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Eugene O’Neill’s ‘Ah, Wilderness!’ at Douglas Morrisson Theatre

Submitted by Bob Miller

Photos by Christopher Scott


“Ah, Wilderness!” written by Eugene O’Neill, comes to the Bay Area to conclude the 2018-19 season at the Douglas Morrisson Theater (DMT) in Hayward. Performances will run Thursday, February 14 through Sunday, March 3. O'Neill, America’s only Nobel Prize-winning playwright, was among the first to write plays using American English speech. While his plays typically involved a degree of tragedy, personal pessimism and depictions of marginalized characters, “Ah, Wilderness!” is the only well-known comedy written by O’Neil. “It’s about the last play they ever would have suspected me of writing,” O’Neill said of the comedy.


“Ah, Wilderness!” is a nostalgic coming-of-age story that introduces the Miller family on the 4th of July in 1906. Nat Miller is the town newspaper man, and his 16-year-old son, Richard, has an affinity for poetry and philosophy that sometimes gets him in trouble. Forbidden to court his neighbor Muriel by the girl’s father, Richard goes on a bender and is forced to learn the lesson of his youthful indiscretions the hard way. The play offers a backward glimpse into middle-class family life in turn-of-the-century America, providing a tender, retrospective portrait of small-town family values, teenage growing pains, and young love. Of course, not all is rosy; It wouldn't be an O'Neill play without a small dose of his signature themes: father and son relationships, alcoholism, and prostitution are lightly woven in to this play.


“Ah, Wilderness!” premiered on Broadway at the Guild Theatre on October 2, 1933, directed by Philip Moeller and starred George M. Cohan as Nat Miller.


When O’Neill began writing for the stage early in the 20th century, the American theatre was dominated by vaudeville and romantic melodramas. Influenced by Strindberg, Ibsen, and other European playwrights, O’Neill vowed to create a theatre in America, stripped of false sentimentality, which would explore the deepest stirrings of the human spirit. During the 1920s, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for three of his plays – “Beyond the Horizon,” “Anna Christie,” and “Strange Interlude.” Other popular successes, including “The Emperor Jones,” “The Hairy Ape,” “Desire Under the Elms,” “The Great God Brown,” and “Mourning Becomes Electra,” brought him international acclaim. In 1936, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature – the only American playwright to be so honored.


Three of his final works, written at Tao House in Danville, California, tower over the others: “The Iceman Cometh,” “Long Day’s Journey into Night,” and “A Moon for the Misbegotten.” These autobiographical plays portray, with “faithful realism,” the haunting figures of his father, mother, and brother who loom in the background of most of his other plays. He was awarded a fourth Pulitzer Prize, posthumously, in 1956 for “Long Day’s Journey into Night.” In a career which spanned three decades, Eugene O’Neill changed the American theatre forever.


Director Sharon Robinson is really excited to be directing her first show with DMT. Her last show was “Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike” at Altarena Playhouse. Other recent shows are “The Best Man,” “Distracted,” and “God of Carnage” (Piedmont Players.) Robinson also works as a director/facilitator with Marin Shakespeare’s Social Justice program at San Quentin and Mule Creek State Prisons, where she is currently directing “Julius Caesar.” The rest of her day is spent as a voiceover, theatre actor, occasional costumer, and mom.


The cast includes Jesse Arnett, Molly Brennan, Darrien Cabreana, Toren Cabreana, Amanda Clemmons, Deidre Brodeur Coen, Sarah LaDue, Cynthia Lagodzinski, Liva Langer, Marshall Scott, Kyle Smith, Joe Walters, and Jim Woodbury.


Tickets are $10 for the Thursday, February 14 preview and $29 for performances. Discounts available for adults under the age of 30 and over the age of 60, students with ID, youth, H.A.R.D. residents, and groups of 10 or more. The Box Office is open Tuesday through Friday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and can be reached at (510) 881-6777. Visit www.dmtonline.org for more information.


Ah, Wilderness!

Thursday, Feb 14 – Sunday, Mar 3

8 p.m., Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

Saturday, Mar 2 at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Douglas Morrisson Theatre

22311 N. Third St, Hayward

(510) 881-6777


Tickets: $15 – $29



Alameda Library to connect readers with great reads

Submitted by Alicia Reyes


Alameda County Library is playing matchmaker this Valentine’s season by matching readers with their next great read. Book Match, a new program launching on Thursday, February 14 – Valentine’s Day – will match library members with personalized reading recommendations from librarians. To participate in Book Match, members will fill out a short questionnaire about their reading preferences. Then, librarians will use their expertise to develop customized book lists and connect people with great reads. Library members get to meet matchmakers through online profiles that highlight their knowledge of genres and favorite reads. They can select a matchmaker or have one chosen for them.


“Librarians are book experts who have our readers’ interests at heart. In a world of algorithms, Book Match adds a human touch. It personalizes reading recommendations and strengthens the connection between readers and libraries,” said Cindy Chadwick, county librarian.



Apple releases update to prevent FaceTime eavesdropping

By Michael Liedtke

AP Technology Writer


SAN FRANCISCO (AP), Feb 07 – Apple has released an iPhone update to fix a software flaw that allowed people to eavesdrop on others while using FaceTime.


The bug enabled interlopers to turn an iPhone into a live microphone while using Group FaceTime. Callers were able to activate another person's microphone remotely even before the person has accepted or rejected the call.


Apple turned off the group-chat feature last week, after a 14-year-old boy in Tucson, Arizona, discovered the flaw. The teenager, Grant Thompson, and his mother said they unsuccessfully tried to contact the company about the problem for more than a week. Apple has been criticized for the delay in responding and has promised to improve procedures.


The FaceTime repair is included in the latest version of Apple's iOS 12 system, which became available to install Thursday.


Although the FaceTime bug has now been addressed, its emergence is particularly embarrassing for Apple. The bug exposed Apple customers to potential surveillance at a time that CEO Tim Cook has been repeatedly declaring that personal privacy is a “fundamental human right.”


Cook also has publicly skewered Facebook and Google, two companies that collect personal information to sell advertising, for not doing enough to protect people's privacy.


Apple credited Thompson for discovering the FaceTime bug as part of its software update, nearly a week after thanking him for reporting the bug in the first place.


As often occurs when people flag software flaws, Thompson will be rewarded for his sleuthing. Apple plans to contribute to Thompson's college fund in addition to paying a bounty to him and his family for reporting the bug. The company, which has $245 billion in cash, isn't disclosing the amounts.



New legislation for locally conducted environmental cleanup

Submitted by Lyanne Mendez


Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), chairman of Assembly Environmental Safety & Toxic Materials Committee, introduced legislation to establish a state certification program for local health officers who oversee the cleanup of contaminated sites to ensure that they have the necessary expertise to carry out these responsibilities in a manner that is protective of public health and the environment.


There are currently thousands of contaminated sites across the state riddled with recent or historical pollution, including pesticide manufacturing facilities, rail yards, ports, dry cleaners and refineries. The types of pollutants encountered at these sites include hazardous chemicals from solvents, heavy metals, and petroleum.


Generally, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) and the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) coordinate to determine the extent and type of contamination, and the processes and standards for the proper remediation of these sites. However, when the state identifies a responsible party for the contaminated site, that responsible party may contract directly with a local health officer to conduct the cleanup. In these cases, there is no oversight by the state to ensure the cleanup is done to any specific standards, nor is there assistance from the state to support the local health officer’s efforts.


“These local health agencies may be overseeing complex contaminated sites that include contamination of groundwater and/or surface waters, and which can pose a significant threat to public health and the environment if not properly cleaned up. AB 432 will empower local health officers with the knowledge and standards they need to get the cleanup done sufficiently and enable the state to have that assurance.” said Assemblymember Quirk.


AB 432 is modeled after the State Water Board’s existing program for certifying local agencies to oversee the cleanup of sites contaminated by leaking underground storage tanks, which requires local agencies to be certified by the State Water Board before overseeing the cleanup. AB 432 has not yet been referred to policy committee.



Assemblymember Quirk receives Science in Public Service award

Submitted by Lyanne Mendez


As part of Science & Technology Week, the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) presented Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) with Science in Public Service award on Monday, February 4 at its Reception and Leadership Awards Ceremony.


“It is hard to imagine an elected official who is more dedicated to bridging science and policy than Assemblymember Quirk,” said Amber Mace, interim executive director of CCST. “With CCST’s Science in Public Service Award, we are excited to recognize Assemblymember Quirk's distinguished achievements not only as an accomplished climate change scientist and public servant – but also as an exceptional mentor and role model to our CCST Science Fellows.”


“I truly enjoy working with CCST, especially being involved in their fellowship program. As chairman of Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee, my decisions are heavily guided by facts and research, so their input is highly important to me,” stated Assemblymember Quirk upon receiving his recognition.



Dreaming of spring with bare root roses

Article and photos by Lalitha Visveswaran


The first roses of spring are the biggest and most luscious, bold and bodacious. They don’t come in a hurry, but the first flush of spring roses is a riot, a lavish display of colors that pop up after a bleak winter.


In California, our roses bloom pretty much throughout the year, but even we have to endure a couple months of bare, thorny limbs. The sun may be out, but the soil remains hard and cold, and this is when we have to embrace the nature of plants, even in our Golden State. The soil slumbers and the plant goes to sleep too; seeds remain dormant until the right conditions occur. Conserving energy in dormancy, roses refuse to sprout new leaves, therefore no buds and no flowers. Old flowers whose petals have fallen might form bulbous, pot-like bottoms called rosehips, which are chock full of vitamin C. Wildlife will devour it because the deer and critters have no pharmacies or HMOs.


Seeing the sticky remains of the rose makes you want to prune it, so it comes back fresh and lush in spring. But curb that urge! When you start trimming, you are signaling to the rose, “Wake up! You are being amputated. Gather your plant hormones to start sprouting new limbs and leaves!” So, it starts its cycle again. So never prune or trim your roses during winter months when they are naturally dormant. Nurseries will uproot these dormant roses from their stock, shake the soil off the roots and pack them in sawdust. The rose still sleeps and won’t wake until its natural rhythms detect spring. This is commonly known in nursery trade as bare root roses.


Bare root roses are usually available towards the end of winter and in early spring, which is the best time to buy them in nurseries. If you want to transplant roses in your garden from one location to another, it is best to move them when they are dormant and as bare roots. Why is this a good thing?


  1. Buying bare root roses in the nursery will be cheaper by at least 25-30 percent. This is due to the cost savings of not having to pack it in pots or use soil or fertilizers. Transport costs are also less.


  1. You don’t have to plant them immediately. Keep them packed in the sawdust or sphagnum moss for a couple of weeks and take your time preparing the site for planting.


  1. There won’t be much transplant shock. Usually when any living plant is transplanted, it takes on what’s known as transplant shock because of change in environment. A dormant plant is already sleeping and conserving energy, so you can’t make it lose energy it’s not spending.


  1. There is less chance of soil disease as there is no soil clinging to the roots. You can inspect the roots, cut it to fit your planting hole, and trim rotten bits to put in a healthy rose plant.


  1. They will flower the first year you plant them. Due to transplant shock or change in temperature or soil or other factors, some plants will have an adjustment period before they settle into their leafing and flowering cycle. Bare roots start on a clean slate and are ready to flower for you the very first year!


Ready for roses? Here are the steps:


  1. You might get them as sticks with roots; this is the best way to acquire your bare roots. Nurseries will generally shake the soil, dry it, pack with moisture-absorbing material like sawdust and wrap in paper or plastic bag. The lack of wetness prevents the roots from rotting and moist sawdust will keep it from going dry and brittle.


  1. Keep them in a dark, dry spot if you are not ready to plant immediately. Make sure the sawdust is moist and spray with water, but don’t over wet. Soak them in water for a few hours on planting day.


  1. Your planting hole must be dug on ground that isn’t frozen. It must be twice as wide as your roots can spread. Dig a hole a little deeper than the longest root, fill with soil mixed with good compost or rotted manure.


  1. Pour the water you used to soak the roots into the planting hole and plunge the plant up and down a couple times. That will remove any air pockets and firm the plant in enough to prevent the need for staking. Make a mound of rich soil and spread the roots. Don’t plant too deeply; the top roots should be just below the surface or it will be deprived of oxygen. Sprinkle top with mulch after planting.


  1. Trim the rose canes so that when they do start putting out leaves, they don’t crowd each other and there is enough air circulation and adequate light.


  1. Water infrequently and as necessary. Fertilize moderately, and not before winter is over or they will be rushed to grow up too early. Let nature take over. Enjoy your roses. They will awaken when it’s time.


Lalitha Visveswaran is a full-time farmer at Jellicles Farm in the Sunol AgPark. www.jelliclesfarm.com



BART Police Log

Submitted by Les Mensinger


Saturday, February 2

  • At 4:55 a.m. a man identified by police as Demark Carney, 38, of Martinez was arrested at the Warm Springs/South Fremont station on a no-bail warrant.
  • At 12:52 p.m. a man identified by police as Kendrick Riley, 24, of San Leandro was arrested at the San Leandro station on suspicion of resisting or interfering with an officer. He was booked at Santa Rita jail.
  • At 5:19 p.m. a 14-year-old juvenile from Castro Valley was arrested at the Castro Valley station on suspicion of robbery and booked into juvenile hall and issued a prohibition order.


Friday, February 1

  • At 6:54 a.m. a man identified by police as Darrell Robertson, 57, of Oakland was arrested at the Warm Springs/South Fremont station on suspicion of trespassing and possession of a controlled substance. He was booked at Santa Rita jail.


Sunday, February 3

  • At 7:14 a.m. two men identified by police as Ieremiah Williams, 19, of Hayward and Rene Angel-Ramirez, 38, of San Francisco were arrested at the Hayward station. Williams faces charges of robbery and conspiracy. Angel-Ramirez faces charges of robbery, conspiracy, probation violation and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both were booked at Santa Rita jail and issued prohibition orders.
  • At 1:07 p.m. a man identified by police as Curtis Jackson, 43, of San Carlos was arrested at the Bay Fair station in San Leandro on suspicion of trespassing. He was booked at Santa Rita jail.
  • At 8:29 p.m. a man identified by police as Lincoln Fletcher, 21, of Daly City was arrested at the Bay Fair station in San Leandro on suspicion of robbery. He was booked into jail and issued a prohibition order.


Monday, February 4

  • At 8:55 p.m. a man identified by police as Michael Melvin, 44, was arrested at the Castro Valley station on suspicion of violating a court order. He was booked at Santa Rita jail.


Tuesday, February 5

  • At 11:50 a.m. a man identified by police as David Cornellier, 29, of Hayward was arrested at the Hayward station on suspicion of carrying a concealed dirk or dagger and probation violation. He was booked at Santa Rita jail.
  • At 6:05 p.m. a man identified by police as Donate Hayes, 25, of Hayward was arrested at the Hayward station on a felony no-bail warrant. He was booked at Santa Rita jail.

‘Tips for Change’ Benefit Dinner

Submitted by Joe Farias


The Castro Valley Breakfast Lions Club will host its fourth annual “Tips for Change” fundraiser on Monday, February 18. Lions members will provide the wait staff for the evening with all tips from patrons going to the club. Funds raised at the event will support local community groups such as FESCO, Salvation Army, Meals on Wheels, Ruby’s Place, among others. For reservations, call (925) 820-6989 or visit www.yelp.com.


Castro Valley Breakfast Lions Club Fundraiser

Monday, Feb 18

5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Gianni’s Italian Bistro restaurant

2065 San Ramon Blvd, San Ramon

(925) 820-6989




Experience Imagination Without Borders at Children’s Film Fest

Submitted by Tiffany Woolf

Photos courtesy of The Bay Area International Children's Film Festival


The Bay Area International Children's Film Festival (BAICFF) is pleased to announce its upcoming 11th annual fest on Saturday, February 16 and Sunday, February 17 at the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland. Save the date for another Playdate for the Imagination! The full weekend of events and special programs continues to delight and inspire Bay Area families with premieres of internationally celebrated family-friendly films, presentations from award-winning Disney and Pixar filmmakers, hands-on animation workshops for kids, and more!


This year's theme is “Imagination Without Borders” with festival imagery featuring the work of celebrated Oakland artist Favianna Rodriguez. Rodriguez is a transnational interdisciplinary artist and cultural organizer who was recently featured on Ben & Jerry's new ice cream flavor, Pecan Resist. The theme will resonate throughout the weekend with panels, workshops, and films around the topic.


“The Bay Area International Children's Film Festival, now in its 11th year, is an opportunity for Bay Area families, and kids of all ages, to be inspired by the art of film and open up their imagination to new possibilities,” said BAICFF co-founders and Oakland residents Jim Capobianco and Shelley Trott. “Our theme this year, Imagination Without Borders, exemplifies our mission to present diverse perspectives from around the world and offer creative workshops for kids with leading artists and animators.”


Capobianco is also expanding the imagination of film audiences worldwide as the Animation Sequence Supervisor for “Mary Poppins Returns,” recently released in theaters and receiving top awards and accolades.


BAICFF was founded in 2009 to introduce kids to engaging international films. It has now grown to become an annual Bay Area creative gathering and Playdate for the Imagination™ where education and imagination collide; with audiences treated to compelling, culturally diverse films from around the world, special presentations with internationally renowned artists, and one-of-a-kind, hands-on animation workshops. Since its inception, BAICFF has produced 10 annual festivals presenting 500 family-friendly films from around the world for an audience of over 10,000 people with 1,100 children participating in workshops designed to introduce kids to the world of animation and live-action filmmaking.


At BAICFF we pride ourselves in bringing you a behind-the-scenes peek at what goes on in the making of some of the most critically-acclaimed films and television shows loved by children and adults alike. This year includes a special screening of Pixar's Academy Award-winning film “Coco,” featuring a presentation on the making of the film with Director Lee Unkrich and Story Supervisor Jason Katz. Additional highlights include:


  • A special Cartoon Network program with screenings of new shows that are in the process of being developed. Learn first-hand from the creators of the shows about how their projects get developed from inception to short and beyond! (Great for teens!)
  • A new partnership with the New York International Children’s Film Festival featuring a collection of Mexican short films, “Viva Kid Flicks.”


  • “Chuskit,” the gorgeous and inspiring film from India of a young girl with a disability chasing her dream of going to school in her remote Himalayan village. The feisty girl locks horns with her tradition-bound grandfather.


  • “The Day of Chocolate,” a beautiful and beguiling feature film from Poland, with a delicious chocolate tasting before the screening.


  • “Beyond the Boundaries of Cartoons.” New voices are telling stories once thought beyond the traditional “cartoon.” Watch new films made by a new generation of leading animators touching on subjects not usually approached in animation. Followed by a panel discussion about the future of animation storytelling.


  • “Robots! Never Give Up: The Journey of Bassett Robotics.” In this inspiring film from Taiwan, six inner city ten-year-olds defy all odds by making it to the World Championship of Robotics. Film to follow with resident scientists helping audiences learn how to make robots!


  • Signature Hands-On Animation Filmmaking Workshops: Outdoor Live-Action Pixilation, Stop-Motion Technique with Found Objects & Signature Professional Clay Animation Figures. Including a special storyboarding workshop with “Coco” Story Supervisor Jason Katz.


  • Imagination Lab: “The Importance of Beeing,” a short mixed-media documentary which aims to spotlight the importance of bees. The festival's Imagination Lab will host an exhibition about bee keeping and what you can do to promote bees in your neighborhood.


All tickets to the two-day festival include full admission to the Chabot Space & Science Center. For tickets and information, visit www.baicff.com.


The Bay Area International Children's Film Festival

Saturday, Feb 16 & Sunday, Feb 17

Saturday: 10:15 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Sunday: 10:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Chabot Space & Science Center

10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland

(510) 336-7373


Tickets: Day pass: $22 adult, $14 youth; Weekend pass: $32 adult, $20 youth

        Saturday night pass: $5 adult & youth



Celebrate the new year with crafts and games

Submitted by Amy T Cho


An afternoon of family-friendly entertainment, games and crafts is planned to welcome the Chinese New Year on Saturday, February 16 at the Fremont Main Library. The lunar year 4717 Year of the Pig officially arrived on February 5.


Activities start at 1 p.m. in the library’s children’s area with dance, music and kung-fu entertainment, followed at 2 p.m. with children’s arts and crafts where participants will have a chance to make lanterns and fortune cookie pins. Jointly sponsored by the Citizens for Better Community, South Bay Chinese Club and the Fremont Main Library, admission is free.


Chinese New Year celebration

Saturday, Feb. 16

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Fremont Main Library, children’s area

2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont

(510) 745-1400




Boys Soccer

Cougars Report

Submitted by Timothy Hess


Cougars capture League title

In an 8-1 victory, the Newark Memorial Cougars varsity soccer team defeated the Washington Huskies (Fremont) on February 8th and emerged as champions of the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL). Also, the junior varsity squad captured the MVAL championship with a 4-0 victory over the junior varsity Huskies and completed a 14-0 record season (20-3 overall).


The varsity now waits for the North Coast Section draw and seeding to determine placement in post-season play.






Cougars’ grapplers move on to section championships

Submitted by Timothy Hess



Congratulations to the Newark Memorial Boys Wrestling Team for their performance at the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) Wrestling Championships at Irvington High School February 9th. Cance Hefter won the MVAL Title at 285lbs!  Moises Rodriguez, Brandon Moriguchi, Diego Oivardia, and Anthony Osorio placed 3rd while Jose Rodriguez placed 2nd. These Cougars wrestlers along with Justin Tran and Owen Gallegos qualified for the North Coast Section Wrestling Championships February 15-16 at James Logan High School (Union City).



The Lady Cougars Wrestling Team placed 2nd at the WACC Championships at Berkeley High School February 9th.  Jaycee Moriguchi, Nina Caron, Genesis Walia, and Mgehan Sage placed 3rd, Ezra Vavao was 2nd while Mikaela Troche, Sierra Van Rossem and Ariana Pereira were crowned league champions. Next up for the Lady Cougars is the North Coast Section Girls Wrestling Championships at Albany High School February 15-16.



Cybersecurity teams advance in competition

Submitted by New Haven Unified School District


James Logan High School's computer science program added a class in cybersecurity this year and created four teams to compete in a recent Air Force-sponsored CyberPatriot competition. As first year teams in this 11th-year competition, Logan’s teams were hoping to learn and grow the program for next year.


And they did well: three of Logan's teams are continuing to the Gold Tier Semifinals. In addition, during the California State Round, Logan Team 1 finished third in the state in the Gold tier. They placed ahead of more than 200 other California Gold High School teams.


Congratulations to James Logan High School CyberPatriot team members:


  • Arabella Abad
  • Riya Arora
  • Alyssa Barrientos
  • Ho Chan
  • Breanna Dulay
  • Garima Gupta
  • Mili Gupta
  • Tara Len
  • Jordan Magat
  • Albert Pei
  • Gabriel Ramirez
  • Ritvik Seshadri
  • Aamani Sharma
  • Vinh Tran
  • Amar Waraich
  • Victor Zhang



Olympians return to the Tri-Cities

Submitted and photos by Mike Heightchew


An early debut of the venerable Willie Davenport Track & Field Clinic, a signature event in the Greater Tri-Cities for sports buffs, took place at Irvington High School (Fremont) on February 7th. Several of the many Olympians scheduled to mentor, coach and instruct young athletes during the February 9th event were on hand to tell their personal stories and instill hope and inspiration in the stars – both on and off the field – of the future. Along with the athletes, well-known Bay Area entertainer “Crazy George” kept everyone laughing and motivated.

Hope Grows Here gala

Submitted by Deaf Plus Adult Community


Deaf Plus Adult Community (DPAC) is delighted to be hosting our second fundraising gala, “Hope Grows Here,” on Saturday, February 23 at the Las Positas Vineyards in Livermore. The event is in celebration of DPAC and its amazing consumers, staff, families, friends, and community.


Located in Newark, DPAC is dedicated to helping adults who are deaf or deaf/blind with special needs and their families to find hope, love, respect, and support through full communication in integrated communities. Our day program provides services to deaf or hard of hearing adults who in addition may be blind or low vision, have mental health issues, mild to severe cognitive disabilities and who may need specialized behavioral support. We refer to this group as “Deaf Plus.”


The special gala evening features artwork, fine wines, a delicious meal, entertainment, a silent auction with fabulous items, an exciting live auction, fun games and raffles. Live auction packages include seven days in Italy, adventure trip to Iceland, a week in Hawaii, women’s road bike, 18 holes of golf at Ruby Hill, whale watching in Monterey and more.


Newark Mayor Al Nagy and Regional Center of the East Bay Executive Director Lisa Kleinbub will be honored at the event and presented with DPAC’s Community Partnership Award.


The dress code for the evening is cocktail attire. For more information, email info@deafplus.us, or visit online at http://deafplus.wixsite.com/deafplusadults.


Hope Grows Here Gala

Saturday, February 23

5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Las Positas Vineyards

1828 Wetmore Rd, Livermore

(510) 556-2750 video phone



Tickets: $100 – $150



Delta Electronics’ Fremont facility receives Beyond Green Award

Submitted by Brittany Bell


Delta Electronics announced that its Americas headquarters in Fremont has achieved the first-place honor award in National Institute of Building Sciences' 2018 Beyond Green High-Performance Building and Community Awards. This award recognizes the unique eco-friendly features and net-zero energy design of the LEED Platinum-certified facility, enabled partly through the integration of Delta's own smart energy-saving systems, including building automation, elevator energy regeneration, electric vehicle (EV) charging, green data center, LED lighting, and solar PV energy generation.


“This was an ambitious project that we hope can be emulated by other organizations throughout California, the United States and the world,” said M.S. Huang, president of Delta Electronics (Americas). “Corporate social responsibility has long been a vital component of our business model. As part of our mission, Delta has promoted green building concepts since 2006, creating 27 eco-friendly facilities around the globe to date. The Americas headquarters is a living testament that eco-friendly facilities are the foundations of sustainable cities.”


The Beyond Green Building program recognizes initiatives that shape, inform and catalyze the high-performance building market, as well as the real-world application of high-performance design and construction practices.

The Aramaic Beatitudes

Submitted by Teresa Schmidt


Join Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose for The Aramaic Beatitudes, a two-part series, presented by Sister Rebecca Shinas, O.P. on Tuesday, March 19 and Monday, March 25. The Aramaic Beatitudes are the closest translations to Jesus' own time. For example, the traditional “Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven,” in Aramaic is translated “Ripe are those who know at the end of the day, their only possession is their breath, and there they find rest in God.” Registration is open until Saturday, March 16, and can be done by visiting  http://bit.ly/2019Aramaic or calling (510) 933-6360.


The Aramaic Beatitudes series

Tuesday, March 19 and Monday, March 25

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Dominican Center, Wellness Room

43326 Mission Circle, Fremont

(510) 933-6360


$20 each session



Are you prepared for the next big shake?

Submitted by the Hayward Chamber of Commerce


The Hayward Fault is overdue for another big shake. Statewide, there is a 75 percent chance of an earthquake of a magnitude of 7.0 or larger occurring in the next 30 years. Are you prepared?


To help spread the word, the publicly-managed California Earthquake Authority, the City of Hayward, and the Hayward Chamber of Commerce are jointly sponsoring a free informational workshop on earthquake preparedness and insurance on Thursday, February 19.


Featured speaker at the event will be Janiele Maffei, chief mitigation officer for the California Earthquake Authority in Sacramento. She is responsible for directing the statewide residential retrofit program and developing educational programs and other actions that promote seismic mitigation and mitigation-related insurance-premium discounts for CEA policyholders.


Admission is free and open to the public, but because space is limited, advance registrations should be made by visiting the Hayward Chamber of Commerce website at www.hayward.org and then scrolling to the Earthquake Preparedness Event link and following the prompts.


Earthquake Preparedness

Tuesday, Feb. 19

10 a.m. – 12 noon

Speaker: Janiele Maffei, California Earthquake Authority

Hayward City Hall, Council Chambers

777 B St., Hayward

(510) 537-2424

Free; registration required at www.hayward.org



Dear EarthTalk: Would extending daylight saving time (DST) year-round have benefits for the environment?

— Jane Wyckoff, Soquel, California


The concept of “daylight saving time” (DST), whereby we set our clocks ahead by an hour from mid-Spring through mid-Fall so we can get more done using natural light later into the evening, was first proposed more than 200 years ago by Benjamin Franklin as a way to save money on candles (!). While Franklin’s idea didn’t catch on back then, Germany instituted a “war effort” version of it to conserve fuel during World War I. The U.S. followed suit in 1918 but scrapped the idea shortly after the war ended.


DST came back to the U.S. during World War II when President Franklin D. Roosevelt instituted it year-round as “war time” between February 1942 and September 1945. After WWII, some states adopted summer DST, but it wasn’t until Congress passed the Uniform Time Act in 1966 that it became standard across the country (initially Arizona and Michigan opted out; these days only Arizona and Hawaii don’t observe DST).


This past November, Californians voted in an extension of DST year-round across their state. The rationale is that the twice-a-year time change causes lost or poor sleep which leads to more accidents, aggravates existing health issues and has even been linked to a short-term uptick in suicides. Oregon and Washington are also considering aligning with California so the entire West Coast could be on DST throughout the year.


But according to a 2011 study published in The Review of Economics and Statistics by researchers from Yale and Claremont McKenna, such a change may not be good news for the environment.


“Our main finding is that, contrary to the policy’s intent, DST increases electricity demand,” report researchers Matthew Kotchen and Laura Grant. “Estimates of the overall increase are approximately one percent, but we find that the effect is not constant throughout the DST period.” According to their data, DST causes the greatest increase in electricity consumption in the fall (estimates range from 2-4 percent) when dipping temperatures send Hoosiers inside earlier to turn up their thermostats. They estimate that increased energy demand as a result of DST adds $9 million a year to household power bills across Indiana while the “social costs” of the resulting increased emissions range from $1.7-$5.5 million annually.


Of course, mileage varies by region. A study by the California Energy Commission found that extending DST would have little to no effect on energy use in that state. Meanwhile, a U.S. Department of Energy analysis of 67 different power utilities across the country concluded that a four-week extension of DST would save Americans 0.5 percent of electricity per day, or 1.3 trillion watt-hours in total — enough to power 100,000 households for a year.


Whether or not the recent interest in extending DST throughout the year on the West Coast will take hold across the country is anyone’s guess. In the meantime, we can all look forward to the second Sunday in March to spring ahead and leave the short and dreary winter days behind us — at least for a few months.


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East Bay Park District announces 2019 board of directors’ officers

Submitted by Dave Mason


The East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors has inducted new leaders for 2019. Ayn Wieskamp of Livermore will serve as president; Ellen Corbett of San Leandro will serve as vice president; Dee Rosario of Oakland will serve as treasurer; and Colin Coffey of Hercules will serve as secretary. The additional board members are Whitney Dotson of Richmond, Dennis Waespi of Castro Valley, and Beverly Lane of Danville. Leadership positions rotate annually. Members are elected to four-year terms and are elected by district to represent different geographic areas of the East Bay.


Ayn Wieskamp was elected to the board in 1999. As board president, she will serve as chairwoman of the board’s executive committee. Wieskamp previously served on the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District Board, the Livermore City Council, the Alameda County Recycling Board, and the Alameda County Congestion Management Agency. Wieskamp’s term expires in 2022.


Ellen Corbett was elected to the Board in 2016. She will serve as chairwoman of the board’s operations committee. She was the majority leader of the California State Senate, representing the 10th District, 2006-2013. Previously, she was a member of the California State Assembly, a San Leandro City Council member and mayor of San Leandro. Corbett’s term expires in 2020.


Dee Rosario was elected to the board in 2016. He will serve as chairman of the finance committee. He has served on the Alameda County Parks, Recreation and Historical Commission; the Board of Directors for the Friends of Sausal Creek; Regional Parks Association Board of Directors; Oakland Fire-Safe Council Board; and co-convened the California Alliance of Retired Americans. Rosario’s term expires in 2020.


Colin Coffey was elected to the board in 2018 after being appointed in January 2017 to fill the vacancy of Diane Burgis, who was elected to the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors in November 2016. He will serve as chairman of natural/cultural resources committee. He served on the Park District’s Park Advisory Committee twice, first 2001-2009 and second 2012-2017. Coffey’s term expires in 2022.


Dennis Waespi was elected to the board in 2014. He will serve as chairman of the legislative committee. He was a supervisor at the Park District for 36 years before retiring in 2016. He has also served on the boards of the Castro Valley Sanitary District and Hayward Area Recreation and Park District. Waespi’s term expires in 2022.


Whitney Dotson was elected to the board in 2008. Before being elected to the board, he served as an appointed member of the Park District Park Advisory Committee. He is the president of North Richmond Shoreline Open Space Alliance, and vice chairman of the Community Advisory Group monitoring the cleanup of Campus Bay and UC Berkeley Richmond Field Station. Dotson’s term expires in 2020.


Beverly Lane was elected to the board in 1994. A former Danville mayor and councilmember, Lane has led efforts to establish the Iron Horse Regional Trail, Calaveras Ridge Trail, and Sycamore Valley Open Space Park. Lane is a published author, columnist, and curator of the Museum of the San Ramon Valley. Lane’s term expires in 2022.



Park It

By Ned MacKay


Birding enthusiasts worldwide will join in this year’s Great Backyard Bird Count, from Friday, February 15 through Monday, February 18. It’s an annual project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society in partnership with Bird Studies Canada. The idea is to count birds you see for 15 minutes on one or more days of the project, then enter your checklists at the website, birdcount.org. More information is available on the website.


Two East Bay Regional Parks will participate. At Big Break Regional Shoreline in Oakley, naturalist Cat Taylor will lead a count from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, February 17. All levels of bird expertise are welcome. Bring binoculars if you have them; the park has some available to loan. Big Break is at 69 Big Break Road off Oakley’s Main Street. For more details, call (888) 327-2757, ext. 3050.


At Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area in Pleasanton, naturalist Ashley Adams will coordinate a bird count from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday, February 17. Shadow Cliffs is on Stanley Boulevard just east of Valley Avenue. For information, call Sunol Wilderness at (510) 544-3249.


Birds, ancient volcanoes, newts, and labyrinths are all part of a program from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, February 17 at Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve in the Oakland Hills. Naturalist Michael Charnofsky will lead a moderate, 2½-mile hike to find the hidden labyrinths in historic quarries, scan the sky for eagles, and search ponds for newts.

Meet Michael at the park entrance on Skyline Boulevard just south of the intersection with Grizzly Peak Boulevard. For information, call (510) 544-3187.


Sibley Preserve will also be the venue for a Wednesday Walk, starting 9:30 a.m. February 20, led by naturalist Susan Ramos. Wednesday Walkers are an informal group of hikers of all ages and abilities, who explore a different regional park each time. For the Sibley walk, meet at the park’s Old Tunnel Road staging area on the east side of the Caldecott Tunnel off Highway 24. For information and directions, call (510) 544-3187.


Down at Crab Cove Visitor Center in Alameda, a survey of a different sort is planned from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, February 16 with naturalist Morgan Dill. Visitors can don hip boots provided by the park, wade into the Bay, and use a seine net to catch and release some of the fish that live there. The program is for ages 10 and older.


Crab Cove is at the end of McKay Avenue off Alameda’s Central Avenue. For information, call (510) 544-3187.


Photographers will enjoy “Nature in Black and White” program from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, February 17 and Sunday, February 24 at the Environmental Education Center at Tilden Nature Area near Berkeley. Naturalist Anthony Fisher will show the group some classic black and white images, then lead a walk into the park to make new ones. The focus is on texture, form and pattern in absence of color, using phone or camera.


The center is at the north end of Tilden’s Central Park Drive. For more information, call (510) 544-2233.


A native knowledge nature walk is the plan from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, February 16 at Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont. Naturalist Kristina Parkison will share plant use and animal lore known by generations of Ohlones. The program is for ages 7 and older and parent participation is required. Meet at the park visitor center at the end of Patterson Ranch Road, off Paseo Padre Parkway. For more information, call (510) 544-3220.


There’s always something enjoyable to see and do in the regional parks. For a full schedule, visit the website www.ebparks.org.




Moving On


A group of Fremont residents has developed the draft of an “action plan” to address the number one headache of our area… flexible movement for commuters and residents alike. The Mobility Task Force has released a comprehensive look at the extensive challenges and solutions currently available to us. Due to geography and both external and internal economic pressure, our homes, workplaces, environment, resources and facilities – civic, educational, personal – are under extreme stress to address an increasing imbalance between regional economics and local environmental concerns. At the outset of creating this task force, it was evident that mobility is not a transitory problem; a limited effort would be inadequate to address and monitor the issue.


Why a previous Fremont City Council did not create an ongoing commission is not clear except for a reluctance to commit to definitive action. With this report, it appears obvious that such a commission is not only a useful tool to address an ongoing and growing issue, but necessary to employ the power of residents to focus on fundamentally complex and difficult decisions without excessive partisan political interference.


The Mobility Action Plan takes a realistic look at area movement patterns and admits that a downward trajectory of mobility is not only possible, but in progress. Along with a gloomy look at what is occurring, there are signs of hope and, at least, some realistic suggestions that address regional and state pressure exacerbating the problems. Top issue of concern is an imbalance between job and housing growth. Development of large employer campuses with concomitant satellite business growth far outstrips the capacity of housing developers. Not only does this create unrealistic demand for workers but mega-companies can lay off large groups of employees on a moment’s notice. Housing, however, does not respond in this manner.


It is necessary to address traffic concerns with Vision Zero plans, app controls, safe routes to school and signal modification, but the primary cause for mobility problems must be addressed… employment vs. housing. The Plan addresses key accommodations such as traffic signals, school safety and Developer Transportation Demand Management Plans but, even with all of this, if fully funded, cannot substitute for key land management practices that are critical to success:

  • More housing closer to jobs in Silicon Valley
  • Limit new job growth in Silicon Valley cities with a significantly unbalanced level of jobs
  • Increased amount of affordable housing throughout Bay Area
  • Encourage new job growth closer to available housing and transit


Effective land use is central to controlling an unacceptable pattern of regional and state macroeconomics that ignores impacts at the local level.


Just as Fremont touts the success of its “data-driven” Vision Zero program to reduce the incidence of major traffic crashes, so too should a regional approach pay attention to information that may argue for better land use management practices by Silicon Valley megafirms that are the source of the mobility problem. As far as economic power can take us, these are the responsible parties that need to bear the burden of funding shortfalls. Sending anonymous buses to entice workers to live in adjacent cities is not enough. The economic and environmental impact of these folks is underestimated, creating an underclass of drones that crowd together in ill-suited housing, the antithesis of affordable housing and ideals of Transit Oriented Development. What results is the modern equivalent of crowded, tenement housing: acceptable on the outside, but rotten within.


The Mobility Action Plan calls for “…an annual Fremont Mobility Summit with participation from Fremont’s representatives from regional, state, and Federal agencies to facilitate collaboration, and review current issues, ideas, and priorities.” This is not the time for fear and blind obedience to money interests, rather a search for bold ideas, new directions and decisive action to curb the influence of mega-firms. A Mobility Task Force was a good first step; it’s time to move on to the next stage and employ common sense to define our future.


Reference: https://fremont.gov/3175/Mobility-Action-Plan



Don your best hat for Mad Hatter’s Ball

Submitted by Fremont Morning Rotary Club

Photos by Fenton Kremer


The Fremont Morning Rotary Club’s premier charity fundraiser, “An Evening of Sparkles,” returns to the exquisite Castlewood Country Club with a guaranteed evening of fun sporting hats of all kinds and so much more. Join us Saturday, February 23 for a “Mad Hatter’s Ball” themed evening that begins with a champagne reception, silent auction and lots of time to mingle and celebrate each other's hats. It is followed with an elegant dinner with wine, live auction, great entertainment, dancing and, of course, Best Hat Awards.


“The idea is to create an event that is as much fun as it is a fundraiser for our Fremont Morning Rotary Foundation. While this is a black-tie optional attire event, guests are encouraged to wear fanciful hats, from stylish to outright whacky, to spark a really fun evening,” said Rotary President Steve Schwab.


Chartered in 2010, the Fremont Morning Rotary Club was formed from the merger of the Rotary Club of Warm Springs (chartered in 1988) and the Rotary Club of Fremont Sunrise (chartered in 1990). We give our utmost effort to benefit our community, both locally and around the world, and have fun doing it. Fremont Morning supports local service organizations that improve our community and mentor youth within the Irvington and Kennedy High School service areas. We also partner with neighboring Rotary Clubs to perform local service projects for those in need and with Rotary International to combat hunger, improve health, promote literacy, and eradicate polio worldwide.


Proceeds from An Evening of Sparkles benefit our non-profit Fremont Morning Rotary Foundation, which supports Rotary youth leadership, service and education programs, college scholarships, and local community organizations; and the Centerville Free Dining Room. The Centerville Free Dining Room serves hot and nutritious meals twice a week for 100 to 150 hungry and homeless people in Fremont. For some it is the only real meal they have had in days. The dining room is essential to those who simply need a meal and a kind smile. It is staffed entirely by dedicated volunteers who are making a difference, including many members of the Rotary Clubs of Fremont Morning, Mission San Jose, and (Niles) Fremont.


Entertainment for the evening will be provided by Yoko’s Dance Studio in Fremont, who gave an outstanding performance of Michael Jackson’s music including “Thriller” at the 2016 event.


Auction items up for bid include NBC Bay Area studios tour hosted by eight-time Emmy Award-winning news anchor Raj Mathai; a flight aboard a historic B-17 or B-24 WWII bomber with Wings of Freedom; a unique luncheon experience for four aboard the “Grand Princess” of Princess Cruises docked at San Francisco; and a rare amethyst ring.


Tickets are $100 per person, which includes an elegant dinner with wine and all event activities. Reservations can be made online or by mail through www.eveningofsparkles.org and should be made no later than Saturday, February 16.


An Evening of Sparkles

Saturday, Feb 23

6 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Castlewood Country Club

707 Country Club Cir, Pleasanton




Tickets: $100



Gala benefits Innovative Education Grant Program

Submitted by Fremont Education Foundation


The Fremont Education Foundation (FEF) will be holding its annual “Excellence in Education Gala” on Friday, February 22 at the Fremont Marriott. The gala is the sole fundraiser for the foundation’s Innovative Education Grant (IEG) Program, which provides grants to teachers in the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) for innovative teaching. Guests will be “scientists” for the night as the theme for this annual event has guests bubbling with chemistry and other science-themed decor. Special raffle and silent auction items will be available for guests to win, with all proceeds going to teacher grant requests. Local FUSD talent will entertain guests throughout the evening. FEF will honor and recognize two community members and a FUSD staff member for their service to public education in Fremont as well.


FEF is very excited to be able to honor both Kaiser Permanente and Washington Hospital Healthcare System as the 2019 Excellence in Education Community Honorees. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of their members and the communities they serve. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. “We don’t see health as an industry. We see it as a cause. That’s why we’re excited to be a part of the Fremont Education Foundation. Our doors, hearts and minds are always open to help every last one of you thrive.” Since 2012 Kaiser Permanente has contributed $36,341 in sponsorships and in-kind donations to support grants that fund innovative teaching and learning projects in FUSD classrooms.


Our second Community Honoree is Washington Hospital Healthcare System. Opened in 1958, Washington Hospital Healthcare System celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2018. Today, Washington Hospital has grown to include a 385-bed acute care hospital with many specialized clinical services including orthopedics, oncology, cardiovascular surgery and neurosurgery. Since entering into a strategic partnership with University of California, San Francisco in 2013, Washington Hospital now stands at the center of a comprehensive, integrated regional health care network, offering local access to UCSF’s renowned specialty services, including a special care nursery, prenatal diagnostic clinic, and advanced heart failure clinic. Locally controlled and focused, Washington Hospital was named one of the top 100 hospitals in the U.S. by Healthgrades, placing them among the top two percent of U.S. hospitals for clinical excellence.


Washington Hospital has been a long-time supporter of FEF and has also worked with FUSD in providing trainers at sporting events. Their continual support of the Excellence in Education Gala is much appreciated! FEF President Fahria Khan stated, “Washington Hospital Healthcare System and Kaiser Permanente both have deep roots in the Fremont community. Not only do they provide excellent healthcare for our families, but they also support many non-profits through their philanthropic work. FEF is honored to recognize both WHHS and KP for their excellent service to our community!”


An excellent choice this year for the 2019 Excellence in Education FUSD Honoree is Susan Lemke, being that she herself is a scientist. Gala Chair and FEF Board Member, Sherea Westra enthusiastically said, “Sue is so deserving of this award for many reasons. She has undertaken large tasks relating to science and math in FUSD – math pathways, science pathways, and more. In these ever changing times of education, it is vital to have strong leadership in the District Office and Sue provides that. I am thrilled that we are able to recognize her.”


Lemke began her teaching career in FUSD in 1990 teaching opportunity classes at Washington High School and science classes in the High School Diploma Program at Fremont Adult School. After teaching middle school for four years in neighboring Milpitas Unified, she returned to the Fremont Adult School where she taught math and science for five years. In 2001, Lemke accepted a science teaching position at Hopkins Junior High where she worked until 2014. After a brief stint as a science instructional coach, she accepted the position of Program Manager for Science and Math and has served in this role for the last four years. FEF is honored to recognize Susan Lemke for her dedicated and passionate service to students and staff in FUSD.


Westra looks forward to this event every year. “It’s a special night with many educators, leaders in the school district and city, and community members come together to celebrate education in our great public schools. The excitement in the room is contagious, and I promise that all guests will have fun as scientists for the night.”


Tickets for the 2019 Excellence in Education “Come Experiment with Us” Gala are on sale now at www.fremont-education.org.


Excellence in Education Gala

Friday, Feb 22

5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Fremont Marriott

46100 Landing Pkwy, Fremont

(510) 659-2561



Tickets: $85



Memos: Facebook allowed ‘friendly fraud' to profit from kids

AP Wire Service


SAN FRANCISCO (AP), Jan 25 – Newly released court documents reveal that Facebook allowed children to ring up huge bills on digital games while the company rejected recommendations on addressing what it dubbed “friendly fraud.”


The internal Facebook memos and other records were unsealed late Thursday. They were part of a lawsuit centered on allegations that Facebook knowingly gouged teenagers by permitting them to spend hundreds of dollars buying additional features on games such as “Angry Birds” and “Barn Buddy.”


The documents show Facebook considered measures to reduce the chances of kids running up charges on parents' credit cards without their knowledge. But the documents say Facebook didn't adopt them for fear of undercutting revenue.


A Facebook statement didn't address its rejection of the recommendations. Instead, Facebook says it has offered refunds and changed its practices.



Fremont Police Log

Submitted by Geneva Bosques, Fremont PD


Monday, January 28

  • An early morning auto burglary was reported on the 47100 Block of Warm Springs Boulevard. Taken: personal items and electronics.
  • An auto burglary where someone broke out the vehicle’s window on the 46700 Block of Crawford Street occurred sometime between 9:00 p.m. and 11:15 a.m. the next day. Taken: personal items.


Tuesday, January 29

  • Employees at the CVS store on Driscoll Road reported that four black females stole items from inside the store and fled in two vehicles: a black Honda and a tan Infiniti with paper plates. Officer Heidebrecht is investigating the case.
  • Employees at the Ulta store at Pacific Commons shopping center reported that four females stole $4,000 worth of perfume and fled in two separate vehicles. The suspect and vehicle descriptions matched a similar robbery occurring the same day at a CVS store on Driscoll Road. An investigation is underway that includes a review of surveillance video from the Pacific Commons area.
  • A single vehicle collision occurred in the area of Stevenson Boulevard and Omar Street where the vehicle hit a gas line causing the closure of eastbound Stevenson Boulevard from Highway 880 to Blacow Road. PG&E responded and quickly repaired the gas line and the roadway was reopened.
  • A 26-year-old man, believed to be highly intoxicated, caused a disturbance at the Allegro Music store on Walnut Avenue. When an employee escorted him outside, the man punched the employee several times. The man then returned to the store and tried, unsuccessfully, to stab the employee with a corkscrew. Officer Gentry located the suspect nearby and found he had a parole violation warrant. The man went to jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and his warrant. Investigated by Officer Paiva.


Wednesday, January 30

  • An employee at bank on the northeast corner of Fremont Boulevard and Mowry Avenue called 911 to report a man with a gun. The man had pulled out the gun and asked an employee to load it for him. When the employee refused, the man exited the bank and stood outside holding the gun. Numerous officers arrived and located the man at a nearby bus stop. The man did not obey commands and put his hand inside his jacket. Officers approached the man using shields and deploying a K9 to help take him safely into custody. An investigation showed that the man was developmentally disabled and had just purchased a replica pellet gun from a nearby sporting goods store. When employees at the sporting goods store wouldn’t help him load the pellet gun, he walked to the bank and asked for help. The man never asked for money in an attempt to rob the bank. He was taken to a hospital where he later admitted that he wanted to be shot by police. The man was sent for a mental health evaluation.
  • Police responded to a report of a vehicle collision at the intersection of Peralta and Fremont boulevards. Arriving officers found the crash was actually at Mowry and Overacker avenues and found two vehicles fully engulfed in flames. There were only minor injuries associated with the crash, however the roadway was closed for several hours while the remnants of the vehicles were removed.


Thursday, January 31

  • Officer M. Floresca contacted a 54-year-old man and a female in the area of Mowry Avenue and Farwell Drive. The man was found to be in possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia. A records check showed there was an arrest warrant for him for a parole violation. Both suspects were arrested.
  • At about 3:00 a.m. an officer patrolling in the area of southbound Interstate 880 conducted a security check for a stolen vehicle that Newark Police Department had just reported. The officer confirmed that the stolen Chevy Silverado was near I-880 and Mission Boulevard. A pursuit was started but stopped in downtown San Jose after the Silverado collided with parked vehicles. Fremont officers set up a perimeter and with the assistance of CHP, San Jose Police and a K9 eventually found two male suspects, ages 26 and 27. Both were taken to hospitals for treatment of K9 bite wounds. The 26-year-old was released and taken back to the Fremont Police Department. An investigation involving several law enforcement agencies is continuing.


Friday, February 1

  • An unidentified male approached a woman at the BBVA Compass Bank ATM on Fremont Boulevard at Beacon Avenue and attempted to rob her at gunpoint. The woman refused and the suspect fled. He was described as a white male adult, about six feet tall, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with a bandana of his lower face. He fled into the passenger side of dark gray sedan that was last seen northbound Fremont Boulevard. Police are investigating whether this case might be related to other recent Bay Area robberies.
  • At about 1:27 a.m. officers responded to a 911 report about an assault with a deadly weapon at a private residence. A man claimed his 75-year-old friend was stabbed by two male suspects who forced entry into his home. Arriving officers found the 75-year-old man with two large kitchen knives stuck in his abdomen. The victim was intoxicated and disoriented. He told officers that while he was cooking, two unknown men entered his home and attacked him. No forced entry was found and nothing was taken. The victim was taken to a trauma center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Detectives were called to the scene to investigate.


Saturday, February 2

  • Officers were dispatched to the TJ Maxx store at Pacific Commons shopping center on a report that a man pointed a gun at the loss prevention officer while they were trying to detain him. The suspect fled in a grey Lexus sedan. The suspect was described as a Filipino male, 25-year-old, wearing a Raiders hat and gray jacket. The case was investigated by Officer Scherer.
  • Officers responded to a large fight at the Extended Stay Hotel on Farwell Place. Witnesses reported that 16 people were involved and there were several injuries. Officers arrived during the fight and found a 25-year-old man actively attacking another male on the ground. After several commands, a Taser was deployed and the suspect was taken into custody.


Sunday, February 3

  • At 3:35 a.m. officers responded to a report of a vehicle collision in Niles Canyon. Heavy rain had caused mud, rocks and boulders to slide into the roadway; ultimately contributing to several non-injury collisions taking place. The canyon was subsequently closed with several officers deployed for roadblocks. Caltrans responded and began to clean up the roadway. At approximately 6:15 a.m. Caltrans reported the roadway was clear of debris and the canyon was reopened.



Fremont City Council

February 5, 2019



  • Mayor Mei

Vacancies on Art Review Board, George W. Patterson Advisory Board, Library Advisory Commission, Planning Commission, Youth Advisory Commission, Economic Advisory Commission, Sustainability Commission, Human Relations Commission. If interested, visit Boards & Commissions page of www.fremont.gov or city clerk at (510) 284-4060

  • City Manager Mark Danaj
  1. Startup called Gridscape Solutions, global energy product developer working with California fire stations – three in Fremont – to build resilient microgrids using solar and battery power if power grid is disabled. Cost savings estimated at $250,000 over 10 years and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  2. Update of Vision Zero traffic safety program “continuing to deliver significant results” of 50% reduction of major crashes in 2018. Recognize police and public works for their efforts.
  3. Attended U.S. Conference of Mayors with Mayor Mei (January 22-25) and California League of Cities program with Police Chief to discuss public safety issues. Also attended new mayor and councilmember academy with new councilmembers Keng and Kassan (Shao attended in January).


Consent Calendar:

  • Second reading: rezone 1.19-acre site at 39392 Blacow Road to allow development of eight small-lot single family homes.
  • Amend purchasing code to increase monetary limits for informal public construction project bidding procedures.


Removed from Consent:

  • Second reading: Amend Fremont Municipal Code regarding minimum wage. Public speaker asked for consideration of nonprofit organizations that rely on limited funding for exemption from accelerated minimum wage requirements. Council agreed to review prior to implementation of ordinance.


Ceremonial Items:

  • Proclamation recognizing Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week. Tiffany Hale and daughter Chloe accepted the proclamation.


Public Communications:

  • Comment regarding the frequency and danger of cars operated in the area at night without using headlights. Greater awareness and enforcement needed.


Scheduled Items:

  • Approve issuance of tax-exempt bonds by California Statewide Communities Development Authority for KDF Communities Glen Haven Apartments affordable housing project located at 4262 Central Avenue.


Other Business:

  • Review Rent Review Ordinance and issues for concern:

            Strengthen definition and role of responsible party in negotiations PASSED 5-2

            Require a landlord to provide relocation assistance upon eviction NO VOTE

            Remove exemption of units operated (or subsidized) by a government agency PASSED 5-2

            Prohibit discrimination based on source of income NO VOTE

            Require evidence for rent increase in excess of 5% NO VOTE

            Notices required to be personally delivered or mailed to tenant PASSED 5-2

            Notice of rent review availability regardless of length of tenancy PASSED 5-2

            Stagger terms of Rent Review Board members PASSED 5-2

***Five amendments passed with one vote 5-2 (Nay: Bacon, Kassan)



Mayor Lily Mei                       Aye

Vice Mayor Raj Salwan          Aye

Vinnie Bacon                          Aye, 1 Nay

Rick Jones                               Aye

Teresa Keng (District 1)         Aye

Jenny Kassan (District 3)        Aye, 1 Nay

Yang Shao (District 4)            Aye



Explore preschool options in Tri-City area

Submitted by Geeta M


F.U.N. (Fremont, Union city and Newark) Mothers’ Club, a nonprofit organization, invites the community to its annual Preschool and Enrichment Fair on Saturday, February 23. This year, the fair has expanded beyond preschools to more program categories such as camps, after-school, STEAM enrichment, etc. The event, showcasing around 40 vendors, will give parents a chance to research what options are available to their child for preschool and beyond in the Tri-City area. Other activities at the free community fair will include workshops, demos, and door prizes. For more information, visit www.funmothersclub.org or follow the club’s Facebook page @FUNMothersClub. Some of the participating vendors include: Kimber Hills Preschool, Bay Aerials Gymnastics, Early Start Music, Pacific West Gymnastics, Harvest Christian School, Olive Children, Stratford School, Best Brains, Safari Kid and American Swim Academy.


F.U.N. Mothers’ Club Preschool Fair

Saturday, Feb 23

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Kimber Hills Academy

39700 Mission Blvd, Fremont





New Garbage, Recycling, and Compost Carts Coming to Fremont

Submitted by City of Fremont


The Fremont community will be receiving new garbage, recycling, and compost carts in spring 2019. These new carts will replace older carts that are worn out and will meet the updated standard color theme: black for garbage, blue for recycling, and green for compost. The new carts will have a new imprint on the lid with information about what is acceptable in each container. Each neighborhood will be notified in-advance about when cart delivery will take place. If your cart needs repair or replacement before the new carts arrive, contact Republic Services at (510) 657-3500 for assistance.



Squirrel Tales

By Pat Kite


I impulsively bought a 4-pound bag of squirrel peanuts. For years I considered squirrels a garden pest. I didn’t mind one or two, but when they performed mating rituals on my fence, eventually giving me 17 squirrels eating all my bird food, I was livid. Squirrels have many friends and devoted enemies. There is a whole batch of grey squirrel recipes on the internet; some say, it tastes like chicken. “Damn these tree rats!” complains another. From Britain comes this “Grey squirrels are a brutish, raucous North American import.” But my Mr. Fluffytail and Ms. Skinnytail are cute. And my current birdfeeder does not allow them entry. Birds leave them leftover seeds and I feed six peanuts daily. We shall see what happens.


In the meantime, here is some fun squirrel information. Did you know that baby squirrels must be taught to poop? Apparently squirrel poop attracts predators, so mother squirrel carries it away. How does she predict when pooping happens? Babies aren’t born with this “skill.” Mother must lick their derriere to get things started. This must be done after each feeding from birth to 5 weeks old.


In terms of Animal Symbolism, if a squirrel comes into your life, it brings a message. You should have more fun and take life less seriously. It is very difficult to sneak up on a squirrel. They have excellent eyesight. Their side vision is as good as their front vision. They can see what’s above and beside them without moving their heads. In Native American folklore, squirrels are noted for spreading gossip, annoying others with their bossiness, and causing problems between other animals. A Northwest Coast tribe considers squirrels as messengers carrying danger warnings. A Russian folktale tells about wolf catching a squirrel. Wolf wants to know why squirrel is always so cheerful. Squirrel responds he will answer only if wolf sets him free. As squirrel dances out of reach, he replies, “A wolf will never be cheerful because his heart is so wicked.”


In China, the squirrel and the rat have the same character and word “shu.” Both are usually depicted gathering food. Both are regarded as a symbol of industry and prosperity. In folk embroidery, a depiction of a squirrel with trailing vines is a visual picture tale of people have sons ensuring a continuation of the family line. Back in the Dinosaur Age, over 100 million years ago, there was a saber-toothed squirrel-like animal, fancy name Cronopio dentiacutus. It was mouse-sized with a long snout, large eyes and super long fangs. What it ate, nobody knows, yet. If you accidentally squish a squirrel while driving, it is most likely a male.


Multiple males will chase a female, often for hours. Apparently, thoughts are not on traffic. Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote about Squirrel squabbling with Mountain. “Talents differ… If I cannot make forests on my back, neither can you crack a nut.”


Did you celebrate Squirrel Appreciation Day on January 21?



Unified, and different

Submitted by Bruce Roberts


People become members of an organization because they have a common interest. For members of the Hayward Arts Council (HAC), that interest coalesces under the umbrella word “art.” But under that umbrella, the interests of every member are very different.


This is amply demonstrated at HAC’s “Members’ Show,” now on display at the Community Gallery of the Hayward Area Historical Society (HAHS). There, 35 artists have entered one piece each to show off their interests and talent. From sculpture to quilting, pottery to graphite drawing, watercolors to acrylics, digital photography to oil painting, mixed media and poetry, members of the Hayward Arts Council are a diverse group with a multitude of interests, all unified by the love of art.


For example, two gorgeous, yet very different, quilts, “Curves” and “Hanging Gourds II,” were created by sisters Julia Vitero and Delores Vitero Presley, showing that even within the same medium and same family, artistic styles can differ greatly.


“Mni-wiconi” is Lakota Sioux for “Water for Life,” title of a beautiful blue ceramic sculpture by Carolina Grainey-Vejar that shapes an unborn baby cradled within a drop of water.


Karla Lopez’s “Ocelots” depicts in vivid watercolor every close-up detail of two striking jungle cats. The interesting “City Skyline” by Renea Turner digitally photographs outlines of large buildings through the added texture of a fine screen.


Many outstanding pieces highlight this exhibit from Hayward’s artistic world at the HAHS Community Gallery on Foothill Boulevard. Visit www.haywardartscouncil.org for more information about art exhibits and events.


Members’ Show

Saturday, Jan 26 – Sunday, Mar 31

Wednesdays – Sundays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

HAHS Community Gallery

22380 Foothill Blvd, Hayward

(510) 538-2787




Family Crafts program at McConaghy House

Submitted by Marcess Owings


Starting in March 2019, Hayward Area Historical Society (HAHS) is launching a recurring program “Family Crafts” on first Saturdays of the month for children and families. There will be crafts and other activities on the front porch of the historic McConaghy House – upcoming themes include Transportation, and The Teddy Bear’s Picnic. The next program dates are March 2, April 6, and May 4. The program is included in the cost of a guided tour of the house.


The Family Crafts program builds on the success of HAHS’s thriving “Toddler Time” program, and the two will be thematically connected. Toddler Time takes place second Thursdays of the month and includes songs, stories and activities geared toward children ages 1 to 5 and their caregivers (siblings are always welcome). The program provides engaging, developmentally appropriate activities for a morning full of learning and smiles. Upcoming themes include Love (for Valentine’s Day), Transportation, and The Teddy Bear’s Picnic. The next Toddler Time events will take place February 14, March 14, April 11, and May 9. For more information about programs and events at HAHS, call (510) 581-0223 or visit www.haywardareahistory.org.


Family Crafts

First Saturdays: March 2, April 6, May 4

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

McConaghy House

18701 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward

Fees: $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, free for HAHS members and children ages 4 and under


Toddler Time

Second Thursdays, Feb 14, March 14, April 11, May 9

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

The HAHS Museum of History & Culture

22380 Foothill Blvd, Hayward

Fees: $5 per adult; free for HAHS members and children ages 5 and under


(510) 581-0223




Honor Roll


University of San Diego, California

Fall 2018 First Honors List:

  • Delaney Heller, of Castro Valley
  • Celesta Loo, of Milpitas
  • Myah Pace, of Castro Valley
  • Tina Tran, of Milpitas
  • Josephine Tsai, of Fremont

Fall 2018 Second Honors List:

  • Jillaine Balajadia, of Union City
  • Azaria Baldwin, of Union City
  • Regina Marie Bufete, of Fremont
  • Chelsea Corpuz, of Fremont
  • Eric Jiang, of Fremont
  • Khoa Nguyen, of Fremont
  • Nicholas Pierce, of Fremont


Simpson University, Redding, California

Fall 2018 Dean’s List:

  • Amanda Parker, of Fremont
  • Esther Gnanadoss, of Fremont


University of Hartford, Connecticut

Fall 2018 Dean’s List:

  • Camila Harris, of Hayward


Hofstra University, New York

Fall 2018 Provost’s List:

  • Matthew Saleem, of Fremont
  • Paras Shah, of Fremont



Letter to the Editor

Immigration Issues Regarding the Border Wall


My name is Varun Yelluru, and I am an 8th grader living in Fremont, California. I just had a few suggestions that could potentially be brought up in the center of the border wall crisis in Washington. First off, instead of what is an ancient solution in the form of a physical wall, we could have a wall that incorporates a plethora of technologies that we have at our fingertips. For instance, we could use facial recognition to track the people who are trying to cross the border and then, subsequently, send in our Border Patrol agents to apprehend them.


Additionally, with a wall with no limitations, we could use high-tech drones or unmanned aerial vehicles to keep an eye on potential immigrants from the air. Many countries such as Finland and the Finnish Border Guard are using some sort of drone related technology. Moving right along, most migrants aren’t coming to do any sort of harm to our citizens, they are just coming here to make money to provide the basic necessities for their families and children in South America. Often the journey is tough, and with more workers our economy will also reap the various benefits. We should welcome those who are helping us with openness and not oppress or dehumanize them.


To sum it all up, I think there are alternate methods to solving today’s immigration issues; a high-tech border wall being one.


Varun Yelluru






Tuesday, Sep 4 – Thursday, May 23

Homework Help Center

Mon. – Thurs. 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Primary and secondary students receive homework assistance

Castro Valley Library

3600 Norbridge Ave., Castro Valley

(510) 667-7900

(510) 745-1401


Mondays, Sep 10 – May 28

Advanced Math & Science Tutoring

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

For high school and college students

Castro Valley Library

3600 Norbridge Ave., Castro Valley

(510) 745 1401


Tuesdays, Jan 22 – Mar 26

Practice Your Spoken English R

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

No class Dec 18 – Jan 1

Chat session for English learners

Fremont Main Library Fukaya Room A

2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont

(510) 574-2063


Wednesdays, Dec 5 – Feb 20

Watercolor Class $

9 a.m. – 12 noon

For all experience levels

San Lorenzo Adult School

820 Bockman Road, San Lorenzo

(510) 317-4200



Monday – Friday, Dec 13 – Mar 1

Celebrate Women!

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Art from a variety of artists using different media

Hayward City Hall

777 B St., Hayward

(510) 208-0410



Monday – Friday, Dec 15 – Feb 15

Cultures in Transition: Photographs by Oliver Klink

Upstairs: Mon-Fri, 9-5

Downstairs: Mon: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Tues & Thurs: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Celebrating Asia.


1099 E St., Hayward

(510) 881-6721



Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays, Dec 19 – Apr 28

Tech Help and Computer Tutor R

Wed. 7 p.m.-8 p.m., Thurs. 3 p.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Half hour appts. for one-on-one computer and e-device help

Union City Branch Library

34007 Alvarado Niles Rd., Union City

(510) 745-1464


Saturdays and Sundays, Jan 5 – Feb 24

Wild Wonders

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Games, activities, crafts for all ages

Sunol Regional Wilderness

1895 Geary Rd., Sunol

(510) 544-3249



Saturdays and Sundays, Jan 5 – Feb 24

Nature Crafts

10 a.m. – 12 noon

Get crafty and learn about the natural world

Sunol Regional Wilderness

1895 Geary Rd., Sunol

(510) 544-3249



Friday, Jan 11 – Sunday, Feb 24


Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Reception: Saturday, Feb 2

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Six-year-old artist Isadora Qi exhibits alongside her mentor Ruey Syrop

Sun Gallery

1015 E St, Hayward

(510) 581-4050



Saturday, Jan 12 – Sunday, Mar 10

Chinese Roots: Sketches of Life in the Washington Township

Library open hours

Impact of Chinese immigrants on local history

Fremont Main Library

2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont

(510) 745-1421


Tuesdays, Jan 15 – Mar 26

Shakespeare and Cultural Literacy Class $

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Watch videos and discuss. $2 drop-in fee

Kenneth C. Aitken Center

17800 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley

(510) 881-6738



Wednesday, Jan 16 – Friday, Feb 22

The Art of Peace – Alameda County

Tuesday – Thursday

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

3D artwork created from dismantled firearms

Hayward Center/Adult School’s Sunset Gallery

22100 Princeton St H2, Hayward

(510) 538-2787



Wednesdays, Jan 16 – Mar 27

Crochet and Knitting $

12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Learn the basics. $2 drop-in fee

Kenneth C. Aitken Center

17800 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley

(510) 881-6738



Fridays, Jan 18 – Mar 29

Needle Arts $

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Have fun with yarn. $2 drop-in fee

Kenneth C. Aitken Center

17800 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley

(510) 881-6738



Tuesdays, Jan 22 – Mar 26

All Levels Line Dance Class $

10 a.m. – 12 noon

Exercise to music. $4 drop in fee

Kenneth C. Aitken Center

17800 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley

(510) 881-6738



Thursdays, Jan 24 – Mar 28

Laughter Yoga $

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Reduce stress and boost your immune system. $2 drop in fee

Kenneth C. Aitken Center

17800 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley

(510) 881-6738



Friday, Jan 25 – Mar 29

Beginning Line Dance Class $

12 noon – 1:30 p.m.

Exercise to music. $4 drop in fee

Kenneth C. Aitken Center

17800 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley

(510) 881-6738



Friday – Sunday, Jan 25 – Mar 16

Children's Book Illustrator Show

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Artwork from local illustrators

Artist reception:

Saturday, Feb. 2

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Sun Gallery

1015 E St., Hayward

(510) 581-4050



Wednesday – Sunday, Jan 26 – Mar 31

Hayward Arts Council 2019 Members Show

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Members share sculpture, quilting, pottery, watercolors, mixed media and poetry

Hayward Area Historical Society Museum

22380 Foothill Blvd., Hayward

(510) 581-0223



Thursday – Saturday, Jan 26 – Mar 9

A.R.T. Inc. Annual Members' Exhibit

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Fine art from various local artists

Adobe Art Center

20395 San Miguel Ave., Castro Valley

(510) 881-6735



Thursdays, Jan 31 – Mar 28

Hawaiian Dance Class

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Sway your hips to tropical music. $4 drop in fee

Kenneth C. Aitken Center

17800 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley

(510) 881-6738



Friday – Sunday, Feb 1 – Feb 24

The 39 Steps $

Fri – Sat: 8 p.m. Sun: 2 p.m.

Comedy, farce, melodrama and mystery

Chanticleers Theatre

3683 Quail Ave., Castro Valley

(510) 733-5483



Sunday, Feb 3 – Sunday, Mar 24

Dove Gallery Art from the Heart Exhibit

Contact for time

Artworks of various media that reflect deep, heartfelt emotions

Park Victoria Baptist Church

875 S. Park Victoria Dr., Milpitas

(408) 464-5011



1st and 3rd Mondays, Feb 4 – May 20

Guitar Jam For Seniors $

1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Play guitar with others. No instruction. $2.50 drop in fee

Kenneth C. Aitken Center

17800 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley

(510) 881-6738



Wednesdays, Feb 6 – Mar 20

Diabetes Self-Management Classes R

10:00 a.m. – 12 noon

Learn 7 self-care behaviors. 18+ and diagnosed with pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes

Kenneth C. Aitken Center

17800 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley

(510) 881-6738



Wednesdays, Feb 6 – May 1

Ukulele Jam Program $

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Weekly program for active adults 50+. Bring ukulele and music stand

San Leandro Senior Community Center

13909 East 14th Street, San Leandro

(510) 577-3462


Wednesdays, Feb 6 – Feb 20

Memory Academy R$

1:20 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.

Techniques to improve memory

Kenneth C. Aitken Center

17800 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley

(510) 881-6738



Saturdays, Feb 9 – Apr 13

Free Tax Preparation

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Assistance for households earning $54,000 or less

Photo ID and tax documents required

Fremont Main Library

2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont

(510) 745-1421


Mondays and Thursdays, Feb 12 – May 30

Table Tennis $

Mon: 1:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Thurs: 12:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Improve your hand-eye coordination. $3 drop in fee

Kenneth C. Aitken Center

17800 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley

(510) 881-6738



Sunday – Saturday, Feb 12 – Mar 9

“Wulai Falls” Water-Color Exhibit

Library open hours

Artist Kin Hsieh, husband wrote the Mandarin poetry accompanying the painting

Castro Valley Library

3600 Norbridge Ave., Castro Valley

(510) 667-7900


Friday – Sunday, Feb 14 – Mar 3

Ah, Wilderness!

Fri: 8 p.m.

Sat: 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Sun: 2 p.m.

Nostalgic coming-of-age story

Douglas Morrison Theatre

22311 N Third St., Hayward

(510) 881-6777



Mondays, Feb 18 – May 27

Caning & Furniture Refinishing/Restoration Class $

9 a.m.  – 12 noon

Beginners thru advanced – bring your project for evaluation. $2 drop in fee

Kenneth C. Aitken Center

17800 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley

(510) 881-6738



Monday – Friday, Feb 18 – May 30

Billiards/Pool Tables $

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Beginning thru advanced players. $1.50 drop in fee

Kenneth C. Aitken Center

17800 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley

(510) 881-6738



Thursday – Sunday, Feb 22 – Mar 23

American Portraiture by James Mills

12 noon – 5 p.m.

A tribute to Americans with watercolors and drawings. Reception Friday, Feb. 22 7-9 p.m.

Olive Hyde Art Gallery

123 Washington Blvd., Fremont

(510) 791-4357



Tuesdays, Feb 26 – Apr 16

Civics/Citizenship Class

6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Prepare for the U.S. Citizenship exam. Orientation Tuesday, Feb. 19 6-7 p.m.

Fremont Main Library

2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont

(510) 745-1421



Wednesdays, Feb 27 – Apr 17

Civics/Citizenship Class

12 noon – 2:30 p.m.

Prepare for the U.S. Citizenship exam. Orientation Wednesday, Feb. 20 12-1 p.m.

Newark Branch Library

6300 Civic Terrace Ave., Newark

(510) 284-0684

(510) 745-1480


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





Tuesday, Feb 12

Newark Chamber Valentine's Day Mixer

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Network with other area businesses. German beer and yummy appetizers

Das Brew

44356 South Grimmer Blvd., Fremont

(510) 270–5345


Wednesday, Feb 13

Miss Lissette's Songs and Stories

11 a.m. – 12 noon

Help children get ready for reading

Newark Branch Library

6300 Civic Terrace Ave., Newark

(510) 284-0684


Wednesday, Feb 13

Family Storytime

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Enjoy stories and songs. Ages 2-5 years

Irvington Library

41825 Greenpark Dr., Fremont

(510) 795-2626



Wednesday, Feb 13

Craft Zone

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Valentines-themed crafts. Ages 5-8

Irvington Library

41825 Greenpark Dr., Fremont

(510) 795-2626



Wednesday, Feb 13

Craft Time

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Valentines-themed crafts. Ages preschool and up

Fremont Main Library

2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont

(510) 745-1421



Wednesday, Feb 13

Homework Express

3:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.

Drop-in homework help by high school students for youth in grades K-12

Newark Branch Library

6300 Civic Terrace Ave., Newark

(510) 284-0684


Wednesday, Feb 13

Toddler Storytime

11 a.m. – 12 noon

Stories, fingerplay, songs, free play for socializing. Ages 18 months to 3 yrs.

Union City Branch Library

34007 Alvarado Niles Rd., Union City

(510) 745-1464


Thursday, Feb 14

Dove Gallery Art From the Heart Exhibit

5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Artworks of various media that reflect deep, heartfelt emotions

Park Victoria Baptist Church

875 S. Park Victoria Dr., Milpitas

(408) 464-5011



Thursday, Feb 14

Clipper Card Workshop

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Information on using Clipper transit cards

Fremont Senior Center

40086 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont

(510) 790-6600

(510) 574-2053


Thursday, Feb 14

Toddler Time: LOVE! $

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

Read books and sing songs about love. Ages 1-5. $5 program fee for non-member adults

Hayward Area Historical Society Museum

22380 Foothill Blvd., Hayward

(510) 581-0223


Thursday, Feb 14

Valentine's Craft Zone

3:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Make a holiday craft. Ages 5-8, parents must attend if child is under age 7

Centerville Library

3801 Nicolet Ave., Fremont

(510) 795-2629


Friday, Feb 15

Homeschooling 101 R

2:15 p.m.

Options, resources, criteria to help decide if homeschooling is the right choice

Union City Branch Library

34007 Alvarado Niles Rd., Union City

(510) 745-1464



Friday, Feb 15


8 p.m. -9 p.m.

Prayer around the cross

Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose

43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont

(510) 933-6335



Saturday, Feb 16

Amphibian Ramble

9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Walk to newts breeding pond. Ages 12+

Sunol Regional Wilderness

1895 Geary Rd., Sunol

(510) 544-3249



Saturday, Feb 16

Garden Bug Safari

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Discover the mysterious world of bugs

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont

(510) 544-2797



Saturday, Feb 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, Feb 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, Feb 16

Native Knowledge Nature Walk

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Learn about plant use and animals shared by generations of Ohlones

Coyote Hills

8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont

(510) 544-3220



Saturday, Feb 16

Breakfast with a Cop

8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Meet and greet with Milpitas Police

Christy's Donuts

1291 E. Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas

(408) 586-2527


Saturday, Feb 16

Chinese New Year Celebration

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Performances, crafts, Chinese calligraphy demonstration, riddle game

Fremont Main Library

2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont

(510) 745-1421


Saturday, Feb 16

Silicon Valley Speed Dating $

7:30 p.m.- 10:00 p.m.

Single professionals of all ages

Crowne Plaza Hotel

777 Bellew Dr., Milpitas

(510) 946-4005

(415) 479-3800


Saturday, Feb 16

Tri City Band Corps Crab Feed $

5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Dinner, raffle, basket auctions, silent dessert auction

Elks Lodge

38991 Farwell Dr., Fremont

(510) 793-5683


Saturday, Feb 16

Comedy Shorts Night $

7:30 p.m.

“Easy Street”, “Dogs of War”, “The Scarecrow”, “Do Detectives Think?”

Niles Essanay Theater

37417 Niles Blvd, Fremont

(510) 494-1411



Saturday, Feb 16

Storytime with Aunt Marie

11 a.m.

“Hugtime” and the first chapter of “Frindle”

Books on B

1014 B Street, Hayward

(510) 538-3943



Saturday, Feb 16

Canine Capers Walk R

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Enjoy nature trails with your dog. Ages 8+

Alameda Creek Regional Trail

Niles Staging Area Old Canyon Rd.  in Niles District, Fremont

(510) 544-3220



Saturday, Feb 16

Hike the Mallard Slough R

10 a.m. – Noon

Explore the shoreline on a 3.7-mile walk

Alviso Environmental Education Center

1751 Grand Blvd., Alviso

(408) 262-5513 x104



Saturday, Feb 16

Pacific Flyway R

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Learn why birds migrate and stop along the San Francisco Bay

Alviso Environmental Education Center

1751 Grand Blvd., Alviso

(408) 262-5513



Saturday, Feb 16

Intro to Geospatial PDF Maps R

10:30 a.m. – 12 noon

Live demo, watch a slideshow, get a map of the SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge

SF Bay Wildlife Refuge – Don Edwards

1 Marshlands Rd., Fremont

(510) 792-0222



Saturday, Feb 16

Mind and Muse

7 p.m.

Organ concert highlighting the dichotomy of the mind and the muse

St. Joseph Church

43323 Mission Blvd., Fremont

(510) 648-5432



Saturday, Feb 16

Dirt Made My Lunch

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Learn how healthy soils provide nourishing food

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont

(510) 544-2797



Saturday, Feb 16

Not A Genuine Black Man $

7 p.m.

Brian Copeland presents a humorous look at white supremacy

Castro Valley Center for the Arts

19501 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley

(510) 889-8961



Saturday, Feb 16 – Sunday, Feb 17

Bay Area International Children's Film Festival $

Sat. 10:15 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., Sun. 10:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Films from around the world, special presentations, hands-on animation workshops

Chabot Space & Science Center

10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland

(510) 336-7373



Sunday, Feb 17

Wonderful Wool $

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 am.

Learn about sheep

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont

(510) 544-2797



Sunday, Feb 17

Secret Lives of Newts – R

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Search the creek for amphibians. Ages 8+

Sunol Regional Wilderness

1895 Geary Rd., Sunol

(510) 544-3249



Sunday, Feb 17

Ohlone Village Site Tour

10 a.m. – 12 noon and 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

.5 mile walk to a 2,000-year-old Ohlone village site. Meet at visitor center

Coyote Hills

8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont

(510) 544-3220



Sunday, Feb 17

Milkweed for Monarchs

1:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.

Plant milkweed seeds to bring home and grow in your yard

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont

(510) 544-2797



Sunday, Feb 17

Open House $

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Docent led tours of historic home

Shinn House

1251 Peralta Blvd., Fremont

(510) 793-9352


Sunday, Feb 17

Farmyard Animals Mask Making

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Hear a story, make a mask

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont

(510) 544-2797



Monday, Feb 18

Castro Valley Lions Club Benefit $

5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Tips donated to Alameda County non-profits

Gianni's Italian Bistro

2065 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon

(925) 820-6969



Tuesday, Feb 19

International Speech Contest

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Public speaking and table topics. Hosted by Toastmasters

Baywood Court

21966 Dolores St, Castro Valley

(510) 566-9761


Tuesday, Feb 19

Homeschooling 101 R

6:30 p.m.

Decide if homeschooling is the right choice

Union City Branch Library

34007 Alvarado Niles Rd., Union City

(510) 745-1464



Tuesday, Feb 19

Are You Prepared for the Next Big One? R

10 a.m. – 12 noon

Workshop on earthquake preparedness and insurance

Hayward City Hall

777 B St., Hayward

(510) 208-0410

(510) 537-2424


Tuesday, Feb 19

South County Senior Service Networking Meeting R

12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.

Presentation: “Shh! The Culture of LGBT Older Adults”, lunch and tour included

Chapel of the Angels

40842 Fremont Blvd, Fremont

(510) 656-1226

(916) 215-4362


Tuesday, Feb 19

Weekday Bird Walk

7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Bring water, sunscreen, binoculars. Ages 12+

Cull Canyon Regional Park

18627 Cull Canyon Road, Castro Valley

(510) 544-3220


Wednesday, Feb 20

Health and Wellness Seminar -R

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Foods to eat and avoid for colorectal cancer

Washington Hospital, Conrad E.  Anderson Auditorium, Rm B

2500 Mowry Ave., Fremont

(510) 791-3428

(800) 963-7070


Wednesday, Feb 20

Alameda County Bid Outreach Event

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Learn about doing business with the county

Castro Valley Library

3600 Norbridge Ave., Castro Valley

(510) 667-7900


Thursday, Feb 21

Spanish Two-Way Dual Immersion Parent Info Meeting R

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

For parents of incoming kindergarten or first grade students

Searles Elementary School

33629 15th St., Union City

(510) 471-2772



Thursday, Feb 21

Women Empowering Women R

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Learn about a healthy gut for a healthy you

Washington Hospital Women's Center Conference Room

2500 Mowry Ave, Fremont

(510) 608-1356

(510) 608-1301


Friday, Feb 22

Excellence in Education Gala $R

5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Bubbling with chemistry and other science themed decor

Fremont Marriott

46100 Landing Pkwy., Fremont

(510) 413-3700



Saturday, Feb 23

James Logan Band & Color Guard Crab Feed $

4 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Dinner, raffle, silent auction, live music

Mark Green Sports Complex

31224 Union City Blvd., Union City



Saturday, Feb 23

Mt. Eden Choir Crab Feed $

5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Dinner, silent auction, chamber singers, dj/dancing

Hayward Veterans Memorial Building

22737 Main St., Hayward

(510) 272-6692

https://mehs-fotc-crabfeed.eventbrite com


Saturday, Feb 23

Our Lady of Guadalupe School Crab Feed $

4:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Dinner, auctions, raffle baskets, photo corner

Holy Spirit Church Hall

37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont

(510) 657-1674


Saturday, Feb 23

Hope Grows Here Gala $R

5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Fundraiser for Newark's Deaf Plus Adult Community

Newark Mayor Al Nagy will be honored

Las Positas Vineyards

1828 Wetmore Rd., Livermore

(510) 713-1801




Looking for a job? Learn how to prepare

Submitted by Nikita Gupta


Global Women Power offers a weekly Job Seekers Orientation Workshop at its Fremont office. Participants learn how to make a professional resume, find job vacancies, improve their interviewing skills and attain a well-groomed professional demeanor.


Workshops meet Wednesday afternoons and light refreshments are available. Admission is free, but reservations should be made by sending an email to: nancy@globalwomenpower.com. More information about the organization is available by visiting their website at www.globalwomenpower.com.


Job Seeker’s Orientation Workshop

3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesdays

Global Women Power

39159 Paseo Padre Parkway, Suite 105, Fremont

(415) 391-3600


Reservations required by email: nancy@globalwomenpower.com




Teachers honored for leadership and kindness

Submitted by Allysson McDonald


Two local teachers are the recipients of the Courageous Love Award given by Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation. This year’s recipients of the annual award are Michelle Wallace and Carl Bullard. Both will be honored during a presentation during a worship service on Sunday, February 10 at Mission Peak UU in Fremont.


The award is given in conjunction with the national Side with Love campaign, which promotes equality for marginalized communities. The goal of the campaign is to harness love's power to challenge exclusion, oppression and violence based on identity.


The annual Courageous Love Award is given to a member of the Tri-City community who has faced oppression, discrimination, and prejudice with grace and inspired determination or who has inspired a local movement for love. We see these awards as a chance to uplift others, strengthen and support our community partnerships and to join together with joy and with purpose those who have shared values.


Both of this year’s awardees have been supportive of LGBTQQ+ students at Fremont schools. Michelle Wallace, former teacher at Thornton Junior High, founded the Gay Straight Alliance — now Genders and Sexualities Alliance (GSA) there after hearing homophobic remarks being made in her presence. Carl Bullard is advisor for the GSA at Washington High School has provided guidance to LGBTQQ+ students for years.


In addition to making this award, the congregation will donate the proceeds of its Sunday offering on February 10 to the GSA clubs at the two schools.


“Those teachers who rise up to really lead their students and model what it is to be a kind and loving human being is the behavior we can strive for every day,” said the Rev. Jo Green, Interim Minister of Mission Peak UU. “These teachers are modeling for us how best to raise our children in loving kindness. It is an honor for us to recognize their leadership.”


Courageous Love Award

Sunday, Feb. 10

Recipients: Michelle Wallace and Carl Bullard

10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. service

Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation

2950 Washington Blvd., Fremont

(510) 252-1477




Students move forward in scholarship award competition

Submitted by Brian Killgore


Students from Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) high school students were once again well-represented among the approximately 16,000 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists for 2019 named last fall. In all, 119 FUSD students, representing four of the district’s comprehensive high schools, were on the list, helping Fremont post the third highest number of semifinalists (120) among cities in California — trailing only San Jose (203) and San Diego (162).


“To again have so many FUSD students selected for this honor is an outstanding achievement that speaks volumes of their character, work ethic and an intense desire to learn,” said FUSD Superintendent, Dr. Kim Wallace. “I know I speak for all teachers and staff in saying how proud we are of their accomplishments and how well they represent our district locally, to the state and around the country.”


Setting the pace for FUSD was Mission San Jose High School with 56 semifinalists — the second-most of any high school in California. Irvington High School placed 33 students on the list, followed by American High School with 22, Washington High School with seven and the District’s Circle of Independent Learning (C.O.I.L.) charter school with one. After submitting applications demonstrating their academic record, community service, leadership, employment and honors/awards received, these FUSD students will join other semifinalists nationwide competing for 7,500 scholarships worth more than $31 million. Those selected as National Merit Scholarship Finalists will be notified in the spring.


Approximately 1.6 million high school juniors from 22,000 schools across the country were considered for the 64th National Merit Scholarship Program through their performance on the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test. To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.


A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference. Sixteen FUSD students were named 2018 National Merit Scholarship Finalists.


The 2019 National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 338,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title. More information about the program is available on the National Merit Scholarship Corporation website at www.nationalmerit.org.



Milpitas Police Log

Submitted by Lt. John Torrez and Sgt. Jason Speckenheur, Milpitas PD


Thursday, January 31

  • At about 2:28 p.m. police responded to a report from a resident who came home to find the rear glass door of his glass patio door shattered and the sound of someone inside the residence. Uniformed and plainclothes detectives arrived and set up a perimeter around the house near Stemel Way and Quince Lane. Soon, two suspects were seen dropping a rifle and shotgun in the backyard and attempting to flee. The pair, later identified by police as Alfonso Emanuel Carrillo, 20 and Samuel Elias Solares, 20, both of San Jose were taken into custody nearby. A discarded rifle, shotgun, and other property stolen from the victim’s residence was found in the backyard. Carrillo and Solares were identified as suspects in additional residential burglaries that occurred in at least two other cities in Santa Clara County. Both suspects were booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on various charges including burglary and theft of a firearm.


Wednesday, February 6

  • At about 9:15 p.m. officers responded to the 1500 block of Adams Avenue on a report of a disturbance between several males, one of whom was seen with a firearm. Arriving officers detained a suspect, later identified as Jose Damian Molina-Nunez, 35, of Milpitas and found a loaded .45 caliber pistol concealed in his waistband. He also was believed to be in possession of cocaine and appeared to be under the influence of drugs and alcohol. He was arrested and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on various charges including possession of a concealed firearm and possession of a controlled substance.



Crab Feed: All-You-Can-Eat

Submitted by Ryan Lee


Pull up a chair and strap on a bib for the annual Committee for the Restoration of Mission San Jose (CRMSJ) Crab Feed fundraiser on Saturday, March 2. Start off your night with a selection of wines from the no-host bar, followed by garlic bread, salad, pasta, fresh pacific-coast crab, and signature CRMSJ wafer/ice cream dessert. The event will also feature a 50/50 raffle. Proceeds from ticket sales and the raffle will go toward preserving and restoring Fremont’s beloved Mission, one of Tri-City's iconic historical landmarks. For information or to buy tickets, call (510) 882-0527 or email chochenyo@aol.com.


Mission San Jose Crab Feed

Saturday, March 2

6:30 p.m.: No-Host Bar

7 p.m.: Dinner/Dessert/Raffle

St. Joseph Parish Hall

43148 Mission Blvd, Fremont



Tickets: $55 per person (no refunds)

At-the-door payments and forms (limited) accepted

No outside beverages, doggie bags or carry outs allowed



Fremont Releases Draft Mobility Action Plan

Submitted by City of Fremont


In May 2017, Fremont’s Mayor and City Council initiated the process to develop a Mobility Action Plan and appoint a Mobility Task Force to guide staff and consultants on Fremont’s transportation issues and needs. From its inception, the goal of the Mobility Action Plan would be to address traffic congestion, improve local multimodal circulation, reduce traffic crashes, and adapt new transportation technologies.


In September 2017, the City Council appointed a 14-member Mobility Task Force composed of Fremont residents and stakeholders. The task force represented different areas of the city and contributed a variety of perspectives and knowledge from a wide range of professional backgrounds. The Fremont Mobility Action Plan was developed from community input solicited at five community events, a topic posted on Fremont Open City Hall, the City’s online civic engagement forum, and 11 Mobility Task Force meetings.


The Mobility Action Plan is intended to guide the City’s local implementation priorities and regional advocacy efforts over the next five years. Recommendations in the plan include topics of traffic signal modernization, school zones and access, travel alternatives, traffic safety program, new technologies and smart mobility, and regional policy and projects.


To review the latest draft of the Mobility Action Plan, visit www.fremont.gov/mobilityactionplan. The draft Plan will be presented to the Fremont City Council for review at a work session scheduled on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. City Council adoption of the Mobility Action Plan is scheduled for March 5, 2019.


Mobility Action Plan work session

Tuesday, Feb 19

5:30 p.m.

Fremont City Hall

3300 Capitol Ave, Fremont




Boys Basketball

Mariners sail to victory in ‘must-win’ game

Submitted and photos by Mike Heightchew


The Moreau Catholic Mariners (Hayward) won a must-win game on February 5th on the hardwood with the Newark Memorial Cougars. Both teams needed the win to stay within a game of the James Logan Colts (Union City) in Mission Valley Athletic League standings.


Taking control of the paint area, the Mariners won the battle under the net, jumped off to an early 22-15 first quarter lead and never looked back. The Cougars played a tough game and made good plays in the second quarter but it wasn’t enough to contest the Mariner lead. The second half continued the same story as the Mariners sailed on to a 67-41 victory.



Letter to the Editor

Morrison Canyon Road – Great Trail/Dangerous Road


Last fall, the city restricted motor vehicle use on the “narrow, dangerous and substandard” Morrison Canyon Road between Ridge Terrace and Vargas Road. In announcing the decision, the city explained that the road was dangerous, substandard and could not be improved without expending millions of dollars. Now the city wants to seek a special exemption from the state legislature to allow local residents, their guests and invitees to put motor vehicles on the road.


To shield itself from liability for the dangerous condition of the road, the city is proposing to to re-designate it as a “recreational trail” under State Code § 831.4. The law provides public entities with broad immunities. Indeed, it provides that they are absolutely immune from liability for injuries caused by a condition of any unpaved road or any trail—so long as the trail is for recreational use. The law defines a trail as an “unpaved road which access provides to fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, riding, including animal and all types of vehicular riding, water sports, recreational or scenic areas and which is not a city street…”


This is a paved street, without any “easement of way.” It would no longer qualify as a trail, if used for commuting, commercial business or personal errands. If the city permitted motorists to use the road for personal and commercial purposes, it would shatter the immunity afforded to “recreational” trails. The city would be left liable for any damages.


We support keeping motor vehicles off the road, and we support multi-use recreational trails to achieve Vision Zero. Minimizing deaths and injuries is a worthwhile objective, as evidenced by the 2008 lawsuit filed by two Vargas Plateau residents that kept Vargas Plateau Regional Park closed for nearly nine years. Please write to the state legislature, and inform our Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), senator.wieckowski@senate.ca.gov, of the need to protect pedestrians and cyclists by keeping cars off Morrison Canyon Road. The tree-lined path should be preserved as a recreational trail, and public safety ought not be compromised by our city elected officials.


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Mission Peak Conservancy



Boys Wrestling

Colts grapplers dominate league finals

Submitted and photos by Mike Heightchew


The 2019 Mission Valley Athletic League wrestling finals, held at Irvington High School (Fremont) on February 9th, continued to display the dominance of the James Logan Colts (Union City). Team standings began the day with a great display of power from the Colts and continued throughout the tournament. Any drama was reserved for the battle to claim second place as the Warriors of Mission San Jose (Fremont), Huskies of Washington High School (Fremont) and American High School Eagles (Fremont) did not settle the issue until the last match. In the end, the Warriors were able to squeak past the others by a slim two- and four-point margin.


James Logan               182

Mission San Jose        75

Washington                 73

American                     71

John F Kennedy          42

Irvington                     36

Newark Memorial       26

CA School for Deaf    8



New Haven superintendent announces retirement

Submitted by New Haven Unified School District


On January 15, New Haven Superintendent Dr. Arlando Smith shared with the Board of Education in a closed session his intent to retire at the end of this school year. Dr. Smith, who has served as New Haven’s superintendent since July 2017, has held multiple leadership roles within the district over the last seven years including co-superintendent and chief academic officer.


In an email sent to all district staff on January 22 announcing his decision, Dr. Smith shared highlights of his 40 plus-year career in education and his appreciation of the good work that district staff engages in each day. The New Haven Board of Education met January 29 to discuss next steps related to the superintendent search process. The board has agreed on a contract with McPherson & Jacobson L.L.C., the executive recruitment and development firm that assisted the district during its last Superintendent search. The board plans to have a new superintendent identified by May.



Fremont News Briefs

Submitted by Cheryl Golden


Fremont Releases Draft Mobility Action Plan

In May 2017, Fremont’s mayor and city council initiated the process to develop a Mobility Action Plan and appoint a Mobility Task Force to guide staff and consultants on Fremont’s transportation issues and needs. From its inception, the goal of the Mobility Action Plan would be to address traffic congestion, improve local multimodal circulation, reduce traffic crashes, and adapt new transportation technologies. In September 2017, the council appointed a 14-member Mobility Task Force comprising Fremont residents and stakeholders. The task force represented different areas of the city and contributed a variety of perspectives and knowledge from a wide range of professional backgrounds. The Fremont Mobility Action Plan was developed from community input solicited at five community events, a topic posted on Fremont Open City Hall, the city’s online civic engagement forum, and 11 Mobility Task Force meetings.


The Mobility Action Plan is intended to guide the city’s local implementation priorities and regional advocacy efforts over the next five years. Recommendations in the plan include topics of traffic signal modernization, school zones and access, travel alternatives, traffic safety program, new technologies and smart mobility, and regional policy and projects. To review the latest draft of the Mobility Action Plan, visit www.Fremont.gov/MobilityActionPlan. The draft Plan will be presented to the Fremont City Council for review at a work session on Tuesday, February 19. Council adoption of the Mobility Action Plan is scheduled for March 5.


Understanding New Electricity Bill

East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) is the new electricity provider for Fremont. Through this local Community Choice Energy program, residents are receiving cleaner electricity at an affordable rate. Fremont is not the first city to adopt a program like this. Cities throughout San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, Sonoma County, Marin County, and San Francisco already have their own regional Community Choice Energy programs in place.


Under East Bay Community Energy, Fremont residents continue to receive one bill from PG&E. While various charges and credits have been added to the bill, in most cases after adding them all up, residents should see a slight net savings compared to what the bill would have been under PG&E alone. For more information and to view a sample bill with detailed explanations, visit www.Fremont.gov/EBCESampleBill.


On the PG&E portion of the bill, residents will still see electric “Transmission” and “Distribution” delivery charges from PG&E, which have always been a part of the bill. Residents will also see a “Generation Credit” from PG&E for not buying their electricity and a “Power Charge Indifference Adjustment,” or exit fee, from PG&E. On the EBCE portion of the bill, residents will see “Generation Charges” for the cleaner electricity procured by EBCE. EBCE has factored in the Power Charge Indifference Adjustment charge into its rate setting process so that EBCE’s generation charges plus the Power Charge Indifference Adjustment fee are still competitive with PG&E.


If residents are finding that their most recent bill seems high, they should note that during the winter months, it’s common for energy usage to increase due to heating needs. Therefore, when comparing bills, it is important to consider the season. In addition, residents should review the electric and natural gas portions of their bill separately. If they have gas heating, then their natural gas bill may be higher than it was in the warmer months.


For further questions on billing, residents can contact EBCE at 1-833-699-3223. EBCE representatives are available to walk residents through their bill. For solar customers, enrollment in EBCE started this year and is based on the customer’s “True Up” date as noted in their statement. To learn more about EBCE, visit www.EBCE.org or www.Fremont.gov/EBCEFAQs.


Fremont Businesses Have an Ally

Businesses are an integral part of the Fremont fabric. As the community grows and attracts new businesses, the City of Fremont continues to look for ways to help business owners and entrepreneurs succeed. The city understands that starting or expanding a business is not a simple task. Sometimes, the process can be overwhelming and confusing, but the Business Ally Program can help. The Business Ally Program is a coordinated approach between the city’s economic development and community development departments to help new businesses meet all their needs. Fremont’s economy grows, and new businesses get a head start. It’s a win-win.


Heading up this win-win is Mike Wayne, who serves as city’s permit center manager/business ally and has years of experience working in planning and building departments across the Bay Area. In his role as a business ally, Wayne provides one-on-one assistance to business owners opening or expanding a business in Fremont. He facilitates project reviews and pre-application meetings, assists with the permitting process, employs outside resources, and coordinates with staff from other city departments and outside agencies.


“Fremont values its businesses, and I am happy to be that one point of contact for them on the regulatory side,” says Wayne. When asked about his vision for the program moving forward, Wayne says, “We are starting to streamline the information we provide businesses and offer online tools that make the permitting process easier. We want to take advantage of the available resources and technologies and promote them to the business community.”


Fremont is open for business. To connect with Wayne and find out more about the Business Ally Program, visit www.Fremont.gov/BusinessAlly.


Feedback Sought on New Park at Corner of Dusterberry and Peralta


The City of Fremont is seeking feedback on Dusterberry Park, a 4-acre park in the planning stages that will be located at the corner of Dusterberry Way and Peralta Boulevard. The current building will be demolished, and the concrete and asphalt removed to make way for a park that serves the residents in the neighborhood. Residents are invited to attend upcoming meetings at Artist Place, located within Artist Walk at 3888 Artist Walk Common on the following dates:


  • 6: 30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 6 – Review of conceptual plans developed at the February 9th meeting and selection of a preferred plan.
  • 6: 30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 – Review of preferred plan selected at the March 6th meeting


For more information and to fill out a survey about park specific features, visit www.Fremont.gov/Dusterberry or contact Senior Landscape Architect Mark Mennucci at MMennucci@fremont.gov or (510) 494-4530.


Success Starts with Homework Help

There’s nothing like tough homework assignments to create stress and frustration for a parent and their child. After-school programs can help kids develop good homework habits. The City of Fremont Warm Springs After-School Care and Homework program offers youth in grades K-6th a dedicated space for daily homework assistance. Take part in a homework support program that provides a nurturing environment to thrive academically and emotionally through well-structured daily curriculum, nutritious snacks, outdoor supervised recess, and fun activities. Experienced and enthusiastic staff monitor homework and provide students quality help when needed. Held at Warm Springs Community Center, 47300 Fernald St., the homework program began February 11. Register at www.RegeRec.com (barcode # 269313) or call (510) 494-4318 for more information.



Auditions for new Eugenie Chan play

Submitted by Ohlone College


Ohlone College's award-winning Theatre and Dance Department will produce a new work specifically written for Ohlone students by nationally recognized playwright Eugenie Chan and perform it at Ohlone and tour to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (the largest and most prestigious arts festival in the world), in Edinburgh, Scotland.


Auditions will be held on Wednesday, March 6 in the Smith Center at Ohlone College. All roles are available. For an audition time, please email auditions@ohlone.edu. Drop-ins are also welcome. Actors should prepare a 90-second monologue. Callbacks will be held on Saturday, March 9 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, September 3 and will mostly be held Monday through Thursday until tech rehearsals, then rehearsals will include Fridays and Saturdays as well. Performances will be Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays starting November 8 to November 17 (with a possible extension until November 24). Pickup rehearsals will be for two to three weeks in July 2020, and the tour will be for 12 days in early August 2020, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.


All cast members must enroll in TD 124-01, which is a four-unit class. For more information on registration and fees please visit www.ohlone.edu/go/apply. In addition, cast members who travel to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe will be required to cover their cost for the travel abroad opportunity.


For more information about auditions please visit, www.ohlone.edu/go/audition.


Ohlone Auditions

Wednesday, Mar 6

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Smith Center at Ohlone College

43600 Mission Blvd, Fremont





AB 402 bill to improve oversight of small drinking water systems

Submitted by Lyanne Mendez


Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), chairman of Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee, introduced AB 402 to ensure that local health officials have enough resources to provide oversight for small drinking water systems.


California recognizes a human right to safe, clean, affordable, and accessible water, yet many communities are too small to sufficiently fund oversight of small drinking water systems in their jurisdiction. There are approximately 7,500 public drinking water systems in the state and of those, approximately 3,500 are small drinking water systems regulated by local agencies. AB 402, sponsored by the California Association of Environmental Health Administrators, provides an option for small communities to better leverage their resources in coordination with the State Water Board in order to properly fund local oversight of small drinking water systems.


“California’s public drinking water systems should be safe, regardless of whether oversight is done by state or local health officials. I believe that local oversight of small drinking water systems can be efficient and effective, given sufficient funding,” said Assemblymember Quirk.


“Safe and affordable drinking water for all Californians is a high public environmental health priority. Local environmental health departments play a vital role in ensuring that our sources of drinking water are safe. This measure will help to stabilize the funding of these local programs and ensure that all communities are afforded equal protection,” said California Association of Environmental Health Administrators.



Researchers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University developed a new technique to quickly teach robots novel traversal behaviors with minimal human oversight.


The technique allows mobile robots to navigate autonomously in environments while carrying out actions a human would expect of the robot in a given situation. ARL researcher Dr. Maggie Wigness said one of the goals is to provide more reliable autonomous robot teammates to the soldiers.


“If a robot acts as a teammate, tasks can be accomplished faster and more situational awareness can be obtained,” Wigness said. “Further, robot teammates can be used as an initial investigator for potentially dangerous scenarios, thereby keeping soldiers further from harm.”


To achieve this, Wigness said the robot must be able to use its learned intelligence to perceive, reason and make decisions. “This research focuses on how robot intelligence can be learned from a few human example demonstrations,” Wigness said. “The learning process is fast and requires minimal human demonstration, making it an ideal learning technique for on-the-fly learning in the field when mission requirements change.”


The researchers focused their initial investigation on learning robot traversal behaviors with respect to the robot’s visual perception of terrain and objects in the environment. The robot was taught how to navigate from various points while staying near the edge of a road, and also how to traverse covertly using buildings as cover.


According to the researchers, given different mission tasks, the most appropriate learned traversal behavior can be activated during robot operation. This is done by leveraging inverse optimal control, also commonly referred to as inverse reinforcement learning, a class of machine learning that seeks to recover a reward function given a known optimal policy.


In this case, a human demonstrates the optimal policy by driving a robot along a trajectory that best represents the behavior to be learned. These trajectory exemplars are then related to the visual terrain/object features, such as grass, roads and buildings, to learn a reward function with respect to these environment features.


“We seek to create intelligent robotic systems that reliably operate in warfighter environments, meaning the scene is highly unstructured, possibly noisy, and we need to do this given relatively little a priori knowledge of the current state of the environment,” Wigness said. “The fact that our problem statement is so different than so many other researchers allows ARL to make a huge impact in autonomous systems research. Our techniques, by the very definition of the problem, must be robust to noise and have the ability to learn with relatively small amounts of data.”


According to Wigness, this preliminary research has helped the researchers demonstrate the feasibility of quickly learning an encoding of traversal behaviors.


“As we push this research to the next level, we will begin to focus on more complex behaviors, which may require learning from more than just visual perception features,” Wigness said. “Our learning framework is flexible enough to use a priori intel that may be available about an environment. This could include information about areas that are likely visible by adversaries or areas known to have reliable communication. This additional information may be relevant for certain mission scenarios and learning with respect to these features would enhance the intelligence of the mobile robot.”


The researchers are also exploring how this type of behavior learning transfers between different mobile platforms. Their evaluation to date has been performed with a small unmanned Clearpath Husky robot, which has a visual field of view that is relatively low to the ground.


“Transferring this technology to larger platforms will introduce new perception viewpoints and different platform maneuvering capabilities,” Wigness said. “Learning to encode behaviors that can be easily transferred between different platforms would be extremely valuable given a team of heterogeneous robots. In this case, the behavior can be learned on one platform instead of each platform individually.”


This research is funded through the Army’s Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance, or RCTA, which brings together government, industrial and academic institutions to address research and development required to enable the deployment of future military unmanned ground vehicle systems ranging in size from man-portables to ground combat vehicles.


Ultimately, this research is crucial for the future battlefield, where Soldiers will be able to rely on robots with more confidence to assist them in executing missions.


“The capability for the Next Generation Combat Vehicle to autonomously maneuver at optempo in the battlefield of the future will enable powerful new tactics while removing risk to the Soldier,” said ARL researcher Dr. John Rogers. “If the NGCV encounters unforeseen conditions which require teleoperation, our approach could be used to learn to autonomously handle these types of conditions in the future.”


Steve Crowe is Editor of The Robot Report. He can be reached at scrowe@wtwhmedia.com



San Leandro City Council

February 4, 2019



  • Proclamation declaring February 2019 as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Maya Granara of Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments (SAVE) accepted the proclamation.
  • Resolution appointing Brian Copeland as District 1 Representative to the Arts Commission for term ending December 31, 2022
  • Resolution appointing Alice Sarafian as District 1 Representative to the Human Services Commission for term ending December 31, 2022
  • Resolution appointing Sbeydeh Viveros-Walton as District 1 Representative to the Library-Historical Commission term ending December 31, 2022
  • Resolution appointing Tony Breslin as District 1 Representative to the Planning Commission/Board of Zoning Adjustments for term ending December 31, 2022
  • Resolution appointing Litha Zuber as District 1 Representative to the Recreation and Parks Commission for term ending December 31, 2022
  • Resolution appointing David Anderson as District 1 Representative to the Senior Commission for term ending December 31, 2022
  • Resolution appointing Jeffrey Falero as District 2 Representative to the Planning Commission/Board of Zoning Adjustments for term ending December 31, 2022
  • Resolution appointing Erika Garcia as District 3 Representative to the Arts Commission for term ending December 31, 2022
  • Resolution appointing Susan Snell as District 3 Representative to the Human Services Commission for term ending December 31, 2022
  • Resolution appointing Gary Hanna as District 3 Representative to the Recreation and Parks Commission for term ending December 31, 2022
  • Resolution appointing Janice Woycheshin as District 3 Representative to the Senior Commission for term ending December 31, 2022
  • Resolution appointing David Moragne, Jr. as District 5 Representative to the Arts Commission for term ending December 31, 2022
  • Resolution appointing Peggy Combs as District 5 Representative to the Human Services Commission for term ending December 31, 2022
  • Resolution appointing Mary Beth Barloga as District 5 Representative to the Library-Historical Commission for term ending December 31, 2022
  • Resolution appointing Michael Santos as District 5 Representative to the Planning Commission/ Board of Zoning Adjustments for term ending December 31, 2022
  • Resolution appointing Michael Bolar as District 5 Representative to the Recreation and Parks Commission for term ending December 31, 2022
  • Resolution appointing Mary Jo Knueven as District 5 Representative to the Senior Commission for term ending December 31, 2022
  • Resolution appointing Dylan Boldt as District 6 Representative to the Planning Commission/Board of Zoning Adjustments for term ending December 31, 2022
  • Resolution appointing Suzanne Pershing as an At-large Representative to the Arts Commission for term ending December 31, 2022
  • Resolution appointing Don Lancaster as an At-large Representative to the Human Services Commission for term ending December 31, 2022
  • Resolution appointing Nicholas Thorn Sermeno as an At-large Representative to the Human Services Commission for term ending December 31, 2022
  • Resolution appointing Jennifer Heystek as an At-large Representative to the Library-Historical Commission for term ending December 31, 2022
  • Resolution appointing Dewayne Cornelious as an At-large Representative to the Personnel Relations Board for term ending December 31, 2022
  • Resolution appointing James Browne as an At-large Representative to the Personnel Relations Board for term ending December 31, 2022
  • Resolution appointing Louis Heystek as an At-large Representative to the Personnel Relations Board for term ending December 31, 2022
  • Resolution appointing Orval Badger as an At-large Representative to the Personnel Relations Board for term ending December 31, 2022
  • Resolution appointing Kenneth Pon as an At-large Representative to the Planning Commission/Board of Zoning Adjustments for term ending December 31, 2022
  • Resolution appointing Dan Johnson as an At-large Representative to the Rent Review Board for term ending June 30, 2021
  • Resolution appointing Kristen Schumacher as an At-large Representative to the Rent Review Board for term ending June 30, 2021
  • Resolution appointing Cimberly Tamura as an At-large Representative to the Senior Commission for term ending December 31, 2022
  • Resolution appointing Claudia McHenry as an At-large Representative to the Senior Commission for term ending December 31, 2022
  • Resolution appointing Edward Shapiro as San Leandro Unified School District Representative to the Recreation and Parks Commission for term ending December 31, 2022

Items passed 7-0.


Public Comments:

  • A fair rent ordinance and an emergency moratorium on rent increases were requested.



  • Update on parking strategy and residential parking permit program


Public Hearings:

  • Planned development and site plan review to construct a new three-story, multi-family residential building comprising 45 units, including 43 two-bedroom units and two three bedroom units; and a wireless communication facility at 1388 Bancroft Avenue. T. Silva, Eden Realty (Applicant); Silva and Gonsalves Trust (Property Owner); Rezoning the parcel from P Professional Office District to P(PD), Professional Office, Planned Development Overly District.

Motion to continue the item to the next meeting passed 7-0.


Consent Calendar:

  • Motion appointing city councilmembers to internal committees, as follows:

Disaster Council: Mayor Cutter, Vice Mayor Lopez, Councilmember Ballew

Facilities And Transportation Committee: Mayor Cutter, Vice Mayor Lopez, Councilmember Cox

Finance Committee: Mayor Cutter, Councilmember Hernandez, Councilmember Lee

Rules Committee: Mayor Cutter, Councilmember Aguilar, Councilmember Ballew

  • Motion appointing city councilmembers to serve on the following intergovernmental agencies until replaced, as follows:

Alameda County Fire Department, Alameda County Fire Advisory Commission

Representative: Vice Mayor Lopez

Representative: Councilmember Hernandez

Alameda County Housing Authority, Board of Directors

Representative: Councilmember Ballew

Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District, Board of Trustees

Trustee: Councilmember Aguilar

Alameda County Transit Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)

Representative: Mayor Cutter

Representative: Vice Mayor Lopez

Alameda County Transportation Commission, Board of Directors

Representative: Mayor Cutter

Alternate: Vice Mayor Lopez

Alameda County Waste Management Authority, Board of Directors

Representative: Councilmember Cox

Alternate: Councilmember Aguilar

Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), General Assembly

Representative: Councilmember Aguilar

Alternate: Councilmember Lee

East Bay Community Energy (EBCE)

Representative: Councilmember Hernandez

Alternate: Vice Mayor Lopez

East Bay Dischargers Authority (EBDA), Commission

Representative: Mayor Cutter

Alternate: Councilmember Ballew

League of California Cities, East Bay Division, Board of Directors

Representative: Councilmember Lee

Alternate: Vice Mayor Lopez

Port of Oakland, Oakland Airport Community Noise Management Forum

Representative: Councilmember Lee

San Leandro Improvement Association, Board of Directors

Representative: Councilmember Cox

Alternate: Councilmember Ballew

  • Ordinance to amend the municipal code relating to San Leandro parking aides
  • Resolution to approve adjustments to the City of San Leandro Arts Commission’s regular meeting date and time

Calendar passed 7-0


Items Removed From Consent Calendar:

  • Resolution to execute a non-exclusive license with PropSF for access to the Wes McClure public boat launch. Item passed 7-0


City Council Reports:

  • Mayor Cutter praised the city clerk
  • Councilmember Lee announced that the Oakland Airport Air Forum was cancelled
  • Councilmember Lee reported that they talked about the CASA Compact at the California League of Cities meeting


City Council Calendar and Announcements:

  • Councilmember Ballew wished everyone a Happy Lunar New Year


City Council Requests to Schedule Agenda Items:

  • A moratorium on raises of rental rates at mobile home parks will be presented by staff at a future date


Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter                           Aye

Vice Mayor Corina N. Lopez                         Aye

Victor Aguilar, Jr.                                           Aye

Ed Hernandez                                                 Aye

Benny Lee                                                       Aye

Deborah Cox                                                   Aye

Pete Ballew                                                     Aye



New Mobile App for Property Tax Payments

Submitted by County of Santa Clara Public Affairs


The County of Santa Clara Department of Tax and Collections (DTAC) has launched SCC DTAC, a new mobile app to provide property owners with convenient access to pay their annual secured property tax payments. The new SCC DTAC app, available for iOS and Android mobile devices, includes the following features:


  • Pay for one or more tax bills for secured or unsecured property
  • Pay tax bills with credit/debit card, or e-checks; payments made by e-check are free of convenience fees.
  • Make partial payments on a tax bill (Note: Currently for secured properties only)
  • View list of tax bills due and/or past due, including the ability to view bill details and download bills
  • Save properties as favorites
  • Save copies of tax bills
  • Provide feedback about the app or DTAC service overall
  • Access using multiple mobile and smart devices such as phones and tablets


“Property taxpayers will be able to review their bills, past payments, and make partial or full payments related to their annual or supplemental bills on our new app,” said Margaret Olaiya, director of the Department of Tax and Collections. “We encourage taxpayers to transact business with the County using the new convenient option of their mobile and smart devices.”


Once the app is downloaded, property owners will be presented with two options. The first option allows a search for real property by Assessor’s Parcel Number (APN) or by property address. Real property includes homes, buildings, or land (a.k.a. secured property). The second option provides property owners of businesses, boats, airplanes, etc. (a.k.a. unsecured property) the ability to search for their property tax obligation by its assessment number or property address. Property owners can use the shopping cart feature to pay for multiple secured and/or unsecured tax bills that are available for their properties.


“Anything we can do to make paying your taxes a little less painful, I’m for it,” said Board President Joe Simitian, a proponent of customer service improvement for taxpayers at the County. “The app gives the public direct and immediate access to the system. It’s a helpful tool for busy folks.”


For more information about the mobile app, visit www.sccdtac.org/mobileapp. For more information on paying property taxes, visit DTAC website at www.sccdtac.org, call (408) 808-7900 or email scctax.collector@fin.sccgo.org.



Spanish organ concert explores Mind and Muse

Submitted by Gary Dorighi

Photos courtesy of Rosales Organ Builders and Nancy Dorighi


Old Mission San Jose in Fremont will host “Mind and Muse,” a free organ concert featuring the Rosales Opus 14 organ on Saturday, February 16. St. Joseph Parish Music Director and master organist Ronald McKean will highlight the intense and sometimes wild dichotomy of the mind and the muse. He will perform intricate and choral-like compositions along with others that are passionate and programmatic; some will incorporate both, as in the great work “Ensalada” by Heredia.


The Spanish pipe organ was built by Manuel Rosales of Los Angeles in 1988 for the Mission San Jose Church and is highly regarded among musicians throughout the country. Rosales has been responsible for many world-class organs, including the famous Opus 24 organ at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Even many parishioners have not had the opportunity to hear Mission San Jose’s magnificent hand-made organ; the upcoming concert is a perfect opportunity to experience this beautiful instrument.


McKean will give a pre-concert talk to explain how the Rosales organ, one of only three in the U.S., authentically renders the music style of this period. The organ acts as a consort of instruments with one person – conductor, composer and performer – Renaissance style. The ensuing concert will be delivered within the inspiring and acoustically pure Old Mission Church. A reception with wine, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and beverages will follow in the historic setting of the Old Mission museum.


To learn more about the Opus 14 organ, visit www.rosales.com/instruments/op14/index.htm.


Mind and Muse

Saturday, Feb 16

7:00 p.m.: Talk

7:30 p.m.: Concert

Old Mission San Jose

43300 Mission Blvd, Fremont

(510) 656-2364





Help is available for filing tax returns

Submitted by Marianne Ledda


Tax season is quickly heating up and the April 15 deadline to file returns is around the corner. And with new tax laws in place, along with changing deductions and income levels, completing the forms can be a challenge for some taxpayers. But help is available. Taxpayers or households that earned less than $54,000 during 2018 are eligible for free income-tax preparation assistance provided by trained volunteers from the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance(VITA) program.


From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through April 13 qualifying taxpayers can stop by the Fremont Main Library for help preparing and filing their tax returns provided by VITA volunteers. The program is offered in partnership with the Earn it! Keep it! Save it! Coalition of the United Way Bay Area. The service is provided on a walk-in basis; reservations aren’t necessary.


Here are documents that taxpayers should bring with them:

  • A photo ID
  • Social Security card or ITIN for taxpayer, spouse and all dependents
  • W2, 1099, 1098 1095 forms and any other tax documents available
  • A voided check for direct deposit of any refunds due
  • A copy of last year’s tax return, if available


For more information about the VITA program, visit the IRS website at www.irs.gov and then select the “Get Free Tax Preparation Help” link and follow the prompts.


Income tax assistance

Saturdays, through April 13

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

For taxpayers earning less than $54,000

Fremont Main Library

2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont


(510) 745-1400




iRobot Terra robot lawn mower hopes to jumpstart U.S. market

By Steve Crowe


It is finally happening, kind of. iRobot will launch in 2019 its Terra robot lawn mower. The company has not announced specific availability or pricing, but it did say the Terra robot lawn mower will be available this year in Germany and as a beta program in the U.S.


This is a much-anticipated announcement — and worst-kept secret — that the Bedford, Mass.-based Roomba maker has been coy about for years. There has been talk of an iRobot mower since at least 2006. When asked to explain the beta program in the U.S., an iRobot spokesperson said details will be available closer to the start of the program. But a full launch in Germany and a beta launch stateside shows iRobot is more confident in markets outside of the U.S., as it should be with this product.


The main difference between the Terra robot lawn mower and the competition is ease of use, something iRobot knows a thing or two about. Instead of having to bury and run boundary wires throughout a yard, iRobot claims that it will simplify the process for consumers.


Users need to place wireless beacons around their yards and manually drive the Terra robot lawn mower around to teach it the layout. iRobot said the beacons can be pushed or hammered into the ground. They need to remain in place throughout the mowing season. Terra uses the beacons to calculate its position in the yard. The robot will operate autonomously after the initial training run. This is similar to how many autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) map logistics facilities.


Another benefit of Terra is that it mows in straight, back-and-forth lines, the same way most humans would. Surprisingly, many robot lawn mowers do not work that way. If the battery runs low, the Terra robot lawn mower returns to its charging base to recharge and picks up where it left off. It is compatible with iRobot’s HOME App, so users can adjust Terra’s mowing height and mowing schedule.


“iRobot is building an ecosystem of robots and technologies that help people do more both inside and outside of the home,” said Colin Angle, chairman and CEO of iRobot. “The robot mower segment is well established in EMEA and has tremendous room for growth in other markets, including North America.”


iRobot was tight-lipped about many of Terra’s specs, but it did shed light on its safety features: “Terra has several built-in safety mechanisms so that the blades will stop rotating if the robot is ever tilted or lifted. The handle of the robot is linked to a lift sensor, so that when the handle is lifted, the robot will turn off. A tilt sensor will detect if the robot tilts to an abnormal degree, shutting down the robot if triggered.


“Additionally, if the robot bumps into an object, the robot will recognize this and changes its direction, and if the robot is ever delocalized — meaning it is not completely sure where it is in the yard — it will turn off to ensure that it will remain in the designated lawn area at all times. There is also a prominent red ‘STOP’ button on the top of the robot. Terra is also equipped with theft-protection software.”


Wireless communication system


In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted iRobot a waiver for its wireless communication system. The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) filed comments to the FCC that said the radio frequency the robot lawn mower operated on would interfere with radio astronomy operations. However, the FCC authorized iRobot’s request because it did not “frustrate” the FCC’s Section 15.250(c) rule.


“We find that granting this waiver is in the public interest because it will enable iRobot to market its robotic lawn mower without posing a significant risk of harmful interference to authorized users of the radio spectrum,” the FCC said at the time.


“The FCC’s assessment agrees with our analysis that the technology will not have a negative impact on radio astronomy,” iRobot said at the time. “The FCC’s decision will allow iRobot to continue exploring the viability of wideband, alongside other technologies, as part of a long-term product exploration effort in the lawn mowing category.”


Jumpstarting U.S. robot lawn mower market


The U.S. robot lawn mower market is way behind other countries, including many in Europe, which the Associated Press reports has a $300 million robot lawn mower industry. iRobot is hoping to accomplish with robot lawn mowing what it accomplished with robot vacuuming. But getting there might be more difficult this time with Terra.


When Roomba launched in 2002, the only other robot vacuum to have ever hit the market was Electrolux’s Trilobite, which was introduced in 1996. It ultimately did not work well and was discontinued.


iRobot essentially created the robot vacuum market. With Terra, iRobot is entering a market with heavy competitors, including John Deere, Honda, Husqvarna and more. These are companies known for their landscaping products that just happen to have robot lawn mowers. iRobot is a robotics company trying to break into lawn care. We’ll be watching to see how this plays out.


iRobot did not share the price of Terra. Not knowing the specs of Terra, such as price, target yard size, et cetera makes it difficult to compare to other robot lawn mowers. Husqvarna has a line of six robot lawn mowers that range from $1,500 for a quarter acre cutting capacity to $3,500 for a full acre.


Husqvarna’s robot lawn mowers predate the Roomba. Husqvarna’s first robot lawn mower was introduced in Sweden in 1998. Sales were slow initially, but the company said the concept began to gain traction in 2005, and in January 2017, it claims it had sold 1 million units, the majority of which were in Europe. Husqvarna just started marketing to the U.S. in 2018, which shows just how far behind, unaware or uninterested American consumers have been.


–Steve Crowe is Editor of The Robot Report. He can be reached at scrowe@wtwhmedia.com