Business Pulse Check – 1 on One Fitness
By Madhvika Singh
Photos courtesy of Jeff Bryan
Social distancing, shelter-in-place and quarantine used to be things we rarely heard of, and only in extreme emergencies, but now they seem to have become the norm. They have affected our social fabric and our livelihoods and have severely impacted the financial wellbeing of our local businesses and their employees. We at Tri-City Voice have featured many local businesses over time, and we reached out to some of them to share their perspective on how they have been affected and how they are coping with the new reality of COVID-19.
This is part of an ongoing series with a new business or businesses featured each week, including both those that have appeared in the paper before and those who are appearing for the first time.
1 on One Fitness opened its doors in August1998 as the very first personal training studio in Fremont and the only private, full-service training facility in the Tri City area back then. For over two decades, 1 on One Fitness has specialized in designing specific exercise programs for individuals from teenagers to seniors, with goals including sports performance, weight loss and management, strength and mobility, balance and coordination, and general fitness conditioning.
Fitness training has been a passion for Jeff Bryan, owner of 1 on One Fitness, for as long as he can remember. Bryan has been a certified trainer for over 20 years and holds many certifications, including as a Certified Personal Trainer through National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and Integrated Flexibility Specialist and Corrective Exercise Specialist. “Continued education in the field has been a key to my success as a fitness professional,” says Bryan. He summarizes his goal as, “To give our clients the owner’s manual to their bodies.” He uses a holistic approach to fitness training which includes educating his clients on correct techniques for resistance training, utilizing aerobic exercises for maximum impact, and providing a customized meal plan for each client.
Although the gym started as a self-operated business, Bryan has expanded his team of physical trainers over the years. As the COVID-19 pandemic hit the Bay Area, Bryan had to close doors to his business on March 17 as the gym was classified in the non-essential business category under shelter-in-place restrictions.
During shelter-in-place, 1 on One Fitness adapted to social distancing by offering fitness sessions over Zoom at a discounted rate. Due to the personal and interactive nature of his services, Bryan saw a steep decline in business. “My business went from billing 70-80 hours a week of training down to seven zoom classes a week at half price.” Not everyone has gym equipment at home, and the personal attention one gets in an in-person session can’t be replicated online.
Bryan feels that his personal fitness studio focusing on one-on-one training is significantly different from gyms where dozens of people work on shared equipment at the same time. “I am easily able to disinfect equipment after every session, maintain a six-foot distance and allow just a couple of clients in the studio at a time,” shared Bryan. As sessions are appointment based, he knows who is coming in and when, which allows him to be more effective at conducting business while following regulations and guidelines.
Echoing other small business owners, Bryan says his gym is the realization of many years of passion, desire for self-reliance and hard work. “I have put all of me into this business for over 20 years now,” he says. More than the closure itself, the uncertainty surrounding re-opening happen took a toll on him. “If we do not know when or how we can re-open, how can we measure what we are up against and how can we plan for the damages?” he asks. On the personal front, Bryan’s son is a marine and was on deployment when the shutdown happened. This resulted in delay of his return by six weeks, which can feel like an eternity to a parent!
Like many other small business owners, Bryan experienced significant financial impact, going from a thriving business serving numerous clients to no revenue. “My income went to zero, but I continued to have obligations like rent, mortgage, child support and living expenses. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan from Small Business Administration (SBA) was only enough to replace less than one month of my income loss!”
With the recent easing of the restrictions, Bryan is looking forward to opening his business as soon as the guidelines permit. “I have created a protocol for safe reopening which includes complete disinfecting of equipment between sessions and signage in the gym with instructions based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Alameda County recommendations,” says Bryan in eager but cautious anticipation. At the time of writing, 1 on One Fitness was scheduled to reopen June 15.
Bryan mentions John Wooden, the legendary UCLA basketball coach, who has been a source of inspiration. One Wooden quote stands out for Bryan in the current environment: “When it’s over, I want your heads up. And there’s only one way your heads can be up – that’s to give it your best out there, everything you have.”
With COVID-19 playing havoc with our physical and mental well-being, it is more important than ever that we make fitness a priority. We at Tri-City Voice wish 1 on One Fitness the very best.
1 on One Fitness
4050 Peralta Blvd, Unit D, Fremont
Through the business pulse series our intent at TCV is to lend a platform to local businesses share their stories. In these trying times let's hope we can develop a shared bond and come out at the other end stronger as a community to deal with challenges that future might have in store for us.
Welcome to the 2020 virtual 4-H cake booth
Submitted by Michael Yin
Alameda County 4-H youth programs rely on the 4-H Cake Booth at the Alameda County Fair for all fundraising. With the cancellation of the fair this year due to COVID-19, our 4-H youth program is now facing financial risk – help us raise $50,000 at the virtual cake booth!
Your support will allow Alameda County 4-H continue programs such as the Small Animal Field Day, the 4-H Horse Show, Fashion Revue, Film & Photo Festival, 4-H Camp, scholarships to leadership conferences, incentives and recognition program, and so much more!
This is why we are so excited about our ability to go virtual with this year’s fundraiser. Between June 19 and July 12, (the scheduled dates for the Alameda County Fair) consider donating the cost of gas and a fair ticket to Alameda County youth by visiting http://ucanr.edu/4hcakebooth from the comfort of your own home.
Alameda County 4-H clubs are continuing with important programming impacting our youth by meeting and conducting projects virtually during this unprecedented time. Our Adult Leaders and Youth Members are learning together.
Please lend a hand and visit http://ucanr.edu/4hcakebooth to see how you can contribute to sustain this important youth leadership organization.
As true 4-H Members, we pledge our Heads to clearer thinking, our Hands to larger service, our Hearts to greater loyalty, our Health to better living for our club, our community, our country, and our world.
4-H Virtual Cake Booth
Tuesday, Jun 23 – Sunday, Jul 12
Letter to the Editor
A personal perspective
Even though I am a university professor, I have been affected by police violence. My Black middle-class upbringing in San Francisco and education at many of the best universities in this country has not spared me. When I was 10 years old, I was detained by a San Francisco State University police officer and accused of stealing radio equipment. He spread-eagled me against the wall, forcibly kicking my legs apart, and drew his revolver as he asked me to empty my pockets. I was simply waiting for my mother who was obtaining her college records. When I emptied my pockets for the officer, he fortunately re-holstered his weapon as I pulled about six yo-yo's out of my pockets. He didn't apologize but told me that I fit the description of the suspect.
Those words rang in my ears for decades and continue to haunt me as I am raising a Black son. I was a ten-year-old kid then. Much shorter of course than I am now. Skinny. A funky afro. Bespectacled. I had always thought of myself as a little bit of a geek, but that officer made me understand that I could be seen as a criminal. I have never forgotten that.
I've watched my son's behavior when police enter his space. I have watched him pull his hands out of his pockets to communicate that he is not a threat. I have seen him don one of his Boy Scout shirts to signal that he is not a criminal when he goes out in public. I don't believe that he should have to live that way. I don't believe that, at the age of 54, I should still hold bitterness in my heart from an incident when I was 10.
But there have been many more incidents since then, including one when I was in graduate school. A cop stopped me on a highway in Indiana as I was driving to an academic conference. He also pulled his weapon as he screamed at me. My crime? The tags on the rental car I was driving had expired.
James Baldwin once said, “It comes as a great shock around the age of five, or six, or seven, to discover that the country to which you have pledged allegiance along with everyone else has not pledged allegiance to you. It comes as a great shock to discover that Gary Cooper killing off the Indians—when you were rooting for Gary Cooper—the Indians were you.” Baldwin, whom I met when I was in college, was often prophetic and knew how to cut right to the heart of the matter. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless others like Trayvon Martin or Philando Castile or Nia Wilson or Sandra Bland doubtless died with the stark realization that their lives were worthless.
The truth is that only if and when Black Lives Matter will everyone's life matter in this country. When watching a 75-year old white man pushed to the ground by police and peaceful protestors, so many of them also European Americans, being hit with tear gas to create a photo opportunity, it must have occurred to you that we are all in this together. The thing that will destroy racism and racial violence forever in this country is when young white people abandon whiteness and embrace their shared humanity with others. I have been moved to tears by the people: European-American, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Filipinx, Latinx, Transgender, Queer, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual folk – all together making change. When you see NASCAR abandoning the confederate flag and Mitt Romney marching and saying that Black Lives Matter… well, something is changing.
I only hope that people understand that we have a long road ahead of us and there will be a lot of work to do for years. Policing has to be radically transformed, demilitarized. The practice of using military weapons on civilians must stop. Police should not respond to mental health crises. Police must be tried for murder without the shield of qualified immunity. Police camera data must be stored by an independent oversight authority that is accessible to the people. Police should have to walk a beat in the neighborhoods that the live in or grew up in. Police should not be allowed to work in cities in which they do not live. Community Police Relations boards should have the power to evaluate, hire, and fire police and police administrators and the ability to be on crime scenes within minutes of police activity. City budgets, like those in Oakland, should not devote 40% of discretionary spending to police. Resources are needed in other areas including mental health and drug rehabilitation. Private prisons need to be abolished. No one should be in prison for marijuana possession or sale right now when the drug is legal in many states.
These are just some of my thoughts. I have recorded two videocasts/podcasts that can be found on YouTube. The program I co-host is called “Along the Line.” The video titles on the channel “Along the Line” are “The Richmond Revolution, the East Bay Collective, and the Post-Police Future” and “The George Floyd Protests with Des Mims, Wanika King-Stevens, and Kulwa Apara.”
Nicholas L. Baham III, Ph.D.
Professor of Ethnic Studies
California State University East Bay
Alameda County Fire Department Log
Submitted by ACFD
Wednesday, June 17
• At 12:06 p.m. firefighters extinguished a blaze involving a car at Alvarado-Niles Road and I-880 in Union City. They were assisted by Fremont and Hayward fire departments.
• At 12:39 p.m. firefighters responded to a report about two juniper trees on fire on Crest Avenue in Castro Valley. They quickly knocked down the blaze, preventing it from spreading into nearby structures. The cause of the blaze is unknown; there were no injuries.
• At 2:10 p.m. firefighters fought a fast-moving vegetation fire at Davis Street and I-880 in San Leandro that resulted in the closure of a freeway ramp as a precaution. The blaze was eventually extinguished and there were no injuries.
Thursday, June 18
• Shortly after 3:00 p.m. firefighters responded to a small vegetation fire on eastbound I-580 at Foothill Road in Castro Valley, near Pleasanton. They were assisted by Livermore-Pleasanton fire crews and extinguished the blaze by 4:17 p.m.
Alameda County Sheriff’s Office
Submitted by ACSO
• Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man identified by authorities as Robert Stimson, 48, on suspicion of possessing assault weapons and methamphetamine. Authorities said the suspect is a 4th grade teacher at Grant Elementary School in San Lorenzo.
Affordable Housing Opportunity
Submitted by City of Fremont
Fairfield Residential is accepting pre-applications until Friday, July 10, for Geo Apartments, a new affordable housing development in the Warm Springs area of Fremont. Geo Apartments includes 102 apartment homes to be leased to very low-income and low-income households.
For more information, including income limits and rent ranges, visit www.fremont.gov/3609/Geo-Apartments. To submit pre-application, visit www.fairfieldresidential.com/geo/.
44728 Old Warm Springs Blvd., Fremont
Pre-application deadline: 5 p.m. Friday, Jul 10
Bake4Sake delivers baked goods and love to homeless
Submitted by Srihitha Pallapothula
In this time of fear and loneliness, it is comforting to look to a source of positivity. And that is exactly what Bake4Sake is. A student run organization founded by Washington High School sophomore Vedika Jawa, Bake4Sake aims to spread encouragement and hope to the homeless community through weekly donations of freshly baked goods.
Vedika encountered numerous difficulties in the early stages of putting together a team and contacting homeless shelters. Yet she persisted, creating a community of high schoolers dedicated to making an impact. Vedika's efforts, along with the hours Bake4Sake volunteers have put in, allow Bake4Sake to proudly announce that they have served over 2,800 residents across three different homeless shelters. And they are only in the early stages of their work.
Bake4Sake’s story began in 2017 when Vedika realized how urgent the needs of Fremont's homeless community were. She immediately contacted homeless shelters asking if she could provide them with baked goods on a weekly basis. Many did not respond, while others stated that she was too young to work with them as she was only in eighth grade. Discouraged but persistent, Vedika decided to take matters into her own hands by holding a bake sale to raise money for these shelters; she ended up raising over three hundred dollars. With this early success, she was able to secure partnerships with local homeless shelters while also proving that she was capable despite her age.
Since then, Bake4Sake has continued to grow, becoming central to the lives of both the organization’s volunteers and the homeless communities that they serve. The organization’s members now include Keshna Sheth, Hanya Hussain, Anika Garikipati, Danielle Marie Barrido, Amisha Prasad, Aniket Panda, Caitlin Starmer, Smrithi Jha, Hita Gangadharan, Shreya Singh, Reshita Patel, Jheel Gandhi, Smrithi Jha, and Srihitha Pallapothula – all high schoolers eager to inspire change. These passionate bakers are the lifeblood of Bake4Sake; their tireless efforts have brought the organization to where it is today.
It doesn't matter whether you are an active member of this organization or if you are on the receiving end of Bake4Sake's work; the way you view things changes when you are a part of a community this special. Because food is not only a source of nourishment, but a form of love and care, it shows someone how much they matter to you. This is exactly what many of us need.
Online Volunteer Form (https://bake4sake.typeform.com/to/BvLQ3h)
BART Police Log
Submitted by Les Mensinger and BART PD
Sunday, June 14
• At 10:38 a.m. a suspect identified by police as Rashad Goosby, 22, of Hayward was arrested at Hayward station on suspicion of domestic battery and resisting arrest. Goosby was booked into Santa Rita Jail.
Letter to the Editor
Blue States accountability
The Letter to the Editor entitled “We need a culture of honor” (Tri-City Voice, June 16, 2020) is nothing but political tripe! It is sad to continue to witness this. It is a hyperbolic article with a progressive spin of course. If the writer wants to focus on accountability, let’s focus on leadership such as governors, mayors, DA’s, etc. in the Blue States. They should be held accountable for mismanagement of cities such as Seattle, Detroit, Baltimore, Chicago, LA, (list is too long to include here).
In reference to the statement on abuse, mismanagement at the city and state levels is the abuse that has changed the trajectory of this country! With regards to Mr Gugino, I’m also 75, and if I decide to participate in demonstrations, I must understand that with this comes the risk of confrontation and even injury. There’s no crying in baseball!
By the way, our Fremont Police have a stellar background of performance and community service. Let’s not consider defunding but refunding at a higher compensation level to continue to attract the best to protect and serve. I want my grandchildren to live in the safe/friendly environment that we old bastards grew up in!
California Nursery: The Boxed Oak Trees
By Charlene Dizon
Photos Courtesy of Joyce Blueford
Native Coast Live Oak trees were once abundant in the San Francisco Bay Area. California Nursery of Niles in Fremont not only grew these large trees but sold them. Today, California Nursery Historical Park contains an area of large 100-year-old oaks in boxes. These trees are a testament to the effort put forth in keeping the nursery’s business thriving.
In the 1950s and late 1960s, California Nursery endured financial difficulties. The company went through a series of bankruptcies, and debt seemed impossible to pay off. The market continued to change and developers made offers to purchase the nursery land and convert it into residential homes. George Roeding Jr. took out a loan from the Lloyd Berry Foundation due to these hardships. Lloyd Berry was a fellow Rotarian of George Roeding Jr. who held a charitable trust making money through selling fertilizer. As the loan’s maturity date neared, George Roeding Jr. attempted to find a way to pay it off, starting with the large oak trees that were already on the property.
California Nursery was known on the West Coast for its large oak trees. On Block 9 of the nursery land, stood several oak trees roughly twenty years old. George Roeding Jr. moved these closer to the nursery’s retail area to encourage clients to purchase them. The oak trees were only boxed once officially sold; however, George thought it would entice buyers to have them ready to go. Boxing trees that were originally in the ground could take up to one year. Once boxed, the trees would then be carried off in trucks.
Various types of trees were boxed, from coast live oaks to cedars, redwoods, and even pine trees. Placing the boxed oak trees closer to the retail area made a positive impact. Clients grew interested in the various trees. Those who made purchases spent about $1,500 to $2,000 per tree. Despite the financial benefit of the live oaks, California Nursery was still unable to fully pay back its loan to the Berry Foundation. The nursery’s properties outside of Niles were lost to fulfill remaining loan obligations. Berry passed on the unfulfilled loan note to the Singer Housing Corporation. In 1971, the Singer Corporation foreclosed under CEO Jack Brooke, who acquired the remaining 60 acres of the nursery property.
The Singer Corporation planned to build a housing division on the nursery land. However they first needed to secure a permit from the City of Fremont. The City required that they issue acreage for a public park in their plans, as each city was required to have a ratio of parks to residence. Twenty out of the sixty acres of land were put aside for parks and transferred to the City of Fremont. That twenty acres of nursery land is now California Nursery Historical Park.
To this day, the boxed forest remains in its original area. The surviving oak trees were boxed by the Roeding family to make space for the neighborhood construction. These original boxes ultimately withered away and the trees grew into the ground once again until the City of Fremont made park repairs in the late 1990s, including creating new boxes for the trees. Local volunteer Jill Singleton honored the original box designs and created a new plan. City employee of building maintenance, Bill Marshall, rebuilt all of the boxes and had them installed for the trees in 2002.
From here, Fremont’s Naka Nursery rented the nursery land from the City of Fremont. They maintained all of the park’s plants and trees. However, after their closure in 2009, maintenance grew scarce. Over half of the historic trees died due to a lack of water. Thankfully, in 2011 non-profit organization Math Science Nucleus (MSN) volunteered to preserve the remaining trees. New soil was placed inside of the boxed trees. MSN worked alongside Richard Valle, Union City President of Tri-City Economic Development Corporation (Tri-CED) Community Recycling, who coordinated with one of the local community colleges to employ youth volunteers. Twenty young men learned how to irrigate, dig trenches, compost, and a variety of other green skills necessary in conserving the park.
Today, the boxed oak trees remain in the same area. Unfortunately, only the native Coast Live Oaks remain. The City of Fremont staff and council must work together to ensure that the park does not perish. Both funds and focus on maintenance are required to preserve the California Nursery’s property and history. With the help of local volunteers within the community, the trees remaining and the land itself can be properly nourished and cared for.
For more information on volunteer opportunities or becoming a historical docent, please contact the Math Science Nucleus at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Theatre recommits to diversity
Submitted by Chanitcleers
Statement from the board of directors of Chanticleers Theatre regarding diversity and inclusiveness:
Chanticleers Theatre is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in every facet of executing our mission of bringing high quality, live, community theatre to Castro Valley and the surrounding communities. As such, we condemn recent events of hate towards the black community. And, we are using this moment as the impetus for us to review our commitment, and to make any necessary changes to our policies, procedures, and practices to ensure that this commitment continues to grow and evolve in practice. In addition, it is our intention to have our stakeholders participate in this process to gain a diversity of opinions to guide our decision making.
A note from artistic director, John Baiocchi:
In order to immediately to review and enhance our commitment to diversity and inclusion, we are re-examining our choices of shows to present at our theatre. We strive to produce a variety of plays and musicals that are inclusive and reflect our commitment to ensuring that Chanticleers is welcoming to all. As a result, we will not be producing The Foreigner in October of 2021. The material, while well-meaning and satirical, is no longer appropriate. We will find a more relevant title to present in its place and will announce that choice in the coming months.
Additionally, Chanticleers is looking to diversify our leadership team. As such, we are seeking to build our pool of show director and Board of Director candidates who represent the diversity of our community. If you or someone you know has an interest in learning more about either of these positions, please contact us directly at email@example.com We welcome and encourage inquiries from all members of our community.
Charlie Chaplin Days 2020: The Little Tramp goes online
Submitted by Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum
Since 1979, Chaplin Days has been celebrated in the Niles district of Fremont, California. Its origin goes back to 1915, when Charlie Chaplin came to town to work for the Essanay Film Company.
During his stay he made five films, including his iconic film The Tramp. While he was here, he watched films in the Edison Theater (now our museum building), and discovered his leading lady, Edna Purviance, who answered an advertisement in a San Francisco newspaper for a job to work in motion pictures. Although Chaplin only made a fraction of the over 350 films produced by Essanay during its time in town from 1912 to 1916, Chaplin’s name is the most remembered by the general public, and his tradition continues one weekend a year in Niles. The museum normally shows the films Chaplin made while in Niles a century ago and also stages activities, including a look-alike contest.
This year we have moved our festivities online! While we miss gathering in person, the online format has allowed us to reach out to fans from around the globe in a way we haven’t been able to in the past.
There is no cost to any of our presentations except a couple feature films that stream online, one of which can also be viewed with a 14-day free trial. The feature-length Syd Chaplin documentary and Shoulder Arms are streaming for free, as are all of the film shorts.
The festival webpage will be ready a few days before the event; links will become active on Friday, June 26.
Friday night, June 26
• Vaudeville in the time of the Little Tramp – Trav S D
• Chaplinitis – Michael J. Hayde
• Chaplin Niles Locations Presentation – John Bengston
• A story about The Great Dictator – David Totheroh
From the archives:
Symposium about Chaplin (the 1992 bio film) In 2017, we celebrated 25 years of the Oscar-nominated “Chaplin” film which earned Robert Downey, Jr. a nomination. Our illustrious panel shared stories about the filming: Dan Kamin, Marc Wanamaker, David Totheroh, Sam Gill.
Free streaming available for the weekend (Thanks to Serge Bromberg and Lobster Films)
• “A Night Out” intro by Michael Bonham
• “The Champion” intro by Michael Bonham
• “In The Park” intro by Lea Stans
• “A Jitney Elopement” intro by Dorothy Bradley
• “The Tramp” intro by Bob Garfinkle
Available for a fee on Amazon Prime
Chaplin (1992) – You can view this bio film online before watching the Symposium.
Available for a fee on streaming services or free as part of Criterion Channel 14-day trial
The Great Dictator (1940)
Saturday, June 27
ZOOM: Meet David Robinson
A live interview with the acclaimed author of Chaplin, His Life and Art and many other books on film. Hosted by Dan Kamin, including an audience Q&A.
10:00 a.m. PDT, 1:00 p.m. EDT
• Funnyman – A preview of a miniseries in development by Jason Allin and Dan Kamin
• Chaplin’s World Presentation – Bob Garfinkle
• Chaplin’s Film Mystery – a new mini documentary by Nigel Dreiner
• “A Dog’s Life” (1918) intro by Larry Telles
• “Nice and Friendly” (1922) intro by Lisa Stein Haven
Free streaming available weeklong (Courtesy of Lobster Films)
Sydney, the Other Chaplin Documentary
Since his debut in 1914, Charles Chaplin has never ceased to amaze. But surely, Charles would have never reached such heights if it weren't for his big brother Sydney, an improbable character of the shadows with a fiction-like destiny. Intro by Lisa Stein Haven.
Sunday, June 28
• “Making the Tramp” – Jason Allin
• “Charlie’s Strange Predicament” – A new mini documentary by Nigel Dreiner
• “Max (Linder) and Charlie” – with Lisa Stein Haven
• The Professor (1922) intro by Hooman Mehran
• The Bond (1918) intro by Sarah Biegelson
• When the Movies Came from Niles (1964) intro by Rena Kiehn
ZOOM: The Whiz Bang Talent Show, Trivia Quiz, Lookalike Contest and Goodtime Hour with music by Janet Klein & prerecorded segments
10:00 am PDT / 1:00 pm EDT
ZOOM: “Charlie Chaplin’s Red Letter Days” with Dan Kamin
In 1914, World War I shook the world with bombs and Charlie Chaplin shook it with laughter. In “Charlie Chaplin’s Red Letter Days” you’ll discover the surprising ways in which the great comedian affected the Great War and vice versa. Don’t miss this live and interactive excursion into the public and private worlds of the comic legend.
Red Letter Days Preview: https://youtu.be/_aB-FPmXYtE
2:00 – 4:30 p.m. PDT / 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. EDT
Free streaming – feature film
Shoulder Arms with musical accompaniment by Jon Mirsalis
Chaplin brought laughter to the world during dark time, and we are thankful that we are able to continue his tradition during this turbulent year when more than ever, we are in need of his lighthearted comedy.
More info is available on our website https://nilesfilmmuseum.org/ or on our Facebook at
Engaging with contact tracers
Submitted by Supervisor Dave Cortese
Case investigation and contact tracing is actively underway in Santa Clara County, seven days a week, with 296 recently trained contact tracers. An additional 50 county disaster service workers will be working a regular schedule by Thursday, June 25.
The goal of contact tracing is to ensure that residents who have been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case have everything they need to protect their health and the health of their families and friends. All information provided to the public health department through contact tracing is strictly confidential and will be used for public health purposes only.
If you receive a phone call with a caller ID that indicates “California COVID Team” or something similar, it is likely the county’s public health contact tracing staff. They will try to call a few times, and the county is asking all residents to please answer the calls.
However, be aware that scammers may pretend to be contact tracers to trick residents into divulging their private personal information. Professional contact tracers will only ask about medical symptoms and the people they may have encountered; never ask for social security numbers, financial or health insurance information; and never ask residents for money or to pay any fees.
COVID-19 Contact Tracing
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday – Sunday
Local county prevails in litigation challenging termination of DACA
County of Santa Clara applauds the United States Supreme Court’s recent decision ruling that the Trump Administration acted unlawfully in terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The decision is a significant victory for the county, which sued in 2017 to challenge the Trump Administration’s unlawful repeal and to protect hundreds of thousands of deserving DACA recipients across the country.
“The Supreme Court decision is a victory for all Americans and a repudiation of the Trump Administration’s heartless, anti-immigrant policies,” said Santa Clara County Counsel James R. Williams. “We challenged the DACA repeal to vindicate the rights of hardworking young immigrants to pursue their dreams and contribute to the only country they have ever called home—including, now, in critical roles as frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19. Under today’s decision, these hardworking young immigrants, including thousands of Santa Clara County residents, can continue to live, study, and work without fear.”
–Submitted by County of Santa Clara Public Affairs–
Statement from Supervisor David Cortese DACA Decision:
“The Supreme Court was on the right side of history with this landmark case, putting the onus on the Trump administration to provide a reasoned explanation should they choose to end DACA. The DACA Program represents a lifeline for hundreds and thousands of our youth here in Santa Clara County. A lifeline that the Santa Clara County board of supervisors, our chief executive officer, and our county counsel have fought to uphold. Although we must remain vigilant, what we have fought so hard for and won is precious time. Time that will perhaps get us beyond the nightmare of an intolerant sitting president. We won’t stop until there is a permanent fix that will allow our Dreamers to thrive.”
For more information, call Office of Supervisor Dave Cortese at (408) 299-5030.
Davis Street Update
Submitted by Davis Street
In keeping with County guidelines, Davis Street is re-opening some of its on-site services.
In a statement, CEO Rose Padilla Johnson said, “As Alameda County Shelter-in-Place orders extend with updates, few lifted restrictions, and safety precautions, Davis Street is actively adjusting to the needs of our community. Since the Shelter-in-Place, we implemented new onsite safety protocols, temperature checks, COVID-19 screening for all staff, clients, and volunteers, COVID-19 testing, Clinic Telehealth visits, and contact-less Basic Needs pick-up and drop-off for at-risk clients. We will be safely reopening more services to support our most vulnerable population and extending hours per each department below.”
The primary care clinic is open onsite and through Telehealth technologies Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Medical and Behavioral health, including psychiatric services are open and treating patients onsite and using Telehealth for physical distancing purposes. Dental will re-open June 22, 2020. Emergency appointments available now. For more information on the clinic, contact (510) 347-4620 x 400.
Davis Street’s food pantry is open Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Clients may pick up a grocery bag at the warehouse door or have their bag taken to their car. Call or text (510) 561-9042 for car delivery. Grocery bags can be delivered by Davis Street staff and volunteers to the homes of seniors and at-risk clients. Currently the clothing program is closed. San Leandro residents seeking housing assistance can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children’s services is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Contact Trish Murillo, Children’s Services Manager at (510) 347-4620 x 167 or email: email@example.com. The Jefferson site is open Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Lakeside, Garfield, and Roosevelt Elementary Sites are closed.
Davis Street’s families need your help now more than ever. Davis Street is in need of volunteers, monetary donations, N95 and surgical masks, sanitizing items, and unexpired food. More information on how to volunteer and donate is available at http://davisstreet.org/.
In-Kind or monetary donations of checks/cash can be dropped off or mailed to:
Davis Street Community Center
3081 Teagarden St.
San Leandro, Ca 94577
Drive-In Theaters Back in Style
By Jui Sadekar
Get ready for a slice of nostalgia this summer—along with effortless social distancing—as local businesses reopen old drive-in movies or build make-shift theaters in parking lots. Drive-ins are considered a thing of the past, but it seems that coronavirus is helping to revive this old-school form of entertainment.
Unlike traditional movie theaters where moviegoers sit next to one another under an auditorium, drive-in theaters provide an isolated experience perfect for enjoying a movie/show from the comfort of your vehicle, especially in a time of pandemic when it’s crucial to keep your distance.
“We’re all having a tough time being stuck at home and this is the perfect way to safely get out and connect with your community and friends. It’s important to get out and it’s important to follow social distancing guidelines. What better way than a drive-in? I think the nostalgic nature of a drive-in is a big piece of it too,” says Mike Bucci, co-organizer, Comedy Drive-in.
It is fascinating how drive-ins have become an icon of American culture. Let’s look back to see how the drive-in experience began. From the 1930s to 1970s, drive-in movie theaters were popular hangout spots for teenagers and young couples. It was a fun pastime, and it allowed film enthusiasts to watch the latest movies. The drive-in theatre first came to light on June 6, 1933, when Richard Hollingshead opened the first drive-in theater in Pennsauken Township, New Jersey. A few others quickly followed, but the trend only truly took off with the advent of in-car speakers in the 1940s.
In East Bay, a once popular drive-in off the Nimitz Freeway at Alvarado-Niles Road was opened by Syufy Enterprises (later Century Theatres) on March 30, 1966, as a single screen drive-in. Over time, Union City 6 Drive-In grew to a twin-screen and later six screens. However, it was closed and torn down in 1998 to make way for Union Landing Shopping Center.
Over time, drive-ins lost their pop culture appeal and were closed. Owners had to sell their land to build malls and other entertainment complexes. However, some drive-in movie theaters still do exist. Now, Bay Area residents can get out of the house and pull up for the following shows:
Comedy Drive-In, Newark
“Comedy Drive-In” combines live comedy and drive-in movies. Four to five comedians perform per night from an elevated stage, and the show is projected onto a giant inflatable movie screen. Just like the drive-ins, sound is transmitted to your car, and you can listen through the radio. Shows take place every Saturday throughout June.
Mike Bucci, who organizes the show with his wife Megan, and comedian Mean Dave, says, “Due to the current county rules about drive-in events, we are limited to 60 cars in the space we have. Swiss Park was generous enough to allow us to use their lot at no charge, which is why we can offer this show for free. We do ask for donations so we can pay the comedians and a portion of all the proceeds are going to the Newark Memorial High School girls’ soccer team.”
Asked whether he’d consider doing the shows throughout summer, Mike Bucci, says, “For right now we have agreed to host shows every Saturday in June. Like everyone else, we are just waiting to see how things progress before we plan for the entire summer.”
Gates open 8:15 p.m., show starts 9 p.m.
Saturday, Jun 27
RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org (first-come, first-served basis)
Food or refreshments available
No garbage cans on-site
Pop-Up Drive-in Movies, Alameda County Fairgrounds
Watch classics from your car every Friday and Saturday night, except for July 4, through August 1. Pay to park and receive one free general admission ticket to the 2021 Fair next summer, plus see a classic movie. Tune to the FM radio station 90.7 to hear the movie.
“The Fair team wanted to connect in a safe, fun environment. We believe this allows families to be safely entertained outside of their homes, creating memories to last a lifetime. A drive-in movie is something we have done as kids and brings back fond memories for many,” says Angel E. Moore, vice president, business development, Alameda County Fair.
Food will not be sold at the drive-in itself. However, the fairgrounds will have food trucks available on those nights in a nearby parking lot. To book tickets and for more information, visit www.alamedacountyfair.com/, under “Events,” “Drive-In Movies,” and “Grab-n-Go Food Trucks.”
Fridays and Saturdays through Aug 1
Gates open 7:30 p.m.; movies begin at dark, around 8:45 p.m.
Alameda County Fairgrounds
Valley Ave & Rd 12, Pleasanton
1 (800) 514-3849
$25 per vehicle (online advance purchase)
$30 per vehicle (on-site, if tickets are available)
Grab-n-Go Food Trucks
Fridays and Saturdays through Aug 1
5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Parking $10 online and on-site (parking is credit card only/cashless)
West Wind Capitol Drive-In, San Jose
Family owned West Wind Drive-In Theaters announced on its website that they are reopening all four of their theaters across California with “strict” rules. The atmosphere at West Wind is best described as relaxed family fun with a mix of old-school drive-in vibe combined with the latest technology. For details, visit www.westwinddi.com/locations/capitol.
3630 HillCap Avenue, San Jose
General admission: $8.25; kids ages 5 – 11: $1.75; under age 4: free
Call for artists
Submitted by City of Fremont
City of Fremont is seeking artist proposals for the commission of a contemporary, innovative, and permanent public art installation for the city’s new project, Dusterberry Neighborhood Park. The call is open to professional artists over the age of 18, residing in the Western United States. The deadline to submit the proposal is Tuesday, June 30.
The art piece will be located within a 20′ diameter space within a 70′ diameter specialty paved central plaza partially ringed by a trellis and seat wall. The public art budget, including design, structural calculations for art piece, and art work delivered and installed in place, is estimated at $55,000. To get more details, including proposed park plan graphic and guidelines for art, or to apply, visit https://stage.codaworx.com/, click on “Artist Resources” and search for “Dusterberry Neighborhood Park.”
Art Proposal Submission
Deadline: Tuesday, Jun 30
By Ned MacKay
Although visitor centers and some other high-use areas in the East Bay Regional Parks are closed to avoid overcrowding during the coronavirus pandemic, the parks and trails are generally open for hiking, riding, and bicycling.
With that in mind, here are some suggestions for trails you can take to get some much needed fresh air and exercise. Remember to go with small groups, including mainly immediate household, to maintain social distancing, and to carry masks for use when distancing is not possible. Carry water and please pack out your trash.
Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline: An easy and very scenic walk or ride is the George Miller Jr. Trail, a 2-mile section between Martinez and Port Costa. It’s paved, wheelchair accessible, and offers great views of the strait with its maritime traffic and Benicia across the water.
To get there, drive west on Carquinez Scenic Drive from the town of Martinez. Park on the road shoulder; don’t block fire gates. You can access the west end by driving toward Port Costa on McEwen Road from Highway 4. Turn right on Carquinez Scenic Drive at the bottom of the hill and drive to the end of the road. There are several picnic tables along the way, and there’s a chemical toilet at the Port Costa trailhead parking lot.
For another easy and scenic walk or ride, turn left on Carquinez Scenic Drive and proceed about a mile to the Bull Valley Staging Area on the right. From there, follow the Carquinez Overlook Trail, or go down the hill to Eckley Pier.
Diablo Foothills Regional Park: Another easy walk or ride is the Stage Road Trail through Pine Canyon at Castle Rock and Diablo Foothills. It’s about a mile and a half from the start to the state park boundary, and of course you can venture farther if you wish.
The trail follows Pine Creek, which is dry in the summer and wet in the rainy season. It’s largely shady. There are lots of views of the imposing Castle Rocks, a nesting place for peregrine falcons. If you are lucky, you may see the falcons. But remember that the Castle Rocks, which are in the state park, are closed from February 1 through July 31 to protect the birds during nesting season.
The park is at the end of Castle Rock Road in Walnut Creek, past Northgate High School. Park at the Orchard Staging Area on the right, then walk through a gate at the end of the lot. Or if the lot at the end of the road has been opened, you can park there. It’s the Castle Rock trailhead.
Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve: Sibley is the East Bay’s backyard volcano. Through eons of geologic action and modern-day quarrying, evidence of a volcano that was active 10 million years ago has been revealed.
At the park entrance there are restrooms and displays describing the park’s volcanic history. Pick up a brochure for a self-guided tour around eleven signposts. The park also has several rock mazes, one of which was constructed by a local artist. You won’t get lost; the mazes are only one rock high. The entrance to Sibley Preserve is on Skyline Boulevard a short distance south of the intersection with Grizzly Peak Boulevard in the Oakland hills.
Garin/Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Parks: The two parks preserve a bit of Hayward’s ranching history. An easy walk at Garin is from the entrance to Jordan Pond and back. If you are more energetic, the trail network leads up to ridgetops with great views of San Francisco Bay. Another feature at Garin is an apple orchard maintained by volunteers. It contains heirloom varieties of apples that are no longer commercially grown. The park is at the end of Garin Avenue off Mission Boulevard.
Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area: This is a former gravel quarry in Fremont that has been transformed into a park with several lakes. There are lots of completely flat hiking options. Try the Californio, Old Creek, Western Pacific and Isla Tres Rancheros trails for a walk to see waterbirds and a rare fruit tree grove. The park is on Isherwood Way.
There are also lots of hiking opportunities at Sunol Regional Wilderness south of I-680 and the town of Sunol, and at Coyote Hills Regional Park on Paseo Padre Parkway in Fremont. However, these parks tend to be crowded. So, if you go, go early.
This is just a sample. Several dozen hikes and rides are described in two park district brochures: “Short-Loop Trails: Easy Paths for Walking or Biking.” The brochures are available online at www.ebparks.org. Click on “Parks & Trails” at the top of the home page, click on “Maps,” and look under “S” for the brochures.
Back to the drawing board
For years, a model of the future envisioned concentrated housing development and mass transit. The central idea was that workers would live close to their employment and/or near mass transportation systems that would whisk them to a workplace even if many miles away. In accordance with this, extensive construction has concentrated on massive apartment and condominium/townhouse complexes, resulting in exorbitant pricing, advertised as close to transportation and services.
Many who have been priced out of the housing market are forced to commute for hours, often spending a huge portion of their waking hours on the road in traffic amid clouds of noxious fumes. The insanity of this lifestyle has supported a call for more housing, more transportation and more condensed living. Large, high tech factories have concentrated their facilities to take advantage of synergistic relationships but often fail to acknowledge the human factor of overcrowding, shifting employment requirements and quality of life.
The “normal” state of affairs for business, government and family life combined a vision of a future filled with happy workers without need for personal transportation, living in huge honeycombed edifices that adjoined rail service and all personal services required including basic needs, leisure and recreation. A construct of this model can be seen near the Warm Springs and newly opened Milpitas BART stations. With the recent extension of BART to Berryessa (San Jose), a decades-long dream of connecting work and living locations in the South Bay with East Bay and San Francisco has become reality.
There is, however, a small matter of Murphy’s Law (“Anything that can go wrong will go wrong”) that is usually ignored, but present in almost everything devised by mankind. As communications have expanded and matured through internet capacity, methods of commuting to work have changed as well. Experiments of work at home, progressing in fits and starts, are now commonplace as the COVID-19 pandemic mandated change. Stay-at-home directives propelled the process, but with faster connectivity the transformation was in the works anyway. The question at the foundation of our bright and happy future envisioned by past and present planners is whether the infrastructure of mass living and transportation is relevant to a post pandemic world. If many employees are not constricted to everyday life near mass transit or their workplace, will the costs – environmental, health, transportation, housing – outweigh the benefits? When and where are remote work models appropriate?
A useful exercise for our local authorities is to use this period of upheaval as an opportunity for change. With a crisis of epic proportions, comes a moment when prospects for significant reorganization and reevaluation arise. Questions of policing and legislative priorities ask fundamental questions that need answers. How are departments organized? For example, why is the Tri-City Animal Shelter administered under the auspices of the Fremont Police Department requiring police employees and volunteers subject to a security background check? Are citizen commissions and boards active and performing oversight responsibilities? Have they identified and fulfilled their role as venues for civic transparency? Is telecommuting an efficient alternative to large workplace environments? Can and should many civic and business transactions be handled remotely?
Just as an engineer may be asked to go back to the drawing board if glitches appear in previous work, so too can our local civic leaders examine the foundational beliefs that organize departments, compensation and direction. Health and economic crises do not necessarily have to lead to a crisis of confidence in our leadership.
Facemasks now required throughout California
Submitted by California Department of Public Health
If you’re going outside and will be in public, don’t forget to wear a facemask. That’s the message state public health officials are telling all Californians.
As the threat of coronavirus COVID-19 infection continues, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released a guidance update on June 19 that requires everyone to wear a face covering in high-risk settings. A growing body of scientific research has shown that people with no or few symptoms of COVID-19 can still spread the disease and that the use of face coverings, combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing, will reduce the spread of COVID-19.
“Science shows that face coverings and masks work,” said Governor Gavin Newsom. “They are critical to keeping those who are around you safe, keeping businesses open and restarting our economy.”
Governor Newsom also addressed why he took this action now. “Simply put, we are seeing too many people with faces uncovered — putting at risk the real progress we have made in fighting the disease. California’s strategy to restart the economy and get people back to work will only be successful if people act safely and follow health recommendations. That means wearing a face covering, washing your hands and practicing physical distancing.”
State public health officials concur. “As Californians venture into our communities more, wearing face coverings is another important way we can help protect one another,” said Dr. Sonia Angell, State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health. “Combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing, wearing cloth face coverings when we are with others outside of our household will reduce the spread of COVID-19, which is still a very real threat across our state.”
The CDPH guidance mandates the use of cloth face coverings by the general public statewide when outside the home, with limited exceptions, explained below:
• Inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space
• Obtaining services from the healthcare sector in settings including, but not limited to, a hospital, pharmacy, medical clinic, laboratory, physician or dental office, veterinary clinic, or blood bank
• Waiting for or riding on public transportation or paratransit or while in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle
• Engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site, when:
Interacting in-person with any member of the public
• Working in any space visited by members of the public, regardless of whether anyone from the public is present at the time
• Working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others
• Working in or walking through common areas, such as hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities
• In any room or enclosed area where other people (except for members of the person’s own household or residence) are present when unable to physically distance.
• Driving or operating any public transportation or paratransit vehicle, taxi, or private car service or ride-sharing vehicle when passengers are present. When no passengers are present, face coverings are strongly recommended.
• While outdoors in public spaces when maintaining a physical distance of six feet from people who are not members of the same household or residence is not feasible.
The following people are exempt from wearing a face covering:
• Children aged 2 and younger
• People with a medical, mental health, or developmental disability that prevents wearing a face covering
• Those who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication
• Individuals for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.
• People who are obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service
• Anyone who is seated at a restaurant or other establishment that offers food or beverage service, while they are eating or drinking, provided that they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet away from persons who are not members of the same household or residence
• Those who are engaged in outdoor work or recreation such as swimming, walking, hiking, bicycling, or running, when alone or with household members, and when they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet from others
• People who are incarcerated. Prisons and jails, as part of their mitigation plans, will have specific guidance on the wearing of face coverings of masks for both inmates and staff.
More information about reopening California and what individuals can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19, visit https://covid19.ca.gov/.
South Bay Amateur Radio Association continues field day during pandemic
Submitted by William E. Artelt
CQ Field Day, CQ Field Day, Kilo United Six Sierra CQ Field Day. The familiar calling phrase of Amateur Radio Club Callsign KU6S – which has members from all over Fremont and the surrounding area – will have a different meaning amid the COVID-19 Pandemic. Our annual emergency communication gathering, Field Day, operating on the grounds of Lake Elizabeth has changed.
This year, Field Day will adhere to local, State, and National social distancing guidelines while operating. Following the Amateur Radio Relay League or ARRL, Rules of Operation for Field Day, SBARA Club members will practice and operate the two-day event from individual Club Member’s residences.
To power our transceivers, commercial, solar, or battery power will be used to contact Operators around the US during our annual Emergency preparedness exercise. In addition, members will attempt to contact the ISS and Amateur Radio Satellites orbiting above the Earth. Operating from our residences guarantees that we all will follow Social Distancing Guidelines and the changes in the ARRL rules for Field Day.
This year our club score will be an accumulation of all member contacts for submission to the ARRL.
Field Day is the fourth weekend in June – this year, Saturday June 27 – Sunday, June 28. To learn more about Amateur Radio, contact SBARA via our Website www.sbara.org and the ARRL website at www.arrl.org.
SBARA Field Day
Saturday, Jun 27 – Sunday, Jun 28
Fremont Police Log
Submitted by Geneva Bosques, Fremont PD
Friday, June 12
• At about 3:30 p.m. a woman reported hearing noises in her home and walked down a stairway to investigate. She saw the downstairs was ransacked and spotted a male fleeing from the area. She provided a description of the man to responding officers who quickly found and detained a man matching the description at Fremont Boulevard and Sundale Drive. He was positively identified by the woman and arrested. The suspect, identified by police as Dennis Aquino, 40, a transient from Fremont was arrested on suspicion of residential burglary and booked at Santa Rita Jail.
Saturday, June 13
• During a probation search of a Fremont residence officers found a television and several packages of toilet paper that had been reported stolen June 7 from a church off Washington Boulevard. Also recovered was a bicycle reported stolen June 12 from a Fremont residence and a second bicycle reported stolen in Anaheim in 2017. A woman, identified by police as Stacey Decrosta, 47, of Fremont was issued a citation for felony burglary and will face court charges in August.
Sunday, June 14
• At about 3:30 a.m. witnesses reported they were following a man who started three fires on Mowry Avenue near Hastings Street. Arriving officers quickly located the man and made a positive identification with witnesses. Meanwhile, Fremont Fire Department arrived and put out the fires which were burning on the street. The man, identified by police as Abdulfatah Idris, 39, a transient from Fremont, was arrested and booked at Fremont City Jail.
Hayward Police Log
Submitted by Officer Claudia Mau, Hayward PD
Sunday, June 14
• At around 3:00 a.m. officers responded to a report about shots fired in the 2700 block of Manon Avenue. Upon arrival, officers found two men suffering from gunshot wounds. Medical aid was provided, but one man died at the scene. The other man was taken to a hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The Alameda County Coroner’s Office and Hayward Police Department identified the dead man as Carlos Garcia, 53, of Hayward. The incident is being investigated as a homicide. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Sangha at (510) 293-7176.
City kicks off street repair and rehabilitation program
Submitted by City of Hayward
On June 18, City of Hayward announced the start of a $12 million program of street repair and rehabilitation work covering more than 42 lane miles of roadway and expected to be completed by October.
Residents along the 114 segments of streets to be included in the FY 2020 Pavement Improvement Project will receive 72-hour notice of the exact time of the work from project contractor DeSilva Gates Construction.
Street segments are chosen based on a third-party engineer’s evaluation of pavement condition, internal City Maintenance Services Department reports of needed repair, public and city council member input, and opportunity for efficiency through geographic grouping.
In addition to street repair and rehabilitation work—ranging from spot sealing to full-depth reclamation and restoration—improvements will include new curb ramps and bicycle lanes along with restriping.
The city’s annual Pavement Improvement Project is funded through a combination of Alameda County Measure B and BB transportation sale tax revenue, gas tax revenue, state vehicle registration fees, and California Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.
To learn more and see a list and map of street segments included in the FY 2020 Pavement Improvement Project, visit https://www.hayward-ca.gov. Select “Your Government,” then click on “Departments and Divisions,” “Engineering Division,” and “Fiscal Year 2020 Pavement Improvement Project.”
Hayward City Council Report
June 16, 2020 (via remote participation)
Presentations and Proclamations:
• Council recognizes and receives Hayward Police Department 2020 Budget and List of Community Demands. Demands include:
-Establishment of a city-wide participatory committee for all residents (regardless of citizenship status) that will dictate how to reallocate another 10 percent of the police budget to non-police, community-based services for Fiscal Year 2022.
-Cancellation of all contracts between the Hayward Police Department and the Hayward Unified School District, as well as California State University East Bay.
-Plans to demilitarize local police and to ban paid leave for officers being investigated for misconduct.
• Authorize an agreement with Alameda County to accept $2,870,000 and an amendment to the Professional Services Agreement with Ross Drulis Cusenbery for the South Hayward Youth and Family Center Project
• Authorize acceptance of $20,000 in grant funding to support Census 2020 outreach activities
• Public Hearing: Route 238 Parcel Group 9: Rezone former Caltrans property known as Rte. 238 Parcel Group 9 located at intersection of Apple Avenue and Oak Street from high density residential (RH) and commercial office (CO) to General Commercial (GC).
Measures and Resolutions:
• Amend the Hayward 2040 plan to comply with changes to state law including the establishment of new Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) compliant to CEQA thresholds and adopt updated greenhouse gas emission targets.
Mayor Barbara Halliday Aye
Sara Lamnin Aye
Elisa Marquez Aye
Al Mendall Aye
Mark Salinas Aye
Aisha Wahab Aye
Francisco Zermeno Aye
Graceland University, Illinois
Spring 2020 President’s List
• Payton Young of Union City
Western New England University, Massachusetts
Spring 2020 graduate
•Jasmine Pandher of Hayward
Ithaca College, New York
Spring 2020 Dean’s List
•Quinlan Barrie of Fremont
McKendree University, Illinois
Spring 2020 Dean’s List
• Eli Denmead of Fremont
Emerson College, Massachusetts
Spring 2020 Dean’s List
• Aayush Bajpai of Fremont
• Vineet Raju of Fremont
Arcadia University, Pennsylvania
Spring 2020 graduates
• Bhoomika Patel of Fremont
• Vidhi Pate, of Fremont
• Ashaben Sudani of Fremont
Oregon State University
• Spring 2020 graduates
• Emerald L. Coupe of Castro Valley
• Nicholas M. Marozick of Hayward
• Samantha M. Harteau of Newark
• Jamie L. McPherson of San Leandro
• Andrew Ngo of Milpitas
• Priscilla S. Park of Milpitas
• Karla J. Meyers of San Lorenzo
• Minnette D. Tiamsic of San Lorenzo
• Laura Lin of Union City
• Tayler A. Nichols of Union City
• Lauren Harter of Fremont
• Hsiang Lo of Fremont
• Emmy D. Montufar of Fremont
• Sathya A. Ramanathan of Fremont
• Andie L. Teresi of Fremont
Letter to the Editor
“I don’t see color” is not an adequate response to racism
“I don’t see color” is simply not an adequate response to the problems created by racism in America. It is the expression of one person’s desire to act or be perceived in a certain way and does nothing to address the institutional and internalized racism in society at large. More importantly, it negates the experience of people of color, whose lives look much different simply because they were born into a different shade of skin.
America from its beginning was built upon a foundation of institutional racism. It was built by the forced labor of Africans, brought here against their will, and then treated as unwelcome foreigners in the homeland to which they had been kidnapped. It’s a bitter irony that the men who wrote such stirring, impassioned words about life and liberty never thought twice about depriving their fellow human beings of those same freedoms, forcing them into deprivation and slavery.
They used the Bible, and later tailored the “science” to justify enslavement and mistreatment of black people. They reasoned that black people were not fully human, less intelligent, but physically stronger, and thereby satisfied themselves that it was appropriate to treat them as livestock, or work animals.
Southern states in particular built their economies upon this free, forced labor. When slavery came to an end, economies collapsed, and some Southerners found themselves impoverished. They placed the blame on former slaves and their progeny rather than the fact that their fortunes were built on the shifting sands of enslavement for profit. Resentment grew and became uglier and uglier.
Racism was by no means confined to the Southern states. White people continued to, and still do, find reasons why they are superior to persons of color. They still hold to false beliefs of black people as more criminal, lazy, less intelligent, usually without any sound reason. Through it all, black people have persevered, and found ways to adapt and even thrive.
Excluded from white Churches, black people founded their own. They found ways to celebrate with joy and exuberance, even while their lives were being so negatively impacted by racism. White people responded, and still do, with derision.
Excluded from educational institutions, black people formed their own, creating places of learning and providing black students with an opportunity to improve their own lives in a safe environment for intellectual and emotional growth. White people use those institutions to form the argument that segregation is acceptable because of a specious claim that the action of exclusion is somehow bilateral.
Excluded from white culture, black people formed their own. White people deride black culture, without ever bothering to contemplate the nature of its origin or the deeper experience it conveys.
Always the distrust. Always the derision. Always the presumption. Even now, in this new millennium, black people can’t walk through stores without being followed by security. They can’t stand in “white” spaces without their presence there being questioned, suspicious, or unwelcome. Even worse, law enforcement officers, and others, are murdering black people with impunity.
It’s a common defense to say, “But I am not a racist.” That may be true, but it just doesn’t go far enough. Racism isn’t just about the avowed White Supremacist. It’s a spectrum from the person merely holding perceived stereotypes to acting on those beliefs to discriminate against or cause great harm to another person.
Racism didn’t grow into our institutions by accident. It was systematically built by people who sought to benefit by separating people according to their degrees of “whiteness” or “blackness.” One doesn’t have to belong to the Ku Klux Klan to buy into the stereotypes about people of color.
Racist attitudes are a community problem and it’s from there that change must come. We can change for the better, and we MUST do so. The cost to our society, indeed to humanity, is simply too high for us to continue as we have.
We must acknowledge white privilege and our history as a nation in allowing and justifying the horrible violence toward, and oppression and mistreatment of black people in our country. We must face the truth to move past it. As a parent, I remain silent about the stereotypes I grew up with, so my children don’t have to unlearn them.
I don’t want my friends to believe I don’t see color; I want them to understand that I see them and I want to know their experience, because in the end it brings us closer together when we build mutual respect and understanding.
Next up is finding ways to be more proactive as an anti-racist. The onus is on me to take a more active role in creating the more just world that I would like to see and live in. We simply cannot continue on this way. I’m afraid it won’t get better unless white people step up and say this is not how we want our society. We must change for the better. We must work together, in concrete ways, work toward a “more perfect union.” It is well past time for us to behave accordingly.
Dianna L. Shore
Fourth of July Porch Parade
Submitted by City of Fremont
Decorate your porches, front yards, or store fronts in a creative or patriotic way to participate in Fremont’s Porch Parade event. This is a virtual opportunity to celebrate the 4th of July with fellow residents, family, and friends. Fremont 4th of July Parade Board and community volunteers are coordinating the event.
For complete details, including a timeline and how to register and appear on the Porch Parade Registered Map, visit https://fremont4th.org/porch-parade. City officials will serve as judges.
Kansen Chu statement regarding World Journal article
Submitted by office of Assemblymember Kansen Chu
As a lifetime member of the NAACP, an immigrant, and a strong and consistent supporter of communities of color, I fully acknowledge and understand the systemic racism that people of color face then and now. Recently, there was an English translated document of an article in the World Journal, which was originally written in Chinese, suggesting that I made negative comments related to ACA 5. The article was written with the reporter’s own opinion and not direct or literal quotes from me.
World Journal has since published an article clearly stating that I did not make those remarks. I unequivocally deny saying that Latinos do not value education — especially as a public servant who has a track record of supporting diversity, and human and civil rights. Specifically, I said that there exists deep institutional barriers for Latino and African American students. What was not said in the World Journal was that I said the solution would be more funding for schools serving our underserved communities. My record on supporting educational funding and progressive policies in support of the advancement of people of color has and will always be strong and consistent.
As founder and Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Hate Crimes, I have worked with civil rights groups to change policies to help better report, respond, and prosecute hate crimes. I spearheaded a thorough audit of current practices by law enforcement and subsequent policy changes.
As a member of the California Legislature Progressive Caucus, I have authored/co-authored and voted for ALL progressive policies such as seats at the table for civil rights group to influence reforms, sanctuary state, justice reforms (i.e. stricter use of force standards, training on de-escalation, removal of sentence enhancement, and promoting rehabilitation), free college, environmental justice, funding for immigrants, stopping ICE from tearing families apart, better training on hate crimes for peace officers, and many more.
During COVID-19 pandemic, I have been vocal about supporting minority groups that are disproportionately impacted. When I heard of the number of deaths and infections due to COVID-19 in East San Jose, an area with majority being people of color, I submitted a funding request for SOMOS Mayfair to do translated and culturally appropriate outreach for testing. I also reached out to many groups offering protective equipment such as masks and provided 5000 masks to farm workers.
The translated version in English did not accurately reflect what was written in Chinese in addition to attributing quotes that did not come from my mouth. I strongly believe that many underserved communities in my district will continue to have barriers to college unless we make higher education more affordable for all. My decades-long commitment to our community remains steadfast and unwavering, and I look forward to continue working to improve the lives of everyone I serve.
UFW response re: Kansen Chu in hot water over racially-charged remarks – San José Spotlight
Submitted by United Farm Workers
To whom it may concern at San Jose Spotlight, United Farm Worker President Teresa Romero asked us to submit the following in response to a story today in San Jose Spotlight.
“The United Farm Worker’s experience with Kansen Chu has been as a true ally of the UFW and our mostly Latino membership. The assertion by Kansen Chu’s opponents that he discriminates against Latinos is completely different than Kansen Chu’s actions. Kansen Chu voted multiple times to overturn a racist Jim Crow era law that prevented farm workers from receiving equal treatment under the Fair Labor Standards Act. When others in the California legislature showed fear in overturning that racist law, Kansen Chu marched with farm workers to confront our opponents.
“When COVID-19 struck California, without the UFW soliciting anyone, Kansen Chu asked the United Farm Workers where he could send 5,000 face masks for farm workers who place themselves at risk of infection each day by performing essential jobs in the fields. United Farm Workers founder Cesar Chavez once said ‘Talk is cheap…It is the way we organize and use our lives every day that tells what we believe in.’ Kansen Chu’s unpublicized act of generosity organizing masks for farm workers and his willingness to confront racism head on even among his legislative colleagues of the same political party speak loudly about his belief that all people should be treated equally in our fight against racism.”
Teresa Romero, President, United Farm Workers
Kind, Connected Summer: a new summer reading experience
Submitted by Alameda County Library
Summer is normally the time of year library workers anticipate the most. It is when we get to see many more of you come through our doors. There is a vibrant energy that radiates throughout the library, with voices raised in excitement from participating in Summer Reading. Under normal circumstances we would be welcoming you into our library spaces, spinning the prize wheel, handing out book prizes, and gearing up for a calendar full of events. This year we were faced with a whole new “normal.” We had to redesign our Summer Reading experience to be responsive to the realities of COVID-19, seeking out ways for us to still feel connected while having to be physically apart.
When you pick-up or download this year’s gameboard, you’ll notice that it looks different than in years past. Here are some of the highlighted changes:
• One gameboard for all ages. Alternative activities are available on the back of the gameboard if any of the main activities do not work for you or your family.
• No registration required, no start or finish point – play as much or little as you want.
• Not focused exclusively on logging reading time; however, any activity can be replaced by reading or listening to a book.
• Activities are based off the Library’s new vision statement, “Kind, Connected Humans” and our four areas of exploration: Innovation and Cultivation; Healthy Families, Healthy Homes; Civic Participation; Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. These activities will engage your whole family in exploring your community, library resources, and the world around you.
• Two rounds of gameboards! An updated gameboard will be released on July 20th with a new set of activities.
• Everything on the gameboard can be done without visiting the library and keeping in line with current public health orders.
We know everyone looks forward to winning prizes for completing summer reading. This year, with our libraries operating differently we also had to rethink how we deliver prizes. With our local economy hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, we chose to invest in local small business by purchasing all of our summer reading prizes within Alameda County. Altogether this summer program has infused over $27,000 into the local business economy, creating prize packages that you can win each week valuing around $100 each! Since we can’t see you in person, we’re asking you to share a story/video/drawing/photo/dance you created inspired by one of the activities from the game board with us each week to be entered into the prize drawings. We’ll share these back with the community through our social media (with your permission) to create a virtual Summer Learning connection.
The last new thing you’ll discover this year is the addition of a Kindness Journal. Instead of handing out a book to each participant, we are creating an opportunity to bring your self-expression into the Library’s digital collection! We encourage you to create a Kindness Journal in any format that speaks to you: drawing, mixed media, sculpture, video, song, etc. You can then upload your journal to our BiblioBoard portal where it can be cataloged and available for all library members to enjoy.
Learn more about the summer reading game, download the gameboard, and scan your journal at https://guides.aclibrary.org/summer. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask one of our staff through our AC Library Live Chat service.
LIFE ElderCare continues to serve seniors
Submitted by Deepa Chordiya
The shelter-in-place order has caused a fundamental shift in how many organizations deliver essential services. For LIFE ElderCare, it has meant finding creative ways to continue to support one of the most vulnerable segments of the community while minimizing their risk of exposure.
Before shelter-in-place, 91-year-old Marie France Sage, a longtime client of LIFE ElderCare, relied on the organization’s door-through-door transportation program to get to the store whenever she was running low on supplies. But now, because she is mindful of the need to shelter-in-place, she instead depends on LIFE to bring groceries to her.
To provide additional food assistance, LIFE drivers and volunteers have been redeployed to support its new food bank delivery service. For example, volunteer Val Clough now picks up a grocery bag for Sage every week instead of taking her to the store to do her shopping. To date, the team has dropped off over 1,200 bags of groceries.
“The dedication of our drivers and volunteers has made this project a huge success – as well as the incredible collaborations we have formed with the Tri-City Volunteers Food Bank, South Hayward Parish Food Bank, San Lorenzo Family Help Center, Hope 4 the Heart, Alameda County Community Food Bank and more,” said Andrea Mok, director of transportation.
LIFE ElderCare’s transportation program has been supported by Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC) for many years through Measures B and BB funding – provided rides with destination assistance to get to doctor’s appointments or the grocery store.
Even as communities are slowly starting to reopen, the organization recognizes that many older adults will still want to minimize their risk as much as possible. If you are age 60+ and have no one to help you, LIFE ElderCare can:
• Drop off a fresh meal each weekday (with frozen meals for the weekend); delivered with no contact but still with a 6’ friendly check-in
• Bring you a bag of groceries every one or two weeks
• Deliver meds and other essentials to your home
• Match you up with a volunteer “phone buddy” for friendly conversation
• Have someone call just to check in daily or weekly
• Connect you with any other service you might need
To sign up for services, to volunteer, or to donate, call (510) 894-0370, email info@LifeElderCare.org, or register at www.TriCityAtRisk.com or www.LifeElderCare.org.
Local dental offices “brushing up” for reopening
By Harshdeep Singh Nanda
The onset of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has left many local businesses in trouble. Local dental offices, however, have started to reopen for service. According to a press release from the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency, providers of non-urgent health care services “are encouraged to gradually resume full scope of services,” as of June 13.
Over the past few months, Decoto Family Dentistry (Union City) and Mission Palm Dental (Fremont) have only been taking emergency appointments and have otherwise been closed. In the meantime, the clinic has been working to develop a process for reopening – one that would ensure the safety of their patients, doctors, assistants and staff.
According to Tanika Veramontes, dental assistant at Mission Palm Dental, “all patients are required to wear a mask in the office, get their temperature checked, and fill out a questionnaire that determines whether they have been showing symptoms of the virus.” Once cleared, they are invited inside for their appointment and all clipboards and pens are sterilized. All family members are asked to remain in their cars or to return to pick up the patient at the end of the appointment.
Another precaution that is being taken by many dental offices is staggering appointments. Instead of overlapping appointment times with patients waiting until they are called in, many dental offices are now spacing appointments to limit occupancy in the waiting room. At Decoto Family Dentistry and Mission Palm Dental, staff have scheduled a 10-minute service model, where a patient is called in every 10 minutes.
What else can be done to ensure safety? Apart from requiring masks at all times, controlling the waiting room occupancy and conducting temperature checks, a few dental offices have also installed plexiglass around their front desks as an extra measure of protection. Another innovative approach has been to conduct a questionnaire over the phone when the appointment is being booked, rather than when the patient arrives at the office.
How has the pandemic affected these offices financially? Although operations were halted for about three months, most local dental offices have been able to stay afloat. Staff members were temporarily furloughed but now have been brought back to work over the past two weeks, as things start to open up. One of the more pressing issues these dental offices are now facing is the backlog of appointments. According to Dr. Herbert Chiu, his office now needs to catch up on about 800 appointments for dental cleaning, which has required the hiring of a few more dental hygienists and increasing hours for existing staff.
The local dental community, however, has not been idle when it comes to addressing local concerns for the virus. “We’ve been tracking the progress of the coronavirus since it started in Wuhan, China back in January,” says Dr. Chiu. “At that time, a group of my colleagues and I decided we needed to do something.” Dr. Chiu has teamed up with other local professionals to form a coalition that serves the community. “Collectively, we raised money for about 250,000 gloves that were sent to hospitals in China on three pallets.” As a dentist, Dr. Chiu has utilized his existing relationships with wholesale manufacturers to purchase gloves and masks in bulk. When the virus started spreading around the United States, this coalition again raised nearly $75,000 and donated about half a million gloves and 45,000 masks (about 4,500 of which were hand-made by local students).
Dr. Chiu was honored by the Fremont Chamber of Commerce at the Asian Pacific Heritage Month Virtual Celebration for his contributions to the community on May 27.
NASA's next Mars rover honors medical teams fighting virus
By Marcia Dunn
AP Aerospace Writer
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP), Jun 17 – NASA's next Mars rover is honoring all the medical workers on the front lines of the coronavirus battle around the world.
With just another month until liftoff, the space agency on Wednesday revealed a commemorative plate attached to the rover, aptly named Perseverance.
The rover team calls it the COVID-19 Perseverance plate, designed in the last couple months.
The black and white aluminum plate – 3-by-5 inches (8-by-13 centimeters) – shows planet Earth atop a staff entwined with a serpent, a symbol of the medical community. The path of the spacecraft also is depicted, with its origin from Cape Canaveral.
Health care workers were “on front lines keeping us safe” during launch preparations, said deputy project manager Matt Wallace of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
“They really inspired us, I think, through this period, and we hope that this plate and we hope that this mission in some small way can inspire them in return,” Wallace told reporters.
The rover's name, Perseverance, has taken on added meaning the last few months, according to NASA officials. It's hard enough preparing a spacecraft for Mars, but doing it in the middle of a pandemic made it even harder, Wallace said. Additional work shifts were added to reduce the number of people working on the rover at any one time and ensure social distancing. Others had to work from home.
NASA is pressing ahead with a July 20 launch, even as the number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Florida. This mission – to seek signs of past microbial life on Mars and collect rock and soil samples for eventual return to Earth – is considered essential by the space agency.
If the rover isn't launched by mid-August, it would need to wait until 2022 when Earth and Mars are back in proper alignment. A two-year delay could add another $500 million to the nearly $3 billion mission.
Unlike for SpaceX's first astronaut launch late last month, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine isn't urging the public to stay home and watch online to avoid crowds.
“It appears they didn't listen to us,“ Bridenstine said. “So we're asking people to follow all of the necessary guidelines to keep themselves safe and we're trusting that they will.”
Perseverance is one of three upcoming missions to Mars. The United Arab Emirates and China also are preparing spacecraft for launch to the red planet by mid-August.
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Milpitas City Council
June 16, 2020
• June 2020 was proclaimed as LGBTQ Pride month
• July 2020 was proclaimed as Parks & Recreation month
• Proclaimed the City of Milpitas’ Commitment to Racial Justice
Mayor Tran has signed Mayor’s pledge on Obama Foundation
• Amend sections of the Milpitas Municipal Code relating to accessory dwelling units.
• Authorized the purchase of MSA Brand Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus for the Fire Department from L.N. Curtis & Sons.
• Authorized Application for, and Receipt of, Local Government Planning Support Grant Program Funds.
• Authorized Investment of Monies in the Local Agency Investment Fund and updating Officers’ Information.
• Authorized acceptance of non-competitive Planning Grant funding provided per the Building Homes and Jobs Act (SB2).
• Authorized a Professional Services Agreement with Pacific Coast Locators, Inc. for underground utility locating services.
• Authorized an Agreement for the purchase of property with Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority for the Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension (BART) Project.
• Re-appointed current Library and Education Advisory Commissioners Hellie Mateo and Dana Arbaugh to new terms of three years, which will expire in June 2023.
• Adopted the City of Milpitas Information Technology Strategic Plan.
• Introduced Ordinance for Local Implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
• Approved the Small Business Loan program. There is possibility of future further enhancements. The Pilot Rent Relief Program is operational so the word Pilot can be dropped from its name. Program details will be further discussed by the Housing Sub-Committee and brought back to the Council.
Mayor Rich Tran Aye
Vice Mayor Bob Nunez Aye
Carmen Montano Aye
Karina Dominguez Aye
Anthony Phan Aye
Hayward police welcome new recruit
Submitted by Hayward PD
Officials from the Hayward Police Department (HPD) recently welcomed a new officer to their team. Shaniqua “Mo” Bennett came on board in early June, just weeks after graduating from the 167th Alameda County Sheriff’s Officer Police Academy.
For the first several months with HPD, Bennett will get her feet wet by riding with a field training officer before going on solo patrol. Prior to attending the police academy, Bennett spent five years in the Coast Guard where she advanced to Petty Officer Second Class. She also is a 2012 graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.
Newark School District announces new superintendent
Submitted by Charlene Aquino
The Newark Unified School District Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Mark Triplett as the district’s new superintendent, effective July 2, 2020, with a unanimous vote at its Board meeting on June 18, 2020. His appointment was the result of a nationwide search conducted by the search firm McPherson & Jacobson, LLC.
Dr. Triplett has 20 years of service in public education. He has served as a high school teacher, program manager, and school principal. For the past four years he has operated as Network Superintendent of Oakland’s middle schools; Dr. Triplett led the day-to-day operation of a network of schools to maximize the teaching and learning of over 6,000 students across 12 middle schools.
Dr. Triplett has a strong background in the implementation of comprehensive professional development and leadership programs at his district with a focus on professional growth and development of both administrators and teaching staff, through weekly coaching and facilitation of professional learning spaces. He built and managed a comprehensive one-million-dollar outdoor education program which allowed every middle school student in his district to have an overnight outdoor experience to enrich their lives and education.
Through Dr. Triplett’s strong leadership and commitment, he has successfully launched and managed a $12 million yearly ballot measure to provide greater arts music, world language, and culture programs in all his district’s middle schools. He also directed a $7 million yearly grant supporting middle school programing, including a computer science program in every middle school, teacher recruitment and retention, mental health services, dynamic mindfulness programming, and math coaching.
“Dr. Triplett impressed the Board with his determination for educational equity, his proven background in both student-focused, project-based program achievement and with his extensive record of professional development and coaching of educators,” said Elisa Martinez, School Board President. “We look forward to working together to overcome many of the challenges facing NUSD by leveraging the diversity, the Newark pride and spirit of cooperation that our community embodies.”
Dr. Triplett has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Colorado, a master’s degree in education from George Washington University, and received his doctorate in Education Leadership from East Carolina University in 2019. He is a participant of the New Leaders for New Schools – Aspiring Principals Fellowship and a recipient of the Fulbright Award. “I am excited and honored to have been chosen as the new superintendent of Newark Unified and look forward to working collaboratively with the school board, staff, students, parents and community,” Dr. Triplett said.
Newark City Council
June 11, 2020
Presentations and Proclamations:
• Recognize Ms. Krysten Lee who was promoted to Finance Director on March 16, 2020.
• Adopt Master Fee Schedule for Fiscal Year 2020-2021
• Award contract to MCK Services, Inc. for the Thornton Avenue Pavement Rehabilitation Project.
• Authorize three-year cooperation agreement with Alameda County for Community Development Block Grant Program.
• Review proposed 2020-2022 Biennial Budget and Capital Improvement Plan.
• Census 2020 update.
• Every Saturday in June, live comedy shows at Swiss Park
• Conference with labor negotiators: Employee Group – Newark Police Association
Mayor Al Nagy Aye
Vice Mayor Luis Freitas Aye, Absent for Public Hearings/Consent
Suzy Collazo Aye
Mike Bucci Aye
Michael Hannon Aye
June 16, 2020
• Adopt Urgency Ordinance to facilitate business operations impacted by COVID-19. The urgency ordinance broadly authorizes the Community Development Director to issue a COVID-19 minor use permit and temporarily waive any requirement of the Zoning Code in order to facilitate business operations impacted by COVID-19 and applicable health orders.
Mayor Al Nagy Aye
Vice Mayor Luis Freitas Aye
Suzy Collazo Aye
Mike Bucci Aye
Michael Hannon Aye
Keep metallic balloons secure during shelter-at-home celebrations
Submitted by Tamar Sarkissian
With the advent of shelter-at-home celebrations, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reminds its customers to celebrate responsibly if their birthday drive-bys or social-distancing graduation ceremonies include metallic balloons. Metallic balloons have a silvery coating, which conducts electricity. If the balloons come in contact with power lines, they can short transformers, melt electric wires, and cause power outages, all of which pose public safety risks.
To reduce the number of balloon-caused outages and to help ensure that everyone can safely enjoy shelter-at-home celebrations, follow these important safety tips:
• Use caution and avoid celebrating with metallic balloons near overhead electric lines.
• Make sure helium-filled metallic balloons are securely tied to a weight heavy enough to prevent them from floating away. Never remove the weight.
• When possible, keep metallic balloons indoors. Never permit metallic balloons to be released outside, for everyone’s safety.
• Do not bundle metallic balloons together.
• Never attempt to retrieve any type of balloon, kite, drone, or toy that becomes caught in a power line. Leave it alone, and immediately call PG&E at 1-800-743-5000 to report the problem.
• Never go near a power line that has fallen to the ground or is dangling in the air. Always assume downed electric lines are energized and extremely dangerous. Stay far away, keep others away, and immediately call 911 to alert the police and fire departments.
“Between remote work, Zoom calls, home schooling, and frequent handwashing, the last thing customers need are rogue balloons causing power outages. Graduation season is upon us, and PG&E is asking customers celebrating with metallic balloons to ensure they’re secured with a weight that prevents them from floating away and hitting a power line,” said Walt Posey, PG&E’s director of Electric Operations Safety.
Real Estate Notebook
Preparing for home ownership during COVID-19
By David Stark, public affairs director, Bay East Association of REALTORS®
Want to buy a home during COVID-19? Start with a loan.
Real estate professionals agree that securing purchase financing needs to happen before a home buyer goes shopping. “100 percent of the time they should always start with the financing,” said Audrey Boissonou, 2020 President of the California Association of Mortgage Professionals.
“In fact, because of the COVID-19 crisis and the new Property Entry Advisory Declaration form, a buyer needs to be pre-approved for a loan before going to look at a house. It’s not even an option, you have to start with the financing.”
Boissonou explained that COVID-19 has made qualifying for a loan a bit tougher because there are fewer loan programs available and stricter underwriting guidelines. Buyers who may have qualified for a loan before the crisis may no longer be eligible or may have to resubmit income and credit score documentation.
For a buyer who was shopping for a home and then stopped the process when COVID-19 hit and is now back in the market, Boissonou said, “They definitely need to update their loan approval. The lenders are clear on the fact that a lot of people were furloughed or took hits to their stock portfolios and investments, so they are now double or quadruple-checking all the way until a loan funds.”
Buyers starting the home purchase process now also need to be prepared for a different experience. Boissonou said, “Buyers need to be a team player with their loan officer because they are going to need to provide documentation more times during the process.”
Asked what potential buyers should be doing now in the event that more homes come on the market later this year, Boissonou said “You want to make sure you have your approval list put together and that you have a good REALTOR® and loan officer that can communicate to a listing agent that you’re going to be a qualified buyer and there’s not going to be something that pops up and stops the transaction.”
Boissonou pointed out some good news for buyers during the COVID-19 crisis. “We can start with interest rates, they’re incredibly low,” she said. After a few turbulent months for the mortgage industry, Boissonou said banks are now better able to approve and fund loans.
With limited choices and competition heating up for buyers, getting a loan approved quickly can make a big difference. Boissonou said that loans for purchasing a home are often given priority by lenders and processing a loan application should not be a speed bump for buyers. “If you want to get a loan and you want to buy a house, you can do it,” she said.
Retail, outdoor dining, and more reopen
Submitted by City of Union City
In alignment with the Alameda County Health Officer's reopening plans, several business operations can resume operations starting June 19. Physical distancing and face coverings apply for all settings. In an updated health order, the following operations are allowed to operate:
• Indoor/outdoor retail, including malls
• Religious and cultural ceremonies
• Outdoor dining
• Outdoor fitness classes
• Outdoor museums, outdoor historical sites, and publicly accessible gardens
• Dog parks
• College sports
For more information, visit www.acphd.org/2019-ncov/shelter-in-place.aspx.
San Leandro City Council
June 15th, 2020*
• Mayor Russo-Cutter thanked residents who were at the protests. She announced the creation of an equity and race committee as well as a budget advisory task force made up by community members.
• Mayor Russo-Cutter also announced that the San Leandro police force would continue with implicit bias training as well as other equity and racial programming.
• Mayor Russo-Cutter announced that the footage from the police incident involving Emerald Black had been released by the city.
• Proclamation declaring June 2020 as Elder Abuse Awareness Month.
• Recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2020 Oratorical Poetry Slam winners.
• Current and former San Leandro High School students and San Leandro residents spoke about the controversy surrounding the death of Steven Taylor and the need for police reform.
• Many residents called for immediate police defunding. They also called on council members to vote no on the proposed budget.
• Several residents called for the identity of the officers involved in the incidents with Steven Taylor and Emerald Black to be made public, as well as for their removal and arrest, in the case of Steven Taylor.
• Many residents spoke about how further emphasis on police training is not sufficient to address systemic racism.
• Residents called on the council to rethink their public safety model.
• Residents asked the council to remove line items of the proposed budget that would benefit police and to delay the budget vote to reroute money to community programs instead.
• Residents requested that the council set up a citizens’ oversight group to monitor the police department.
• Residents noted the difficulty of trying to call in to the Zoom meeting.
• Residents voiced issues with having student resource officers on school campuses.
• Residents were angered by some council members looking at other screens and turning off their cameras during the public comment period.
• Approve city manager recommended amendments to the city’s budget for fiscal year 2020-2021 and recommended appropriations from fund balance reserves.
Public Comments: Residents urged the council not to pass the budget without first removing several line items that benefited the police budget.
• Motion to pass budget and come back with a presentation on reallocating funds from line items which benefited the police funds. Item passed: 4-3, Lopez, Aguilar, Hernandez; Nay
• Approve amendments to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) FY 2015-2020 5-Year Consolidated Plan, FY 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan and the Citizen Participation Plan.
Public Comment: Resident voiced mistrust of certain council members’ allegiances.
Item passed: 7-0
• Approve consulting services agreements with Rincon Consultants Inc. and SWCA Environmental Consultants for on-call environmental and planning services.
• Amend San Leandro Administrative Code relating to fees for services provided by the city’s community development department.
• Accept work for the curb ramp upgrades performed by Rosas Brothers Construction.
• Submit a request to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission for the allocation of $122,203 of fiscal year 2020-2021 Transportation Development Act Article 3 Pedestrian/Bicycle Project Funding to install pedestrian improvements.
• Award $339,588.00 construction contract to FBD Vanguard Construction, Inc. for annual street sealing 2019-2020.
• Approve amendments to the city’s fiscal year 2019-2020 budget for special revenue funds, enterprise funds, and internal service funds.
• Accept the engineer’s report for fiscal year 2020-2021 for the Heron Bay Maintenance Assessment District.
• Order levy and collection of assessments within Heron Bay Maintenance Assessment District.
• Approve a non-professional services agreement with GoGo Technologies, Inc. for fiscal year 2020-21 utilizing Measure B and Measure BB funds.
• Execute asset transfer agreement between the city and the East Bay Dischargers Authority.
• Extend proclamation of local emergency and state of emergency due to COVID-19.
Calendar passed: 7-0
Items Removed from Consent Calendar:
• Approve consulting services agreement with Nelson Nygaard Consulting Associates from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. Item passed: 7-0
• Execute a non-professional services agreement between the city and MV transportation for provision of Paratransit Transportation Services in fiscal years 2020-21 and 2021-22 and authorize additional funding from the Special Grant Fund Reserves to the Paratransit Operating Accounts. Item: 7-0
• Purchase two 2020 Model Year Ford Super Duty F-350 XL 2WD Regular Cabs with National Auto Fleet Group, One Effer Model 175/5S Articulating Crane Truck with Altec Industries, and One 2021 Model Year International MV607 SBA Chassis with Peterson Trucks, Inc.; all four of which will be purchased through Sourcewell, a cooperative contract purchasing agency. Item: 7-0
• Update from the Alameda County Fire Department regarding the Timothy Drive Fire and staff report regarding city of San Leandro’s Type 7 Cannabis product manufacturing regulations.
• Discussion of City’s Response to COVID-19.
Report on Closed Session Actions Taken:
• One action was initiated with more information forthcoming.
• Councilmember Aguilar attended the Alameda County Mosquito Abatement meeting where there was a presentation on equitable and effective practices for mosquito abatement. He also attended the Associated Bay Area Governments meeting where a budget was passed.
Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter Aye,
Vice Mayor Pete Ballew Aye
Victor Aguilar, Jr. Aye, 1 Nay
Ed Hernandez Aye, 1 Nay
Benny Lee Aye
Deborah Cox Aye
Corina Lopez Aye, 1 Nay
City Council meeting conducted over Zoom due to the shelter-in-place.
SF pride goes online
June is Pride Month, promoting awareness for the rights of LGBTQ+ people everywhere. In the Bay Area, 2020 is also the 50th anniversary of San Francisco’s Pride Parade. With the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Black Lives Matter protests early in June, people questioned whether it was possible or appropriate for this event to continue.
On the SF Pride website, San Francisco Pride Board President Carolyn Wysinger posted the following statement: “In the wake of the murders of Tony McDade, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, many people asked if Pride would be postponed to honor the movement around the world against police brutality. My response is always the same: Stonewall was started by a Black trans woman. Stonewall was a defense of Black bodies. In honor of this, San Francisco Pride will use this moment to lift up and center our Black LGBTQ+ community members. They are my siblings. Remember, when you solve it for Black people, you solve it for everybody. And you don’t have to pivot to center Black people and Black voices if you are already centering and seeing them.”
This year’s Pride event will involve 13 hours of streamed content at SFPride.org on Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28. The program includes speeches from LGBTQ+ elected officials, comments from community grand marshals and honorees, and reflections on 50 years of the pride movement.
SF Pride will also participate in Global Pride, a 24-hour livestreamed festival on Saturday, June 27.
Learn more about the events at https://www.globalpride2020.org/ and http://www.sfpride.org/celebration/.
Social Security Matters
Ask Rusty – When Should We Claim Our Benefits?
By Certified Social Security Advisor Russell Gloor
Association of Mature American Citizens
Dear Rusty: We served overseas for several years, not earning many quarters for Social Security. However, we have made sure that we paid in over time so we can receive a benefit, but it will not amount to much. For the past several years now, we have been back in the US, earning some professional salaries. Now it looks like at full retirement age my husband will get $1147/month, and I will get $1026/ month. I was born in 1957 and my husband in 1956. Question #1: For the most financial benefit, when should we each start collecting SS (either now or at full retirement age)? And question #2: Will our amounts change because we are married and both collecting? Signed: Overseas Worker
Dear Overseas Worker: To answer your second question first, no, your benefit amounts will not change because you are married and both collecting. Based upon the numbers you provided, neither of you will be eligible for a “spousal boost” from the other because your benefit amounts at your FRA are too similar, so maximizing your individual benefits should be your goal.
As for your other question, when you should start collecting depends upon a number of factors, including your financial needs and, importantly, your expected longevity. Both of you can get the maximum benefit available to you by waiting until you are 70 years old to claim, but that only makes sense if you are in good health and expect at least average longevity (about 84 for a man and 87 for a woman).
If you claim benefits before you reach your full retirement age (66 ½ for you and 66 plus 4 months for your husband), those benefits will be cut. If you collect now, your benefit would be cut by about 27 percent and your husband's by about 22 percent (based upon your respective years of birth). Further, if you claim before your full retirement ages and continue to work, you'll be subject to Social Security's earnings test, which limits the amount you can earn before they take back some of your benefits (the 2020 earnings limit is $18,240; if you exceed that they'll take back half of anything you earn over the limit). The earnings limit changes annually but goes away at your FRA.
At your full retirement ages, you'll be entitled to 100 percent of the benefits you've earned from your lifetime of working (approximately the amounts estimated now). If you can and do wait beyond your full retirement age (FRA), for each month you delay you'll earn delayed retirement credits of 2/3 of 1 percent per month of delay (8 percent per year of delay), up to age 70 when your maximum benefit is reached. As a point of information, if you wait until your full retirement age to claim, you will have collected the same amount of money at age 78 as if you had claimed at age 62; and if you wait until age 70 to claim you'll have collected the same amount of money at age 82 as if you had collected at your full retirement age. If you live at least until “average” longevity, you'll collect more in cumulative Social Security benefits by waiting.
So, when should you claim? If you're still working and earning “professional salaries”, then waiting at least until your full retirement age would be a wise choice. If you expect at least average longevity and don't need the money right away, waiting until age 70 would be a prudent strategy. But if you don't work and expect less than average longevity, then claiming at any time you need the money would be a reasonable decision. This is a choice only each of you can make.
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Popular party for older adults goes digital
By Rob Klindt
Photos courtesy of Tri City Elder Coalition
It’s sometimes said that age is just a number and that each new number brings new opportunities for growth, friendship and celebration. That’s especially true for older adults who live in the Tri-City area and have access to an abundance of age-friendly services, entertainment and social opportunities.
Helping to make many of these services available to seniors who need them is the Tri-City Elder Coalition (TCEC) which is comprised of more than 60 local groups and agencies working to improve the quality of life for seniors. Working in partnership with the City of Fremont Human Services Department, TCEC can connect seniors who need help with transportation, health screenings and other services such as minor home repairs and medical equipment.
Those working with TCEC know it’s a good way to learn about community needs and how to help. “It’s a chance to network and share ideas, talk about legislation,” explained Linette Young, a commissioner on the Fremont Senior Citizens Commission.
While TCEC is well known in the community, Young said it doesn’t receive funding from city agencies. So, for the past 25 years it has thrown a fundraising Seniors Night Out party with proceeds benefitting the Personal Urgent Need (PUN) fund, a project of TCEC and the City of Fremont.
Young explained that the PUN fund is important because it often can help seniors get needed items or services that Medicare no longer provides such as eyeglasses or dental care. “We also have done things as simple as getting a pillow for a senior whose back and neck were bothered,” she added.
The Seniors Night Out party let people 55 and older meet and greet in a fun and positive night out on the town. Sadly, this year’s party, which was set for May 29, was canceled because of COVID-19 concerns.
But TCEC officials did not give up. Instead, they transitioned to a different celebration with a new twist: an “Age Friendly Spring Fling” webpage. Dubbed an “Un-Event Garden Party,” the page encourages visitors to stay home and honor people 55 and older. It also recognizes three Tri-City volunteers known as “Difference Makers” who make a positive impact with their work with local agencies and on community projects.
Here are the 2020 Difference Makers, as described by TCEC officials:
• Eleanor Ortiz of Newark. She is a valuable volunteer at the Clark W. Redeker Newark Senior Center. Her energetic, friendly and fun demeanor is inspiring to all who walk through the door. Eleanor is an ambassador for the center promoting activities and trips. She has also been a dedicated Meals on Wheels volunteer for LIFE ElderCare for more than 17 years. Eleanor will jump in to sweep the entry to the center, water the plants, help other seniors, or fill in whenever there is a need. She has also contributed greatly to the Senior Center’s “green” efforts in recommending ways to reduce waste at the center.
• Mary Schlarb of Union City. A volunteer community organizer with Faith in Action East Bay. She attended a community meeting 22 years ago and it has been a passion ever since. Mary has been recognized for her contributions to foster mutual respect for all people. She also represents Union City, Hayward and Fremont on the Immigration Forums. In addition, last year she was part of a team that collected more than 400 surveys to understand tenant issues in Union City and to support rent stabilization, an effort she continues to champion during the COVID-19 pandemic.
• Sue Ten Eyck of Fremont. She is in her 18th year of volunteering at the Fremont Senior Center where she is part of the front office team. The center staff count on her to cheerfully help members and accurately handle administrative tasks. She was also the treasurer of the Senior Center Builder’s Fund for eight years. Sue is well known in the City of Fremont’s Senior Peer Counseling program where she was a caring counselor to older peers for more than 15 years, meeting weekly with those that needed emotional support. Sue likes to keep busy helping others, whether visiting others in their homes, the Senior Center or her local church.
While the “Age Friendly Spring Fling” webpage is new this year, Young, who is also an event coordinator, said it won’t be the last. “It’s our vehicle for fundraising and we hope to do it annually.”
Visitors to the webpage at www.fremont.gov/springfling can make a donation to benefit the PUN fund which provides necessary items or services to older community members who cannot afford them. Donations also can be mailed to: Age Friendly Spring Fling, c/o Human Services Department, P.O. Box 5006, Fremont, CA 94537. TCEC officials are hoping to raise $10,000 by July 31.
Age Friendly Spring Fling
Now through July 31
Urgent Need fund
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Talent2Give reiterates its promise -When the going gets tough the tough get going!
Submitted by Daksh Kohar
2020 has been a difficult year, especially for students. As the days, weeks, and months have passed, we moved through a kaleidoscope of emotions, from confusion and grief to optimism and hope, from despair and fear to gratitude and compassion. The current challenges have highlighted the youth’s responsibility for a new tomorrow.
Daksh Kohar, founder of Talent2Give, a local non-profit organization, has strived to unite young minds with their talent and channel it toward community service, “What matters most to us will require us to make decisions with higher morals and ethics,” he says. “The world of tomorrow needs to be fed today and only a healthy gut can serve as a strong foundation for future.”
Driven by this commitment to provide nourishment to hungry kids, Talent2Give has been conducting online art and dance classes while sheltering at home. All proceeds collected were donated to fight child hunger. Kohar partook in a social distancing meal packing event at the Kids Against Hunger location in Pleasanton on Saturday, June 13. A total of 4,104 meal packets were made consisting of soy, dried vegetables, rice and vitamin powder.
Talent2Give is open to all who wish to collaborate to grow this organization. For more information email email@example.com or visit https://talent2give.org/ to make donations.
Police: Know fireworks rules before lighting up
Submitted by Union City PD
Many Americans, including children, are injured and/or disfigured each year due to the destructive power of fireworks. The Union City Police Department takes fireworks seriously and is reminding residents and visitors planning to celebrate the upcoming 4th of July holiday to do so safely.
Here are the rules:
• Only “Safe and Sane” or state-approved fireworks purchased from non-profit fireworks stands are allowed in Union City.
• No fireworks of any kind, including “Safe and Sane,” are allowed east of Mission Boulevard.
• All parks in Union City will close at 7:30 p.m.
• City ordinance requires written approval from a property owner(s) if you intend to use “Safe and Sane” fireworks on a property other than your own.
• “Safe and Sane” fireworks can be used: from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on days when “Safe and Sane” fireworks are sold in Union City. On the 4th of July, sane fireworks will be allowed until 11:00 p.m.
These provisions of the law will be enforced with a “zero tolerance” approach. The Union City Fire Department and Union City Police Department will respond to all complaints involving the use of fireworks. Anyone who uses illegal fireworks and/or misuses “Safe and Sane” fireworks may be subject to citation and/or arrest. Police and fire authorities will also be issuing citations to property owners and tenants who allow the use of illegal fireworks on their property or property under their control.
The property owner and tenant will be held liable and cited for associated violations. More information is available on the Union City website at www.unioncity.org/395/Fireworks-Laws-and-Safety. Citizens who want to report fireworks violations should call (510) 471-1365 and not 911.
Student video winners announced
Submitted by Sharene Gonzales
Lights, camera, action! Congratulations are in order to the winners of the first WaterClips Student Video Contest sponsored by the Alameda County Water District (ACWD).
The contest kicked off in January when Tri-City area students were asked to create a video that would raise awareness about the value of drinking water, drinking tap water and water-use efficiency. The contest was open to students in grades 6-12. More than 40 students submitted videos as individuals or in teams for a total of 30 entries. The 12 winners were announced June 12 by ACWD officials.
Video entries were divided into two categories (Middle School and High School) and six winners were selected by a panel of local judges from government, educational, television and radio industries. Videos were judged according to their relevancy to the topic, entertainment value, creativity, originality and video quality.
Winning videos were shown during the ACWD Board of Directors’ meeting which is currently hosted via webinar. Contest winners and judges joined the meeting to address the board and comment on their participation in the contest.
“Watching the videos reassures me that our future is in good hands,” said ACWD Board President Judy Huang. “Our students have talent and passion which is obvious as each video highlights important messages about water, in under a minute,” she said. Huang added that some people take water for granted and these videos are a good reminder for everyone.
Video winners were awarded $500, $250 and $100 for first, second and third prize, respectively. Sponsoring teachers will receive $200, $100 and $50 based on students’ award placement.
Middle School winners:
• First prize
Nanako Otaki, 6th grade, Mission Valley Elementary School, Fremont
Teacher: Rebecca Brahaney
Video: “A Day Without Water”
• Second prize
Anushree Samsi, 7th grade, Alison School, Fremont
Teacher: Jennifer Schribner
Video: “Liquid Gold: The Value of Clean Drinking Water”
• Third prize
Avish Zindal and Aahaan Nayak, 6th grade, Forest Park Elementary School, Fremont
Video: “Bye, Bye Bottled Water and Hello Tap Water”
High School Winners
• First prize
Christina Qin, 12th grade, Washington High School, Fremont
Video: “From the Future: A Message on Bottled Water”
• Second prize
Lisa Oshiba, 9th grade, American High School, Fremont
Teacher: Tommie Ebanez
Video: “A Day Without Water”
• Third prize
Alexzendor Misra, Tejas Parasumanna and Harsh Patel, 10th grade, Mission San Jose High School, Fremont
Teacher: Katy Kuei
Video: “Plastic Bottles, Nature Throttled”
• Honorable mention
Zachary Koller, 8th grade, Walters Middle School, Fremont
Video: “Say Goodbye to Single Use Water Bottles and Drink Tap Water”
Alison Bai, 10th grade, Mission San Jose High School, Fremont
Video: “The Water War”
Nidhi Riju, 6th grade, Warm Springs Elementary School, Fremont
Video: “Water Crisis”
Emma Wang, 10th grade, Mission San Jose High School, Fremont
Video: “Fountain of Life”
Terence Zhao, Mikaela De Castro and Andrew Salazar, 6th and 7th grades, Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School, Union City
Video: “The Value of Water”
Neha Gondra, 11th grade, Mission San Jose High School, Fremont
Video: “A Day Without Water”
Videos are posted online at www.acwd.org/waterclips or on the ACWD YouTube channel at AlamedaCounterWater and on Facebook and Twitter @AlamedaCountyWD. Entries for next year’s contest will begin in January 2021. For details email: firstname.lastname@example.org.