Way down yonder in the Big Easy: What’s cookin’ in San Leandro

San Leandro schools Superintendent Christine Lim and a quartet of other top district administrators are in New Orleans today talking about how the district’s anti-racist efforts have contributed to “significant gains on state tests, especially for African-American and Latino students.” They’re speaking at The Summit for Courageous Conversations: Achieving Racial Equity and Excellence in Education, which is sponsored by San Francisco-based Pacific Educational Services.

They are discussing how a five-year equity program, and “courageous conversations about race” have helped to close the racial predictability gap in achievement tests. Teaching strategies, inclusion of the “student voice” and training of under-represented parents are among the methods used.

Oh, and speaking of sensitivity, the summit’s organizers apologized on their Web site (www.summitforcourageousconversation.com) for their religious insensitivity, scheduling the conference at the same time as the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah and the Muslim month of fasting known as Ramadan.

Have any thoughts about the district’ success? If so, add your comments here.


BYOB please

No, not that kind.

The Castro Valley Sanitary District is offering free reusable tote bags in support of the countywide Bring Your Own Bag campaign.

The bags are made of 80 percent post-consumer recycled plastic bottles, and officials estimate the average person will save 250 plastic bags a year when bringing their own reusable bag to go shopping.

BYOB give-away schedule (for residents of the Castro Valley Sanitary District only):

Rite Aid Pharmacy
9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11
3848 Castro Valley Blvd.

Longs Drug Store
12:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25
3667 Castro Valley Blvd.

Each event will last about three hours and supplies are limited.


“The baby saved the day!”

Here’s a feel-good story for you, courtesy of Tom Deal.

Deal was taking his daily walk around his Kelly Hill stomping grounds this morning when he came across a neighbor trying to break into his own car, engine running and everything. Yep, he had locked his keys in there, and Deal went to his house to get something that might squeeze through a window and poke the unlock button.

“We had some little shims in the window, and were making some progress, when his wife came out and asked, ‘Is the baby going to be OK?'” said Deal. “Sure enough, there was a baby in the back seat, hard to see because of the tinted windows. At that point I just called AAA and they said they’d be there in 16 minutes or less.”

The cavalry was on its way, but all of a sudden a new savior appeared. It was the baby — liberated from the constraints of the child seat that had been securely fastened only moments before — standing between the front seats of the sedan.

“I said, ‘Push the button! Push the button!'” said Deal, who hoped the 2-year-old would hit the window switch. Deal got nothing but a blank stare.

“That’s when the mother stepped up and said something to her child — I don’t know what — and the baby reached over and unlocked the door,” said Deal. “The baby saved the day!”

There you go, happily ever after!


Hayward school board forum

You can find coverage of the first Hayward school board candidate forum here. Eleven out of 16 candidates showed up to make statements at the Hayward Demos Democratic Club event.

The Daily Review is sending out questionnaires to all candidates and will have more on this popular race in the near future.

As always, comments on the article or the race in general are encouraged.


Costco, 24 Hour Fitness coming to South Hayward

A main South Hayward intersection may soon be a mecca for bulk foods and bulk muscles alike.

Plans are under way to raise a Costco Wholesale Warehouse and a 24 Hour Fitness facility at the intersection of Hesperian and Industrial boulevards.

The City Council’s Commercial Center Improvement Committee liked the sound of both and gave them the go-ahead at its Monday night meeting. Unless there’s an appeal to the Planning Commission or City Council, the Costco could open as early as next summer, the gym next fall.

The facilities would both be brand new. Description of the Costco sounded like it would have all the amenities of the San Leandro store, plus a discount gas filling station. The 24 Hour Fitness would be a deluxe model, packing a full-sized basketball court and 25-meter swimming pool.

Staff estimates the Costco will bring in $1 million to the city annually in tax revenue — no small deal. We’ll have more soon in the Daily Review.


Stackin’ that Ca$h Flow

Note: Some links feature offensive language.

Here’s a first, for us just “postin” at the Review anyway. Castro Valley is known in the Bay Area hip-hop community as Ca$h Flow.

As for who coined the term, it’s up in the air. But they probably had an influential say in baptizing Hayward with “the ‘Stack” and San Leandro with “the Dro” and “Slandro.”

Urban Dictionary also has some interesting submissions defining Castro Valley, Hayward and San Leandro.

Sorry San Lorenzans. No one has posted a description of your neck of the woods yet.

But I’m sure something will come up soon, ya smell me?


The HARD Way

Wednesday’s edition of The Daily Review will feature a story on the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District directors decision to fine the Rowell Ranch Rodeo Association $2,500 for violating its policy of using electric prods on horses during last May’s rodeo.

What do you make out of HARD’s decision?


Measuring up


The California Department of Education today released Accountability Progress Reporting results, and it was no laughing matter for area educators.

It’s basically a report card for schools and districts to see if they are making the grade when it comes to state and federal standards.

For the most part, area schools continued to improve when put to the state standard, but still struggle to meet federal expectations, which are rising each year.

While tomorrow’s headline will point out that fact, it does overshadow some of the hard work being done by teachers and students.

And while the education world has its own way of measuring school success, I’d like to know how you as a parent, student, teacher or resident measure a school’s success?