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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.

Posted on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
Under: Alameda County, Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Environment, Hayward, San Lorenzo | No Comments »

Castro Valley forum to consider Delta tunnels

CASTRO VALLEY — Representatives of both for and against arguments about a plan to dig two massive tunnels under the Delta to carry water from the Sacramento River to federal and state pumps in Tracy will talk about the plan at a forum here Feb. 20.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has proposed building two tunnels, each 40 feet in diameter, running 35 miles under the Delta, and restoring 147,000 acres of wetlands and other habitat.

Supporters say the tunnels would make it easier to move water south without grinding up salmon, smelt and other fish in giant pumps at Tracy, which has caused federal officials in recent years to limit pumping. Environmentalists and Delta politicians say it could result in even more water being taken from the Delta.

Speaking in favor of the tunnels will be Paul Helliker, deputy director of the state Department of Water Resources, Delta and Statewide Water Management, and Jill Duerig, general manager of Livermore/Amador Valley Zone 7 Water Agency.

Arguing against the tunnels will be Barbara Barrigan-Parilla, executive director of Restore the Delta, and Nick Di Croce of the Environmental Water Caucus.

Brown’s administration has been describing his plan to build the tunnels through the Delta as a $25 billion project. That would rank it as one of the largest public works plans in California history. But when factoring in long-term financing costs, the price tag actually ranges from $51 billion to $67 billion, according to the Mercury News, a sister newspaper of this publication.

The forum is not a debate, emphasizes the League of Women Voters Eden Area, sponsors of the event along with the Sierra Club Bay Chapter Water Committee, the Sierra Club Southern Alameda County Group, and the Castro Valley Library.

The free discussion will be at the Castro Valley Library, 3600 Norbridge Ave., from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 20. Advance registration is recommended because seating is limited. To register, go to http://bit.ly/LTw59e

Posted on Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
Under: Alameda County, Castro Valley, Environment | No Comments »

A close look at wildlife rehabilitation

HAYWARD — Sulphur Creek Wildlife Center is taking visitors into its hospital to show how the staff assesses an injured or orphaned animal, cares for them and prepares them for release back into the wild.

Advance registration is required for this adults-only event, which takes place 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. The fee is $18. To register, go to www.haywardrec.org or call 510-881-6700. Program #23747.

Sulphur Creek is at 1801 D St. It’s worth a visit. Even though it’s in an urban area, when you’re there, you feel as if you’re in the country; the center is nestled along a creek, and you can visit its year-round animal residents, including coyotes, o’possums, snakes and birds of prey, for free. The animals are ones that could not be returned to the wild because of injuries.

The center has lots of programs and events throughout the year, and many of them are very child-friendly. It also has an animal lending library, where you can “check out” a guinea pig, hamster or rat for a small charge. The library is a great way to teach kids about the responsibilities of having a pet.

Posted on Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
Under: Environment, Fairview, Hayward, Odds & Ends | No Comments »

Uncovering local history

HAYWARD — Cal State East Bay graduate students will share some of what they’ve learned about the area’s colorful history on Thursday, May 16.

The presentations include:

– Michael Burton, “Port Costa: Sustaining an Unlikely Coastal California Boomtown, 1879-1909;”

– Edwin Contreras, “Mexican Land Grants: The Case of Don Castro’s Rancho San Lorenzo;”

– Olga Kachina, “How Global History Became Local: The Memory of the 1918 Izhevsk-Votkinsk Anti-Bolshevik Uprising as It Is Preserved in California;”

– Andrew Levin, “BART: The Backbone for Who?”

– Bria Reiniger, “Salt of the Hayward Shoreline: The Oliver Salt Company;”

– Carlotta Falzone Robinson, “Designing a Unified City: The Aesthetic Ideals of the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition.”

The free talks begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Pancho Villa Event Center, 1026 B St. The event is a collaboration of the Hayward Area Historical Society, the History Department at Cal State East Bay and the Pancho Villa Event Center.

Posted on Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
Under: Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Environment, General, Hayward, Transportation, Uncategorized | No Comments »

More cleanups scheduled

Three cleanups are planned for the unincorporated area.

On Saturday, volunteers will gather at Mervin Morris Park, Nielsen and Grant avenues in San Lorenzo, to pick up trash for Earth Day. The event starts at 8:30 a.m., ending with a free barbecue lunch at the park. Preregistration is requested at 510-276-4554. The event is hosted by Supervisor Wilma Chan and the San Lorenzo Village Homeowners Association.

On April 27, Supervisor Nate Miley and Friends of San Lorenzo Creek will join Castro Valley Sanitary District’s Earth Day Cleanup of the Castro Valley BART parking lot and Castro Valley Creek. There will be two staging areas: the CVS parking lot area, 3667 Castro Valley Blvd.; and Miley’s district office, 20993 Redwood Road.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. To sign up, go to www.cvsan.org or call 510-537-0757. For questions about parking, contact Anna Gee at 510-537-0757.

And on May 4, there will be a cleanup of the San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Those joining in are asked to take rakes, gloves and gardening equipment and meet at the corner of College and Usher streets. The cleanup is hosted by the Hayward Area Historical Society and the San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery Friends.

Posted on Thursday, April 18th, 2013
Under: Ashland, Castro Valley, Environment, Hayward, History, San Lorenzo | No 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 »

Keep Hayward Clean and Green Cleanup this Saturday

This month’s Keep Hayward Clean and Green Cleanup will target the South Garden neighborhood in the northern part of the city this Saturday, Jan. 26.

Those interested in taking part in the litter cleanup and graffiti removal should gather at 8:30 a.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church, 22582 S. Garden Ave. Supplies will be provided, but bring your own gloves.

Those under age 18 need to be accompanied by an adult.

Posted on Thursday, January 24th, 2013
Under: Alameda County, Cherryland, Environment, Hayward | 1 Comment »

HAPA questionairre for Hayward City Council candidates

The Hayward Area Planning Association surveyed city council candidates on matters including development surrounding the South Hayward BART station, transit vs. car access to Cal State East Bay, and Bayview Village. Six of those surveyed responded, and you can find the results here.

Posted on Tuesday, May 8th, 2012
Under: Development, Environment, Hayward, Politics, Schools, Transportation, Uncategorized | 16 Comments »

Greg Jones: Keep gang injunctions as priority

Former City Manager Greg Jones checked in with a letter to the editor, related to the City Council setting priorities for the coming year. Jones is concerned about diluting the core goals with the addition of “Green,” which was done last year, and a lack of interest in pursuing gang injunctions,  a hot topic at the Council priority-setting meeting in January. Here’s his letter:

To The Editor:

The Hayward City Council has been reviewing their priorities for 2012. I applaud their continuing efforts to ensure the focus remains on the right things, a process I began back in late 2007 when I arrived at the City. We built a strong, clear framework for how the resources of the City are allocated to service delivery.

Unfortunately, two things (among others) have occurred to weaken that clarity first established almost five years ago:

1. The two overriding priorities of Public Safety and Cleaning Up Hayward have been diluted by the addition of a third overriding priority of “greening” Hayward. This has distracted the organization from the core services that first have to be delivered above all others. Conservation efforts have always been emphasized at the City through a number of actions and policies, but serve as a support of the other two priorities. Each of us has a personal responsibility to assist in meeting environmental challenges to be sure, and local policies enhancing that ability should be carefully considered. I want my elected Council to stay focused on the most concerning and immediate of issues: Safety and Cleanliness!

2. The Gang Injunction Program, a priority articulated when I arrived that has languished for the past four years, has lost Council support. Interestingly, it is members of Council running for reelection that shrank from their commitment to continue to strengthen our public safety efforts. Olden Henson is the lone supporter of the Gang Injunction Program running for reelection. Mayor Sweeney and Council member Marvin Peixoto also support forging ahead with the effort. The others have gone eerily silent in supporting this important policy decision. A number of very effective initiatives have been implemented, but the Gang Injunction Program is a crucial element of a comprehensive strategy for curbing crime.

The community supported Measure A, the Utility User’s Tax, to maintain public safety and to clean up Hayward. We need a Council that will stay true to that commitment. We certainly have NOT reached our goal of a “safer” Hayward nor have we “cleaned up” Hayward to the point we can move on to other issues that could be considered as important.

Let your City Council know you want them to stay the course. Let’s getHayward safe and clean before we start distracting ourselves with other less specific and measurable endeavors.

Greg Jones

Former City Manager, City ofHayward

City of Hayward Resident

Posted on Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
Under: Crime, Environment, General, Hayward, Real Estate | 13 Comments »

Styrofoam ban — is it being enforced?

Got an email from a reader saying that although the city’s ban on polystyrene foam products at restaurants and other businesses serving food went into effect in July, he’s seen some of the nonbiodegradable culprits being used out there. I’m going to go take a look at the locations he specified, but has anyone else noticed noncompliance?

The ordinance was approved by council in October of last year.

From city’s website: Effective July 1, 2011, restaurants and all other vendors selling food at retail must use only paper, cardboard, aluminum or recyclable plastic cups, plates, bowls or trays.

This requirement applies to:

•Foods eaten at a business, packaged leftovers, or ordered “to go”

•Foods offered by a Hayward business that can be eaten without further preparation (e.g. cooked chicken, sandwiches or sushi)

There’s also a bill going through legislature that would take such a ban to the statewide level by 2016.

 

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Posted on Thursday, September 1st, 2011
Under: Business, Crime, Environment, General, Hayward | 12 Comments »