Norovirus outbreak in San Leandro: Day 2

The norovirus outbreak that hit about 20 people at the Bancroft Convalescent Hospital in San Leandro on Jan. 20 still has the facility under quarantine.

The owner of the convalescent hospital said Wednesday that another nurse, who was on duty Tuesday, now has the bug. He also said a patient whose roommate already came down with it has symptoms as well.

Lea Brooks, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Health Services, said this is an unusual season for the norovirus. The department has seen a rapid acceleration of the disease since October, several months earlier than expected.

The department recently issued guidelines for managing the outbreaks at nursing homes and the like, which can be viewed here.

The outbreak at the convalescent hospital is still being monitored. The good news, the owner said, is that it could have been a lot worse.


The Review in review

Today’s top news: An outbreak of norovirus has a San Leandro convalescent home under quarantine.

Tough to swallow: An Alameda County supervisor has proposed heavy fines for residents of unincorporated areas who host parties that allow underage drinking.

Easy to swallow: When it comes to Super Bowl Sunday, it’s almost all about the food.

Batter up: Barry Bonds has an interesting clause in his new contract, giving the Giants the go-ahead to shred their agreement should he be indicted on steroid charges.

And now presenting….yawwwn: Microsoft’s new Windows Vista debuts with all the excitement of watching paint dry.

Your turn to talk: Check out today’s Letters to the Editor. What the heck, go for broke. Send us your letter too.

Today’s boredom buster: Check out these goofs in “The Wizard of Oz.”


Where’s Al?

A free movie, refreshments, and theater seating.

Who could ask for anything more on Feb. 22?

Well, Al Gore’s presence, for one thing, if you’re rooting for the former veep’s movie, “An Inconvenient Truth,” to win an Academy Award at the annual Oscars ceremony three days later.

Reel-Al, as opposed to Real-Al, will be at the San Leandro Library Theater, 300 Estudillo Ave., in San Leandro, at 6 p.m. Feb. 22 , when the League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women host a viewing of the global-warming movie.

The film will be followed by a town-hall discussion about what you can do to decrease global warming. Sit up straight. Pay attention. Don’t throw popcorn.

Questions? Call (510) 538-9678 or e-mail LWVEA@aol.com.


Walk on the wild side

There’s somethng about the smell of a new car, freshly-baked bread, a new juvenile hall…

Alameda County’s new Juvenile Justice Center will open later this year near the crest of Fairmont Drive in San Leandro, at a cost just slightly higher than the price of a White Castle hamburger. ($176 million and counting.)

And, county Supervisor Alice Lai-Bitker, in whose district the center is located, is hosting a tour of the 360-bed facility at 10 a.m. March 3.

Courtrooms, classrooms, offices and a library are in the new complex — for which the operative word is “secure,” used no fewer than five times in a county-issued fact sheet.

However, it’s unlikely the juvenile hall detainees will be ensconced in their new digs by then, so if you want to take a walk on the not-so-wild side, call (510) 278-0367 for information and tour reservations.


Politicos on the move

In the “moving on up” category, Shawn Wilson, who’s been chief of staff for Alameda County Supervisor Alice Lai-Bitker, has been named district director for Assemblyman Alberto Torrico, D-Fremont.

Wilson, who has commuted to the East Bay for years from his home near Sacramento, now travels to Torrico’s district office in Fremont instead of Lai-Bitker’s main HQ in Oakland. He’s also known to Democratic political activists in the greater Hayward area for running Eden Area United Democratic Campaign activities during general and primary elections.

Ruben Briones, who has been Lai-Bitker’s deputy chief of staff, now has erased the “deputy” from his title.


The Review in review

The latest: Police think there may have been multiple shooters in Monday night’s Hayward BART incident.

Turn up the heat: Redwood Christian Schools’ lawsuit against the county heads to court next week.

Keen on Keane?: We’re not so sure music critic Jim Harrington is. Check out his review of the Brit band’s Berkeley concert.

Hexed Red: Bears quarterback Rex Grossman faces a tough crowd during the Miami media blitz.

Crossing the line: Workers at Hayward transit bus maker Gillig Corp. go on strike, leading to the arrest of a Union City man.

We’ve got letters…: Check out today’s Letters to the Editor. Want to send one? Click here.

Need a distraction?: We like columnist Susan Young’s TV blog.


In Memoriam

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger released this statement today regarding the death of Hayward resident and Army Pfc. Michael Balsley:

“Pfc. Balsley’s dedication and brave obedience to civic duty has protected the lives of his fellow Americans. Maria and I join with all Californians in offering our condolences to Michael’s family, friends and fellow soldiers as they mourn his loss. His honorable sacrifice will not be forgotten.”

The governor’s office said that in honor of Balsley, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.


The Review in review

Monday, Monday…: A man was arrested this morning after a scuffle broke out at Gillig Corp. in Hayward, where workers were striking.

Court development: Oakland resident Laura Medina has accepted a plea deal in her Castro Valley manslaughter case.

Life’s a beach: Former Beach Boy Brian Wilson wows the Paramount Theatre with “Pet Sounds.”

Easy, slugger: Barry Bonds and the SF Giants are close to working out a contract.

The big picture: Sales of flat-panel plasma and LCD televisions are hitting record numbers.

We’ve got mail: Check out today’s Letters to the Editor. Want to write us one? Click here.

Today’s boredom buster: Live in the past and try your hand at Pac-Man.


The Review in review

Today’s top local news: The Hayward City Council is poised to amend the city’s condo conversion ordinance.

Downtown, no finer place for sure: San Leandro starts to flesh out its ideas for a transit-oriented development.


That’s Madam Gumshoe, to you: Lady detectives are the order of the day in several new mystery books.

Surprise!: Warriors play it risky and sink one at the buzzer to beat the Nets 110-109.

Surprise again!: More Bay Area homeowners are finding themselves faced with the F word: foreclosure.

Mail call: Check out today’s Letters to the Editor. Go ahead, send us one. Click here.

Your daily boredom beater: Try your hand at Clay Kitten Shooting.