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San Leandro wants to hear from residents about how they want the city to evolve the

From the city of San Leandro

SAN LEANDRO — Residents are invited to attend upcoming community meetings to share ideas for San Leandro’s future growth and development.

The meetings are part of the City’s General Plan Update, a two-year effort designed to guide long-range growth and development in San Leandro over the next 20 years.

Key elements to be discussed include land use, transportation, and
recreation/open space. Public meetings have been set for the following dates:

Thursday, October 23 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, at the San Leandro Senior Community Center, 13909 East 14th Street

Tuesday, October 28 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Marina Community Center, 15301 Wicks Boulevard

Both meetings will follow the same agenda and include the same materials, so those interested in participating need only attend once.

The meetings will include a short presentation, followed by audience input on a variety of topics, from the “look and feel” of San Leandro, to issues such as climate change, traffic congestion, density and building heights, shopping choices, and the quality of parks and city services.

Interactive exhibits and displays will be provided, and staff will be on hand to answer questions. Light snacks will be served.

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Haywarrd firefighters check smoke detectors during emergency calls

From the Hayward fire department:

HAYWARD – Last year, the Hayward Fire Department responded to more than 17,000 incidents, nearly 80 percent of which were emergency medical calls. Time and time again, firefighters rushed into homes and noticed the same troubling issue: missing or inoperable smoke detectors.

That may soon change, thanks to an innovative partnership with the Hayward Rotary Club. The two organizations have announced a simple, yet savvy new program to get working smoke detectors into more Hayward homes by using a trusted and highly recognizable home delivery system: Hayward firefighters themselves.

Thanks to a generous gift from the Hayward Rotary Club and Case Industries, the Hayward Fire Department will begin carrying more than 400 new detectors and 1,000 batteries on its vehicles – just in case. If firefighters walk into a home during a medical emergency and notice a missing or “chirping” detector, they’ll offer to install new batteries or provide a new detector free of charge, right there on the spot if appropriate. The department is also accepting sign-ups for installation.

“Keeping working smoke detectors is the single best thing you can do to protect your family and your home,” said Hayward Fire Department Capt. Don Nichelson. “Still, we see far too many homes without the proper smoke detectors, or with chirping or dead devices hanging on the ceiling. This program aims to change that. We’re already on the scene; it makes perfect sense to fix the problem right then and there if we can.”

According to the National Fire Protection Association, three out of five home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. The risk of dying in a home structure fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke detectors, yet many homes are left unprotected by alarms that are missing, disconnected or loaded with dead batteries.

“The Hayward Fire Department does an outstanding job of protecting the community it serves,” said Paul Martin of the Hayward Rotary Club. “We’re excited to help them advance their mission with this simple, common sense program. If one of these smoke detectors saves a single life, that’s all that matters.”

The program, dubbed “Smoke Detectors … Just in Case” is a joint effort of the Hayward Fire Department, Hayward Rotary Club, Case Industries and Sprinklersfitters Local 483.

 

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Hayward Wellness Center open house Saturday

HAYWARD — The Hayward Wellness Center will have an open house Saturday at its new location at Southland Mall.

Those who attend can tour the clinic, take part in a healthy eating seminar, learn about the patient-centered care philosophy and ask questions.

The open house will include family-friendly activities, including a free bicycle helmet fitting.

Speakers will include Mark Frazke, Alameda Health System chief operating officer; Dr. Steven Chen, clinic medical director; and Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday.

Hayward Wellness is part of the Alameda Health System network of community-based wellness centers designed to ensure people can get primary health care and medical specialties regardless of social or economic status.

The open house will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 664 Southland Mall, between Macy’s and Kohl’s. The clinic faces the outside of the mall.

 

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Hayward: What do you want your downtown arborteum to look like?

From Hayward library:

Please join us for a special community presentation of the 21st Century Library design, including Hayward’s Historic Plaza + Arboretum.

The presentation begins Saturday, Oct. 11, in the Main Library meeting room at 10:15am, and then will move to the Farmers Market (Watkins at C St) at 11:30am.

ABOUT THE PLAZA

One of Hayward’s most impressive yet underutilized assets is its historic tree-filled central “plaza.” In the early days of Hayward in the mid-1800′s, the plaza was part of the homestead of the first ranch owner in the area, Don Guillermo Castro.

Some of the trees standing there today date back to these early days of Hayward. This unique arboretum features more than 40 varieties of rare and mature trees, including native Giant Sequoia and Coast Redwoods, century-old American elms, and some of the largest and oldest specimens of exotic tree species in the Bay Area, including a mature Chinese Gingko, a rare Dawn Redwood, and the extraordinary 100-foot-tall Australian Bunya Pine.

The 21st Century Library project presents the unparalleled opportunity to restore these grounds to their historic roots as Hayward’s central plaza and arboretum. Very few cities can boast of having such a beautiful and stately central plaza with century-old historic trees in the heart of downtown.

Creating a vibrant and welcoming community plaza in place of the 1950′s-era library structure will transform Hayward’s civic center. The restored plaza will be an ideal location for community festivals, music performances, cultural events, farmers markets, and other civic events for the benefit and enjoyment of the entire Hayward community.

For more information, please visit the project website: www.HaywardLibrary.org

 

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San Leandro panel to tackle veterans’ challenges Friday evening

From the city of San Leandro:

SAN LEANDRO — The Main Library is holding a panel discussion Friday, Oct. 10, on issues facing veterans as they return home from combat and transition to civilian life.

The discussion will be 7 to 9 p.m. Oct 10 in the Lecture Hall of the Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave.

Star Lara of Swords to Plowshares, a nonprofit that provides wrap-around care for more than 2,000 veterans in the Bay Area, will moderate the discussion.

The panel will have five veterans who will talk about their experiences as well how they now help other veterans transition to
civilian life.

The panel is part of the library’s California Reads 2014 project, “War Comes Home.” It is focused on the veteran experience, aiming to increase understanding and empathy for those who have served, as well as to spark a conversation on how we can best support veterans.

For more information, contact Mary Beth Barloga at 510-577-3992.

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Hayward firefighters bring smoke detectors home

From the city of Hayward:

HAYWARD – Last year, the Hayward Fire Department responded to more than 17,000 calls, almost 80 percent of which were for medical emergencies. Time and time again, firefighters rushed into homes and noticed the same troubling issue: missing or inoperable smoke detectors.

That may soon change, thanks to an innovative partnership with the Hayward Rotary Club. In honor of Fire Prevention Week, the two organizations have announced a simple, yet savvy program to get working smoke detectors into more Hayward homes by using a trusted and highly recognizable home delivery system: Hayward firefighters themselves.

Thanks to a gift from the Hayward Rotary Club and Case Industries, the Hayward Fire Department will begin carrying more than 400 new detectors and 1,000 batteries on its vehicles – just in case. If firefighters walk into a home during a medical emergency and notice a missing or “chirping” detector, they will offer to install new batteries or provide a new detector free of charge, on the spot if appropriate. The department is also accepting sign-ups for installation.

“Keeping working smoke detectors is the single best thing you can do to protect your family and your home,” said fire department Capt. Don Nichelson. “Still, we see far too many homes without the proper smoke detectors, or with chirping or dead devices hanging on the ceiling. This program aims to change that. We’re already on the scene; it makes perfect sense to fix the problem right then and there if we can.”

According to the National Fire Protection Association, three out of five home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. The risk of dying in a home structure fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke detectors, yet many homes are left unprotected by alarms that are missing, disconnected or loaded with dead batteries.

“The Hayward Fire Department does an outstanding job of protecting the community it serves,” said Paul Martin of the Hayward Rotary Club. “We’re excited to help them advance their mission with this simple, common sense program. If one of these smoke detectors saves a single life, that’s all that matters.”

The program, dubbed “Smoke Detectors … Just in Case” is a joint effort of the Hayward Fire Department, Hayward Rotary Club, Case Industries and Sprinklersfitters Local 483.

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Hayward police blotter Oct. 3-9

FRI, 10/3/14 at 5:10 AM, a CARJACKING took place on the 500 block of C Street. The Alameda County Sheriff’s Department had a tow company tow a stolen motorcycle to their yard, as the victim was unavailable to pick it up. An unknown male entered the tow yard and began to wheel the motorcycle off the property. When confronted by an employee, the suspect brandished a pocket knife and started the engine. The employee attempted to close the yard gate, however, the suspect rammed it open and drove away northbound on Alice Street. The suspect was described as a White Male Adult, 5’9”, 160lbs, and balding. He was last seen wearing a plaid checkered shirt and blue jeans.

FRI, 10/3/14 at 5:23 AM, a SHOOTING INTO A VEHICLE occurred on the 25000 block of Gading Road. Unknown suspect(s) fired several rounds into two nearby parked vehicles and the exterior of an apartment complex. Fortunately the incident was limited to property damage and nobody was injured. There was no suspect information.

FRI, 10/3/14 at 10:18 AM, an ATTEMPTED ROBBERY occurred at B Street and Mission Boulevard. The victim was sitting on a bench holding his cell phone in his hand, when the suspect attempted to take it. The victim yanked his cell phone from the suspect’s hand and backed away. The suspect briefly chased the victim (eastbound) on B Street, but ultimately fled from the area. The suspect is a Black Male Adult, with a dark complexion, about 5’11”, with a thin build, and a bald head. He was last seen wearing dark blue jeans, a dark blue sweatshirt with gray sleeves and a thick white stripe that went across the chest.

SAT, 10/4/14 at 6:50 PM, a MURDER occurred on the 27000 block of La Porte Avenue. The Hayward Police Department was dispatched to a family disturbance call. A neighbor called to report that a subject had just walked up to him and said that he had stabbed his mother. Upon arrival, the officers detained a 20-year-old male wearing bloodied clothes, in front of him home. The officers searched the home and located a deceased 57-year-old female. The male was arrested and taken to the Hayward Jail. A media release was issued.

SUN, 10/5/14 at 8:00 AM, a SUICIDE occurred on the 27000 block of Manon Avenue. Care Home Staff advised police that they found the victim, an 86-year-old male, hanging by an electric cord in the closet of his room. The victim had only been at the facility for one week. No suicide note was found, but the victim was taking numerous medications for multiple health issues.

TUE, 10/7/14 at 11:34 AM, a STRONG ARMED ROBBERY occurred on the 2200 block of Industrial Parkway West. The victim stated that the robbery actually occurred on 10/06/14, but did not report it until the next day. The victim said two suspects grabbed him and ordered him to give them his gold chain, belt and shoes. An Officer spotted a possible suspect on Stratford Road based on the victim’s description and detained him. The victim identified man who the officer’s detained as the suspect. The victim also noted the suspect was wearing the victim’s belt. The second suspect is still outstanding and was described as a White Male, late 30′s, balding, with tattoos on his neck. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and black pants. The primary suspect, who is already on probation for robbery, was taken to the Hayward Jail.

TUE, 10/7/14 at 4:11 PM, an ATTEMPTED RAPE occurred on the 300 block of West Tennyson Road. A male suspect pushed the victim to the ground and attempted to pull her pants down. The crowd of onlookers called 9-1-1 but no one intervened despite the victim’s plea for help. HPD officers arrived on-scene and interrupted the assault before the male was able to fully undress the victim. The suspect fought with the officers, in an unsuccessful effort to avoid arrest. The victim did not sustain visible injuries.

WED, 10/8/14 at 2:47 PM, a STOLEN VEHICLE was recovered on the 1500 block of Sumatra. An officer saw a stolen car stopped at the curb and saw two suspects loading property from a board and care home into the stolen vehicle. Both suspects were arrested and taken to the Hayward Jail. The owner of the stolen vehicle was notified, so he could pick it up.

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Hayward: Day of the Dead exhibit opens Oct. 8

A.Villegas Dead End Road

“Dead End Road” by Angela Villegas.  Acrylic on canvas.

HAYWARD — A “Day of the Dead” exhibit opens Wednesday, Oct. 8, in the Hayward Area Historical Society’s Center for History & Culture.

The exhibit will feature altars created by local artists and residents. The altars range from traditional to contemporary representations of the holiday, according to a press release. They include photographs to paintings on canvas and leather skateboards to tattoo-style decorative plates.

“It’s fascinating to see the traditional altars mixed with contemporary art and how the holiday is becoming more and more mainstream,” said Amanda Bateman, the society’s community gallery coordinator, in the release.

A free exhibit reception with no-host food and bar will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9. A free public program Saturday, Oct. 11, will include decorating of sugar skulls, face painting and crafts. Admission to the museum will be free that day.

The museum is at 22380 Foothill Blvd. For more information, call 510-581-0223.

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Hayward business expo Oct. 8

From the Hayward Chamber:

As our exhibitor space continues to fill up we are preparing for a great networking, and dining, experience for those attending the Hayward Chamber of Commerce Business Expo Wednesday, Oct. 8 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Grand White Tent at St. Rose Hospital, 27200 Calaroga Ave.

Admission is free to chamber members and $10 to  non-members. Prizes will include gift cards and a huge basket of treats from Office Depot. Vehicles in the tent will include a “stretch” limousine.

“This event is one of the East Bay’s premier business networking and exhibitor activities,” said Kim Huggett, president and CEO of the Hayward Chamber of Commerce. “It’s a place where networking abounds and deals are made. That’s why it continues to attract attention after so many years. And this year the food options are better than ever.”

 

The cost of exhibitor spaces remains the same as the past three years: $250 for chamber members and $395 for non-members. Admission is free for chamber members and $10 for non-members. Exhibitor entry forms are available at the chamber at its website www.hayward.org.

In addition to mingling with representatives of local businesses, attendees will enjoy food from local restaurants, gourmet coffee, wine, beer and sodas.

Business Expo guests will enjoy samples of cuisine from Hayward restaurants, caterers and food manufacturers including Blue Heron Catering/Cannery Cafe, Berkeley Farms, Pucci Foods, Sugar Bowl Bakery, Metro Taquero, Straw Hat Pizza, Taqueria San Marcos, the Golden Peacock Restaurant, The Cupcake Shoppe, Shark Shack, and classic popcorn from Century Theatres. And more are signing on. Plus, we’ll enjoy soft drinks from Smart & Final and great vintages served up by our ambassadors from the chamber’s wine collection.

For additional information, contact the Hayward Chamber of Commerce at (510) 537-2424.

 

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Hayward police blotter, Sept. 25-Oct. 1

THUR, 9/25/14 at 12:56 AM, an ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON (Stabbing) was reported on Whitman Ave and Berry Ave. The informant called to report a fight in the street, during which a man was purportedly stabbed in the chest. When the officers arrived, everyone was gone and they were unable to locate any possible victim(s), suspect(s), or witnesses. Local hospitals were called but no possible victim(s) was found. A return call to the informant went directly to voicemail and a voicemail was left, but the informant did not call back.

THUR, 9/25/14 at 1:30 PM, a STRONG ARM ROBBERY occurred on the 300 block of Warner Ave. The suspect approached the victim from behind, threatened to hurt him, and demanded his MacBook. The victim handed his MacBook to the suspect, who walked away southbound on Pulaski Drive. The suspect was described as a Black Male, 30-35 years old, medium build, 5’11″, with short black hair. He was wearing a zippered yellow jacket and gray Adidas pants.

FRI, 9/26/14 between 5:00 PM to 10:30 PM, an ABC DECOY OPERATION was conducted by the Hayward Vice Unit. Twenty-two establishments were visited and two sold alcohol to the decoy minor. Administrative and “Notice-to-appear” citations were issued to the violators.

FRI, 9/26/14 at 5:04 PM, a MISSING JUVENILE AT RISK was reported on the 27000 block of Portsmouth Ave. The informant reported he was babysitting when he noticed the 4 year old boy was missing. He said the child had walked out of the home in the past, but was found in the front yard. After a quick search of the area including the residence, officers found the child asleep inside the home.

SAT, 9/27/14 at 9:46 AM, a VICIOUS DOG/BITE occurred on the 26000 block of Ventura Avenue. Several people called 9-1-1, when they heard screaming and gunshots from their neighbors’ home. When officers arrived, they discovered an 80 pound Pit Bull bit his male owner. After the owner was able to get the dog to release his bite, the dog attacked and bit his wife. The owner retrieved a handgun and had to dispatch the dog, to defend his wife. Officers found ten pounds of marijuana (ready to be shipped out of state) and five mature marijuana plants in the dog owner’s home. The male was arrested for possession of marijuana for sales and for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

SAT, 9/27/14 at 10:06 PM, a TRAFFIC COLLISION (Rollover) occurred at Mission Boulevard and B Street. The two car accident caused one vehicle to rollover and the closure of Southbound Mission Blvd (between A St and C St) for about one hour. None of the involved parties suffered any critical injuries. An advisory was sent out to the public through Nixle.

SAT, 9/27/14 at 10:38 PM, a POSSIBLE NEGLIGENT DISCHARGE OF A FIREARM/LARGE DISTURBANCE occurred on the 50 block of Brookstone. Several callers reported a large house party, which devolved into a large fight in the street. Some callers advised they heard gunshots and one advised there were fireworks. When officers arrived, they found the revelers scattering, but no possible victim or any evidence to indicate a shooting did occur.

MON, 9/29/14 at 12:15 AM, a STRONG ARM ROBBERY occurred on Industrial Boulevard and Pacific Avenue. The victim agreed to purchase services from a prostitute. While making the payment, the victim was punched from behind by a second suspect and knocked to the ground. The suspects took the victim’s wallet containing visa cards, an ID, and $90. The first suspect (prostitute) was described as a Hispanic Female Adult in her late teens or early 20’s, with a thin build. The second suspect was a Black Male Adult, and stood 5’6″. He was last seen wearing a red checkered shirt. The suspects were last seen heading Westbound on Industrial Boulevard.

TUES, 9/30/14 at 2:38 AM, an ARSON occurred on the 24000 block of Amador Street. A resident was awakened by a neighbor yelling “fire!” in the victim’s apartment. The Hayward Fire Department responded to ensure that the small fire to the rear bedroom window was out. An investigation revealed an unknown suspect pried open the rear window, sprayed a flammable liquid inside, then lit it on fire. The victim told officers she was threatened a few weeks ago by an acquaintance.

TUES, 9/30/14 at 1:39 PM, a STRONG ARMED ROBBERY occurred in front of an Elementary School at Schafer and Gading. The victim was in front of the school buying an ice cream when the suspect walked up and ripped her gold chain from her neck. The suspect fled on foot and the victim followed him to the 700 block of Schafer Rd, where he was last seen jumping fences. The suspect was described as a Black Male Adult, 18-19 years old, 5’6”, with short black hair and red “twisties”. The suspect was last seen wearing a red t-shirt and blue jeans. The victim was not injured during the incident.

TUES, 9/30/14 at 8:30 PM, an ATTEMPTED ARMED ROBBERY occurred on the 25000 block of Whitman Avenue. The victim was parking his vehicle in front of his home when the suspect approached and asked for change. The suspect then pulled out a gun and demanded money. The victim quickly drove away and was not injured. The suspect is described as a Black Male Adult, 22-24yrs, 5’8”, and 160 pounds. He was last seen dressed in black, wearing a hoodie, and armed with a handgun.

WED, 10/01/14 at 9:15 PM, an ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON occurred on the 24000 block of Hesperian Boulevard. The victim, a non-uniformed security guard contacted the suspect in the business’ parking lot. They got into an argument and the male suspect struck the victim with a skateboard. The suspect was detained until officers arrived and arrested the suspect.

WED, 10/01/14 at 9:37 PM an ATTEMPTED CARJACKING occurred on the 26000 block of Manon Avenue. The victim was sitting in his car, when he was approached by two suspects. They began punching the victim and tried to pull him out of his vehicle. The suspects were unable to steal the vehicle and the victim was able to drive away. The suspects were described as two White Male Adults, 5’7” to 5’8”. One suspect had a slim build, and the other was heavy set.

WED, 10/01/14 at 11:40 PM, an AGGRAVATED ASSAULT occurred on the 1100 block of West Tennyson Road. The 60 year old male victim flagged down an officer to report that he was attacked by three female adults. The victim tried to purchase drugs from them, but they took his money and beat him up instead. The victim provided the officer with a description of the suspects and their van. The victim sustained injuries to his face and body and was transported to Eden Hospital. About 1:00 AM, an officer patrolling in the area stopped a similar van, during a DUI investigation. The officer noticed that the occupants matched the suspect description from the assault a few hours earlier. The officer also noticed that they appeared to have blood on their clothing and shoes. The three occupants of the van were identified by the victim as his attackers. The suspects were arrested and taken to jail for the assault, warrants, drug possession, and the driver for DUI.