

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cute kittens, cats, pottery, glass artist, wood working, tie dye

Kooart Studios

1940 Washington Ave., San Leandro

(510) 614-8359




Sunday, Nov 17

Ohlone Village Site Tour

10 a.m. – 12 noon

.5 mile walk to a 2,000-year-old Ohlone village site

Coyote Hills

8000 Patterson Ranch Rd., Fremont

(510) 544-3220



Sunday, Nov 17

Ohlone People & Culture

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Their intimate relationship with nature, family and their ancestors. 8+ years

Coyote Hills

8000 Patterson Ranch Rd., Fremont

(510) 544-3220



Sunday, Nov 17

Meet the Bunnies

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Their favorite food and how they communicate

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont

(510) 544-2797



Sunday, Nov 17

Wool That’s To Dye For

10:30 a.m. – 12 noon

Unravel the ancient mysteries of dyeing yarn

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont

(510) 544-2797



Sunday, Nov 17

Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra

2 p.m.

Program features works by Brahms, Beethoven, Liadov, Sibelius

Castro Valley Center for the Arts

19501 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley

(510) 889-8961



Sunday, Nov 17

Blossoming Birders $

11 a.m. – 12 noon

Kids 8-12 learn about birds and make a craft

Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center

4901 Breakwater Ave., Hayward

(510) 670-7270



Sunday, Nov 17


12:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Movie and discussion panel about anxiety, truth and hope

Crossroads Church

41386 Fremont Blvd., Fremont

(510) 651-0103



Sunday, Nov 17

Fremont Area Writers Open Mic

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Read your original work in public venue

Starbucks Newark

39201 Cedar Blvd., Newark



Sunday, Nov 17

Sur-Mala Hindustani Music Concert $

2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Enjoy an afternoon of classical music

ICC Milpitas

525 Los Coches St., Milpitas

(408) 934-1130



Sunday, Nov 17

Shakespeare On Tour: MacBeth

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

San Francisco Shakespeare Festival actors perform and answer questions

Castro Valley Library

3600 Norbridge Ave., Castro Valley

(510) 667-7900



Sunday, Nov 17

#HashtagLunchbag Event

10 a.m.

Volunteer to prepare and deliver thousands of lunches

Life Chiropractic College West

25001 Industrial Blvd, Hayward

(510) 780-4500

Life Chiropractic College West


Sunday, Nov 17

Baby Boomers Dance $

2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Dance to 100 Proof Band

Holy Ghost Hall

16490 Kent Ave, San Lorenzo

(510) 329-1705


Monday, Nov 18

Children's Music Concert

7 p.m.

Interactive classical music aimed at young children

Fremont Main Library

2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont

(510) 745-1421



Monday, Nov 18

Candlelight Vigil

7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Honoring community members affected by homelessness

St. James Episcopal Church

37051 Cabrillo Ter., Fremont

(510) 797-1492



Tuesday, Nov 19

Weekday Bird Walk

7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Enjoy bird life on a tranquil trail. Bring water, sunscreen and binoculars. Ages 12+

Coyote Hills

8000 Patterson Ranch Rd., Fremont

(510) 544-3220



Tuesday, Nov 19

Reversing Global Warming: Introduction to Drawdown

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Discussion and workshop on ways to combat global warming

Fremont Main Library

2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont

(510) 745-1421



Tuesday, Nov 19

Hikes For Tykes

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Short hike with a naturalist

Cull Canyon Regional Park

18627 Cull Canyon Rd., Castro Valley

(510) 544-3187



Tuesday, Nov 19

Free Movie: Float R

6:30 p.m.

Documentary about the most elite model airplane contest in the world

Castro Valley Library

3600 Norbridge Ave., Castro Valley

(510) 667-7900



Tuesday, Nov 19

Hiking in the East Bay Regional Parks

6:30 p.m.

Learn the best places to hike and what to expect on the trail

Union City Branch Library

34007 Alvarado Niles Rd., Union City

(510) 745-1464



Wednesday, Nov 20

Embrace the Artist Within You R

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Mind, body, spirit gathering for women. Adults only

Fremont Family Resource Center, Pacific Room #H800

39155 Liberty St. (at Capitol), Fremont

(888) 308-1767

(510) 578-8680



Wednesday, Nov 20

Keeping Elders Safe

11 a.m. – 12 Noon

Overview of elder abuse and legal remedies

Castro Valley Library

3600 Norbridge Ave., Castro Valley

(510) 667-7900



Seniors Thanksgiving dinner

Friday, Nov 22

5:30 p.m.

Ruggieri Senior Center

33997 Alvarado Niles Rd., Union City

(510) 675-5495




Help League of Volunteers prepare for Thanksgiving

Submitted by Shirley Sisk

Photos courtesy of LOV


Joining hands and hearts again this year, the League of Volunteers (LOV) is working with local Tri-City service organizations to ensure that their clients as well as others have a wonderful Thanksgiving complete with good food and fellowship. The feast and festivities are for all those who would spend the day alone or who do not have the resources, either money or shelter, to enjoy the traditional Thanksgiving Day meal. The freezers are empty and ready – and LOV is waiting for 300 turkeys and 100 hams. Last year 4,365 meals were served either at the Newark Pavilion or to the homebound in Fremont, Newark, Union City, Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, and Castro Valley.


This year, there is an urgent need for turkeys and donations to purchase them. Our usual supplier is unfortunately sold out, leaving us 200 turkeys short. Currently we will require $2,800 to purchase the turkeys necessary. Donations to this fund or contributions of 10-15lb turkeys are the biggest need at this time.


Besides turkeys and hams there is need for: 400 pies (all kinds, not just pumpkin), 2,000 oval aluminum roasting pans, 200 loaves of sandwich bread and all the other ingredients to make it a memorable Thanksgiving Holiday.


Those who come to the Newark Pavilion for the meal will enjoy an afternoon of good food, entertainment, and children’s crafts. In addition, we will try to give a free box of food to every family – depending on donations received. For those who are homebound, meals will be delivered around the Tri-City area. Many recipients are Meals on Wheels clients who really appreciate a hot Thanksgiving Day meal and a little companionship. For more information about homebound meals call Executive Director Harold Colon at (510) 793-5683.


Below are the items needed for donation:

Hams (boneless, pre-cooked), turkeys, canned chicken broth, canned string beans and whole corn, cooked pies, sliced pickles, black olives, cookies, instant mashed potato mix, Stove Top stuffing mix, oval aluminum roasting pans, butter (patties and cubes), Chinette divided dinner plates, dessert plates, grocery bags, large lunch bags, mayonnaise packets, sandwich bread, large sandwich bags, dinner rolls, coffee (regular and decaf), tablecloths, dinner napkins, sliced pie containers, baby food, bottled water, Styrofoam coffee cups, paper towels, turkey roasting bags, aluminum foil, garbage can liners and paper towels.


Monetary contributions are very welcome to purchase what has not been donated. Your donation will be tax deductible. Checks should be payable to LOV, marked “for Thanksgiving” and mailed to:


LOV “for Thanksgiving”

8440 Central Ave., Suite A/B

Newark, CA 94560


In addition, there are many opportunities to give your time this holiday. From November 25 – 30 you can cook a turkey or ham, carve, prepare dressing or mashed potatoes, bake pies, deliver homebound meals, pick up donations, pack food boxes, set tables, decorate, serve dinner, clean up and more.


More information can be found on the LOV website at www.lov.org.




Arts & Crafts & KITTENS

Submitted by Chris Gin


A newcomer to the pet rescue world, Love All Pawz, has been rescuing cats and kittens from around the Fremont, Union City, San Leandro, and Hayward areas, and beyond. During the weekend of November 16 – 17, the group is collaborating with local artists to hold a combined cat/kitten adoption event and arts and crafts sale. What could be cuter than a tiny kitten in a handmade ceramic dish? The goal of the event is to promote local artists, put Love All Pawz on the radar, and connect kitties with forever homes.


Fine arts and crafts include ceramics, Ikebana containers, fused glass jewelry, lampwork glass beads, photography, tie dye shirts and silk scarves, paper sculptures, handmade cards, and more. Stop by for coffee or tea, chat with the artists, or meet the adorable cats and kittens.


For more information about Love All Pawz, visit their website at loveallpawz.org. The group also hosts adoptions at Pet Food Express in Castro Valley (3385 Castro Valley Boulevard) the first three Saturdays of the month from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. On the fourth Saturday, you can find them at the Pet Food Express in Alameda (in Bridgeside Shopping Ceter).



Arts & crafts and kitten adoptions, oh my!

Saturday, Nov 16 – Sunday, Nov 17

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Kooart Studios

1940 Washington Ave., San Leandro

(510) 614-8359






Milpitas Police Log

Submitted by Sgt. Kyle Sanchez and Sgt. Jason Speckenheuer, Milpitas PD


Friday, November 1

  • At 10:38 p.m. an officer spotted a 2019 Chevrolet van that had been reported stolen in San Jose in the Walmart parking lot on Ranch Drive. Soon the officer saw a man, later identified by police as Ricardo Rodriguez, 33, of Milpitas, get into the van’s driver seat. The officer detained Rodriguez. A search showed that he had porcelain chips in his pockets. They are often used to break windows in vehicle robberies. Rodriguez was arrested and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail and faces charges of auto theft and possession of burglary tools.


Tuesday, October 29

  • At about 5:50 p.m. Milpitas Police detectives and the Crime Reduction Team conducted an undercover operation in the 800 Block of Los Coches Street to find a suspect in an October 23 incident in which an adult male exposed himself to an 11-year-old child walking by. The child ran away and was uninjured. Two additional incidents with adult victims were also reported to the Milpitas Police Department. Witnesses provided police with a description of the suspect and a sketch artist created a rendering. Using the rendering, police detained a suspect who was identified by one of the victims at the scene. Joseph Vaquera, 25, of Manteca was arrested without incident and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail where he faces charges for indecent exposure, a lewd act in public and annoying a child younger than 18.

It’s crab feast time

Submitted by David Zehnder


Enjoy the first Dungeness crab of season by attending the Newark Rotary Club’s annual crab feed on Saturday, November 23. You can get all-you-can-eat fresh Dungeness Crab, pasta, salad, garlic bread, and wine. There will be a raffle with prizes and live auctions, featuring vacation homes and exotic travel destinations, and concluding with a grand prize large-screen TV.


The crab feed raises funds for local organizations and local school groups including Life Elder Care, Make-a-Wish Foundation, Abode (Formerly Tri-City Homeless Coalition), Newark Memorial High Scholarship, Newark Police Explorers, Newark Interact Club, and many more. For ticket information, call Club President Marco Perez at (650) 812-8317.



Newark Rotary Crab Feed

Saturday, Nov 23

6 p.m.

Newark Pavilion

6430 Thornton Ave, Newark

(650) 812-8317

Donation: $50 per attendee




Grant to boost traffic education and enforcement

Submitted by Sgt. Brian Simon, Newark PD


A new $67,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) is being used by the Newark Police Department to conduct a yearlong traffic education and enforcement campaign through September 2020. The funding is being used for numerous programs, including:


  • DUI and driver license checkpoints.
  • Patrols specifically looking for suspected alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers.
  • Patrols targeting violations of California’s hands-free cell phone law and vehicle code violations by drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians that put other roadway users at risk.
  • Patrols targeting the primary cause of crashes: speeding, improper turns, running stop signs or signals, right-of-way violations and driving on the wrong side of the road.
  • Patrols specifically looking for seat belt and child safety seat violations.
  • Patrols looking for pedestrian and/or bicycle violations.
  • Creating “Hot Sheets” identifying repeat DUI offenders.


“The safety of everyone who lives, works, or drives in the City of Newark is our number one priority,” said Newark Police Department Chief Mike Carroll. “With help from the California Office of Traffic Safety, we can enhance our resources to ensure everyone who walks, drives, or rides a bicycle in the City of Newark will get to their destination safely.”


The focus of the OTS traffic safety program is to educate the public, promote safe driving habits, and deter motorists from violating traffic laws or engaging in other unsafe behaviors that lead to accidents, injuries, and fatalities. Funding for the program is provided by a grant from the OTS, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.




Blank ballot leads to win for incumbent who missed deadline

AP Wire Service


REEVESVILLE, S.C. (AP), Nov 07 – The ballot for the mayoral race in a small South Carolina town was blank Tuesday, leaving voters to write in whoever they wanted.


The Post and Courier reports Paul Wimberly didn't know he'd been reelected as the Reevesville mayor until he spoke with a reporter the next morning. Wimberly has been Reevesville's mayor for 34 years, but missed the election registration deadline this year when Dorchester County was put in charge of the race.


The hopeful contenders on the Town Council also missed the deadline, meaning the race had no official candidates. Wimberly said he wasn't too worried, as the 1.6-square-mile (4.1-sq. kilometer) town of about 196 people knows his face and name. So he's now back in the $300-per-year leadership role for the town, which relies mostly on volunteer positions.




Information from: The Post and Courier, http://www.postandcourier.com




Firefighters to flip pancakes for a cause

Submitted by Fremont Fire Department


Officials from the Fremont Fire Department are inviting the public to join them at a fundraising pancake breakfast in the city’s historic Niles District.


From 8 a.m. until 12 noon on Saturday, November 16 a delicious breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee and other beverages will be served at Fire Station No. 2 on Niles Boulevard. Suggested donation is $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and younger.


Proceeds from the breakfast will be donated to the Fremont Fire Volunteer Rehabilitation Unit and Fremont Fire Explorers Post 173. The food and coffee, donated by the International House of Pancakes (IHOP) in Newark and Starbucks, will be prepared by Fremont Firefighters Association Local 1689.



Firefighters Pancake Breakfast

Saturday, Nov 16

8 a.m. – 12 noon

Fire Station No. 2

37299 Niles Blvd., Fremont

(510) 494-4200

Donation: $10 adults; $5 children




Park It

Submitted by Ned MacKay


Newt Alert

As the rainy season nears, it’s time again for the annual migration of newts, a variety of salamander, from the woods and fields where they live dormant during the summer to the ponds and streams where they meet to mate.


One of their migration routes takes them across South Park Drive at Tilden Regional Park near Berkeley. They cross the road on their way to Wildcat Creek. As a result, South Park Drive is closed to all motor vehicle traffic from now through March 31, 2020 in an effort to prevent the newts from becoming road kill.


Pedestrian and bicycle traffic is still allowed on South Park Drive, although bicycles are asked to proceed slowly, no more than 15 miles per hour, and try to avoid the newts. Dogs are allowed off-leash on South Park Drive during the closure, but must be under voice control and owners must carry a leash.


Remember also that collecting any animals, including newts, is illegal in the regional parklands. Newts don’t live long when placed in aquariums, and it’s inadvisable to handle them anyway. Their skin contains a toxin intended to discourage predators.


If you’d like to learn more about newts, naturalist Trent Pearce plans a trek in search of newts and other salamanders from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Sundays, Dec. 15 and 22. Meet at Tilden’s Environmental Education Center, which is at the north end of Central Park Drive. Call 510-544-2233 for information.


“Like many amphibians, newts respond to the moisture level in the air,” Trent says. “They come out after rains, and even after heavy fog.”




The Over-The-Hills Gang will explore Marina Bay Park and learn some local history during a flat hike from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, led by naturalist “Trail Gail” Broesder. The gang is an informal group of hikers ages 55 and older who enjoy exercise and nature study.


Meet Gail at the intersection of Marina Bay Parkway and Regatta Boulevard in Richmond. There are no facilities at the start of the hike. For information, call 510-544-2233.




The George Miller Jr. Regional Trail at Carquinez Shoreline west of Martinez is a lesser-known but beautiful regional trail, with great views of Carquinez Strait. Naturalist Kevin Dixon will lead an easy walk there from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Nov. 17. Meet Kevin at the trail’s Port Costa staging area. To get there from westbound Highway 4, take the McEwen Road exit. Turn right on McEwen Road and drive down the hill towards Port Costa. At the bottom of the hill, turn right on Carquinez Scenic Drive and continue to the end of the road.


From eastbound Highway 4 take the Cummings Skyway exit. Before the overpass, turn right onto Franklin Canyon Road, drive down the hill and turn left on McEwen Road. For information, call 510-544-2750.




At Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve in Antioch, there’s a nature discovery program for all ages from 10 to 11 a.m. every Saturday, with a different topic each week. Find out what’s flying, crawling or blooming in the park.


Or you can join naturalist Jake Wright from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 for a program about energy, ranging from the historic coalfields of the park’s past, to a future including wind generators. It’s for ages eight and older.


Both programs meet in the parking lot at the upper end of Somersville Road, 3½ miles south of Highway 4. Call 888-327-2757, ext. 2750.




A clinic on how to start your own native plant garden is on the agenda from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17 at Big Break Regional Shoreline in Oakley. Backyard gardens create habitat for all kinds of beneficial insects.


Big Break is at 69 Big Break Road off Oakley’s Main Street. Call 888-327-2757, ext. 3050.




The Curiosity Cart, laden with artifacts of natural and cultural history, hides somewhere within Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont. Look for it between 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturdays, Nov. 16 and Dec. 7; naturalist Kristina Parkison will reveal its secrets.


And naturalist Francis Mendoza will offer a program about the Ohlone people and their culture, including their values of generosity, balance and resilience that continue to guide Ohlone people today.       Francis’ program is from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Sundays, Nov. 17 and Dec. 15. It’s for ages eight and older. Meet at the visitor center.


Coyote Hills is at the end of Patterson Ranch Road off Paseo Padre Parkway. For information, call 510-544-3220.




For a full listing of regional park programs, visit the website, www.ebparks.org. And remember, Fridays are free in the regional parks through the end of the year, in celebration of the district’s 85th anniversary.




Kale of course

By Pat Kite


It is time to buy or transplant Kale seedlings. My vegan daughter loves kale. Her ex-boyfriend grew kale in a greenhouse. He always gave me a big batch. I admired it. I chopped it into little gourmet pieces. I put it in the refrigerator. When it died of old age, I threw it out. Many people love kale. I think it tastes like bitter grapefruit peel. However, since it is chock full of vitamins, let’s take a closer look. Kale has curled or crimped leaves. Its French name is chou frisé, which means crimped cabbage. Its Latin name is Brassica oleracea, which means non-heading cabbage.


There are multiple varieties, including Purple Gulag Mix (Russian/ Siberian cross); Toscano, also called Dinosaur Kale; Weslandse Winter from Holland; Lacinato from Italy; Grunkohl Lerchenzungen from Germany; Caulet de Flandre from France; and Red Curled Scots. Of interest to history and story fans, ancient Greeks boiled and ate kale-like plants to cure drunkenness. By the Middle Ages, kale had travelled throughout Europe and Asia. Hybridizers had fun. For example, Kale from Russia could survive in snow. There are now pink to purple leaved varieties in addition to green.


Kale, or Cale, in ancient Greek mythology means “beauty.” Apparently, Aphrodite—goddess of Love—and the three charming Graces—Cale, Pasithea, and Euphrosyne—got into an argument about who was the most beautiful. A blind prophet named Teiresias awarded the beauty prize to Cale. Aphrodite got angry, so she changed him into an old lady. Cale couldn’t do much about that, but she gave Teiresias a nice head of hair.


And if you are Irish? Never proclaim you don’t believe in fairies. Fairies in old Ireland would use the long, tough, kale center stalks as horses. As punishment for proclaiming distain, unbelievers would have to ride kale stalks alongside them, night after long night.


The Scots are possibly the world’s champion kale eaters. An old-time hobby of young girls took place when they harvested kale for dinner. Kale broth was a national dish. They would pull up the plant; take off its leaves one at a time, naming, in rotation, three or more sweethearts. The last leaf was to be the husband. But what if she liked another better? Just don’t eat the kale broth.


Kale does well in some sun but not in excess in summer heat. A lot of sun apparently makes for bitter leaves. If you have, or if you purchase seedlings, put them in good soil. Keep the seedlings weed free. Water well during dry periods but carefully after. Unlike most cabbage relatives, kale doesn’t signal come hither to snails and slugs. You can also grow kale in pots, but do give each plant enough room.


Vegan/veggie kale soup: olive oil, garlic, onion, tomatoes, potatoes, cannellini beans, diced tomatoes, lemon, red pepper flakes, carrots, and kale, of course.




County to study costs of PG&E shutoffs

Submitted by Janice Rombeck


Members of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted on November 5 to move forward with studying options for reimbursement to the county for costs incurred due to the recent PG&E power shutoffs.


Supervisor Dave Cortese’s referral requested that county administration estimate the incurred financial costs associated with the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events on county operations, including emergency and overtime costs, and return to the board with options for requesting reimbursement for these costs.


“It is unacceptable for PG&E to callously risk the lives of our ill, elderly and disabled residents,” Cortese said. “The recent shutoffs were dangerous, disruptive, and poorly implemented. An inquiry and review of the costs associated with the PSPS events and options to consider reimbursement from PG&E are justified by the continuing response and support activities in the County.”


In a similar vein, last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a $75 million program to assist local governments across the state during these pre-planned outages. In a letter sent to PG&E CEO William D. Johnson on October 14, Newsom wrote, “As you acknowledge, PG&E was not adequately prepared to conduct or implement a power outage, especially one on this unprecedented scale.”


For more information, call Supervisor Dave Cortese’s Office at (408) 299-5030.




Letter carriers achieve safety milestone

Submitted by Augustine Ruiz


Driving can be a challenging task on its own, let alone driving one million miles without so much as a fender-bender. But that’s what nine San Leandro Post Office mail carriers did, and they were honored for their efforts.


Alejandro Wilkins, Charles Harris, Celia Jasso, Loreto Garcia, Mario Sandoval, Charles Torre, Judy Sandoval, Jagjit Sidhu and Deborah Pulido, with a combined 329 years of postal driving, were inducted into the National Safety Council “Million Mile Club” during a ceremony held Thursday, November 7 in San Leandro.


According to Harris, it is all about defensive driving. “Always anticipate what the other driver might or might not do.” Pulido attributed her safety record to the constant emphasis on safety talks at the office. “Accidents happen when you’re in a hurry,” added Wilkins. “You must constantly be aware of your surroundings.”


How far is a million miles? Being that it takes close to 25,000 miles to travel around the earth, they each drove the equivalent of 40 times around it without a moving violation or accident, all while maneuvering hazardous road conditions, gridlock, rural terrain, and avoiding careless drivers along the way.


“Our postal drivers keep safety directly in front of them,” said Bay-Valley District Manager Darrel Stoke. “The truly remarkable achievement by our mail carriers demonstrates how postal employees continue to deliver on the promise of delivering their best every day with care, courtesy and concern for the safety of others.”


Nationally, postal drivers log more than 1.5 billion miles annually while delivering to more than 159 million homes and businesses in every city, suburb and town in America as they make the swift completion of their appointed rounds.


Each San Leandro driver will be presented with a plaque from the Safety Council and automatic membership in the prestigious National Safety Council “Million Mile Club.” The million-mile award is a lifetime enrollment, given to drivers who have accumulated one-million miles or 30 years of driving without being involved in a single preventable motor vehicle accident.




San Leandro City Council

November 4, 2019



  • Proclaim November 4, 2019 Law Enforcement Records and Support Personnel Day.


Public Comments:

  • Several residents expressed concern about children on bikes causing disturbances.
  • Several residents expressed concern about due process being upheld for the eviction process at mobile home parks in the city.
  • A resident expressed concern over the San Leandro Marina shore project.
  • A member from the Altamira Club requested funding from the council to repair a stained-glass window on the historic Peralta house.



  • Presentation by San Leandro police department on yearly updates and crime statistics.


Public Hearings:

  • Approve a planned development, site plan review and tentative tract map and zoning amendment at 874 Lewelling Boulevard. Item passed 7-0.


Consent Calendar:

  • Resolution of the city to renew funds for existing city projects.
  • Authorize an agreement with Solenis, LLC, for polymer selection and supply services at the water pollution control plant.
  • Approve a Zoning Amendment and Planned Development of 311 MacArthur Boulevard.
  • Repeal and adopt California Building Standards Code.
  • Adopt and amend California Fire Code.

Calendar passed: 7-0.


Items Removed from Consent Calendar:

  • Award construction contract to EIDIM Group for audio visual equipment for the Main Library and the Marina Community Center. Item passed: 7-0
  • Ordinance establishing mayor’s salary. Item passed: 6-0 (Cutter recused)


Action Items:

  • Award a construction contract to Tricon Construction, Inc. for the Farrelly Pool Replacement Project. Item passed: 6-1 (Nay, Ballew).


City Council Reports:

  • Councilmember Cox attended the Alameda County Waste Management authority meeting where recycling redemption centers were discussed.
  • Vice Mayor Lopez attended the California League of Cities conference where homelessness issues were discussed. She also attended Housing for All, where innovative property development issues were discussed.
  • Councilmember Aguilar attended a local leader forum where demography and the opioid crisis, among other topics, were discussed.
  • Councilmember Lee attended the Connect 19 conference where artificial intelligence and the fourth industrial revolution were discussed.


Councilmember Requests to Schedule Agenda Items

  • Vice Mayor Lopez requested a discussion of funding for the stained-glass window in the Historic Peralta House. Item passed: 6-1 (Nay, Hernandez).
  • Mayor Cutter requested a discussion of ownership of the Historic Peralta House. Item passed 7-0.


Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter                           Aye, 1 Recusal

Vice Mayor Corina N. Lopez                         Aye

Victor Aguilar, Jr.                                           Aye

Ed Hernandez                                                 Aye, 1 Nay

Benny Lee                                                       Aye

Deborah Cox                                                   Aye

Pete Ballew                                                                      Aye, 1 Nay




Lions Club annual senior citizens Thanksgiving dinner

Submitted by Gregory Stewart


The 56-year-old Lions Club of Union City will host their annual free Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings, including pumpkin pie, on Friday, November 22 at Ruggieri Senior Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 6 p.m. After dinner, there will be raffles, and dancing to the big band music of the Oasis Band. Come one, come all and enjoy the dinner and fun. The Leos Clubs from Logan High school will volunteer and help serve, clear dishes and be dance partners after dinner.


Through the Club’s and Sponsors’ generosity, we serve approximately 300 seniors and their guests. Sponsors of the event include Alameda County District 2 Supervisor Richard Valle, The Masonic Home of Union City, and Tri-CED Community Recycling.


Seniors Thanksgiving dinner

Friday, Nov 22

5:30 p.m.

Ruggieri Senior Center

33997 Alvarado Niles Rd., Union City

(510) 675-5495





Space shipment launched with sports car parts, cookie oven

Nov 02

By Marcia Dunn

AP Aerospace Writer


A supply ship is rocketing toward the International Space Station with sports car parts, an oven for baking cookies and a vest to guard against radiation.


Northrop Grumman launched its Cygnus capsule from Virginia on Saturday. The 8,200-pound shipment (3,700 kilograms) should reach the orbiting lab Monday.


Station astronauts will test the oven by baking chocolate chip cookies from scratch and try out the new safety vest. Both experiments are seen as precursors to moon and Mars journeys. Other newly arriving equipment will be used in a series of spacewalks later this month to fix an instrument that hunts antimatter.


Italy's Lamborghini is also along for the ride. It's sending up samples of carbon fiber used in its sports cars. Researchers are considering the materials for medical implants.




A brighter future for troubled teens

By Alfred Hu


In 1993, Vivian Hurtado Figueira experienced the suicide of her daughter due to job related issues. She later found out about two local boys who had taken their lives due to family problems and bullying. These tragic events prompted Figueira, who considers herself a survivor of family suicide, to figure out what she can do to help youth, primarily between the ages of 11 and 18, who are at risk of taking their lives. She established a non-profit organization known as the Suicide Prevention Education Action Resources (SPEAR) in 1998. Within five years, she spent $29,000 to further the cause of suicide prevention. Figueira says that the mission of SPEAR is to save as many lives as possible; within a 13-year period, nine teenage lives were saved.


“Suicide is an epidemic,” noted Figueira and stated that her daughter gave her life so her mother could do something for troubled kids. She added, “Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem,” and that spending $29,000 of her own money was not an issue since, “We cannot put a price on one’s [life].”


There are many causes of suicide, and one place where intervention can start is in the home. Parents need to listen to their children, especially when they need help in school or have issues with their social life. Figueira noted that is important to be aware early on and take action such as talking to the troubled teen and keeping them safe, seeking professional help, setting a follow-up session and, in doing so, save a life. Symptoms for potential suicide include threatening, planning or talking about suicide and self-harm; erratic or intense mood swings coupled with anger, depression and feelings of revenge; drug and alcohol abuse; withdrawal and isolation from family and friends; erratic sleep; and panic attacks.


In addition to suicide prevention, SPEAR helps teens in other ways. “We need to help kids feel better about themselves and make them feel special,” said Figueira. Drawing on her experience in modeling and acting, she also works to instill self-confidence and self-esteem for at-risk teens. Various programs encourage interest in performing arts, comedy and drama; help them bring out hidden talents; teach positive communication skills through comedy, skits and photo shoots; help them audition for and act in commercials; prepare them for job interviewing and resume writing; and encourage them to be role models and coach other children who need help.


Furthermore, teens who sign up for SPEAR also learn about appearance, voice, having a positive attitude and social etiquette. Some of these programs enabled SPEAR teens to perform for clubs such as Boys & Girls Club, Lions Club, Elks Club, local retirement homes, and many more. SPEAR does not charge fees to help teens, although donations are accepted to fund the suicide prevention cause.


Figueira, who took extensive training to help teens in need, said “I feel so blessed that I was able to do something constructive for my daughter.” She further mentioned, “I dream about my daughter giving me a hug and saying, ‘Mother, I support what you’ve been doing for the children.’” She also noted that if she had the training in 1993, her daughter might still be alive.


Figueira emphasized that many teens who SPEAR has helped are now thriving adults in various professions including law enforcement, teaching and even railroad administration. Given these successful outcomes, she pointed out that it is important to get the word out to family and friends of troubled teens needing help.


Vivian is currently conducting seminars on suicide awareness and prevention at various schools and organizations. To contact her for a speaking engagement or find out where she will be speaking next, please call (510) 565-1124.







Molière classic comes to Fremont stage

Submitted by Troy River


A smart and saucy satire by French playwright and poet Molière, “The Learned Ladies” is coming to the American High School Theatre 70 in Fremont.


Presented by American High School Performing Arts, the live stage production was translated and adapted by Freyda Thomas and given a contemporary twist. The story takes place during the French salon movement in the 17th century when women, thirsty for knowledge and freedom, began to read, discuss and absorb all the knowledge they could. Frequently, into that mix came sycophants and opportunists bent on taking advantage of the budding but not fully formed Women's Movement.


Enter Trissotin, a mediocre poet with a lot of sex appeal and little literary talent, who all but seduces Philamente, determined to be at the forefront of the movement. Equally determined to marry him off to her younger daughter (who just wants to marry her sweetheart Lycandre and raise children), Philamente bullies her meek husband into supporting the match, and the machinations that follow between family members, visiting poets and maids who refuse to learn proper French are predictably and delightfully Molière.


Thomas cleverly modernizes this classic tale by working current musical forms into the original Alexandrine verse—all sprinkled with unexpected rhymes and playful anachronisms.


The show opens with a matinee performance at 4 p.m. Thursday, November 14. General admission is $12; $10 for students and seniors. Tickets to the opening day show are half-price.



The Learned Ladies

Thursday, Nov 14 – Saturday, Nov 23

Thurs: (opening matinee) 4 p.m.

Fri – Sat: 7 p.m.

Sun: 2 p.m.

Molière classic with a modern twist

American High School, Theatre 70

36300 Fremont Blvd., Fremont

(510) 796-1776 extension 57702

Tickets: $10 – 12, half-price Nov 14




The Making of a Nation/The Making of Niles

Submitted by Harry Avila


On November 21st, Niles Rotary Club will host a panel presentation celebrating the 150-year anniversary of the founding of Niles and completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. Three historians – Victor Wong, Henry Baum and David Kiehn – will speak about the Chinese contribution to area and railroad. Henry Baum adds his knowledge of the Central Pacific Railroad and David Kiehn, with extensive knowledge of Niles and the Essanay Studio, will round out the trio. A brief summary of the speakers:


Victor Wong

A University of California Berkeley PhD and former provost of the University of Michigan is an historian of the Central Pacific’s Chinese labor force. Victor is the son of Cantonese parents who emigrated from the Guango region, the source of 8,000 Chinese immigrants to become the Big Four’s Central Pacific Railroad’s main work force of the western transcontinental railroad.


Henry Baum

A retired physicist, Henry is the president of the Niles Canyon Railroad with a great love of Niles Canyon and superior knowledge of the Central Pacific Railroad. He recently helped recreate placement of the last spike in Niles Canyon close to Dead Cow Curve.


David Kiehn

A founder of the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, David’s extensive research into Niles and the Essanay Studio has facilitated growth of the museum into one of the world’s largest collections of silent and old films.


For more information, contact any Niles Rotarian, Niles Rotary Program Chairman Dan Smith at Chapel of the Angels (510) 656-1226 or Panel Coordinator Harry Avila (510) 409-0124.


Making of a Nation panel

Thursday, Nov 21

12:15 p.m.

Washington Hospital Conrad Anderson Auditorium

2500 Mowry Ave, Fremont

(510) 409-0124

(510) 656-1226




Get ready for Train of Lights

Submitted by Niles Canyon Railway


Niles Canyon Railway’s classic holiday event “Train of Lights” will begin its 2019 journey November 22. There is still time to reserve tickets online for open or first-class seating. This hour-long round trip through Niles Canyon is filled with refreshments, music, and cheer aboard our antique coaches and open cars that feature holiday lights and decorations inside and out.


Train of Lights offers a rare opportunity to experience a train ride through Niles Canyon at night. Trains depart from Niles at 4:30 p.m. and Sunol at 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the holiday season (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). The earlier Niles departure leaves when it’s still light enough to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Niles Canyon but dark enough on the return trip to enjoy the train’s mesmerizing lights.


Riding options include coach (unreserved indoor and outdoor seating), first class dome (swivel seats with a clear view of the canyon), first class parlor (reserved seat in Cuban mahogany interior), and private caboose (up to 24 passengers). These trains are very popular and often sell out well in advance, so we recommend you purchase your tickets as early as possible.


All passengers who take up their own seat (including small children) will require tickets. Due to space limitations, baby strollers are not allowed on the train. If you have a wheelchair or need other special assistance, please contact us. ADA wheelchair access is only to selected (covered) open cars, due to the narrow doors on our antique coaches.


Trains run rain or shine; the canyon can get very cold and windy at night in the winter. Unreserved inside seats are not guaranteed, so be prepared for cold, wind, and inclement weather and dress accordingly. The Train of Lights runs at night, so a small flashlight may be useful to help you move safely between your vehicle and the train.


Train of Lights has been an annual tradition for many Bay Area families for more than a decade. Make it yours too!


Train of Lights

Friday, Nov 22 – Monday, Dec 30

Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday

Ticket Sales start Oct 12!


4:30 p.m. Niles Station

37029 Mission Blvd., Fremont


7:30 p.m. Sunol Depot

6 Kilkare Rd., Sunol


(510) 996-8420


Tickets: $30 – $60




Truckers protest worker reclassification

By Stephanie Gertsch


During the week of November 4, many heavy truckers took time off work to protest new Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5). On Wednesday, November 6, one trucking firm (that hires employees and owner operators) gathered outside State Senator Bob Wieckowski’s office in Fremont. While the law is intended to target businesses where workers do the job of employees but are nevertheless relegated to independent status, the new restrictions have left some workers facing possible job loss and homelessness starting January 1, 2020.


The heavy trucking industry comprises over 70,000 independent contractors and is currently not designed to facilitate a smooth transition to an employee system. Contractors put out requests to fill jobs—potentially requiring anywhere from one truck to 100—and brokers coordinate with independent contractors to supply the drivers needed. Business fluctuates, meaning some weeks contractors might have a high need, and others none at all. One broker said, “Contractors, although some of them own their own equipment, on any one day they might need one truck or 50 trucks. But it wouldn’t make sense for a contractor to have 50 trucks in his yard if he only needs one or two a day. What’s he gonna do with the others?” She has worked with truckers for decades, but she would also lose her job under the new law.


Two drivers spoke on how AB 5 will negatively affect their lives.


A driver named Ahmed talked about his current job security, where he has access to work and monthly payments through his broker. “Brokers provide us a job. Because we cannot get the big contractors, the huge construction companies, they’re not going to call us directly for a truck or two. They want 20 trucks, 40 trucks, 100 trucks… Now [the state says], ‘No broker;’ they can’t give us work and we can’t work for them. Who’s going to give us work? Is the state going to give us a job dispatch every day?”


Ahmed also spoke about undergoing brain surgery last year. He was able to take necessary unpaid time off, even at the last minute, for doctor’s appointments and treatments. After surgery, he was able to negotiate with his broker to take only lighter assignments that wouldn’t impair his recovery. In this case, the flexibility was what he needed.


Many truckers have recently purchased new, clean air vehicles in accordance with California law. If they are forced to transition to employee status, they will not be able to retain their own trucks and will lose this investment and incur damage their credit. Eduardo is among them. But more than financial hardship, he fears loss of freedom. “What I enjoy the most is taking my kids to soccer practice, swimming, skating. And that’s going to be taken away from me. When I was young, my father was not there for me, and I want to be there with my kids.” If he is no longer able to work as a trucker, he and his family may be facing homelessness.


The best-case scenario might be for an exception to be added to the bill for the heavy trucking industry, like there is for dentists, lawyers, and real estate agents, among others. Failing that, the language of the bill should be clear so that workers can continue to operate legally, and there should be a path for workers to transition from independent contractors to employees without either losing their jobs entirely or the freedom they value.


A broker said, “If there needs to be some revision in AB 5, let’s sit down and talk about it with all the different industries… AB 5 as a blanket law is not working.” While the group did make contact with an assistant from Wieckowski’s office, that person was not able to provide answers and only said that representatives from many industries, including trucking, had already been consulting during the writing of the law.


Many truckers in California are immigrants and people of color, and this new law will hit them hard. In addition, independents have been lending their aid in cleanup after the recent grass fires. Over 400 independent contractors helped out by hauling debris after the Butte County Paradise fire; this year’s Santa Rosa and Kincade fires will need similar help.


The heavy trucking industry is a vibrant part of California’s diversity and infrastructure. They are asking for laws that support them rather than undermining them.