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Douglas Morrisson closes season with lighter side of O’Neill

By Julie Grabowski

Photos by Terry Sullivan


Many associate Eugene O’Neill with the dark and wrenching examinations of life and family found in such well-known giants as “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” and “The Iceman Cometh.” But the Douglas Morrisson Theatre (DMT) steps away from the harsh shadows to present a softer, more idyllic side of O’Neill with their current production of “Ah, Wilderness!”


On the Fourth of July 1906, the Miller family discusses their various plans for the day: a picnic, drive in the car, meeting with friends, fireworks on the beach. Newspaper owner Nat and wife Essie are attentive and loving parents to four children, of which 16-year-old Richard is proving the most concerning. Essie is upset by the indecent books he’s been reading by authors such as Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, Henrik Ibsen, and Algernon Charles Swinburne. Richard’s rebel beliefs and passions are at full volume in his love letters to Muriel, which are found and deemed disgraceful by her father, David McComber, who forbids the relationship. A big advertiser in the newspaper, McComber threatens to pull his ad until Nat takes his son in hand, and apologizes in writing. In the face of his heartache, Richard defiantly jumps into an evening of alcohol and female company that leaves him with a lesson he won’t soon forget.


Also on the home front are Essie’s brother Sid and Nat’s sister Lily. Essie encourages Lily to marry Sid and reforming him, but Lily broke off an engagement with him 16 years ago due to his irresponsible behavior (gambling, drinking, women), and maintains her stand, as she can see no change in him. But family is all, and everyone is welcome, no matter the flaw or difficulty. And while darkness may flutter around the edges, “Ah, Wilderness!” keeps its face to the sun.


Director Sharon Robinson keeps the story light and airy, so much so that it almost doesn’t leave a footprint. The cast is adept and the story pleasant enough, but the production has little tension or urgency, making it feel like a soporific boat ride on a summer’s day.


Joe Walters brings a natural likability to Nat, conveying warmth and dependability in a comfortable, assured manner. Walters shines in the scene where he’s trying to have The Talk with Richard. Deidre Brodeur Coen is authoritative as Essie and creates a nice contrast with Walters.


Darrien Cabreana is dedicated and energetic as Richard, but would benefit from some variety in his delivery; he seems to be shouting most of the time and working a bit too hard for one to warm to Richard.


Liva Langer is a sunny embodiment of the conflict, playfulness, and love between siblings as the only sister Mildred, delivering plenty of charm and spunk.


Jim Woodbury makes a fun and appealing Sid, and Cynthia Lagodzinski has a wonderful grace and ease as Lily, and deftly works a quiet thread of sadness and disappointment through her character.

DMT always delivers an impressive stage, and “Ah, Wilderness!” is no exception. Liliana Durque Pineiro’s set design of the Miller home is crisp and expansive, with commanding white-trimmed roof peaks and high white walls brushed with pale blue sprays of leaves. Costume designer Christine U’Ren adheres to the crisp, light color palette also and has the characters well set in the time period.


Despite your penchant for light or dark, consider Robinson’s invitation in her director’s notes: “Danger lurks in this story, but it dissipates in the moonlight. Those you love will be there in the morning, so tonight grab your wine, grab your thou, join O’Neill, and sing in the wilderness.”


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

  • 881-6777


Tickets: $15 – $29



BART Police Log

Submitted by Les Mensinger


Wednesday, February 13

  • At 8:56 a.m. a man identified by police as James Frazier, 59, of Richmond was arrested at the San Leandro station on a $25,000 Contra Costa County arrest warrant. He was taken and booked into the Martinez Detention Facility.


Feb. 14:

  • At 6:19 a.m. a man identified by police as Alexander Frost, 27, of San Francisco was arrested at the Dublin/Pleasanton station on suspicion of battery on a peace officer, obstructing an officer and trespassing. He was booked into Santa Rita jail.
  • At 9:36 a.m. a man identified by police as Melvin Michael, 44, of San Francisco was arrested at the Hayward station on suspicion of violating a court order, probation and possession of drug paraphernalia.



Homebrewing on the Farm

Article and photos submitted by Ira Bletz


Homebrewing returns to Ardenwood Historic Farm in March. March is the perfect month, and there’s even a beer style named for the month – Märzen. People have been brewing beer at home for over 6,000 years. It's fun, creative, and a great and tasty DYI activity. Have you ever wondered how to get started? What does it take to brew your own beer? Discover this creative art in a three-part, hands-on workshop at Ardenwood Historic Farm. The workshop will take you through the entire brewing process. You'll boil work, pitch yeast, and along the way explore the science of fermentation. You'll also learn beer’s fascinating history as you brew and bottle a special batch of Ardenwood ale to take home.


From the 1850s to the mid-1890s, Ardenwood was a grain farm growing oats wheat and barley. George and Clara Patterson sent most of the oats to San Francisco to feed horses and other livestock. The wheat was shipped to San Francisco and exported to Europe. But the barley stayed closer to home supplying breweries in San Jose, Hayward, and San Francisco.


The East Bay was once an important hop growing region too. Hops are the flower that adds bitterness to beer. Hop farms were common until production moved to Oregon and Washington beginning in the 1920s. Next time you drive past Hop Ranch Road in Union City or along Hopyard Road in Dublin/Pleasanton, think about our area’s brewing history.


It was common for East Bay farm families to brew their own beer. It was a regular kitchen activity usually done by women (brewstes) on the same day they baked bread.


Brewing your own beer is a lot like cooking. Once you know how the ingredients work together – hops, barley, yeast – you can create your own tasty brews. Workshop participants will brew two batches: Ardenwood Honey-Wheat ale, using honey from the farm’s beehives, and a Farmyard Ale.


The workshop begins on Saturday, March 2 and meets again on the following Saturdays March 9 and 23. It will start with an introduction to brewing and the history of beer. Next, we’ll boil the wort (unfermented beer), pitch (add) the yeast, and put the beer into primary fermentation. At the second class, the beer goes into secondary fermentation during a discussion of brewing equipment and what you need to get started at home. At the third meeting, we will bottle the beer to begin the carbonation process. Once you complete the class, you will have the skills and techniques necessary to brew at home.


This is a great opportunity to see what homebrewing is all about! The workshop fee is $40 for East Bay residents, $45 for nonresidents. Registration is required and open to anyone 21 years or older. To register call 1-888-327-2757, option 2 or register online at https://apm.activecommunities.com/ebparks/ and search for “homebrewing” or enter course #24742.


Homebrewing on the Farm

Sunday, Mar 2 – Saturday, Mar 23

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd, Fremont

(510) 544-2526


Cost: $40 residents, $45 nonresidents



Celebration features Sulphur Creek animals and award-winning photos

Submitted by PhotoCentral


PhotoCentral Gallery has invited the animals of Sulphur Creek Nature Center to celebrate the award-winning photography exhibit by Oliver Klink, “Cultures in Transition: Spirit-Heart-Soul.”


The photography exhibit explores the changes that people go through, the subtleties that make their life evolve, their spiritual guiding light. One section of the exhibit features the eagle hunters of Mongolia. Kazakhs in Western Mongolia have mastered the ancient and noble art of hunting with eagles. As nomadic tribes, their survival depends on training these majestic birds and passing on their skills to the younger generation. For centuries, this knowledge has been transferred from father to son, now father to daughter.


Sulphur Creek Nature Center will be at PhotoCentral on Saturday, February 23 to showcase their rescued animals. The parallel between the eagle hunters and the work done at Sulphur Creek Nature Center is commanding. Both outfits really care for the animals and their release to the wild. Hear about the mission of Sulphur Creek Nature Center in this not-to-be-missed event!


Geir Jordahl, director of PhotoCentral Gallery, said, “The universal human quality is what links together the three chapters of ‘Cultures in Transition.’ Klink’s images transcend borders without homogenizing very distinct peoples, nationalities, and cultures. The uniqueness of each is present, yet Klink asks us to see the links between them and to see ourselves within each tribe. He connects us through the use of common bonds, gestures, and expressions. In this way the personalities of his subjects shine through – their emotion, their joy, their connections with each other and, by association, their connection to the viewer.”


The “Cultures in Transition” exhibit has been extended to Monday, March 11. For more information, visit www.culturesintransition.com.


The celebration event is free of charge and kids are welcome. Registration is suggested, as spaces are limited to view the animals. RSVP at www.facebook.com/events/386193681946388/.


Celebration: Live animals from Sulphur Creek Nature Center

Saturday, Feb 23

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.


1099 E St, Hayward

(510) 881-6721






Census workshop for faith-based organizations

Submitted by City of Fremont


Alameda County and City of Fremont together are inviting faith-based organizations to Census Solutions Workshop on Tuesday, March 5. The workshop objectives are to learn what Census is, why it matters, what is at stake with Census 2020, and brainstorm ways that your organization can support a complete count for your faith communities. To attend the event, RSVP by Friday, March 1 by calling (831) 998-4441 or emailing alessia.simmonds@acgov.org.


Census Solutions Workshop

Tuesday, March 5

12 noon – 1:30 p.m.

Fremont Family Resource Center – Pacific Room

39155 Liberty St, Suite H800, Fremont

(831) 998-4441


RSVP by Friday, March 1



Meet a cop, or two, for coffee

Submitted by Hayward PD


Community members, students and local business owners in Hayward are invited to a meet-and-greet “Coffee with a Cop” event on Wednesday, February 27 in Hayward. Sponsored by the Hayward Police Department, the 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. event will be at The Cannery Café inside the Hayward Area Historical Building in downtown Hayward. This informal gathering is designed to let people ask questions or voice neighborhood concerns with members of the Hayward Police Department in a relaxed setting. Admission is free and open to the public. For details, call (510) 293-7151.


Coffee With a Cop

Wednesday, Feb. 27

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Meet and greet with local police

The Cannery Café

22380 Foothill Blvd., Hayward

(510) 293-7151



Cops to host coffee meeting

Submitted by Geneva Bosques, Fremont PD


Even if they’re not coffee drinkers, Fremont residents are welcome to attend a Coffee with the Cops meeting on Monday, February 25 and meet new Fremont Police Department Chief Kimberly Peterson.


Joining Peterson will be police commander personnel along with members of the department’s Community Engagement Unit, Patrol and Investigations teams, who will be available to answer public safety questions, discuss neighborhood concerns or just get acquainted with community members.


No formal presentation is planned, so people are free to drop by anytime during the event which will be in the patio area outside the shop on Mowry Avenue at Blacow Road. Coffee will be provided.


Coffee with the Cops

Monday, Feb. 25

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Starbuck’s Coffee

5034-H Mowry Avenue, Fremont

(510) 790-6800




Citizens sought for seat on new community panel

Submitted by the City of Hayward


Hayward residents who are looking for an opportunity to serve the community and learn how the city’s police department works are invited to apply for a spot on a new Community Advisory Panel to the Chief of Police.


The goal of the panel is to improve trust and strengthen understanding between the Hayward Police Department and Hayward community members by creating a structure and venue for open and honest dialogue on police-community relations.


The panel will be made up of eight to 14 members selected by the mayor, city manager and police chief from a pool of candidates recommended by the city council and inclusive of the Hayward community’s diverse demographics, perspectives, and lived experiences.


Panel members will be expected to attend regular quarterly meetings starting this spring and commit additional time to create and carry out a program of community outreach.


Applicants chosen for potential appointment must agree to a confidential cursory background check. Immigration status is not a consideration for serving on the panel.


Applications must be submitted by March 15 and are available in the City Clerk’s office at Hayward City Hall, 777 B St., Hayward or can be downloaded at www.hayward-ca.gov/cap. For details, call (510) 583-4400.



Cougars Report

Submitted by Timothy Hess


Girls Basketball:

Lady Cougars fall at Rancho Cotate


The NMHS Girls Varsity Basketball Team's season ended on Tuesday, February 12, losing at Rancho Cotate (25-4) by the score of 62-48 in the opening round of the North Coast Section (NCS) Division 2 Basketball Championships. The Cougars trailed by only 3 points, 38-35, heading into the fourth-quarter, before Rancho Cotate took advantage of points in the paint, and second chances, to outscore Newark Memorial 24-13 down the stretch.


Varsity Highlights: Samantha Armas (14-points, including 10 free-throws made), Rylee Sarasua (12-points), Savanna Swickard (8-points, playing her final game for the Cougars), Hannah Cabrera (6-points, including two 3-point FG's), Emily Sunada (3-points), Jasmin Magpoc (3-points), Nicole Tilley (2-points), and Maize Pimentel (played well at both ends of the court).


Congratulations to the Lady Cougars’ (14-13) players and coaching staff on another outstanding season!


Boys Soccer:

Cougars beat Redwood, advance to semifinals


Congratulations to the NMHS Boys Varsity soccer team who beat Redwood by the score of 1-0 on February 16th at Newark Memorial. Next: The #4 seed Cougars (22-2-1) advance to the NCS D2 semifinals on Wednesday, February 20, and will face #1 seed Montgomery (19-0-2) in Santa Rosa.


Girls Wrestling:

Cougars place second at championships


Congratulations to the Newark Memorial High School Lady Cougar wrestling team for placing 2nd in the North Coast Section Wrestling Championships held at Albany HS February 15-16. The entire team contributed to the second-place finish. At 106 lbs., Nina Caron placed 8th, Analicia Parish (116) 5th, At 121lbs, Mikaela Troche was 2nd, Emilee Ballard (131) was 8th, Ezra Vavao (137) was 3rd, Sierra Van Rossem (150) 4th, Arianna Pereira won the 160lb title with a 2nd round fall in the finals, Isabella Anthony (170) was 7th and Meghan Sage (189) was 5th.  Four of the Lady Cougars (Troche, Vavao, Van Rossem and Pereira) qualified for the California State Wrestling Championships at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.


Boys Wrestling:

Cougar grappler places 4th in championships

Chance Hefter (285 lbs.) placed 4th for the Cougars at the Boys North Coast Section Wrestling Championships at James Logan High School (Union City). Chance went 5-2 with five falls during the course of the tournament.



Park It

By Ned MacKay


A lot of activity in the animal world occurs at night, when the regional parks are usually closed to humans. So, for a glimpse into the mysterious world of wildlife after dark, join naturalist Constance Taylor for a walk from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, February 23 at Brushy Peak Regional Preserve in Livermore. Bring a headlamp and drinking water; dress in layers in case it’s cool. The walk is approximately 3 miles and for ages 5 and older.


Meet Constance at the park’s Laughlin Ranch Staging Area. It’s at the end of Laughlin Road, off Northfront Road, which parallels the north side of I-580. For information, call (510) 544-3239.


Newts, those little gold amphibians that head for ponds this time of year in search of mates, are the stars of three upcoming programs in the regional parks. Naturalist Virginia Delgado will lead a walk, in search of newts and other amphibians from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, February 23 at Briones Regional Park near Martinez. Public ages 5 and older is welcome. For information and directions, call (888) 327-2757, ext. 2750.


One more newt walk, for ages 5 and older, will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, February 23 at Garin Regional Park in Hayward with naturalist Kristina Parkison. Garin Park is at the end of Garin Road, off Mission Boulevard. Registration is required for the free walk. For more information, call (888) 327-2757, select option 2 and refer to program number 23693.


And there’s more. Naturalist Ashley Grenier will lead a hike from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Sunday, February 24 at Sunol Regional Wilderness in southern Alameda County. The destination is a secret pond with frogs, toads, newts, and other amphibious creatures.

Sunol is at the end of Geary Road off Calaveras Road, 5 miles south of I-680. There’s a parking fee of $5 per vehicle. Ashley’s hike is for ages 8 and up. Registration is required. Call (888) 327-2757, select option 2 and refer to program 23755.


Out at Big Break Regional Shoreline in Oakley, three nature programs are on the agenda from Saturday, February 23 to Sunday, February 24. Drop in at the park’s visitor center between 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. February 23 to see a live snake and learn about its life and habitat. From 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. same day, it’s time for a plankton plunge – naturalists will help visitors collect and identify plankton and talk about the vital role the tiny creatures play in the Delta ecosystem.


Naturalist Cat Taylor will lead a free clinic on nature photography using your iPhone from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon Sunday, February 24. Taylor will show simple tricks for better results and in-phone editing. There’s a group critique at the end. Registration is required and can be done by calling (888) 327-2757, select option 2 and refer to program 23659. For the session, bring your charged iPhone and backup charger.


There’s always lots of family-friendly fun in the regional parks, mostly free. For more information or to download park maps, visit the district website www.ebparks.org.




Past, Present, Future


A core belief of this newspaper is the critical importance of our collective history. History is actually a composite of imperfect memories colored by individual prejudices, preferences and circumstances, recorded to reflect a mosaic of approximate truths. To guide those who have no personal recollection of their predecessors and events that shaped their lives, tangible evidence assists but cannot accurately reflect the totality of that existence. Time is, according to physicists, a relative matter. Although we, as humans, perceive it as strictly linear – beginning to end – it may actually be much different. However, that is for theoreticians to debate. For the rest of us, categorizing time remains as a method to label our universe as antecedent, present or future possibility.


The inaccuracy of dividing experience into past, present and future is complicated. These aspects of existence tend to blend together depending on individual perspective. Language expands the present by using what is called “present progressive” to indicate ongoing actions that are expected to extend to the future. For instance, if you are “looking” for something, the phrase indicates a present action that may continue into the future. In this case, we are describing an action that is both present and future. Eyewitness accounts, even immediately following an event are notorious for inaccuracy, so even while we might agree on the result, details, even when supported by physical evidence, may be open to debate.


A continuing struggle in our society is the value of historical preservation. The debate rages at many levels – family, ethnicity, tradition, community, society. As many cultures blend in the Greater Tri-City Area, a tug-of-war exists between traditions and values of different generations and homelands. The tapestry of our present is woven from a multitude of threads from the past, present and present progressive. What does this mean and how does it look? Each of us makes our own decision about that.


Representations are a conglomeration of views that can differ between those who present them and other observers. Even artifacts and physical relics are open to interpretation. Although valuable as substance to dialogue, they cannot and do not represent the totality of our past. Those who pass on memories of people, places and events, give life and meaning to them by introducing anecdotes and personal references to relics that may not, without context, convey reality. Docents and historians are often given the task at important sites to interpret physical remains. For this reason, preservation of some artifacts is critical for historical relevance, but simple retention of any and all remnants is not a justification without a concomitant explanation of its importance.


Recent discussions by the Fremont Historical Architectural Review Board (HARB) and Planning Commission about the future of the Centerville District centered around the development of a major stretch of Fremont Boulevard and a vacant fire station in the midst of the proposed development. While some historical structures remain in this area, many are vacant and do not convey a sense of the past vibrant community. The proposed development will not bring back the historic district but how much of it remains? And does the old firehouse actually give true representation of past Centerville life? While some structures and settlements such as the Masonic Lodge and Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Centerville as well as Mission San Jose, Ardenwood Farm, California Nursery and Shinn House are excellent representations of the foundation of the Greater Tri-City area, some structures are less iconic. Therefore, it is important to strike a balance between strict preservation, historic relevance and the present progressive. Artifacts, small to large, may point to a relevant narrative but without context, are not representative.


Many communities, including our own, have memorialized their past with investments in museums of one sort or another. Selection of the method and materials to be preserved should be determined by those who can evaluate and interpret but those entrusted to this task must also resist the temptation to equate age and value. As with each of us, our existence is, to some measure, part of a continuum. Is it the firehouse structure or the equipment used within that will contribute a valuable peek into the past? A proper balance between past, present and future allows all to exist in context – while the firehouse itself is not a critical structure, maintaining its legacy through preservation of artifacts and historical remembrances is essential. Debates about the merits of the Centerville development may be open to debate, but retention of the firehouse should not be a limiting factor. The past should be honored, but the future served as well.



Eden Youth and Family Center welcomes new program coordinator

Submitted by Karen Halfon


Eden Youth and Family Center is pleased to announce and welcome Tim Romano-Pugh as the Program Coordinator of our Substance Use Prevention Programs. Romano-Pugh will continue the important work in Hayward, managing the goals, objectives, and activities of a federally-funded drug, alcohol, and substance abuse prevention program, Drug-Free Communities (DFC). He will spearhead a coalition of key stakeholders whose collective mission is to reduce substance use among young people in Hayward.


Romano-Pugh is a lifelong Hayward resident. He is “Made in Hayward” attending all Hayward Unified School District’s (HUSD) schools as well as Chabot College. He has a BA in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz. Romano-Pugh brings passion and charisma for his community and has served the public in many capacities. He communicates and builds strong relationships with multiple stakeholders and engages overlooked and underserved communities. He has a long history of volunteering in Hayward, working with AmeriCorps, the South Hayward Parish, and the city’s Keep Hayward Clean and Green Task Force.


During his eight years’ experience with the Student and Family Services branch of HUSD, Romano-Pugh has developed the strength to build communities, engage youth, and mobilize others to advocate for the health of Hayward. He has managed grants that serve youth in high-need areas and implemented and trained others on positive youth development models and youth leadership. Romano-Pugh has recruited, managed, and trained over 80 AmeriCorps volunteers to fight obesity in all HUSD’s elementary schools and in the Hayward community.


As the new DFC Coordinator, Romano-Pugh draws on personal experience from growing up in Hayward. He has seen firsthand the devastating effects that drugs and alcohol have on his community, not excluding his own friends and family. Romano-Pugh is dedicated to learning and working with the Hayward Coalition for Heathy Youth and the Youth Advisory Council. He will fight for the health and safety of our future generation by building awareness and interventions. Romano-Pugh will continue to build productive relationships with key stake holders, elected officials, and most importantly, the youth.



Former officer charged with filing false police report

Submitted by Cpt. Jared Hernandez, Milpitas PD


A former officer with the Milpitas Police Department is facing felony charges of filing a false police report.


Faced with a $10,000 arrest warrant issued by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, Stockton resident Victor Madarang, 24, surrendered to authorities on Monday, February 4.


The charge stems from inconsistencies in an incident that Madarang was involved with that occurred in December 2018, where an account of an event on a filed police report did not corroborate with minor damage to a marked police vehicle. The Milpitas Police Department submitted the investigation to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office for review. After reviewing the case, that office filed charges against Madarang for a single violation of California Penal Code 118.1 — Filing a false police report.


Madarang was sworn in as a police officer for the City of Milpitas on July 12, 2018 and his last day of employment was January 8 of this year.



Attorney to share tips on copyright law

Submitted by Knuti VanHoven


As an aspiring writer of young adult fantasy novels, Kelley Way has a personal stake in this topic. And, as an attorney with her own law office, Way is well-versed in copyright, trademark and estate planning law.


Without copyrights, there would be no way writers could truly profit from their work or prevent others from copying, using or even selling their work without permission. But what are copyrights and when can they protect a writer’s work? Can a writer copyright an idea before it’s published?


As guest speaker at the next meeting of the Fremont Area Writers, Way will answer these questions and many others in a “Copyright Law & You” talk.


Fremont Area Writers is a branch of the California Writers Club. Admission is free and open to all writers and aspiring writers. For details, visit their website at cwc-fremontareawriters.org.


Fremont Area Writers

Saturday, Feb. 23

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Guest speaker: Kelley Way

42 Silicon Valley, 6600 Dumbarton Cir, Fremont


Admission: Free to guests; $5 donation for members



Takes from Silicon Valley East

From Crowdfunding to Marketing Strategies for Startups


At Fremont Startup Grind’s last meetup of 2018, Jonny Price, director of business development at Wefunder shared some of his insights on crowdfunding. Crowdfunding relies on a group of many investors who believe in a project and are willing to provide funds, usually small amounts, to support the project. The process is most often initiated on the internet and run as an online campaign. Not only is crowdfunding a great way to raise funds in the early stages of product development, it also functions as a platform for “match making” or pairing up innovators with the right investors online. One of the most important tips he shared for new entrepreneurs was that founders must be willing to put in the work to make the campaign a success. This means spending time on the front end to carefully articulate the product, market opportunities, and business plan so that the campaign gets traction early on.


Fireside chat about crowdfunding with Fremont Startup Grind Chapter Director Gaytri Khandelwal and Price


Speaking to an audience of 30 interested startups, Price went on to explain that crowdfunding is not for everyone. It works best for companies with a large audience of customers who are passionate about the product and/or company and would jump at the chance to invest in them. The fireside chat proved to be an engaging discussion, and attendees walked away with a clear sense of crowdfunding and what it entails – a lot of time and commitment.


With 2019 in full swing, Startup Grind Fremont will continue to bring engaging speakers to the community. On Tuesday, February 26, entrepreneur Jai Rawat will be discussing marketing strategies for startups. As a successful innovator, Rawat has authored many patents and is one of the founders of Zinrelo, a company providing fully customizable loyalty rewards programs. Zinrelo has a diverse clientele from retailers to event producers, including producers of marathons, and each reward program is customized not only for the company, but for the customer as well. It’s bound to be a fascinating discussion on a topic that is always evolving. If you’re interested, register before Monday, February 25 at https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-fremont-presents-marketing-strategies-for-startups-that-deliver-results/#/ to get the discounted rate.



Marketing tips for startups

Submitted by Gaytri Khandelwal


Join Startup Grind for ‘Effective Marketing Strategies for Startups that Deliver Results’ meetup on Thursday, February 26 to discuss marketing strategies with serial entrepreneur Jai Rawat. Co-founder and top executive at Zinrelo, Rawat will share his startup experience and marketing pro-tips. The event is also a good opportunity for budding entrepreneurs to network. For more information or to buy tickets, visit https://www.startupgrind.com/events/.



6:00 p.m.: Food & Networking

6:30 p.m.: Fireside Chat

7:30 p.m.: Open Networking


Marketing Strategies for Startups meetup

Thursday, Feb 26

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Peerbuds Innovation Lab

4580 Auto Mall Pkwy, Suite #121, Fremont


General ticket (Sale ends Feb 21): $10 person

Late Bird Ticket (Starts Feb 21): $15 per person



Fremont Police Log

Submitted by Geneva Bosques, Fremont PD


Monday, February 4

  • Three auto burglaries were reported: Starbuck’s on Mowry Avenue at Blacow Road, the City Sports gym and on the 46000 Block of Warm Springs Blvd.
  • Police investigated a residential burglary on Grand Land Drive where a significant amount of jewelry and cash were taken.
  • Officers were dispatched to the McDonalds on the 40000 block of Grimmer Boulevard on a report of an ongoing issue with a 65-year-old man believed to be intoxicated chasing an employee around the restaurant. He was arrested on suspicion of trespassing.
  • Officers responded to a call about a man with a firearm in the backyard of a residence on the 3000 Block of Decoto Road. Arriving officers initially had difficulty getting a statement from the person reporting the incident because he was believed to be intoxicated. Officers set up a perimeter around the residence and directed nine people out of the home. No firearm was found. The roommate from the house that allegedly brandished the weapon left before police arrived, but no one from the house could provide officers with the roommate’s name. There were no injuries and everyone was allowed to return inside the home.
  • Officers Degenstein and Soper and Sgt. Sanchez were dispatched to a 7-Eleven store on Mission Boulevard in the Niles area on a report of a man who barricaded himself inside a stock room. Officers forced entry into the closet and detained a 24-year old suspect who had vandalized much of the supply closet. He was arrested on suspicion of vandalism and resisting arrest.


Tuesday, February 5

  • Six auto burglaries were reported: Starbuck’s on Mowry Avenue at Farwell Drive, the Motel 6 in the Warm Springs area, the 39000 block of State Street, the 39000 block of Farwell Drive, ClubSport Gym and the Starbuck’s on Mission Boulevard in the Warm Springs area.
  • Police responded to a 911 call about two suspects breaking into a car at the ClubSport gym on Landing Parkway in South Fremont. Officer Manrique detained three suspects as they re-entered the suspect vehicle. Two 20-year-old men and an 18-year-old woman were taken into custody without incident. A replica revolver, stolen laptop, and loss from numerous other auto burglaries that night were located inside the car. At least seven auto burglaries occurred at ClubSport and adjacent parking lots.
  • Police responded to reports about a male transient acting aggressively toward customers at the Walmart store on Albrae Street near Interstate 880 and Stevenson Boulevard. Officer Gourley stopped a 44-year-old man and learned that he had punched a customer in the face and kicked another victim’s car door. The man was jailed on suspicion of battery and vandalism.


Wednesday, February 6

  • Five auto burglaries were reported: Sprouts Market on Mowry Avenue, the 5200 block of Mowry Avenue, Trader Joe’s at the Fremont Hub, Marina Market in the Warm Springs area and the Asian Pearl on Bocell Road.
  • Officer Manrique made a traffic stop on a suspected stolen vehicle on Mission Boulevard near Ohlone College. The 46-year-old driver was arrested without incident.
  • Believing that one stolen vehicle arrest wasn’t good enough, Officer Manrique located another stolen vehicle after it passed by a community camera and Manrique caught up to it on northbound I-880 near Mowry Avenue. The driver vehicle tried to flee and a pursuit was started with the vehicle going into a residential neighborhood in Newark and the suspect stopped and ran from the vehicle. Manrique found the 32-year-old man hiding under a car and took him into custody. Thanks to the Newark Police Department for their assistance.
  • Shortly after an auto burglary occurred at the Marina Market in the Warm Springs area, detectives located a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the nearby Ranch 99 market. Before the suspects were able to commit a burglary, a high-risk stop was made and two suspects were detained. Loss from the earlier auto burglary was recovered from inside the suspect’s vehicle. Two 18-year-olds were arrested on suspicion of burglary and possession of stolen property.
  • Officers responded to the 42700 block of Christy Street on a report of a commercial burglary in progress. Security reported that two subjects were seen on video surveillance loading items from a business into their vehicle. Multiple units responded. Officer Degenstein located the vehicle driving away and a felony car stop was made. Two subjects were detained and later identified as scrappers. Security for the business said they only wanted the suspects to never return. Both were given trespass notices. The case investigated by Officer Maniego.


Thursday, February 7

  • Officers were dispatched to a report about a woman striking a security officer in the face inside the Bed Bath & Beyond store at the Fremont Hub. The 37-year-old suspect was taken into custody on suspicion of battery after the security officer made a citizen’s person’s arrest. She was booked at the Fremont Jail.
  • A man was reported to be walking around an outdoor shopping center at Thornton Avenue east of Dusterberry Way while holding a knife. Officers found the 20-year-old suspect and arrested him on suspicion of possessing a concealed dagger. He was booked at Santa Rita jail.


Sunday, February 10

  • Officers were dispatched to Costco at Pacific Commons on the report of an auto burglary that had just occurred in the parking lot. Two males had reportedly broken into a parked vehicle and then fled the scene in a black Honda Civic with tinted windows and no license plates. The suspect vehicle was last seen on Auto Mall Parkway heading toward northbound I-880. Officers followed and soon located a vehicle matching the description near Thornton Avenue and tried to make a vehicle stop. Instead, the driver attempted to flee with officers in pursuit. The vehicle eventually crashed into two other vehicles and stopped with three occupants exiting the vehicle and running eastbound across the freeway. The suspects were eventually taken into custody. Items from at least two auto burglaries were found inside their vehicle. One suspect sustained a minor injury.



Summer Programs and Internship Fair

Submitted by Fremont Unified Student Store


Fremont Unified Student Store (FUSS) invites students and families to the 2019 FUSS Summer Programs and Internship Fair on Friday, March 1. Teen programs, college prep, individual classes, all-day camps, speech and debate, engineering, and leadership are some of the programs to be featured at the fair. The event is also a good opportunity for vendors to showcase their summer programs and activities. Vendor registration is open until Friday, February 22. To reserve a table or for more information, visit www.fuss4schools.org under “Events and Activities” or email events@fuss4schools.org.


FUSS Summer Programs Fair

Friday, March 1

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

American High School – Rotunda

36300 Fremont Blvd, Fremont

www.fuss4schools.org under “Events and Activities”



Registration: Until Friday, Feb 22

Long Table Vendor: $90

Round Table Vendor: $60



Art by Hayward students on display

Submitted by Geoff Landreau


The Hayward Unified School District (HUSD) invites the public to its annual Art is Education show, an initiative highlighting the power of arts in learning, from Friday, March 1 to Friday, May 3. On display will be artwork from HUSD students – paintings, drawings, collage ceramic work, and sculpture. The opening reception on Friday, March 1 will feature performances from the school district’s performing arts classes – including Stage Left led by artistic director Courtney Marshall, and The Mt. Eden Chamber Strings led by Orchestra director Ronnie Cato. The event is sponsored by Hayward Arts Council. To know more about Alameda County Office of Education's Art is Education, call (510) 538-2787 or visit http://www.artiseducation.org.


Art is Education show

Friday, March 1 – Friday, May 3

Reception: Friday, March 1

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Gallery hours: Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

John O'Lague Galleria – Hayward City Hall

777 B St, Hayward

(510) 538-2787


Free; open to public



Hayward Mitsubishi sells the most Outlander PHEVs in 2018

Submitted by Maddisen Deutsch


Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) announced February 5, 2019 that Hayward Mitsubishi sold more Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) across the brand’s U.S. dealer network in 2018 than any other Mitsubishi dealership. Hayward Mitsubishi sold 147 Outlander PHEVs, a testament to California customers’ demand for a vehicle that combines the clean-running of an electric vehicle (EV) with the freedom to run on gasoline when the battery is depleted, as well as the versatility of a crossover SUV, into one package. For more information about the 2019 Outlander PHEV, visit https://media.mitsubishicars.com/.


Hayward Mitsubishi

25601 Mission Blvd, Hayward

(510) 999-5999




Homeless pets find forever homes

Submitted by Lyanne Mendez


In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) and the Hayward Animal Shelter recently hosted their fourth annual “All Fur Love” event offering free pet adoption to qualified homes. Through their combined efforts many shelter pets were able to find forever homes.


“This is one of my favorite events,” Quirk said, “The shelter does a tremendous job year-round in taking care of the animals and making sure they find a loving home. Many people came in looking for cats this year and unusually so, there was a shortage of cats — which I believe speaks volumes to the tireless work the shelter volunteers are doing here to combat pet homelessness,” he added.


“Our annual All Fur Love event is one that we look forward to all year long. We have enjoyed partnering with Assemblymember Quirk these past three years and his support has helped to make this event a yearly success. Many formerly homeless pets are now in loving homes thanks to his adoption sponsorship,” said Jennie Comstock, Animal Services Administrator for the Hayward Animal Shelter.


For one Hayward resident in particular this adoption event, held February 9, meant a little more to him, “I had to put my pet to sleep four months ago, so I have been looking around,” said Jimmy Sexton, “Once I saw Calypso I knew she was just what I was looking for,” he added when asked about his new furry companion, a young female Pitbull mix.


Quirk is a champion for animals everywhere. He has authored legislation that bans the use of animal gas chambers, looks at the role of pesticides on animal welfare, and most recently his pets and divorce bill, AB 2274, was signed by Governor Brown last year and went into effect last month. The measure will require the consideration of an animal’s interests in divorce proceedings and allow for joint ownership of our furry family members.



Healthy Mind, Healthy You

Submitted by India Community Center


What goes on in our mind, continues to affect our mind as well as overall health. The India Community Center (ICC) Wellness Resource brings you information rooted in science and backed by research on Sunday, February 24. Listen to speakers from Stanford, Google, Palo Alto Medical Foundation; interact with doctors and experts to learn more about the mind-body connection. The wellness event will also feature healthy cooking demos, yoga; and provide nutritious breakfast and lunch to the attendees. For more information or to buy tickets, call Seema Giri at (925) 549-5147 or visit ICC website www.indiacc.org under Events, ICC Wellness.


ICC Wellness Workshop

Sunday, Feb 24

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

India Community Center

525 Los Coches St, Milpitas

(925) 549-5147

www.indiacc.org under Events, ICC Wellness


Tickets (Includes Healthy Breakfast and Lunch)

General: $20/person

VIP: $50/person

Patrons: $100/person



Need help filing tax forms?

Submitted by Jennifer Tibbetts


Tax season is in full swing. And with it are numerous changes in tax laws, deductions and exemptions. For some taxpayers the changes may present a challenge. But help is available!


IRS-Trained volunteers are offering free assistance with simple Federal and State Income Tax forms for older adults and taxpayers with an income below $55,000 at the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District’s Senior Centers.


For schedule times and program details, or to make an appointment, call the Hayward Area Senior Center at (510) 881-6766 or the Kenneth C. Aitken Senior Center at (510) 881-6738.



House plants warm to indoor greenhouses

Article and photos by Daniel O'Donnell


The Alaska State Fair is the top destination every year for enormous and sometimes world record setting fruits and vegetables. Visitors can expect to see cabbages that weigh over 100 pounds, basketball-sized turnips and beets, seven-pound tomatoes, five-foot-long gourds, and many other types of giant produce. The two main reasons these items grow so big there is that they receive more than 20 hours of sunlight and the specimens grown are chosen from genetically large varieties. However, none of these could grow to their colossal sizes in Alaska’s short growing season if the seeds were not started in a greenhouse during the winter. Similarly, many tropical house plants will not grow to their full potential unless they are growing in an indoor greenhouse.


The immediate image that comes to mind of a greenhouse is usually a medium to large structure with a clear or opaque ceiling and walls that is found on farms or nurseries. These are too big and too large of an investment for the average Bay Area gardener. There are smaller outdoor cabinet greenhouses that are useful for growing seedlings and propagating plants but are more suited for serious home gardeners. There are also a variety of smaller indoor greenhouses that are perfect for the gardener who wants to get a head start on planting vegetable seeds or wants to be able to grow a wider variety of house plants.


The first greenhouse, called a Wardian case, was invented in the late 1820s by Dr. Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward and was built for function, not necessarily beauty. It was small enough to fit on a shelf but its impact on the plant trade was huge. The demand for attractive Wardian cases took off throughout Europe and the United States alongside the exotic plant trade. These small greenhouses were constructed with ornate metal or elaborate wood frames that held the clear glass wall and ceiling panels. These Victorian-style indoor greenhouses are similar to those available at some of the upscale home furnishing shops such as Anthropologie, Pottery Barn, and West Elm.


There are other indoor greenhouse styles that can be found at local nurseries, craft and hardware stores. These range from having a sleek modern appearance to rustic appeal. Small greenhouses vary in shape, size, and construction materials. Frames can be metal, wood, or plastic and in the case of a glass cloche, not have a frame at all. The wall and ceiling panels can be made from different types of glass, plastic, or vinyl sheets. All various styles, shapes, and materials used usually come down to personal preference. The important thing is that an indoor greenhouse must have ventilation, be able to raise the humidity of the interior air, and allow in plenty of light.


An indoor greenhouse is sometimes called a hothouse. There are three categories of plants that it can benefit. The first is seedlings. Seeds can be planted in winter to get a head start on growth. An indoor greenhouse can create the conditions to help them germinate, insulate them from sudden temperature swings, and protect them from snails, slugs, and birds. Bakery or produce containers make great inexpensive greenhouses for starting seeds. Simply fill the bottom section with moistened organic potting soil, plant to the seed packets instructions, slightly prop open the lid for ventilation, and water in order to keep the soil slightly moist.


The next group of plants an indoor greenhouse benefits are those that can survive outside for most of the year but need to be taken inside during the winter or on frosty nights. Winter is a time when the heat is on in many homes. The warm air can quickly dry up an outdoor plant that is now in a foreign environment. Temperature swings and harsh light from wintering an outdoor plant on a window sill can harm the plant as well. An indoor greenhouse will protect the plant by keeping the environment more consistent, which will alleviate stress.


The final category of plants that will profit from an indoor greenhouse are tropical and subtropical houseplants. Many of them will struggle for the reasons listed above even though they are inside the house. Keeping the humidity high will create a habitat closer to the one they have evolved to live in.


Indoor greenhouses can create problems for plants if the environmental conditions are not monitored and adjusted when needed. Watering should be decreased and vents should be opened wider if mold or mildew appears. The safe and warm environment can harbor pests, so periodic checking of the plants for signs of infestation is important.


It is human nature to try and make something better. The first indoor greenhouses became the predecessors of modern-day terrariums, vivariums, and aquariums. Some Alaskan gardeners look forward to using genetic engineering to grow larger prize-winning produce. All a local plant lover has to do is look back at some of the earliest indoor greenhouses to grow outstanding houseplants.


Daniel O'Donnell is the co-owner and operator of an organic landscape design/build company in Fremont. www.Chrysalis-Gardens.com





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



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.

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. – 12:00 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


Thursday – Sunday, Feb 14 – Mar 3

Ah, Wilderness!

Thurs – Fri: 8 pm Sat: 2pm and 8pm Sun: 2pm

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 p.m. – 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 p.m. – 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 noon – 1 p.m.

Newark Branch Library

6300 Civic Terrace Ave., Newark

(510) 284-0684

(510) 745-1480


Sunday, Saturday, Wednesday, Mar 3 – Mar 13

Paths To Grace $R

Sun 3/3: 1:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Sat 3/9: 9 a.m. – 12 noon

Wed 3/13: 6:45 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Prayer through art. Register by 2/28

Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose

43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont

(510) 933-6335



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 19

Entrepeneur Rupal Asodaria

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Presentation by local mom/inventor

Fremont Main Library

2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont

(510) 745-1421



Wednesday, Feb 20

Toddler Time

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Read a story, do some chores, meet some farm animals. Ages 1-4

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont

(510) 544-2797


Wednesday, Feb 20

Superhero Day R

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Bring the kids dressed as their favorite superhero

Jolly Roger Land Indoor Play Center

31300 Courthouse Drive, Union City

(510) 362-7996


Thursday, Feb 21

East Bay Stompers Band

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Swing standards and happy music. No cover

Bronco Billy’s Pizza – Irvington

41200 Blacow Road, Fremont

(510) 438-0121

(510) 914-7304


Thursday, Feb 21

Hayward Chamber Networking Mixer

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Join other industry professionals for food, drinks, prizes

HD Supply

31281 Wiegman Rd., Hayward

(510) 404-0240


Thursday, Feb 21

Hayward Nonprofit Alliance Meeting

10 a.m.

Learn how Oakland A's will work with nonprofits

Hayward Area Historical Society Museum

22380 Foothill Blvd., Hayward

(510) 581-0223


Thursday, Feb 21

Coffee with the Senior Commission

10 a.m. – Noon

Meet with commissioners; topics important to the senior community

San Leandro Community Center

13909 East 14th St., San Leandro

(510) 577-6080

(510) 577-3462


Thursday, Feb 21

Garden Science for Kids

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

What is a vegetable?

Centerville Library

3801 Nicolet Ave., Fremont

(510) 795-2629


Thursday, Feb 21

Personal Emergency Preparedness Workshop

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

How will you respond to a disaster?

Holly Community Center

31600 Alvarado Blvd., Union City

(510) 471-6877

(510) 632-3473 x1720


Thursday, Feb 21

First-Time Homebuyer Program Orientation

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Learn about home ownership opportunities

San Leandro Senior Community Center

13909 East 14th Street, San Leandro

(510) 577-3462

(800) 480-9020 x227


Friday, Feb 22

Latino Business Roundtable

8:30 a.m.

Update on the efforts of Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center

Sherman L. Balch Pavilion – St. Rose Hospital

27190 Calaroga Ave., Hayward



Friday, Feb 22

Invitational String Festival

7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Hear various string ensembles

Cal State East Bay Theatre

25800 Carlos Bee Blvd, Hayward

(510) 885-3285


Friday, Feb 22

Race To Nowhere $

6 p.m.

Documentary about high-pressure culture in our schools

Irvington High School


41800 Blacow Rd., Fremont

(510) 590-7510



Saturday, Feb 23

Chinese New Year Parade

5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Floats, dancers, marching bands and acrobats

Downtown San Francisco

Market and Second St. Between Kearny and Jackson St., San Francisco

(415) 982-3000



Saturday, Feb 23

Insect Exploration – R

10:30 a.m. – 12 noon

Dig in the dirt in search of bugs. All ages

Alviso Environmental Education Center

1751 Grand Blvd., Alviso

(408) 262-5513 x102



Saturday, Feb 23

Corn Mosaics $

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Create a craft with Indian corn

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont

(510) 544-2797



Saturday, Feb 23

Fox Stories: Indicators that Fox are in Your Area R

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Gain insights into fox behavior during this walk

SF Bay Wildlife Refuge – Don Edwards

1 Marshlands Rd., Fremont

(510) 792-0222



Saturday, Feb 23

Nifty Newts R

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Visit a pond and find a California poisonous newt

Garin Regional Park

1320 Garin Ave., Hayward

(510) 582-2206



Saturday, Feb 23

Hens Lay Eggs

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Listen to a story, search the coop for eggs, feel a hen's feather

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont

(510) 544-2797


Saturday, Feb 23

A Fungus Among Us

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Look for examples of these life forms and learn about their importance

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont

(510) 544-2797



Saturday, Feb 23

Birding the Farm

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Look for winter birds in the orchards and gardens

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont

(510) 544-2797


Saturday, Feb 23

F.U.N. Mother's Club Preschool Faire

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Research over 40 preschool options

Kimber Hills Academy, parking lot

39700 Mission Blvd., Fremont

(510) 972-4515



Saturday, Feb 23

Healthy Living in a Stress Filled World

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Health fair event

Prince of Peace Church

38451 Fremont Blvd., Fremont

(510) 793-3366


Saturday, Feb 23

The Sun Kings

7:30 p.m.

Beatles tribute band

Castro Valley Center for the Arts

19501 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley

(510) 889-8961



Saturday, Feb 23

Musical Story Time

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Hear favorite children's books come to life

Union City Branch Library

34007 Alvarado Niles Rd., Union City

(510) 745-1464



Saturday, Feb 23

Celebration: Animals From Sulphur Creek

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Sulphur Creek Nature Center showcases their rescued animals


1099 E St., Hayward

(510) 881-6721



Saturday, Feb 23

Neighborhood Clean-up Event

8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Clean-up in the Longwood/Winton Grove neighborhood

Longwood Elementary School

850 Longwood, Hayward

(510) 888-0102


Saturday, Feb 23

Mother/Daughter STEM Discovery Day $R

8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Hands on science, technology, engineering and math activities

Hopkins Jr. High

600 Driscoll Rd., Fremont

(510) 683-9377



Saturday, Feb 23

Community Health Fair R

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Glucose & blood pressure screening. Talk to experts about diabetes, nutrition, stroke

Washington Township Newark Clinic

6236 Thornton Ave., Newark

(510) 248-1860

(800) 963-7070


Saturday, Feb 23

Movie Night $

7:30 p.m.

“Our Hospitality”, “Dream Picture”, “Crash Project”, “A Woman in Grey”

Niles Essanay Theater

37417 Niles Blvd, Fremont

(510) 494-1411



Saturday, Feb 23

Native Garden Tour Plant Sale

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Knowledgeable staff will help you select plants for your garden

Green Thumb Works

20095 Mission Blvd., Hayward

(510) 502-0992


Saturday, Feb 23

Fremont Area Writers

2 p.m.

Kelley Way talks about copyright laws

42 Silicon Valley

6600 Dumbarton Circle, Fremont



Saturday, Feb 23

Family Legacies – Legend and Verification

10:30 a.m.

Lecture by Jeanie Low on how to uncover family history

Fremont Main Library

2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont

(510) 745-1421



Sunday, Feb 24

Chinese New Year Dinner $R

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Dinner, raffle, prizes

Mayflower Restaurant

3438 Alvarado-Niles Rd., Union City

(510) 266-3504



Sunday, Feb 24

Farmyard Story Time $

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Enjoy classic barnyard tales

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont

(510) 544-2797



Sunday, Feb 24

We All Scream for Ice Cream

1:00 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.

Make old-fashioned ice cream

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont

(510) 544-2797



Sunday, Feb 24

Native California Plant Uses

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Learn how Native Californians use plants for food, medicine, and shelter. 15+

Coyote Hills

8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont

(510) 544-3220



Sunday, Feb 24

Amphibian Adventure R

10 a.m. – Noon

Hike to a secret pond and meet frogs, toads, newts. Ages 8+

Sunol Regional Wilderness

1895 Geary Rd., Sunol

(510) 544-3249



Sunday, Feb 24

Beginning Embroidery

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Learn to decorate all sorts of cloth projects

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont

(510) 544-2797



Sunday, Feb 24

Discussion and Book Signing by Cara Meredith

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Author discusses her book “The Color of Life: A Journey Toward Love and Racial Justice”

Books on B

1014 B Street, Hayward

(510) 538-3943



Sunday, Feb 24

Sheet Mulching

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Join StopWaste in preparing a half-acre site for farming. Bring gloves

LEAF C.R. Stone Garden

55 Mowry Ave., Fremont



Sunday, Feb 24

Wellness Quarterly Event $R

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

How the mind impacts the body. Breakfast and lunch included

ICC Milpitas

525 Los Coches St., Milpitas

(408) 934-1130



Sunday, Feb 24

Gala Celebrating the Arts $

2 p.m.

The Senior Tappers, vocalist Evan Dickerson, Dixie Dominus Traditional Jazz Band

Thornton Jr. High, Multi-Use Auditorium

4357 Thornton Ave., Fremont

(510) 659-2542

(510) 793-5683



Monday, Feb 25

Outdoor Discoveries: Frog and Toad R

10:30 a.m. – 12 noon

Playful science for home school kids. Ages 4 – 8

Sunol Regional Wilderness

1895 Geary Rd., Sunol

(510) 544-3249



Monday, Feb 25

Coyote Cubs: Froggy February

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Play games, explore the park, do a theme related craft. 3-5 yrs

Coyote Hills

8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont

(510) 544-3220



Monday, Feb 25

Coffee with the Cops

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Get acquainted with Fremont police, ask questions, voice concerns

Starbucks Fremont

5034 Mowry Ave., Fremont

(510) 790-6740


Monday, Feb 25

Green Thumb Garden Club Meeting

7 p.m.

Louise Christy shares information on seed propagation and gardening techniques

Milpitas Police Station

1275 N. Milpitas Blvd, Milpitas

(408) 586-2400



Monday, Feb 25

Milpitas Rotary Club Meeting

12 noon – 1:30 p.m.

Lisa Blanchard from Grateful Garment Project discusses ‘Returning Dignity to Victims of Sexual Violence”

Dave and Busters

940 Great Mall Dr., Milpitas

(408) 957-9215



Monday, Feb 25

Workshop: Learn How to Keep Produce Fresh Longer

6:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Social mixer, meet StopWaste and LEAF teams

Fremont Main Library

2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont

(510) 745-1421



Tuesday, Feb 26

Toastmasters Open House

6:45 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Enjoy public speaking and snacks

Baywood Court

21966 Dolores St, Castro Valley

(510) 566-9761



Tuesday, Feb 26

Startup Grind Meeting R

6 p.m.

Jai Rawat will discuss marketing strategies for startups that deliver results

Peerbuds Innovation Labs

4580 Auto Mall Pkwy #121, Fremont



Wednesday, Feb 27

Alameda County Bid Outreach Event

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Learn about doing business with the county

Alameda County Public Works

951 Turner Ct., Hayward

(510) 670-5480


Wednesday, Feb 27

Coffee with a Cop

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Get to know Hayward police officers, ask questions, voice concerns

Hayward Area Historical Society Museum

22380 Foothill Blvd., Hayward

(510) 581-0223


Wednesday, Feb 27

Consul General of Canada Rana Sarkar $R

11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

Speaker discusses international trade.  Lunch included

Golden Peacock Banquet Hall

24989 Santa Clara Street, Hayward

(510) 732-2625



Saturday, Mar 2

Crab Feed $

6:30 p.m.

Fundraiser for the restoration of the Mission San Jose

St. Joseph Hall

43148 Mission Blvd., Fremont

(510) 656-2364

(510) 882-0527


Saturday, Mar 2

Fremont Symphony Gala – Cabaret! $R

6 p.m.

Dinner, live and silent auctions, performance by LA Follies

Castlewood Country Club

707 Country Club Cir., Pleasanton

(510) 659-6053




California governor pulls plug on LA-SF high-speed train

By Kathleen Ronayne

Associated Press


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP), Feb 12 – California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday he's abandoning a plan to build a high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco, a project with an estimated cost that has ballooned to $77 billion.


“Let's be real,” Newsom said in his first State of the State address. “The current project, as planned, would cost too much and respectfully take too long. There's been too little oversight and not enough transparency.”


The idea championed by Newsom's predecessor, Jerry Brown, is years behind schedule. The latest estimate for completion is 2033.


Newsom, though, said he wants to finish construction that's already under way on a segment of the high-speed train from Bakersfield to Merced, through California's Central Valley, arguing it will revitalize the economically depressed region.


He's also replacing Brown's head of the state board that oversees the project and pledged more accountability for contractors that run over on costs.


Newsom also said during his speech that the state faces “hard decisions that are coming due” on clean water, housing and homelessness.


Newsom rebuked President Donald Trump again on border security after saying Monday he will withdraw most of the state's National Guard troops from the Mexico border.


“Last week, we heard (Trump) stand up at the State of the Union and offer a vision of an America fundamentally at odds with California values,” he said. “He described a country where inequality didn't seem to be a problem, where climate change didn't exist, and where the greatest threat we face comes from families seeking asylum at the border.”


Brown had agreed to deploy troops last year at the Trump administration's request, although he said they couldn't participate in immigration enforcement.


Newsom, though, said there's been a “gray area” in the troops' duties that may have allowed some to inadvertently participate in immigration activities. A Guard official said the state's troops have not helped detain anyone.


Newsom disputed Trump's claim there is a crisis on the border and said any need for National Guard troops was eliminated when Trump decided earlier this month to add 3,750 more U.S. troops at the border.


Newsom's speech also detailed his ambitious policy goals for the state.


He announced the creation of the new Commission on Homelessness & Supportive Housing to address what he said is a moral issue that has become a public health crisis. His administration recently sued the Orange County city of Huntington Beach, accusing it of not meeting its affordable housing goals.


The governor has invited the leaders of 47 other noncomplying cities to a meeting next week for what he called “a candid conversation.”


“I don't intend to file suit against all 47, but I'm not going to preside over neglect and denial,” he said during his address. “These cities need to summon the political courage to build their fair share of housing.”


Newsom also promised to have a plan within 60 days for dealing with the recent bankruptcy filing by Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. after years of devastating wildfires.


He said he has convened a team of the nation's best bankruptcy lawyers and financial experts from the energy sector to work with his administration to develop a strategy to protect the state's power grid, wildfire victims, company employees and ratepayers.


“We are all frustrated and angry that it's come to this,” Newsom said. “PG&E didn't do enough to secure dangerous equipment or plan for the future.”


He also promised to address the pressure that climate change is putting on utilities.

Photo caption (left to right): Union Sanitary District Staff Members Armando Lopez, Karoline Terrazas and Gene Boucher display the National Association of Clean Water Agencies’ award for Workforce Development.



Professional leadership school receives national recognition

Submitted by Michelle Powell


Employees in the Union Sanitary District’s (USD) Leadership School program recently received a National Environmental Achievement Award for workforce development from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA).


USD operates a 33-million gallon per day wastewater treatment facility in Union City and provides collection, treatment and disposal services to customers in Fremont, Newark, and Union City. NACWA is a nationwide network of public wastewater and stormwater agencies that share a mission to provide affordable and sustainable clean water for the communities they serve.


USD established the program to prepare the wastewater utility’s future leaders and support long-term succession planning. “Like many organizations, the district is frequently faced with retirements of experienced staff that can be challenging to backfill in this competitive labor market,” said General Manager Paul Eldredge. “USD’s Leadership School was conceived as an opportunity to develop internal candidates who could not only fill these positions, but like their predecessors, become strong industry leaders. Conversely, participants may discover that management is not for them. This program provides employees the chance to consider the career path that best suits their interests.”


The Leadership School’s two-year course is a blend of learning opportunities. Participants complete external college-level business management coursework, attend in-house classes focused on USD-specific policies and processes, and are paired with executive team mentors to gain insight into what a management role at the district entails. All curriculum is developed in-house by district subject-matter experts.


“Leadership School has resulted in internal advancement opportunities that provide significant savings in training time and maintain our high productivity levels,” Eldredge said. “This helps us to continue providing customers reliable, cost-effective service.”



LOV concert features local talent

Article and photos submitted by Shirley Sisk


A fun and lively afternoon of dance, vocals and music performed by local artists will highlight the League of Volunteers (LOV) upcoming 30th Annual Celebration of the Arts concert in Fremont. Performers Include the Senior Tappers, a group of dancers ranging in age from 55 to 86, vocalists Sheridan Liaw and Evan Dickerson, and music from the Dixie Dominus Traditional Jazz Band, under the direction of Thomas Banuelos.


The free program is set for Sunday, February 24 in the Multi-Purpose Auditorium at Thornton Junior High School. Doors open at 1 p.m. and the music starts at 2 p.m. Complimentary refreshments will be served during the intermission. For program details, call (510) 793-5683 or check the LOV website at www.lov.org.


Celebration of the Arts

Sunday, Feb. 24

Doors open 1 p.m.

Live music, song and dance

Thornton Junior High School, Multi-Purpose Room

4356 Thornton Ave., Fremont

(510) 793-5683


Admission: Free



Lucid Motors delivers the future of luxury

By David R. Newman

Photos courtesy of Lucid Motors


There are a surprising number of electric vehicle companies that have sprung up in the past 10 years. Most of them are making compact commuter cars or small roadsters geared for the urban environment. Only Tesla seems to be having any success with a larger, more serious vehicle that can compete with traditional luxury sedans made by BMW, Mercedes, and Audi. Until now.


Lucid Motors of Newark hopes to revolutionize the electric vehicle market with their all-electric luxury sedan, the Lucid Air, unveiled to the public in 2016. And thanks to a recent deal to secure over one billion dollars in investment funding from Saudi Arabia, they plan to build a massive factory in Casa Grande, Arizona, and bring the car to market in 2020.


“We’re very excited,” says David Salguero, Marketing Manager for Lucid. “The Lucid Air is the future of luxury, with a very California feel.” With its sweeping glass canopy and reclining rear seats, this car has already generated a lot of media buzz.


A major selling point is the amount of interior space. Many people have likened it to the TARDIS from “Doctor Who,” in that it appears larger on the inside than it looks on the outside. With the Lucid Air, there is no engine under the hood as with traditional gas sedans. It’s all in the floor. By miniaturizing the powertrain and sculpting the battery pack, Lucid engineers have created more leg room than a Mercedes Benz S Class. Says Salguero, “If you look at the design, it’s more like an airplane in that it’s basically all passenger compartment, with very short overhangs front and back.”


To compare the Lucid Air to the Tesla Model S is a natural reaction for most. In fact, Lucid’s Chief Technology Officer is Peter Rawlinson, formerly Tesla’s Chief Engineer who helped create the Model S. But the similarities end there. Says Salguero, “Tesla’s a great company, very innovative. But their cars are not particularly luxurious. In fact, they’re very minimalist and sparse. Our competition is really the well-established luxury sedans.”


Lucid started off as a company called Atieva based in Menlo Park developing battery technology, which soon evolved into making powertrain systems for electric vehicles. In 2014 they began to experiment with vehicle prototypes. Along with Rawlinson, they also recruited Derek Jenkins to be their vice president of design, who previously had worked at Mazda. Says Salguero, “We’ve hired a very impressive team to make things happen.”


In 2016, the start-up changed its name to Lucid Motors. According to Salguero, they chose the word “lucid” because it means clarity of thought or focus, and aligns well with their mission to provide a car for those who “know where they’re going.” In 2017 the company moved to Newark, to a few buildings at the Pacific Research Center located at the east end of the Dumbarton Bridge.


Later this month they plan to consolidate everyone (over 300 employees) under one roof, which is unusual for a car company. Says Salguero, “We’re excited to be in Newark. This amount of space is difficult to find in Silicon Valley. And by putting everyone together, we’re hoping it encourages collaboration, which is really important to us.” They are currently hiring, with over 200 positions available.


Lucid recently partnered with Electrify America, which is building a network of public DC fast charging stations across the country. While it’s unclear which standard Lucid will go with, CHAdeMO or CCS, Electrify America will provide chargers for both. Most industry analysts predict that CCS will win out in the long run (just like VHS videotapes won over Betamax).


When it comes out in 2020, the Lucid Air will retail for $100,000. This will be their top-of-the line model, with a range of 400 miles, top speed of 200 mph, 0-60 mph in under 2.5 seconds, and autonomous driving hardware with over-the-air software updates. Subsequent, more basic models will be available at lower price points.


For those who have yet to experience riding in an electric car, Salguero offers these words: “The electric motor creates all of the power starting from zero revolutions, so you can go very fast quite easily. There are no gears to shift, no engine vibrations. It just goes. It’s a very effortless, quiet, smooth experience. After you spend some time in an electric vehicle, gas cars seem needlessly complicated. They feel like the past.”


Lucid Motors, Inc.

7500 Gateway Blvd, Newark

(510) 648-3553




Making Milpitas a better community

Submitted by Mark Simmons


The largest community service event in and for Milpitas returns Friday, March 8 to Sunday, March 17, where residents and neighbors serve together to make Milpitas a better place to live. Volunteers complete vital service projects for schools, parks and recreation centers, and community service groups throughout Milpitas. This year the project will have about 12 event sites – most sites will have several projects going on simultaneously. Residents can choose the project or projects they’d like to join by visiting www.MilpitasCares.org and clicking on the Ways to Care page, which lists all the project sites available. They will receive additional details, as the project date gets closer from the site project coordinators, who can also field questions on any details for that project.


“Milpitas Cares represents what it is that makes our Milpitas community unique, we are a city and school district that is strengthened by the work of many to support every student in our schools. The Milpitas Cares network of caring individuals who come together to volunteer their Saturday time for our students and staff are true leaders in our community,” said Cheryl Jordan, superintendent, Milpitas Unified School District.


Milpitas Cares Community Service Days

Friday, March 8 – Sunday, March 17

www.MilpitasCares.org, under Ways to Care



Milpitas Tip-a-Cop

Submitted by Milpitas Police Department


In conjunction with Special Olympics of Northern California, Milpitas Police Department will host Tip-a-Cop fundraising event on Wednesday, February 27. Police officers will be serving customers at Black Angus Steakhouse and collecting donations, which will benefit the Special Olympics of Northern California. For more information, call Sergeant Bryan Hinkley, Police Community Relations at (408) 586-2527 or email bhinkley@ci.milpitas.ca.gov.


Tip-a-Cop fundraiser

Wednesday, Feb 27

5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Black Angus Steakhouse

275 Ranch Dr, Milpitas

(408) 586-2527




Milpitas Police Log

Submitted by Sgt. Craig Solis


Friday, February 8

  • At about 4:46 p.m. officers responded to a call from Chase Bank on North Milpitas Boulevard regarding a person trying to cash a fraudulent check. Arriving officers saw two suspects, later identified by police as Brandi Elizabeth Brown, 39 and Angelic Renee Quintana, 30, both of San Jose leaving the area. Officers stopped them and determined that Brown had tried to cash the fraudulent check. A records check showed that Quintana had an outstanding arrest warrant for auto theft. Both were arrested and booked at the Santa Clara County Main Jail.



Mariners move on to semifinal play

Submitted and photos by Mike Heightchew


February 15 was a very special day for Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) sports and MVAL basketball in particular as two league teams faced off in the quarter finals of the Division 2 basketball tournament. The Newark Memorial Cougars and Moreau Catholic Mariners (Hayward) were in a do-or-die contest as the winner would move forward to semi-final action and the other left with the finale of a successful season.


The Mariners took early control of the area under the basket with a very physical attack as they fought for every ball and opportunities for second chances on missed baskets. However, the Cougars, riding high after pulling off a great upset the week before, beating 7th ranked Northgate came roaring back in the second quarter with great defensive plays, taking the lead by 3 points at halftime 30-27. With another upset in mind, the Mariners reasserted themselves in the third quarter to challenge the upstart Cougars and a back-and-forth battle for the lead continued throughout the last half of the game. It became clear that whomever could control the ball during the last seconds of the game would be favored to win.


Although the Mariners were able to maintain a close lead, the Cougars would not yield and it was a matter of a few points with seconds left in the game. A blocked shot and recovery of the ball put the Mariners in sight of the win and they converted with 10.2 seconds left with a fast break and final score Mariners 58, Cougars 55.


The Mariners will now face the Las Lomas Knights February 20 at 7 p.m. at Moreau Catholic; the winner will move to North Coast Section Division 2 Championship.



Council moves forward in search for new city manager

Submitted by Lauren Sugayan


Faced with the imminent retirement of City Manager Tony Acosta, city council members in Union City have approved a deal to hire an executive recruitment firm to find a replacement for Acosta who will leave his post on June 30.


At its regular meeting on Tuesday, February 12, the council approved a $24,000 contract with CPS-HR Consulting to perform a nationwide executive search. The company will first work to determine what background and qualities the ideal candidate must have before it launches its search which is tentatively for late February. Ultimately, the council is responsible with appointing the next city manager once a rigorous evaluation process has concluded. The search will include internal and external candidates.


Acosta joined the city in 2001 when he was hired as a Deputy City Manager. Previously, he served 23 years with the City of Oakland, rising through the ranks and eventually becoming Parks and Recreation Director. By the time he retires, Acosta will have dedicated 40 years of public service to the communities of Oakland and Union City.


“Mr. Acosta has provided Union City residents with outstanding service during his tenure as City Manager. He was and remains involved in community activities and organizations, which gave residents the opportunity to connect with him outside of city hall,” said Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci.“ We wish him well in his upcoming retirement. I expect our recruitment process to go smoothly and I am confident that CPS HR Consulting will help us find the best candidate for the job.”


The ideal candidate the city and recruitment firm are looking for must be qualified to manage the city’s 230 employees, carry out city services to a diverse population of 72,000 residents, oversee the implementation of the city’s $116 million budget, and most importantly, develop solutions to address a multi-year deficit the city currently faces due to increasing unfunded liabilities. The process to recruit and bring aboard a new city manager will likely take about four months.



Newark Rotary Crab Feed: Huge Success

Submitted by David Zehnder


Newark Rotarians and over 500 community members gathered together in November 2018 to enjoy the first wild-caught crab of the season and raise funds for community nonprofits and organizations. The menu included all-you-can-eat pasta, garlic bread, salad and 2,100 pounds of fresh Dungeness crab served by volunteers from the Newark Memorial High School (NMHS) Interact Club.


Highlights of the event include a raffle contest, and live-and-silent auction with prizes such as resort stays, gourmet dinners, electronics, and the grand prize – 50-inch HD TV. Over $32,000 was raised through the auction and raffle ticket sales. All proceeds will be used to provide grants to local nonprofit organizations and schools as well as for international projects such as Coaniquem Burn Center in Chile. A special Fund-A-Need campaign raised over $6,300 for musical instruments for Newark school children.


Prospective members are invited to join the club at its Tuesday meetings. Sessions feature club business, member announcements and an informative guest speaker. For further information about the club, visit www.newarkrotary.org.


Rotary Club of Newark lunch meeting


12 noon – 1:30 p.m.

880 Bistro, Double Tree by Hilton

39900 Balentine Dr, Newark




Newark City Council

February 14, 2019


Presentations and Proclamations:

  • Commendations for Eagle Scouts Matthew Jacobs, Arsh Hothi and Shray Khanna
  • Introduction of Sofia Mangalam, recently promoted to Senior Planner


Consent Calendar:

  • Second reading of ordinance to address shelter, food and water requirements for animals kept outside.
  • Second reading of ordinance to establish a Planned Development Overlay District at 36304 to 36310 Newark Boulevard for nine single family homes.
  • Second reading of an ordinance to rezone 17.4-acres from Business and Technology Park to Residential Medium Density and rezone 5 acres from Business and Technology Park to Park for property located west of Hickory Street and Enterprise Drive.
  • Approve Used Oil Payment Program expenditures for fiscal years 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 Biennial Budget and Capital Improvement Plan.
  • Approve allocation of anticipated Community Development Block Grant Jurisdiction Improvement Project funds for fiscal year 2019-2020. $134,417 allocated to Citywide ADA Compliance Improvements.
  • Amend 2018-2020 Biennial Budget and Capital Improvement Plan to include tow position control adjustments.


Removed from Consent:

  • Initiate proceedings to form Zone 2 – Sanctuary of Landscaping and Lighting District No. 4 including an increase of the Maximum Assessment Rate. (Hannon) Restructure wording to emphasize City liabilities.



Non-Consent Agenda:

  • Second reading of an ordinance to establish a Planned Development Overlay District at 37280 Magnolia Street and 6849 Baine Avenue for 10 single-family homes. PASSED 3-0-1-1 (Freitas, recusal)
  • Approve Contractual Services Agreement, a lump sum amount of $1,034,016, with Vanir Construction Management, Inc. for professional construction management services for the New Civic Center Project. Construction anticipated to commence in late spring and completion around spring 2021. DEFERRED to future council meeting


City Council Matters:

  • Appoint Lori Bogisich and Olga Borjon to Community Development Advisory Committee.
  • Adjourn in honor of Councilmember Bucci’s grandfather who recently passed away.


Mayor Alan Nagy                   Aye

Vice Mayor Sucy Collazo       Absent

Luis Freitas                             Aye, 1 recusal

Michael Hannon                     Aye

Mike Bucci                             Aye



Fremont News Briefs

Submitted by Cheryl Golden


City of Fremont Rent Review Ordinance

The City of Fremont Rent Review Ordinance provides a review process for rent increases. The ordinance covers all residential rental units in Fremont, including single family homes and condominiums with a few exceptions. While the rent review process is non-binding, the city believes that the rent review process will contribute to fair and equitable resolutions for both parties by providing a neutral setting for discussion. City staff presented the Rent Review Ordinance Annual Report to the Fremont City Council on February 5. The report provided an update on the status of the ordinance implementation and operation, and an evaluation of the effectiveness of the program. The Council voted to make minor ordinance amendments that will address some of the challenges that staff faced while implementing the ordinance in 2018. The annual report is available at www.Fremont.gov/RROAnnualReport. For more information on the city’s Rent Review Ordinance, visit www.Fremont.gov/RentReview.


Find a Housemate with Covia’s Home Match Program

Covia, a nonprofit organization, has partnered with City of Fremont to provide a free Home Match program to connect individuals (age 18 or older) who live, work or attend school in Fremont with someone who has a room to rent in Fremont, Union City, or Newark.

One of our recent matches was Linda and Debi. Linda came to the program looking for someone to provide her with companionship and to drive her to church and grocery store. Debi was struggling to find affordable housing. They were partnered through Home Match and completed a service agreement together – Linda receives transportation services and Debi has a safe, affordable place to live. They both appreciated Covia’s screening and support. Linda said that “everything is going well, and I enjoy having a friend to shop with.” If you are interested in finding a housemate to pay rent or provide a service exchange, call Covia’s Home Match Program at (510) 574-2173.


Community Meetings about Future of Dumbarton Rail Corridor

San Mateo County Transit District and Cross Bay Transit Partners are engaged in a public-private partnership to improve transportation along the Dumbarton corridor in San Francisco Bay Area. Together, they are exploring new, environmentally appropriate alternatives for a high-quality, high-capacity public transit system. The community is invited to an introductory meeting about the future of the Dumbarton Rail Corridor. Participation will help guide the development of this proposed new connection across the Bay. Project partners will be on-hand to share information about project background, goals, funding, timeline, and process. For the convenience of Bay Area residents there are several times and locations for this meeting. Doors will open approximately 30 minutes before each meeting for sign-in and refreshments. For more information, visit the project website at www.crossbaytransit.com or email info@crossbaytransit.com.


Newark Meeting

Saturday, Feb 23

10:30 a.m. – 12 noon

Newark Pavilion

6430 Thornton Ave, Newark


Redwood City Meeting

Wednesday, Feb 27

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Veterans Memorial, Senior Center

1455 Madison Ave, Redwood City


Fremont Meeting

Thursday, Feb 28

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Centerville Community Center

3355 Country Dr, Fremont


Menlo Park Meeting

Saturday, March 2

10:30 a.m. – 12 noon

Menlo Park Senior Center

110 Terminal Ave, Menlo Park



Auditions for ‘Newsies the Musical’

Submitted by Marilyn Williams


Extra! Extra! Read all about it! StarStruck Theatre is looking for youth ages 13-22 with strong dance and vocal skills for their summer mainstage musical “Newsies.” Sign up for an audition appointment on Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2 at the StarStruck rehearsal studios in Fremont. Cast members will work with and learn from Broadway veteran and StarStruck alum Juliane Godfrey, who comes home this spring as choreographer.


“Newsies” is inspired by the real-life “Newsboy Strike of 1899,” when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers. Timely and fresh, the fictionalized adaptation of “Newsies” addresses age-old themes of social injustice, exploitative labor practices, and David-versus-Goliath struggles as the young learn to harness their power against a corrupt establishment. High-energy with non-stop thrills, the stage version introduces eight brand-new songs by the original team of Menken and Feldman while keeping many of the beloved songs from the 1992 film, including “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” “King of New York” and “Santa Fe.”


Performances will be held in the Dublin Center for the Performing Arts July 20 – August 4.


For more information and to sign up, visit https://starstrucktheatre.org/AUDITIONS/. Contact the StarStruck office with any questions at starstruckoffice@gmail.com or (510) 659-1319.



Northern California Bodhi Dharma Society

By Madhvika Singh

Photos courtesy of Northern California Bodhi Dharma Society


“You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day, unless you're too busy – then you should sit for an hour.” – Old Zen saying


Be it the daily stress of the dramas of life or the quest to explore the eternal question, “Who am I,” meditation has been the tool that awakens the true learner within ourselves. It expands our minds, improves our perception, and helps us get established in ourselves. Meditation acts at multiple levels touching body, mind, and soul, restoring calm and clarity. It heals from within, allowing us to find the intersection of the social and the spiritual aspects of being. It helps us unfold our deeper selves to the meet with that which is higher than the self.


Northern California Bodhi Dharma Society is a non-profit organization offering the community a platform to “disconnect” to “connect” in a profoundly meaningful way through its teaching of Bodhi Meditation. Its two Bay Area centers are located in San Francisco and Milpitas. The Milpitas center, called the Bodhi Meditation Bailian Center, opened in 2009. The foyer and lobby laced with traditional decorations instantly catch one’s attention, and have resources and dedicated staff to offer assistance to its visitors. It hosts Medicine Buddha in an awe-inspiring meditation room for its disciples. The center sees about 2,000 attendees a month who partake in daily group practices, classes and events and has undergone expansion in response to the high volume of participants.


Bodhi Meditation, founded in 1991 by Master JinBodhi, is an organization with a mission to impart practical and effective meditation techniques. Master JinBodhi suffered poverty and sickness at an early age. Study of traditional philosophy and meditation learned on the Qinghai Tibet plateau for 18 years helped him regain health and wellness. Inspired by his own journey, he adopted the 12 Great Vows of the Medicine Buddha and began teaching the practices of Bodhi Meditation. Today, Master JinBodhi has established centers in Canada, United States, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, and Australia.


Bodhi Meditation teaches various forms of meditation that are easy to learn for all ages. Its teachings strongly believe in compassionate actions and are based on the law of cause and effect. Bodhi Meditation maintains an open-door policy and does not discriminate based on gender, age, culture, religion, career or race.


The center has licensed and certified teachers to introduce the learner to the right way to do the meditation. Once understanding of the practice is acquired, one can start coming to the center for meditation sessions offered daily. The different techniques introduced at the center are intuitive and effective. The methodology uses a guided imagery via a video or an audio and offers different types of techniques to suit the variety of learners with different body types and learning preferences. For electronic learners, mobile aps, YouTube channel, and Facebook information can be found at www.puti.org.


The core technique taught in Bodhi Meditation is the meditation of Greater Illumination, the standing meditation, which complements the practice of the meditation of Purity, the sitting meditation. Chanting, the sound meditation, Prostration, the movement meditation, Energy Bagua, the walking meditation, and the Meditation of Awakening Wisdom, the standing meditation, are few of the other forms that are no less in yielding harmonious outcomes.


Meditation of Greater Illumination is the distillation of Master JinBodhi’s 18 years of intensive meditative practice. It is the ultimate in strengthening the inside and outside connection leading to superior health and happiness. Meditation of Purity can help eliminate fatigue, overcome sadness, and tap into wisdom, allowing for a unique perspective. Meditation of Awakening Wisdom improves one’s memory and concentration. It delays the aging process and helps improve creativity, innovation, and willpower.


Energy Bagua builds core strength, inner energy, and revitalizes one’s health by uplifting the spirit. This practice involves mindfully walking around a tree while adopting the hand gestures. It uses the analogy of a tree assuming one is like a leaf or branch of the tree and the roots represent the parents or the ancestors. Chanting connects us to our past and future through divine energy in the universe. It facilitates a way to help the roots heal and is a reminder of the interconnectedness in nature. Full Prostration consists of a series of 12 simple steps and is easy to learn for children and adults alike. It practices a gentle flow of movement connecting to the present and letting go of distractions caused by ego.


Northern California Bodhi Dharma Society aspires to be an organization where community members can come together to connect and communicate through the practice of meditation to reveal lasting effects of well-being. It is a wonderful resource to experience the ancient wisdom in many unique ways yet amalgamating into one ray of enlightenment. Improved self-awareness leads to better capability at handling challenges, maintaining harmony in personal and professional aspects, and steering life towards health and happiness.


Several free meditation sessions are offered at the center, as well as a weekly Energy Bagua at Fremont’s Lake Elizabeth (weather permitting). For more information, visit www.putibayarea.org.


Bodhi Meditation Bailian Center

919 Hanson Ct, Milpitas

(408) 843-1638




Energy Bagua

Sundays (weather permitting)

7: 30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Lake Elizabeth

(close to little playground off Paseo Padre Pkwy)

40000 Paseo Padre Pkwy, Fremont




Bay Area celebrity presents benefit performance

Submitted by Georgia Barnes


Marty Nemko, well-known Bay Area career expert, radio host, and author (Chronicle, KGO, KALW), will be presenting an original show, “Odd Man Out,” at Chanticleers Theatre in Castro Valley on Saturday, March 2. “Odd Man Out” is a humorous and engaging account of Nemko’s most unusual life story told in words and song. The show is a one night only benefit with all proceeds going to Chanticleers Theatre.


The son of a holocaust survivor, Nemko takes us on an amazing personal journey from his earliest years as a lonely, misunderstood kid living in a Bronx tenement to his life today as an accomplished entrepreneurial educator and counselor. “Odd Man Out” is filled with laughs, enchanting music, wisecracks and wise insights, as well as rich conversation with the audience.


Nemko is joined on stage by his wife, Dr. Barbara Nemko, who is a highly esteemed professional educator in her own right. Her role, he says, is “to give me hell.” Both husband and wife are strong supporters of community theatre, and have acted in local plays. They’ve presented the “Odd Man Out” story to rave reviews at two other community theatres to date.


Tickets to this remarkable theatre experience are available online or at the door, and anyone who adds a donation of $150 or more to Chanticleers Theatre will be treated to a specially arranged dinner out with Marty and Barbara Nemko.


General admission is $25; admission for seniors (60+)/students/military is $20. Call (510) 733-5483 or go to www.chanticleers.org for reservations/tickets.


Odd Man Out

Saturday, Mar 2

7 p.m.

Chanticleers Theatre

3683 Quail Ave, Castro Valley

(510) 733-5483


Tickets: $25 adults, $20 seniors/students



Let the adventure begin

Submitted by Carmen Herlihy


Pacific Commons invites the public to an Outer Space Adventure on Saturday, March 2. The free event will feature a Planet Bingo game with prizes, face painter and balloon twister, live DJ, space-themed backdrop for selfies, kids’ crafts, and fun giveaways. There will also be a meet-and-greet with an astronaut character. For more information, call Carmen Herlihy at (646) 770-2623 or visit the center’s website www.pacificcommons.com, under Events and Promotions.


Outer Space Adventure

Saturday, Mar 2

12 noon – 3 p.m.

Pacific Commons, In the Plaza at The Block (Near Dick’s Sporting Goods)

43440 Boscell Rd, Fremont

(646) 770-2623

www.pacificcommons.com, under Events and Promotions



Printerprezz selects Fremont as company headquarters

Submitted by Teresa J. Thuruthiyil


PrinterPrezz, a trailblazer in combining metal 3D printing, nanotechnologies and surgical expertise to design next-generation medical devices, has selected City of Fremont as its company headquarters to coincide with its first Innovation Center. Leveraging benefits that Fremont has to offer, PrinterPrezz launched its Innovation Center in 2018 to connect two different industries, manufacturing and medicine, to become the first Medifacturing company in the world. As a technology hub, Fremont allows PrinterPrezz to be within arm’s reach of innovative hospitals as well as the manufacturing industry.


“Fremont has long been a hub for both small and large businesses in the advanced manufacturing and biotech industries,” said Christina Briggs, City of Fremont’s economic development director. “Our Innovation District was built from the ground up as a center where pioneering companies and entrepreneurs could gather to develop groundbreaking technologies and services. We are proud to have PrinterPrezz choose Fremont as its home and look forward to giving it the support it needs to do the leading-edge work, they aim to do in 3D printing for medical applications.”


“Fremont is in the heart of Silicon Valley and central to growth and innovation in the medical devices industry,” said Shri Shetty, CEO of PrinterPrezz. “The city has supported us from the beginning, facilitating the buildout of our operation and connecting us with like-minded peers. The supply chain ecosystem in Fremont allows collaboration from different industries which is central to our value proposition at the intersection of technology and medicine.”



Renegades Report

Submitted by Don Jedlovec



A mixed season for the Ohlone College Renegades has produced at 6-4 overall record in 10 games as of February 16th. The Renegades’ next home game will be Thursday, February 28 against San Mateo in pre-conference action. Conference play begins March 5 at Gavilan with the first home game conference contest against Gavilan on March 14.



With a 2-6 overall record so far, the Lady Renegades are working toward a better outcome as conference and division play will begin February 28 at Chabot (Hayward). Next home game in a non-conference contest is a double-header against Redwoods on Saturday, March 2 followed by a division/conference contest with Foothill on March 5.



Career training center plans open house

Submitted by New Haven Unified School District


Tri-City area students and their parents are invited to attend a free informational open house at the Mission Valley Regional Occupational Program (ROP) in Fremont to learn about career technical education classes offered through the program.


Some of the occupational training classes offered at the training center include:

  • Auto Painting and Refinishing
  • Automotive Technology
  • Computer Animation
  • Emergency Medical Responder
  • Game Design/Interactive Media Arts
  • Law Enforcement
  • Medical Assisting
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician


The open house will be Thursday, February 28 at the ROP Center, located in Fremont on Stevenson Boulevard and Blacow Road and is aimed at students currently enrolled in ninth, 10th and 11th grades in Fremont, Newark or Union City. Students and their parents will have a chance to tour the building, meet the instructors and to learn more about the programs.


Mission Valley ROP Open House

Thursday, Feb. 28

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Career training classes for students

5019 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont

(510) 657-1865





San Leandro to launch first-time homebuyer assistance program

Submitted by Alice Kim


The City of San Leandro is aiming to help its residents and workforce take advantage of a multitude of first-time homebuyer programs and services. In conjunction with its contracted nonprofit – Bay Area Affordable Homeownership Alliance (BAAHA) – the city’s Housing Services Division is implementing a first-time homebuyer campaign focused on promoting and delivering essential homebuyer services. These services include comprehensive homebuyer education, one-on-one homebuyer counseling, coaching homebuyers with financing and purchasing their first home, and directing and preparing households to take advantage of several beneficial homebuyer assistance programs.


Eligible San Leandro residents and employees will be counseled and directed to take advantage of the following first-time homebuyer assistance programs.


  • The Alameda County Boost Down Payment Assistance Program: offers up to a $150,000 down payment assistance subsidy to eligible first-time homebuyers.
  • Below Market Rate (BMR) Homes Program: offers education on upcoming or available BMR homes in San Leandro that can sell for 40 percent to 60 percent below similar market rate homes.
  • The Federal Home Loan Bank WISH Program: offers a $15,000 forgivable loan (grant) and has no geographic restrictions.
  • Alameda County’s Mortgage Credit Certificate Program: offers expanded tax savings to first-time homebuyers purchasing a home in Alameda County.


A San Leandro first-time homebuyer program orientation will take place on Thursday, February 21. Participation in the programs requires a certificate of completion for HUD-approved homebuyer education. A HUD-approved education seminar will be held on Saturday, March 2. Reservations for the orientation and seminar can be made at www.myhomegateway.org/hslprograms. For more information, contact Bay Area Affordable Homeownership Alliance at acbsl@myhomegateway.com or (800) 480-9020 ext. 227.


First-time Home Buyer Orientation

Thursday, Feb 21

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

San Leandro Senior Community Center

13909 E. 14th St, San Leandro


HUD-approved Education Seminar

Saturday, March 2

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

San Leandro Library, Lecture Hall

300 Estudillo Avenue, San Leandro


(800) 480-9020 ext. 227





San Leandro Police Log

Submitted by Lt. Isaac Benabou, San Leandro PD


Wednesday, February 13

  • A resident in the 1200 block of Dorothy Avenue reported that her home had been burglarized during the afternoon while she was away. Arriving officers found the home ransacked and several items including jewelry and electronics were stolen, including an iPad tablet. The victim was able to log into her Apple account and “ping” the location of her iPad which was a few miles away at Washington Plaza in downtown San Leandro. Police went to the area and were able to pinpoint a vehicle moving at the same pace as the stolen iPad and made a vehicle stop. While speaking with the driver police spotted the stolen iPad in the car. In addition, a female passenger was wearing several items of the victim’s stolen jewelry. Both occupants, identified by police as William Kennedy, 40 and Wanda Scott, 42, both of Petaluma, were arrested on suspicion of burglary and possession of stolen property and were booked into Santa Rita jail.



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.
  • Resolutions appointing Brian Copeland as District 1 Representative to the Arts Commission; Alice Sarafian as District 1 Representative to the Human Services Commission; Sbeydeh Viveros-Walton as District 1 Representative to the Library-Historical Commission term; Tony Breslin as District 1 Representative to the Planning Commission/Board of Zoning Adjustments; Litha Zuber as District 1 Representative to the Recreation and Parks Commission; David Anderson as District 1 Representative to the Senior Commission; Jeffrey Falero as District 2 Representative to the Planning Commission/Board of Zoning Adjustments; Erika Garcia as District 3 Representative to the Arts Commission; Susan Snell as District 3 Representative to the Human Services Commission; Gary Hanna as District 3 Representative to the Recreation and Parks Commission; Janice Woycheshin as District 3 Representative to the Senior Commission; David Moragne, Jr. as District 5 Representative to the Arts Commission; Peggy Combs as District 5 Representative to the Human Services Commission; Mary Beth Barloga as District 5 Representative to the Library-Historical Commission; Michael Santos as District 5 Representative to the Planning Commission/ Board of Zoning Adjustments; Michael Bolar as District 5 Representative to the Recreation and Parks Commission; Mary Jo Knueven as District 5 Representative to the Senior Commission; Dylan Boldt as District 6 Representative to the Planning Commission/Board of Zoning Adjustments; Suzanne Pershing as an At-large Representative to the Arts Commission; Don Lancaster as an At-large Representative to the Human Services Commission; Nicholas Thorn Sermeno as an At-large Representative to the Human Services Commission; Jennifer Heystek as an At-large Representative to the Library-Historical Commission; Dewayne Cornelious as an At-large Representative to the Personnel Relations Board; James Browne as an At-large Representative to the Personnel Relations Board; Louis Heystek as an At-large Representative to the Personnel Relations Board; Orval Badger as an At-large Representative to the Personnel Relations Board; Kenneth Pon as an At-large Representative to the Planning Commission/Board of Zoning Adjustments; Dan Johnson as an At-large Representative to the Rent Review Board; Kristen Schumacher as an At-large Representative to the Rent Review Board; Cimberly Tamura as an At-large Representative to the Senior Commission; Claudia McHenry as an At-large Representative to the Senior Commission; Edward Shapiro as San Leandro Unified School District Representative to the Recreation and Parks Commission.

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.
  • 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



Science and tech day planned for moms and girls

Submitted by The American Association of University Women


Girls and their mothers, aunts or even grandmothers are invited to a day of fun and learning activities in a “Mother/Daughter STEM Discovery Day” at Hopkins Junior High in Fremont.


The February 23 event is sponsored by the Fremont Branch of The American Association of University Women and is designed to introduce girls to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts with hands-on activities.


Among activities offered will be a planetarium show, building a simple electric train, Chinese puzzles and tangrams, various science experiments and a talk on computer coding.


The activities are geared toward girls in third and fourth grades and their mothers or other adult female family member. Participants in the computer coding talk should bring a laptop computer with them. A limited number of computers also will be available to share with others.


The cost is $25 per adult with one child in third or fourth grade; $15 for a second sibling around the same age. Because space is limited, early registration is strongly advised. Registrations can be made online at www.eventbrite.com and then typing AAUW Fremont Stem Discovery Day into the search box and following the prompts.


Mother/Daughter STEM Discovery Day

Saturday, Feb. 23

8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Science activities for girls, Grades 3 and 4

Hopkins Junior High School

600 Driscoll Rd, Fremont


$25- $40



Classes for seniors to write memoirs

Submitted by Bella Comelo


The Arts Commission of City of San Leandro is sponsoring through its Grant Program “Arts in Memoirs,” a series of four classes for seniors ages 55 and above to write their memoirs. The free one-hour classes, guided by retired teacher Kathleen McCabe-Martin, will take place Saturdays on March 9, March 16, March 23 and April 6. The memoirs can be written in English or any other language. For more information or to sign-up, email by February 19 to Bella Comelo, project coordinator, at bellacomelo@hotmail.com.



Memoir Writing Class

Saturdays: March 9, March 16, March 23 and April 6

San Leandro Main Library

300 Estudillo Ave, San Leandro


Register by Feb 19



Banding together artists and the community: Smalltown Society

By Stephanie Gertsch

Photos by Cia Gould


How do you make your community a more inclusive space? If you are Paul Keim, Chief Vision Officer (CVO) of Smalltown Society, you might begin by forming a band. Since its inception in 2012, the organization has evolved from an artistic outlet to a place where creators can gather and an organization that serves both local artists and the Hayward/Castro Valley area.


“We wanted to write about social issues, but we didn’t want to arrogantly sit back and write about stuff we hadn’t engaged in,” Keim says about his mindset when founding Smalltown Society. In order to truly understand the issues he wanted to address in his music, Keim spent the next two years to working with the local homeless and non-profits devoted to issues such as human trafficking. The band released its first album in 2014, but that was only the start of Smalltown.


Keim wanted to find a venue where he could feature local artists who had inspired him, knowing that the cost of renting a place to display art or perform can often be prohibitive. In October 2016, Keim met Pastor Jake Medcalf of First Presbyterian Church of Hayward to ask advice about finding funding and a space. On the drive home, the pastor suggested stopping by an unused graphic design studio that might work as a headquarters. A few changes made the space ready: “And so we literally tore down a wall…and then we just hung these string lights. No heating. No lighting. And we hosted our first gathering.” Now with proper amenities, “the Space” is Smalltown Society’s base for events and workshops.


Since then, the Space has hosted a variety of events to raise aesthetic and humanitarian awareness. In the summer of 2017, Corinne Richey approached Smalltown Society looking for a venue for her inclusive community theater company, Plethos Productions. Somehow, 18 cast members, 50 spectators, and a stage managed to squeeze in for a production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In the Heights.” A partnership with Project Cultiv8 ran each Saturday from January 12 through February 16. This series of workshops brought in experts to advise high school students on how to start their own non-profits. The Society provided the location, but the workshops were organized entirely by local high schoolers. Sometimes, all people need is a start. Keim says, “The reason why people don’t do stuff is they feel like they need permission from somebody. So we always say that Smalltown is a place that gives people permission. Not that we have the authority, but we’re like ‘Yeah, do it! How can we help you?’”


Not every event is so structured. On Thursday nights, the Space alternates between songwriter/poet workshops where artists sign up to perform their work, and open door events where people can freely mingle and network. One Saturday per month is an eight-hour open studio where artists can set up with their watercolors or their laptop, or whatever other paraphernalia they please, and work away, or take frequent breaks to talk with other attendees.


As it has grown, the society has expanded outside of the original space, supporting musicians and artists, partnering with other spaces such as Pampas Coffee Co., and hosting events and workshops around the East Bay. A three-part series in January focused on affordable housing and land trusts—highly relevant issues for Bay Area residents. Keim says, “Our heart outside the Space is to cultivate art culture and a more equal society.”


Smalltown has grown into a bustling community—but what about the band? Unfortunately, due to the organization’s busy schedule, the band has not played in over a year. However, Keim did release an album in October 2018 titled “37”, dedicated to all the people who make Smalltown Society happen. To Keim, overseeing this community is now his creative outlet, but he hopes to bring the band together again by the end of 2019. “There were things about the Space we couldn’t express through music, but now there are things about the Space we want to express through music.”


To learn more about Smalltown Society call (510) 325-3164 or check out their website at www.smalltownsociety.com.


February Gathering

Friday, Feb 22

6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.


Smalltown Creative Hub

Saturday, Mar 9

2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.


March Gathering

Friday, Mar 22

6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.


Smalltown Society

22222 Redwood Rd, Castro Valley

(510) 325-3164




Social Security Column

Social Security and America Saves Week

By Mariaelena Lemus

Social Security Public Affairs Specialist


Planning and saving are core elements to a successful retirement. For over 80 years, Social Security has helped Americans achieve that goal. And each year, the American Savings Education Council and America Saves coordinate America Saves Week. The week is an opportunity for organizations to promote good savings behavior; it is also a great time for people to assess their own saving status.


Social Security is collaborating with America Saves Week to promote our shared mission of helping millions of people prepare for their future. This year, we’re celebrating the week from February 25 through March 2. Join the #ASW19 movement by using this hashtag when posting about your savings goals.


It’s never too early to start planning for your retirement. Set a goal, plan, and save automatically. Savers with a plan are twice as likely to save successfully. Pledge to save for America Saves Week at www.americasaves.org. Social Security has many tools for retirement planning. You can access our online information and resources at www.socialsecurity.gov/planners/retire. Younger people know that the earlier they start saving, the more their money can grow. Our website for young workers at www.socialsecurity.gov/people/earlycareer has resources that can help you secure today and tomorrow.



Film focuses on preparing children for success

Submitted by Krithiga Bothra


In partnership with Irvington High School’s Wellness Program, the Parent, Teacher, Student Association (PTSA) will screen a film, “Race to Nowhere,” focusing on how to prepare children for success in college and to become healthy, bright and leading citizens in the community.


After the film a community forum is planned with special guest Vicky Abeles, the film’s producer and director. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased on the Irvington PTSA website at www.ihsptsa.org.


‘Race to Nowhere’

Friday, Feb. 22

6 p.m.

Film on preparing children for success

Irvington High School Cafeteria

41800 Blacow Road, Fremont

(510) 656-5711

Tickets: $5 at www.ihsptsa.org



The Sun Kings – A Beatles Tribute

Submitted by the Castro Valley Arts Foundation

Photos by Al Wright


Audiences and critics alike absolutely love The Sun Kings’ energy and spot on recreation of The Beatles’ music. The Sun Kings are considered one of the premier Beatles tribute acts in the country. Packing theatres and selling out shows along the West Coast and beyond, The Sun Kings continue to amaze their fans and win over skeptics, with their uncanny channeling and respect for the music they perform. With a repertoire of over 150 songs The Sun Kings shine in concert with arrangements and vocal harmonies delivered with the authenticity and vitality that recall the earliest Beatles performances.


“The Sun Kings are the best Beatles band I’ve ever heard, and that includes the original Beatlemania cast, circa 1977,” said Scott Lettieri, KGO Radio San Francisco.


“The only band that could come that close to doing Beatles music would be The Beatles!” said Richard Freedman, Vacaville Media News.


Together for 18 years, The Sun Kings are not a traditional Beatles tribute band. Every member of the band is a veteran musician who loves recreating The Beatles’ music exactly as we all remember it. Their performance of is unique among the many theatrical tributes that exist today, foregoing the costumes and caricature but delivering the most energetic, note for note instrumental and vocal performances of The Beatles music you will ever hear.


Experience The Sun Kings in concert when they come to Castro Valley’s Center for the Arts on Saturday, February 23, and you will hear the concert The Beatles never gave!


The Sun Kings

Saturday, Feb 23

7:30 p.m.

Center for the Arts

19501 Redwood Rd, Castro Valley

(510) 889-8961



Tickets: $34 – $40



Rep. Swalwell re-introduces bill to protect domestic violence victims from guns

Submitted by Josh Richman


Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15) has re-introduced a bill to help protect domestic violence victims from being murdered with guns. H.R. 1287, the No Guns for Abusers Act, would require the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to report to Congress on the best practices that jurisdictions should use to require anyone charged with or convicted of a domestic violence crime, or subject to a domestic violence protective order, to relinquish all their firearms.


“With a woman killed every day, on average, by an abuser’s gun, it’s common sense that we do more to make sure domestic abusers don’t have firearms,” Swalwell said. “Developing best practices to seize guns from abusers means better enforcement of the laws we already have, and that leads to saving lives.”


Federal law bars domestic abusers from buying and possessing firearms; this includes those convicted for any felony, convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor, or subject to a protective order with respect to an intimate relation or child. But while background checks can prevent prohibited persons from buying firearms, they do not address weapons those people already have. The federal government also lacks relinquishment policies for domestic abusers convicted at the federal level.


The No Guns for Abusers Act would require the NIJ to make a report to Congress on the best approaches for relinquishment statutes, rules, policies, and practices, with input from academics and stakeholders, including 18 specified aspects of the firearm relinquishment process. To read the full text of the bill, visit https://swalwell.house.gov/ under latest news.