Chalupas y ganja: Paga menos!

Coming soon to a Taco Bell near you: medical marijuana?

Not inside the Taco Bell, of course, but maybe across the street in the Hayward house shown here:


The owner of the Hayward Patients’ Resource Center is hoping to move his dispensary from downtown on Foothill Boulevard, where it’s been since 2003, to a place further north, also on Foothill Boulevard but closer to the freeway. The center is the only pot club left in Hayward’s city limits, though there are three in the nearby Cherryland area of unincorporated Alameda County (including one on Foothill just north of the Hayward border). The only other club in Hayward city limits was busted in December.

We reported on the proposed relocation plan today, and already have received calls from people unhappy about the idea and wanting to know more.

“We just freaked out,” Lawrence Aviado, who runs a childcare center for 50 kids just around the corner on Cotter Way, said of his reaction to the news.

Dispensary owner Tom Lemos sent a letter about his plan to City Manager Jesus Armas just over a week ago, so city planners still have to review it, and it will require a public hearing and advanced notice to neighbors before any decisions are considered. We’ll update as we learn more.


No hot wheels for Vigil


Hayward Unified School District Superintendent Dale Vigil shot down rumors that he’s purchasing a brand new Porsche. The rumors have spread like wildfire after appearing on a recent flier circulated by the Hayward Education Association.

Vigil said he is happy with his 10-year-old Honda Civic — and why not, considering it can net about 40 miles per gallon on a good day compared with the Porsche’s average of 18 miles per gallon.

Inquiring minds have also blown up the Review’s phones lines (OK, maybe it was only five calls and a few e-mails) regarding another rumor that Vigil has constructed a “bunker” in the district warehouse, located across the street from the district offices, to house himself and other administrators in the event of a teacher work stoppage.

The superintendent gladly gave the Review a tour of the site Thursday afternoon. Contrary to reports of the “bunker” being surrounded by a moat with alligators for protection, the site was a measly old and decaying cabin.

However, a chainlink fence that didn’t close all the way and was on its last legs did attempt to surround the area.

Although missing inside the so-called “bunker” were cots and binoculars, the tidy, musty area was equipped with fluorescent lights, a sink, five laptops, two phones, a printer and a satellite television _ which Vigil playfully said would be useful for March Madness.

The site has been in existence for more than a year and is being groomed as an emergency command center for staff to use in the event of an emergency, said Billy Martin, district facilities maintenance manager.


They rocked out, but will they walk out?

Hayward teachers held a rally on Tuesday over failed contract negotiations. Footage of the demonstration, which started at Birchfield Park and ended at the district offices, features The Angry, Tired Teachers, a band made up of Hayward High School educators. Amazingly (or maybe not so amazingly, these days), the videos have found their way to YouTube.

Also, our very own Jane Tyska can be seen snapping photos to a remake of the Stones’ classic “Satisfaction” towards the end of the video above.


Blonde, black ‘n’ blue: Happy Birthday to you


Comedienne Luenell, who graduated from Castro Valley High School in 1977, is getting roasted and toasted by her celebrity cohorts. The place is Miyagi’s on the Sunset Strip in west Hollywood, and the date is March 14 _ two days after the co-star of “Borat” actually turns 48. Luenell’s publicist, Eugenia Wright, claims the roast will be “seriously blue” in content.

Luenell has platinum blonde hair, something that made her stand out as the scene-stealing, bronc-riding prostitute who became Sacha Baron Cohen‘s wife in the 2006 movie.

It’s a good birthday month for Luenell, too. “Borat” is being released on DVD this month. She’s currently on tour with Katt Williams in “The Pimp Chronicles.” And a new movie, “Spring Breakdown,” will be released later this spring.

Alas, with the exception of the press, the birthday bash is only for Luenell’s pals, including Michael Jackson lookalike Scorpio and rapper Lazarus. No word on whether Cohen will make the scene.


The day after

Quake stories, anyone? We were eating pizza and the side of our parked car, quite coincidentally, was being smashed into by a hit-and-run truck driver at the time of the 4.2 earthquake that struck near Acalanes High School in Lafayette. According to USGS, most Castro Valleyans and San Leandrans felt it as “light,” whereas folks in Hayward thought it was merely “weak.” It could be a function of geography, different land types, or maybe Haywardites, what with their own fault and all, are just more jaded.

But jaded or not, some people might be interested in the free first aid tips and disaster preparedness lessons that will be provided by the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter later this month. The course is at 12:30 p.m. March 18 at the Eden United Church of Christ, 21455 Birch St., in Castro Valley. To pre-register, which is required, e-mail office@edenucc.com or call (510) 582-9533.


Where’s Kermit? Where’s Al?

Kermit the Frog and former Vice President Al Gore, the two gurus of Green, have a lot in common. After all, “An Inconvenient Truth,” starring Gore, won best documentary at Sunday’s Academy Awards. Alas, Kermit’s wonderful rendition of “The Rainbow Connection” in 1979’s “The Muppet Movie” didn’t win “Best original song.”

Despite green being the theme, the two are unlikely to attend Assemblyman Alberto Torrico‘s “Green Building and Energy Efficiency” hearing from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 23 at Union City City Hall, 34009 Alvarado-Niles Road. In addition to Torrico, D-Fremont, other sponsors are Alameda County, the state of California, Ohlone College, PG&E and Build It Green. Not “Paint It Black?” Oh, that’s the Rolling Stones.

For more hearing information, contact Karla Goodbody at (510) 440-9030 or karla.goodbody@asm.ca.gov.