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November election filings

Friday was the candidate filing deadline for the November election, and some races have drawn several candidates while others had only one.

The deadline for San Leandro City Council District 5 was extended because incumbent Pauline Cutter is not seeking re-election, instead running for mayor. Three people jumped into the race late: Leah Hall, Corina Lopez and Mia Ousley.

District 1 will have a four-way race: David Anderson Sr., Deborah Cox, Mike Katz-Lacabe and Kenneth Pon.

Allen Schoenfield, Victor Aguilar and Thomas Lee will square off in San Leandro City Council District 3.

Running against Cutter for mayor will be fellow Councilwoman Diana Souza and businessman Dan Dillman. Incumbent Mayor Stephen Cassidy is not seeking re-election.

Several races have already been decided when no opponents filed against the incumbents or only one person filed for each open seat; these will not appear on the ballot: Hayward Area Recreation and Park District Paul Hodges and Carol Pereira; Washington Township Healthcare District Jacob Eapen, Bernard Stewart and Michael Wallace; East Bay Municipal Utility District Ward 7 (Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, portions of San Leandro and Hayward) Frank Mellon; Chabot-Las Positas Community College District Area 4 (Castro Valley) Donald “Dobie” Gelles and Area 6 (Hayward and San Lorenzo) Hal Gin; San Leandro Unified School District Area 2 Lance James; San Leandro Unified Area 6, Ronald Carey; Fairview Fire Protection District Sven Andersen and Leslie West; East Bay Regional Park District Ward 3 Dennis Waespi; Eden Township Healthcare District Lester Friedman, Roxann Lewis and Thomas Lorentzen.

Hayward Unified incumbents Lisa Brunner and William McGee are being challenged by Marita Cheng. Chabot-Las Positas Community College District Area 2 (San Leandro) incumbent Isobel Dvorsky is being challenged by Gene Judson.

In Castro Valley Unified, incumbents Janice Friesen and Gary Howard will be running against Dorothy “Dot” Theodore.

Six candidates are running for two seats in San Lorenzo Unified: Incumbents Helen Randall and Isabel Polvorosa, plus Steven Kirk, Guillermo Nevarez, Ronald Pereira II and Janet Zamudio.

A sanitary district race in Castro Valley has generated interest: Incumbents Melody Appleton and Ralph Johnson are being challenged by Marc Crawford, John Maher and Kunio Okui.

Five candidates are seeking three spots on the Oro Loma Sanitary District board: Timothy Becker, Howard Kerr, Chike Udemezue, Dan Walters and Sheila Young.

Other races include:

San Leandro Unified at large: Evelyn Gonzales, Elsie “Jeanne” Kinkella, Peter Oshinski and Monique Tate.

San Leandro Unified Area 4: Latrina Dumas, Leo Sheridan and Chike Udemezue.

AC Transit District at large: Incumbent Joel Young, Adrienne Andrews, Joel Dewitt, Clarence Fischer, Dollene Jones, Tyron Jordan, Igor Tregub.

AC Transit District Ward 4 (West unincorporated Alameda County, part of San Leandro, part of Hayward): Incumbent Mark Williams, Murphy McCalley and Timothy McGowan.

AC Transit District Ward 5 (South Hayward, : Incumbent Jeff Davis and Kewal Singh.

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Hayward police remind that fireworks banned in city

HAYWARD — A message from Hayward police:

Every year in the United States, we celebrate the Fourth of July with community parades, picnics, barbecues and fireworks — the things of which happy memories are made. But sadly, Independence Day also includes tragic events resulting from fireworks use.

This is a friendly reminder that ALL fireworks (including the “safe & sane” variety) are banned in Hayward and in the Fairview Fire Prevention District. Why? Fireworks can be extremely dangerous. Fireworks cause more than 30,000 fires every year and nearly 10,000 people annually — an average of more than 26 people every day — are treated in emergency departments for injuries sustained from fireworks. More than half of those injured are children.

Please help keep our community safe this July 4th! Report fireworks complaints immediately to the Hayward Police Department: (510) 293-7000.

Leave the lighting to trained professionals. By far, the safest way to enjoy fireworks is through public displays conducted by professional pyrotechnics hired by communities throughout the Bay Area.

2014 Public Fireworks Displays around the Bay:

  • Alameda County Fair
  • Berkeley Marina
  • Concord – Dave Brubeck Park
  • Livermore – Las Positas College
  • Oakland – Jack London Square
  • Pleasant Hill – College Park High
  • Richmond – Craneway Pavilion
  • San Francisco – Pier 39
  • San Jose – Municipal Stadium

 

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Fairview fire district seeks residents’ input

This is a press release from the Fairview Fire District. It’s rather vague and I’m not sure what the intended outcome is, but I have not had a chance to follow up, and thought I should post to alert folks to the meeting:

Fairview and Five Canyons residents

The Fairview Fire Protection District, a Special District responsible for Fire and Emergency Medical services delivered to the Fairview and Five Canyons communities, invites all residents of the District to a community meeting. It is important to attend this meeting to share your concerns and issues with the Board of Directors as they develop a Strategic Plan for the District’s future.

The meeting is at Fairview Elementary School, 23515 Maud Avenue, Hayward, July
1, 2014 from 6:30-8:00PM. Hayward Fire Chief Contreras, whose fire department  serves residents of the Fairview Fire Protection District under a contract for service, will make an informative presentation to attendees and then a professional facilitator will guide attendees through a process that will capture their issues and concerns about the District and its services.

The Directors will be present to hear what you have to say. They need your help to frame the future of the District.

Refreshments will be served.

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Hayward: How to protect homes in drought

HAYWARD — The drought has dried out the area, making the hill areas even more vulnerable to wildfires.

To help hillside residents be prepared, Hayward firefighters are holding a “defensible space” training June 28. Defensible space is a term used to take measures to reduce fire hazards around a building, such as a home.

Though no house, especially in the hills, is fireproof, there are things homeowners can do to reduce fire risk, such as keeping landscaping near their houses to a minimum and only having fire-resistant plants 30 feet out from a structure, not allowing any tree branches to touch a building, and  clearing dry brush at least 100 feet from any structure.

The training will be 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 28, at Stonebrae Elementary School Multipurpose Room, 28761 Hayward Blvd. Hayward and Fairview residents are invited to attend.

For questions, contact the Hayward Fire Department at 510-583-4900.

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California Highway Patrol accepting cadet applications

Press release from California Highway Patrol:

For the first time in 2014, the California Highway Patrol will be accepting online applications for the position of Cadet. Do you have what it takes? Courage, dedication, and integrity are just some of the characteristics you must possess. It isn’t an easy job, but it is definitely one to be proud of as we serve the many communities in this great state of California.

Applications will be accepted beginning Monday, July 7, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. and ending on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. You will be able to submit your information through the online application located at http://www.chp.ca.gov/recruiting/officer.html.

In order to help you with this life changing decision, Golden Gate Division recruitment officers will be hosting seminars throughout the Bay Area. We have found that applicants who are well-informed about the duties and demands of a CHP Officer, as well as the rigorous hiring process, are the most successful.
Recruitment Seminars

Our Recruitment Seminars provide an overview of the duties, functions, and responsibilities of a CHP Officer. The information will also assist in the preparation for the selection and hiring process. The attire for these seminars is Business Casual. Attendees should RSVP to our Recruitment Team at 30Recruitment@chp.ca.gov or at 707-648-4195.

San Jose
Friday, June 20, 2014 6:00 PM
202 Junction Avenue, San Jose CA

Hayward
Thursday, June 26, 2015 6:00 PM
2434 Whipple Road, Hayward CA

Applicant Preparation Program
The Applicant Preparation Program focuses on physical fitness preparation. Workout attire is recommended for this event, and attendees should bring necessary hydration and food.

East Bay – Thursday, June 19, 2014 – 5:30 PM
Redwood High School
18400 Clifton Way, Castro Valley CA

North Bay – Tuesday, July 1, 2014 – 6:00 PM
435 Southwest Boulevard, Rohnert Park CA

South Bay – Monday, July 7, 2014 – 6:00 PM
Leland High School
6677 Camden Avenue, San Jose CA

Contact Information:
Daniel Hill
Golden Gate Division
707-648-4180
danhill@chp.ca.gov

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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.

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Hayward sets up emergency notification network

HAYWARD — Anyone who wants to be notified when there’s an emergency should sign up for the city’s CodeRED system. It costs nothing, and your information will not be shared.

The city’s official release:

The City of Hayward Fire Department has contracted with Emergency Communications Network to license its CodeRED high-speed notification solution. The CodeRED system provides public safety officials the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire city.

Garrett Contreras, Fire Chief of the Hayward Fire Department, cautioned that such systems are only as good as the telephone number database supporting them. “If your phone number is not in the database, you will not be called.” One of the reasons the CodeRED system was selected is it gives individuals and businesses the ability to add their own phone numbers directly into the system’s database; this is an extremely important feature.

“Nobody should automatically assume his or her phone number is included,” Contreras said, urging all individuals and businesses to log onto the City of Hayward(COH) website, www.hayward-ca.gov, and follow the link to the “CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment” icon prominently displayed on the main page.

All businesses, as well as all individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, those who have changed their phone number or address within the past year, and those who use a cellular phone or VoIP phone as their primary number are encouraged to register.

Registering is quick and easy requiring only first and last name, street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes), city, state, zip code, and primary and cell phone numbers. Those without Internet access may call the disaster preparedness hotline at 510-583-4948 and supply their information over the phone.

Contreras explained, “CodeRED allows for geographically based delivery, which means street addresses are required to ensure emergency notification calls are received by the appropriate individuals, in a given situation. The system also works for cell phones, but we need to have an associated street address to provide relevant messages.”

Contreras stated, “CodeRED gives those who want to be included an easy and secure method for inputting information. The data collected is for our use only and will only be used for emergency notification purposes and will not be shared.” Questions should be directed to the Public Information Officer at 510-583-4948

 

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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.

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How unincorporated area residents can have say in community’s future change

A press release from Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley’s office:

When asked why he is involved in improving his community, Keith Barros, a long time San Lorenzo resident quipped, “It’s better than being a mere spectator, and much better than being a victim.”

Are there things you would change or improve in your community? Then join the residents of Ashland, Cherryland, Castro Valley, Fairview and San Lorenzo who are forming working groups to improve their communities in the areas of public safety and realignment, economic development, education, governance, and agriculture and environment. Community members can join the working groups by attending any of the meetings listed below.

Over the next five years, unincorporated Eden Area residents, business owners and others will be working to implement goals and projects in each of the areas listed above. These goals were voted on by more than 350 residents at a community meeting held last November. That meeting was the culmination of a community visioning process known as the Eden Area Livability Initiative Phase II (EALI II), which had more than 700 participants total.

Organized by Alameda County Supervisors Nate Miley and Wilma Chan, EALI Phase II is part of an ongoing effort that began in 2006 with the EALI Phase I process that resulted in the planning, building, and opening of the $25 million state-of-the-art, 32,000-square-foot REACH Ashland Youth Center.

Other projects for EALI Phase I included streetscape improvements and the creation of a community design team that is now planning the Cherryland Community Center.

“It’s an opportunity to participate and advocate for my community,” said Peter Rosen, an involved Castro Valley resident, who has invited his neighbors to join the working groups. “I can have a positive impact and can improve local control.”

The formation of working groups to implement EALI Phase II goals presents a chance for unincorporated Eden Area community members to address important issues and participate in improving their communities together.

Ruth Baratta, a Cherryland resident, said, “Those of us who were involved in EALI Phase I came back for EALI Phase II because it worked. We can make a difference, and it’s up to us to create the community we want to live in.”

For more information contact Eva Poon at eva.poon@acgov.org or 510-670-5717 or visit the EALI website at www.acgov.org/edenareavision.

Schedule of Working Group Meetings

Agriculture & Environment
Thursday, February 6
6:30-8:30pm
Castro Valley Library
3600 Norbridge Avenue, Castro Valley

Education
Thursday, February 20
6:30-8:30pm
Castro Valley Adult School, Upper Campus, Rm12-13
4430 Alma Avenue, Castro Valley

Public Safety & Realignment
Thursday, February 27
6:30-8:30pm
Castro Valley Library
3600 Norbridge Avenue, Castro Valley

Economic Development
Thursday, March 6
6:30-8:30pm
Castro Valley Library
3600 Norbridge Avenue, Castro Valley

Governance
Thursday, March 13
6:30-8:30pm
Castro Valley Library
3600 Norbridge Avenue, Castro Valley

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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.