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Yogurt Place

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Returning to downtown Hayward after a lengthy absence, I found the latest bout of Cinema Place construction progress more dramatic than usual.

Plus, there will be yogurt there, reveals business reporter George Avalos.

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  • J. W. Kyle

    May 6, 2008

    Some may recall my remarks in a “My Word Piece” nearly a year ago, to the effect that this City’s ‘down’[ town area ought enable greater diversity of it’s business atmosphere in thsi central neighborhood.

    The opportunity ought soon present itself when the theater opens but the ‘advance work’ ought to include notice to our citizenry who hail from the asian areas, from eastern mediteranenan to Japan. This is easily done by the theater owner being asked to show movies, in foreign languages with english subtitles.

    “bollywood” movies have been met with huge attendence in those theaters of southerhn Alameda County and areas of Santa clara County where a huge well educated and affluent population promulgated and supports restaurants and retail shops cateri8ng to the need of immigrants to maintain some sort of cultural contact with their roots.

    The vacant or under utilized stores in the ‘central
    neighborhood’ would soon be absorbed at market rates while providing fresh source of sales tax leading to the elimination of the annual infusion of cash by the city of Haywatrd into the present failing situation.

    ’tis a subjct which iought be ‘aired’ in the coming city elections as well as at HUSD where the search for qualified ESL teachers might be alleviated by those attracted to refresh native tongues when watching imported films.

    Grill the council candidates on this subject before the June elections and test HUSD trustee board candidates in the fall…… see if they pass a ‘test on this subject’

  • Fernando Hernandez

    Hi Mr. Kyle et all:

    I absolutely agree with you, and have a couple of additional comments.

    With the new type of movie theaters having many small viewing rooms, as opposed to one or two huge spaces, it would be great to have diversity representative of the population in Hayward.

    I could be mistaken, but if I remember correctly, cinema place will have close to a dozen screening rooms?

    I agree that having some bolliwood movies would be great, but I would also like to see some latin american movies as well. After all, Hayward is 36% hispanic and I would hope there would be enough interest from that population to see movies in their own language.

    Movies are extremely popular in Mexico and other countries south of the border, where they are way cheaper than here and a very popular and affordable family activity. There has been recently a renaissance of good quality films in Mexico and other Latin countries like Cuba, with some directors acquiring international reputations.

    Another market to draw down town would be the students of CSUH and Chabot. I remember back in my “before kids” days, Katy and I would drive to Berkley to see movies at the now closed UC theater, where they would show a rather eclectic range of films, international, cult classics, etc.

    That is where I learned to appreciate Kurosawa, Fellini, Bergman, Hitchcock, and so many other directors and movies that I would go back and see again at the cinema place if they were offered.

    No matter how big a TV you have at home, Kurosawa must be seen on the big screen!

  • monica ruiz

    Hi Matt, What’s happening with the Palmtag bldg? Is Peet’s still planning to move in by October?

  • http://www.ibabuzz.com/HayWord Matt O’Brien

    Yep, Peet’s is still supposed to be coming. I checked this morning and the Palmtag building is supposed to be torn down by the end of this month. The new building is supposed to be up by October.

  • monica ruiz

    Thanks Matt.

  • J. W. Kyle

    March 11, 2008
    Ms. Kim Santos…. FREEDOM OR LICENSE ???

    THE YOUNG MAN, REPRESENTING HAYWARD HIGH SCHOOL AS HE SITS ON THE DAIS, TOOK ELEVEN MINUTES TO DELIVER MUCH ABOUT NOTHINHG WHILE THOSE ADULTS SPEAKING AT PUBLIC COMMENTS ARE CUT OFF BY MR. SAENZ AFTER JUST THREE MINUTES.

    MS. SANTOS, AT PUBLIC COMMENYTS, IF YOU HAVEN’T NOTICED, THOSE LINED UP TO SPEAK ARE CUT OFF AFTER THE FIRST HOUR UNDER AN ARBITRARY RULE IMPOSED BY THE TRUSTEES. THOSE WHO HAVE NOT YET SPOKEN ARE RELEGATED TO ITEM J ON THE AGENDA. AT ITEM J ON THE AGENDA, SPEAKERS ARE CALLED UP BY PRESIDER, WHO FREQUENTLY MAKES A SIMPLISTIC REMARK TO THE EFFECT …. ‘THEY MUST HAVE GONE HOME’ !

    lAST APRIL (OR, MAY ?,) MR. PETERSON, IN HIS OPENING REMARKS PRECEEDIONG PUBLIC COMMENTS, MADE THE COMMENT THAT HE HAD BEEN HANDED 59 SPEAKERS CARDS. HE IGNORED THE TIME CONSUMED BY APPLAUSE WHICH HE NEVER ATTEMPTED TO CONTROL BUT WENT ON TO SAY THAT AFTER THE FIRST HOUR, ITEM J WOULD BE LIMITED TO A SINGLE HOUR….. DO THE MATH….THE MAN VIOLATED THE RULES FOUND WITHIN THE BROWN ACT. …. he never did call all the names….some had gone home and the meeting turned chaotic when news of the strike settlement reached the room…

    I do not understand your reluctance to chide the presider at Trustee meetings for it seems that they fail understanding of open meetings under which rules are applied evenly to all, including the young person from Hayward HS

  • Kim Santos

    I think Mr. Kyle’s response was intended for the HUSD “Gross Iniquities” post.

  • http://myspace.com/alexh13 Alex Harmon

    I can’t wait for Cinema Place to open! We are finnaly gonna get a moive theater after 5 years since the Festival Cinema and United Artists Closed and 9 years since Southland Cinemas!