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Sad news from Los Compadres

Downtown Hayward lost a legend this week.

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Ignacio Ramirez, 85, founder of Los Compadres restaurant, died on Wednesday. Earlier this year, he had celebrated the 40th anniversary of the downtown Mexican eatery he and his wife founded in 1966.

Ramirez, who grew up on a ranch in the Mexican state of Michoacan, came to the U.S. through the bracero program and settled in the Hayward area in the 1950s. See him here at age 20:

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He worked at the Hunt’s Cannery and sold burritos and tamales to his co-workers on the side before investing in a downtown business.

“He was very, very determined, hard-working, a self-motivated man,” said granddaughter Elisa Marquez. “With a third-grade education he was able to accomplish a lot.”

The close-knit Ramirez family still runs the restaurant, and they were mourning the family patriarch this week. Ramirez retired when he was 65, but Marquez said he kept coming to the restaurant every week, “telling us what we were doing right and wrong,” until a few months ago.

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DEA causes brewpub brouhaha; plus, what about the other pot club?

After busting the Local Patients Cooperative for alleged conspiracy and other crimes, federal agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration did what many others do after leaving a Foothill Boulevard pot club.

They went and got a pizza. Or maybe a sandwich or salad. We’re not sure.

But their appearance at the popular Buffalo Bill’s Brewpub in full DEA regalia on Tuesday definitely caused a bit of a stir there.

A waitress yelped when she turned around and saw a masked and armed agent dressed all in black, according to Continue Reading

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Deck the halls with boughs of chad

ARIC CRABB -- Staff

It’s been a big year for voting in the city of Hayward. In June, you got to vote for mayor. In November, you got to vote for a governor and billions of dollars worth of bonds. Now, the city wants you to vote for the best holiday window decorations downtown. As of this writing, St. Gabriel’s Catholic Books is ahead with 26 votes.

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Are those ninjas outside? No, it’s the DEA!

ANDA CHU -- Staff

Many staffers at the Daily Review were just arriving at our Foothill Boulevard storefront office Tuesday morning when masked federal agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration and local police came swarming into a medical marijuana clinic down the street. Suffice it to say, crime reporter Alejandro “Alex” Alfonso and photographer Anda Chu were swiftly on the scene.

The full story will be in Wednesday’s newspaper. What’s your take on the medical marijuana clubs in the Hayward area? Leave us your comments.

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En-light-en us

Got a hot holiday display? Is your neighbor’s house threatening to put PG&E out of business? Do people come from miles around to cruise down your street and marvel at electric works of art?

Then tell us about it. From now until Dec. 25, the Daily Review will publish a list of your recommended light displays throughout Hayward, Castro Valley, San Leandro, San Lorenzo and other unincorporated areas. Send your submissions to me at ksantos@dailyreviewonline.com; fax them to 293-2480; or call them in to 293-2468. (Or leave a comment here!) Please provide exact addresses or blocks, and the name of the city or town.

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Welcome to The HayWord!

Ever since 1891, the Review has been bringing you the scoops from downtown Hayward and the many neighborhoods that have grown up around it. Today, the communities of Hayward, San Leandro, Castro Valley and San Lorenzo amount to some 350,000 people with more on the way.

But we’re always looking for connections that make the world a little smaller. That’s why we’re launching The HayWord, a blog about all the ordinary and extraordinary stuff that’s going on around you. Got something to tell us or show us? You can e-mail the Daily Review bloggers or contribute to our forums. And be sure to keep checking in. We’ll be updating often.