Alameda County Fire Department Log
Submitted by ACFD
Friday July 17
• Shortly before 8:00 p.m. ACFD crews assisted the Hayward Fire Department in knocking down a fire at the abandoned Holiday Bowl building on Mission Boulevard in Hayward. The 3-alarm blaze totaled the structure. There were no injuries; the cause of the blaze is under investigation.
Tuesday, July 21
• At 10:30 p.m. firefighters extinguished a small vegetation fire that was producing lots of smoke near Springlake Drive and Hesperian Boulevard in San Leandro.
Affordable Housing Opportunities
Submitted by City of Fremont
City of Fremont continues to provide affordable housing opportunities for the community. Several opportunities will be available in the coming months. Through the city's First Time Homebuyer Program, the city can offer below market price homes for sale to eligible buyers.
To be eligible for this program, applicants must not have owned a home within the last three years; must currently live or work in Fremont; and must meet certain income requirements. To receive emails when homes become available, sign up for the First Time Homebuyer Program Interest List at www.fremont.gov/list.aspx?ListID=343. For units targeted for seniors, sign up for the Senior Affordable Housing Interest List at www.fremont.gov/list.aspx?ListID=338.
For more information, call the city’s Housing Division at (510) 494-4500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.fremont.gov/3436/First-Time-Homebuyer-Program.
BART Police Log
Submitted by Les Mensinger and BART PD
Sunday, July 19
• At 7:28 a.m. a man identified by police as Jason Dixon, 28, of San Leandro was arrested at Bay Fair station in San Leandro on suspicion of vehicle theft and possession of burglary tools. He was booked into Santa Rita Jail.
• At 7:14 p.m. a suspect identified by police as Riley Cavara, 33, of Vallejo was arrested at Bay Fair station in San Leandro on suspicion of resisting an officer and possession of drug paraphernalia. A record check showed Carvara also had a no bail warrant issued in Stockton. Carvara was booked into Santa Rita Jail.
Introduce “blue” into your garden
Article and photos by Daniel O'Donnell
“Blue” has an unfortunate association with sadness. When people feel blue or has the blues, they are depressed. However, not every relationship with blue is linked to sorrow. Listening to “Blues” music is enjoyable for many people. Wealthy people or descendants from royalty like to refer to themselves as blue bloods, believing the term gives them status. Plants with blue foliage or flowers can uplift the spirit.
Colors are enjoyed for their amazing quality to elicit feelings. Sometimes, as in the case of plants with blue foliage, the reactions to them are rooted deep in the past. A ribbon of blue plants subconsciously reminds someone of the same impression of depth and mystery they and people for eons have imagined when they look at the vast blue ocean or stare up at the big blue sky. People, based on observations since prehistoric times, have become hardwired to getting a sense of coolness from blue even though blue flames in a fire are much hotter than orange ones. Instead, people have always associated blue with ice and water that subsequently put out fire. Blue plants support this theory as they make the garden feel cooler.
Plants that have blue foliage or blue flowers are rare throughout the entire plant kingdom in part because there is no true blue pigment in plants. Blue flowers or foliage come from the plant manipulating red anthocyanins pigments through internal chemical processes. Insects and birds can see the color blue, so blue plants do not have a disadvantage in the wild or in a home garden. Although uncommon in nature, there are numerous bred plants with blue flowers or blue foliage that are readily available to purchase.
Sometimes people are afraid to plant succulents and cacti because they bring a hot and dry feel to the garden. However, one of the easiest ways to cool the tone of a garden down is to plant some blue cacti. There is a genus of columnar cacti called Pilosocereus that has several species of bright turquoise blue. Some have subtle white or glowing orange spines that contrast with the blue stems making them look spectacularly unreal.
Most cacti in the Opuntia genus are green, but a few varieties are brilliantly blue. Many green Opuntias, also known as prickly pears, are grown for their sweet tasting pear shaped fruit or their slightly tart tasting pads, and not as an ornamental plant, while the blue varieties are grown for show. Pale blue pads which are outlined by purple edges and orange spines produce bright yellow flowers that complete the feast for the eyes.
Although there are other cacti genera that have blue varieties, the plethora of sharp spines can get a cold reception. This is when blue succulents, agaves, and aloes can be used. Senecio serpens, Agave tequilana, and Aloe “Blue Elf” will invite interest into the garden by creating contrast between their blue hues and the green tones of the other plants.
A blue star has at least three times the mass of the sun and it’s fair to say that the small blue star-shaped Borage flower has at least three times more of an impact in the garden than other flowers of a similar size. The bright blue flowers attract the eye as well as every bee in the vicinity. Borage, also called starflower, has edible leaves that have numerous culinary applications and medicinal properties.
It is hard not to be passionate about Nigella, aka Love-in-a-mist. This low water use perennial wildflower gets its common name from the thin fennel-like foliage that forms a “mist” around its icy blue flowers. Nigella, once established, will set seeds that will produce new plants every spring to be admired by people and adored by the bees.
The Himalayan Blue Poppy, Meconopsis betonicifolia, is a plant from the mountains of southeastern Tibet that produces gorgeous blue flowers. Growing this plant from seeds can be difficult but it is worth a try if someone elevates their gardening knowledge and creates the right conditions. It will need a place in the garden that is cool, shady, and slightly humid. A person who is successful growing this flower will find their garden quickly climbing to the top of must-see gardens in the neighborhood.
Atlas, in Greek mythology, was given the punishment of carrying the weight of the heavens on his back. The “Atlas Blue” Cedar has no such chastisement, even though it can bear the task of being the focal point in a garden. There are semi-dwarf, weeping, and standard varieties. These slow-growing trees, six to twelve inches per year depending on the type, have young greenish blue needles that mature into blue that rivals the color of the heavens.
Introduce some blue plants to the garden and see how cool it can be.
Daniel O'Donnell is the co-owner and operator of an organic landscape design/build company in Fremont. www.Chrysalis-Gardens.com
High school seniors raise $4,500 through Python classes
By Ananya Panchal
For students all around the world, this year’s spring break wasn’t like any other. Ski breaks, beach vacations, city escapes and even the classic road trip were off the table. But, for three rising seniors in Fremont, spring break 2020 was an opportunity to give back.
Code2Give is an organization with a mission of providing virtual coding classes to students in the Bay Area. Rushil Modali, a rising senior at Moreau Catholic High School (Hayward) came up with the idea in mid-April and told his friends Ishan Bhattacharjee and Arpon Pukayastha, rising seniors at Mission San Jose High School (Fremont).
“I knew I couldn’t do it by myself.” Modali said. “I wanted to give back to our community.”
“We didn’t even have a name at first,” added Ishan Bhattacharjee, co-founder of Code2Give. “We advertised through a newsletter, Nextdoor and word of mouth.”
When the boys held a coding class during their spring break starting on April 13, they didn’t anticipate it be the first of many. But, when satisfied parents asked for more, the boys delivered. Once their junior year ended on June 1, Modali, Bhattacharjee and Pukayastha started hosting week-long coding classes to keep themselves and other students stuck in quarantine busy. “You are able to sit at home and learn,” said Bhattacharjee. “COVID takes [learning] away from a lot of people and we wanted to help.”
Modali said that when he had the idea to teach younger students how to code, it was very clear to him that any money charged for classes needed to be donated. Code2Give has given 100 percent of earnings to charities such as All Stars Helping Kids, Equal Justice Initiative, and World Hunger Foundation.
Code2Give has held six week-long sessions and raised $4,500 as of July 19. Donations are made mid-week, each week and a screenshot is sent to parents as proof. “We wanted to be legitimized,” said Bhattacharjee. “If we are asking for money and saying it will be donated, we have to show it.”
Each week’s session has up to six kids in fourth through eighth grade. Classes start with a warm up and then transition to specific topics like variables, conditional statements, functions, and loops. Students go through several practice problems and then are given a short homework assignment to complete before the following class.
Splitting up allows the kids to go at their own pace and ask questions. “After we realized having a big group isn’t that efficient, we started using breakout rooms,” Modali said. “Each of us take some kids and we get more one on one time. They learn better that way.”
Each week ends with a final project. Beginners code a rock paper scissors game and intermediate students create a number guessing game. Intermediate Python classes were also not a part of the boys’ original plan; they were created out of popular demand from parents. “When parents tell us that their kids got really into the coding, it’s satisfying,” Purkayastha said.
Kids often return for multiple beginner classes to fully grasp concepts before taking intermediate classes. The boys said they enjoy seeing students’ faces light up as they learn. “When they get excited, we get excited,” Bhattacharjee said.
More information and registration are available at http://code2give.org/register.html.
City invites community into a deeper dialogue on policing and race
Submitted by City of Fremont Human Services Department
Fremont community members are invited to participate in a series of community engagement activities to assist the City in identifying community priorities and recommended next steps on the topic of policing and race in the City of Fremont. The initiative, Engage Fremont, will be led by City Manager Mark Danaj and will continue to carry out the City’s commitment to fostering an open dialogue with our residents.
The City has hired a third-party contractor, the Public Dialogue Consortium, to facilitate the process, which will include a community survey and several virtual outreach discussions. In addition to the City Manager’s Office, the initiative will involve Community Services, Human Services, and Police departments.
This initiative stems from the Town Hall Meeting held on June 10 on the topic of policing in Fremont. More than 800 community members listened in. People asked questions on a variety of issues including social services, homeless services, use of force policies, and police accountability and transparency. The recorded Town Hall is posted online along with a FAQ that answers questions asked during the meeting. City leaders emphasized their desire to continue the dialogue with community members and their intent to develop a plan for an ongoing conversation.
The first phase is a survey requesting feedback from Fremont residents and business owners. The responses will also help determine discussion topics at the subsequent virtual outreach dialogues. The survey is open now through August 6, 2020 and can be accessed online on Fremont Open City Hall.
The second phase is a series of facilitated virtual dialogues in July and August related to policing and racism. These conversations will give the City’s leadership an opportunity to listen and work with community stakeholders representing faith leaders, youth, non-profit and social service organizations, seniors, businesses, and racial and ethnic groups.
The third phase will include a City-wide virtual Town Hall meeting in August to summarize the results from the survey and discussion groups, elicit additional feedback, and propose recommendations and next steps.
“Fremont has a long-standing commitment to community engagement and does not shy away from difficult conversations. Our Police Department was an early adopter of community policing and that core value has helped to drive the Engage Fremont initiative,” stated Mayor Lily Mei. “In 2018, the Department developed a transparency portal on our website to help communicate these efforts and more recently, we developed an infographic to address our practices outlined by the #8CantWait campaign. Let’s work together to build on this strong foundation as we listen through our Engage Fremont initiative.”
More information can be found at FremontPolice.gov/Engage, including the results of the survey, status of the engagement activities, and highlights from each meeting when available.
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Drivers For Survivors Black and White Ball
Submitted by Sherry Higgs
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Drivers For Survivors (DFS) is facing a major financial challenge. As a consequence, our in-person signature gala was postponed from April 18 to a virtual event on August 14. This fundraiser will greatly help us get our footing back.
DFS Founder Sherry Higgs, and the DFS Board are honored to present our Sixth Annual Black and White Ball on Friday, August 14 as a virtual event. Registration is free this year, but a very special VIP experience prior to event is available. The VIP reception will feature a special performance from our guest artists and a chance to mingle (virtually) with fellow event attendees.
Time magazine 2016 TIME100 honoree and internationally renowned breast cancer oncologist Dr. Laura Esserman, MD, MBA, Director of Carol Buck Breast Care Center at University of California San Francisco will return as keynote speaker. Entertainment includes performances by Marcie Dodd, Carol Weiss and Fay DeWitt.
Marcie Dodd is an American stage performer, known for starring as Elphaba in the Broadway, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and national tour productions of Wicked. Carol Weiss is an accomplished musical director, teacher, pianist and composer. She was music director for ABC TV series General Hospital. Fay DeWitt created the starring role of Kay Goodman in the highly acclaimed, “Nite Club Confidential,” in New York and Los Angeles. Pre-show musical entertainment will be provided by the Newark Saxophone Quartet. David Smith, Mayor Emeritus of City of Newark, California will be our emcee.
DFS will pay tribute to esteemed Honorees: Dr. Richard Godfrey, MD and Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty. Also, special recognition for Jan Vincent & Richard Ahlbrandt, Barbara O'Leary, and Deasy Lai for their outstanding contributions to DFS.
We are thankful for our growing list of sponsors: Washington Hospital Healthcare System, Fremont Bank, Fidelity Insurance Service, F.H Dailey Chevrolet, Kaiser Permanente, Stanford Health Care, Republic Services, Horizon Financial Associates, Genentech, Safeway Foundation, Morgan Stanley/Richard Huber Financial Advisor, Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle, Coach George Wang, Union Bank, Newark Rotary Club and Autopia.
Event registration and VIP tickets are available at: www.DFSBall.org. For more information, contact email@example.com or (510) 369-5770. Visit, follow, and like our Facebook Event page and learn more.
To donate, contribute or learn more about our program, visit www.DriversForSurvivors.org
Drivers For Survivors: Sixth Annual Black and White Ball (virtual)
Friday, Aug 14
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
VIP Pre-event 5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. (check for cost and details)
Free Event Registration
BART rail work to close some East Bay stations
Starting in August and continuing into October BART stations in San Leandro and Hayward will be closed over several weekends as crews work on a major track replacement project.
Full track closures will start the weekend of August 1-2 between the Bay Fair station in San Leandro and the South Hayward station. During BART operating hours passengers can expect delays of 20 to 40 minutes as they are directed to a free bus service that will take them past the closed stations.
These stations will also be closed the following weekends:
• August 22-23
• September 5-7 (Labor Day weekend)
• September 19-20
• October 3-4
The project is part of a BART’s effort to rebuild the nearly 50-year-old interlocking and other critical track components located just a few hundred yards south of the Hayward BART Station. During these track closure weekends, some neighbors and nearby businesses near BART tracks and stations will experience loud noises coming from equipment and crews along with bright lights at night.
• Replacing four track switches that are at the end of their useful lives
• Installing approximately 4,000 feet of new rail
• Replacing approximately 700 badly worn wooden ties with longer-lasting, concrete ones
• Replacing approximately 1,000 tons of rock ballast, which is essential for stabilizing the rail
• Installing new 400 feet of duct banks, conduit and cabling in preparation for a new train control system, which will allow BART to run more frequent service
• Installing new 34.5 kV power lines between Bay Fair and South Hayward stations to replace the existing cable, which is at the end of its useful life
• Installation of new, yellow platform edge tiles on the Hayward Station platform
While there will be short term impacts to businesses, neighbors and riders, once the work is complete, BART officials say the benefits will last for decades. They include:
• A smoother, safer, more reliable and quieter ride for passengers
• New yellow safety edge tiles at the Hayward Station
• Elimination of the loud “clackity clack” noise from trains pulling into Hayward Station from the south
This project is funded by Measure RR, a $3.5 billion bond measure that voters passed in 2016 to rebuild BART to make the system safer and more reliable, which in turn helps reduce traffic. For more information visit the BART website at www.bart.gov then click on the “Planned Track Closure” link on the homepage.
By Ned MacKay
During the coronavirus pandemic, East Bay Regional Park District has experienced what the district describes as an unprecedented surge in visitor attendance as people head to the parks for healthy exercise and relief from stress.
According to a recent survey, 96 percent of respondents stated that it has been important to keep regional parks and trails open during the pandemic. Ninety percent believed that having access to the parks and trails has been important to their health and wellbeing. Ninety-four percent believed the parks will play an equal or greater role in their lives when the pandemic is over.
Now, the district is conducting an online survey along the same lines and would like to hear from as many people as possible. The purpose is to assist the district in developing ways to mitigate the negative impact of the pandemic, both while it is still a threat and afterwards, when the coronavirus has been controlled and people can get back to resuming as normal a life as possible.
If you would like to participate in the survey, visit www.ebparks.org. At the top of the home page is a slide display that changes every few seconds. When “COVID-19 Park U Community Survey” appears, click on it. The survey is available in both English and Spanish.
As has been widely reported, the Oakland Zoo has planned to reopen its doors at the end of July, after a months-long closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s great news for both animals and people.
The regional park district is a partner with the zoo, in that the park district’s 2008 Measure WW Local Grant Program has provided $4 million over the years for zoo capital improvements. Measure WW is a bond issue that received strong support from park district voters in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. And the park district joined the zoo in urging county and state leaders to allow the zoo to reopen with appropriate social-distancing protocols in place.
For more about the zoo’s reopening plans, go to www.oaklandzoo.org.
Here’s more good news: The Senate and House of Representatives have both just approved the Great American Outdoors Act, which mandates permanent funding of $900 million annually for the national Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The bill now goes to President Donald Trump, who has said he will sign it.
The LWCF receives its money from royalties paid by energy companies drilling for oil and gas on the Outer Continental Shelf. Over the past 50 years, the program has provided more than $16 million in funding for various parks and trails in the East Bay Regional Park District, most recently for the $750,000 Bay Point Restoration and Public Access Project, awarded in 2017.
In general, LWCF funds are used to expand public lands, safeguard natural areas, and protect cultural heritage sites nationwide. In advocating full permanent funding of LWCF, the district has had the support of the East Bay’s entire Congressional delegation.
The Regional Parks Botanic Garden in Tilden Regional Park near Berkeley has received the Frank Cabot Award from the North American Rock Garden Society. The award is national recognition for a public garden that features outstanding rock gardens and rock garden plants. Cabot was a major figure in American public gardens and was the founder of the Garden Conservancy.
The Regional Parks Botanic Garden specializes in the propagation of native California trees, shrubs, and flowers. It’s located at the intersection of South Park Drive and Wildcat Canyon Road. It is currently closed to the public because of the pandemic.
The park district’s virtual nature programs continue, with all kinds of information and activities on video at www.ebparks.org, thanks to the district’s naturalist corps.
From art to zoology, you can view it all by clicking on “Digital Learning” when it appears on the serial slide show, or by clicking on the “Digital Learning” display near the bottom of the home page.
And when you are out in the parks, please do not forget to bring along a face mask to wear when social distancing is difficult on narrow trails. The more we make a habit of mask wearing, the safer we will be and the sooner we will all get through the pandemic. Thanks to everyone for cooperating.
A rush to safety
Currently a multitude of pharmaceutical companies and research institutions are working feverishly to develop an effective and safe antidote for the viral pandemic sweeping the globe, especially in the United States. Research information is released in anticipation of relief from the ravages of COVID-19 and its personal, community and economic impact on all aspects of our daily lives.
Although many are poised to applaud and promote an immediate and “miraculous” fix, scientists are trained to draw conclusions from repeatable observations that demand a multitude of trials and long-term studies to separate fact from hype and fiction. It is difficult to be patient and watch this process unfold amid personal and economic distress when the stakes are so high.
There are many instances – past and present – of quackery and fraudulent claims in the health market. When Smallpox was prevalent, the discovery of a vaccine by Dr. Edward Jenner in 1776 was a miraculous event. An attempt by Congress in 1813, which passed the Vaccine Act, to monitor the purity of the vaccine was a step in the right direction, but ultimately not successful and later repealed.
In 1883, Harvey Wiley was appointed chief chemist at the USDA's Division of Chemistry and investigated tainted food products. This led to the Food and Drug Act of 1906 and regulation of pharmaceuticals and food products. Pushback from legal and political opponents to the law weakened it, but ensuing harmful products including a cosmetic called “Lash Lure” and an antibiotic sulfa drug, tipped the balance, resulting in the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938, giving FDA pre-market review and control of efficacy claims.
Even as medical knowledge and expertise has changed dramatically in recent decades, lessons from the past can still give guidance and confirm the validity of a reasoned method to confirm the efficacy of something that will be widely disseminated for public use. The account of Thalidomide is a cautionary reminder that comprehensive study of the effect of any substance for our health requires extensive and thorough review. Introduced in 1957 as a safe sedative, by 1960 Thalidomide even rivaled aspirin in sales and was prescribed “off-label” for morning sickness in pregnant women.
As pressure mounted on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve use of this drug in the United States, doubts arose about its safety. FDA inspector Frances Kelsey was not convinced that data was sufficient and requested additional study before approval would be granted. With subsequent discovery of severe birth defects associated with Thalidomide, restrictions were tightened and the approval process for new drugs was extended under the Kefauver-Harris Drug Amendments Act of 1962.
In contrast, success of an injected polio vaccine, developed in the 1950s by Jonas Salk and a subsequent oral vaccine by Albert Sabin, has served to suppress that dreaded disease to near extinction.
Normally the testing and approval process can take up to 12 years. An unintended consequence of this process is the high cost and pricing of pharmaceuticals. The 21st Century Cures Act (December 13, 2016) relaxes requirements to accommodate an urgent need for weapons to combat new pathogens. Again, the public is faced with an existential dilemma. Cautious optimism about the advances of science and technology is warranted, but a careful examination of results and caveats is equally important.
The tragedy of Thalidomide is not the end of that story. It serves as a warning of how to utilize an important discovery. Despite its harmful side effects, thalidomide is FDA-approved for two uses today—the treatment of inflammation associated with Hansen’s disease (leprosy) and as a chemotherapeutic agent for patients with multiple myeloma, purposes for which it was originally prescribed off-label. Due to its suppression of inflammatory response, use of Thalidomide in the battle with COVID-19 is under review and holds some promise.
The question to be answered may not be the ultimate usefulness of a scientific discovery, but under which circumstances it should be applied. Let’s hope the rush to safety – our hope for an effective vaccine – is a reasoned and careful approach with adequate safeguards for our protection.
No-Cost Energy Efficiency Kits
Submitted by City of Fremont
Looking for more ways to save on your utility bills this summer? Rising Sun, a local nonprofit and city partner, is now offering no-cost energy efficiency kits for delivery to all qualifying residences in Fremont and greater Bay Area.
To receive a free energy efficiency kit, residents must fill out an online survey or take a telephone survey. The kit includes the following measures to install in your home:
• LED light bulbs, standard and floodlight
• Advanced power strip ($50 value)
• High-efficiency bathroom and kitchen faucet aerators (same pressure, less water)
• High-efficiency shower heads (same pressure, less water)
• Toilet leak detection tablets
Rising Sun will also send information about energy-saving programs such as:
• BayREN Home+ Program
• California Vehicle Assistance Program
• PG&E’s Home Energy Checkup
• Home Intel’s Home Energy Analytics Program
For more information or to complete the survey, visit www.risingsunopp.org/programs/ghc/
or call (510) 665-1501, ext. 300. If you participated in Rising Sun’s Green House Call service in the last five years you do not qualify.
Fox taking fans to the ballgame with a virtual crowd
By Joe Reedy
AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP), Jul 23 – Fox will be taking viewers out to the ballgame by adding a virtual crowd in parks during its baseball broadcasts this season.
The network revealed Thursday that it will include computer-generated fans in the stands beginning with the three games on Saturday. Fox begins its coverage with Milwaukee at the Chicago Cubs, followed by San Francisco at the Los Angeles Dodgers, and concluding with the New York Yankees at Washington.
Given that fan opinions about crowd noise being added to baseball games has been mixed, Fox may draw some jeers for adding virtual fans. But Fox Sports Vice President Brad Zager, who oversees live event productions and operations, is hoping people give it a chance.
“We believe that what we're doing is creating a natural viewing experience,” Zager said. “Sports is supposed to be an escape and when people have that escape we want it to feel as normal as possible when there's very little normalcy, like a crowd at a baseball game on a Saturday.
“We're not looking to fool everyone. We know it is a virtual crowd. But we also know how jarring watching a game in an empty stadium is on TV.“
Fox has been working on a solution to no crowds since late March, when most realized crowds were not going to be allowed to return to stadiums and arenas because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Fox Sports CEO and executive producer Eric Shanks said the early versions of the virtual crowds looked rudimentary and resembled “a better version of Donkey Kong” but have improved exponentially since then.
“We knew quickly that we were going to have to look at crowd and audio in a different way. The only thing we didn't know was the date when we were going to have to be ready to go,” Zager said.
Fox worked on the project with Silver Spoon, a real-time animation and virtual production studio. Silver Spoon scanned in all the ballparks and fans so their motions sitting and standing could be properly rendered.
The fans can do up to 500 actions, ranging from high fives during a home run to doing the wave. The system can control the percentage of fans in the stadium during a game as well as who they are cheering for.
The system will be able to adapt to the weather. When the temperature gets colder in the fall, winter jackets and hats can be added to the fans.
Zager added that Fox will enhance the crowd noise in addition to what MLB is supplying in the park. He also said discussions are ongoing with the National Football League about crowd noise and virtual fans since there haven't been any final decisions.
“I'm loving it more and more as we progressed through each version,” Shanks said. “This has really dialed in the accuracy of the fans to make it imperceptible on the wide shots to real fans.”
Temporary limit on fees by third-party food delivery companies
Submitted by City of Fremont
City of Fremont has issued Executive Order, “EO 2020-07,” establishing a temporary limit of 15 percent on fees charged to restaurants by third-party food delivery companies to support restaurants during COVID-19.
Takeout and delivery orders are currently one of the primary sources of revenue for restaurants and are vital to their business during this crisis. Many consumers use third-party mobile delivery applications and websites more frequently during the stay-at-home order for delivery and takeout restaurant orders.
Third-party companies that provide mobile delivery services charge participating restaurants a series of fees, which can range from 10 percent to 30 percent of the purchase price in total per order. Restaurants have limited bargaining power to negotiate lower fees with third-party platforms and capping the per-order fees at 15 percent will ease the financial burden on struggling restaurants during this emergency while not overly burdening third-party platforms. State anti-gouging laws do not provide any protections in the market for food delivery services.
“Businesses are hurting across the country. Fremont is issuing these regulations on third-party delivery service providers to help our city’s small businesses during COVID-19,” said City Manager Mark Danaj. “These fees often have a disparate impact on restaurants, most notably those which are small and independent. This is a temporary measure which will be in effect through the duration of the local emergency, and we hope it will provide much needed relief to our local businesses.”
As stated in the Executive Order, the new regulations are effective immediately and apply to all third-party food delivery service providers that offer the sale of food and beverages prepared by restaurants, and same-day delivery or same-day pickup of food and beverages from restaurants offering online orders within the city of Fremont. Specific regulations in the Executive Order include, but are not limited to:
• Third-Party Food Delivery Service shall not charge a restaurant a fee for the use of its services that totals more than 15 percent of the purchase price of such online orders.
• Purchase price means the menu price of an online order and therefore excludes taxes, gratuities, and any other fees that may make up the total cost to the customer of an online order.
• Each receipt generated by the third-party food delivery service for either the customer or the covered establishment shall clearly state the fees charged, the gratuities paid, and any discounts offered by the restaurant.
• The city will provide a grace period until July 31 provided the third-party food delivery service refunds the portion of the fee that exceeds 15 percent of the purchase price to the restaurant prior August 7.
• This order shall terminate automatically on the date that the Fremont City Council terminates the local emergency related to COVID-19. The restoration of dine-in restaurant service does not terminate this order.
Fremont Police Log
Submitted by Geneva Bosques, Fremont PD
Sunday, July 19
• Officers Trzewieczynski and Jauregui were dispatched to the Islamic Center in Irvington on a report that an unidentified person was seen inside of the hall at the temple. On arrival, officers saw the front door had been pried open and jammed. While additional officers arrived to help establish containment, the male suspect (later identified as a 33-year-old) was seen inside through the windows. A contact team talked to the suspect and he surrendered. It was later determined that the man had stolen money from the center and caused more than $1,000 in damage to the front door. The man was arrested and taken to Fremont Jail on suspicion of vandalism and commercial burglary.
• At 7:33 p.m. officers responded to a report of a robbery at a business on the 5000 block of Mowry Avenue. A suspect, described by witnesses as a Hispanic male, about 35-years-old, six feet tall and weighing about 300 pounds, reportedly stole food items from the store and confronted employees saying he had a gun, but it was not seen. He was accompanied by a white female in her 30s about 5-feet-4-inches tall and weighing about 230 pounds.
Tuesday, July 21
• At 2:54 p.m. officers responded to a call about a theft from the Lucky supermarket on Mowry Avenue. The suspects fled in a vehicle, later located by Officer Degenstein, who followed it northbound on I-880 into San Leandro and made a vehicle stop when other units were available to help. Two men, ages 27 and 28, from Oakland and San Leandro, were arrested at booked at Fremont Jail on suspicion of theft.
Wednesday, July 22
• At 9:21 p.m. officers responded to a caller who reported his roommate had gotten into an argument with his girlfriend and stabbed himself with a knife. Officers responded and the man was taken to a hospital for treatment and placed on a mental health evaluation.
Thursday, July 23
• Police announced that a suspect has been arrested in connection with a series of home burglaries that occurred while victims were asleep. At least four burglaries occurred between July 2 and July 14 in various Fremont neighborhoods. Stolen credit card leads and other evidence lead detectives to Jonathan Leal-Betancourt, 22, of Fremont. He was arrested at his home on July 16. On July 21, he was charged by the Alameda County District Attorney with multiple counts of first-degree residential burglary, residential burglary while the residence is occupied, committing a felony while on bail, and possession of stolen property. At arraignment, the judge ordered Leal-Betancourt to be held in custody pending his plea hearing on July 28.
• At 12:45 a.m. officers responded to a report about a gunshot victim at a local hospital. A teenage male was shot in the hand in a possible suicide attempt and taken to the hospital by family members. Meanwhile, a report of possible gunshots in the 4400 Central Avenue area came in. Responding officers spoke with witnesses and canvassed the area to make sure there were no injured people. An investigation is ongoing.
Street crimes unit re-established
Submitted by Geneva Bosques, Fremont PD
On July 24, Street Crimes Unit (SCU) personnel coordinated with a property owner to secure a vacant residence which was frequently used by illegal trespassers. Over the past several months, various trespassers had been occupying an unoccupied residence in the 37000 block of 3rd St. in Niles.
Community members reported continuous problems on the property including drug use, thefts, and loud disturbances at all hours of the night. Patrol officers attempted to mitigate the problem with frequent patrol checks and making repeated arrests. The property owner had been cooperating to the best of their abilities, however the lack of available resources due to the pandemic made it difficult for them to address the on-going problems.
The Department's Street Crimes Unit had previously been re-assigned to patrol services for the last two years due to inadequate patrol staffing levels. In early July, SCU was re-established and began working on resolving the on-going problems at this property. They were able to coordinate with the property owner, other city departments, and the property owner's private contractor.
Additionally, SCU personnel assisted patrol officers with an operation last week resulting in the arrest of several suspects at the location for a variety of crimes. Since the arrests, SCU officers have conducted daily security checks of the property and made additional arrests.
Today, SCU accompanied the private contractors as they boarded up the vacant residence and secured the perimeter with a fence.
SCU personnel will continue to monitor the neighborhood in hopes that the community will now have an area free from the crimes associated with the illegal trespassers.
In addition to addressing long-term nuisance issues, SCU focuses on identifying and arresting prolific offenders who continually victimize our community. The return of SCU provides the community with an additional resource in combating serial crimes and quality of life issues.
To learn more about our Street Crimes Unit, please visit:
Fremont City Council
July 21, 2020
• Engage Fremont initiative on policing and race is underway. A virtual town hall meeting will be held August 11 to share results and receive additional input. For more, visit fremontpolice.gov/engage
• Community Services Department held a facebook live event launching a Parks & Recreation Master Plan. More at: inventfremontparks.com
• Delegation of authority to city manager during council recess July 22-August 31, 2020
• Approve final maps, agreements for improvements and easements for 4141 & 4155 Central Avenue.
• Approve multi-year purchase order with Waxie Sanitary Supply for janitorial supplies in an amount not-to-exceed $150,000 annually.
• Authorize agreement with Bay Area Rapid Transit District for funding, design and construction of Irvington BART Station Project.
• Approve agreement with Mark Thomas/MNS Engineers, Inc. for $1,977,924 for planning and design services for I-880/Decoto Interchange and Decoto Road projects.
• Authorize agreement with Granicus, LLC for city’s hosted websites in an amount not-to-exceed $448,688.14.
• Approve agreement with Alta Planning + Design, Inc. in an amount not-to-exceed $2,000,000 for preliminary engineering and environmental services for Dumbarton Bridge to Quarry Lakes Trail.
• Approve agreement with BKF Engineers in an amount not-to-exceed $2,100,000 for project planning and design for Pacific Commons Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge and Trail over I-880.
• Approve agreement with WMH, Inc. in an amount not to exceed $985,464 for project planning and design services related to I-680 Interchange modernizations at North Mission Boulevard, Washington Boulevard and Auto Mall Parkway.
• Approval of a Professional Services Agreement with WMH, Inc. in an Amount Not to Exceed $985,464 and Funding Actions for Project Planning and Design Services Related to I-680 Interchange Modernizations at North Mission Boulevard, Washington Boulevard and Auto Mall Parkway.
• Approve Agreements for On-Call Structural Engineering Consultant Services with Crosby Group, CSG Consultants, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, and TEAC Structural Engineering.
• Adopt City of Fremont Salary Schedule. View at: https://www.fremont.gov/2208/Employee-Compensation.
• Authorize donation of fire apparatus to (Bay Area Youth) Bay-EMT Program.
• Proclamation recognizing that Black Lives Matter and reaffirms a zero tolerance policy on discrimination and harassment.
• Proclaim August 2020 as American Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month.
Items Removed from Consent Calendar:
• Authorize agreement with Bay Area Rapid Transit District for funding, design and construction of Irvington BART Station Project. PASSED 5-1-1 (Recuse, Salwan; Absent, Shao)
• Written comment regarding excessive speed on Paseo Padre Parkway and need for protected bicycle lanes.
• Status report from Fremont Mobility Action Plan and Mobility Commission. Effects of COVID-19, traffic signal upgrade, Vision Zero, Bikeways, Trails, Pedestrian bridges, I-680/I-880 connection, Plan Bay Area 2020, Dumbarton Rail, Irvington BART station. Focus of Mobility Commission: 1) encourage mode shift – carpooling, transit, carpooling; 2) Safe Routes to Schools; 3) Enhance communications with community.
• Referral by Councilmember Salwan to impose a temporary limit of service fees by third party food delivery services (cap of 15%) during pandemic local state of emergency.
Mayor Lily Mei Aye
Vice Mayor Jenny Kassan (District 3) Aye
Vinnie Bacon Aye
Raj Salwan Aye, 1 Recusal
Teresa Keng (District 1) Aye
Rick Jones (District 2) Aye
Yang Shao (District 4) Absent
Longtime East Bay resident Guy Wilkins, Jr. celebrates 100 years
Submitted by Kim C. Wilkins
Guy Wilkins’ children will hold a celebration for his 100th birthday on August 1, 2020. Originally, it was planned as a huge party, but the outbreak of Covid-19 meant the event had to be scaled down. However, there will be a drive-by parade, an honor guard from the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars), a reporter from KSL-TV and a birthday greeting from Senator Mitt Romney.
Wilkins was born in Texola, TX on August 1, 1920. He married Norma Fowler on August 21, 1944 and they had five children: Dave (Judy), Dan (Louann), Kathy, Guy (Sue) and Mike (Kim). Now he has 20 grandchildren, 45 great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.
During WWII, Wilkins served in the US Navy at Pearl Harbor, Marshall Islands, Guam, Midway, Aleutian Islands, Okinawa and several other South Pacific Islands. Wilkins earned his engineering degree from the University of Texas where he was a member of the honor fraternity Tau Beta Pi for engineers and Pi Tau Sigma for mechanical engineers.
Before retiring in 1985, Wilkins worked for Conoco Oil in Louisiana and for Leslie Salt in Salt Lake City, UT and in Fremont, CA. He is considered the world-wide expert on solar salt and solar salt harvesting, and supervised the building of a plant in Port Hedland, Australia which was the largest salt plant in the world at the time. Over his long career, he has engineered and built solar salt harvesters that have been sent to India, Morocco, Turkey, Tanzania, Arizona and Bulgaria. For his accomplishments, he was honored at the World-Wide Salt Symposium held in India and again in Park City, UT.
A life-long golfer, Wilkins has had three “holes in one” and won his age group for 15 years at the Senior Games in St George, UT. He last played 18 holes at the age of 97 and continued to “hit a bucket of balls” at age 98.
Wilkins is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Testing center, food distribution moving to new locations
Submitted by City of Hayward
The City of Hayward COVID-19 Testing Center and weekly No-Contact Food Distribution program are moving to new locations starting the first week of August.
The COVID-19 Testing Center, currently located at Lot A at Cal State University, is moving to Skywest Golf Course at 1401 Golf Course Road adjacent to Hayward Executive Airport starting Monday, Aug. 3. The Testing Center’s last day operation at Cal State will be Friday, July 31.
Also the first week of August, the City’s weekly No-Contact Food Distribution program that takes place every Thursday at Skywest Golf Course will move further south down Hesperian Boulevard to the Chabot College campus. Its last day of operation at Skywest Golf Course will be Thursday, July 30.
The operating schedule for the Testing Center will remain 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, while the weekly No-Contact Food Distribution program will continue operating from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays following its relocation to Chabot.
The relocations are part of a set of adjustments being made to sustain both the Testing Center and Food Distribution program for as long as they are needed through the coronavirus health emergency.
• The COVID-19 Testing Center is now collecting health insurance information so it can seek reimbursement for testing costs. However, insurance is not required to be tested and no individual will be charged a fee of any kind to be tested, including an insurance co-payment. Testing remains available free of charge to anyone age 12 or older, regardless of place of residence or immigration status or whether or not they have COVID-19 symptoms. No physician referral is required.
• As part of the process for signing up for a COVID-19 test, individuals also will be able to register online to receive email notice when their test result is available online. Individuals who test positive for coronavirus infection will still receive a telephone call with the result as well as information and advice on next steps, and the availability of supportive services and resources.
• Starting Aug. 3, as the COVID-19 Testing Center moves to Skywest Golf Course, people will be able to begin making advance appointments by visiting the Testing Center webpage on the City of Hayward website.
• The City has closed its general COVID-19 Hotline call center that has been available at (510) 583-4949, and has replaced it with a call center specifically associated with the COVID-19 Testing call center, which can be reached at (510) 583-5333.
For more information and updates on City of Hayward responses to COVID-19, please visit the City’s website at www.hayward-ca.gov/covid-19, follow us on social media and subscribe to receive our e-newsletter, The Stack
Evening with Holocaust survivor Irving Roth
Submitted by Chaya Fuss
The Tri-City Community is invited to hear the firsthand account of Irving Roth, 90, who survived Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps. Roth will be sharing his story on Zoom on Thursday, July 30.
“Irving Roth is a true survivor,” said Rabbi Moshe Fuss of Chabad of Fremont Jewish Center. “Not only did he physically survive the terrors of WWII, but he lived on with his heart and hope intact. Roth’s presentation is sure to be moving, inspiring, and educational for all who attend.”
Roth was just 10 years old when Nazi Germany invaded his native country of Czechoslovakia. He suffered through the horrific conditions of Auschwitz and Buchenwald and miraculously survived, immigrating to the United States in 1947. During the first time he returned to Auschwitz in 1998, Roth realized the importance of sharing his story with today’s generation. He has since devoted all his efforts to teaching about the perils of anti-Semitism and prejudice.
The evening is catered to all ages and will include a question and answer session following the main presentation.
“As time goes on, the opportunities to hear firsthand accounts of the holocaust are rarer and rarer,” said Fuss. “I encourage everyone who can — young and old — to come to hear this remarkable person tell his incredible story of courage, faith, and survival.”
This event is organized and sponsored by Chabad of Fremont Jewish Center and is free of charge. Please RSVP at www.chabadfremont.com/historicevent to receive the Zoom Info.
Call 510-300-4090 or visit www.chabadfremont.com for more info.
An historic evening with Holocaust survivor Irving Roth
Thursday, Jul 30
Business Pulse Check – Homeopathic Healing
By Madhvika Singh
Photos courtesy of Homeopathic Healing
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.
Homeopathic Healing has been serving clients across the Bay Area since 2012 from their locations in Fremont, Milpitas and Santa Clara. Daxa Vaishnav, MD (Homeopathy) and Vijay Vaishnav, MD (Homeopathy) started their practice after spending over 25 years teaching homeopathy in India, the United Kingdom, Austria and the United States.
Homeopathy was invented by a German physician, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann in 1796 with the aim of assisting the human body’s natural tendency to heal itself. The name Homeopathy is derived from two Greek words “homoios,” meaning similar and “pathos,” meaning suffering. Translated literally, it means “similar suffering” and homeopathic treatments are based on the philosophy, “like cures like.” “It has been in existence worldwide for over two hundred years and its popularity is rising in the present day,” shared Daxa.
Both Daxa and Vijay are career homeopaths with a long list of credentials. They are board members of the California Homeopathic Medical Society, they have been faculty at homeopathy colleges in California and Arizona, and have been Heads of Department at Smt. C.M.P. Homeopathic Medical College in India.
Like many other businesses, Homeopathic Healing had to stop in-person appointments in mid-March in response to initial shelter-in-place guidelines. New client registrations declined. Prior to the pandemic, Daxa and Vijay had already been seeing clients outside the Bay Area and internationally through Skype. COVID-19 prompted them to extend this service to local clients as well. They are currently conducting all their new and follow-up consultations through Skype, Zoom, Google Meet and WhatsApp, giving clients flexibility to conduct calls from the safety of their homes. For clients who are not as comfortable with technology, the couple is helping them become familiar with video platforms. They have also expanded their workings hours to suit client needs. Clients can also stay in touch with Homeopathic Healing via Facebook.
Although the COVID-19 crisis has changed the way Daxa and Vijay conduct consultations, what has not changed is their approach. They first perform detailed consultations about the conditions clients are experiencing. As an example, they might ask a client with a common cold whether the onset came after exposure to cold air or on a sunny day, and to list accompanying symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, or headache and any emotional impact of the illness.
“What someone might consider as trivial could hold a greater significance to us when treating. It allows the homeopath to take a truly holistic approach,” shared Vijay. “Since different people react to the same illness in different ways, a homeopath approaches one’s condition in an individualized manner,” added Daxa. They also encourage clients to bring results of any diagnostics to the appointment for deeper comprehensive evaluation.
Daxa and Vijay’s clients have reported improvement in symptoms from allergies, respiratory conditions, skin disorders, food allergies, arthritis and migraines. “Homeopathy can also help with quality of life improvements related to side effects of other medications,” shared Daxa. She also has experience with managing children’s health and women’s health issues like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
Homeopathic Healing provides invoices for the cost of their services so clients can file for reimbursement, if covered by their health insurance. “Some of our clients have been able to use their Flexible Spending Account (FSA) benefits as well. It’s a good idea to check with the individual insurance for benefits and coverage,” shared Vijay.
The evolving and sometimes conflicting information about COVID-19, and the uncertainty about the future have had a negative impact on the emotional wellbeing of many. On top of that, managing interpersonal relationships with families stuck together at home and juggling responsibilities can create anxiety. This is especially true for families of children with Autism and attention deficit disorders, where the parents are now responsible for their care 24/7. “The parents are feeling the need for adjuvant treatment modalities, and homeopathy has come to their aid,” shared Daxa.
While Vijay and Daxa do the best for their clients, they have taken this time to reflect inward and do things they had not been able to before. Daxa has resumed attending online Yoga classes, and Vijay is a getting into a more rigorous exercise regimen so that he can resume his karate classes.
In times like these, we all need a source of inspiration, and Daxa and Vijay found it in the teachings of Buddha from the book, Thus spake the Buddha. “The teachings of Buddha are simple yet profound. In the current times like these, following them provides some semblance of sanity and happiness. We haven’t always been able to put it into practice, but the effort is ongoing,” says the couple.
We at Tri-City Voice wish Homeopathic Healing the very best as Daxa and Vijay serve the community with their education, expertise and experience and help their clients achieve better health outcomes.
39737 Paseo Padre Pkwy, Suite A-4, Fremont
485 Los Coches St, Milpitas
1080 Scott Blvd, Suite 5, Santa Clara
Please check website for current working hours at each location.
Homeopathic practitioners are not licensed physicians, and homeopathy is not licensed by the State of California. Daxa and Vijay Vaishnav practice homeopathy under SB-577, which allows complementary and alternative health care practices with certain disclaimers. Please see https://drvaishnav.com/Disclaimer for details.
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.
University of Arkansas
Spring 2020 graduate
• Rutuja Kengale of Milpitas
Champlain College, Vermont
Spring 2020 Dean’s List
• Richard Honiker of Newark
University of Kansas
Spring 2020 Honor Roll
• Geoffry Brown of Union City
Hofstra University, New York
Spring 2020 Dean’s List
• Trinity Copeland of Fremont
• Kylie Walrod of Fremont
Knox College, Illinois
Spring 2020 Dean’s List
• Thao Luong of Fremont
• Tanay Singh of Fremont
Hot Meal Special at Fremont Senior Center
Submitted by City of Fremont
Lake Side Café is now offering a special hot meal for drive-thru pickup from 12 noon – 1 p.m. or free delivery by Life ElderCare. Meals, available on the first, third and fifth Thursday of each month, must be ordered in advance (one week at a time) and are in addition to the frozen meals sold each week. The entrees for the next month include: July 30, Salmon Filet; August 6, BBQ Pulled Pork & Chicken Breast Combo; August 20, Chicken Fajitas.
Bi-weekly Hot Meal Special
12 noon – 1 p.m.
To order: (510) 790-6600 or Seniorcenter@fremont.gov (HOT MEAL in subject line)
$7 per person in advance (sometimes higher based on high-end meal)
CONTINUING VIRTUAL EVENTS:
Live Science hosted by Chabot Space and Science Center R
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Science educator demonstrates explosive or thrilling reactions you can’t do at home
Via Facebook Live or Zoom
Free Virtual Sing-Along
7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Zoom choir meeting hosted by Mission Peak Chamber Singers
Eden Eats $R
Virtual cooking class featuring community chefs
Via YouTube and Facebook Live
Sign up at: https://edeneats.square.site/about
Wednesdays and Sundays
McNevin at The Mudpuddle
Dinner time tunes, oddservations, and bad jokes
Via Facebook Live: www.facebook.com/mudpuddlemusic
First Presbyterian Church of Newark Virtual Meetings
Youth and young adults, students welcome
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for Zoom Meeting ID#
Fridays through August 28
Summer Drive-Thru Grocery Giveaway
9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Wells Fargo Building
3440 Walnut Ave., Fremont (via Sundale Dr.)
First Presbyterian Church of Newark Virtual Meetings
Sunday School, Ages K – 6th grade
Contact: email@example.com for Zoom Meeting ID#
Virtual Town Hall
3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
With Supervisor Dave Cortese
Via Facebook Live: www.facebook.com/davecortesegov
Tuesday, July 28
Trauma and Resiliency R
Join Bay Area leaders and Bay Area Community Health to discuss opioid addiction
Register at: https://sforce.co/3gGB6RO
Tuesday, July 28
Small Business Guidance R
Learn about guidelines for businesses in Alameda County
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Register at: https://nc.ecenterdirect.com/events/46857
Tuesdays, July 28 – August 11
COVID-19: A Guide for Business & Industry R
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Science-based approaches to succeeding in the age of COVID
July 28 – Restaurant, Retail, and In Person Service: https://bit.ly/3hs7mIG
August 4 – General Small Businesses: https://bit.ly/2OQxRLP
August 11 – Industrial, Manufacturing, Warehouse, Logistics: https://bit.ly/30ER4FE
Wednesday, July 29
How To Negotiate A Lease R
Figure out whether it’s better to negotiate your lease or buy a new building
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Register at: https://nc.ecenterdirect.com/events/46875
Wednesday, July 29
Cocktails and Conservation: Lubee Bat Conservancy
5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Learn about Oakland Zoo’s conservational partners at a virtual happy hour
Via Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/events/1168610930158882/
Thursday, July 30
An historic evening with Holocaust survivor Irving Roth R
90-year-old survivor recounts his experience at two concentration camps
Thursday, July 30
Masterclass: The Storyteller’s Greatest Secret part 2 R
Register on ZOOM: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvdeygqD4rH9FldMI7NpodMLGTb0GqtgoS?mc_cid=4861f866e1&mc_eid=fb76795795
Thursday, Jul 30
Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Launch Watch Party R
4:00 a.m. – 5:30 a.m.
Wake up early and watch this historic launch along with Chabot Space astronomers!
RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/267639117866918/
Friday, Jul 31
NASA Talk: Advanced Materials and Technologies for NASA’s Mars 2020 Mission and Beyond
8 p.m. – 9 p.m.
NASA aerospace engineer Lauren Abbott explains the Mars rover’s technology
Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/events/639753440281606/
Friday, July 31
Funny Feud R$
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friends of Chabot College Foundation present interactive comedy relief
Register at: https://fcccomedy.eventbrite.com
Friday, July 31
Small Business Townhall with Treasurer Fiona Ma
11 a.m. – 12 noon
Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/AmKansenChu
Phone: 1-669-900-6833; Access code: 969-7085-2343
Friday, July 31
Encore Drive-In Nights $
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Aeromyth: a tribute to Aerosmith, with Hot For Teacher (Van Halen tribute) and Invincible (Pat Benatar tribute)
Register at: https://bit.ly/2ZUvnlR
Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton
Friday, July 31 – Sunday, August 2
10th Anniversary of the Berkeley Community Media 48 Hour Summer Shorts Movie Jam
Saturday, August 1
Dance Away Quarantine 2020 Dance Charity Workshop R
7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Contemporary dance class by Lara Jean Sullivan, hospital fundraiser
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, August 4
Neighborhood pop-up recreation: Paint Galore
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (or while supplies last)
Create community with organized activities
35820 Haley St., Newark
Tuesday, August 4
National Night Out Newark R
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Join police and community members via Zoom
Register by: Wednesday, July 29
For questions email email@example.com
Saturday, August 8
Career Workshop R
1:30 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.
Panel discussions for FUSD and Ohlone students, with Mayor Lily Mei and Congressman Ro Khanna
Register at: https://forms.gle/U9kq43qB2ENtGxJXA
Thursday, August 13
The Future of Employer-Sponsored Insurance R
Learn about the employer-sponsored insurance market and the future of this coverage option
Register at: https://bit.ly/39qITkc
Friday, August 14
Black and White Ball R
6 p.m. (VIP experience starts at 5 p.m.)
Keynote honorees, entertainment, online auction
Virtual event, register at: https://driversforsurvivors.org/2020gala/
Saturday, August 22
Spaghetti Feed hosted by Hope On The Move $
2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Drive up fundraiser with pre-made spaghetti meals, homemade canned goods, and raffle baskets
6430 Thornton Ave., Newark
$30 donation per meal
Governor Newsom announces reappointment
Submitted by Governor’s Office
James Yu, 63, of Fremont, has been reappointed to the Dental Board of California, where he has served since 2018. Yu has been a dentist at James K. Yu DDS since 1984, where he has been an acupuncturist since 2008. He has been a radio talk show host at AM 1450 since 2000 and radio talk show president and owner at the Chinese Today Radio Station since 2015.
Yu is Bay Area leader of Medical Services International and a member of the American Dental Association, California Acupuncture Association, San Francisco Dental Society, Application of Acupuncture in Dental Practices, Northern California Chinese Media Association, San Francisco Chinatown Salvation Army, American Association of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture and the American Society of Chinese Medicine.
He earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry and a Master of Science degree in acupuncture from the University of East-West Medicine.
This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Yu is a Republican.
From Kitchens to Hospitals: Creating Change With Free Meals
By Mingxin Wang
Photos by Anika Potnis, courtesy of Kitchen to Ward
They are raising money for hospitals, setting up social media fundraisers and GoFundMe campaigns. They are sustaining local restaurants, purchasing meals from small businesses and distributing them to partnering hospitals. Most of all, they are connecting customers with restaurants and providing free meals for health care centers, leaving a remarkable impact in their communities.
After schools closed in late March, Aayush Kabra, a junior at Washington High in Fremont, was stuck at home, sheltering in place. He watched every day as the number of cases increased exponentially, as the hospitals overflowed with patients, and as the restaurants he used to dine at shut down permanently.
Kabra felt compelled to assist the restaurants and hospitals in his neighborhood during the pandemic. He said, “I realized that the frontline workers were putting themselves at risk just by going to work every day. I knew that our hospitals, nursing homes, and testing centers were all overworked and understaffed, especially in heavily infected areas, and I didn’t want the doctors or nurses to worry about preparing their next meals. I came to the realization that I could help struggling restaurants while assisting health care centers.” Fueled by his passion to make a positive impact, during his spring break, Kabra founded Kitchen to Ward, an organization that provides hospitals affected by the coronavirus with meals from local restaurants.
“When I started Kitchen to Ward,” Kabra said, “it was just my family and I.” In early April, Kabra and his family started reaching out to several hospitals nationwide and arranged partnerships with three health care centers, from Vista Medical Center in Illinois to Temple University Hospital in Pennsylvania. In the span of several months, Kitchen to Ward rapidly expanded their reach. Kabra increased the size of his team to adjust to the growing demand of meals, recruiting other high schoolers from Illinois, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. By the end of July, Kitchen to Ward had established partnerships with 13 health care centers, raised $6,395 for meal donations, and served more than 600 meals.
Anika Potnis, one of the Kitchen to Ward’s five officers, said, “I got to meet the most incredible people through Kitchen to Ward. I had conversations with health directors, restaurant owners, and even Fremont Mayor Lily Mei. Seeing how much effort each health care worker and business owner puts into serving their communities inspires me to continue working with Kitchen to Ward and increasing our outreach.” In the future, she hopes to make an even greater impact with Kitchen to Ward by donating more than 1,000 meals and raising over $7,000 in the next few months.
With the recent spike in cases, she is more motivated than ever to lend a hand to local health care services and restaurants. The Kitchen to Ward team might be small, Potnis said, but “if we can deliver one meal, we can deliver thousands.”
Learn more about Kitchen to Ward’s services and impact at https://www.kitchentoward.org/.
Celebrate launch of Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover
Submitted by Mary Catherine Franz
NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover will begin its journey to the Red Planet on Thursday, July 30 at 4:50 a.m.
As part of NASA’s long-term effort of robotic exploration of Mars, the rover will seek signs of habitable conditions, search for signs of past life and collect samples for analysis on Earth. The Mars 2020 spacecraft with its Perseverance Rover will launch on an Atlas V-541 rocket from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
Chabot Space & Science Center encourages the public to learn more about the Mars 2020 Mission with a suite of live events.
Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Launch Watch Party
Wake up early and watch along with Chabot’s astronomers virtually as we witness this historic launch!
Astronomers from Chabot Space & Science Center will be watching along and responding to questions in the comments. We invite our community to join us for questions, conversations and celebrations of this landmark launch.
The launch is scheduled for 4:50 a.m. There is a possibility that the launch will be postponed, so be sure to check Chabot’s website and Facebook event page for updates.
NASA Talk: Advanced Materials and Technologies for NASA’s Mars 2020 Mission and Beyond
Join NASA Aerospace Engineer Dr. Lauren Abbott on Facebook Live for a closer look at the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover and the technologies that enable Perseverance to make the journey to Mars!
NASA’s Mars 2020 Mission will land the Perseverance rover in Mars’ Jezero Crater on February 18, 2021. Perseverance boasts a sophisticated design with a suite of cutting-edge instruments that will allow it to tackle some ambitious science goals: (1) Seek potential biosignatures or signs of past microbial life and (2) Characterize the planet’s climate and geology looking for evidence of ancient habitable environments. But what technologies are needed to get to Mars?
We will overview the technologies that enable Perseverance to make the roughly seven-month journey to Mars, staring with the launch on an Atlas V-541 rocket and ending with the landing of the Perseverance rover on the surface of Mars using the sophisticated Entry, Descent, and Landing System. We will then take a closer look at the thermal protection materials that make up the spacecraft’s heat shield, which keep the spacecraft and rover safe during entry into Mars’ atmosphere. Lastly, we will take a peek at a few of the challenges that lay ahead for the future of Mars exploration.
Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Launch Watch Party R
Thursday, Jul 30
4:00 a.m. – 5:30 a.m.
RSVP on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/267639117866918/
NASA Talk: Advanced Materials and Technologies for NASA’s Mars 2020 Mission and Beyond
Friday, Jul 31
8 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/events/639753440281606/
Hiking to Mission Peak
On July 2, 2020, I woke up early to hike Mission Peak for the first time. I went with my parents and my little brother Ansh. We started around 7:30 a.m. Since it was early morning, it was a little cold outside. After 15 minutes, we saw the very first bench. We enjoyed the view and noticed some cows grazing on grass. After drinking some water, we started again and saw a second bench. Shortly after that, we thought we found the third bench, but actually it was the first bench… the other two were picnic tables.
The real challenge started then. The trail was rocky and steep; we had to be careful to avoid injury. even though it was just 8:15 a.m., we started feeling hot so we switched our hoodies for hats. We had our masks with us, of course.
Soon after, at about 800 feet high, we reached the official second bench. We took a long break and enjoyed watching birds, including a hawk or a falcon – we couldn’t tell which. After a break and hydrating, we were back on the trail and reached the third bench. The panoramic view was so satisfying. We tried to find our home but couldn’t. I guessed we were about 1500 feet high!
From the third bench to the fourth bench, we focused on hiking. After reaching the bench, I suddenly realized I could clearly see the peak. It was gigantic! About 15 minutes later, we were at the bottom of the rocky cliff section and at the fifth and final bench. We sat down and drank water again. We needed to be vigilant as the hike was getting rough and challenging. My little brother is only six, but he acted like a ninja to solve all obstacles. My parents were very careful watching out for us.
We started climbing the rocks, and it was fun. At times, we had to use our hands to crawl so that we wouldn’t slip. We saw wildflowers and insects while we hiked. I became so excited when I saw the Mission Peak Pole. For some reason, it was covered in red plastic, maybe to keep people from touching it during the COVID-19 pandemic.
My mom gave us crackers as a reward for reaching the top and we ate them while enjoying the view at about 2500 feet elevation. After a few minutes, we gathered our energy to hike back to the base. We took a few breaks and finished our hike at 11:30 a.m.
From start to finish, it took about four hours and 20k steps to hike Mission Peak. This was an experience I’ll remember forever.
4th Grade, Hirsch Elementary School
National Night Out goes virtual
Submitted by Newark Police Department
The “fun” element of block parties and picnics will be missing this year, but the Newark Police Department wants to keep the spirit of “National Night Out” (NNO) alive by taking the event online.
On Tuesday, August 4, police will provide a Zoom meeting link and members of the police department will join community members on the night of NNO. Those interested in participating with their neighbors should fill out the registration form by Wednesday, July 29.
Link to form here: https://forms.gle/kEPcDvLX3qf7pWJB9
Other National Night Out events will be postponed until October 6, 2020. Visit https://natw.org/ for more information.
National Night Out Newark
Tuesday, Aug 4
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Register by: Wednesday, July 29
For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
A New Face at Brightside: Southern Pacific Steam Locomotive #1744
Submitted by Gail Hedberg
Photos by Jim Wrinn
Niles Canyon Railway, a vital part of East Bay history, has been closed to the public since March of 2020. But all is not quiet at our station. Behind the scenes, volunteers are working to bring back rides on old fashioned steam engines in a way that complies with sanitation and social distancing guidelines. In addition, we are in the process of acquiring a new face for our collection of old-fashioned engines.
The Pacific Locomotive Association (PLA) has announced that a native Bay Area steam locomotive, the Southern Pacific #1744, will be rebuilt for operation on the Niles Canyon Railway. The class M-6 2-6-0 “Mogul” steam locomotive was one of 69 locomotives built in November 1901 for freight service by the Baldwin Locomotive Works, Philadelphia, PA for the Southern Pacific (SP) Railroad. It operated for many years out of Oakland on the Southern Pacific Western Division and in a number of branch lines in the San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys in California. Crew called the locomotives “Valley Mallets” (pronounced “Malleys”).
On May 4, 1958 SP had a final rail fan excursion departing from Oakland, CA to Knights Landing branch. The first leg was pulled by a 4-8-4 to Davis and the #1744 pulled the rest of the way. Years later the locomotive operated on several last steam railfan excursions on the Southern Pacific rail line. After retirement from service on the SP in 1958, #1744 operated at the Heber Valley Railroad, moved to Texas and was restored for a brief period of operation in New Orleans.
Iowa Pacific bought the locomotive and ran it on the San Luis & Rio Grande over Colorado’s La Veta Pass in tourist service during 2007 until it was sidelined with boiler issues. The locomotive was disassembled, boiler work started and then stopped. The locomotive has sat disassembled since 2008 with the boiler moving from Alabama to Texas and then back to Colorado.
In early March 2020, PLA volunteers flew to Colorado to identify and transfer very heavy locomotive parts from fields of debris into containers for shipment to Niles Canyon. The parts of the disassembled locomotive and the tender are now safely stored at Brightside. However, the biggest pieces of the locomotive – the frame, wheels, and boiler – still need to be moved.
Covid-19 stay-at-home orders, from March 2020 to the present, have eliminated all train operations and the revenue they generate for our railroad. Our ability to generate cash flow from special events, Sunday train rides, education trains, and gift shop sales for the 2020 season is waiting for relief from state and county restrictions.
Niles Canyon Railway could use your help! We are asking for donations to help offset the $30,000 cost of moving the two final pieces of the locomotive. The restoration project is expected to take five years to return this historic locomotive to service.
Help support the move of SP #1744 at: https://www.ncry.org/about/collection/steam/sp1744/
Newark Police Log
Submitted by Newark PD
Tuesday, June 2
• At 12:09 a.m. officers responded to a fight in progress on the 7100 block of Fountain Avenue. A 24-year-old Newark man was arrested on suspicion of battery and obstructing a police officer. He was cited and released.
Sunday, June 7
• At 11:57 p.m. Officer Quinonez arrested a 37-year-old Fremont man in the parking lot of Newark Square shopping center on suspicion of possessing burglary tools, unlawful possession of tear gas and possession of a firearm as a felon. The suspect was booked at Fremont Jail.
Thursday, June 11
• At 9:33 p.m. officers responded to a report about an assault with bolt cutters on a family member on the 3700 block of Dahlia Drive. A 25-year-old Newark man was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and vandalism. He was booked at Santa Rita Jail.
Monday, July 20
• At 4:07 p.m. an 18-year-old man was arrested on the 6300 block of Robertson Avenue on suspicion of carjacking, attempted carjacking, hit and run with property damage and obstructing an officer.
• At 8:42 p.m. a 26-year-old man was arrested in a parking lot at 5401 Thornton Avenue on suspicion of battery and vandalism.
Wednesday, July 22
• At 11:31 a.m. a 26-year-old man was arrested at Graham Avenue and Olive Street on suspicion of possessing controlled substance paraphernalia. He was issued a citation and released.
Parking enforcement rules resume in Union City
Submitted by Union City PD
A note from police in Union City: Relaxed parking enforcement in recent months during the coronavirus pandemic has come to an end. Through Sunday, August 2 warning citations will be issued for street sweeping and permit parking permit parking violations at the Station District. Fine-based citations will resume on Monday, August 3. For details, call (510) 471-1365.
FDA calls for removal of fruity, disposable Puff Bar vapes
By Matthew Perrone
AP Health Writer
WASHINGTON (AP), Jul 20 – U.S. health officials are cracking down on a brand of fruity disposable e-cigarettes that is popular with teenagers, saying the company never received permission to sell them in the U.S.
The Food and Drug Administration sent a letter Monday telling the company to remove Puff Bar e-cigarettes from the market within 15 business days, including flavors like mango, pink lemonade and strawberry. The agency sent warning letters to nine other companies either selling similarly unauthorized e-cigarettes or nicotine solutions that illegally appeal to children. Some of those mimic packaging of sweets and cereals like Twinkies and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
The regulatory action comes months after anti-vaping advocates warned that disposable vapes like Puff Bar were a glaring loophole in the FDA's ban on flavored e-cigarettes. That policy, which took effect in February, narrowly targeted reusable vaping devices like Juul, the blockbuster brand that helped trigger the teen vaping craze in the U.S. Under the policy, only menthol and tobacco flavors were allowed for those devices. But the flavor restrictions did not apply to disposable vaping products like Puff Bar.
The seller of Puff Bar, Cool Clouds Distribution of Glendale, California, did not immediately respond to emailed messages seeking comment Monday afternoon.
Anti-vaping groups had petitioned the company to remove all disposable vaping products from market, warning they have caught on with teenagers who previously used discontinued Juul flavors like mint and mango.
For months, the FDA has been consumed with the coronavirus outbreak, reviewing new tests and treatments. Earlier this year, the agency suspended in-person inspections at vape shops and convenience stores aimed at enforcing sales restrictions. Late last year, the U.S. raised the legal age to purchase e-cigarettes and all other tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21.
Relay For Life – the fight goes on even in the pandemic
Submitted by Washington Township Medical Foundation
For over 10 years, Washington Hospital and Washington Township Medical Foundation employees have been honored to support the Tri City area’s “Relay For Life” annual relay and recently, a spaghetti feed hosted by Hope On The Move team. Team captain Kelly Klug states “I have been participating in Relay For Life for 10 years since my mother was first diagnosed with cancer. Unfortunately, we lost her in 2013 and then found out my sister had the disease. We thought the battle was lost, but through new treatments she is doing very well today. That is why I continue to fight.”
People who have been diagnosed with cancer are more vulnerable than ever right now. They need support, people to talk with, resources to turn to, and reassurance that someone is looking out for them. This year, due to the pandemic, the relay has been cancelled, but creativity has prevailed in continuing the tradition of the spaghetti feed fundraiser.
This year’s feed will be on August 22 from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. The event will be a drive through at Newark Pavilion. Those wishing to participate can drive through the parking lot and purchase pre-made dinners with garlic bread and salad, or ingredients to make their own at home. There is a $30 donation for the dinner, which includes a bottle of wine ($25 if you skip the wine).
On sale to benefit the event will be homemade canned goods from Kelly’s Kitchen Kreations and Aunt Micky’s Treats: apricots, marinara sauce, various flavors of jalapeno pepper jelly, dried pineapple, candied nuts and more. Multiple desserts will also be available for purchase; fun baskets will be raffled.
Spaghetti Feed hosted by Hope On The Move
Saturday, Aug 22
2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
6430 Thornton Ave., Newark
THE ROBOT REPORT
Amazon Scout extends robotic deliveries
By Eugene Demaitre
Amazon.com Inc. announced on July 21 that its Amazon Scout robotic delivery services will be expanding to Atlanta and Franklin, Tennessee. The Seattle-based company has already been testing the mobile robots in Snohomish County, Washington and around Irvine, California.
Since the beginning of the year, Scout has been autonomously navigating around sidewalk obstacles, such as pets, pedestrians, and discarded Christmas trees, noted Sean Scott, vice president of Amazon Scout, in a blog post. The robot is part of the online retailer’s efforts to meet increased consumer demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, he said.
Amazon Scout field tests expand
“We are starting with a small number of Amazon Scout devices in each city, delivering Monday through Friday, during daylight hours,” Scott explained. “Customers in both areas will order just as they normally would, and their Amazon packages will be delivered either by one of our trusted carrier partners or by Amazon Scout.”
He touted Amazon Scout’s safety, saying that the robot is the size of a small cooler and rolls at a walking pace. Although the mobile robots are autonomous, they will be accompanied by “Amazon Scout Ambassadors.” Such ambassadors have already received thank-you cards from children, said Scott.
The company chose Franklin and Atlanta because they have a different climate than Amazon Scout’s existing operations and because it already has a “significant presence in these areas through our corporate offices and logistics facilities,” wrote Scott. He added that the company will be looking for talent and to partner with schools in those cities.
Amazon pursues multiple routes to automated delivery
Last year, Scott announced that Amazon planned to expand Scout testing to Southern California. The company, whose Amazon Robotics unit has deployed tens of thousands of Kiva mobile robots in warehouses, has also been working on Prime Air for drone deliveries. It has not set a start date for Prime Air trials, citing the need for regulatory approvals. In addition, Amazon recently pledged to “net zero carbon by 2040.”
The global market for delivery robots will grow from $14.18 billion in 2019 to $54.3 billion by 2027, experiencing a compound annual growth rate of 18.2%, according to Selbyville, Delaware-based Market Study Report LLC. Amazon is competing with last-mile companies including Starship Technologies Inc., Nuro Inc., and DEKA Development & Research Corp., which is working with FedEx Corp. on the SameDay Bot.
Eugene Demaitre is senior editor at The Robot Report. Visit their website at www.therobotreport.com.
San Leandro City Council
July 20th, 2020*
• Mayor Cutter announced the passing of a parks and recreation staff member Lydia Rodriguez.
• Several residents urged the council to appoint an independent consultant to investigate a citizen oversight committee for the police department.
• Several residents praised the council for their socially conscious investment strategy, an item up for vote on the consent calendar.
• Many residents mentioned the Black Lives Matter mural painted on Parrott St., and the need for the council to stand behind the message.
• Several members recognized the council for hiring a third party to investigate the city’s involvement in the shooting of Steven Taylor.
• Presentation on the Capital Corridor South Bay Connect Project
• Public Comment: Several residents raised concerns and questioned the project and its necessity.
• Resolution authorizing the city manager to apply for a PLHA grant, and execute a standard agreement with the State of California, Department of Housing and Community Development, for funding from the Permanent Local Housing Allocation Program for funding allocation years 2019-2023.
• Public comment: Several residents suggested that housing for the homeless be considered in the project.
• Resolution of the city overruling protests and imposing liens for non-payment of delinquent 2020 Business License Tax, solid waste service charges, Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) fees, code compliance administrative penalties and charges, and planning permit fees.
Items passed: 6-0, Lee recused.
• Approve tract map 8513 for 342 Marina Boulevard.
• Approve amendment for existing consultant services agreements with DKS Associates, Fehr & Peers, and W-Trans for on-call transportation engineering consulting services.
• Execute program supplement agreement with the State of California to provide $72,000 in state funds and obligate the city to $8,000 for matching funds for the development of local road safety plans for the street improvements.
• Increase the contract change order cap authorization from 13% to 20% (from $1,321,300 to $2,032,769 for the original construction contract to DeSilva Gates Construction, L.P. for Annual Overlay/Rehabilitation 2017-2018.
• Authorize a two-year non-professional services agreement with the option for three one-year extensions between the City of San Leandro and David Sams for management of the city’s contract with American Golf Corporation.
• Execute amendment No. with Flagship Facility Services, Inc. for citywide janitorial services.
• Execute a five-year consulting services agreement with Invengo Technology Corp to install and configure a new radio frequency identification system for inventory control and security of the library’s collection.
• Approve the city’s Investment Policy Statement for fiscal year 2020-2021.
• Approve annual renewals for fiscal years 2020-21, 2021-22, and 2022-23 with Granicus for software and support of the Legistar system, website, and more.
• Extend proclamation of local emergency and state of emergency – COVID-19 pandemic.
• Authorize the continued participation of the city in the Alameda County HOME Consortium for HOME Funds for federal fiscal years 2021-2023.
• Confirm the declaration of the director of emergency services establishing a temporary limit of 15% on fees charged by third party food delivery companies to support restaurants in San Leandro during the pandemic.
• Motion confirming the city council recess during the month of August.
Calendar passed: 7-0
Items Removed from Consent Calendar:
• Resolution authorizing community members to paint “Black Lives Matter” as well as for the city and its residents to adopt the message along a portion of the Parrott Street public right-of-way in downtown San Leandro.
• Public comment:
o Several residents supported preserving art created on the plywood used to board up businesses downtown.
Item passed: 7-0
• Ordinance amending Municipal Code relating to the Real Property Transfer Tax.
• Resolution calling a municipal election to submit to the voters a measure on an increase in the existing Real Property Transfer Tax.
o Public comment: Several residents brought up issues with the proposed tax, namely that some of the money would be funneled into the police department budget. Items passed: 7-0
• Resolution to form a Community Advisory Task Force related to city budget with each member serving a two-year term.
o Public comment: Many residents spoke in support the budget task force but said that the appointment process needed to be transparent, there were too many members, and that a diverse array of residents needed to be represented
Item passed: 6-1; Aguilar, Nay
Report on Closed Session Actions Taken:
• From the July 14th meeting, the council approved signing on in support of the city of Philadelphia in the case Fulton vs. the city of Philadelphia.
City Council Calendar and Announcements:
• Councilmember Lopez announced that the disaster council would continue to meet throughout the August recess.
• Councilmember Cox announced that the census is still being counted and encouraged residents to participate.
Councilmember Requests to Schedule Agenda Items
• Mayor Cutter requested that staff investigate the process of installing a police department citizen oversight committee.
o Public Comment: Several residents applauded the city for looking into forming an oversight committee.
Motion passed: 7-0
Mayor Cutter adjourned the meeting in the memory of Lydia Rodriguez’s passing.
Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter Aye
Vice Mayor Pete Ballew Aye
Victor Aguilar, Jr. Aye, 1 Nay
Ed Hernandez Aye
Benny Lee Aye, 1 Recusal
Deborah Cox Aye
Corina Lopez Aye
Schools to reopen virtually
By Jui Sadekar
With California’s K-12 students finishing the 2019-2020 school year under distance learning, educators and parents have been wondering about the state’s plan for reopening schools in the fall.
For some time, it appeared that the rate of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations was stabilizing in California — and that schools might reopen in-person. But with the number of coronavirus cases spiking around the state, Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced that most schools will start the 2020-2021 academic year remotely.
California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a framework for when and how schools should reopen for in-person instruction. According to the guidelines, to resume in-person classes, a county must have been off the state's COVID-19 watch list for 14 consecutive days. Districts in counties on the watch list will only be able to do distance learning. Currently, Alameda and Santa Clara counties are on the watch list, which means schools in these counties will reopen virtually.
Furthermore, extracurricular activities, including sports, are on hold for now until they can continue safely. School districts are finding creative ways to continue with some form of engagement around those activities remotely.
“Learning is non-negotiable,” said Newsom in his announcement. “In California, health data will determine when a school can be physically open – and when it must close – but learning should never stop. Students, staff, and parents all prefer in-classroom instruction, but only if it can be done safely.”
Kim Kelly, director of curriculum and instruction, Fremont Unified School District, said that the district will continue with distance learning until county health officials and board of education trustees are confident that it is safe for students and staff to return to school.
Expressing similar thoughts, Cheryl Jordan, superintendent, Milpitas Unified School District, stated “We have announced at our parent meetings that we will start our new school year with distance learning at least for six weeks or for as long as Santa Clara County is on the watch list.”
Opening schools with virtual learning will also give districts some time to build solid hybrid models that can work for students, teachers, and parents, according to Sharan T. Kaur, board trustee, New Haven Unified School District. “We have decided on a three-phase reopening plan. First phase being completely virtual, second phase would be the hybrid model, and third phase would be fully in-person. We will revisit our decision on how and if we are ready to move from phase one to phase two on September 15.”
Hayward Unified School District is also following a phased approach to bringing students back. In a community update, Matt Wayne, Ed.D., superintendent, shared that phase two will have limited in-person instruction through a modified schedule, which includes some distance learning; however, families will have the option to continue on a full distance learning model.
Understanding that some families prefer not to return to in-person instruction, Castro Valley Unified School District has developed an alternative full year virtual learning program, stated Parvin Ahmadi, superintendent.
Schools will also use phase one to implement necessary safety and hygiene protocols to prepare for a return to in-person instruction as soon as local conditions allow. According to Newsom’s announcement, staff, and students in third grade and above will be required to wear a mask or face covering. Students should be provided a face covering if they do not have one. Other safety instructions include regular testing and dedicated contact tracing for outbreaks at schools and physical distancing requirements.
Over the summer, Newark Unified School District staff has been preparing for when conditions allow for safe in-person learning. Examples include procuring adequate supplies; adapting facilities with plexiglass; reviewing handwashing stations; making appropriate food service adjustments; and thoroughly cleaning classrooms, offices, and furniture, according to Dr. Mark Triplett, the new superintendent.
When the schools halted in-person classes in March, some faculty were caught off guard. However, for the upcoming school year, educators are prepared with a more structured and robust distance model. When we had to literally dive into distance learning [in spring],” said Jordan, “after only three days of preparation, we did the best we could. Since then, we have learned a lot.” What Milpitas Unified has learned from its experience is that learners need more regular contact and more personalization, and parents need better understanding about the district’s technology tools.
Sharing New Haven Unified plans, Kaur said, “Synchronous instructions will be delivered in the fall. There will be more accountability than what was practiced during March – June… Teachers also have more practice with online teaching, which will make it a little easier for them to create and deliver online lesson plans.”
San Leandro Unified School District has improved its distance model to include daily live instruction with consistent schedules and required attendance; use of Learning Management Systems (SeeSaw for K-5, Schoology for 6-12); new curriculum for Science, History-Social Science, and World Language; support for specialized groups, including personnel to support at-home learning, increased teletherapy services, and at-home access to mental health services; and parent training and support.
Likewise, Hayward Unified has worked with its District Advisory Committee to discuss health & safety, communication, social-emotional support, and family engagement. The committee includes parents, students, teachers, community members, and district leaders, said Dionicia Ramos Ledesma, director of public information & governmental relations.
She added that the district has begun an initiative called “Jumpstart to Success” with its year-round schools. The focus is on establishing relationships, building trust, and creating a classroom environment during distance learning. “We have held drive-through events for students to meet their teachers. Principals are hosting ‘coffee’ meetings with parents.”
Although classes will be held online, schools around the East Bay will continue with their free meal programs. Information about individual meal pickup service can be found at respective school district websites.
While a more unified approach and guidance from the state provides clarity on several issues, many unknowns still have residents wondering exactly how it is all going to work. What the new school year will look like… only time will tell.
Sewa International donates to frontline workers
By Stephanie Gertsch
The Sanskrit word “Sewa” means helping others, and on Wednesday July 22, volunteers from nonprofit organization Sewa International lived up to that meaning by donating 500 lunches to frontline health workers at Kaiser Permanente in Fremont. Funds were raised by Sewa’s Youth Wing, via online games.
Student volunteer Risha Jain, explained, “We raise money through a website called ‘Games for Corona’ that was created by teenagers for everyone. How it works is we have people sign up and we play Pictionary. The point is to relieve boredom that many people suffer while stuck at home and at the same time, raise money. We get $10 for every single signup, but other donors double our money. So that’s how we were able to pay for all of the pizzas here for our heroes, the frontline workers.”
Bay Area chapter coordinator Uptal Dixit said, “We have served more than 20,000 hot meals. Today, it’s going to be 1,000 more. We’re also helping with grocery bags for people and hygiene kits. We’ve already helped with 75,000+ face masks; out of those, 10,000+ are N95s.” Sewa’s local chapter supports the Bay Area by assisting people affected by COVID-19 and natural disasters. They also help underprivileged communities, especially in the East Palo Alto area, providing after school programs to kids.
A representative from Kaiser thanked the organization for their compassion and kindness. “Well you guys are the ones saving lives,” replied a student.
You can learn more about Sewa International and make a donation at https://sewausa.org/.
48 Hour Summer Shorts Movie Jam: Quarantine Edition
Submitted by Benjamin Levine
Calling all filmmakers, actors, screenwriters, cinematographers, editors, and crew – your skills and talents are needed! Berkeley Community Media is hosting the 10th annual “48 Hour Summer Shorts Movie Jam” – this year, the “Quarantine Edition” – from July 31 to August 2.
In the event created by Melanie Mentzel and Moby Theobald, filmmakers are challenged to write, shoot, and edit a five to 10-minute short film in just 48 hours. The festival starts on Friday at 5 p.m. with the reveal of three “secret ingredients” which must be used in the film; the clock starts ticking at 6 p.m. Teams have until Sunday at 6 p.m. to submit their finished works. The films are then screened and broadcast to the world. “I’m always blown away by the full commitment of our filmmaking community to create truly artistic films in just 48 hours,” says Mentzel. “It’s such a pleasure to provide a platform to showcase their talent.”
It all started back in 2010 when Mentzel and Theobald decided to put on the festival as a fundraiser for Berkeley Community Media (BCM). BCM is a member-based public access television station providing media education and equipment for TV and film production. Festivals are a way to highlight that community and inspire others to also make films.
“As co-producers, we would meet regularly for about three months in advance to come up with ideas for who would be good support crew, how to structure the festival, the theme of the particular year and clues which filmmakers have to include in their films showing that they did the work in a forty-eight hour period,” recalls Mentzel. “It takes a village to make something like this happen; volunteers and interns from the BCM community, actors, writers, videographers, editors, as well as the Berkeley business sponsors who, in the past, provided gift bags for our filmmakers and items for our raffle prizes.”
Of course, the festival wouldn’t be the same without co-producer Moby Theobald who is also an extraordinarily gifted host. In past festivals, he would conduct live interviews of filmmakers giving them the chance to talk about their creative process, the equipment they used, and any fun or unusual tidbits along the way.
This year, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, BCM is taking the film challenge all-digital. Interviews will be recorded through Zoom and broadcast during the 48-hour challenge period so we can all get to know our filmmakers and their teams in advance of seeing their films. While the event will not be performed in front of a live audience, BCM is taking advantage of their online platform to expand the festival from a local event to a global celebration. “It will be different, that’s true” Melanie declares, “but, we are not going to let a pandemic hold us back from supporting our worldwide film community and creating some inspiring entertainment to reach across the globe.”
The kickoff, festival, and closing ceremony will be live-streamed and broadcast on BCMTV Channel 28 and on Berkeley Community Media’s YouTube page, as well as the festival’s official website. Filmmakers who are interested in participating in this epic and historic opportunity to share their creative voice, should visit www.48HourMovieJam.org and register now – they have until July 31 at 4 p.m. to do so.
48 Hour Summer Shorts Movie Jam: Quarantine Edition
Friday, Jul 31 @ 5 p.m. – Sunday, Aug 2 @ 6 p.m.
Register at www.48HourMovieJam.org
Social Security Matters
Ask Rusty – Should My Wife Claim at 62? Will She Get Widow Benefit?
By Certified Social Security Advisor Russell Gloor
Association of Mature American Citizens
Dear Rusty: I am almost 64 and still working, and I plan to work until about 66 or 67. My wife is 62. Should she go ahead and file for her Social Security? Is it true that she can draw on my SS after I pass away? Signed: Inquiring Husband
Dear Inquiring Husband: The answer to your first question (should your wife claim at 62) isn't simple, because it depends upon a number of things.
Is your wife working? If so, and she claims before her full retirement age, she'll be subject to Social Security's earnings test, which limits how much she can earn before they take back some of her benefits. If your wife starts collecting at age 62 and exceeds the annual earnings limit ($18,240 for 2020) SS will take back benefits equal to half of what she exceeded the limit by. This is true until she reaches her full retirement age (66 ½ if she was born in 1957), although the earnings limit goes up by about 2.5 times and the penalty is less in the year she reaches her full retirement age (FRA).
Will your wife be eligible for a spousal benefit from you when you start collecting? If so, and she claims at age 62, her eventual spousal benefit from you will be less than 50% of your full retirement age (FRA) benefit because she took her own benefit early. Whether your wife is eligible for a spousal benefit depends upon whether her own benefit (from her own work record) at her FRA (regardless of when she claims) is smaller than half of your benefit at your FRA (regardless of when you claim). If it's not, she won't get a spousal benefit. If it is, she'll get a spousal boost on top of her own benefit, but claiming at age 62 will mean a smaller spousal benefit.
Your wife’s age 62 benefit amount will be 27.5 percent less than her benefit would be at her full retirement age, and that reduction is permanent. And Social Security benefits are taxable if your combined income (married, filing jointly) is more than $32,000. If your combined income is between $32,000 and $44,000 then 50 percent of your wife's SS benefits will become part of your taxable income, and if more than $44,000, then up to 85 percent of your wife’s SS benefits will become part of your taxable income. My point is, with you still working, your wife’s SS benefits will almost certainly add to your income tax obligation.
I’m not trying to dissuade your wife from applying; rather only making you aware of the potential consequences of her claiming at age 62, or at any time prior to her full retirement age. If she needs the money now and the above points are not a concern, then applying at 62 could be the prudent choice. But you and your wife should consider the above before deciding if she should claim at age 62.
Regarding your second question, if you should predecease your wife, and if the benefit you are receiving at your death is more than your wife is already receiving (or is entitled to receive) on her own, then she will get a survivor benefit from you. If she has already reached her full retirement age when that happens, she’ll get 100 percent of the benefit you were getting. If she hasn’t yet reached her FRA, she can still claim the survivor benefit, but it will be permanently reduced by a fraction of a percent for each month earlier than her FRA. However, if she hasn't yet reached her FRA, she can also delay taking her survivor benefit until she reaches FRA to get 100% of your benefit (instead of her own). Remember, she gets her survivor benefit, or her own benefit, whichever is higher (she doesn’t get both).
This article is intended for information purposes only and does not represent legal or financial guidance. It presents the opinions and interpretations of the AMAC Foundation's staff, trained and accredited by the National Social Security Association (NSSA). NSSA and the AMAC Foundation and its staff are not affiliated with or endorsed by the Social Security Administration or any other governmental entity. To submit a question, visit our website (amacfoundation.org/programs/social-security-advisory) or email us at email@example.com.
Interscholastic Federation announces sports schedules
Submitted by California Interscholastic Federation
In a July 20, 2020 press release, California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) released its athletic schedule for the 2020-21 school year. The “modified season” outlined the season for “each CIF sport and the last date for Section Championships and Regional/State Championships in those sports where a Regional/State Championship is currently offered.” Also, CIF “outside competition” restrictions have been temporarily suspended for the 2020-21 school year due to the pandemic. However, tighter control may be exerted by individual sections.
Although the championship schedule has been released, each CIF Section will publish its own season calendar including starting/ending dates and Section playoffs. Sports are divided into two seasons – Fall and Spring – with the last day for section playoffs of fall sports on March 13, 2021 (Volleyball, Water Polo), March 20, 2021 (Cross Country) and April 10 (Football). Other fall sports of field hockey, competitive cheer, gymnastics and skiing/snowboarding) are not currently eligible for regional/state championship competition and therefore determined by each CIF Section.
Spring sports (Badminton, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Wrestling, Basketball, Golf, Baseball, Softball, Track & Field, Competitive Sport Cheer and Lacrosse) will culminate their regular seasons in May and June 2021.
Local CIF sections have published schedules for fall and spring CIF competition:
North Coast Section’s fall sports include Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Gymnastics, Traditional Competitive Cheer, Volleyball and Water Polo. Practice begins December 14 and competition begins in January. Spring sports will begin practice late February/early March 2021. Restriction of outside competition by athletes has been temporarily suspended.
Central Coast Section (including Milpitas) has also set December 14 as the first day of practice for fall sports. Competition begins December 28 for most sports; January 8, 2021 for Football. Spring sports will begin practice late February through March with competition beginning in March 2021. Restriction of outside competition by athletes has been temporarily suspended.
Bill to protect student loan forgiveness for public servants
Submitted by Josh Richman
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) and Rep. David Joyce (R-OH) introduced a bipartisan bill on July 23 to ensure public servants and frontline workers whose jobs may have been disrupted by COVID-19 still qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.
“Many doctors, nurses, teachers, and other public employees have had their jobs impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Swalwell said. “We made a deal that their public service could be rewarded with forgiveness of their student loans, and we should honor that deal no matter what – especially if the pandemic has thrown their livelihoods through a loop.”
“Now more than ever, we need to support those who pursue careers that contribute to the health and well-being of the American people,” said Joyce. “While the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many of our public servants to battle this virus on the front lines, others have been temporarily furloughed or laid-off. I’m proud to introduce this bill with Rep. Swalwell to ensure that the public servants whose livelihoods have been derailed by COVID-19 can continue to count payments toward the total required to receive the loan forgiveness they have worked so hard for.”
The PSLF program provides forgiveness of the remaining balance of student loans to qualified borrowers after they have made 120 monthly payments on their loans while working full time in public service. But if such borrowers lose their public service job or are furloughed, any payments made after that loss of employment would not count toward loan forgiveness.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act gave all federal student loan borrowers a break by requiring no payments from March 13 through September 30. Participants in the PSLF program are still able to count qualified payments toward their required total of 120 during this time – unless they have temporarily lost their public-sector jobs due to the pandemic.
Kiwanis partners with Walmart to ‘Stuff the Bus’ for local schools
Submitted by Shirley Sisk
On Saturday, August 15 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. a big yellow Fremont Unified School District bus will be in front of the Albrae Street Walmart in Fremont. In this economy and now with COVID-19, it is very difficult for many local families to purchase all the items on the list of supplies that students need for school. The list includes:
Pencils – 3 Ring Binders – Notebook Paper – School Scissors – Rulers – Kleenex – Hand Sanitizer – Crayons –Spiral Notebooks – Erasers – Highlighters – Glue Sticks – Colored Pencils & Markers – Pocket Folders – Pencil Pouches
Even if they are learning at home, children will need help with much-needed supplies. Come by Walmart and help “Stuff the Bus.” Kiwanis volunteers will be on hand to accept your donations and you can receive a tax-deductible receipt from the Kiwanis Club of Fremont Foundation – the nonprofit arm of Kiwanis Fremont. Club members are honored to provide this service on behalf of the children of Fremont.
If you don’t have time to shop, bring a check made out to Kiwanis Club of Fremont Foundation marked “Stuff the Bus” and a volunteer will make a purchase for you. All donations will be turned over to the School District for distribution.
For more information about donating or volunteering, call Chip Koehler at (650) 862-7901.
Stuff the Bus
Saturday, Aug 15
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Walmart: 40580 Albrae St., Fremont
Dial H for Hero: Kids chat with superheroes over Zoom
AP Wire Service
By Lilly Price, The Capital Gazette
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP), Jul 19 – Superheros answer the call for justice. During the coronavirus pandemic, they also answer your children's questions.
The pandemic shutdown almost all traditional entertainment venues, putting many comedians and actors out of work. Mike Doyle, a Chicago-based entrepreneur, and a few of his friends from the comedy troupe Second City came up with an idea for “Superhero Calls,” a way for kids to video chat with their favorite hero.
“It gives the comedians a creative outlet, something fun for them to do and also a way for them to make a little bit of extra cash … and a way to provide something fun for parents to set up for their kids who may be going stir crazy stuck at home,” Doyle said.
Ryan Quigley, a five-year-old in his superhero stage who lives in Arnold, was recently able to chat with Iron Man, also known as comedian Bobby Sullivan, during one of these Zoom video calls. Dressed as Batman, Quigley showed off his superhero boxing moves and made plans to meet Iron Man in space by rocket ship to fight supervillain Thanos.
“It was a good way to get off the COVID-19 hamster wheel for a couple of minutes,” said Rob Quigley, Ryan's father.
Comedians' improv skills come in handy while talking to children, who often fire off a wild array and silly stream of questions. Performers are able to stay in character and field any request thrown at them, like inviting Hulk over for dinner.
Characters include Iron Man, Batman, Hulk and Elsa from Frozen. Calls are $20 for 10 minutes made at https://www.superherocalls.com/. Parents are asked to text the performers ahead of time sharing information about their child so the calls are more personalized.
When the idea first got off the ground, schools had just shut down. Now that most summer camps are also closed to prevent further spread of the coronavirus, the calls aim to bring joy to kids during an otherwise bleak time, Doyle said.
Kathryn Quigley, Ryan's mother, said Ryan would jockey for attention while she helped his other siblings with online schoolwork.
“This was a little diversion for everyone, especially for him, as something special for him to do when everyone else had other stuff for teachers or friends,” she said.
Superhero Calls, though based in Chicago, can chat with children across the country. Recently, the newfound company did free calls with kindergarten classes on their last day at school and kids at the La Rabida Children's Hospital.
Tesla picks Texas site for second US vehicle assembly plant
By Tom Krisher
AP Auto Writer
Electric car maker Tesla Inc. has picked the Austin, Texas, area as the site for its largest auto assembly plant employing at least 5,000 workers.
The new factory will build Tesla's upcoming Cybertruck pickup and will be a second U.S. manufacturing site for the Model Y small SUV, largely for distribution to the East Coast.
Tesla will build on a 2,100-acre (85-hectacre) site in Travis County near Austin and will get more than $60 million in tax breaks from the county and a local school district over the next decade. State incentives also are possible for the plant, which will be over 4 million square feet.
The company has pledged to invest $1.1 billion and said it will pay a minimum wage of $15 per hour to employees and provide health insurance, paid leave, and other benefits.
The area that's home to the University of Texas at Austin and tech companies such as Dell Inc. was a candidate for the plant all along, but Tulsa, Oklahoma, emerged in mid-May as another possibility.
Tesla doesn't have a lot of time to get the factory running if it wants to meet target production dates. The company says on its website that the Cybertruck will be available starting late next year. Tesla has often missed promised production dates in the past.
The new factory will be Tesla's biggest so far, although it may not employ as many workers as the 10,000 at its factory in Fremont, California. The electric car maker has said it wants the new factory to be in the center of the country and closer to eastern markets.
The Fremont factory currently is Tesla's only U.S. assembly plant. It has a second U.S. factory in Reno, Nevada, where it builds batteries for its vehicles and employs about 6,500 people. Tesla also has a factory in Shanghai and another one under construction in Germany.
The Storyboard Initiative: Writing Student Careers One Story at a Time
By Jessica Yu
Founded by high school students, The Storyboard Initiative (TSI) is a local program that provides fellow students with tools and lifelong skills for business and career development. Powered by DECA, a national club organization seeking to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs, the initiative centers its curriculum on the four pillars of marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.
Vayun Shyam, a rising junior at American High School and the current president and co-founder of TSI, started this program with Arjo Goswami and Rohan Karra in March as a way to combat the lack of a structured lesson plan at his high school DECA chapter. As a freshman, he was exposed to the competitive nature of DECA conferences and felt severely underprepared. Now, less than two years later, his program hopes to help those who are new to or want to study business.
TSI brings more than just DECA preparation to the table by also helping students develop college and career skills. During summer of 2020, courses taught by DECA alumni and business professionals are available through Udemy and Google Classroom. Currently, they have more than 700 students enrolled, with the number increasing every day.
The Storyboard Initiative has come a long way since their original focus of the Bay Area. TSI has members spanning 51 countries worldwide, ranging from middle school students, high school students, and DECA alumni. Members from the area include students from American High School, Basis Independent Valley, Mission San Jose High School, and various colleges. “When we started and advertised, it became a lot bigger than we expected. Our goals are constantly changing as we continue to grow,” said founder Vayun Shyam.
Courses help students jumpstart their business careers by introducing business basics through a three-step process. First, Udemy introduces lectures through online video content and quizzes. The free course has over 500 students currently registered. Second, their Google Classroom courses – Marketing Magic, Model Management, Finance Forward, High-Class Hospitality, and Enhancing Entrepreneurship – align with the main DECA competitions. In the third step, TSI is hosting an Online Career Challenge similar to the structure of a DECA conference, with various cash prizes and scholarships as the grand prize. Students will enter based on the different clusters of DECA. More details will be released later on the website.
In addition to the free curriculum online, TSI provides advantages to Fremont Unified School District schools and Title 1 schools that are interested in business education. DECA alumni and business professionals not only teach the DECA curriculum, but also introduce college and career-ready skills. Programs provide access to mentors, industry professionals and counselors who can guide students in underprivileged communities to work toward a career in business. TSI gives back to the community in the best way they know — business and career development.
From enhancing DECA careers to providing business opportunities for underprivileged schools and communities, TSI continues to progress change and development in students’ lives worldwide.
Visit https://tsbini.com for more information.
Fremont students take top honors for unique inventions
Submitted by Invention Convention Worldwide
Two Fremont students were honored recently for their outstanding achievements and problem-solving inventions at the fifth annual Invention Convention U.S. Nationals, presented by Raytheon Technologies.
In a statement released July 23, Invention Convention officials announced that students Leina Ikeda and Aryan Mangal were among nearly 500 award-winning K-12 inventors celebrated during a virtual awards ceremony hosted by The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation correspondent, Alie Ward. More than 120,000 K-12 inventors from across the United States competed at local affiliate events for a chance to participate in the Invention Convention 2020 U.S. Nationals.
Leina, a fourth grader, won a third-place prize in her grade category for her invention, an interactive alarm clock called “Weik Up!” Aryan, an eighth grader, won the Innovation in Electronics Award for his project, “Artemis: An App for Abuse Prevention by Analyzing Sound through Machine Learning.” The award was presented by Arrow Electronics.
Invention Convention Worldwide is a global K-12 invention education curricular program mapped to national and state educational standards that teaches students problem-identification, problem-solving, entrepreneurship and creativity skills and builds confidence in invention, innovation and entrepreneurship for life. To participate, students are required to submit a video presentation of their invention, a prototype, an inventor’s logbook showing the journey of their invention process and a poster board highlighting key points of the invention process.
Both students created videos explaining their projects, which are posted on YouTube:
Leina’s “Weik Up!” is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKc-BR9mvSc&feature=youtu.be
Aryan’s “Artemis” is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocCzQE_nGJE.
City planners discuss development around BART station
By Brittany Ung
The Union City Planning Department shared options for blueprinting a more connected community at a webinar on Tuesday, July 21. The city is creating a plan for the Station District, which will determine how land is used in the 470-acre property. The area being analyzed for redevelopment borders Fremont and surrounds the Union City BART station, including city hall, James Logan High School and several stores within its boundaries.
Led by Economic & Community Development Director Carmela Campbell and Rajeev Bhatia of Dyett & Bhatia Urban and Regional Planners, Tuesday’s meeting was part of the planning department’s attempts to gather community input on potential options for the land. This phase, in which the department explores options, is the third in a five-stage process that will later include creating the draft plan and finalizing it.
The planning department shared responses from interviews with nine stakeholders, including residents, property owners and developers. Respondents noted several advantages to building in the area, including the proximity to the BART station for office developers and potential for active recreational open spaces. They also expressed support for safe bike and walking routes, as well as interest in vertical mixed-use development, with retail stores on the ground level and housing above.
Bhatia relayed the city’s vision for the project, from the Union City general plan adopted in 2019: “To continue to transform the Station District into a dynamic, transit-oriented district with a diversity of uses that create a vibrant atmosphere where people live, work and socialize.”
The project is guided by five principles, which Bhatia explained at the meeting: a central pedestrian spine, a well-connected neighborhood, an open space network, a complete neighborhood and quality design.
Central to several of those principles is connectivity, with the city aiming to improve travel options for pedestrians and bikers by increasing mobility between various parts of the Station District. Bhatia gave some examples of how the city can make travel easier, including shortening city blocks, opening pathways, using public open spaces and increasing the number of buildings within 15 minutes of the BART station.
“People are walking, biking and jogging even more so in the times of COVID, so we need to make sure that we set up connections of open spaces that people can use to be leading active lifestyles,” Bhatia said.
The Station District is divided into five sub-areas, with various options for development in each. Campbell presented multiple alternatives to the community members in attendance, noting areas in which land that could be used for public art, parks, community gardens, housing, office spaces, mixed use development, stores, pedestrian and bicycle connections, and more.
The subarea that includes the BART station, called the Core Station District, houses multiple apartment buildings. The city has approved construction for 443 new housing units and is looking at a proposal from a developer to build 1.2 million square feet of office space, spread over three blocks.
“Really, the idea is to balance out the residential with the office, so that not only can we have a vibrant nighttime population, but also a daytime population from those office uses,” Campbell said. “The goal is for a balance of uses that really complement each other.”
The planning department is seeking further community feedback via a survey on the Station District Specific Plan’s website, unioncity.org/422/StationDistrictSP. The planning team will take the results of the survey and other feedback to the planning commission on August 20, then to the City Council on September 8.
Walmart to close its stores on Thanksgiving Day
By Anne D'innocenzio
AP Retail Writer
NEW YORK (AP), Jul 21 – Walmart Inc. said that it will be closing its namesake stores and Sam's Clubs on Thanksgiving Day this year, saying that it wants to have its employees spend time with their families during the coronavirus.
The move, announced Tuesday, marks the first major indication of how COVID will affect Black Friday store shopping, which for almost a decade kicked off with big crowds on the turkey feast and expanded into Friday. However, given safety concerns, stores are rethinking their plans for the kickoff.
Given Walmart's clout as the nation's largest retailer, other major retailers could follow its lead. Macy's CEO Jeff Gennette said earlier this month that the department store will be pivoting its Black Friday business more toward online and will likely be going “full force” with holiday marketing right after Halloween. It also will be staggering events to reduce customer traffic in the stores.
Walmart also said Tuesday that it will be giving out another round of bonuses for workers on the front lines of the coronavirus. The company said that it will be doling out $300 for full-time hourly workers and $150 for part-time hourly and temporary workers. Drivers, managers and assistant managers in stores, clubs, distribution centers and fulfillment centers and health and wellness will also receive a bonus. It will add up to approximately $428 million, Walmart said.
The bonuses will be included in Aug. 20 paychecks for eligible workers employed as of July 31.
“Our associates have been working at an incredible pace, they've solved problems, and they've set an amazing example for others,” said John Furner, president and CEO of Walmart U.S., in a corporate blog post. “To further appreciate their incredible work, we are pleased to share another special cash bonus this summer.”