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Hayward police blotter, May 22-26

From the Hayward police department:

05/22/2013
22:30
The Jack In The Box restaurant on Winton Avenue at Clawiter Road was robbed. The suspect was described as a Black Male Adult, 20′s, 5’05, thin, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with the hood over his head, and his face covered by a light colored scarf. The suspect carried a black single strap messenger style bag, and was armed with a black semi-auto handgun. Nobody was injured.

5/24/2013
10:59
On Parkside Drive a suspect attempted to break into a home by breaking a window in the backyard. The suspect fled when the alarm on the home sounded. An alert neighbor investigated the sounding alarm and saw the suspect run from the yard to a vehicle. The neighbor was able to obtain the license plate of the vehicle. Officers used this information to identify and detain the suspect, who was on probation for burglary, and the witness neighbor identified the suspect. The suspect was arrested for burglary and several related charges.

5/26/2013
18:00
An informant reported that a woman brandished a knife at him in the downtown area. A Police Sergeant located the woman in the area and attempted to speak to her. The woman did not verbally acknowledge the Sergeant’s presence and attempt to speak with her. She suddenly reached into her purse and attempted to arm herself with a knife that was inside. She was restrained and determined to be a danger to herself or others and therefore detained for a psychiatric evaluation.

Posted on Thursday, May 30th, 2013
Under: Alameda County, Crime, Hayward | No Comments »

Scholarship Inc. honors 14 students

HAYWARD — Scholarship Inc. handed out $33,050 in scholarships to 14 seniors from Hayward schools earlier this month.

The students include:

Clint Evangelista, Cristian Castello, Kathleen Parra (Moreau Catholic High);

Jessica Camacho, Dana Carter, Jing Liang (Hayward High);

Siyou Song, Maryell Abella, Cameron Clerkley (Mount Eden High);

Mendelssohn Vargas, Gerardo Duran, Dolores Vargas (Tennyson High);

Falconery Barba and Jonish Hudson (Brenkwitz High).

Posted on Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
Under: Alameda County, Hayward, Schools | No Comments »

Youth sought for Hayward Youth Commission

HAYWARD — The city is looking for students interested in serving on the Hayward Youth Commission.

Students must be ages 13 to 20 at the time of appointment and live in the city or within the boundaries of the Hayward Unified School District.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. May 16. Interviews will take place May 23.

The commission advises the mayor and City Council, Hayward Area Recreation and Park District and the school district about issues affecting young people. Members also work on projects such as organizing conferences.

Application forms may be found on the city’s website, www.hayward-ca.gov, under city government, boards-commissions-committees. They also can be requested from the city clerk’s office, 777 B St., fourth floor, telephone 510-583-4400.

Posted on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
Under: Alameda County, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, Hayward, San Lorenzo | No Comments »

Poet to speak at Cal State Distinguished Writers event

HAYWARD — Patricia Smith will recite some of her latest poetry Thursday, April 25, at Cal State as part of the Distinguished Writers Series

The 7 p.m. event will be held in the Biella Room of the University Library, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd. Admission is free, and the public is invited. A book signing and question and answer session will follow. The event is hosted by the university’s English department.

Smith, who is also a playwright and performing artist, has published six books of poetry, including “Blood Dazzler,” a National Book Award finalist, and “Teahouse of the Almighty,” a National Poetry series winner.

The Chicago native is a four-time National Poetry Slam individual champion.
“We’re fortunate to celebrate April, National Poetry Month, with a reading by one of the nation’s foremost writers and performance artists,” Susan Gubernat, English professor and director of the Distinguished Writers Series for 2012-13, said in a release.

Smith is a professor of English at City University of New York and a faculty member of the Sierra Nevada masters of fine arts program and Cave Canem Foundation.
She has performed on stage and on film, CDs and in the HBO series “Def Poetry Jam.” She has been published in numerous literary journals.
Campus parking is $2 per hour, payable at kiosk machines in the parking lots.

Posted on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013
Under: Alameda County, Calendar, Hayward, Odds & Ends | No Comments »

Crosswalks to be reinstalled on Hayward downtown loop

HAYWARD — Two crosswalks on A Street that were removed as part of changing Foothill Boulevard, A Street and Mission Boulevard to one way are going back in.

Merchants, Councilman Francisco Zermeno and several residents had objected to the removal of the crosswalks, and pedestrians have been jaywalking at the two intersections since the loop began.

The crosswalk at A and Mission was on the south side of the intersection by Starbucks and the block of A with Buon Appetito. The crosswalk at A and Foothill is on the west side between the consignment shop and CVS pharmacy.

With the removal of the crosswalks, it can take pedestrians more than six minutes to get from one side of the street to the other because they have to make three crossings.

Hayward’s traffic consultants determined the crosswalks can be reinstated “with minimal impact to traffic flow at those intersections,” according to a report from the city manager. The report didn’t say when the crosswalks would be put in, just “as quickly as possible after the redesign is complete and the required equipment, such as additional pedestrian push buttons and signal heads, are purchased.”

Posted on Monday, April 8th, 2013
Under: Alameda County, General, Hayward, Transportation | 7 Comments »

Loop meeting Thursday

In case you missed it, Hayward staff members will be holding a meeting Thursday to talk about the loop and the rest of the Route 238 Corridor Improvement project.

It seems everybody has an opinion on the new one-way traffic loop through downtown Hayward that started March 16. My perspective? It seems to work if you’re in the correct lane to get to where you want to go. I’m hoping that with final paving, striping and signs, it will be more clearer.

I have been testing out the loop from different approaches for a week. It is still confusing as to which lane you need to be in, but I think we’ll figure that out. I do hope that Hayward PD has radar guns out on Foothill Boulevard headed north; the tickets from speeders could generate quite a bit of income for the city.

Drivers headed east on A Street seem to be confused when they hit the one-way segment. Some are looping back down B Street and then right to A Street west; others seem to have no idea where to go. I’m pretty sure I would be confused, if not downright lost, if I were not from Hayward and was trying to head east on A Street.

Now, what does this mean to downtown merchants? I’m sure they will express their opinions at Thursday’s meeting, which starts at 9 a.m. in Room 1C at City Hall, 777 B St. Can’t make the meeting? The city’s loop website: haywardloop.org.

Posted on Sunday, March 24th, 2013
Under: Alameda County, Ashland, Castro Valley, Fairview, Hayward, San Lorenzo, Transportation, Union City | 19 Comments »

Now that would have been cool

HAYWARD — A rumor was circulating that the city planned to use a helicopter to put the last two signal bridges in place along Foothill Boulevard.

Not so, says Morad Fakhrai, Hayward’s director of public works, engineering and transportation.

He said someone did actually check to see if using a helicopter would make sense. Turns out the signal bridges would be too heavy for a helicopter to lift.

Instead, two cranes will be used to install the bridges sometime this week. The work will be done late at night.

Meanwhile, drivers and pedestrians are adjusting to the new one-way traffic loop. Hayward police were stationed at major intersections Monday morning with lights flashing on their cruisers, mostly to try to get motorists to pay attention. Old habits die hard.

A lot more motorists were using B Street on Monday. There didn’t seem to be as many wrong-way drivers on the loop.

Posted on Monday, March 18th, 2013
Under: Alameda County, Castro Valley, Hayward, Transportation | 4 Comments »

Castro Valley Class of 1963 plans reunion

CASTRO VALLEY — The Class of 1963 graduated at the beginning of what would become the turbulent 1960s. Those high school seniors saw a lot of changes over the next decade, and listened to a lot of great music.

Fifty years later, Castro Valley High School 1963 grads are planning a reunion the weekend of Sept. 21. Tentative plans include a casual get-together Friday evening, a Saturday barbecue/picnic and a Saturday evening main event.

Reunion organizers are compiling a contact list and ask that all 1963 Spartan classmates email Tara O’Leary at olearytara@mac.com.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, it appears that Castro Valley High students were called the Spartans before the school merged with Canyon High School and Canyon became a middle school.

Posted on Saturday, March 16th, 2013
Under: Alameda County, Castro Valley, Odds & Ends | 12 Comments »

Food for thought

CASTRO VALLEY — While many think of St. Patrick’s Day as a time for wearing of the green, the community is invited to be green in eating habits at the same time.

A free screening of the documentary “Forks Over Knives” is planned for this coming Sunday, March 17, at the Castro Valley Library.

The film will focus on how a low-fat, plant-based diet can reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and autoimmune diseases while helping the planet.

Snacks will be provided, and a short discussion will follow the film, sponsored by Starr King Unitarian Universalist Church.

The event begins at 1:30 p.m. at the library, 3600 Norbridge Ave., Castro Valley.

Posted on Sunday, March 10th, 2013
Under: Alameda County, Ashland, Castro Valley, Environment, Fairview, Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Union City | 1 Comment »

Hayward school board considers sending pink slips to all principals, vice principals

A proposal to send out potential layoff notices to all Hayward Unified principals and vice principals will be taken up by the district trustees on Wednesday, March 13, their last scheduled meeting before the state-mandated March 15 deadline.

Trustees talked about the idea for more than two hours this past Wednesday without taking action. But before they went into closed session, they got an earful from angry teachers who said the notices would be demoralizing. Several teachers spoke about how after years of high turnovers of principals, the district seemed to be moving forward and there was starting to be a sense of stability and team-building.

All of the principals and vice principals were evaluated, and the school board earlier approved dismissal notices for five principals and two vice principals. However, the notices discussed this past Wednesday would go to administrators who received good reviews. An email that was sent to administrators said the move would allow the superintendent more flexibility in any restructuring.

Several people said it appeared that the board had taken action of some form in closed session without reporting it, resulting in allegations of lack of transparency. Trustees are not allowed to disclose closed-session discussions.

Trustees only allowed 20 minutes for public comment, and limited each speaker to one minute at Wednesday’s meeting. Board president Will McGee, with the approval of the rest of the trustees, extended the comment period so that everyone who had asked to speak could.

The meeting was packed, with the conference room where trustees were meeting full and others in an overflow room.

Under the state Brown Act, trustees could not respond to comments made.

Sending out pink slips, as it is commonly referred to among educators, to all principals and vice principals in a school district appears to be an unusual move. It is true that Oakland did it a couple of years ago, but that district was having to close schools for financial reasons, and it didn’t have a plan in place by the March 15 deadline.

Those I spoke to at several state agencies and groups said sending out the notices was not something that they tracked, but many agreed informally that it seemed to be out of the ordinary. None would go on the record, because they didn’t have any data, but a spokesperson at one expressed surprise that pink slips would be sent out for reasons other than financial.

Hayward, like all school districts, is preparing its students for state standardized testing that will start soon. The district also has begun contract talks with its teachers union. Many of those who waited outside the more than two hours of closed session expressed concern that sending out the pink slips could disrupt things at an important time for Hayward schools.

Wednesday’s meeting begins at 5 p.m. at Hayward City Hall, 777 B St.

Posted on Friday, March 8th, 2013
Under: Alameda County, Cherryland, Fairview, Hayward, Layoffs, Schools, Union City | 9 Comments »