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Archive for September, 2013

Hayward business expo Oct. 7

HAYWARD — Merchants and nonprofit groups can showcase their products and services at a business expo Oct. 7.

Individuals are welcome to attend; admission is free for Hayward Chamber of Commerce members and $10 for nonmembers. Those attending can check out local businesses and organizations and sample food and drinks from local restaurants and caterers. Some new car models will be on display.

Sign-ups are being accepted from businesses wanting to take part in the expo, which will be 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the white tent in the St. Rose Hospital parking lot, 27200 Calaroga Ave. Booth fee is $250 for chamber members and $395 for nonmembers.

The business expo, sponsored by the chamber and the city of Hayward, will be at the white tent at St. Rose Hospital, 27200 Calaroga Ave., from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. For additional information, call the chamber at 510-537-2424 or go to www.hayward.org.

Posted on Monday, September 30th, 2013
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Golfing for good

HAYWARD — Golfing may be a requirement to rise through the ranks of corporations, but it can sometimes be used for the public good, too. Witness the recent Waste Management Charity Golf Tournament, which raised half a million dollars for East Bay charities.

That’s a pretty impressive number, even for a tournament with a less-than-sexy name. Well, the tournament plus a gala at the Claremont in Oakland.

The tournament, in which more than 200 people took part Sept. 4-5 at Stonebrae Country Club in the Hayward hills, was the first that Waste Management has held in California, according to a press release.

The money raised will benefit six charities:

Alameda County Community Food Bank ($95,000)
Funds will be used to buy a 26-foot truck for food distribution in Alameda County.

Chabot Space and Science Center ($95,000)
The money will pay for an environmental education exhibit and programming.

Cypress Mandela Training Center ($65,000)
The grant will expand training programs, emphasizing reuse of green construction materials and safe handling of hazardous material.

East Bay Community Foundation ($90,000)
The money will be used to create a fund to provide mini-grants to environmental issues groups in Alameda County.

Friends of Oakland Parks & Rec ($75,000)
Using matching funds, the grant will upgrade toddler lots, install shaded picnic areas and resurface tennis court at the East Oakland Sports Center.

The YMCA of the East Bay ($80,000)
Funds will underwrite a Bullying Prevention program and We Dig the Y, an urban garden/healthy eating initiative.

Posted on Sunday, September 29th, 2013
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Hayward council to consider ways to clean up downtown

HAYWARD — The City Council’s meeting Tuesday should be a lively one, with proposed ordinances dealing with some of the problems downtown on the agenda.

A social nuisance ordinance would go after property owners who allow criminal activity, such as drug use, drug dealing, prostitution and gang activity.The staff report also mentions noisy activity during late hours and chronic unruly gatherings.

Property owners would be sent a warning letter. If the problem isn’t take care of, that’s when possible fines kick in, up to $5,000.

The ordinance is based on similar regulations in Vallejo and Stockton, where 90 percent of the problems were taken care of after a warning letter was sent.

I wonder if this would help curb the problems at the old vacant City Hall behind Safeway on Foothill Boulevard, which seems to be a magnet for people looking for a place to sleep, drug use and littering.

City staff members also are proposing regulating free outdoor food handouts on city property, which regularly draw 50 to 100 people. One of the changes would require that those serving food have a permit. I’m not sure how much the permits would cost; the staff report won’t be released until sometime Monday.

At a City Council work session in March, representatives of several groups who work with the homeless and poor objected to the permit process, including Sara Lamnin of Hayward Community Action Network. The South Hayward Parish program works to find housing for the homeless and help them become self-sufficient.

What is needed is a centralized indoor center where the poor and homeless can get not only food, but also other services to actually address the problems, Lamnin has said.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Hayward City Hall Council Chambers, 777 B St.

The agenda also mentions park hours, but again, no details until the report comes out.

Posted on Sunday, September 29th, 2013
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Hayward police blotter Sept. 16-20

September 16, 2013 12:56PM
A residential burglary occurred on Evans Ct. The informant reported seeing several subjects on their neighbor’s roof and near an open window. As officers arrive, the suspects flee on foot to a nearby residence. When officers make contact at that residence they detain one suspect, and learn the other suspects fled over the back fence. Property from the burglary is recovered in the backyard of the suspect residence. The following day a second suspect is arrested for the burglary and the third suspect is still outstanding.

September 18, 2013 12:09AM
Hayward Police assisted the Alameda County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit with the execution of a search warrant in the 400 block of Ocie Way. Eight subjects were detained inside the residence, and five guns and narcotics were located.

September 18, 2013 10:46PM
The Special Duty Unit conducted a traffic stop in the area of Miami Ave. and Everglade Ave. The sole occupant of the vehicle was a documented+ gang member. A loaded handgun and narcotics were located inside the vehicle.

September 19, 2013 12:04AM
A carjacking occurred in the 21000 block of Mission Blvd. The victim, and her friend, were parked in a parking lot when they were approached on foot by two suspects. Suspect #1 brandished a handgun at the victim and demanded her vehicle. After the victim, and her friend, exited the vehicle, both suspect entered the vehicle and drove. Suspect #1 is described as a Hispanic male, 30-40 years old, with a beard, and he was wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt. Suspect #2 is described as a Hispanic male and 30-40 years old.

September 19, 2013 7:34AM
A shooting occurred in the 27000 block of Tampa Ave. When officers respond they learned a 10 year old girl had been shot. The residence had damage from multiple gunshots, and it was learned the shooting actually occurred around 2:00AM; however the family did not report it for five and a half hours. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital and is expected to survive.

September 19, 2013 8:11AM
An armed robbery occurred at the Office Depot located at 23882 Hesperian Blvd. The suspect brandished a handgun at an employee and took money from the cash register. The suspect is described as a White male, 20-29 years old, 5’11”, 200-220 lbs, and wearing a red hat, red plaid shirt and white/gray pants.

September 19, 2013 4:00PM
The Special Duty Unit assisted the Department of Justice with an operation focused on subjects previously placed on a psychiatric detention that have guns registered to them. Seven locations were searched and two handguns recovered, and one subject arrested.

September 19, 2013 5:34PM
An armed robbery occurred at Soto Rd. and Lund Ave. The suspect approached the victim and asked to use his cell phone. The suspect then brandished a handgun at the victim and took his cell phone. The suspect is described as a Black male, early 20’s, 5’7”-6’0”, 170 lbs, medium build, and last seen wearing a dark blue zip-up hooded sweatshirt with yellow stripes.

September 20, 2013 6:11AM
A strong arm robbery occurred at Nevada Ave. and Lebanon Ave. The suspect approached the victim from behind and knocked her to the ground while taking her cell phone. The victim tried to scream, but the suspect covered her mouth causing an injury. The suspect is described as a Black male, 5’8”-6’1”, wearing a hooded sweatshirt.

Posted on Friday, September 27th, 2013
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Cruises for the disabled

CASTRO VALLEY — Cruise ships are beginning to reach out to those with physical limitations, accommodating those in wheelchairs, scoooters and walkers.

A local travel agent and a representative from Princess Cruise Lines will talk about some of the features the ships now offer at the monthly meeting of the Low Vision Support Group on Oct. 3.

The meeting begins at 1 p.m. at Baywood Court Retirement Community, 21966 Delores St., Castro Valley.

Posted on Friday, September 27th, 2013
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Hayward police blotter Sept. 3

September 3, 2013 2:45PM
A robbery occurred in the 27000 block of Gainsville Ave. The victim was pushing her son in a stroller when the suspect walked by and robbed the victim of her gold necklace. The suspect then fled westbound on Bolero Ave. on foot. The suspect is described as a Black male adult, 18 years old, 5’9”, 200 pounds and long black hair. He was last seen wearing a white shirt, black jeans and a tattoo of a red lip kiss on the left side of his neck.

September 4, 2013 9:22AM
Hayward Police assisted the U.S. Marshall’s Office with the arrest of a subject wanted for attempted murder out of South Carolina. Suspect was located and arrested without incident.

September 5, 2013 2:13AM
A murder occurred in the 1400 block of B St. The victim was found in the backyard of a vacant residence, and appears to have suffered significant trauma to the head.

September 6, 2013 10:30PM
An assault with a deadly weapon occurred in the area of Industrial Blvd. and Highway 92. The victim claims he was walking in the area when two to three black male adults assaulted and pistol-whipped him for no apparent reason. The victim’s account of the incident was inconsistent with a witness’ account.

September 6, 2013 10:26AM
A robbery occurred in the 28000 block of Mack Rd. A salesman handed the suspect a cellular telephone, and the suspect fled the store with the phone. The salesman chased the suspect to an awaiting vehicle and reached into the vehicle to try and retrieve the phone. The suspect vehicle then began to drive off, dragging the salesman a short distance. The suspect vehicle is described as a 1990s Cadillac or Lincoln Town Car.

Posted on Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
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A close look at wildlife rehabilitation

HAYWARD — Sulphur Creek Wildlife Center is taking visitors into its hospital to show how the staff assesses an injured or orphaned animal, cares for them and prepares them for release back into the wild.

Advance registration is required for this adults-only event, which takes place 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. The fee is $18. To register, go to www.haywardrec.org or call 510-881-6700. Program #23747.

Sulphur Creek is at 1801 D St. It’s worth a visit. Even though it’s in an urban area, when you’re there, you feel as if you’re in the country; the center is nestled along a creek, and you can visit its year-round animal residents, including coyotes, o’possums, snakes and birds of prey, for free. The animals are ones that could not be returned to the wild because of injuries.

The center has lots of programs and events throughout the year, and many of them are very child-friendly. It also has an animal lending library, where you can “check out” a guinea pig, hamster or rat for a small charge. The library is a great way to teach kids about the responsibilities of having a pet.

Posted on Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
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ID theft, free legal advice, author reading at Hayward library

HAYWARD — Identity theft is becoming more common and sophisticated. The latest information and tips on how to protect yourself — and your bank account and credit — will be shared at a two-hour session Saturday, Sept. 21, at the main library.

Speakers will talk about common scams and forms of fraud, give practical advice on how to recognize scams and protect yourself, share referral information and where to get help.

The workshop begins at 2 p.m. at the library, 835 C St.

For more information, email or call Trudy Toll at 510-881-7974 or trudy.toll@hayward-ca.gov.

The library also will be having its monthly Lawyer in the Library on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Weekes Branch Library from 6 to 7:45 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 23, from 6 to 7:45 p.m. at the Main Library.

Each person gets 15 minutes of free legal advice with a licensed attorney. Onsite registration begins 30 minutes before the first session, and space is limited, with consultation being assigned by lottery.

For more information, call 510-881-7980.

Hayward’s library is a busy place, with lots of free events, including book discussions and signings by authors. The next one will be with artist Salma Arastu, who has illustrated some of 13th-century mystic poet Rumi’s works in “Turning Rumi.” It takes place from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Main Library. Arastu will bring some of her artwork and have copies of her books for sale.

For details, please call or email Trudy Toll at 510-881-7974 or trudy.toll@hayward-ca.gov.

Posted on Sunday, September 8th, 2013
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Hayward police blotter Aug. 27

August 27, 2013 2:19PM
A stabbing occurred in the Spanish Ranch Mobile Home Park on Granada Ave. The victim was stabbed in the leg and arm, and his injuries are non-life threatening. The victim was uncooperative with the investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Hayward Police Department Investigations Bureau at (510) 293-7034.

August 27, 2013 9:10PM
A shooting occurred in the area of D St. and First St. An unknown suspect fired several rounds from a rifle; however there was no report of injuries or property damage. Officer investigating did find several .30 caliber shell casings in the area. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Hayward Police Department Investigations Bureau at (510) 293-7034.

August 29, 2013 6:58AM
An armed robbery occurred at the Bank of America Bank, located at 24700 Hesperian Blvd. The victim had just withdrawn money from the ATM when a vehicle pulled into the parking lot. As the victim was walking back to her car, Suspect #1 blocked her path. Suspect #2 approached the victim from behind and pointed a handgun at her. Suspect #2 took the victims, wallet, cellular telephone and car keys. Suspect #1 is described as an unknown race male, 5’10”, heavy build; and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black mask and black baggy pants. Suspect #2 is described as an unknown race male, 6’0”, heavy build; and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black ski mask, black gloves and black baggy pants. The driver of the vehicle is described as a Hispanic female, 40-50 years old, medium complexion, black hair pulled back and dark brown eyes. The suspect vehicle is a 1990’s gold sedan. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Hayward Police Department Investigations Bureau at (510) 293-7034.

August 29, 2013 10:33AM
A stabbing occurred at Fairway Park Shopping Center on Mission Blvd. The victim was walking near Fairway Shops when a vehicle pulled up and two suspects approached him. The two suspects claimed “LND” and began to assault the victim. During the assault the victim was stabbed in the facial area; however his injury is non-life threatening. Suspect #1 is described as a Black male, early 20’s, 6’2”, 180-190 lbs, thin build, black shoulder length dreadlocks with blonde tips and clean shaven. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and black and white shoes. Suspect #2 is described as a Black male, 18-19 years old, 5’8”, 200 lbs, chubby build and goatee. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, camouflage jeans and black and white Nike Airmax shoes. The suspect vehicle is described as an older model, Toyota Camry, 4-door and black or navy blue. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Hayward Police Department Investigations Bureau at (510) 293-7034.

August 30, 2013 3:55PM
A bank robbery occurred at California Bank located at 785 Southland Dr. The suspect gave a bank teller a demand note and simulated a handgun in her pocket. The teller gave the suspect the money from her cash box, and the suspect fled out the bank eastbound. The suspect is described as a Hispanic female, late 20’s, 5’6”, heavy build, long black hair and acne. She was wearing brown sunglasses, black hooded sweatshirt, grey sweatpants and white athletic shoes. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Hayward Police Department Investigations Bureau at (510) 293-7034.

August 30, 2013 9:18PM
A robbery occurred at Sushi Ichimoto located at 888 W. A St. The suspect entered the business and demanded money from the cash register while threatening to have a gun. After getting the money the suspect fled on foot in an unknown direction. The suspect is described as a White male, late 20’s, thin build; he was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, black t-shirt and faded denim shorts. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Hayward Police Department Investigations Bureau at (510) 293-7034.

August 31, 2013 7:00PM
A DUI check point was conducted at Jackson St. and Soto Rd. from 7:00PM to 1:00AM. One arrest made for DUI and several citations issued for unlicensed driving.

September 1, 2013 3:29PM
A strong arm robbery occurred at Hesperian Blvd. and Sueirro Ave. As the victim was leaving church the suspect approached her and ripped a gold chain from her neck. The suspect fled eastbound on Sueirro Ave. and got into a red Honda Prelude. The suspect is described as a Black male, 18-20 years old, 5’6”-5’9” and 150 lbs. He was last seen wearing a red baseball hat and dark colored jacket. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Hayward Police Department Investigations Bureau at (510) 293-7034. – See more at: http://nixle.com/alert/5058132/#sthash.XEqvkAT4.dpuf

Posted on Saturday, September 7th, 2013
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