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San Leandro gets $1.4 million grant to upgrade parks

SAN LEANDRO — The city has received a $1.4 million state grant to upgrade two parks and create an interactive art exhibit downtown.

The city plans to replace playground equipment at Siempre Verde Park. It also will upgrade the park’s group picnic area to meet federal disability access requirements.

Thrasher Park’s playground equipment also will be replaced and a taller safety fence will be erected to prevent balls from entering the play area. The park has a softball field.

The city will install a science-based interactive art exhibit at Joaquin Plaza downtown. San Leandro is partnering with San Francisco’s Exploratorium on the project.

Work on the parks will begin in 2016. The grant was awarded by the state Department of Housing and Community Development through its housing-related parks program.

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Hayward police blotter Oct. 16-22

THUR, 10/16/14 at 8:49 AM, MARIJUANA AND TWO LOADED HANDGUNS were recovered. A citizen called police to report suspicious males jumped into an apartment complex parking lot in the 29000 block of Dixon Street. Officers stopped five truant juveniles in the area. A 9mm pistol was recovered from one juvenile and a .38 caliber pistol from the backpack of another. A third juvenile was in possession of 7.4 grams of marijuana, which was individually packaged in clear baggies. The three juveniles were arrested and taken to Juvenile Hall. The fourth juvenile was taken to the police department where he was released to his parents. The fifth juvenile was returned to his school.

THUR, 10/16/14 at 10:00 AM, A RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY occurred on the 2600 block of Warwick Place. An alert neighbor telephoned HPD to report that a few subjects were attempting to gain access into a residence through a bathroom window. The neighbor realized the males do not live at the residence. An officer, who was enroute to the address, saw the suspects driving in the opposite direction. He pulled their vehicle over and waited for assistance. After the other officers arrived, they searched the vehicle and found the victim’s jewelry in the backseat. The suspects were arrested and taken to jail.

FRI, 10/17/14 at 8:52 AM, An ON-DUTY EMERGENCY VEHICLE COLLISION occurred on Mission Blvd, south of Sorenson Road. An officer responding to a hold-up alarm on Second Street collided with a small pickup truck that pulled out from a private driveway. The truck rolled over and landed upright in the southbound lane. The patrol car subsequently struck a light pole. The officer sustained minor injuries, one of the truck occupants sustained three fractured ribs, and the other occupant sustained bruising.

SAT, 10/18/14 at 11:55 AM, a MARIJUANA GROW was discovered on the 1900 block of W. Winton Ave. The property owner was searching his rental property for a reported water leak. The owner discovered a large marijuana grow inside a unit and called the police. The officers saw about 400 marijuana plants growing inside the unit. The officers contacted the Hayward PD Narcotics Unit and froze the scene, so Narcotics Detectives could take over the investigation.

SAT, 10/18/14 at 4:23 PM, police apprehended a suspect in POSSESSION OF A STOLEN VEHICLE. An officer was patrolling on Filbert and Burbank Street when he saw a man run from a vehicle. A record’s check of the vehicle confirmed it was stolen. Officers searched the area and a short time later, the suspect came out of a motor home in which he was hiding. The suspect was arrested. and the owners of the vehicle got it back.

SAT, 10/18/14 at 4:29 PM, an ENDANGERED MISSING CHILD was found. A male approximately 7-years-old was found wandering by himself near Hesperian Boulevard and Oliver Drive. The child has a cognitive disability. Four hours later, the parents were located and officers discovered the child left home because of a family argument.

SAT, 10/18/14 at 8:52 PM, an ARMED ROBBERY occurred on the 26000 block of Hesperian Boulevard. The suspect entered the business and pretended he was going to purchase an item. Once the cashier greeted the suspect, the suspect displayed a handgun and took cash. The suspect ran off in an unknown direction. The suspect was a light skinned black male, 5’9”, late 20’s to mid 30’s, and has a medium build. He was last seen wearing light colored jeans and was covering his face with a dark blue beanie hat.

SAT, 10/18/14 at 9:06 PM, an ARMED ROBBERY occurred on the 22000 block of Clawiter Road. A pizza delivery restaurant reported they were robbed. Responding officers discovered that a male suspect entered the restaurant and pointed a gun at the employees. The suspect took cash and fled on foot. The suspect was described as a dark skinned black male, about 6’0”, medium build, and dark colored eyes. He was last seen wearing dark colored ski mask, black pull-over jacket, black pants, and purple or blue socks.

TUE, 10/21/14 at 8:33 PM, an ATTEMPTED ROBBERY/ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON occurred on 10th Street and Hancock Street. The victim and a friend were approached by the suspect who tried to rob them at gunpoint. The victim attempted to gain control of the gun and was shot once in the abdomen. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital for medical treatment. The victim did not sustain life-threatening injuries. The suspect is a tall, White or Hispanic male, about 18-20 years old, with a beard.

WED, 10/22/14 at 2:32 AM, an ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON occurred on Tennyson Road and Huntwood Avenue. The victim met with the suspect near the Tennyson Skate Park to discuss work. During their conversation, the suspect attempted to take the victim’s bicycle. The victim tried to ride away on his bicycle. The suspect picked up a rock and threw it at the victim, inflicting injury to the victim’s head and ear. The victim lost consciousness and fell off his bicycle. The suspect, a local transient, was last seen running northbound on Huntwood Avenue.

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Hayward: Weekes, San Felipe parks to be overhauled

HAYWARD — Two popular parks are due for facelifts, and people can weigh in on what they would like to see there.

Weekes Community Park in South Hayward was developed in the 1960s, and San Felipe Community Park on upper D Street dates back to the 1970s.

Hayward Area Recreation and Park District will hold two community meetings on the parks’ master plans, which will guide any makeover decisions. People will be encouraged to share their ideas of what the parks should look like in the future.

The Weekes meeting will be 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, and the San Felipe one will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29. The meetings will be held at the parks.

Consultants hired by the park district will take people’s ideas shared at the meetings and draw up possible park design concepts. The designs will be presented and refined at later meetings, with district directors ultimately voting on the master plans.

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Castro Valley orthodontist to collect Halloween candy

CASTRO VALLEY — An orthodontist will once again trade prizes for candy brought to his office.

Dr. Ronald Griggs will donate money to Blue Star Moms; the size of the donation depends on how much candy is brought in.

Kids can get a prize token for each pound of candy they bring in.

Trick and treating is fun, but candy can damage braces or aligners used in orthodontic treatment.

People with braces should avoid any candy that is sticky, chewy, hard or crunchy. That includes jellybeans, jawbreakers, bubblegum, hard candy, gummy candies, caramels and nut-filled candies.

Candy can be dropped off at Griggs’ office, 20265 Lake Chabot Road, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Nov. 3-25.

For more information, go to www.griggsorthodontics.com

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San Leandro police looking for advisory board members

From San Leandro police:

SAN LEANDRO — The police department is seeking community members interested in making a difference by joining the Police Chief’s Advisory Board.

This board is made up of community members who represent the many segments of our city. The board was created in 2013 to act as a community resource for the police department and police chief in the formation of public safety strategies, development of community policing concepts and increasing public awareness.

The board is intended to provide a forum for discussions concerning community concerns, and the goal is to have a broad spectrum of viewpoints represented.

The role of board members include (but is not be limited to):

• Act as a sounding board for the police chief regarding community needs and concerns, as well as provide community feedback to proposed police programs and priorities.

Apprise the police chief of the community’s need for police services and feedback on the delivery of services

• Assist in educating the community about the function and role of the police.

• Attend monthly meetings at the police station.

Meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. To participate, you must be a San Leandro resident or business owner.

Those interested can apply on the city’s website at:

www.sanleandro.org/depts/pd/programs/chiefs_advisory_board.asp

Or call Capt. Ed Tracey at 510-577-3249.

The community plays a key role in public safety and keeping San Leandro safe,” Police Chief Sandra Spagnoli said.

“Bringing police and community members together on a regular basis is critical to our service delivery and mission. I continue my commitment to building positive relationships throughout the community and leveraging those relationships to improve the quality of life and safety in San Leandro,” she said.

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Hayward Coffee With a Cop Saturday

HAYWARD — City police will hold a Coffee With a Cop on Saturday, Oct. 25.

The informal get-together will be 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at John Muir Center (formerly John Muir Elementary School), 24823 Soto Road.

Residents are encouraged to drop by to voice any concerns, ask questions and get to know police officers.

For more information, contact Alicia Romero at 293-7179 or Gale Bleth at 293-7151.

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San Leandro wants to hear from residents about how they want the city to evolve

From the city of San Leandro

SAN LEANDRO — Residents are invited to attend upcoming community meetings to share ideas for San Leandro’s future growth and development.

The meetings are part of the City’s General Plan Update, a two-year effort designed to guide long-range growth and development in San Leandro over the next 20 years.

Key elements to be discussed include land use, transportation, and
recreation/open space. Public meetings have been set for the following dates:

Thursday, October 23 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, at the San Leandro Senior Community Center, 13909 East 14th Street

Tuesday, October 28 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Marina Community Center, 15301 Wicks Boulevard

Both meetings will follow the same agenda and include the same materials, so those interested in participating need only attend once.

The meetings will include a short presentation, followed by audience input on a variety of topics, from the “look and feel” of San Leandro, to issues such as climate change, traffic congestion, density and building heights, shopping choices, and the quality of parks and city services.

Interactive exhibits and displays will be provided, and staff will be on hand to answer questions. Light snacks will be served.

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Haywarrd firefighters check smoke detectors during emergency calls

From the Hayward fire department:

HAYWARD – Last year, the Hayward Fire Department responded to more than 17,000 incidents, nearly 80 percent of which were emergency medical calls. Time and time again, firefighters rushed into homes and noticed the same troubling issue: missing or inoperable smoke detectors.

That may soon change, thanks to an innovative partnership with the Hayward Rotary Club. The two organizations have announced a simple, yet savvy new program to get working smoke detectors into more Hayward homes by using a trusted and highly recognizable home delivery system: Hayward firefighters themselves.

Thanks to a generous gift from the Hayward Rotary Club and Case Industries, the Hayward Fire Department will begin carrying more than 400 new detectors and 1,000 batteries on its vehicles – just in case. If firefighters walk into a home during a medical emergency and notice a missing or “chirping” detector, they’ll offer to install new batteries or provide a new detector free of charge, right there on the spot if appropriate. The department is also accepting sign-ups for installation.

“Keeping working smoke detectors is the single best thing you can do to protect your family and your home,” said Hayward Fire Department Capt. Don Nichelson. “Still, we see far too many homes without the proper smoke detectors, or with chirping or dead devices hanging on the ceiling. This program aims to change that. We’re already on the scene; it makes perfect sense to fix the problem right then and there if we can.”

According to the National Fire Protection Association, three out of five home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. The risk of dying in a home structure fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke detectors, yet many homes are left unprotected by alarms that are missing, disconnected or loaded with dead batteries.

“The Hayward Fire Department does an outstanding job of protecting the community it serves,” said Paul Martin of the Hayward Rotary Club. “We’re excited to help them advance their mission with this simple, common sense program. If one of these smoke detectors saves a single life, that’s all that matters.”

The program, dubbed “Smoke Detectors … Just in Case” is a joint effort of the Hayward Fire Department, Hayward Rotary Club, Case Industries and Sprinklersfitters Local 483.

 

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Hayward Wellness Center open house Saturday

HAYWARD — The Hayward Wellness Center will have an open house Saturday at its new location at Southland Mall.

Those who attend can tour the clinic, take part in a healthy eating seminar, learn about the patient-centered care philosophy and ask questions.

The open house will include family-friendly activities, including a free bicycle helmet fitting.

Speakers will include Mark Frazke, Alameda Health System chief operating officer; Dr. Steven Chen, clinic medical director; and Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday.

Hayward Wellness is part of the Alameda Health System network of community-based wellness centers designed to ensure people can get primary health care and medical specialties regardless of social or economic status.

The open house will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 664 Southland Mall, between Macy’s and Kohl’s. The clinic faces the outside of the mall.

 

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Hayward: What do you want your downtown arborteum to look like?

From Hayward library:

Please join us for a special community presentation of the 21st Century Library design, including Hayward’s Historic Plaza + Arboretum.

The presentation begins Saturday, Oct. 11, in the Main Library meeting room at 10:15am, and then will move to the Farmers Market (Watkins at C St) at 11:30am.

ABOUT THE PLAZA

One of Hayward’s most impressive yet underutilized assets is its historic tree-filled central “plaza.” In the early days of Hayward in the mid-1800′s, the plaza was part of the homestead of the first ranch owner in the area, Don Guillermo Castro.

Some of the trees standing there today date back to these early days of Hayward. This unique arboretum features more than 40 varieties of rare and mature trees, including native Giant Sequoia and Coast Redwoods, century-old American elms, and some of the largest and oldest specimens of exotic tree species in the Bay Area, including a mature Chinese Gingko, a rare Dawn Redwood, and the extraordinary 100-foot-tall Australian Bunya Pine.

The 21st Century Library project presents the unparalleled opportunity to restore these grounds to their historic roots as Hayward’s central plaza and arboretum. Very few cities can boast of having such a beautiful and stately central plaza with century-old historic trees in the heart of downtown.

Creating a vibrant and welcoming community plaza in place of the 1950′s-era library structure will transform Hayward’s civic center. The restored plaza will be an ideal location for community festivals, music performances, cultural events, farmers markets, and other civic events for the benefit and enjoyment of the entire Hayward community.

For more information, please visit the project website: www.HaywardLibrary.org