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San Francisco Giants World Series trophies coming to Hayward Jan. 29

HAYWARD — You can have your picture taken with the San Francisco Giants’ three World Series trophies on Thursday, Jan. 29, and it’s all for a good cause.

The 2010, 2012 and 2014 world championship trophies will be on display at City Hall. Viewing is free, but a contribution of $2 a person is suggested to support the local Junior Giants program.

The Hayward stop is part of a tour of Junior Giants communities in Northern and Central California, Oregon and Nevada.

“As a huge San Francisco Giants fan myself, I’m obviously very excited to welcome the trophies to Hayward,” said Mayor Barbara Halliday in a statement.

“The Giants have also made an important contribution to our community through their sponsorship of the Junior Giants program, which served more than 750 Hayward area children in 2014. Even if you’re an A’s fan, come out to check out the trophies and support our local kids,” she said.

The trophies will be on display from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday in City Hall Rotunda, 777 B St.

Junior Giants is a free co-ed baseball program run by the Hayward police department for the past 13 years. Volunteers are needed for the upcoming eight-week season that starts June 15. If interested, contact Emily Young at emily.young@hayward-ca-gov or 510-293-3333.

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Hayward community academy applications accepted

HAYWARD — The police’s next community academy begins March 3.

The free nine-week course will be held Tuesdays from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Topics that will be covered include police patrol structure and district command; special victims unit; robbery prevention and personal safety; vice/intelligence and gangs; SWAT and K-9 Unit; 911; and firearms training simulator.

Those attending must be 18 years or older and pass a background check.  The academy will be held through April 28 at the police department’s North District Office, 22701 Main St. (corner of C and Main streets).

Seating is limited. To apply, go to www.haywardpd.net or contact Gale Bleth, 510-293-7151, gale.bleth@hayward-ca.gov, or Mary Fabian, 510-293-1043, mary.fabian@hayward-ca.gov.

 

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Castro Valley: Bike and pedestrian advisory panel applications sought

CASTRO VALLEY — The county is looking for residents to serve on a bicycle and pedestrian advisory committee.

The newly created Castro Valley Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee will work with county public works staff on a Castro Valley bicycle and pedestrian master plan.

To be eligible, those applying must be Castro Valley residents or own property or a business in the community. Applications are due by Feb. 6.

To apply, go to www.acgov.org/pwa or call senior transportation planner Paul Keener at 510-670-6458.

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Hayward art exhibit features ‘Places We Have Never Been’

"Awaiting Death"

“Awaiting Death”

By Bruce Roberts

Imagine an art display combining the wackiest, most imaginative of three-dimensional work, along with a shattering array of children’s art focused on the horrors of war: imagination and reality, a combination that startles a viewer’s consciousness.

Foothill Gallery of the Hayward Arts Council is hosting this unique combination from Jan. 15 to Feb. 6 in the show “Places We have Never Been.” The 3-D works are by James Pridham, a man with a long Bay Area career of putting things together—“assemblage” in the world of art.

The children’s drawings and paintings are from Paintbrush Diplomacy, which encourages the exchange of children’s art from around the world. Executive Director Joan Sieber, a Hayward resident, has loaned these pictures, simple in their design, but complex and chilling in their subject.
James Pridham’s work is amazing, crafted with consummate skill and intricate detail. His miniature seaport took 4,000 hours of work, creating every building, every boat, every knot in a His mysterious devices made of found materials challenge the viewer to break out of old categories.

Many are steampunk creations. Steampunk has been defined as Victorian futurism, a sort of “Jules Verne meets Rube Goldberg.” Others have distorted allusions to classical stories and ideas. Fans of J.R.R.Tolkien will love his “Encounter in the Mirkwood” and “Middle Earth Pridham’s flights of fancy are balanced with the serious and tragic pictures created by real children from war zones.

The Paintbrush Diplomacy artwork focuses mostly on art by children caught in the Croatian War of the 1990s, by artists from 8 to 16 years old. A recurring theme is groups of people surrounded by barbed wire, many of them faceless, as if their humanity has been erased.

In other scenes, tanks roll over flowers, armed paratroopers descend through the sky, a large, blood-red hand reaches toward a city. In one particularly violent image, two white doves—traditional symbols of peace—fly before a city exploding with red billowing clouds, while underneath,  a black-hooded figure with slits for eyes and a long gun fires upward.

This thought-provoking exhibit is on display at Foothill Gallery, 22394 Foothill Blvd., Hayward, in the Center for History and Culture. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday. The artist’s reception is from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24.

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Hayward police blotter Jan. 8-14

THUR, 1/8/15 at 3:10 PM, POSSESSION OF LOADED FIREARMS with arrests occurred at Martin Luther King Jr Drive and Gibbons Street. A patrol officer pulled a vehicle over for nearly hitting his patrol car head-on, and other vehicle code violations. A rear passenger of the vehicle hid two loaded handguns under the driver’s seat and then fled on foot. A second rear passenger grabbed one of the handguns and threw it out of the window (into some bushes.) The officer was able to recover both handguns at the scene; however, the male suspect who fled the scene was not located.

THUR, 1/8/15 at 4:48 PM, a RESIDENTAL BURGLARY occurred on the 27000 block of Gading Road. A resident came home and found his door forced open and heard noises inside. The resident called the police fearing there may be a burglar still inside. Officer’s arrived on scene and found the home unoccupied and ransacked throughout. No suspect was found.

FRI, 1/9/15 at 9:54 AM, an ARMED ROBBERY occurred in the greenway adjacent to the 400 block of Berry Avenue. Two suspects approached the victim with a handgun. One of the suspects grabbed the victim’s hair and pulled her to the ground. The victim then felt a blunt object (presumably a gun) jabbed into the right side of her abdomen and was told to keep quiet or they’ll shoot her. The other suspect stole the victim’s ring from her finger; the earrings from her ears; and a cell phone from her pocket. The suspects then ran south towards Charles Avenue. The suspects were described as Black males, mid twenty’s, 5’6” to 5’10” in height. They were both wearing black hooded sweat shirts. Anyone with information regarding this robbery is encouraged to contact the Hayward Police Department Investigations Division at 510-293-7034.

SUN, 1/11/15 at 3:33 PM, an OUTSIDE ASSIST was requested by Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies in the area of Santa Clara Street /Ocie Way. ACSO requested assistances to apprehend a suspect who had just fled from them in a stolen vehicle. A perimeter was quickly established, and the suspect was taken into custody within 15 minutes and without further incident.

TUES, 1/13/15 at 1:06 PM, an ATTEMPTED ROBBERY occurred on the 300 block of West A Street. The victim was walking through the parking lot when two suspects approached him. One suspect simulated a handgun in his sweatshirt and the second suspect pushed the victim and demanded his property. The victim ran into the gas station prior to the suspects taking any of his property. Suspect #1 was a Hispanic male, 30 years old, 5’7”, 200 lbs., with a short black faded hairstyle, brown eyes, mustache and goatee. He was wearing a green t-shirt with a large white “A” on the front, and blue jeans. Suspect #2 is a Hispanic male, 40-45 years old, 6’1”, and 165 lbs. He was last seen wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt with horizontal gray/yellow/blue stripes along the front of the shirt, gray bandana covering his face, blue jeans, white shoes, and simulated a gun underneath his sweatshirt. Suspect #3 is a Black male adult, 40-45 years old, bald head and clean shaven. He wore a blue t-shirt and was driving the suspect vehicle. The suspect vehicle was a gray 2000 4-door Dodge Dakota truck with a bed cover. Anyone with information regarding this attempted robbery is encouraged to contact the Hayward Police Department Investigations Division at 510-293-7034.

TUES, 1/13/15 at 1:29 PM, an OUTSIDE ASSIST was requested by Livermore Police Department in the area of Jackson Street and Watkins Avenue. Livermore PD detectives were in an unmarked vehicle witnessing a vehicle being stolen in Oakland by two suspects. The detectives followed the suspects into Hayward and attempted to pull them over in a parking lot on Mission Boulevard. Just as Hayward PD officers arrive, both suspects fled on foot. The passenger suspect was captured by Hayward PD a few blocks away. Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies conducted a K-9 search for the driver and he was eventually found in a backyard of residence.

WED, 1/14/15 at 7:53 AM, a SHOOTING INTO A DWELLING occurred on the 30000 block of Carroll Avenue. A resident called the police to report that their home was shot at. No one in the home was injured and the neighboring school imposed a voluntary lockdown until the area was secured. No shell casings were located and the home is a known gang house.

WED, 1/14/15 at 5:07 PM, a juvenile is in custody for POSSESSION OF A STOLEN VEHICLE AND TWO COUNTS OF ROBBERY. The victim and suspect both attend the same school. Yesterday (1/13/15,) while on campus, the suspect brandished a knife at the victim and stole his cell phone. This incident went unreported. Today, the same suspect confronted the victim and saw he had a new phone. The suspect pushed the victim to the ground and stole his new phone. Later in the day, the victim saw the suspect sitting in a vehicle on Gading Road and confronted him about his stolen cell phones. In a separate incident and during the same time, the registered owner of the vehicle found his stolen vehicle (that the suspect was sitting in) and called Hayward PD. The suspect was arrested and one of the victim’s cell phones was recovered.

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Hayward Coffee With a Cop on Feb. 7

HAYWARD — Police will hold a Coffee With a Cop on Saturday, Feb. 7, in south Hayward.

Officers will be at Starbucks, 1695 Industrial Parkway West, from 9 to 11 a.m. The coffee shop is located a little east of Interstate 880.

This is a chance to meet police and ask questions. Wonder what police do with information from license plate scanners? Or where the crime hot spots are? Are police doing truancy sweeps, and have they seen in a drop since partnering with local businesses?

Community members also can voice any concerns, or just grab a cup of Joe and chat.

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Hayward tightens massage parlor rules

HAYWARD — The city is taking advantage of a new state law to tighten regulations on massage businesses.

The new rules are intended to allow legitimate businesses to operate while giving Hayward the ability to crack down on prostitution and other illegal activities at shady massage parlors, said city spokesman Frank Holland.

“This is about having good actors and making sure we have standards that work,” he said.

Cities throughout the East Bay are revising their regulations after Assembly Bill 1147 took effect Jan. 1. San Leandro has a moratorium on new massage businesses while its staff crafts new rules, and Oakland is considering how best to take advantage of the Massage Therapy Reform Act. The new law gives cities and counties more say over whether massage businesses can operate and where.

The City Council on Tuesday approved the revisions that will go into effect in February. The rules require all massage therapists in the city to be certified by the California Massage Therapy Council, an independent organization. Businesses could be subject to a $2,500 fine for each unauthorized therapist and for each violation committed.

Parlors with three or more workers must remain unlocked during business hours, a restriction that did not sit well with the owner of Hadley’s Massage in downtown Hayward.

“We did voice our concern about locking the door,” Haiying Mao said through an interpreter. “What if there are only two people here and both are working?” Having to hire a full-time receptionist to cover the front of the building for only short periods of time is an additional expense for owners to bear, she said.

Mao also objected to an owner being fined if someone working there takes part in an illegal activity. “If something bad happens, everything is on the owner’s head,” she said.

Three Hayward businesses were shut down in May during a multiagency police sweep of what police say were brothels masquerading as massage parlors. The law enforcement officers executed 32 search warrants in Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Solano and Sonoma counties. Four businesses were closed in Oakland, one in San Leandro and five in San Lorenzo.

Hayward now has 16 massage establishments, with 12 of those opening since 2012.

“You see how fast these things can proliferate. We’re taking a proactive approach so that we have legitimate operators in Hayward,” Holland said.

New businesses would have to apply for a use permit, which gives the city a say on where they can operate. Before, as long as a massage parlor had a business license, it could open wherever other personal services businesses such as barbers or yoga studios were allowed.

Existing parlors have six months to comply with the new rules, which also include a massage therapy permit for each business.

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Hayward: Free improv Jan. 15

HAYWARD — Douglas Morrisson Theatre is having a free night of improv Thursday. Did we mention it’s free?

It will feature members of Made Up Theatre who will use audience suggestions to create improvised skits.

Made Up Theatre will have two different formats of improv during the show: Laugh Track City for the first half of the evening and 5 Play for the rest.

Laugh Track City is a fast-paced short-form improv similar to television’s “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” The Laugh Track City cast plays a series of improvised games and scenes based on audience suggestions.

Then using a made-up title provided by an audience member, 5 Play will create an improvised “movie.”

It starts at 8 p.m. at the Douglas Morrisson Theatre, 22311 N. Third St., Hayward. www.dmtonline.org, 510-881-6777.

 

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Hayward seeks planning commission applicants

A release from the city of Hayward:

HAYWARD – The City of Hayward will be accepting applications for potential candidates to fill the remaining term of former Planning Commission Member Trivedi. The vacancy was created when Planning Commissioner Trivedi submitted a resignation letter on January 6, 2015.

Applicants must be residents of incorporated Hayward and registered voters of the City of Hayward. Individuals who have served on City commissions are encouraged to apply. Individuals appointed to the Planning Commission will need to file a Fair Political Practices Commission Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700).

All interested individuals must complete an application available from the Office of the City Clerk, 777 B Street, Hayward, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or online at www.hayward-ca.gov.

All completed applications must be filed in the Office of the City Clerk by noon, Friday, February 6, 2015.

A process for filling the vacancy will be approved by the City Council at its Council meeting on January 20, 2015. Interviews with the City Council are tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, February 10, 2015.

For further information, please call the City Clerk at 510-583-4400.

 

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Hayward to swear in new police officers Friday

HAYWARD — Five police officers will join the city’s force on Friday at  a ceremony at City Hall.

Police Chief Diane Urban will swear in the officers and recognize the promotion of five current police department employees at 3 p.m. Friday in the City Hall rotunda, 777 B St. The ceremony is open to the public.

The new officers are: Tiffany Martin, Mark Starr, Matthew McMahon, Mark Fontes and Austin Wilson.

Bryan Matthews is being promoted to captain, Ken Forkus to lieutenant, Mike Woods and Garrett Wagner to sergeant, and George Perzigian to property and evidence administrator.

A reception will follow the ceremony.