Ashland: Open house at new community garden

ASHLAND — A new community garden is holding an open house Saturday, June 21.

The garden is being developed on an empty lot owned by Alameda County at the corner of Mission Boulevard and Paradise boulevards. The garden is being developed by Project EAT, a county Office of Education program to promote healthy lifestyles.

Activities at the open house will include seed planting, kids’ games, nutrition information, healthy snacks and garden box applications. It will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 20095 Mission Blvd., north of Mattox Road and south of Lewelling Boulevard.

For more information, contact Project EAT at projecteat@acoe.org or 510-670-4156 or go to www.projecteat.com.



Cinco de Mayo celebrations abound

Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated this weekend throughout the area.

A few of them include:

Hayward’s festival will feature mariachi bands, dancing horses, folklorico troupes and Mexican food. It runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Hayward City Hall Plaza, 777 B St.

The Ashland REACH Youth Center will host a Cinco de Mayo festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. It will include free food, entertainment and a community health and resource fair. The center is at 16335 E. 14th St.

San Leandro will mark the holiday on its actual day, Monday, May 5. The festivities include folklorico dancers, mariachi music, food and a children’s Mexican crafts area. It begins at 6 p.m. at San Leandro Civic Center Plaza,  835 East 14th St.


Meals on Wheels to mark sixth anniversary with May 17 luncheon

SAN LEANDRO — SOS/Meals on Wheels is celebrating its sixth anniversary with a luncheon May 17.

The nonprofit agency serves 1,200 meals each day to seniors in Hayward, Castro Valley, San Leandro, San Lorenzo and Oakland.

Proceeds from the luncheon, which includes wine from local vineyards, will help fund the program. There also will be a raffle and silent auction for prizes, such as a weekend at a Lake Tahoe cabin, Disneyland tickets and a playhouse made and donated by Habitat for Humanity.

The fundraiser is 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 17 at Eden United Church of Christ’s Oliver Hall, 21455 Birch St. Tickets are $25; for more information, email connie@sosmealsonwheels.org. or call 510-582-1263.


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.


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.


Hayward Area Recreation and Park District website looking good!

HAYWARD — The website for the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District has undergone a major redesign.

The new sophisticated design is a VAST improvement over the old one, which was frustrating for members of the community and HARD employees and board members.

Check it out at www.haywardrec.org. The site had a “soft” launch Friday, with an official launch next Monday.

The site quickly loads, features some great photos (though I’m not sure what that kid who popped up on several pages is actually doing, but that’s one intense look). There’s even a place where people can submit suggestions and questions. It’s easy to provide feedback, and the list of facilities also include maps for each place. Many of the site listings also have photos, and I assume more will be added.

There are still a few small kinks when I checked out the site. The search function did not seem to be working smoothly in every case, and some of the pages did not have a link back to the home page. I couldn’t find a staff directory.

There’s a photo of district general manager John Gouveia along with an interesting bio. It would be nice to have photos of department heads on their respective pages.

If there are things you notice that might need adjusting or suggestions for improving the site, it’s easy to give feedback on the site or call the district office at 510-881-6700.


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.











Hayward historical society seeks volunteers for new center

HAYWARD — Downtown’s new Center for History & Culture is opening in early 2014, and the Hayward Area Historical Society is looking for volunteers to help staff it.

The society is holding an open house for potential volunteers from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10.

Volunteers are needed for admissions, tours and galleries. Admission volunteers will greet visitors and sell store merchandise. Guides will lead tours for groups and answer questions in the galleries. Training will be provided.

The open house will be at the society’s headquarters, 22380 Foothill Blvd.  Park in the lot behind the building.

For more details, email education@haywardareahistory.org.


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.


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.