Calendar for week of April 4

 April 7
How is San Leandro doing? — 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. State of the city is assessed by Mayor Stephen Cassidy at a luncheon sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce — members and nonmembers are invited. Luncheon is at the Senior Community Center, 13909 E. 14th St., San Leandro. Prepaid registration is required. Cost: $30 for chamber members, $40 for nonmembers. Register at: sanleandrochamber.com, click “events” link. For more information, call 510-317-1400.

Through April 8
Art exhibit — The work of eight Cal State East Bay art students will be part of the “Art IS Education – a Continuum of Learning” show at the new Cinema Place Gallery, 1061 B St. Exhibit includes various mediums created by students at several East Bay public schools and universities. The gallery opens at noon, closes at 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and Sundays, 6 p.m. Saturdays, and at 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays.

April 9
Open house — 10 a.m.-noon. Drop by and see the San Lorenzo District 3 office of county Supervisor Wilma Chan at 15903 Hesperian Blvd. Obtain information on the county, enjoy some light refreshments, and enter in a drawing for a pair of Raider tickets. For more information or to RSVP, contact the San Lorenzo District office at 510-278-0367, or e-mail gene.calderon@acgov.org.

Spring cleaning at McConaghy House — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Discover what it took to keep an 1886 farmhouse clean. Try your hand at rug beating, hand-washing laundry, and feather dusting. Admission is $5 adults, $3 seniors/students, free for children under 10 and for Hayward Area Historical Society members. McConaghy House is at 18701 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward. For more information, visit www.haywardareahistory.org or call 510-581-0223.

Vintage fashion show and tea — 12:30 p.m. At the Alta Mira Club House, 561 Lafayette Ave., San Leandro. High tea, served at 12:30, includes tea or coffee and assorted tea sandwiches and desserts. Then Deborah Rush of Fashions of Yesteryear presents “The Beaded Dress in the 20th Century” from her private collection of rare and vintage gowns and frocks. Show also includes historic commentary during the presentation, and a free tour of the historical home. Admission is $25 per person, seating is limited. Tickets can be purchased at the San Leandro Main Library information desk, 300 Estudillo Ave. For more information, call 510-577-3986.

Poetry Slam workshop — 1-3:30 p.m. Get ready for the library’s annual Multigenerational Poetry Slam, presented in association with the Big Read selection, “In the Time of the Butterflies,” by Julia Alvarez. Free workshop, led by an experienced mentor at the Hayward Main Library, 835 C St., aims to give people the tools needed to present their original poems to a live audience. Space limited, registration is required. Register at 510-881-7980. Same workshop offered April 16, but only for those who haven’t taken this workshop.

Free tax preparation — Community Resources for Independent Living (CRIL) is offering all low-income Hayward area residents free tax preparation services on Monday and Friday from 4-8 p.m. through April 15, at its main office, 439 A St. If you had any earned income in 2010, you could be eligible for an earned income tax credit or other tax refunds. If you are low income (under $52,000 for 1-2 people in a household) you can have your taxes prepared free by CRIL’s IRS certified tax specialists. Bring last year’s tax return, W-2s for all jobs, Social Security card for each family member, and all 1099 forms. Call 510-881-5743 for an appointment.

Passport Day, courtesy of the Hayward City Clerk’s office. Find more information about special weekend passport hours here.

Through April 15
Free tax assistance — 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Trained AARP volunteers offer assistance filling out tax forms to qualifying adults 62 and older and/or low income, and people with disabilities. Marina Community Center, 15301 Wicks Blvd., San Leandro, No drop-ins. Appointments are required. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 577-3462.

Through April 29
Art show — The San Leandro Art Association’s annual spring show is at the San Leandro Library, 300 Estudillo Ave. View during regular library hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Judged show. For more information, call 510-635-5129.
Through May 7

Winter “Members Show” — Exhibit at the Green Shutter Gallery, 22654 Main St., Hayward, showcases unique artwork created by Hayward Arts Council member artists. Includes photography, paintings, ceramics, sculptures, greeting cards, decorative gourds and jewelry. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday-Saturday. For more information, call 510-538-2787, or go to www.haywardarts.org.
through May 15

Art show — “Expanding Horizons.” Paintings from Richard Dunn’s Wednesday art class on display at the Hayward Area Senior Center, 22325 N. Third St., Hayward. Center is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 510-881-6766.
Through May 27

Art exhibit — Artist 7: “Colorful Beginnings.” The exhibit, including works in oil, acrylic, photography, watercolor, pastel, colored pencil, jewelry and collage, can be viewed at the John O’Lague Galleria in Hayward City Hall during business hours. Reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 8 at the Galleria, 777 B St., Hayward. Reception is free and open to the public. Information on this and other exhibits along with sample photos will be posted to www.haywardarts.org. For more information, call the Hayward Arts Council, 510-538-2787, Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Through May 31
Art display — “San Leandro: Then & Now.” Paintings by 16 members of the San Leandro Art Association will be on display at the new San Leandro Senior Community Center, 13909 E. 14th St. For more information. call 510-577-3462.

Through June 3

Cal State East Bay exhibits — The C.E. Smith Museum of Anthropology is showing “Stamps and Lamps, Toys and Tins: The Things We Collect and Why We Collect Them,” in the Main Gallery, and “Trails to Rails: Building the Transcontinental Railroad,” in the East Gallery. The museum is open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in Meiklejohn Hall 4047, Cal State East Bay, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward. Admission is free, but parking fee will apply. 510-885-3104.

April 10
Make homemade Earth Day cards — 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. In the first class, make sheets of recycled paper out of used paper scraps and lint. In the second class on April 17, decorate the sheets and turn them into one-of-a-kind Earth Day cards. For all ages. Fee is $8. Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, 4901 Breakwater Ave. 510-670-7270.

“California of the Past” — 2-4:30 p.m. Digital stories of Japanese American internment during World War II presented at the San Leandro Public Library, 300 Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. Personal stories create a picture of how government action affected the lives of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans: stories of relocation, a young girl’s experience as a nurse’s aide, a son’s memory of his father’s carvings in camp, and stories by cartoonist Jack Matsuoka and Kathryn and Karen Korematsu about Fred T. Korematsu. Reception follows presentation. Free tickets available at the library’s information desk. For more information, call 510-577-3991 or e-mail asilveira@sanleandro.org.

Government listings

Castro Valley
Sanitary District
A regular meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Castro Valley Sanitary District boardroom, 21040 Marshall St.
Topics include an update on a pharmaceutical drop-box site.
For the full agenda, go to www.cvsan.org.

A regular meeting of the City Council will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 777 B St.
It will be broadcast on Hayward cable Channel 15 and online at www.hayward-ca.gov.
Topics include a work session on Community Development Block Grant funding recommendations.
For the full agenda, go to www.hayward-ca.gov.

A regular meeting will begin at 4 p.m. Monday in room 2A at City Hall, 777 B St.
Topics include Community Promotion Program funding recommendations.
For the full agenda, go to www.hayward-ca.gov.

San Leandro
A regular meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Monday at the Civic Center City Council Chambers, 835 E. 14th St.
Topics include a contract related to renewing the red-light photo enforcement program.
For the full agenda, go to www.sanleandro.org.

School Board
A regular meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the San Leandro City Council Chambers, 835 East 835 14th St.
For the full agenda, go to www.sanleandro.k12.ca.us.

Eric Kurhi

  • K Rocchio

    Yesterday I was able to attend one of the input sessions with the Cosca Group regarding the Superintendent search. The turnout was dismal to put it nicely. Myself, two other parents and one principal. They had just come from the “meeting” at Winton where there were no attendees. I found Dr. Cosca and Dr. Goldstone to be quite receptive to the input and concerns shared and I was impressed by their process. They are exploring options for another session to allow them to meet with more members of the HUSD community. I know they were particularly interested in meeting with some students. If you get information regarding one of these sessions I encourage you to go, offer your input and share these dates with others.

  • Perhaps more people would be able to attend with added publicity and an opportunity for the meeting to be in the evening. To date all of the meetings regarding the superintendent search, that I know of, have been scheduled during the daytime. Just a thought.

  • Teachermama

    I did not hear about this from either of the schools with which I am involved. I would like to forward information to our PTA. Where should I look?

  • Good question teachermama. I looked on the HUSD website and couldn’t find anything.

  • K Rocchio

    I wish I knew how these dates and times were set. Apparently the D.O. was responsible for setting the dates and times and sending out the communications. I received word through one of my sons principals about the meeting I attended and it was specifically targeted to SSC members. I know there was another that evening for parents and the meeting at Winton was advertised on their marquee. Sounded like getting the word out was a real problem and the turnout reflected the break in communication. They did indicate they would look at adding sessions, so if I hear of any upcoming dates I will post them here. Like I said I was impressed with the process and hope for good things.

  • Lucy’s Mom

    Who is in charge of the Supt. search? That individual should be accountable for the lack of publicity. I did not hear at all, and I consider my self an involved parent; I am at my daughter’s school several days a month helping out. Not one person from my SSC/ Parent group knew about it.
    I do not want to be suspicious, however, issues like this one makes one wonder.
    I hope board members/HEA are reading this. Can they request additional input sessions that can be announce via website, NTI, and bulletin boards?
    Thank you Ms. Roccio for your information.

  • John W. Kyle

    Lucy’s Mom

    Have they hired an organbization or company to conduct the search?

    If so, do not expect that they will do the search beyond making contacts with professional orgaizations of teachers and those groups or Professional organizations to which qualified folks belong.

    There is no need for publicity nor further input by parents or the other tax payers, in the actual selection prodcess; parents were arfforded an opportunity to suggest qualities desired in the final person selected…. however this is Hayward…. we have a reputation to overcome!

    Frankly, an intelligent prospect will visit the area and ask questions such as … what happemned to the last guy and if real;ly intelligent, will ask what happened to cause the dismissal of the previous two and the one before that……

    We do not enjoy cohesivenees in Hayward and the search May drag on, unless it is that in our desperation, we acquire another scapegoat!

    I fully expect that no matter whom we hire, some contributors to the blog will begin their criticisms within 60 days of the hire.

  • Lucy’s Mom

    There is an organization hired to conduct the search at the direction of a HUSD employee; the agency is not in charge of letting the community know; it is the job of HUSD staff. The money used to pay this agency belong to HUSD children, including my daughter, therefore I have the right to question the process. I understand this agency have conducted public meetings where many public agencies were present, however HUSD families, teachers, or principals were not contacted as efficiently. I also believe that, as of today, students have not been interviewed. Hopefully they will hear from them.

  • At the last BOE meeting the agenda reflected that there would be a meeting tomorrow April 12, 2011 concerning the superintendent search. However, when you log onto the board’s portion of the website there was an agenda for interviews for Personnel Commissioner no mention of the search. Anybody know why?

  • John W. Kyle

    Lucy’s Mom:

    In yours of April 11 ( #8 above), you state “there is an organization hired to conduct the search at the direction of a HUSD employee; the agency is not in charge of letting the citizens know. it is the job of HUSD staff.”

    Lucy’s mom, please become aware that the job search company, assumed to be professionals at finding a suitable hire for a specific job, is under the direction of the Board of Trustees. It is not, as you state the case, a function of a single employee nor HUSD Staff ! In the final step, HUSD Trustees are responsible for selecting the person to take responsibility for tasks performed by the Superintendent. ( let us hope that there are several from which to choose a finalist.)

    You go on to state “the money used to pay this agency belong(s) to HUSD children, including my daughter, therefore I have the right to question the process“ :

    Yes, you do have that right! But consider the end about which you seem to complain! Consider your comment: “I understand this agency have ( has?) conducted public meetings where many public agencies were present, however HUSD families, teachers, or principals were not contacted as efficiently.”

    Lucy’s Mom, a calling together of ‘other agencies’ gathered in public meetings has a purpose. You might assume that the leaders of those agencies are movers and shakers, who have broad influence and are able to ’spread the word’ on a County or Stae wide basis.

    Also, consider this: If you were searching for a job and were turned down at the conclusion of the interview, I would expect that you as an intelligent job hunter would ask the person conducting the unsuccessful interview, if he or she would be willing, to suggest, from personal knowledge if another competitor has an opening. It is not uncommon for persons conducting interviews to share information on who is or is not in need of another hire. “If for no other reason than to smooth over ill feeling of the person who lost the fellow I just hired and who was employed by …ABC Company where there is definitely an opening“. It is common for those who conduct an interview, to become helpful to the person they just turned down after an interview. The word ‘no’ is not a favored word among people doing job interviews. They do not enjoy using the word ‘no’ and are frequently known to be helpful to a disappointed job seeker.

    So when you complain about hired ‘Head Hunters’ having a public meeting to which they have invited others of either a similar or supposedly civic minded corporation, to attend a meeting at which HUSD’a job opening is discussed… be assured and comfortable with the idea that it is good technique. those invited ’movers and shakers’ are good at spreading the word about job openings, to a very wide circle supposedly with an interest in the general welfare of not only our own students but those in nearby communities. which are impacted by our own students seeking a transfer to a more successful school.

    Finally, in your number 8 above, you state that HUSD families, teachers or principals were not contacted as efficiently, and that students have not been interviewed.

    Gee whiz! You seem caught a bit off base, given the fact that HEA president Mercedes Faraj does have considerable influence over the Board of Trustees, (at least two of which owe their recent election to the support of HEA,) And that HEA members, (teachers and principles) have had indirect if not direct influence on input leading to a successful hire. How did you make that reach?

    I see no need to listen to students on what they expect of a Superintendent. If they have that desire, let them transmit that fact through their student representatives seen at the Board meetings and who ‘run on’ about the activities at the schools which they represent. You do watch HUSD Board meetings and observe that participation, do you not?

    Of course Lucy’s desires can be delivered to HUSD Trustees when as or if you choose to express them on Lucy’s behalf during Public Comment Time at regular meetings of the Trustees on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. The next occurs tomorrow the lucky 13th day of April.

    I’ll look forward to your appearance… the meeting starts at 6:30 PM in City Hall Council Chambers.

  • John W. Kyle

    All; (Especially Teachermama and her classroom kids.I am good for $5.00 as a reward for winner of similar effort contest among HUSD students!)

    Today the Internet brought news of a feud developing between Bill Cosby and ‘the Donald’….

    Of such news do we find opportunity for self expression… here is my shot at it ‘the donald’ and his reputed intention ‘to run’ fdor President. Can you imagine the presidential mansion becoming something that Hugh Hefner would envy?


    am i a poet and don’t know it?
    Naw. it lacks ‘meter’ perhaps Teachermama can pass it around campus for the purpose of seeking similar effort among African American kids.

  • teachermama

    Watching tonight’s board meeting. Did a board member really call the classified employees bozos? If it’s true, I can only imagine the vitriol reserved for teachers.

  • qodrn

    I am recovering again and had a chance to view the Fitrep presentation on Faith Ringgold. This is a good example of how data can be used to tell only a part of the picture.

    Looking through the data, I noted that Hayward should save about $770,000. Right.

    Let’s begin. FR has about 25 students from out of district. This funds would be lost because I really doubt these students will be attending another Hayward school. Let’s take 25 x 5000 and we see a loss of 125,000. Let’s look at administration. This school could continue with 1/2 admin and 1/2 office worker at its current small size. It is not the school’s fault the district let it become over admined. Once, this school was well on its way to 400 students. Let’s move on.

    This leaves 100 students to place. Some go to grammer schools. Of the grammer school students, two schools will pick up enought students to add another classroom. No way around it. So we will loose only 4 teaching positions. Several other grammer schools will pick up enough students that I can’t believe there won’t be at least one more classroom that will have to be added. So we will continue with a least three positions. Looking at middle schools, about 30 students will land here. One schools will definately need another teacher to take on more students. Most students will land at Bret Harte. So now we will need at least 4 positions. After all, these students must still be educated.

    Let’s consider custodians. Yes the school has a full time custodian. Should it have? Probably not. But if another activity is placed at the school, custodian hours will be needed. Also, moving 100 students will result in other cleaning being needed. So, I content that the money saved by eliminating the custodian position is too high. I think this should be reduced by at least 1/3.

    Looking at power (PG&E), clearly more power will be used at the schools these students go to. Furthermore, anything done at the old school will use power. And the school will still have to be maintained power wise or those copper wires will disappear. I think the power use needs to also be reduced by 50%.

    So, I think the 770,000 should be balanced by the 125,000 loss of money, the 4 teacher positions that will be needed, 320,000 should be put back in.

    Allowing for power, I think 25,000 should be put back in. Allowing for cleaning, $20,000 put back. I am also assuming that no grammer school needs to pick up a AP due to the additional students. Of course, most of the personnel in question have seniority, so the layoffs will actually hit the lowest paid among these positions. Let’s add another $30,000 for these costs. Of course, not all the students may attend Hayward schools, but I have allowed for this by using 10% less in my calculations. So let’s add.

    Roughly, I get 520,000 off of their 770,000, leaving less than 250,000. This does not include the cost of realigning the bus schedule, storage and moving equipment. If memory serves me right, the district did not save nearly what they thought they would be closing several grammer schools in the past. This should also be compared. Of course, if they rent out the building, this could offset some costs. But rents are pretty low these days, and there goes that power and many custodian savings.

    Since they district is not hesitating to spend more money on administration at this time, please don’t tell me that closing this school will really dent the savings needed by the school district. Planned right, this school could draw students to the district, thus preventing layoffs. Then there is the money in a grant the school has yet to use, just sitting there of about 250,000. Cost savings just became even.

  • Qodrn,
    Nice presentation and it raises some very serious concerns about what the real reason may be for closing Faith. Were you able to watch the board of ed meeting on Wednesday? The staff and other presenters from FR gave some very interesting information. The State of California mandates that school district offer alternative choices in education, and this mandate is not met solely by the granting of charters.

    When Charquin began the process and proposal for HUSD granting them the right to offer an alternative program/school approximataely 40 years ago, this argument was one of the major reasons for granting the proposal and implementing the Charquin “program”. I find it very discouraging that the current leadership in HUSD forgets the very reason they are “in education”, that being providing EVERY CHILD the opportunity to learn and excell in the least restrictive enviornment; recognizing the need to provide experiences/education that is whenever possible designed to meet the various learning styles of our diverse student population. It seems it only exists when it suits the “agenda” of district administrators.

    I hope that HUSD wakes up and smells the coffee…and discards the idea of closing such a meaningful and progressive educational program/school.

  • Lucy’s Mom

    Mr. Kyle,
    I did not spend more than 30 seconds reading your pompous response to my entry, therefore I have nothing else to say to you. I am enjoying life!

  • John W. Kyle

    Lucy’s Mom

    Class dismissed on basis quite obvious!