Sen. Corbett to address Latino Business Roundtable

HAYWARD — Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett will be speaking Friday at the Hayward Chamber of Commerce Latino Business Roundtable.

Corbett’s district includes Hayward, Union City, Castro Valley, Pleasanton, part of San Leandro and a northern portion of Santa Clara County. She is serving her second term in the state Senate.

Among the legislation she has passed are laws to provide students with more information regarding student loan options and risks, give car buyers additional safeguards, and protecting homeowners that have suffered during California’s housing crisis.

The meeting begins at 8:15 a.m. at St. Rose Hospital Balch Pavilion, 27200 Calaroga Ave.


Hayward police blotter June 17-23

11:30 a.m.
Fremont PD units pursued burglary suspects into Hayward. Three suspects fled on foot in area of Orchard/Muir. HPD units assisted with perimeter and area search. One suspect was arrested.

12:30 p.m.
Unknown suspect enters City Hall and enters an employee’s office and takes her wallet containing credit cards and cash. The victim’s credit cards were used for credit purchases in the city. Incident still under investigation.

3:55 p.m.

A male and a female are caught trying to steal from Home Depot on Hesperian. When confronted by a Loss Prevention officer in the parking lot, the male produces a handgun and tells the LP to “Back the “expletive” up.” Both suspects get into an older model silver Volvo station wagon and flee with the stolen property. No injuries reported by loss prevention.

6:10 p.m.

Officers respond to the 31000 block of Burnham Ave. for a vehicle crashed into a residence. Vehicle and residence sustained moderate damage and 52-year-old driver was found without a heart beat inside the vehicle. Preliminary investigation indicates driver may have sustained a medical emergency prior to the crash. HFD was able to resuscitate driver, and he was transported to a local hospital.


7:00 a.m.

The District Command Office, with the assistance of the SWAT Team and other City Departments, conducted a probation compliance check on the 2400 block of Bradford Ave. 5 adults were detained. Methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and burglary tools recovered during the subsequent probation search. 3 adults in arrested for various charges.

9:24 a.m.

Officers respond to the 24000 block of Hesperian Blvd for a report of a potential hate crime. The unknown suspect(s) used a pink marker and wrote satanic symbols and “Toe up” – “Die you Pig” – “This used to be family theater” on three sides of the building. Incident still under investigation.

10.24 p.m.

Officers respond to a report of a robbery near Whitman Ave and Berry Ave. – Suspect confronted a citizen as she was walking south on Whitman Ave at Berry Ave. Suspect pointed a gun at citizen and demanded her purse. She refused to give it to him, so he grabbed her by the neck and forcibly took it from her. Suspect then fled on foot. Citizen was not injured. Loss was a purse, iPhone and credit cards.


10:47 p.m.

A group of patrons from the Street Fair become intoxicated. One patron gets into a fight with a group of males. The citizen’s brother and another friend tried to help him out during the fight. One of the male suspects stabbed one of the citizens involved in the fight during the scuffle. The suspects flee east toward Foothill Blvd. The citizen and his four friends are all extremely intoxicated, and one subject pushes a police officer. That individual was arrested for obstruction of justice. Suspects are still outstanding.



Officers responded to an assault with a deadly weapon on the 28000 block of Murcia St. An altercation occurred inside the mobile home between the victim and two suspects. During the fight the victim was stabbed in the lower back. Victim also sustained facial lacerations from the fight. One suspect is identified as being involved in the fight, but not the stabbing. This suspect suffered a broken leg and was taken to the hospital. The second suspect had fled prior to HPD’s arrival.


12:15 a.m.

Hayward Police Department’s Homicide Unit, with the assistance of the Special Duty Investigative Unit arrest Homicide Suspect Michael Soutar. Soutar was arrested at the Wal-Mart parking lot on Hesperian Blvd. in San Leandro. Soutar is charged with the murder of Ezekiel Taylor on April 21, 2013. Soutar had been on the run since.

12:30 pm.

Gang-related incident on the 200 block of Newton Ct. Two vehicles pull next to each other and their occupants get into a verbal argument. Occupants get back inside; one of the occupants throws a brick at the other vehicle. The other vehicle then rams the other car. Vehicle sustained moderate damage. Incident still under investigation.

6:40 p.m.

A female was assaulted with a wine bottle on the 900 block of A St. Three known transients were drinking together when an argument ensued. Two males began hitting a female and eventually one of them hit the female in the head with a wine bottle causing a large contusion. Two other known transients arrived and pulled the two suspects off of the female. The suspects fled on foot toward A St. The female victim was transported to Eden. The suspects are only known to the victim by their first names, but ID’s are pending via photo lineups.

10:38 p.m.

21995 Mission Blvd. Officers respond to an armed robbery on the 21000 block of Mission Blvd. The suspect was armed with a handgun, silver slide with a black frame. The suspect covered his face with a scarf and had a hood pulled tightly over his head. The suspect was wearing gloves. Nobody was injured. Loss is estimated at $3000, and the suspect took a bottle of Remy Martin from the shelf as he left.

9:23 pm

Officer attempts to stop a suspect for a code violation on a bicycle. The suspects jumps off his bike and attempts to flee from the officer. Officer initiates a foot pursuit, and suspect is apprehended. Suspect arrested for fleeing from the police on a lawful detention. Subject is also found to have a felony warrant.


Changes on B Street

HAYWARD — The city converted one block of B Street from Foothill Boulevard to Second Street to a two-way street over the weekend.

The block had been one way west. B west from Foothill to Watkins Street continues to be one way.

The lanes on the new two-way stretch are marked fairly clearly, and there didn’t seem to be any problems when I drove it Sunday. But then, the lanes are marked clearly on C Street at Foothill, and drivers still are turning left from the second lane even though the arrow on the roadway indicates it’s a through lane, not a turn lane.

The change on B Street should make it easier for drivers coming from Jackson Street to merge over to the right lane to head east if they want to drive up B. Before, they had one block to cross several lanes while dealing with traffic coming from Mission Boulevard in order to turn right onto C Street. I tried it a few times, and I was only able to get over in time because some nice driver let me in. They now have an extra block to make the merge.

But the light at B and Second seemed to be very slow to change, favoring traffic on Second. I was beginning to think it wasn’t working.

Second was being paved Saturday around A Street.

Work continues on the roads downtown. Not all the crosswalks are painted, but all the lanes seem to be marked.


Hayward police blotter June 10-15

7:51 p.m.
An armed robbery occurred on the 22000 block of Foothill Blvd. Suspect entered the east entrance of the store and walked to an employee where he pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded that she open the cash register. The loss was approximately $700 in cash. The suspect fled southbound on Foothill on foot. No injuries were reported by any employee.

8:45 p.m.
Shooting occurred on the 600 block of Tennyson Road. Two groups get into a physical altercation while at a gas station. During the incident, one of groups all pull out handguns, with one suspect firing multiple shots into the direction of the other group as they ran away. No one appears to have been hit, and citizen standing by witnesses the incident. Both groups leave the area in separate vehicles. During follow up investigation on the incident, an officer develops probable cause for the arrest of a local gang member related to the shooting.


5:20 p.m.
An attempted robbery occurred near the area of B Street and Watkins Ave. Citizen was knocked down by three suspects and attempted to take his iPad. Victim held onto iPad and the suspects fled area prior to police arrival.

9:00 p.m.
Subject was staggering in the area of Miami Ave. and Melbourne Ave and unable to care for his safety. Officers stop to ascertain his welfare and subject was found to be carrying a sawed-off shot gun.


8:25 a.m.
School Resource Officers (SRO) obtained intelligence about a Hayward High student in possession of a firearm. SROs conducted a probation search at the student’s home and safely recovered a loaded revolver and arrested the student.

11:24 a.m.
Vandalism at City Hall, 777 B Street. A subject knocked over a motorcycle and threw a trash can lid through a window near the main entrance to City Hall. A citizen and a City employee witnessed the acts and notified nearby BART police officers, who detained the suspect. Hayward Police promptly arrived and took over the investigation. Great work from the community and city employees by alerting law enforcement quickly.


5:34 p.m.
A report of a shooting occurred on the 300 block of Harris Road. Witnesses see two males arguing with a third male on a bike. Witness sees one of the males fire at the subject on the bicycle. The two males fled the area. No evidence was located at or near the scene.


An armed robbery occurred on the 27000 block of Mission Blvd. Suspect entered the business and brandished a handgun and demanded money from the safe. Suspect threatened to kill the clerk. Suspect took a video tape and the clerk’s wallet. Loss was approximately $300. Suspect fled on foot.

11:30 p.m.
Officers respond to a family disturbance on the 22000 block of Fuller Ave. Upon the officer’s arrival, they encounter a male leaving the residence that appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. Officers attempt to talk to him and investigate his role in the family disturbance. Subject becomes combative with officers and attempted to kick out a patrol window. Subject was detained without further incident.


12:29 a.m.
An officer contacts a subject for a pedestrian violation on two juveniles. During a search, one of the subjects was found to have a loaded revolver. Juvenile was arrested for a gun violation.


Parks district seeking advisory committee members

HAYWARD — If you love local parks, now is the chance to have your say about them.

The Hayward Area Recreation and Park District is accepting applications for its Citizens Advisory Committee. The committee meets four times a year and reviews park design projects and program, makes recommendations to the district board and works on projects requested by the board.

To qualify, you must live in Hayward, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, Fairview or the other areas of the unincorporated western part of the county.

Applications can be downloaded from www.haywardrec.org or call 510-881-6704.


Hayward school board calls special meeting

HAYWARD — Hayward school trustees will meet Tuesday afternoon in closed session to discuss the appointment of an interim superintendent.

The board is scheduled to discuss and vote on a contract in open session at its regular meeting Wednesday, if a contract has been agreed to by both the school district and Stanley Dobbs. The board selected Dobbs as interim superintendent June 8, but the deal isn’t sealed until the contract is signed.

Dobbs, former Hayward superintendent for business affairs, left the district after 18 months of his 24-month contract to take a job as chief financial officer for the San Diego school district in December. In his time in San Diego, he has overseen the sale of previously approved bonds and was able to negotiate a low interest rate, according to a release from that district.

In his time in Hayward, Dobbs was able to turn the district’s finances around so that it was fiscally solvent at the end of the two fiscal years he was here. The district had been operating in the red for years.

Tuesday’s meeting begins at 4 p.m.









Senior Scam Stopper planned for June 21

CASTRO VALLEY –Seniors are often targeted in scams. To help them become more aware of current frauds, Assemblyman Bill Quirk and the Contractors State License Board are holding a free Senior Scam Stopper event Friday, June 21.

Those attending will get information on frauds in home repair, auto repair, telecommunications, identify theft, Medicare and other topics. Seniors are not the only ones who should be aware of potential scams; the free session is open to all.

It takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Kenneth Aitken Senior Center, 17800 Redwood Road, Castro Valley. Call 520-583-8818 for reservation.



Hayward police blotter, June 3-9

06/04/2013 03:40 P.M.

Hayward Police Officers were flagged down by the victim of an armed robbery. The victim told officers he was robbed in the area of Soto Rd by two suspects armed with handguns who took his gold chain. The victim followed the suspects to a nearby apartment complex and then contacted a passing patrol vehicle. Officers surrounded the complex and then stopped the two suspects as they were leaving in a vehicle. Suspects were taken into custody and arrested for robbery.

06/04/2013 05:59 P.M.

Hayward Police Dispatch received a 911 call from the victim of a road rage incident. The victim advised that while he was in the area of West Tennyson Rd and Tampa Ave a male in another vehicle pointed a handgun at him. Hayward Police Officers responded to the area, located the vehicle and stopped the suspect. A replica firearm was recovered inside the vehicle.

06/05/2013 03:22 P.M.

A strong arm robbery took place in the area of Soto Road and Jackson Street; a male suspect forcibly removed a gold chain around the neck of the victim. The suspect fled on foot from the scene. The police were unable to locate the suspect after searching the area. The victim received minor injuries to his neck.

06/05/2013 08:04 P.M.

A male suspect robbed a business in the area of B Street and Vermont Street. The suspect entered the business and approached an employee from behind. The suspect simulated a weapon forcing the employee to give him money. The suspect fled from the business on foot in an unknown direction.

06/06/2013 03:18 P.M.

An armed robbery occurred to a business in the area of West Tennyson Rd and Manon Ave. The suspect entered a business, waited for customers to leave and then pulled out a handgun and demanded money from employees. Suspect fled the scene in an unknown direction.

06/07/2013 03:20 A.M.

A driver lost control of their vehicle, causing it to crash into a building on the corner of Foothill Blvd and A St. The building was damaged in the collision. Upon evaluation by the police the driver was determined not to be DUI.

06/07/2013 01:36 P.M.

There was an armed take-over robbery of a restaurant near Foothill Blvd and C St. Two suspects entered the restaurant with guns confronting employees and customers. Suspects took property from the customers and money from the restaurant. Police Officers responded to the area and detained subjects in the area. None of the property or weapons were recovered.

06/07/2013 04:35 P.M.

A male in the area of Westview Way and Harder Rd took his neighbors’ vehicle after threatening them. While leaving the scene with the vehicle the male shoots at the victims with a firearm. The suspect is located in the vehicle by Police Officers later in the day. The suspect is detained and a firearm is located in the vehicle.

06/08/2013 07:50 A.M.

There was a motor vehicle collision with one fatality in the area of Soto Road and Orchard Avenue. A motorcyclist collided with a vehicle parked in the driveway of a home. The motorcyclist was determined to have severe injuries and was immediately transported to the Eden Hospital Trauma Center. The motorcyclist was pronounced deceased after arriving at the hospital.

06/08/2013 08:34 A.M.

An armed robbery occurred to a restaurant in the area of Hesperian Blvd and Turner Ct. A suspect armed with a handgun confronted an employee and demanded money. The employee resisted and the suspect fought with him inside the business. The suspect left the scene with money from the register. The employee was treated for injuries at Eden Hospital.

06/08/2013 11:03 P.M.

An armed robbery occurred in the area of C St and Atherton St. The suspect approached the victim and pointed a gun at him demanding money. The suspect surrendered money to the suspect who then fled in the direction of the BART station.

06/09/2013 00:32 A.M.

Police Officer responded to a call of suspicious person with a firearm. Responding Officers located the suspect who had the firearm in his possession. Two victims come forward and advised that the suspect had brandished the firearm and made threats towards them with it. The suspect was arrested and transported from the scene.

06/09/2013 06:30 A.M.

Police Officers respond to a convenience store in the area of A St and Flagg St regarding a robbery. The suspect threatened the clerk with a weapon and then took a can of beer. The suspect was located nearby by Police Officers and taken into custody.


Local author, musician at Hayward library Saturday

author photo Amy Franklin-Willis high res

HAYWARD — A local author and a musician will combine their talents Saturday, June 15, at the Hayward Main Library.

Amy Franklin-Willis of Castro Valley will talk about her debut novel, “The Lost Saints of Tennessee,” and Andrew Castro will perform original songs inspired by Franklin-Willis’ book. The event starts at 1 p.m. at the library, 835 C St.

“The Lost Saints of Tennessee” tells the story of three generations of a working-class Southern family from the 1940s to the 1980s. Library Journal wrote in its review, “Franklin-Willis plumbs the depths of family dynamics, compassionately depicting her characters as they struggle with situations over which they have no control.” After losing his twin to a drowning accident and his wife to divorce, Zeke Cooper leaves his mother and two daughters in Tennessee and travels to Virginia, where he considers his responsibility to repair his fractured family.

Librarian Sally Thomas selected the novel for the Mostly Literary Fiction Book Group, which discussed it last month. “The novel provoked passionate discussion about love between parents, siblings and married couples, and the ways that our intentions to protect our loved ones go awry if secrets are involved,” she said.


Early campaigning

Hayward city and school candidates are starting to gear up for the 2014 elections.

Hayward school board President William McGee has had a website, www.williammcdgnee.com, set up for quite awhile. McGee has mostly used it to inform the community about school issues, but there has been some mention of fundraising events.

Hayward Councilman Mark Salinas has started hosting fundraisers, and Councilman Francisco Zermeno has announced his intent to run for mayor. The two councilmen mostly have been using Facebook to advance their campaigns.

Hayward Mayor Michael Sweeney said he would wait until the council’s summer recess before deciding if he will seek re-election. Zermeno has a “safe seat”: If he loses the mayoral race, he still would retain his council post, which is not up for re-election until 2016.

Still unannounced (at least to us): Hayward Councilman Marvin Peixoto and Hayward school Trustee Lisa Brunner. Both are up for re-election in 2014.