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Voice of the Giants talks Hayward

By Eric Kurhi
Monday, December 27th, 2010 at 3:58 pm in Entertainment, General, Hayward, History, Odds & Ends, Schools.

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS NEW YORK METS

Voice of the Giants Jon Miller with his wife, Janine. They met in Hayward -- Janine lived across the street and would babysit Jon, who is five years younger.

Jon Miller, the announcer for the champion San Francisco Giants, was honored by the Hayward City Council earlier this month. You can watch the video of the  Dec. 14 meeting, which had Miller talking about the city where he grew up and developed his announcer voice.

Miller said it all started with Strat-O-Matic Baseball, a table-top game that uses dice and charts to replicate ballgames.

“I found it was a lot more fun if I broadcast the games. I would while away the hours in my bedroom, playing Strat-O-Matic Baseball. Everybody I knew was out doing things you did in summertime in California. Friends would say, ‘Let’s go to Half Moon Bay, do a little surfing,’ And I’d say, ‘I’d love to but I got the Cards playing the Cubs, after that it’s the Giants-Dodgers series and I’ve been waiting for that series for weeks.’”

He even offered the Council a demonstration of how he’d run the games, playing the part of the announcer, a cheering crowd, the PA guy, even the ballpark organist.

Miller grew up off Highland Boulevard, and attended Hillcrest Elementary School before graduating from Hayward High. He said it was the first time he’d been to Hayward City Hall since he was 15, when he was on an all-star little league team that won the pennant for the area.

“What a team we had,” he said. “The mayor, a fellow by the name of Jack Smith, invited our team to city hall, the other city hall, down the street, and they took a photo of our team and the mayor on the steps of city hall, and put it  in the Hayward Daily Review. Somewhere, in a box somewhere, deep down inside of a box of things I haven’t looked at in  years,  is that photo.”

It’s a fun presentation, worth a look and a listen. Starts at the 9 minute mark. Also, the Chron had a pretty nice profile on Miller when he was inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame earlier this year.

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  • Michael Moore

    Eric, wonderful piece on John Miller. He really is a terrific man.

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    In its day Hayward produced many sports noteables..Darrell “Bud” Harrelson who played for many years with the NY Mets (Sunset Alum), Jack Del Rio, NFL coach (Hayward High Alum), Tony Hernandez, a baseball short-stop (Sunset Alum), Lavon Largussa, a pitcher who played minor league (Mt. Eden Alum) and I can’t remember the name of the basketball player from Hayward High that went on to the NBA. I am sure there are more that I have left out.

  • Fred Sandsmark

    Mike Young (HHS 1978) played for Baltimore Orioles in the 1980s.

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    I rememgbered Eddie White from Hayward High Basketball.

  • Michael Moore

    Kathi,

    Hayward has a long tradition of athletic excellence. Here are some others that show our rich sports legacy.

    Max Baer: Heavyweight Boxing Champion.
    John Beck: National Football League quarterback, Washington Redskins.
    Davone Bess: Miami Dolphins football team wide receiver
    Nick DeBarr: Minor League Baseball pitcher.
    Johnny Estrada: Major League Baseball catcher, Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Generals.
    Forrest Fezler: Professional golfer.
    Ed Galigher: National Football League defensive lineman, 49ers and NY Jets.
    Dwayne Johnson a.k.a “The Rock”: Professional wrestler turned actor.
    Art Larsen: Tennis player, International Tennis Hall of Fame.
    Wes Littleton: Major League Baseball pitcher with Seattle Mariners.
    Amobi Okugo: American soccer player, Philadelphia Union
    Veronica Perez: Soccer player, St.Louis Athletica.
    Kenji Shibuya: Professional wrestler and gardener.
    Shawn Stasiak: Professional wrestler and chiropractor.
    Bob Sweikert: Racing driver, Indianapolis 500 winner 1955.
    Erick Threets: Major League Baseball pitcher, SF Giants and Chicago White Sox.
    Bill Walsh: Legendary NFL coach.
    Andre Ward: Olympic gold medalist and professional boxer.
    Joan Weston: Legendary Roller Derby and Hall of Fame.
    Don Wakamatsu: Major League Baseball player/manager.
    Kristi Yamaguchi: Olympic gold medalist figure skater.

  • Silent Observer

    Michael Moore, don’t believe everything you read on Wikipedia! Kristi Yamaguchi may have been born in a Hayward hospital but she definitely resided in Fremont. Joe Montana lived in Hayward for awhile at the beginning of his career but I do not consider him a Haywardite.

  • Michael Moore

    Silent, good points. I think I was looking a little broader at all of the folks who have crossed through Hayward, in comparison with some other place. I do not think often of Bill Walsh as a Haywardite, but his sporting career certainly started here.

    I was actually thinking of celebrating some of the past really great Hayward stars, like Bob Sweikert. His partnership in auto sports was key to the growth of cars in Hayward.

    I think it is a tragedy that so many of the greats are not remembered.

  • John W. Kyle

    Moore;

    Good advice from silent observer directed to you! Max Baer arrived in City of Alameda liver briefly in San Leandro, Hayward, Galt and then to Livermore. Time line is such that if he did attend Haywatrd Schools, his ‘transience’ ( as opposed to truancy ) did not put him in Hayward schoold very long.

    Met the man while working nriefly at Bank of America Branch on lower Broadway…. loveable commedian…. someone ‘accidentally’ trippedd the ‘alarme’ quite briefly and he jumped from his seat….. crying out “wgere is he as he took his stace.. nearl=y always yhad a group following him about as he visted lower Brioadway in Oakland…… Oakland Police Sargewant was his spatrring partner when they were lib=ving in Livermore where his tag name became “Livermore Larruoer”

    While Baer was a nice tguy the Police officer was a big problem…. a real mean s.o.b. who wenbt to proson with a small groupp of officers…. found guity of extorting monet from business establishments.

    He once picked up a small, inebbruiared latino who was attempting to cash a ‘stack’ of Postakl Money orders… AS THE TELLERS WERE RELUCTANT TO CASH THE ITEMS FOR LACK OF IDENBTIFICATION AS WELL AS 6THE EZXTREMMELY POOT APPEWARANCE OF THE INT5OXICATED EDELLOEW, HE WENT TO THE AREA WHERE THE MANAGER AND LOAN OFFICER AND THE OFFICE sECRETARY SAT. USED SOME FOULD LANGUAGE AS HE APPROACHED THE SECRETARY, WHO Was tall attractive and appreciated…. Police officer was hiding behind a post within what we used to call the ‘loan platform’ Sargenbt Joe, jumped up, slamjmed his stich down on the man’s yhand then over the countertop, piicked up the man bodily, rushed him to the door, holding him up latterally, used his head to open the doors, then whil;e on the sidewalk, slammed the mman bodily with the words…’don’t come back…’

    The Branch manager whent out of his mind at the display by that cop, suggesting that he find someplace else to hide during inclement weathet ! Cop was a ‘beat Sargeant’ who commanded the foot patrol in lower Broadway of the very early 1950′s before freeway etc.

    Police Chief retired when seven officers were convicted of extortion in that era.

    Max baer would drop in again on occasion….. look at Broadawy now and it is hard to imagine the conditions then existent. A FUN PLACE TO DO REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL WORK AS I PROGRESSED INTO THAT EFFORT.

    AS HE ‘CHAMP’ CONTRIBUTOR TO THE BLOG…. NOTED FOR HAVING ‘FUN’ WITH THE HAYWARD AND SAN LEANDRO BLOGS,
    WHERE DO YOU FIND THE TIME TO EARN A LIVING?

    yOU KIND OF REMINE ME OF A GUY WHO WAS SENTENBCED TO 10 YEARS FOR HIS INVOLVMENT IN A MURDER AT WHICH TRIAL i BECAME FOREMAN. sEEMS THGE GUY HAD BEEN OPLAYIONG MIND GAMES WITH POOR FELLA WHO SHOT HIS GIRL FRIEND IN THE BACK OF THE HEAD AT CAL bERKELEY’S LIBRary…. the ‘friend who got ten years was a professional studenyt…. had racked up something in excess of 200 course credits at Cal and was still just a graduate student…… money came from family in the east as a reward for staying away from home…. he too was just having fun!!!

    Enjoy the mispellings and typo ewrr4ors! Shoukld keep you busy for a few moments!

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    You are sick John Kyle.

  • Sherry Blair

    I thought Eric did a pretty good job learning how to deal with people who disrupted blogs. Unfortunately he never followed through. Without enforcement, rules don’t mean anything. In my book, he should have started picking off contributors beginning with the worse offenders first, one by one until the problem was solved.

    He could still do it if he cared.

    As for me, the next time I read a personal attack, I’m out of here.

    I’m sorry too because I don’t think I should have to be the one who goes. I like having a place to discuss viewpoints. I even think discussing issues does some good.

    All who are with me, signify by not making any more personal attacks.

    And Eric, if you’re with me, get rid of any who do.

  • John W. Kyle

    Booth:

    Having posted that which appears above, are you now feeling better?

    As holder of a genuine R.C. Baptismal certificate, as you stated not too long ago, you ought come to understanding of the fact that he or she who makes the charges that you have made, is in denial of Charity as well as Faith, possibly with out being conscious of the fact.

    Perhaps you would do little reading of the ’official’ English language version, found in the 1994 printing, bearing an Imprimatur as well as an introduction by John Paul XXIII, to prior to his becoming Bishop of Rome.

    He whom you stated to be your minister, took up the matter of an official update at inception of the gathering, known as the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council. As a Cardinal before becoming Pope, John Paul XXIII, he presented a major discourse at the opening of Second Vatican Ecumenical Council in 1962.

    With sincerity and concern for peace between the two of us, I will acquire a copy and mail it to you, in the firm belief that you will at least commence a read of the contents.

    On another matter, are you not aware of the fact that the HUSD ‘Fiscal Integrity and Transparency Advisory Group’ is a replay of that which was occurring on that occasion when you and I had our only personal conversation, outside the Administration Building, in mid 1990’s when you expressed concern for the preservation of the ’Puente project.’ Recall that I stated that I agreed but also felt that preservation of the Adewole project ought also be preserved in

    an interest directed to maintaining peace between two minority groups? Adewole died of neglect for lack of adequate numbers of volunteers. NAACP is currently boosting THE Mentor/Mentee concept…I have read of no big success story in that matter; it has to do with the lack of volunteers!

    I was a member of that earlier group and I advise that the thing was being conducted by HUSD but the group leadership assignment was under heavy influence of the bargaining units then, as now’ and that He who was then the ‘neutral’ moderator is presently a member of the group.

    President of HEA and two other members of that bargaining unit as well as the President and Vice President of AEOTE and two members of SEIU are on the present Board. Student Representatives from each of the four high schools are included. Six parents are included.

    Just as with the 1990’s group, of which I was a member, the influence of teachers is overwhelming! 17 of the 28 members are influenced by Teachers, other bargaining Units etc. I do not understand why one would expect parents of enrolled students or actual students who are members of that group, would not be influenced by presence of the bargaining units.

    As I recall, not much influence resulted upon budget considerations in the earlier group. I wonder why some expect anything different in the present case.

    If money supply was the rationale for bringing the group together, how would this group succeed when the money problem seems resolved only by cure of the Truancy/Transience problem?

    Please give me a reasonably well thought reply!

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Mr. Kyle,
    Just in case my posting did not go through, I repeat..Do not send me any of your material via the mail and furthermore do not deliver it in person to my home. I have no interest in anything you wish to share.

    It is my fond hope that you will discontinue your postings on this blog, so that those who wish to discuss matters of interest may do so without any further personal attacks. Those of us who actually choose to post here read, write, and ponder the offerings of others, without malice or a desire to denegrate each other.
    Thank you

  • John W. Kyle

    Booth;

    Your contributions to the blog only commenced in August of 2010 while I have been contributing some seven or eight years.

    No real bitterness occurred until you arrived! Out of the blue sky you used the blog in an attempt to castigate the excellent reputation of a man seated on the Board of Trustees.

    Why is that? What did you expect to gain?

    Your contributions to the blog only commenced in August of 2010 while I have been contributing for some seven or eight years, since it’s commencement. There has never been anything quite like your display.

    No real bitterness occurred until you arrived! Out of the blue sky you used the blog to castigate the reputation of a man seated on the Board of Trustees. Your support of Obama new age’s scurrilous remarks have brought blemish to your own reputation.

    On this date, in an earlier morning occasion, I offered a well intended opportunity for you to honor that piece of paper you held up as an excuse for avoiding a read of the materials used to demonstrate a need placed in front of the various churches around Hayward.

    Recall also that I offered to mail a copy to your own Church’s minister but you reacted negatively by stating that your Church was located out of town; sadly you refused that information since your minister was in Rome. That being the case, why avoid a read of his efforts resulting in the lengthy publication which I offered you as a simple gift… if you will, a peace offering as between ourselves.

    Now, you refuse that too !

    You disdain a read of that material but on earlier occasion, you made an issue of a letter that I sent to both you and your husband which related to concerns for the problem of Truancy and Transience as well as the added, adverse influence, of both the supervised and unsupervised parolees being released to our City and School District population, a consequence of an order by a Federal Judge.

    As example of your self damaging activity, recall that you had a major hand in castigating trustees who were being provided a stipend which you described as unfair to the Children. You went on to suggest, nay demand, retroactive refunds of the overpayment !
    Until, I suggested that your Husband might have some say in that matter…. You caught the point and went silent on the subject.
    Criticism of others, comes easy to you until it lands at your own feet…. Then your silence becomes almost deafening!

    You howled into the wind over my audacity exhibited in my having mailed you that information, which, incidentally commented upon your husband’s heroic effort to support you under difficult conditions. That latter idea was an exhibition of my own esteem for the man.

    In that particular uproar, you revealed a strong tendency to avoid garnering information which might have aided your understanding of the depth of HUSD problems.

    You poor, poor lady, why is that? Is it not time for introspection by you?

  • John W. Kyle

    All: The repition found in the early paragraophs of my enytry addressed to booth…. is the result of tiring old eyes, weakenesd a bit in the aging process. Sorry for the confusion caused by repetition!

  • qodrn

    Nice to see the blog back to normal, I guess. I think the Christmas (Sorry Mr. Moore, I get the feeling you are wican) is over. Anyway, since you all write so well, I would like to recommend this website to you. If you need to earn some extra money, try going to http://www.factoidz.com. If I can pick up $250 a month doing this, anyone can work up to it. Please forgive my keyboard. So the government didn’t give me a raise again or my husband this year (with the increase in health coverage, we have a decrease). I will make my own increase.

    P.S. The new coco’s is not too bad. The orange and yellow decor is a nice change. And carrow’s is still around to in castro valley and Dublin. They are owned by the same chain. did you know applebee’s is owned by IhOP? Yes, I do have a lot of time on my hands.

    Happy New Year.

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Happy New Year Qodrn..Hoping to try Coco’s sometime soon. My last experience at the now defunct Carrows was rather interesting, ants crawling over me and my friend, in our food and on our faces..No offer to comp the bill either. It was shortly after that experience that I noticed the remodel and new owners.

  • Monica Ruiz

    Sherry, in my opinion, the Hayword blog should be shut down.

  • Michael Moore

    Qodrn: I appreciate the suggestion on factoidz. Your perception towards Wicca is one of my acceptance and application. I am not Gardnerian and more Animistic with an affinity towards Dine, Shinto, Theravada, Ganapatya and Digambaras. I struggle with dogma always. I have ridden the horse in the direction it has walked and in that time have spent considerable time as a Christian, Jew and Moslem only to find that monotheism does not provide solace, only strife. Contrary perhaps to some reader’s opinion, my choices are mine. As I have grown, so has the breadth of my knowledge and the scope of Life. Blessed be.

  • Michael Moore

    Monica, I am sorry you feel that way. I can assure you that I will no longer contribute to that pain. Lancing the boil is all good. Kankers do heal on their own. Your contributions are of great value.

  • Hugh Lenahan

    A great, feel good story about one of Hayward’s favorite sons ruined. Farewell.

  • qodrn

    this is the last week to see the Pixar exhibit at the Oakland Museum. Closes on Jan 9th.

    I wouldn’t miss it.

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    I just told my grand-daughter about this exhibit..she said she had already seen it twice. She is a student of animation and graphics at the Art Institute in S.F. and she loved it. She had the luck to intern at the Disney Studios last spring and says seeing the Pixar exhibit after her internship made it all the more exciting.

  • K Rocchio

    I agree with above comments regarding this exhibit! It was enjoyed by the whole family. Oakland Museum of California is really a great place to visit. Easy to get to and a lot to see. I would love to see a space on this blog where we can post and discuss local events and places of interest on a monthly basis.

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    I have been checking in on Katy Murphy’s blog..The Education Report, and find it so very interesting that she is able to continuously provide her readers with the latest about Oakland Schools. The people who blog are very passionate and very informed about their school district and have a very extended amount of posting.

    I wonder why it is that there is not the same amount of information about HUSD on this blog. She even allows bloggers to post their own articles regarding what is happening in schools.

    The posters are for the most part very courteous while they disagree most passionately about each others views.

    Hopefully we can find the same amount of dediction to HUSD students, families and employees here in the near future.

  • qodrn

    The Scout groups at Mt Eden Presbyterian are looking for new members. Both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts meet on Tuesday nights. You can look at http://www.troop819.com to see what this local group has been up to. The troop will be assisting their sponsoring church this Saturday with ground clearing. All help is welcome. Time to get your volunteer on. All boys and girls are welcome.

  • qodrn

    Katy Murphy used to cover Hayward schools only and now covers Oakland schools only. Since a loss of reporters and looking at how small the HUSD is compared to Oakland, we no longer have a dedicated reporter, so coverage is less. This web site helps some. Katy is a great writer. I hope the reporters we have stay with us. Imagine if there were no Eric..

  • Lucy’s Mom

    I heard at Lucy’s school that HUSD. Supt. has resigned; effective June 2011. I hope Eric can find out if it’s true. I did not see it on the website.

  • John W. Kyle

    All.

    All.

    It is true, Supt. Duran has resigned, and who are we to blame?

    I strongly suspect that when Ms. Brunner ascended to the ‘throne’ that she, with her ‘hoorah’ attitude, (acquired with service in the U.S. Marine Corp.), had something to do with that resignation. The abruptness of the ‘instruction to Ms.Duran by Brunner, done publicly within a minute or two of her initial grasp of the gavel, might have been the initial cause of the resignation. However, there was impetus added to Brunner’s action when the President of HEA, the teachers union spoke out, from the rear of the meeting chamber, rather loudly, without recognition from the Marine and which went on for several minutes, prior to ‘public comments’.

    The current ‘Fiscal Integrity and Transparency Advisory group has strong representation from the ‘bargaining units’ who are at an impasse over their contract negotiations as between themselves and HUSD Administration. The composition of membership in the ‘fiscal integrity ‘parade’ is not a new concept at HUSD. The game was employed in the 1990’s and not much resulted from that other than dismissal of then current Superintendent. Who had been preceded and then followed by another two holders of that employment position. A fact which does not include the numbers of ‘interim’ Superintendents hired to fill the time lags between contracted superintendents.

    I suggest that members of the larger community do not see that as a measure of respect for the bargaining units. What has occurred is that the impasse might have been avoided if there had been greater involvement of ‘volunteers’ residing in the School District.

    City of Hayward has an incredible array of volunteers as seen arrayed under ‘commissions’ which is the link you need to use at http://WWW.Hayward-ca.gov ( The City’s website.) It constructively aids governance of the City. Eventually the same will be held true of HUSD, an idea that will eventually occur at HUSD. I do not presently expect to live to see that day!.

    Frankly, the current ‘Fiscal Integrity… group’, is nothing more than a ‘dog and pony show‘ …. nothing more.

    Supt Duran has done all she can do…. I am surprised that she has not immediately resumed her well earned retirement, gained by faithful service to a nearby school district.

    The HEA ‘coup’ as seen in their successful endorsement of Reynoso, McGee, and Brunner will have long term negative affect upon educational activity in Hayward.

    Folks, do not expect an informative story or editorial piece from the ANG Newspaper! Hayward is not part of their grand scheme of things pertinent to creation of public awareness. Let ‘em get their “news” from material found on ‘police blotters. It is an inexpensive source of material or ‘short stories’ needed to fill small gaps in page space left open by advertisers.

  • qodrn

    I kind of guessed with the new group Duran was a goner one way or another. I am kind of surprised she is staying until June.

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Too bad they did the “behind the scenes” ending of the superintendent search last year. Now the district has to expend more money to find a replacement. And I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if many search companies out there will think twice before they enter into a contract with the board…given the track record of halting a search midway thru. This could have all been avoided if the process had run its course.

  • John W. Kyle

    Qdrn

    It uis a mark of the lady’s depth of compassion for children that she remains until June.

    oNE OF THE REASONS SHE TOOK THE JOB WAS THAT THE PREVIOUS SUPT. (VIGIL) HAD MESSED THINGS UP! SHE RESPONDED TO INVITATION TO ACT5 AS ‘INTERIM’ SUPT. JUSTR AS SHE HAD AFTER DISMISSAL OF KOYHL.

    SHE EVEN WAS KNOWN TO SPEAK OF THE QUESTIONABILITY OF VIGIL AS A REPLACEMENT…..WE MIYH=GHT HAVE LIESTENED A BIT MORE CLOSELY AT THAT TIME.

    THEN WITH THE DEPARTURE OF VIGIL SHE RETURNED AS ‘ITERIM’ ONCE AGAIN!

    dURING THE ‘SEARCH’ FOR A REPLACEMENT WHILE dURAN WAS ACTING AS ‘INTERIM’ THERE WAS NO RESPONSE TO THE INVITATION TO APPLY. wHY?

    THINK ABOUT THIS…. THO0SE WITH SUFFICIENT INTELLIGENCE TO QUALIFY, HAVE REASONABLY ENOUGH, A STROMNG TENDENCY TO SEARCH OUT THE YHISTORY OF HUSD.

    GUESS WHAT? WE AS AN EDUCATIONAL COMMUNITY ARE NOT ATTRACTIVE AS A POTENTIAL EMP0LOYER DESPITE WHAT EVER WE OFFER.

    fRANKLY, BRUNNER’S TREATMENT OF THE LADY WAS OUTRATGEOUS! REYNOSO’S LONG STANDING RESENT,MENT OVER vIGIL’S ASSUMPTION OF THE SEAT IMMEDIATELY TOP THE LEFT OF pRESIDER MI9GHT HAVE BEEN NECESSARY WITH PRESEWNCE OF THAT OLD MAN WHO W2AS SUCCEEDED MOMENTARILY BY THE HISPANIC WHOSE AMBITIONS REQUIRED HIM TO SERVE LONG ENOUGH TO PETRMIT HIS INCLUSION OF THEAT EXPERIENCE ON A RESUME, LEADING TIO HIS NEXT JOB AND DEPARTURE.

    tHE TROUBLE HERE IN hysd IS THAT THE ‘PUBLIC’ IS NOT SUFFICIEWNTLY INTERESTED HUSD.

    TOO BAD THAT MOST ARE NOT AWARE OF THE AFFECT UPON VALUE OF THEIR HOMES IN THE REAL ESTATE MARKET. eVEN TO THE POINT THAT WE ARE OVERLOADED WITH THE PRESENVCE OF PARO9LED FELONS WHO DO NOTHING FOR SUPPORT OF THEIR OWN CHILDREN IN EFFORT TOWARDS EDUCATIONAL SCORES.

    dID i NOT READ OF THE hwd POLICE CHIEF RESIGNING SO THAT HE COULD MOVE TO cASTRO vALLEY THUS ENAVBLING QUALIFICATION OF HIS SON TO ATTEND SCHOOL IN THAT DISTRICT?

    THINK BEFOTRE YOU BLOG…. THINK BEFORE YOU VOTE AND ALWAYS THINK TO DO EXPLORATORY WORK BEFORE THE SCRIBBLE.

  • qodrn

    hear through the rc grapevive that Pope John Paul II will be elevated to Saint on May 11. This makes me happy.

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Ms. Duran came in as interim replacing Mr. Jay Totter who was put in place of Joan Kohl. Mr. Totter’s contract was for a short period of time during the initial county review and placement of the fiscal advisors. Get your info straight before you claim to know everything.

    I believe the leaving of the Superintendent had nothing whatsoever to do with Ms. Brunner’s asking that she move back to the original placemant of the Supt. and their staff. Ms. Duran saw that a new change of the Board may very well have limited her complete control and that she may have to work under their direction, rather than the other way around. Sometimes new blood means a new direction, perhaps this means that the board will actually make decisions based upon their own studying and research of data, personnell and student population.

    I choose to see this as a new beginning and from a positive point of view.

  • John W. Kyle

    All:

    Almost two weeks since Kurhi’s last effort posted to the blog.

    One of the more intelligent recent contributions to the Editorial pages of Review, appears under the “My Word article, published in today’s issue. Written by a gent named Woodrow Arai. That gentleman has live in retirement, in Hayward for 12 years but has entered into local volunteer effort.

    As a retired warehouseman, whose observations and writing skills remind of that local #6 Longshoreman a philosopher, self educated as he explored local libraries across the country, while ’riding the rods’ from one town to the next, exploring local libraries when not washing dishes for small change. I think his name was Eric Hoffer but I could be mistaken on the last name.

    Eventuating to longshoreman’s out of Local 6 hiring hall to work on the San Francisco waterfront. He never sought comforts beyond one room hotels, yet his writings and tendency to venture opinions on the condition of labor etc brought him to the point where he was a guest lecturer at local Universities and guest at business meetings of Chamber of Commerce ahnd other gatherings.

    Woodrow Arai’s first contribution to ang’s ‘My word’ column reminds of Eric. Do not ever ‘put down’ a warehouseman or a Longshoreman simply because it is hard labor with great risk of Physical injury!

    What annoys me, i9s the fact that rfolks such as Mr. Arai have been denied opportunity to attend a Town Hall meeting intended to address the problems of HUSD. Given the chance we might be lucky enough to discover many more just like him who seek to be of service to HUSD kids, in an activity of their own choice. Without fear of being ‘vetted’ by some of my adversaries on this blog!

  • Michael Moore

    “It is remarkable by how much a pinch of malice enhances the penetrating power of an idea or an opinion. Our ears, it seems, are wonderfully attuned to sneers and evil reports about our fellow men.” Eric Hoffer.

  • qodrn

    well, the daily review wars continue. Last two Sundays, a whole newspaper with coupons. And now I am getting the paper daily. I figure they owe me six Sundays papers now, so I thought the daily would stop on their own, as I am only paying for Sunday. They have not, which I am enjoying but probably not entitled to have. I am resisting calling the Review because I don’t want to mess up my Sunday paper which is finally working. Ethics oh ethics. Anyway, I decided to give this someone time. Who knows, maybe someone will call ME.

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    I have read the MyWord piece 3 times now…I found it to be insightful and well written. But for the life of me I cannot find any reference to Mr. Arai’s being unhappy at being denied an opportunity to volunteer any where in Hayward. I also do not find a rationale for referring to Mr. Arai being put down for his work prior to retirement, or how that did or didn’t affect his ability to write a piece for the newspaper. I guess that I am just not able to read between the lines.

    Qordn,
    While I receive my Sunday Review regularly, I find that I must take contortionist lessons to retrieve it from beneath my car, my grandson’s car, the hedge in front of my house and other places. Rarely is it readily acessable to me. Oh well, suppose I shouldn’t complain.

  • John W. Kyle

    Booth,

    I have re-read your submissions from # 30 down to your most recent.

    You excel at just one thing, which is some strange need to attack! You are unsurpassed in your distortions.

    Of course I did not invite Mr. Arai to volunteer in aid of HUSD.
    Hells Bells, I did not know the man existed until this morning’s read of his My Word submission.

    The Town Hall meeting, which you opposed, in one of your tirades was planned so that a published invitation would be extended
    to all voters established in a residence or business within the district with hope that at least 250 would attend. My Bigeest worry was THAT WE MIGHT NOT FIND A HALL WITHIN HAYWARD

    I did not put him down for being a warehouseman but I am aware from my early experience as a loan officer in the Bank founded by A.P. Giannini that there were lists describing job categories
    In which loan officers were to exercise a bit more close examination than others. Those experiences of loan loss were used to initiate the lists, which did not necessarily preclude greater care
    In search for mitigating circumstances.

    Hells bells, when A.P. visited the Boy’s and Girls at the Branch level, which he frequently did, the first thing he asked to examine was the declined loan file not the lists of the unsuccessful loans. Yes we kept files on declined loans as well as unsuccessful loans.

    I recall teachers who advised that if you did not study harder you would wind up just driving a truck! The brightest kid in that class was a girl who became a brilliant teacher despite her father being deceased, while only having been a longshore warehouseman.
    Warehousing was dangerous work especially for a father of children attempting to cross a picket line….my own father never made it past jobs driving delivery trucks…. Dead and despairing at 33 a Union man who gladly scuffled with strike breakers.

    Almost laughingly, I recall that teachers were rated at the same level as bartenders and restaurant owners. I personally recall a teacher who became irate at my personal phone call advising of her need to cover an overdraft on her personal checking account. We paid her checks so to avoid her personal discomfort if her checks bounced! She calmed down and stated that she would cover the overdraft immediately. Wonder how she became a teacher if she thought that depositing a check on the overdrawn account was going to cover the overdraft I advised a need to close the account, tossed it to the boss, and forgot about it.

    So when I admire men who took tough dirty jobs, as in the case of Mr. Arai, do not dump on me. I see it as a result of your twisted mind set. Don’t feel alone, we are unfortunately possessed of others such as your self. rfORTUNATELY THEY DI=O NOT FEEKL A NEED TO REVEAL THAT MINDET ON THE BLOG WITH SUCH PERSITENCE AS EXHIBITED BY YOURSELF.

    wHAT KEOPT YOU ACTIVE PRIOR TO YOUR FIRST SUBMIISION TO THE BLOG IN aUGUST. cAN YOU RETUIRN TO THAT.
    pERHAPS YOU MIGHT WRITE an explanation of why my thought to organnize ‘commissions’ as sewen in the successful use of such as seen at City…. whu cah it not be carried onto HUSD premises and authotiy ????

    Come on … take the challenge!

  • qodrn

    anyone feel the quake. somehow that fact it hit Stanford about 4:10 is appropriate. Was up at Cal State felt nothing.

  • Michael Moore

    The quake shook gently for 3-4 seconds along the Hayward fault. No big deal. My wife did not feel it, the basset hound and 2 parrots did.

  • John W. Kyle

    aLL:

    tO NBLAZEWS WITH EARTHQUAKES……. WHAT OF THE SHOOTING OF U.S..SENATOR gIFFORD IN ARIZONA…. pAZLIN’S PRE-ELECTION COMMENTS ABOUT ‘TARGETING THAT DEMOCRAT’ GOES DIRECTLY TO THE ILL CONCEIVED, ALL MOST ILLITERATE UNDERSTANDING OF THE INCORRECT USE OF FREE SPEECH.

    wHEN A sENATOR AND A JUDGE CAN BNE SHOT DOWN AND KILLED BY A CRAZY, POT SMOKING PUINK WHOSE USE OF AUTOMATIC WEAPONRY…. THEN EXPLAIN WHY THE 2ND AMENDMENYT SHOULD NOT BE RE-WRITTEN TO EXCLUDE ALL AUTOMATIC WEAPONS FROM THE GENERAL PUBLIC. tHOSE WHO WROTE THE SECOND AMMENSDMENT WERE MINDFUL OF THE UNINHIBTED UISE OF FIREARMS ETC ON OUR WESTERN FRONTIRE WHERE THE FRENCH POSSESSED THE LAMND WEST OF THE mISSISSIPPI rIVER….. THGOSE CONDITIONS NO LONGER EXIST.

    iN TODAY’S WORLD. WE WILL NOT RESOLVE OUR DOMESTIC ISSUES ON THE STREETS SHOOTG CHILDREN OR AUTO OCCUPANTS PASSIING ALONG PUBLIC STREETS.

    PAL;IN’S COMMENTS ABOUT ‘TARGETTING’ REPUBLICAN SEATS IN THE RECENT ELECTION IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF ‘FREEDOM OF SPEACH GONE WRONG! damn the Tea PARTY!!!

  • qodrn

    The shooting is horrible. This was done by someone unstable being used by someone else. Let us hope it is not the first of others to follow. It is being called the Safeway massacre. Poor Safeway. I am also distressed about the woman who was robbed with a rifle while walking on Hayward streets. I guess we need to be prepared to go at any time. Much of this comes from families not taking care of family.

  • John W. Kyle

    Qodrn:

    The sdimple, direct soluyion to thge mayhem occurring on our streets is the need to repeal aRTICLE 2 OF THE
    cONSTITUTION.

    THAT AMMENDMENT WAS WRITTEN AT A TIME WHEN OUR WESTERN BORDER WAS AUDE OPEN; REDCALLING THE fRENCH AND iNDIAM WAR AND THE FACT THAT HOSTILE fRENCH AND iNDIANS, COMING DOWN FROM CANADA, WERE SEEN BY SETTLERS AS A THREAT. SOOME OF THOSE WHO CREATED THE CONSTITUTIOON, WERE DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN THE fRENCH AND INDIAN WARS.

    RGERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO NEED FOR ANY TO POSSESS AUTOMATIC WEAPONRY WHILE LIVING IN THE U.S. TODAY.

    THE DRU8G GANGS OPERATING IN NORTHERN mEXICO COME INTO POSSESSION OF AUTOMATIC WEAPONS FROM U.S. MANUFATUTER’S.

    iF NOT EFFECTIVELY CONTROLLES ( DID YOU SEE CBS 60 MINUTES YESTERDAY?)

    NOTHING WILL GET DONE UNTIL ALL AUTOMATIC WEAPONRY IS REMOVED FROM THE STREETS.

    YOU MUST EXPECT TO AID SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM BY FLOODING MAIL BOXES OF OUR ELECTED REPREESENTATIVES….. BAN GUNS WITH FEATURES OF AUTOMATIC FIRE.

    CROSSING FINGERS AND WRITIN FRUSTRATIONS ON THE BLOG IS NO SOLUTION.

    WRITE A KLETTER TODAY.. HIT ALL THE MAIL BOXES FROM cITY AND cOUNTY THROUGH sTATE AND nATIONAL OFFICES.

    ABOVE ALL, SHOULD YOU KNOW ANY, ADVISE MEMBERS OF THE ‘TEA PARTY’ TO JUST PLAIN GO TO HELL !

  • Michael Moore

    Automatic weapons have long been very expensive and highly regulated. The Glock 19 9 mm semi-automatic pistol allegedly used in the assault at the Safeway Tucson is not an automatic weapon.

    The assault in Arizona is very rare. If Representative Giffords had been killed, it would have been the first time in US history that a sitting House member was assassinated while actively engaged in a public forum.

    The problem is weighing the protection of American liberty and the costs of protecting individual lives. The choice of Liberty is what makes us Americans.

  • qodrn

    Speaking of liberty, if Jerry B. cuts the development funds, the paper had an article saying the Improvements to Mission blvd would halt. Good Lord, does that mean they will leave the thing as it is?

  • John W. Kyle

    Moore:

    Regulated ??>? where have you been?

    Buy it in Virginia or Nevada, store it in your truck and sekll it in Oakllane! Gob back and review CBS 60 minutes of the subject of Warehouse saloes in Vorginia.

    If Palihn ever wins the seat in the White House, the African American domrestic help would walk out !!!

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    I would hope everybody would walk out on Palin. Why would you single out the African American “domestic” help?

  • Michael Moore

    No one can buy a fully automatic firearm anywhere in the United States without significant expense and investigation by BATF. Fully automatic firearms have been very tightly regulated for a long time.

    Alaska, Arizona and Vermont have very relaxed Concealed Carry Laws. Wyoming, Alaska, Kentucky, North Dakota and Montana have the highest number of guns per citizen and the most relaxed gun ownership laws.

    California has the fewest number of guns per citizen of any state. Neither Virginia nor Nevada are high on the list.

    Semi automatic firearms are not so tightly regulated, but machine guns are.

  • John W. Kyle

    Booth;

    ’cause they by tradition, have provided the domestic help at the White House~

  • John W. Kyle

    MOORE:

    gUSS YOU MISSED THE cbs 60 MINUTE PROGRAM WHICH HAS BEEN RUN =NOT ONCE BUT TWICE !

    wONDER WHERE THAT THUG IN oAKLAND, WHO KILLED FOUR OFFICERS GOT HIS WEAPON ?