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Plenty of events, starting tonight, in Hayward

Four days of outdoor events — street party, City Hall concert and Zucchini Festival — kick off tonight, here’s our story on that. Sean Brooks, the city’s economic development manager, said he expects to see a large turnout at the Friday concert because of former Tower of Power frontman Lenny Williams and Lava, a popular local Latin group that will also be performing at tonight’s street party.

“We had 100 to 200 people come to the concerts earlier this summer,” Brooks said. “Expecting more like 800 to 1,000 on Friday.”

Rich Essi, the general manager of the Zucchini Festival, said he expects one of the founding Pointer Sisters to be a draw to his event, which he said has been growing in recent years.

“It’s because of the economy,” he said. “People don’t go anywhere, they don’t like to spend the money on gas. So they’ll keep close to home.”

Asked about rumors that the festival is leaving town, he acknowledged that it’s something he has threatened to do because he feels the city doesn’t offer enough support and promotion of the event. But he said he has no plans to change the venue at this time.

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Calendar for week of May 16

Just announced: Hayward school board will have another meeting on board governance and goal setting from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at the district office board room.

baby20possum11And if you’re concerned about close encounters with raccoons, possums or other esteemed representatives of wild Hayward, the Hayward Animal Shelter will hold an informative meeting on interacting with our native wildlife at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in room 2A at City Hall, 777 B St.

Remember, if you are interested in a more comprehensive list of Hayward government-related events, check out the City Clerk’s site, with links to the various agendas. This week, that includes Library Commission, Youth Commission, Downtown Business Improvement Advisory Board, Climate Action Management Team and a weekend cleanup event at Weekes Park. Continue Reading

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Calendar for week of April 18

Here’s what’s going on this week. Also, check out the slideshow on the Castro Valley artist who carves fish out of wood. They’re pretty impressive pieces, and you can see them at The Book Shop on B Street.

Community Calendar items can be faxed to 510-293-2490, mailed to 22533 Foothill Blvd., Hayward, CA 94541, or e-mailed to jketchum@bayareanewsgroup.com. Questions? Call 510-293-2464. Continue Reading

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Calendar for week of April 4

 April 7
How is San Leandro doing? — 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. State of the city is assessed by Mayor Stephen Cassidy at a luncheon sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce — members and nonmembers are invited. Luncheon is at the Senior Community Center, 13909 E. 14th St., San Leandro. Prepaid registration is required. Cost: $30 for chamber members, $40 for nonmembers. Register at: sanleandrochamber.com, click “events” link. For more information, call 510-317-1400. Continue Reading

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Calendar for week of March 28

Artist207Yikes, once again I find myself a day behind on the calendar post. Here’s what we have/had on tap for the  week. Of note: There’s going to be a Hayward Cesar Chavez event and teach-in at at City Hall starting 5 p.m. Thursday, a new Hayward Arts Council exhibit opens Friday, also at City Hall, featuring the artists at right and for the next four Saturdays, Big Read events, again at City Hall. Continue Reading

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Calendar for week of March 21

Lots of stuff this week, night meeting after night meeting after night meeting means I’m on the late schedule. Tonight we have San Leandro talking about the future of the Marina at 5:30 p.m., followed by Mayor Stephen Cassidy’s State of the City speech at 7 p.m. On Tuesday, Hayward’s going to get an update on what’s going on with the proposed gang injunction program, and they’re going to be looking at adopting a negative declaration and approval of a plan to widen Winton Avenue. And HUSD will have a hearing on latest proposal to the teacher’s union. Also, Bully Awareness Forum on Friday night. Continue Reading

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Calendar for week of March 7; Bunker Hill meeting tonight

There’s a meeting tonight that I just found out about, regarding the disposal of Bunker Hill properties currently owned by Caltrans. A Bunker Hill resident faxed me a city document that she’d gotten hold of through a public records request. It outlines potential troubles, such as “limited ingress and egress” and “unsafe nature of the existing roadway,” and the need for road and infrastructure improvements. It also points out that Caltrans wants to get a fair deal for the land, money which will then be used to fund transportation projects in Alameda County.

Bottom line: “Caltrans has made a preliminary finding that it would be preferable to market the property as one large piece, which would maximize return on the entire parcel and allow flexibility in ultimately configuring development so as to make development more economically feasible, while meeting the zoning and health and safety requirements of the city. It is this preliminary finding that we will be discussing with attendees at the upcoming meeting at Hayward City Hall Council Chambers on Monday, March 7, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.” Continue Reading

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Calendar for week of Feb. 28

 Here’s this week’s calendar. Just about to head to San Leandro to see what they say about options for a medical marijuana ordinance. Tomorrow, the Hayward City Council is poised to take steps to save redevelopment assets from a possible state take. And Wednesday’s Sustainability Committee meeting could be a big one, as they will be looking at the draft Residential Energy Conservation Ordinance. They moved that meeting into the main Council Chambers instead of the work session room, in case people turn out. Continue Reading