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Marina fundraisers for worthy causes

SAN LEANDRO — Some groups that do a lot of good in the local communities are hosting spring fundraisers at the San Leandro marina.

On Saturday, April 26, Stepping Stones Growth Center will hold its 12th Annual Every Step Counts Walk/Run at the marina, starting at 8:30 a.m. Every Step Counts is a family-friendly event that encourages people with developmental disabilities to be active. The $30 entry fee includes a T-shirt, goodie bag, refreshments and a chance to win prizes. To register, go to www.firstgiving.com/everystepcounts/12th-annual-every-step-counts-event.

The Mourning Mothers Walk to Prevent Violence takes place on Saturday, May 10. KGO’s Cheryl Jennings will emcee the walk, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A $20 donation includes a T-shirt and lunch. The walk is sponsored by 1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence, started by Lorrain Taylor, a Hayward woman who lost her twin sons to violence. To register, call 510-581-0100, email mothers1000@aol.com or go to www.1000mothers.org.

Family Emergency Shelter Coalition will have its Shelter Shuffle on May 21 starting at 9 a.m. Registration is $10 and includes snacks and a T-shirt; those taking part are encouraged to sign up sponsors. Last year’s shuffle raised $35,000. To register, go to www.firstgiving.com/fesco or email shuffle@fescofamilyshelter.org and ask for a registration form. The shelter provides emergency housing for families and works to get families off the street and off welfare.

Posted on Monday, April 7th, 2014
Under: Alameda County, Charity, Hayward, Homeless, San Leandro | No Comments »

Help available to apply for health insurance

Covered California Health Insurance certified enrollment counselors and insurance agents will be at three Alameda County libraries to help people complete applications. The deadline to apply to the insurance program, which is California’s version of the Affordable Care Act, has been extended to April 15.

The schedule:

Castro Valley Library – 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays, April 8 and 15
San Lorenzo Library – 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 9
Fremont Main Library – 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 12

Note: The San Lorenzo Library has moved while its building is being expanded. It is temporarily around the corner at 16032 Hesperian Blvd.

Posted on Monday, April 7th, 2014
Under: Alameda County, Castro Valley, Fremont, San Lorenzo | No Comments »

Silent auction of longtime artist Eva Best’s work March 2

CASTRO VALLEY — The art legacy of Eva Best will be displayed at a silent auction on Sunday, March 2, from 1 to 3 pm at the Adobe Art Gallery, 20395 San Miguel Ave, Castro Valley.

Best, a San Leandro teacher and artist, died Dec. 26. Over the years, she received many awards for her art, and exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Oakland Art Museum, the Alameda County Fair, the Sun Gallery in Hayward, the East Bay Watercolor Society, The Oakland Art Association and the Adobe Art Gallery in Castro Valley.

The exhibit and silent auction is a retrospective exhibit of her paintings, collages and drawings. More than 50 watercolors, oil and acrylic paintings will be on display.

Proceeds from this event will help support art programs, classes and demonstrations at the Adobe Art Center. Best was an avid artist who explored a variety of mediums well into her 90s. She also was a member of A.R.T., Inc., a nonprofit group that promotes the visual arts.

Posted on Thursday, February 27th, 2014
Under: Alameda County, Arts, Castro Valley, San Leandro | No Comments »

Sea level rise forum Saturday in Castro Valley

CASTRO VALLEY — Climate change and rising sea levels can be scary topics, but a community forum is planned for Saturday, Feb. 22, to help people prepare

“What?! Sharks in My Backyard?” will explore what is happening with climate change and what residents can do. It takes place at the Castro Valley Library.

Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center naturalists will lead a community discussion, and representatives of the Adapting to Rising Tides Project will talk about local effects.

Also taking part in the forum are Starr King Unitarian Universalist Church, Hayward; Hayward Area Recreation and Parks Department, MoveOn.org, 350Bay Area.org, the American Association of University Women, Hayward Area Shoreline Planning Agency Citizens Advisory Committee and the American Association of University Women and others.

The forum starts at 2 p.m. at the library, 3600 Norbridge Ave., Castro Valley.

Posted on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
Under: Alameda County, Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Environment, Hayward, San Lorenzo | No Comments »

Hayward challenge grant to aid homeless

HAYWARD — A $3,000 challenge grant to help the homeless has been issued in honor of community activist Jim Forsyth, who died last year.

Proceeds will go to the South Hayward Parish Joe White Movement, named for a homeless man who died while sleeping outside on a cold night in December.

Every dollar donated through the end of February will be matched; donations are tax-deductible.

The parish has been providing drop-in services to connect people to housing, employment, training and support through the Community Action Network (CAN) for the past four years. Its site is small, making it difficult to provide services.

Funds from the grant will help CAN get a larger place to help move people into housing.

To donate, send a check to South Hayward Parish, 27287 Patrick Ave., Hayward, CA 94544, with The Joe White Movement in the memo line. Details: 510-432-7703 or southhaywardparish@gmail.com

Posted on Monday, February 17th, 2014
Under: Alameda County, Hayward, Homeless | No Comments »

San Lorenzo Library expansion groundbreaking on Feb. 19

SAN LORENZO — Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan will lead a groundbreaking Feb. 19 for expansion of the San Lorenzo Library.

The project is the first major exterior renovation of the library in 45 years, according to a press release. When the $9.4 million work is finished, the library will be almost 20,000 square feet, twice its current size. It also will be the first certified green building in San Lorenzo, according to the release.

The San Lorenzo Library expansion will be the first project under Alameda County’s Project Stabilization Agreement, which promotes training and hiring of target populations, such as veterans and low-income residents.

The groundbreaking will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the library, 395 Paseo Grande, San Lorenzo.

During construction, a temporary library has been set up around the corner at 16032 Hesperian Blvd.

Posted on Friday, February 14th, 2014
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Castro Valley forum to consider Delta tunnels

CASTRO VALLEY — Representatives of both for and against arguments about a plan to dig two massive tunnels under the Delta to carry water from the Sacramento River to federal and state pumps in Tracy will talk about the plan at a forum here Feb. 20.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has proposed building two tunnels, each 40 feet in diameter, running 35 miles under the Delta, and restoring 147,000 acres of wetlands and other habitat.

Supporters say the tunnels would make it easier to move water south without grinding up salmon, smelt and other fish in giant pumps at Tracy, which has caused federal officials in recent years to limit pumping. Environmentalists and Delta politicians say it could result in even more water being taken from the Delta.

Speaking in favor of the tunnels will be Paul Helliker, deputy director of the state Department of Water Resources, Delta and Statewide Water Management, and Jill Duerig, general manager of Livermore/Amador Valley Zone 7 Water Agency.

Arguing against the tunnels will be Barbara Barrigan-Parilla, executive director of Restore the Delta, and Nick Di Croce of the Environmental Water Caucus.

Brown’s administration has been describing his plan to build the tunnels through the Delta as a $25 billion project. That would rank it as one of the largest public works plans in California history. But when factoring in long-term financing costs, the price tag actually ranges from $51 billion to $67 billion, according to the Mercury News, a sister newspaper of this publication.

The forum is not a debate, emphasizes the League of Women Voters Eden Area, sponsors of the event along with the Sierra Club Bay Chapter Water Committee, the Sierra Club Southern Alameda County Group, and the Castro Valley Library.

The free discussion will be at the Castro Valley Library, 3600 Norbridge Ave., from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 20. Advance registration is recommended because seating is limited. To register, go to http://bit.ly/LTw59e

Posted on Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
Under: Alameda County, Castro Valley, Environment | No Comments »

How unincorporated area residents can have say in community’s future change

A press release from Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley’s office:

When asked why he is involved in improving his community, Keith Barros, a long time San Lorenzo resident quipped, “It’s better than being a mere spectator, and much better than being a victim.”

Are there things you would change or improve in your community? Then join the residents of Ashland, Cherryland, Castro Valley, Fairview and San Lorenzo who are forming working groups to improve their communities in the areas of public safety and realignment, economic development, education, governance, and agriculture and environment. Community members can join the working groups by attending any of the meetings listed below.

Over the next five years, unincorporated Eden Area residents, business owners and others will be working to implement goals and projects in each of the areas listed above. These goals were voted on by more than 350 residents at a community meeting held last November. That meeting was the culmination of a community visioning process known as the Eden Area Livability Initiative Phase II (EALI II), which had more than 700 participants total.

Organized by Alameda County Supervisors Nate Miley and Wilma Chan, EALI Phase II is part of an ongoing effort that began in 2006 with the EALI Phase I process that resulted in the planning, building, and opening of the $25 million state-of-the-art, 32,000-square-foot REACH Ashland Youth Center.

Other projects for EALI Phase I included streetscape improvements and the creation of a community design team that is now planning the Cherryland Community Center.

“It’s an opportunity to participate and advocate for my community,” said Peter Rosen, an involved Castro Valley resident, who has invited his neighbors to join the working groups. “I can have a positive impact and can improve local control.”

The formation of working groups to implement EALI Phase II goals presents a chance for unincorporated Eden Area community members to address important issues and participate in improving their communities together.

Ruth Baratta, a Cherryland resident, said, “Those of us who were involved in EALI Phase I came back for EALI Phase II because it worked. We can make a difference, and it’s up to us to create the community we want to live in.”

For more information contact Eva Poon at eva.poon@acgov.org or 510-670-5717 or visit the EALI website at www.acgov.org/edenareavision.

Schedule of Working Group Meetings

Agriculture & Environment
Thursday, February 6
6:30-8:30pm
Castro Valley Library
3600 Norbridge Avenue, Castro Valley

Education
Thursday, February 20
6:30-8:30pm
Castro Valley Adult School, Upper Campus, Rm12-13
4430 Alma Avenue, Castro Valley

Public Safety & Realignment
Thursday, February 27
6:30-8:30pm
Castro Valley Library
3600 Norbridge Avenue, Castro Valley

Economic Development
Thursday, March 6
6:30-8:30pm
Castro Valley Library
3600 Norbridge Avenue, Castro Valley

Governance
Thursday, March 13
6:30-8:30pm
Castro Valley Library
3600 Norbridge Avenue, Castro Valley

Posted on Sunday, February 2nd, 2014
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Blood drive in Castro Valley

CASTRO VALLEY — The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive Jan. 20 in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the National Day of Service.

The office of Congressman Eric Swalwell is hosting the drive. Blood donors usually drop off this time of year, and to increase awareness, January is National Blood Donor Month.

The blood drive is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hayward Castro Valley Moose Lodge, 20835 Rutledge Road.

Posted on Friday, January 17th, 2014
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Election season is already here

Hi. Sorry to be away for so long. Illness plus technical difficulties were not a good combination.

A few updates: Two candidates in the Hayward mayor’s race — Mark Salinas and Francisco Zermeno — both have been busy, hosting community events, raising money, attending just about every local gathering. I haven’t seen as much from Barbara Halliday, but that doesn’t mean she’s not connecting with voters; she doesn’t seem to use social media as much as the other two. All three have a lot of connections in the community.

I have been hearing rumors that two others will enter the race to replace longtime Mayor Michael Sweeney, who has announced his retirement at the end of June. But no names have been attached.

One guy did stop  by the Daily Review office and said he was running for mayor. I won’t give his name, because he didn’t speak to me; I only overheard him as he was flirting with our office manager. We do get some interesting characters wandering in off Foothill.

Salinas’ council seat will be up for grabs. Councilman Marvin Peixoto has announced he plans to run for re-election.

Meanwhile, Hayward Unified Trustee William McGee has set up a website for his re-election and to keep the community informed. His and Trustee Lisa Brunner’s terms expire next year; Brunner has not announced whether she will seek re-election.

The city of Hayward also is looking at a ballot measure to pay for a new main library and two fire stations, and possibly more upgrades and services. A series of meetings and outreach are planned, beginning next month.

The Hayward school district is talking about another bond measure to replace more of the district’s aging schools, but no date has been set.

Alameda County is looking at asking voters to extend Measure A, a half-cent sales tax set to expire in 2019. It helps fund medical services to the county’s low-income residents, but some have complained that too much of the money currently goes to Highland Hospital or is at the discretion of the county Board of Supervisors and subject to political maneuverings. Without it, services will be drastically cut, advocates say. But it was approved in much better economic times, 2004.

Oh, and remember Measure B-1, the proposal that would double the county sales tax for transportation from a half-cent to a full cent that was narrowly defeated in 2012? It will be back on the ballot in November, though with a 30-year time limit (the previous proposal had no time limit).

These are just a few local measures being considered; statewide ones could also be on the ballot. With all the competing interests asking voters to open their wallets, there is concern it will be overwhelming and voters will just say no to all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on Friday, December 27th, 2013
Under: Alameda County, Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, General, Hayward, Health, Other unincorporated areas, Politics, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Schools, Transportation, Union City | No Comments »