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Expanding the airport

Models of Bud Field Aviation’s proposed 11-hangar expansion of the Hayward Executive Airport, complete with toy cars and big rigs, can be seen at the company’s Web site.


The Hayward City Council Airport Committee
reviews the controversial plan at its meeting at 5:30 p.m. tonight at Centennial Hall.

I recently received a long letter from sometime airport critic and regular blog commenter John Kyle indicating his support for the project. What do others think?

Photo from Aric Crabb:

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Read it and weep

The San Leandro City Council’s Human Relations Committee met last month to discuss a chronology city staff put together to highlight the city’s efforts to address housing discrimination since the 1970s.

The chronology was both alarming and informative, being that it came about as a result of comments raised in recent months about San Leandro’s reputation during the 1970s and 1980s as a racist community.

It has some interesting tidbits about what measures city officials have actually taken over the years to stop the alleged discrimination, including enacting a $50,000 HUD demonstration project in 1972 to help facilitate community discussions about open housing; issuing a $500 reward for the arrest and conviction of the perpertrator who was responsible for a cross-burning at a home on Durant Avenue; and establishing a number of committees and programs.

This chronology will be presented to the full council at a later date.

You be the judge.

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The facts on Frumkin

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What do San Francisco Supervisor Ed Jew and Hayward schools trustee Paul Frumkin have in common? Not much, until an anonymous caller left the Review a message claiming Frumkin resides in Pleasanton.

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Frumkin, who prides himself on his south Hayward upbringing, put down such speculation.

“Not true,” he said with a laugh. “Jesus, what are people thinking?”

The school board member says he is content with his pad at the Bentley Place Apartments, 22525 Third St., in downtown Hayward.

“It’s nice, and safe,” Frumkin said. “It also has an underground parking garage.”

Officials at Bentley Place confirmed that Frumkin does indeed rent at the complex.

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A blooming success

Embattled Hayward pot club owner Shon Squier has apparently moved on to a new business venture … selling gardening supplies!

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration considered Squier’s arrest and prosecution one of the agency’s “operational highlights” of the past several months.

In the meantime, Squier looks to be trying something new. According to Hayward’s monthly list of new businesses, Squier on May 24 signed up to open up a place called Blooming Success Gardening Supplies, at 22370 Mission Blvd. When we called the listed number, a woman who answered the phone said they weren’t quite ready to talk about the new biz.

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Our readers

Immigrants come from all over the world to live in Hayward, but staffers at The Daily Review were a little perplexed today when a subscriber arrived at our storefront office, claiming he was from the nation of Zamunda.

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He went on to pay his bill, no questions asked.

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Both hands clapping

Melisa De Seguirant of Castro Valley, a 2004 graduate of Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, recently made news at UCLA, where she is a third-year musical theater student.

De Seguirant portrayed Daisy Hilton, one of two conjoined twins who were born in the early 20th century and spent their lives on display, in the UCLA Department of Theater production “Side Show.”

It was a large role for the young student, according to an online interview and review in the university’s Daily Bruin.

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Does helping hand backfire?

Feels good, doesn’t it, dropping off clothing, books and household items at the Salvation Army’s A Street thrift store in Hayward?

And if you stop by after hours, the items can be left at the back door, making donations truly anonymous. After all, who needs thanks if the items are distributed to the needy or sold so money can go into the Salvation Army’s beneficial programs?

Think again.

Mosey on by the store’s rear entrance anytime after 7 p.m., and scavengers are at work. Items meant to benefit the Salvation Army and its clients are being picked over and sorted by adults and children who toss the good stuff into the trunks of their cars and toss the rest, well, around.

Have you had any experiences with this?

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Put that can down

Last Friday, with much fanfare, the Alameda County Public Health Department declared war _ at least for the summer _ on carbonated, sugary drinks. Otherwise known as the S word: soda.

The campaign, funded by a Kaiser Permanente grant, will educate people about weight gain and other health issues brought about by soda consumption. Soda-free is the way to be, county officials say.

There are exceptions, however. Like the county public health department itself. Department leaders are going to communities for suggestions to make the 14 cities and a dozen unincorporated communities healthier places to live and work.

Heading the list of dietary no-nos is soda, Dr. Anthony Iton, the county’s health director, is saying at the six forums that wrap up today in Alameda.

The department also is hosting a dinner for people who attend the forums. Last week in Castro Valley, the meal consisted of lasagna, bread, cookies and….soda.

Bottled water and salad also were on the menu.