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Hayward creates library website

HAYWARD — The city has created a website to give updates for its new downtown library, which will be built after voters approved a half-cent sales tax increase in June.

The site, www.haywardlibrary.org, includes schematics for the new three-story library, which will be built across the street from the current one, at C Street and Mission Boulevard.

The site also has information about plans for the park surrounding the old library, which will be torn down. The park dates back to the time of Don Guillermo Castro, who had his homestead at C and Mission, with his corral in what is now the park. By 1889, it was the town plaza.

Some of the trees date back to that era; the block has more than 40 varieties of rare and mature trees, including examples of century-old American elm, Giant Sequoia, coastal redwood and a  100-foot-tall Australian bunya pine (the size of the bunya cones has been compared to bowling balls, watermelons and footballs).

Hayward is still trying to figure out the best use for the plaza; the City Council has not taken a formal vote.

While the name 21st Century Library & Community Learning Center was probably a good marketing tool during the campaign, Hayward might want to reconsider adopting it as a formal title. For one thing, “21st century” likely soon will sound dated. And it’s just way too long a name.

Whatever the city decides to call the building, people probably will still call it “the library, “the main library” or “the downtown library.”

 

 

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Galapagos Islands photos on exhibit in Hayward

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HAYWARD — Photographer Tom Debley is showing some of his work shot in the Galapagos Islands at an exhibit at the shoreline interpretive center.

The exhibit, “In the Footsteps of Charles Darwin,” runs through Oct. 5 at the center, 4901 Breakwater Ave. An artist’s reception is 1-3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 510- 670-7270.

Below is a press release from the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District:

Ever since Charles Darwin first described life in the Galápagos Islands for the world in 1839, they’ve remained an enchanted place. The artist, in this show of photographs of the diverse life and volcanic scenery of the Galápagos archipelago, seeks to capture the spirit of Darwin’s observation that “no one can stand in these solitudes unmoved.”  Enjoy images ranging from those of a Blue-Footed Booby to the Galápagos hawk to the Galápagos giant tortoise. The artist pursues the philosophy of the late Dorothea Lange that “the camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”

Tom Debley first studied photography at California State University, Los Angeles as an undergraduate journalism major.

Over the years as a reporter and editor, including a stint at the Hayward Daily Review, he frequently shot news photographs, winning a California Newspaper Publishers Association statewide award for spot news photography.

Later, as an award-winning public affairs officer at the University of California and Kaiser Permanente, he often oversaw photography for news releases, web sites and publications.

Debley returned to his avocation of photography a decade ago, planning to become an artist in his retirement in 2011.

He has attended many workshops with nationally recognized photographers and taken part in numerous photography competitions.

His work has received honors from the Alameda Photographic Society, Northern California Council of Camera Clubs, Marin County Fair, Photographic Society of America, Photographer’s Forum Magazine, Friends of the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge and the Road Scholar Travel Program.

Debley’s work has been published by newspapers, magazines and websites, and shown at the Commonwealth Club of California and the University of Maine Museum of Art, among other venues.

Debley lives in Oakland. He is a past president of both the Alameda Photographic Society and the Northern California Council of Camera Clubs.

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Hayward police blotter, July 16-23

Wednesday, 7/16/2014, approximately 7:52 AM – A robbery occurred in the 400 block of West Tennyson Road. Two Black males walked up to the victim who was in his parked vehicle. The suspects demanded money and told the victim they had a gun. The victim handed the suspects cash and they ran off in an unknown direction. Both suspects were Black males, 30 years of age, and wearing black jackets.

Wednesday, 7/16/2014, approximately 5:21 PM – A suicidal juvenile was located at a building in the 22000 block of Foothill Blvd and threatening to jump off the top of a parking structure. Officers successfully negotiated with the juvenile who agreed to come down off the ledge. He was placed on a psychiatric evaluation hold and transported to a local hospital.

Thursday, 7/17/2014, approximately 10:00 AM – The Hayward Police Communications Center received several phone calls from a male making credible threatens to start “murdering cops.” On 7/19/2014, the suspect was identified and located in the 22000 block of 2nd Street. The male suspect is currently in custody for Threatening Public Officials and Annoying/Harassing Phone Calls via 911 System.

Thursday, 7/17/2014, approximately 6:30 PM – An armed robbery occurred to an ice cream cart vendor at La Porte Ave and Everglade St. The suspects were described as a Hispanic male and female. The suspects took cash from the victim and fled the scene on foot.

Friday, 7/18/2014, approximately 10:26 PM – The Hayward Police Department received several 911 calls describing a group of 50 juveniles fighting in front of a business located in the 1000 block of B Street. Upon HPD’s arrival, the group dispersed. There were no reported victims or damage as a result of this incident.

Friday, 7/18/2014, approximately 11:32 PM – Officers responded to a reported domestic disturbance between a male and female in a vehicle on Pensacola Ave and Sumatra Ave. It was determined that the male had forced the female into sex trafficking and was assaulting her. The male was later arrested for pimping and pandering. The female was provided with victim services.

Saturday, 7/19/2014, approximately 12:42 PM – A vehicle versus pedestrian collision occurred near the intersection of Dixon ST at Copperfield AV in the City of Hayward. During this collision a minivan was traveling southbound on Dixon ST and collided with a 5-year old boy who was running across the street. The child, who lives in front of the collision scene, sustained major injuries and was transported to Children’s Hospital in Oakland. Sadly, the boy died from his injuries Monday evening (7/21/2014). The driver is cooperating with the investigation and alcohol or drugs are not suspected to be a factor. The cause of the collision is still under investigation.
Any witnesses are encouraged to contact Sergeant Jason Corsolini at the Hayward Police Department Traffic Bureau at 510-293-7149.

Saturday, 7/19/2014, approximately 8:09 PM – Hayward Fire Department reported that a female came to their station located on Hayward Blvd to report she was the victim of a kidnapping out of Santa Cruz, CA. She indicated her ex-boyfriend abducted her from a park in Santa Cruz at gunpoint on Thursday, 7/17/2014. The victim returned home to Santa Cruz and the investigation was forwarded to the Santa Cruz Police Department for further investigation. The suspect in this investigation was not located by the Hayward Police Department.

Sunday, 7/20/2014, approximately 9:56 PM – Officers responded to the report of shots fired in the area of Oliver Drive and Del Norte Court. Upon arrival, they located a 17 year old male with a single gunshot wound to his head. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he is currently in critical condition. No one has been arrested in this incident and it is currently under investigation.
Anyone with information regarding this shooting is encouraged to call the Criminal Investigations Bureau at (510) 293-7034.

Sunday, 7/20/2014, approximately 11:34 PM – A strong armed robbery occurred in the 25000 block of Madeline Ave. The victim reported that he met the unknown suspect via social networking web site and arranged to meet in front of an address on Madeline Ave. Upon arrival, the suspect got into the victim’s vehicle and demanded money and his cell phone. The suspect then fled the scene on foot. The victim knew the suspect as “Bruce” and described him as a Black male adult, 24 to 25 years old, 5’7” and short hair.

Tuesday, 7/22/2014, approximately 12:06 AM – A shooting occurred in the 26000 block of Patrick Ave. The juvenile victim indicated he was shot at from a suspect in a moving vehicle while standing in front of a residence. The juvenile sustained a non-life threating wound to his torso and transported to a local hospital. No firearm was recovered in this investigation.

Tuesday, 7/22/2014, approximately 7:30 PM – Officers respond to the report of an incident where a female suspect intentionally ran over her boyfriend with her vehicle in the 900 block of Torrano Ave. The suspect was located and arrested at the scene and the victim transported to a local hospital with non-life threating injuries.

Tuesday, 7/22/2014, approximately 7:40 PM – Officers responded to the area of Mission Blvd and Foothill Blvd regarding a shooting. It was determined that male was seen hanging out of the front passenger window of a black 4 door sedan and shooting at another unknown vehicle and motorcycle as they traveled northbound on Foothill Blvd. The suspect was described as a White or Hispanic male, medium build with a shaved head with a small pony tail on the back. None of the people involved in the incident have been located or contacted police and no potential victims were located at nearby hospitals.

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Hayward councilman snubs former colleague

HAYWARD — The City Council weighed in this week on their top candidates to fill a vacancy on the council, and one councilman did not endorse allowing a former colleague to advance to the interview stage in the process.

Eighteen people applied to fill the vacancy created when Councilwoman Barbara Halliday was elected mayor in June. Each council member was allowed to select up to five candidates for the post.

Among those applying was former councilman Mark Salinas, who did not seek re-election to the council, instead running against Halliday and Councilman Francisco Zermeno. Salinas was chosen to be among candidates interviewed for the vacant seat by all council members — except Zermeno.

Zermeno only used four of his five votes, endorsing Rocky Fernandez and Planning Commission members Elisa Marquez, Rodney Loche and Vishal Trivedi.

Zermeno previously snubbed another colleague, not endorsing Councilman Marvin Peixoto, who won re-election in the June election. Zermeno instead endorsed Fernandez and Sara Lamnin, who was elected to the council. Both Fernandez and Lamnin received large financial contributions from SEIU Local 1021, which has been in a protracted contract dispute with the city.

Peixoto did not endorse any candidate for mayor in June’s election, saying he could work with any of his colleagues who were seeking the office.

Halliday, unlike Zermeno, did vote to consider Salinas’ application, even though they also were competitors in the mayoral race. Salinas lost by 735 votes, according to the county registrar. Zermeno came in third, trailing Salinas by 1,220 votes.

Five candidates will be interviewed for the vacancy at Tuesday’s council meeting: Marquez, Loche, Trivedi, Salinas, and businessman and community leader Brian Schott.

The council is scheduled to fill the vacancy Tuesday. The meeting should be interesting for those who follow Hayward politics. It starts at 7 p.m. in council chambers, second floor at City Hall, 777 B St.

 

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Hayward: Gospel choir concert at All Saints

HAYWARD — A gospel choir concert takes place Friday, July 18, at All Saints Catholic Church.

The concert will feature four choirs, four soloists and two instrumentalists.

Tickets are $10 or a donation; proceeds will fund scholarships for students graduating from the church’s parochial school. The concert is 7 to 10 p.m. at the church, 22824 Second St.

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Hayward police blotter July 9-15

Wed, 7/9/14, approx. 8:05 PM, a DOMESTIC VIOLENCE/CARJACKING occurred in the 2000 block of Aldengate: A man asked to borrow his girlfriend’s car. When she refused, he threatened to put a gun in her mouth and she complied out of fear. The car was later recovered on 7/11/14 by the Oakland Police Department.

Thur, 7/10/14, approx. 9:20 AM, a RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY occurred in the 22000 block of S Garden Ave: A neighbor saw two males climb up a balcony and through a window into an apartment. The neighbor didn’t recognize the males and called the police. Officers surrounded the apartment and with the assistance of a police canine, officers were able to talk the males into voluntarily exiting the apartment. It turned out they indeed did not live there and they were arrested.

Thur, 7/10/14, approx. 11:40 AM, an AUTO THEFT/PASSING A FRAUDULENT CHECK occurred at a liquor store in the 300 block of Winton Ave: A clerk called the police to report a female who used a fraudulent check to make a purchase earlier, returned to the store. When police arrived, they saw the female being driven away by a male in a truck. Before officers could stop them, the male pulled over and let the female out of the truck. Officers discovered the truck was stolen and were able to stop the man driving it. Officers searched the area where the female was last seen and found her hiding in a nearby business, so she was arrested as well.

Fri, 7/11/14, approx. 10:40 AM, an ARSON/RESTRAINING ORDER VIOLATION occurred in the 29000 block of Dixon St: The male suspect returned to his estranged wife’s apartment in violation of a restraining order, after being released from jail for domestic violence. The male began damaging and destroying property inside the apartment. The noise woke up the victim, who snuck out of the apartment and went to work. The male phoned the victim at her work and said he was going to destroy her property. When the victim came home, she discovered the suspect burned some property inside the apartment and then apparently put it out with a fire extinguisher.

Fri, 7/11/14, approx. 9:30 PM, a DOMESTIC VIOLENCE occurred in the 1500 block of Macatera: The male suspect punched his girlfriend in the face, inflicting visible injury. The male immediately began stabbing himself in the upper body. He was admitted to a local hospital for medical treatment for his injuries, which were not critical.

Sun, 7/13/14, approx. 3:25 AM, a NEGLIGENT DISCHARGE OF A FIREARM occurred in an unknown location in Hayward: A male came to a local hospital after he was shot in the lower body. Initially the man said it occurred while he was walking down a street, but his injury was not consistent with the information he provided. The man said he accidentally shot himself, but did not provide any investigative information.

Mon, 7/14/14, approx. 2:10 PM, an ARMED ROBBERY occurred at D/Atherton: Four to five black males demanded the male victim give him his backpack containing his wallet and other property. One of the males had a gun and pointed it at the male, as they made this demand, so he gave it to them. When officers arrived, they were able to use GPS technology to locate the stolen property on the 500 block of Dean St. An adult male and juvenile male found with the property and a gun, were identified by the victim as two of the males who robbed him. The males were arrested.

Mon, 7/14/14, approx. 4:40 PM, an ARMED ROBBERY occurred at a sandwich shop in the 31000 block of Mission Bl: A white male (about 35 yrs old, about 5’7”, medium build, wearing a black baseball cap and black shirt) pointed a handgun at the clerk and demanded money, then ran away.

Tues, 7/15/14, approx. 12:30 AM, a CARJACKING occurred at Holy Oake/Mediterranean: A male suspect (unknown race/age, wearing dark clothing, with a hoodie covering his face) approached the male victim, as he stood near the door of his 2004 blue Range Rover. The suspect demanded the victim’s car keys. No weapon was seen or simulated. The Range Rover was later recovered, unoccupied in Oakland.

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Blues at the Hayward library

HAYWARD –Learn all about the blues at a free lecture and concert Wednesday evening at the Main Library.

The lecture is part of Blues Week, hosted by Bay Area Blues Society. The group which will be putting on the 15th annual Russell City Blues Festival next weekend, July 12-13, outside City Hall.

The blues society is dedicated to preserving and promoting the blues, jazz and gospel music and their interconnection with African-American culture.

After the lecture, Big Cat Tolefree and his Hipnotic Band will perform. Tolefree is a third-generation Russell City blues singer who has opened for the Temptations, BB King and Jimmy McCracklin.

The lecture and performance will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the library, 835 C St. For further information  call 510-771-7980 or go to www.library.hayward-ca.gov

The Blues Society also will have a festival kickoff party from 9 p.m to 1 a.m. July 11 and 12 at the Bistro, B and Main streets.

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Hayward police blotter, June 25-July 2

From Hayward police:

Wed, 6/25/14, approx. 5:00 AM, ARMED ROBBERY: The male victim phoned Hayward PD to report an armed robbery, as he was driving himself to a local hospital. The victim said two black males (5’8”-6’, 18-21 yrs, wearing all dark clothing) walked up to his car, pulled him out, took his property and shot him in the leg. Officers were unable to verify the location of the incident, as reported. The victim did not sustain any critical injury and the investigation is ongoing.

Wed, 6/25/14, approx. 4:25 PM, FATAL TRAFFIC COLLISION @ La Mesa/Farmhill: A male pedestrian was struck by a car, as he crossed the intersection. The motorist stayed at the scene to assist with the investigation and intoxication was not thought to be a factor. The pedestrian suffered critical injuries and was transported to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries the following day. The collision is being investigated by the Traffic Bureau and a press release was issued last week.

Wed, 6/25/14, approx. 7:45 PM, ATTEMPTED ARMED ROBBERY on Muir St: a Good Samaritan intervened when he saw a male suspect trying to rob another man at gunpoint. The suspect struck the Good Samaritan in the head with the gun and then ran to a nearby house. Officers surrounded the residence and discovered the suspect does not live in the house, but resides somewhere else nearby. Officers searched for the suspect, but did not find him at that time. A replica handgun used during the incident was recovered. The original robbery victim ran away when the Good Samaritan intervened and was never located. The Good Samaritan suffered minor injuries, but no loss of property. The Investigation is ongoing.

Wed, 6/25/14, approx. 11:20 PM, ARMED ROBBERY @ the downtown Wells Fargo Bank ATM: Two men drove to the bank so one of them could get money from the ATM. After the man collected his money from the ATM, the suspect (black male, about 6’1”, skinny, wearing a black hoodie and a skeleton mask), walked up and demanded the cash at gunpoint. The suspect then walked up to the second man, who was waiting nearby. The suspect demanded the second man’s wallet. The suspect got cash from the first man and the second man’s wallet.

Thur, 6/26/14, approx. 10:10 PM, ARMED ROBBERY on Luvena: The suspect (white male, about 5’7”, mid 20’s, medium build, short hair and a moustache) brandished a gun and demanded the victim’s property. The victim gave the suspect his cell phone and wallet.

Fri, 6/27/14, approx. 9:40 AM, ARMED ROBBERY at the Rite Aid at 24536 Hesperian: The suspect (black male, 20’s, thin build, wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans) went to the pharmacy department and simulated that he had a gun under his shirt. The suspect demanded narcotics, then got into a mid-size silver car. He was last seen southbound on La Playa. The investigation is ongoing.

Fri, 6/27/14, approx. 10:45 AM, ARMED ROBBERY at the Cigarette Store at 24703 Amador: The suspect (Black male, about 5’10”, medium build, wearing a black mesh mask, black and blue jacket, and a black backpack) walked up to the cashier and brandished what appeared to be a gun wrapped in cloth. The suspect demanded cash from the register and fled the store after getting it.

Fri, 6/27/14, approx. 3:40 PM, BURGLARY/AUTO THEFT occurred on Westwood: The victims came home to find jewelry, a firearm with some ammunition, and their SUV were all stolen sometime while they were at work that day. The SUV had a security system installed and several hours later police were able to determine the SUV’s location, still in Hayward. When officers converged on the SUV as it was stopped in traffic, the three male juveniles inside it ran away before the officers could effectively block their escape routes. Two of the males were taken into custody, after a short foot pursuit and the third male was found nearby hiding in a yard, a short time later. The jewelry and the firearm were not located.

Sat, 6/28/14, 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Alcohol/Vice enforcement throughout the city, in conjunction with the Alcohol Beverage Control Agency (ABC): Detectives and ABC agents visited nine establishments to ensure they would not sell alcohol to minors. Two establishments did, but seven did not.

Mon, 6/30/14, approx. 5:05 PM, STABBING @ an unknown location in Hayward: The male victim went to a local hospital for puncture wounds he incurred during an attack by an unknown number of Hispanic males. The victim was unsure about how many males attacked him, where, and why. He thought one of them possibly stabbed him with an icepick. He sustained minor injuries.

Mon, 6/30/14, approx. 8:00 PM, STRONGARM ROBBERY near B/Watkins: The male victim said his girlfriend of one week asked him to meet her and to bring cash and marijuana. When the male arrived, the girlfriend and several males beat him up, and then took the money and marijuana. The female and one of the males were still in the area and were taken into custody. The victim sustained minor injuries.

Mon, 6/30/14, approx. 9:00 PM, FELON IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM, near Huntwood/Tennyson: Two males got into an argument outside a liquor store and one of them brandished a gun. When officers arrived, the suspect was still there, with the gun concealed in his waistband. As a convicted felon, he cannot possess a gun and was arrested for brandishing and possessing the gun.

Tue, 7/1/14, approx. 4:50 PM, ARMED ROBBERY @ the Southland Mall Wells Fargo Bank: The male suspect (Hispanic, about 5’10”, in his 30’s, stocky build, wearing a plaid shirt, and a black and white baseball cap), handed one of the tellers a note, demanding money. The suspect ran off toward Hesperian, after getting the money. The investigation is ongoing.

Wed, 7/2/14, approx. 1:05 AM, ARMED ROBBERY @ 7-11 at 330 Jackson: The male suspect (Hispanic, about 5’8”, medium build, 17-25 yrs, wearing a black hoodie, red mask, and tan shorts) brandished a knife at the cashier and demanded cigarettes and money. The suspect fled after the cashier gave the items to him.

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July 4 celebration in South Hayward

HAYWARD — A Fourth of July celebration is planned on Tennyson Road in South Hayward.

The party will celebrate the area’s diversity with games, performances, food and handcrafts. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the corner of Tennyson and Leidig Court.

The event is sponsored by South Hayward Parish, Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle, Cal State East Bay Diversity Center, Hayward Councilman Francisco Zermeno, Councilwoman-elect Sara Lamnin and Liberty Tax Service-South Hayward.

For more information, call 510-470-3377.

 

 

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Castro Valley school administrators honored

CASTRO VALLEY — Four school administrators have been recognized by a professional organization.

The awards were given at the Association of California School Administrators Region 6 dinner June 19.

Stanton Elementary School Principal Jennifer Tomita was named the association’s Region 6 elementary principal of the year.

Dustin Gacherieu, assistant principal at Castro Valley Adult and Career
Education, was chosen adult education
administrator of the year.

The school district’s technology director, John Perry, was named technology administrator of the year.

Castro Valley High Assistant Principal J.C. Farr was a nominee for secondary co-administrator of the year.

Region 6 includes Alameda and Contra Costa counties.