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Breakdown of state’s most diverse housing tract

diversetractWe had a story on Hayward’s diversity and how it compares with other places in the Bay Area. Turns out that according to one way of measuring things, a tract off Tennyson Road is the most diverse in the state. It’s an imperfect measurement, and doesn’t take into account subdivisions within the race categories that by all means would add to an area’s diversity. Read the story for an explanation of what is meant by “most diverse.” Here’s the breakdown of Tract 4377.01:

POPULATION IN 2000: 4227
POPULATION IN 2010: 3649 (-578)

HOUSING UNITS: 1107

PERCENT VACANT: 9%

LAND SQUARE MILES: .1869 Continue Reading

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Share your story for Hayward museum exhibit

It’s oral and written history time over at the Hayward Area Historical Society, where they want to hear your fondest memories of Hayward, Cherryland, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, Mt. Eden, Ashland, Fairview or old Russell City. They’re putting together an exhibit for the new museum space, which is under construction in the former Kumbala building at Foothill and Russell in downtown Hayward. The exhibit, scheduled to open in the fall, will feature memories of residents tied to the Hayward area, both of the recorded and written variety.

We were just talking about good ideas for the Hayward mural, here’s another chance to share some of your treasured or poignant moments. Deadline is April 30.

Read some examples, find out how to submit after the jump. Bonus: Historical photos, courtesy HAHS! Continue Reading

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HARD honors its volunteers of the year

hardawardThe Hayward Area Recreation and Park District held its annual volunteer celebration, and chose Frances Horn as HARD Volunteer of the Year. She’s in the photo at left, holding the plaque with a photo of Frances Horn on it, surrounded by family members.  Horn has volunteered at the Kenneth C. Aitken Senior Center since 2001, and is in charge of the Senior Health Screening program. She sounds like a good candidate for one of the Review’s Senior Journal profiles, but for now find the HARD press release after the jump.
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Monday mixed bag

Back from a week’s vacation, getting caught up with goings-on. These appeared while I was gone:

An interesting story that popped up on my Google alerter. It has to do with a Ninth Circuit decision that holds it is illegal to hire inexperienced, uncredentialed  interns as “highly qualified” to teach subjects at the neediest schools. It stems from a lawsuit filed by folks in Richmond, Oakland and Hayward.

And here’s a story on homes approved for the area by the Costco on Hesperian. The city agreed to give the developer some wiggle room on what they have to build, and when.

Here — this one was weird and certainly had people talking. It’s not often  you have a dead bear turn up outside an Ashland market.

Anyone check out the City Council meeting last week? I still have to watch the replay, but I was interested in that smoking ordinance revision workshop.

And anyone seen/heard about the Waiting for Superman film that’s in limited release? It looks like you’d have to take a trip to San Francisco to see it right now, but I’ve heard it’s an eye-opener. If you know anyone who has seen it and wants to talk about it, a colleague of mine is working on a story about it for later this week.

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This week’s school board, HARD candidate forums

So I’m off this week. Just got back from a short camping trip — don’t much care for publicly announcing when I won’t be home, so I didn’t. But I’m back in town now yet still not actively at work, although I’ll be attending tomorrow night’s forum to gather more thread for the school board candidate story. But I’m officially off until Monday.

Here’s the info on this week’s candidate forums, which ran as a brief in the Review:

CANDIDATE FORUMS: There will be a forum for Hayward Unified school board candidates from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in room 804 at Chabot College, 25555 Hesperian Blvd.

The event is sponsored by the college’s political science department and Chabot College Foundation.

Organizers said all candidates are expected to attend.

There will be another forum at 7 p.m. Friday at the Westminster Hills Presbyterian Church, 27287 Patrick Ave. That event, sponsored by the Hayward Demos Democratic Club, the Greater Hayward Democratic Club and GLOBE, will be followed by a forum for candidates running for the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District board.

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New reporter at the Review!

Good news! We have some additional hands around here these days: Chris Metinko, who was covering Alameda County issues for the Oakland Tribune, joined us to take over the unincorporated areas beat.

That includes Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, Fairview, Ashland and Cherryland. Like the rest of us, he’ll tackle all aspects of the areas, including schools, crime and planning/land use/neighborhood issues. In addition, he’ll be taking on stories out of Cal State East Bay and Chabot College.

Chris is a very welcome addition. If you have stories out of our neck of unincorporated AlCo, let him know. He’s at 510-293-2479 or cmetinko@bayareanewsgroup.com.

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Noceda is out, and let’s review that blog policy

After looking at the “About The HayWord” page, it appears that it’s time to revisit all of that info. Still lists Kim Santos as editor (she’s now at the Valley Times/Tri-Valley Herald), Jason Sweeney covers San Leandro and Kris Noceda left us last week. To those not in the Twitterverse – that’s where news breaks these days — Kris left the Review to join an online news group.

nocedaYeah, we’re already missing him — not just because he’s a good reporter and a positive newsroom presence, but also because now we have to cover his beats until a new reporter is hired. In a nutshell, that means I’ll pick up Castro Valley, Fairview, Cherryland, Cal State and Chabot College stories; Jason Sweeney is going to tackle unincorporated crime items, San Lorenzo and Ashland.

Now then, please read this official policy. We’re going to start enforcing it. I honestly don’t have much time to play comment police, so if you post something unacceptable, I will have to put you in the spam queue. Then, when I have a chance, I’ll look at the spam queue and see if there’s anything there to post. That means you will not have the instant gratification of seeing your comment go live when you hit the post button, and I can’t guarantee what kind of lag time there will be. Here’s that policy:

Blog policy: While The HayWord welcomes lively discussion and tough criticism, personal attacks on writers or other readers are not allowed. Spam, obscene language, personal attacks or abusive hate speech are not allowed. You may not pose as another person when posting. Violators are subject to a ban. We recommend that posters to The HayWord use their full names when posting, to keep this forum reliable and encourage constructive discussion.

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Holzmeister wins history award

KarenHistoryAwardsphotoLongtime Daily Review reporter Karen Holzmeister (on the left, with Hayward Area Historical Society Vice President Gay Ostarello), who retired from the paper last summer, was one of the honorees at the HAHS awards dinner last week.

Karen was an institution in the newsroom, someone whose mind-vault contained a wealth of information about southern Alameda County that can’t be found in any google search. She remains sorely missed — not just by Review staff but by community members as well. Then again, she’s missed particularly by Review staff, who were treated to a delicious sherry cake when she was in the neighborhood and stopped by earlier this week.

Karen’s been busy in her retirement, having done some traveling including a trip to the Middle East.

Here’s an item in Carol Thornberry’s column about another recent honor Karen received.

And here’s the HAHS press release on their event, which included some other local notables: Continue Reading