Cunningham vigil tonight

 A vigil is planned for 6 p.m. today at the scene of this week’s horrific slaying of a man in front of his 13-year-old daughter.

Willie Lee Anderson, pastor of the New Bethel Community Church, said that while Thomas Cunningham didn’t attend services there and he did not know him personally, there’s a need to get the community together after Tuesday night’s shooting.

“Our sense of security has been lost,” Anderson said. “We’re coming together to show support for this family and support as a community. We cannot stand back any longer.”

The vigil will begin at 6 p.m. at the shopping center near the bottom of Kelly Hill, at B and Vermont streets.


‘Comming’ soon to Mission Boulevard

If this plan for the Haymont Shopping Center comes together, it would be a huge improvement for that stretch of Mission Boulevard. And it would mean this affront to spelling would finally come down.

commingWaseem Khan, who is overseeing the renovation of the site for the property owner, said that since the plan is to bring south Asian ethnic shops to the site, he figured he’d hire an ethnic signmaker for the project.

“I know, it’s bad,” said Khan.


Hayward planners split on Club Me

With one commissioner recusing herself from the vote, there was a deadlock among planners over what to do with an application for a restaurant and nightclub in downtown Hayward.

Club Me would set up shop at 926 B St., next to Newman Park. It would serve as a restaurant for lunch and dinner most days, and a nightclub on Friday and Saturday nights.

Some planners expressed concerns that police are already stretched thin and urged the applicant to pursue the restaurant without the club, citing a history of problems with downtown nightclubs. But others expressed confidence in the applicant, and said they should be given a chance to help revitalize downtown. Commissioners Mary Lavelle, Marvin Peixoto and Christopher Thnay voted against the club; Rodney Loche, Julie McKillop and Al Mendall for it. Elisa Marquez recused herself from the vote.

The item is slated to go before the City Council at its Dec. 15 meeting.

Police Lt. Reid Lindblom was at the meeting, and acknowledged that resources are thin, particularly after a 2 a.m. shift change. But he said the outcome of a bar or nightclub is ultimately dependent on its management.

“There are several bars downtown that have a very minimal impact on police resources,” he said. “That’s a credit to how the bar is run. But there’s another that’s off the chart.”

That bar, the Funky Monkey, is going before the Planning Commission at its next meeting, seeking a conditional use permit, per the city’s planning project list:

Funky Monkey – Request to operate a night club. A cover charge would be charged on Friday, Saturday, Sunday nights and special events. Special events include DJs, live music, fundraisers, etc.., daily am/pm.


Access Hayward now online

AccessHaywardLogoWhat is Access Hayward? It’s the city’s new automated system to make information and services more, well, accessible. Residents can fill out a quick form online — or do it the old fashioned way and phone in a request — and the matter is automatically sent to the correct officials. And those officials are now required to follow up on the matter within a prescribed deadline.

We’ll have a story on Access Hayward in the next couple days, but if anyone would like to try it out and let us know what you think, such input would be appreciated.

What kinds of things are we talking about? According to a release, “From street and sidewalk repairs, to reporting graffiti, traffic concerns, and barking dogs, to obtaining official documents or learning about available services, and more — information and service in Hayward is now just a click or telephone call away.”

To check it out, click here or call 510-429-9273.


Sonic boom on the horizon?

Jan. 5 UPDATE: The Sonic is set to open. They’ve already served some food on a limited basis, as part of employee training. I’m getting a tour of the place tomorrow for a weekend story, and the official grand opening will be either Monday or Tuesday.

Have you heard? After years of being subjected to its arguably clever commercials, Hayward residents will soon get to sample the Hot Fudge Shakes, Coney Dog & Tots, and Xtra-long Bacon Cheddar Cheese Steaks that come along with a Sonic Burger Drive-In.

The sign is up at the Fairway Park shopping center, and a wooden frame is rising at the former Arby’s site, 31187 Mission Blvd. While the official Bay Area Sonic Web site states a December opening, we contacted Rashid Cinos, the man behind the new Sonic.

“It’s a bit too early to touch bases,” Cinos said. “Give me two weeks. By then we should have some immediate milestones, a better idea of when we will be opening.”

Will do, Mr. Cinos. Last we heard, there was some design modification that had to be completed to make the site appropriate for the Sonic business model, which is carhop-style fast-food, with no indoor sit-down restaurant.

Jon Fong shot us an e-mail seeking more information about what he says is “quite some news” for a lot of people, at least his peers, who have been tantalized by the commercials but denied easy Sonic access.

Read Jon’s thoughts and more after the jump.

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Author blogs about growing up in Hayward, with quiz

Kevin Nelson, who is appearing at the Hayward Area Historical Society museum to promote his new book, is a product of Hayward. After his parents moved here when he was 3 years old, he went to East Avenue Elementary School, Bret Harte Jr. High and Hayward High.

“I still have a lot of friends there, and I still blog about it,” said Nelson. 

That blog can be found here. Hayward-related entries include a tribute to a favorite high school teacher, tales stemming from his dishwashing days at Banchero’s, and the Bully of Bret Harte Jr. High.

There’s also a How Well Do You Know Hayward test, which is incredibly tough. Take a look.


Hayward’s fine-free library system

It’s an interesting experiment, apparently the first of its kind in the nation. Users of Hayward libraries will soon have the option of paying a nominal monthly fee in exchange for never having to return the materials. That is, they’d have to return the materials when they want to check out something else, just like the Netflix movie rental system.

Other libraries have tried the other part of the Netflix model, mailing materials to library users. Orange County, Fla., has a particularly successful system that library users love. Here’s some discussion on that service. But they don’t charge the fee and they don’t drop the due date, and that’s what makes Hayward’s system unique.

DVD late fees run a dollar a day, books and other materials cost a quarter per item. For those who use the library as a movie resource, it wouldn’t take too many forgetful mornings to rack up the $3 a month it costs to join the optional new plan.

What about those items that go missing for an extended period? Sean Reinhart, the acting library director, said they will buy additional copies when people begin to queue up for hot items. They will use the same system they do now: Whenever three or more people are on the waiting list, an additional copy will be acquired.

Reinhart said they expect to have the new model up and running by Christmas.

I corresponded with Reinhart about potential problems, i.e. research materials going missing for extended periods, out-of-print books. Some of the information is in the story, but for those who want to know more, click on the “Read the rest of this entry.” And here’s a library blogger’s thoughts about adopting the entire Netflix model.

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Northbound I-238 closure

Caltrans just faxed the following info re: northbound I-238, which will be closed between I-880 and I-580 beginning midnight and until 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Detours for motorists traveling westbound on I-580 will exit at Strobridge Avenue; turn left onto Castro Valley Boulevard, heading west, make a right onto Mission Boulevard and heading north, turn left onto Lewelling to access I-880. Signs will also be in place to guide motorists to the detours.

Caltrans: The closure is necessary so contractors can install bridge joint seals on the several bridges along I-238. Motorists should expect minor delays and proceed with caution through construction work zones.


Free food for vets, soldiers

Here’s the press release. It’s PR, for sure, but hey — it’s also a free meal:

(Hayward, CA)—Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar is poised to say thank you to area veterans and active duty military personnel with free entrées all day on Veterans Day, November 11th.

The restaurant, located at 24041 Southland Drive, will offer complimentary entrées to dine-in guests all day if they show proof of military service, which includes U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), Veterans Organization Card (i.e., American Legion and VFW), photograph in uniform, wearing uniform, DD214 and Citation or Commendation. In addition to this event, Applebee’s will be offering an open-ended 25-percent discount on all entrées to any uniformed police, fire, paramedic and military personnel who patronize the restaurant. The promotion does not include discounts on beverages and gratuity and is limited to one entrée per customer.

For more information, visit http://www.applebees.com/vetsDay/default.aspx or contact the management company, Gala Corporation, at marketing@galacorp.com.


Quik Stop robbers nabbed

San Leandro PD says these two guys are in custody for the armed hold up of the Quik Stop at 1001 MacArthur Boulevard on Sept. 16.

The suspects are also believed to be responsible for a robbery on Aug. 31 at the 7-Eleven store at 333 E. 14th Street. 

Investigators identified Oakland residents Kenyatta Fudge, 22, and Ronald Carson, 29, as the suspected robbers. Fudge was arrested without incident after posting bail in Santa Clara County on an unrelated forgery warrant, and is in custody at the SLPD jail, police said. Carson is being held at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on a parole violation, and charges are pending against him for the robberies.

Police ask anyone with additional information to contact the San Leandro Police Department at 510-577-2740, or the anonymous tip line at 510-577-3278.