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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hayward police blotter Nov. 25-Dec. 1, 2013

(Not sure what this means from 11/26 report:

No suspects seen or heard; no promiscuous shoot calls or similar made to Hayward PD during that time period.)

11/25/2013
8:00 a.m.
Officers coordinated a probation compliance check as a result of numerous responses to the 300 block of Carson Drive in regard to disturbances, intoxication, drug use, domestic violence, and court order violations. He utilized District Command, Community Preservation and Code Enforcement on this endeavor. Code Enforcement addressed several interior and exterior violations.

7:00 p.m.
Officers working the downtown area investigated an auto burglary; in which victim said her credit card had just been used at the Jackson Street McDonalds. CCTV provided a suspect license plate as well as suspect and vehicle description. Muni Lots checked and vehicle located in front of a local Internet café. Two suspects inside vehicle were detained, one of whom was on probation for possession of stolen property. Victim’s property recovered and both suspects arrested.

10:12 p.m.
Two adult male victims were confronted and robbed of personal property at gunpoint by a group of 5 suspects. Two suspects were armed with handguns. An officer saw a similar group, and one matching one of the armed suspects, on Whitman Ave. near Tennyson High School. As the officer attempted to contact the group, the group split up and ran in 3 different directions. The officer pursued the suspect who best matched one of the armed suspects, onto Stewart Drive, before losing sight of him. A perimeter was set and a K9 was utilized to search. The suspect was within the perimeter and ran from his hiding spot when he believed the dog was going to bite him. Another officer on the perimeter confronted the suspect as he fled from a back yard to a front yard, and the suspect surrendered. The suspect was identified by one victim and the initial officer.

11/26/2013
6:25 a.m.
A male subject was visiting at an address on the 1900 block of B Street and got into an argument over money. The argument turned physical and two males got into a physical altercation. One male subject left and returned a short time later. He broke open the living room window and climbed through, armed with an AK-47. The occupants ran back to the roommate’s bedroom, at which point the male suspect fired one shot through the living room wall into the bedroom (hitting no one). The male suspect then fired another shot through the bedroom door (again striking no one). The boyfriend climbed out the bedroom window and fled. The male suspect entered the bedroom, and asked the female victim (left behind by male roommate) where she kept her money. Before leaving, the male suspect reportedly stole an undisclosed amount of cash from the living room.

7:30 a.m.
Upon opening their business, owners discovered three bullet holes in the front glass window and copper jacket fragment inside the store. Event occurred between 1700 on 11/25 and 0630 on 11/26. No suspects were seen or heard. Business is located on the 27000 block of Mission Blvd.

9:00 a.m.
Residents on the 27000 block of Huntwood discovered two bullet holes in their kitchen window and apparent projectiles (similar to .25 caliber) stuck in ceiling of their home. Residents reported hearing loud bangs around 3:00 a.m., but did not investigate. No suspects seen or heard; no promiscuous shoot calls or similar made to Hayward PD during that time period.

11/27/2013
7:13 p.m.
Victim was driving N/B on Mission when the suspect vehicle (light blue Toyota Rav 4 occupied by the driver and a male passenger) cut the victim off. The suspect vehicle then pulled along the curb, and to the right of the victim. The driver of the suspect vehicle fired two rounds from a revolver at the victim. One round struck the victim’s vehicle, the second missed it, and passed through the rear windows of an uninvolved vehicle travelling S/B on Mission at Hancock (shattering both windows, and coming within inches of striking the head of a young child riding in the rear seat). The suspect vehicle fled the scene E/B on Hancock. An extensive area check was made with negative results.

7:30 p.m.
Interrupted Residential burglary on the 1200 block of Cathy Drive. Three Hispanic male adult suspects were observed with flashlights inside a home on Cathy Drive. It appeared there was a getaway vehicle waiting for the suspects to finish. The driver of the suspect vehicle observed witness on phone, and honked the horn then sped away without the others. Officers arrived and searched home with K-9, but no one was found inside.

9:48 p.m.
Subject crashed vehicle into Martin Luther King School causing moderate damage; including broken water pipes. While detaining the suspect and investigating the incident, members of his family arrived and began interfering/delaying the officers. One of the family members was arrested for obstruction, during which time the DUI suspect assaulted officers. Officer sustained minor injuries.

11/28/2013
2:51 a.m.
An adult male victim was attacked by a suspect, hit in the head, and knocked to the ground. The suspect then searched the victim’s pockets and stole a wallet and cell phone. An area check was conducted and met with negative results. The incident occurred in the area of Leidig Ave and Tennyson Road.

11/29/2013
9:00 p.m.
Officer arrests a female for suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance. During booking process suspect retrieves methamphetamine from her bellybutton and places it in her mouth. Jail staff has to restrain suspect to retrieve illegal contraband.

11/30/201
3:40 p.m.
A female victim was walking on Blackwood Ave when a black 4 door Nissan drove next to her. The passenger in the vehicle rolled down the window and told the victim to give him her wallet. Victim said no and walked away. Suspect exited passenger seat, approached the victim again and brandished a 4″ knife then again demanded the wallet. Victim gave up the wallet out of fear and suspect got back inside of vehicle and the vehicle drove north on Blackwood towards Marin.

9:27 p.m.
Multiple calls of 2-3 shots heard in the area of Huntwood/Austin. Reporting party on Avocado Street advised group of males on his porch asking for help due to friend having been shot but the group runs away. As units respond to area other neighbors report the group as traveling eastbound Orchard across Soto. No victims or obvious crime scene located.

12/01/13
2:15 a.m.
Officers investigate an occupied suspicious vehicle parked in Municipals Lot 5 near in downtown Hayward. During the investigation they arrest a male and female for various drug charges.

11:17 a.m.
Strong Arm Robbery in front of Tennyson Liquors 1190 West Tennyson Road. Suspect 1 (S1)and Suspect 2 (S2) approach victim from behind, strike him in the head with a skateboard and forcefully pull the victim’s necklace from his neck. S1 and S2 flee on foot southbound on Pompano. S1 Black male adult, 5’7″, 180, short black hair, brown eyes; LSW clack jacket, blue jeans, black tennis shoes. S2 black or Hispanic male, 5’7″, 180 lbs.

2:45 p.m.
Car Jacking on the 22000 block of Mission Blvd. Two suspects came to dealership to buy a Grey/Green Range Rover. Salesperson puts key in ignition to start car for test drive. Suspect pushes salesperson out of the way. Both suspects get in car and flee. Area check and outside agencies notified. S1 Black male adult, 20′s, 5’09″, 150 lbs, black baseball hat, black button up shirt. S2 Hispanic male adult 20′s, 5’09″, 180 lbs, white t-shirt, blue jeans.

5:24 p.m.
Robbery occurred in the parking lot of Bank of America on A St. (S1) BMA, 40′s, 5’06″ 160 lbs, Green T shirt, Black jeans was selling computers and TVs out the back of his car. Suspect approached victim and asked if she wanted to buy a TV. Victim refused and the suspect reached into his waistband (simulating a gun) and demanded money.

Please be very cautious this Holiday season. There are many scams going on right now. One scam is similar to the last blotter entry. Suspect will fill boxes of T.V.’s and computer with heavy items (such as bricks) and tell you they bought a surplus of these items on sale and are willing to extend the discount to you. By all appearances, the items will look legitimate. Do not be fooled and try to purchase something that is too good to be true.