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Hayward Arts Council benefit Oct. 18

HAYWARD — A dinner and dance fundraiser Oct. 18 in the City Hall Rotunda benefits the Hayward Arts Council, which promotes local artists and hosts wonderful free exhibits.

“Arts in the Heart of the Bay” also will feature art, naturally; music; and a chance to mingle with other art supporters. Items to be auctioned include a getaway to a vacation home in Tahoe and a flyover of the Bay Area.

Tickets for the event are $40 in advance, $50 at the door. Checks may be sent to or dropped off at the Hayward Arts Council, 22394 Foothill Blvd., Hayward 94541.

The fundraiser is 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at 777 B St. For details, call 510-538-2787 or email HACmail@haywardarts.org.

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Hayward business expo Oct. 7

HAYWARD — Merchants and nonprofit groups can showcase their products and services at a business expo Oct. 7.

Individuals are welcome to attend; admission is free for Hayward Chamber of Commerce members and $10 for nonmembers. Those attending can check out local businesses and organizations and sample food and drinks from local restaurants and caterers. Some new car models will be on display.

Sign-ups are being accepted from businesses wanting to take part in the expo, which will be 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the white tent in the St. Rose Hospital parking lot, 27200 Calaroga Ave. Booth fee is $250 for chamber members and $395 for nonmembers.

The business expo, sponsored by the chamber and the city of Hayward, will be at the white tent at St. Rose Hospital, 27200 Calaroga Ave., from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. For additional information, call the chamber at 510-537-2424 or go to www.hayward.org.

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Golfing for good

HAYWARD — Golfing may be a requirement to rise through the ranks of corporations, but it can sometimes be used for the public good, too. Witness the recent Waste Management Charity Golf Tournament, which raised half a million dollars for East Bay charities.

That’s a pretty impressive number, even for a tournament with a less-than-sexy name. Well, the tournament plus a gala at the Claremont in Oakland.

The tournament, in which more than 200 people took part Sept. 4-5 at Stonebrae Country Club in the Hayward hills, was the first that Waste Management has held in California, according to a press release.

The money raised will benefit six charities:

Alameda County Community Food Bank ($95,000)
Funds will be used to buy a 26-foot truck for food distribution in Alameda County.

Chabot Space and Science Center ($95,000)
The money will pay for an environmental education exhibit and programming.

Cypress Mandela Training Center ($65,000)
The grant will expand training programs, emphasizing reuse of green construction materials and safe handling of hazardous material.

East Bay Community Foundation ($90,000)
The money will be used to create a fund to provide mini-grants to environmental issues groups in Alameda County.

Friends of Oakland Parks & Rec ($75,000)
Using matching funds, the grant will upgrade toddler lots, install shaded picnic areas and resurface tennis court at the East Oakland Sports Center.

The YMCA of the East Bay ($80,000)
Funds will underwrite a Bullying Prevention program and We Dig the Y, an urban garden/healthy eating initiative.

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Hayward council to consider ways to clean up downtown

HAYWARD — The City Council’s meeting Tuesday should be a lively one, with proposed ordinances dealing with some of the problems downtown on the agenda.

A social nuisance ordinance would go after property owners who allow criminal activity, such as drug use, drug dealing, prostitution and gang activity.The staff report also mentions noisy activity during late hours and chronic unruly gatherings.

Property owners would be sent a warning letter. If the problem isn’t take care of, that’s when possible fines kick in, up to $5,000.

The ordinance is based on similar regulations in Vallejo and Stockton, where 90 percent of the problems were taken care of after a warning letter was sent.

I wonder if this would help curb the problems at the old vacant City Hall behind Safeway on Foothill Boulevard, which seems to be a magnet for people looking for a place to sleep, drug use and littering.

City staff members also are proposing regulating free outdoor food handouts on city property, which regularly draw 50 to 100 people. One of the changes would require that those serving food have a permit. I’m not sure how much the permits would cost; the staff report won’t be released until sometime Monday.

At a City Council work session in March, representatives of several groups who work with the homeless and poor objected to the permit process, including Sara Lamnin of Hayward Community Action Network. The South Hayward Parish program works to find housing for the homeless and help them become self-sufficient.

What is needed is a centralized indoor center where the poor and homeless can get not only food, but also other services to actually address the problems, Lamnin has said.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Hayward City Hall Council Chambers, 777 B St.

The agenda also mentions park hours, but again, no details until the report comes out.

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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 trudy.toll@hayward-ca.gov.

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 trudy.toll@hayward-ca.gov.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Hayward police blotter June 17-23

06/17
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.

06/19

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.

06/20

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.

06/21

3:21

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.

6/22

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.

06/23
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.

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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.