AYCE Japanese coming to downtown

In case you haven’t taken a look at the storefronts surrounding the downtown Century Theater on B Street, here’s the latest poster advertising a new tenant. According to the city’s economic development manager Sean Brooks, a lease has been signed for the upper floor of the corner retail location — that’s prime real estate.

“After they move in, (the storefronts) will be about 50 percent occupied,” said Brooks, who added that the business has “piqued a lot of interest.”

Brooks said the all-you-can-eat buffet will open in early 2010. It will join frozen-yogurt vendor Zuckersuss and Wingstop, with three more storefronts yet to be rented.


Robbers caught on tape in San Leandro

San Leandro police are seeking tips after a convenience store was robbed Wednesday night, with the crime caught on video. They released the following information and video:

San Leandro robbery video



On 9-16-09 at 8:15 pm two male suspects went into the Quik Stop located at 1001 MacArthur Blvd and committed an armed robbery.   The suspects then fled the area. 


Suspect #1 is described as a black male, 5’8” to 5’10”, 200 lbs., with a goatee wearing black clothing.  Suspect #2 is described as a black male, 20’s to 30’s 6’, 220-260 lbs, dark clothes, armed with a black handgun. 


We are investigating whether these suspects may be responsible for other robberies in the area.  Attached to this press release is a video of the robbery.  We are asking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspects in this case. 


Anyone with information should contact the San Leandro Police Department at 510-577-2740, or the anonymous tip line at 510-577-3278.


Preliminary NTSB report on plane crash

From the National Transportation Safety Board Web site, regarding Wednesday’s crash at the Hayward Executive Airport:

NTSB Identification: WPR09LA451
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, September 16, 2009 in Hayward, CA
Aircraft: Raytheon Aircraft Company B200, registration: N726CB
Injuries: 1 Uninjured. 

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.
On September 16, 2009, about 1220 Pacific daylight time, a Raytheon Aircraft Company B200, N726CB, sustained substantial damage after impacting terrain while maneuvering during initial climb near the Hayward Executive Airport (HWD), Hayward, California. The commercial pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight, which was operated in accordance with 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91, and no flight plan was filed. The flight was originating at the time of the accident, with its destination being the San Carlos Airport (SQL), San Carlos, California.

In a telephone interview with the Safety Board investigator-in-charge (IIC), the pilot reported that immediately after taking off and “still very close to the ground,” the airplane began to veer to the left. The pilot stated that he attempted to correct back to the right but the airplane didn’t respond, and as he was losing airspeed he lowered the nose. Shortly thereafter the airplane impacted terrain in a wings level attitude, followed by an ensuing post crash fire. The pilot stated that he was able to exit the airplane through the rear passenger door without injury. The pilot further stated that at no time during the event was there any indication of a loss of engine power.

The airplane will be recovered to a secure location for further examination.


Help clean up Eden Landing

Save the Bay is still seeking volunteers for tomorrow’s Coastal Cleanup event at Eden Landing. They need 40 to 50 people to come out and collect the various trash — mostly plastic — that accumulates along the shoreline, which is in the process of being rehabilitated to its natural state.

Amy Alton Ricard of Save the Bay said our article about urine-filled bottles washing up on the San Leandro shore probably didn’t help the recruitment effort, though as the story states, volunteers are not expected to go near such nasties. Most of the trash consists of plastic bags, empty bottles, bottle caps and other refuse that isn’t biohazardous but is wrecking the Bay nonetheless. Save the Bay will have gloves and some extending trash-grabbers available.

Sign up here for the Eden Landing cleanup. It starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19.


HPD searching for Michaela clues in Antioch

It’s a major search. We’ll update after a 4:30 p.m. press conference. Dublin police also on site, looking for Ilene Misheloff evidence. FBI, Alameda County, Contra Costa sheriffs all there as well. Hayward police Lt. Christine Orrey will be speaking at 6 p.m. on CNN’s Larry King Live. The search is expected to last through the weekend, and police are prepared to go as far as to tear down the Garrido house. Look for complete coverage in tomorrow’s Daily Review.

Sharon Murch, Michaela Garecht’s mother, has been actively updating her Web site and blog ever since the Jaycee Dugard story broke. It’s compelling reading and worth checking out.


Close call in the Hayward hills

Capt. Thor Poulsen of the Hayward Fire Department said a close call this week serves as a reminder to keep those smoke alarm batteries fresh — and make sure you have one installed in the garage as well. Here’s the brief story from the paper:

GARAGE FIRE A ‘CLOSE CALL’: A small fire in the garage of a Hayward hills home was quickly extinguished Thursday morning, but fire officials said it had the potential to be much worse because of the early hour.

At 3:39 a.m., a homeowner in the 28100 block of Dobbel Avenue called authorities to say he heard popping sounds coming from his garage and, upon checking, saw a fire had started near his workbench, fire Capt. Thor Poulsen said. The man opened the garage door, allowing his dog to flee, then yelled for his wife and 6-year-old daughter to get out as well.

His wife awoke, grabbed their 6-year-old daughter, who was asleep in the room above the garage, and fled the house. The man and a neighbor called 911, and firefighters arrived within three minutes.

“There were smoke detectors throughout the house, but not in the garage,” Poulsen said. “If they had all been sleeping, they could have easily succumbed to smoke and died.”

The fire did not spread to the house, and the cause was not determined.

In addition, Poulsen said it’s common for people not to install detectors in the garage, “but that’s where you have gas stored, sometimes a water heater, flammable stuff. You really need one there.”

He said if the man hadn’t been awake, browsing the Internet, nothing would have warned the slumbering family — not even the dog.

“Dogs typically don’t act like Lassie,” he said. “They’ll get scared, go over into the corner, curl up and hide. It would have been the first to succumb to smoke.”

“This was a real, real close call. If the guy went upstairs and went to bed, I don’t know if we would have been pulling bodies out of there.”

Here are some more fire safety facts and tips from HFD.


Bulk shoppers, mark your calendars

The new south Hayward Costco Wholesale warehouse store is scheduled to arrive in the nick of time for those planning huge Thanksgiving feasts –Costco reps say they plan to open on Nov. 24. It’s going to be the biggest Costco around, and they plan to have an opening day celebration including numerous “roadshows” — that’s what Costco calls it when they bring in goods not normally carried, which could be anything from fine art to specialized mattresses to pool tables to solar panels to grand pianos.

As for what else is coming to the area around Hesperian and Industrial boulevards, that’s more ambiguous. 24 Hour Fitness has yet to apply for a building permit, although a large facility was approved at the same time as the Costco. We’ll have a story in the Review about it this weekend.


Blackout blues in Hayward

Police said about 2,000 residents had their power knocked out until wee morning hours on Thursday, starting around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday when a car crashed into a power pole on the 26100 block of Eldridge Street.

Despite a dramatic, power-pole shearing crash, only one person was injured, and it was minor. Rob Ritchie lives nearby and sent us this photo. “I was sitting at my computer working on a project, when a huge thundering sound occurred, followed by an explosive sound, as well,” wrote Ritchie. “Instantly, all power went out. I went outside and looked down the street to see quite a horrific sight!”

Police said they had to put out stop signs and assign officers to direct traffic in the area. “It was a mess,” said Lt. Christine Orrey.

Ritchie said he has been trying to get speed bumps installed on his street for nine years. “Cars constantly speed on this street, sometimes at very high speeds for the conditions,” he wrote. “Perhaps the city of Hayward will reconsider, before other tragedies occur.”

Another Hayward resident called and said he had just taken his mother to a dialysis treament at a Jackson Street clinic when the lights went out. Karl Kanoho said patients had to be transported to hospitals because the facility has no backup power. His mother hadn’t started treatment yet and had to come back the next day.

“None of the (dialysis centers) have backup generators,” Kanoho said, adding that he felt lucky because his mother wasn’t in critical need of the treatment. “But it could have been a disaster.”

Anyone else with a blackout story?


That soon-to-be-overused Bay Bridge alternative

Anyone else concerned about how much traffic is going to flow over the Hayward-San Mateo Bridge starting Thursday night? As everyone knows, the Bay Bridge will be closed for the first time on a commute day on Friday (first time closed for the commute during the ongoing retrofit/replacement project. It was closed for much longer than one day following the Loma Prieta earthquake -E.), and it is optimistic to think that everyone who drives over that span will board a ferry or BART.

Any predictions for how bad it’s going to be? It’s always fun to look back on them after the fact.

And yes, the Caltrans-given name for our bridge is the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, but we correct that unfortunate juxtaposition here at the HayWord.