Southgate Swim Club pool to reopen

HAYWARD — The Southgate Swim Club will dedicate its refurbished pool at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4.

Rebuilding of the pool, which started leaking last year, was dealt two setbacks. The original contractor left with the project only half completed. Club members decided to rebuild the pool themselves, under the guidance of John Sydow, owner of Sydow Pool Service and Repair. Sydow only asked that club members pay the favor forward.

Then in October, thieves broke into the club, stealing members’ tools that were being used to rebuild the pool, plus the sound system for swim meets and pop-up tents.

But pool is now finished, along with new plumbing and a new electrical system.

The community is invited to join Saturday’s celebration at the club, 24900 Magnolia St., which is a little south of Southland Mall. Hayward Mayor Michael Sweeney is expected to present a commendation to Sydow.


Cinco de Mayo celebration in Hayward

HAYWARD – The city will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo on Saturday, May 4, at City Hall Plaza, 777 B St.

The day will be filled with entertainment, starting with karate with Morning Glory at 10 a.m. The activities are free, but there is a charge for food and beverages.

The rest of the entertainment lineup:
• 11 – Coro del Kínder de Burbank School
• 11:15 Coro de Bridges Academy at Melrose
• 11:20 – Dancing horses and Banda
• 11:30 – Balé Folclórico Jalisco
• 12 – Ballet Folclórico Mexicano de Carlos Moreno
• 1 – Ballet Costa de Oro
• 2 – Ballet Herencia Mexicana
• 2:30 Ballet Xochipilli
• 3 – Mariachi Juvenil de Hayward
• 4 – Ballet Tlapalli
• 5 – Danza Azteca
The celebration is hosted by La Alianza de Hayward, with the collaboration of the city of Hayward, Shasta, Kaiser, PG&E, Manada Roofing and others.


Hayward police blotter April 15-23, 2013

Hayward Police blotter for April 15, 2013 through April 21, 2013

April 15, 2013
5:25 AM
A man called HPD asking them to respond to the 700 block of Memorial Way because his girlfriend was making threats of suicide. According to the distraught man, his girlfriend locked herself inside their apartment and was refusing to come out. When officers arrived, they received no answer at the door. Feeling the girlfriend’s life may be in jeopardy, the officers forced the front door open only to find there was no one inside. The man eventually admitted that he had locked himself out of his apartment and just needed to get the door opened.

April 16, 2013
2:33 PM
Officers responded to a residence in the 2000 block of Florida St regarding an assault with a motor vehicle. When officers arrived they learned that the suspect and victim are neighbors and have a long standing feud. The suspect saw the victim on the street and challenged the neighbor to fight. He then began punching the victim when he refused to fight the suspect. The victim tried to run from the suspect but the suspect got into a car and chased the victim down the street. The suspect then tried to run the victim over after yelling that he was going to kill the victim. A passerby picked the victim up in his vehicle only to have the suspect chase after them and start ramming the Good Samaritan’s vehicle. HPD located the suspect shortly after arriving and arrested him for attempted homicide with a vehicle.

6:13 PM
HPD units responded to the area of 28000 Huntwood Ave regarding two subjects seen passing a handgun back and forth. When police arrived, the subjects split up and walked in different directions. Both were quickly detained and one subject was identified as the one who brought the gun. The firearm was found loaded and discarded in a bush. The suspect was arrested and the firearm was recovered.

April 18, 2013
2:11 PM
Patrol officers received a broadcast of a disturbance occurring to the rear of All Saints Church and possibly involving gang members. School Resource Officers responded and detained 6 juveniles at the church. A loaded 45 cal. handgun was located in a bush near the detained subjects. One of the juveniles, a known gang member, admitted to possessing the gun.

***Crime Prevention Note*** Notifying the police of suspicious activity can result in a crime being thwarted and possibly, as in this case, of a firearm being taken out of the hands of criminal gang members.

3:37 PM
Two subjects, one in a car and the other walking on the sidewalk, exchanged hostile words as they passed each other. It was later determined that the two suspects belonged to rival gangs. The situation escalated with both suspects exchanging gunfire. One suspect was seen going into an apartment in the 700 block of Shepherd Ave. Arriving officers surrounded the residence but no one would come out. A juvenile fled from the residence but was caught by officers. It was determined that he was not the same subject seen entering the residence although he was on probation and did go to jail. An area check where the fleeing suspect was detained revealed a loaded firearm that he had discarded. He was subsequently charged with the gun crime as well.

April 19, 2013
9:50 AM
Units were called to the 200 block of Virginia St regarding an 89 year old female who had wandered away from home. It was further reported that she suffered from the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Officers flooded the area and sent fliers of the missing woman to our neighboring law enforcement partners. An alert Community Officer saw the lady in front of K-Mart. She was returned home in good health.

A police unit was requested to the Citibank at 225 Second St regarding a suspect who was attempting to steal $35,000 through an Identity Theft scam. When the officer arrived, the suspect was still on the scene and was taken into custody. It turned out the suspect was also wanted in a HPD case where he had 45 counts of forgery and ID theft pending. He was also wanted by several local agencies and the US Postal Service for fraud related offenses.

***Crime Prevention Note***
Please visit the Identity Theft information page at http://user.govoutreach.com/hayward/faq.php?cid=11973
Or the Identity Theft Council page at
Here you can find information on prevention and remedies if you have been a victim of ID Theft.

April 20. 2013
7:41 AM
Citizens called HPD to report that there was a large man yelling “KILL KILL” at passing motorists and pedestrians as he swung a metal pipe near Weekes Park. When officers arrived they found a man weighing over 400 lbs. and still swinging the pipe. They attempted to negotiate with the man, who approached the officers with the pipe. One officer was injured in the ensuing scuffle but the suspect was ultimately taken into custody. It isn’t known what drove the man to his actions but he was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

10:30 PM
The police went to the area of the 25000 block of Franklin St regarding a shooting. When they arrived they found that one man had been shot by another over money issues. The men were apparently playing dice when the argument broke out and one shot the other. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. The suspect is wanted for murder. The suspect has been identified.

April 21, 2013
Residents of a home in the 300 block of Bridgecreek Way called HPD through 911 to report that they were watching 2-3 suspects through remote closed circuit TV. The suspects were in the victim’s home and were in the process of burglarizing it. Hayward PD unit surrounded the house. When the suspects came out, one was quickly taken into custody but the other two fled on foot. Officers quickly caught the other two in nearby yards. A stolen and loaded handgun was located in a vehicle deemed to belong to one of the suspects.
All suspect were charged with burglary and other related offenses.


Hayward animal shelter seeks volunteers

HAYWARD – An orientation session is planned Saturday, April 27, for anyone interested in volunteering at the city’s animal shelter.

Volunteers are involved in a variety of tasks, including community outreach, animal “pet pals,” social media, office assistant, kennel assistant, groomer, housekeeper, photographer, humane educator, adoption specialist and helping at special adoption events.

The one-hour orientation begins at 10:30 a.m. at the shelter, 16 Barnes Court. Please RSVP to 510-881-7927.


Poet to speak at Cal State Distinguished Writers event

HAYWARD — Patricia Smith will recite some of her latest poetry Thursday, April 25, at Cal State as part of the Distinguished Writers Series

The 7 p.m. event will be held in the Biella Room of the University Library, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd. Admission is free, and the public is invited. A book signing and question and answer session will follow. The event is hosted by the university’s English department.

Smith, who is also a playwright and performing artist, has published six books of poetry, including “Blood Dazzler,” a National Book Award finalist, and “Teahouse of the Almighty,” a National Poetry series winner.

The Chicago native is a four-time National Poetry Slam individual champion.
“We’re fortunate to celebrate April, National Poetry Month, with a reading by one of the nation’s foremost writers and performance artists,” Susan Gubernat, English professor and director of the Distinguished Writers Series for 2012-13, said in a release.

Smith is a professor of English at City University of New York and a faculty member of the Sierra Nevada masters of fine arts program and Cave Canem Foundation.
She has performed on stage and on film, CDs and in the HBO series “Def Poetry Jam.” She has been published in numerous literary journals.
Campus parking is $2 per hour, payable at kiosk machines in the parking lots.


Hayward councilman wants to hear from you

HAYWARD — The city is updating its general plan, and one of the recommendations is “improving two-way communication between the city and members of the public on a broad realm of subject matter.”

Councilman Francisco Zermeno says he agrees 100 percent with the recommendation, and he wants residents to feel free to contact him about any city-related at 510-732-2746 or machetez@sbcglobal.net. He promises to respond within 24 hours.

The general plan is Hayward’s city’s blueprint to help guide decision by the counil and city staff. If you want to weigh in, you can go to hayward2040.org and leave suggestions.


Hayward foundation recognizes school heroes

HAYWARD — The Hayward Education Foundation is honoring school heroes at a dinner on April 23. Every school in Hayward, public and private, was asked to nominate one person as its hero, someone who had gone above and beyond to enrich students’ lives.

If you’d like to attend the 5:30 p.m. dinner at Golden Peacock Restaurant, 24989 Santa Clara St., tickets are $25 at the door. Call 510-881-0890 or email Admin@HaywardEd.og

Elementary school:

BOWMAN Patricia (Trisha) Garcia Attendance Clerk
BURBANK Jason Brown Playworks Recess Coach
CHERRYLAND Jason Arenas Project EAT Coordinator
EDEN GARDENS Thu Tran Volunteer
ELDRIDGE Martie Canterberry Teacher
FAIRVIEW Tina Lagdamen Teacher
FAITH RINGGOLD Jill Strother Office Manager
GLASSBROOK Maria Radilla Volunteer
HARDER Jean Hakanson Attendance Clerk
LONGWOOD Kim Turner Parent Volunteer
PALMA CEIA Dorothy Stredic Volunteer
PARK Linda Lanthier Teacher
RUUS Felecia Chapman Office Manager
SOUTHGATE Maggie Albarran Teacher
STONEBRAE Frankie Smith Noon Supervisor
STROBRIDGE Diana Ingalls Volunteer
BIDWELL Linda Brune Breakfast & Noon Supervisor & Volunteer
TYRRELL Adam Boettcher Teacher

Middle School:
BRET HARTE Jorge Zarate Senior Custodian
M.L. KING JR Austin Bates MLKing Graduate/Mentor
OCHOA Russelle Obee Campus Supervisor
WINTON Erik Waite Teacher
High School:
BRENKWITZ Shan Chu Teacher
HAYWARD Rev. Dr. Arlene Nehring Community Volunteer
TENNYSON Melissa Morris Nutrition Educator
MOREAU CATHOLIC Petar Zegura Teacher
IMPACT ACADEMY Patricia Ramirez Volunteer


More cleanups scheduled

Three cleanups are planned for the unincorporated area.

On Saturday, volunteers will gather at Mervin Morris Park, Nielsen and Grant avenues in San Lorenzo, to pick up trash for Earth Day. The event starts at 8:30 a.m., ending with a free barbecue lunch at the park. Preregistration is requested at 510-276-4554. The event is hosted by Supervisor Wilma Chan and the San Lorenzo Village Homeowners Association.

On April 27, Supervisor Nate Miley and Friends of San Lorenzo Creek will join Castro Valley Sanitary District’s Earth Day Cleanup of the Castro Valley BART parking lot and Castro Valley Creek. There will be two staging areas: the CVS parking lot area, 3667 Castro Valley Blvd.; and Miley’s district office, 20993 Redwood Road.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. To sign up, go to www.cvsan.org or call 510-537-0757. For questions about parking, contact Anna Gee at 510-537-0757.

And on May 4, there will be a cleanup of the San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Those joining in are asked to take rakes, gloves and gardening equipment and meet at the corner of College and Usher streets. The cleanup is hosted by the Hayward Area Historical Society and the San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery Friends.


Hayward police blotter April 8-14

April 8, 2013
1:46 AM
HPD and Hayward Fire responded to a vehicle on fire in the 31000 block of Chicoine Ave. The owner of the vehicle had no idea why someone would set fire to his vehicle. The incident is being investigated as an arson.

11:43 AM
A strong arm robbery occurred in the 700 block of B St. when a female suspect approached the victim and asked to use a cell phone. The victim provided a cell phone and the suspect took it and fled. The victim chased and caught the suspect but was pushed to the ground and the suspect got away. The victim was not injured and the suspect is not known at this time.

5:07 PM
Officers responded to the 200 block of Boardwalk Way for a male who called 911 and mentioned suicide. When officers located the male, he said he wanted the police to kill him. As the officers tried to negotiate with the irrational man, he began walking backwards into traffic and toward oncoming vehicles. Another officer was able to approach the male from behind and the police took custody of the man without injury or further incident.

April 10, 2013
3:40 PM
A strong arm robbery occurred in the bus loop at Chabot College. The victim was talking on her cell phone when she was approached from behind by the suspect. The suspect ripped the cell phone from the victim’s hands and fled on foot.

6:35 PM
Officers responded to the 400 block of Rousseau St regarding a brandishing a firearm incident. The victim and several young children were standing in front of a residence when a car occupied by 3-4 subjects drove by slowly. An occupant pointed what was believed to be a shotgun at the victim. The address is known to HPD as associated with gang activity and the suspects are believed to belong to a rival gang. No one was injured and the case is under investigation.

8:18 PM
HPD units went to the Lucky store at 25151 Santa Clara St to investigate a theft that just occurred at the store. As officers arrived, they spotted the suspect fleeing in a vehicle. The vehicle yielded to a traffic stop but the driver then threw a lit cigarette and hit an officer in the face. The suspect then became combative with officers and bit one officer on the hand. Words and actions by the suspect revealed that this incident was actually a robbery and the suspect was taken into custody and charged accordingly.

9:24 PM
HPD went to an apartment complex in the 600 block of Shepherd Ave for a man with a gun call. Upon arrival, officers saw the suspect flee over fences. Officers searched and ultimately found the suspect nearby. An article search revealed that the suspect dropped a handgun when he saw the police. The suspect was also connected to an earlier auto theft and was taken into custody with another firearm taken off of the street.

April 11, 2013
2:36 PM
A resident in the 27700 block of Tyrrell Ave notified police of an auto burglary in progress. When officers arrived, they located the suspect who violently resisted arrest but was taken into custody.

9:35 PM
A strong arm robbery occurred in the 24000 block of Mission Bl where the victim agreed to meet a potential buyer for a cell phone the victim advertised on Craigslist. The victim was confronted by two suspects who took his cell phone and fled on foot. The victim was not injured and the suspects are unknown. ***Crime Prevention Note*** This is the third time in three weeks that similar robberies have occurred as a result of a would-be buyer who steals the victim’s property after the victim advertised on Craigslist.

5:20 PM
An armed robbery was reported in the 1600 block of D St. The victim and a friend were walking on the sidewalk when the robber approached them and demanded the victim’s cell phone. The suspect pulled up his shirt to reveal a handgun. The suspect took the victim’s phone and fled on foot. The victim was uninjured and the suspect is not yet known.

April 13, 2013
6:15 AM
HPD and Hayward Fire went to the 24000 block of Silva Ave regarding a car that was on fire. The incident was deemed to be an arson based on evidence at the scene. The victim believes an acquaintance may be responsible in response to an earlier argument.

4:00 PM
A strong arm robbery occurred in the 800 block of C St when a juvenile male reached over the victims shoulder and grabbed her iPad out of her hands. The victim tried to hold onto the suspect but he was able to get away and is still at large.

4:00 PM
HPD investigated a carjacking in the 400 block of A St. The victim was selling her vehicle and agreed to meet a potential buyer. While her back was turned away from the vehicle, the buyer pointed an unknown object into her back and demanded her car keys. The suspect took the car and fled. The victim was not injured.