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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

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

Posted on Sunday, September 8th, 2013
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A party to die for

SAN LORENZO — A Block Party to Die For will raise funds for the San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery.

The party takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at College and Usher streets. There will be tours of the historic cemetery, carnival games, crafts and food. Live music will be provided by the Bay Area Blues Society Caravan and Leo Oliver and the Blues Knockouts.

The Friends of the San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery and the Hayward Area Historical Society are hosting the event, and all proceeds will support preservation of the cemetery.

The cemetery at Hesperian Boulevard and College Street in San Lorenzo recorded its first burial in 1854. East Bay historic figures William Meek and John Lewelling are among the 2,500 buried there.

Tickets are $10, or $5 for children and seniors. They can be bought at the event or in advance at 510-581-0223.

Posted on Wednesday, July 10th, 2013
Under: Alameda County, Ashland, Calendar, Cherryland, Hayward, Odds & Ends, San Lorenzo | No Comments »

Business comings, goings

HAYWARD — Famous Dave’s is close to opening at Southland Mall. A sign in front says it’s opening July 22. There’s also a sign indicating the barbecue chain is hiring.

Famous Dave’s is moving into the old Marie Callendar’s building facing Winton Avenue that has been vacant for some time. The barbecue restaurant was serving up food at the recent downtown street fair.

And in downtown Hayward on Foothill Boulevard between A and B streets, a Filipino restaurant is opening at the former crepes restaurant. I haven’t seen a sign showing when it will open.

The consignment shop at A and Foothill is closing. It’s started a going out of business sale. Meanwhile, a few doors down, Dollar Tree has been open for awhile.

The Zumba place that was on Foothill in the same block as the consignment shop and Dollar Tree has moved to B Street next to Eden Jewelry, near Mission Boulevard.

Avocado Freddy’s is scheduled to reopen July 26. It’s on Main Street near the Jackson-Mission-Foothill intersection (the building was formerly a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet) and close to Bret Harte Middle School and St. Regis Retirement Center Avocado Freddy’s is offering some specials with its reopening; check its website for details.

If you hear of other places opening (and yes, closing, sadly), please share. Thanks!

Posted on Thursday, July 4th, 2013
Under: Alameda County, Business, Entertainment, General, Hayward | 2 Comments »

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.

Posted on Thursday, June 27th, 2013
Under: Alameda County, Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, Hayward, Other unincorporated areas, Politics, San Leandro, Union City | No Comments »

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.

Posted on Wednesday, June 26th, 2013
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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.

Posted on Sunday, June 23rd, 2013
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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 or call 510-881-6704.

Posted on Tuesday, June 18th, 2013
Under: Alameda County, Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, Hayward, San Lorenzo | 3 Comments »

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.


Posted on Thursday, June 13th, 2013
Under: Alameda County, Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Crime, Fairview, General, Hayward, Other unincorporated areas, San Leandro, San Lorenzo | No Comments »

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.

Posted on Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
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Military recruits to be honored

CASTRO VALLEY — New military recruits will be honored at a ceremony June 2 at Castro Valley Center for the Performing Arts.

Congressman Eric Swalwell, D-Dublin, will help hand out certificates to the more than 50 recruits from the Bay Area.

A Soldier’s Medal also will be presented to Staff Sgt. Jason Ramsey of the Alameda Recruiting Center. Ramsey is credited with helping rescue a woman in June 2012 from a car that had gone into the Oakland estuary and was sinking.

The ceremony takes place 1 to 4 p.m. at 19501 Redwood Road. For more information, go to

Posted on Saturday, June 1st, 2013
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