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Archive for March, 2007

Rallying support

If you missed the downtown rally held by Hayward teachers on Wednesday in response to failed negotiations over compensation, then here’s your chance to see it.

The aftermath of the demonstration caught the attention of downtown businesses, who are now posting neon green signs in their store fronts that read “We Support Hayward Teachers.”

Posted on Friday, March 30th, 2007
Under: General, Hayward, Schools | 7 Comments »

Interpreting Barry’s question marks

The following e-mail appears to have created more of a rift between Hayward teachers and school district administrators, who remain at an impasse over compensation (click on image to read).

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Teachers are riled up over Barry Schimmel’s comments, especially what the question marks might mean. The assistant superintendent has since apologized to the teacher in person and followed up with the following e-mail sent out to district staff:

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Posted on Friday, March 30th, 2007
Under: General, Hayward, Schools | 14 Comments »

When life imitates Stephen King

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We were several hours into reporting on a Hayward hills dog attack yesterday when reporter Alejandro Alfonso, after talking with the police, pushed back his swivel chair and said:

“You know what the dog’s name is?”

What?

“It’s Cujo.”

Of course, not everyone who names their dog Cujo wants it to resemble a rabid, possibly supernaturally possessed St. Bernard, and some Cujos are quite fluffy.

But for those Cujos that aren’t so kind, the city last month amended and strengthened its dangerous-dog ordinance in hopes of preventing dog attacks before they happen. For more information on the law, you can read exactly what the city voted on here. The amended ordinance officially took effect 30 days after it was approved — so sometime last week.

Do you think this will help?

Posted on Thursday, March 29th, 2007
Under: General, Hayward | 1 Comment »

Parkour in the ‘burbs

Review photographer Jane Tyska recently captured some images of local suburban “traceur” Justin Cruff demonstrating the art of parkour high up above Castro Valley. See her video above. Also, SF Parkour has become the local parkour resource, Wikipedia is always chock full of info and watching David Belle is a good start to seeing how the phenomenon has made a worldwide impression through viral video.

Posted on Wednesday, March 28th, 2007
Under: Castro Valley, General | No Comments »

Swimsuitgate?

After visiting Southland Mall on Monday, Hayward resident Margie Nagel wrote to us with the following observation:

This may seem trivial to some, but the City of Hayward needs to be made aware of this situation: While shopping for a bathing suit at the Southland Macy’s today I was informed that I would have to go to the NewPark Mall Macy’s or the Stoneridge Macy’s to purchase one, as Southland Macy’s does not stock bathing suits anymore.

Apparently, the women of the city of Hayward do not swim.

Posted on Tuesday, March 27th, 2007
Under: General, Hayward, Odds & Ends | No Comments »

If you build it …

We’re not sure what libertarian hero Ayn Rand would say about government-subsidized multiplexes, but avowed “Fountainhead” fan Brad Blake (so you know, he also likes the Maserati Quattroporte and “Caddyshack”) on Tuesday will be asking the city of Hayward for $1.5 million to help his company build the 12-screen Cinema Place project downtown. Here’s the latest image of what it’s going to look like:

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The Hayward Redevelopment Agency (aka the Hayward City Council) will be voting on whether it should appropriate the extra money and amend its plan at 8 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 777 B St. If all that works out, construction is supposed to begin later next month.

Posted on Monday, March 26th, 2007
Under: General, Hayward | 2 Comments »

Tera firma

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Not since the immigration demonstrations of May 2006, and maybe one of those summer street parties, have we seen as many people in downtown Hayward as we saw Thursday night.

Was it an Iraq war protest? A spring beerfest at The Bistro? Nope, this time it was porn star Tera Patrick who brought the crowds to Main Street.

Posted on Friday, March 23rd, 2007
Under: General, Hayward, Odds & Ends | No Comments »

The Shortcut Bible

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If you could judge the importance of a government document by how much it weighs, the recently released Route 238 Corridor Improvement Project Draft Environmental Impact Report would be really, really important. It’s so heavy, in fact, that when I put the thick document on the weight scale at downtown Hayward’s old Bradford Station Post Office today, the scale responded with this message:

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It actually is important, though, as both opponents and proponents of the project could tell you. The project would bring a loop of one-way streets downtown, a new multi-grade Five Flags intersection and other road projects along the Mission-Foothill corridor. It would require the demolition of several buildings, including La Victoria’s Restaurant.

Excited yet? To save paper and a trip to the library, you can read the PDF version online (it’s 13.4 megabytes). The city invites public comments until May 4 and the Planning Commission, hopefully after taking a pop quiz, will hold a public hearing April 26. You can e-mail your official comments to Morad.Fakhrai@hayward-ca.gov or snail-mail them to Public Works Engineering & Transportation, 777 B St., Hayward, CA 94541. And of course, The HayWord also wants to know how you feel, though we can’t do anything about it.

Posted on Friday, March 23rd, 2007
Under: General, Hayward | 3 Comments »

Ye Olde Cartooner

The Daily Review lost a unique piece of its history when sports cartoonist Clyde Schmidt died Tuesday at 86.

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Beginning in the early 1960s, Schmidt drew caricatures of young athletes for the newspaper’s Prep of the Week feature. He would surround the illustration with little cartoons and text. Athletes drawn by Schmidt in their youth included Doug Henry, Jack Del Rio, Jason Kidd and Eddie House. Here’s the last Prep of the Week he did in late 2001:

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Area sportswriters were memorializing Schmidt in e-mails this week.

From Mike Wolcott of the San Francisco Chronicle, and formerly of the Review:

As a big fan of the many Daily Review legends that were firmly established by the time I came aboard in January 1990, I feel very fortunate to have met Clyde and been around him for a couple of years … when I think of Clyde, I think of the wild-eyed animals he’d work into the drawings. Especially fish. What’s the over-under on how many fish appeared in Prep of the Week drawings? I used to ask him, “Hey Clyde, next week, can you work in a fish for me?” Sure enough, he would. Or it might be a skunk.

From Carl Steward, longtime sports writer and columnist for this paper:

When (sports editor) Jon Becker gave me the sad news about Clyde, I went and took a good long look at a drawing in Prep of the Week format he did of me back in 1987. It’s my most cherished piece of art, and believe me, I never looked so good. I’d rather have an original Schmidt hanging on my wall than a Monet or Picasso.

Clyde was such an incredible portrait artist. He could take the worst, smallest photo imaginable and reproduce the face spot-on, and he always came up with a clever cartoon at the bottom to accompany his caricature. Even more remarkable, he could turn it around in an hour or two. He was never duly compensated for his great work. He should have been getting $500 a week for the kind of quality he turned out instead of $50 (it might have been less) but he didn’t care. He loved doing it, he loved hanging out with the old Review gang whenever we had get-togethers. He probably would have done it for free …

Rest in peace, Ye Olde Cartooner. I can just see you there at your easel right now, sketching the face of God. And I can only imagine what that little wisecrack cartoon at the bottom might say.

Posted on Wednesday, March 21st, 2007
Under: General, Odds & Ends, San Leandro | 5 Comments »

Hardball

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While attending the Hayward Education Association’s press conference at Tennyson High regarding contract negotiations, I overheard a few teachers — who sounded more than ready to strike — planning to remove, hide or lock up their VCRs so that substitutes would be “forced to teach.”

After hearing this, I couldn’t help but remember some of the most memorable movies — courtesy of a substitute teacher — I’ve seen in school.

My favorite has to be the 1993 hit Rudy, which showed me that dreams really do come true. If memory serves me right, I saw the film in a photography class.

What are some of your favorite or not-so-favorite flicks you’ve seen in school thanks to a substitute?

Note: Hayward Unified does have a contingency plan in the event of a teacher work stoppage. Lesson plans that cater to specific student needs, such as classes that focus on preparing for the California High School Exit Exam — set to be administered today and Wednesday — have been prepared by the district.

Posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2007
Under: General, Hayward, Schools | 9 Comments »