0

Castro Valley Municipal Advisory Council seeks applicants

CASTRO VALLEY — Applicants are being sought for two vacancies on the Castro Valley Municipal Advisory Council.

The council, known informally as the MAC, advises Alameda County supervisors on Castro Valley issues and concerns. Applicants must be Castro Valley residents; the term is four years.

Council members typically spent 12 to 15 hours a month on MAC-related matters. The council, which reports to county Supervisor Nate Miley, meets the second, third and fourth Mondays of each month at the Castro Valley Library.

Miley’s District 4 also has existing or upcoming vacancies on the Local Planning Council, Human Relations Commission, Consumer Affairs Commission, Commission on the Status of Women, Septic Commission and Fire Advisory Commission.

Those interested can download an application at www.acgov.org/clerk/apply.htm and send it along with a resume to Anna Gee at anna.gee@acgov.org, fax 510-465-7628 or mail 1221 Oak St., Suite 536, Oakland, CA 94612.

 

0

Castro Valley: Bike and pedestrian advisory panel applications sought

CASTRO VALLEY — The county is looking for residents to serve on a bicycle and pedestrian advisory committee.

The newly created Castro Valley Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee will work with county public works staff on a Castro Valley bicycle and pedestrian master plan.

To be eligible, those applying must be Castro Valley residents or own property or a business in the community. Applications are due by Feb. 6.

To apply, go to www.acgov.org/pwa or call senior transportation planner Paul Keener at 510-670-6458.

0

Hayward: Free improv Jan. 15

HAYWARD — Douglas Morrisson Theatre is having a free night of improv Thursday. Did we mention it’s free?

It will feature members of Made Up Theatre who will use audience suggestions to create improvised skits.

Made Up Theatre will have two different formats of improv during the show: Laugh Track City for the first half of the evening and 5 Play for the rest.

Laugh Track City is a fast-paced short-form improv similar to television’s “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” The Laugh Track City cast plays a series of improvised games and scenes based on audience suggestions.

Then using a made-up title provided by an audience member, 5 Play will create an improvised “movie.”

It starts at 8 p.m. at the Douglas Morrisson Theatre, 22311 N. Third St., Hayward. www.dmtonline.org, 510-881-6777.

 

0

Supervisor Chan to host holiday party

SAN LORENZO — Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan is inviting community members to join her for a holiday open house Nov. 20.

The celebration will be 4 to 5:30 p.m. at her district office, 15903 Hesperian Blvd. Light refreshments will be served.

There will be a door prize of two field-level Oakland A’s tickets.

Those who are planning on attending should contact Steven Jones at 510-278-0367 or Steven.Jones@acgov.org.

0

Hayward holiday boutique fundraiser Nov. 21-22

HAYWARD — A holiday boutique fundraiser Nov. 21 and 22 will benefit SOS/Meals on Wheels.

More than 20 local craftspeople will sell jewelry, paper crafts, clothing and specialty food. The Meals on Wheels chef will be preparing meals, and a cookbook compiled by the nonprofit group can be purchased. A raffle also is planned.

The boutique will run from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Hill & Valley club, 1808 B St.

SOS/MEALS on Wheels serves residents in Hayward, Castro Valley, San Leandro, San Lorenzo and Oakland. The agency delivers 1,200 meals daily to home-bound seniors, according to its website.

 

0

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.

0

November election filings

Friday was the candidate filing deadline for the November election, and some races have drawn several candidates while others had only one.

The deadline for San Leandro City Council District 5 was extended because incumbent Pauline Cutter is not seeking re-election, instead running for mayor. Three people jumped into the race late: Leah Hall, Corina Lopez and Mia Ousley.

District 1 will have a four-way race: David Anderson Sr., Deborah Cox, Mike Katz-Lacabe and Kenneth Pon.

Allen Schoenfeld, Victor Aguilar and Thomas Lee will square off in San Leandro City Council District 3.

Running against Cutter for mayor will be fellow Councilwoman Diana Souza and businessman Dan Dillman. Incumbent Mayor Stephen Cassidy is not seeking re-election.

Several races have already been decided when no opponents filed against the incumbents or only one person filed for each open seat; these will not appear on the ballot: Hayward Area Recreation and Park District Paul Hodges and Carol Pereira; Washington Township Healthcare District Jacob Eapen, Bernard Stewart and Michael Wallace; East Bay Municipal Utility District Ward 7 (Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, portions of San Leandro and Hayward) Frank Mellon; Chabot-Las Positas Community College District Area 4 (Castro Valley) Donald “Dobie” Gelles and Area 6 (Hayward and San Lorenzo) Hal Gin; San Leandro Unified School District Area 2 Lance James; San Leandro Unified Area 6, Ronald Carey; Fairview Fire Protection District Sven Andersen and Leslie West; East Bay Regional Park District Ward 3 Dennis Waespi; Eden Township Healthcare District Lester Friedman, Roxann Lewis and Thomas Lorentzen.

Hayward Unified incumbents Lisa Brunner and William McGee are being challenged by Marita Cheng. Chabot-Las Positas Community College District Area 2 (San Leandro) incumbent Isobel Dvorsky is being challenged by Gene Judson.

In Castro Valley Unified, incumbents Janice Friesen and Gary Howard will be running against Dorothy “Dot” Theodore.

Six candidates are running for two seats in San Lorenzo Unified: Incumbents Helen Randall and Isabel Polvorosa, plus Steven Kirk, Guillermo Nevarez, Ronald Pereira II and Janet Zamudio.

A sanitary district race in Castro Valley has generated interest: Incumbents Melody Appleton and Ralph Johnson are being challenged by Marc Crawford, John Maher and Kunio Okui.

Five candidates are seeking three spots on the Oro Loma Sanitary District board: Timothy Becker, Howard Kerr, Chike Udemezue, Dan Walters and Sheila Young.

Other races include:

San Leandro Unified at large: Evelyn Gonzales, Elsie “Jeanne” Kinkella, Peter Oshinski and Monique Tate.

San Leandro Unified Area 4: Latrina Dumas, Leo Sheridan and Chike Udemezue.

AC Transit District at large: Incumbent Joel Young, Adrienne Andrews, Joel Dewitt, Clarence Fischer, Dollene Jones, Tyron Jordan, Igor Tregub.

AC Transit District Ward 4 (West unincorporated Alameda County, part of San Leandro, part of Hayward): Incumbent Mark Williams, Murphy McCalley and Timothy McGowan.

AC Transit District Ward 5 (South Hayward, : Incumbent Jeff Davis and Kewal Singh.

0

July 4 celebration in South Hayward

HAYWARD — A Fourth of July celebration is planned on Tennyson Road in South Hayward.

The party will celebrate the area’s diversity with games, performances, food and handcrafts. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the corner of Tennyson and Leidig Court.

The event is sponsored by South Hayward Parish, Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle, Cal State East Bay Diversity Center, Hayward Councilman Francisco Zermeno, Councilwoman-elect Sara Lamnin and Liberty Tax Service-South Hayward.

For more information, call 510-470-3377.

 

 

0

Happy birthday, CVSan!

CASTRO VALLEY — For 75 years, the Castro Valley Sanitary District has been doing the necessary but not necessarily elegant task of disposing of the community’s trash and, ahem, wastewater.

The district will celebrate the occasion with its customers Friday, July 25, at the district office.

According to a CVSan flier, from 2 to 3 p.m. there will be wastewater demonstrations and activities. I’m not sure what kind of demonstrations are in store. The flier refers to a Vac-Con vehicle; after doing some thorough research (OK, a quick Google search), it appears it’s a truck that cleans sewers. There will be videos and “what happens in your sewer pipes.” It’s not clear if the latter is a video or a demonstration.

From 3:15 to 4:15 p.m., the focus changes to solid waste, which includes the stuff that goes to the landfill, aka trash; recycling; and food and yard clippings. Activities include demonstration of an automated Waste Management truck (I’m pretty sure it still requires a driver), more videos and a “T-shirt to bag activity.”

Oh, and free ice cream and other giveaways.

Much has changed in the world of trash and sewage collection in the past 75 years. A lot less goes to the landfill; composting and recycling have become routine for many. The landfill is producing gas to run the garbage trucks. Toilets are more efficient, and people are becoming aware of what they put down the drain. Metal trash cans with lids that didn’t work after the first week of being knocked around have been replaced with light-weight carts on wheels. Trucks are becoming more environmentally friendly and quieter.

The open house should be a good chance to see some of those changes. And remember — free ice cream!

CVSan’s office is at 21040 Marshall St.

 

0

Hayward: How to protect homes in drought

HAYWARD — The drought has dried out the area, making the hill areas even more vulnerable to wildfires.

To help hillside residents be prepared, Hayward firefighters are holding a “defensible space” training June 28. Defensible space is a term used to take measures to reduce fire hazards around a building, such as a home.

Though no house, especially in the hills, is fireproof, there are things homeowners can do to reduce fire risk, such as keeping landscaping near their houses to a minimum and only having fire-resistant plants 30 feet out from a structure, not allowing any tree branches to touch a building, and  clearing dry brush at least 100 feet from any structure.

The training will be 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 28, at Stonebrae Elementary School Multipurpose Room, 28761 Hayward Blvd. Hayward and Fairview residents are invited to attend.

For questions, contact the Hayward Fire Department at 510-583-4900.