Hayward business expo Oct. 8

From the Hayward Chamber:

As our exhibitor space continues to fill up we are preparing for a great networking, and dining, experience for those attending the Hayward Chamber of Commerce Business Expo Wednesday, Oct. 8 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Grand White Tent at St. Rose Hospital, 27200 Calaroga Ave.

Admission is free to chamber members and $10 to  non-members. Prizes will include gift cards and a huge basket of treats from Office Depot. Vehicles in the tent will include a “stretch” limousine.

“This event is one of the East Bay’s premier business networking and exhibitor activities,” said Kim Huggett, president and CEO of the Hayward Chamber of Commerce. “It’s a place where networking abounds and deals are made. That’s why it continues to attract attention after so many years. And this year the food options are better than ever.”


The cost of exhibitor spaces remains the same as the past three years: $250 for chamber members and $395 for non-members. Admission is free for chamber members and $10 for non-members. Exhibitor entry forms are available at the chamber at its website www.hayward.org.

In addition to mingling with representatives of local businesses, attendees will enjoy food from local restaurants, gourmet coffee, wine, beer and sodas.

Business Expo guests will enjoy samples of cuisine from Hayward restaurants, caterers and food manufacturers including Blue Heron Catering/Cannery Cafe, Berkeley Farms, Pucci Foods, Sugar Bowl Bakery, Metro Taquero, Straw Hat Pizza, Taqueria San Marcos, the Golden Peacock Restaurant, The Cupcake Shoppe, Shark Shack, and classic popcorn from Century Theatres. And more are signing on. Plus, we’ll enjoy soft drinks from Smart & Final and great vintages served up by our ambassadors from the chamber’s wine collection.

For additional information, contact the Hayward Chamber of Commerce at (510) 537-2424.



Hayward police blotter, Sept. 25-Oct. 1

THUR, 9/25/14 at 12:56 AM, an ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON (Stabbing) was reported on Whitman Ave and Berry Ave. The informant called to report a fight in the street, during which a man was purportedly stabbed in the chest. When the officers arrived, everyone was gone and they were unable to locate any possible victim(s), suspect(s), or witnesses. Local hospitals were called but no possible victim(s) was found. A return call to the informant went directly to voicemail and a voicemail was left, but the informant did not call back.

THUR, 9/25/14 at 1:30 PM, a STRONG ARM ROBBERY occurred on the 300 block of Warner Ave. The suspect approached the victim from behind, threatened to hurt him, and demanded his MacBook. The victim handed his MacBook to the suspect, who walked away southbound on Pulaski Drive. The suspect was described as a Black Male, 30-35 years old, medium build, 5’11″, with short black hair. He was wearing a zippered yellow jacket and gray Adidas pants.

FRI, 9/26/14 between 5:00 PM to 10:30 PM, an ABC DECOY OPERATION was conducted by the Hayward Vice Unit. Twenty-two establishments were visited and two sold alcohol to the decoy minor. Administrative and “Notice-to-appear” citations were issued to the violators.

FRI, 9/26/14 at 5:04 PM, a MISSING JUVENILE AT RISK was reported on the 27000 block of Portsmouth Ave. The informant reported he was babysitting when he noticed the 4 year old boy was missing. He said the child had walked out of the home in the past, but was found in the front yard. After a quick search of the area including the residence, officers found the child asleep inside the home.

SAT, 9/27/14 at 9:46 AM, a VICIOUS DOG/BITE occurred on the 26000 block of Ventura Avenue. Several people called 9-1-1, when they heard screaming and gunshots from their neighbors’ home. When officers arrived, they discovered an 80 pound Pit Bull bit his male owner. After the owner was able to get the dog to release his bite, the dog attacked and bit his wife. The owner retrieved a handgun and had to dispatch the dog, to defend his wife. Officers found ten pounds of marijuana (ready to be shipped out of state) and five mature marijuana plants in the dog owner’s home. The male was arrested for possession of marijuana for sales and for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

SAT, 9/27/14 at 10:06 PM, a TRAFFIC COLLISION (Rollover) occurred at Mission Boulevard and B Street. The two car accident caused one vehicle to rollover and the closure of Southbound Mission Blvd (between A St and C St) for about one hour. None of the involved parties suffered any critical injuries. An advisory was sent out to the public through Nixle.

SAT, 9/27/14 at 10:38 PM, a POSSIBLE NEGLIGENT DISCHARGE OF A FIREARM/LARGE DISTURBANCE occurred on the 50 block of Brookstone. Several callers reported a large house party, which devolved into a large fight in the street. Some callers advised they heard gunshots and one advised there were fireworks. When officers arrived, they found the revelers scattering, but no possible victim or any evidence to indicate a shooting did occur.

MON, 9/29/14 at 12:15 AM, a STRONG ARM ROBBERY occurred on Industrial Boulevard and Pacific Avenue. The victim agreed to purchase services from a prostitute. While making the payment, the victim was punched from behind by a second suspect and knocked to the ground. The suspects took the victim’s wallet containing visa cards, an ID, and $90. The first suspect (prostitute) was described as a Hispanic Female Adult in her late teens or early 20’s, with a thin build. The second suspect was a Black Male Adult, and stood 5’6″. He was last seen wearing a red checkered shirt. The suspects were last seen heading Westbound on Industrial Boulevard.

TUES, 9/30/14 at 2:38 AM, an ARSON occurred on the 24000 block of Amador Street. A resident was awakened by a neighbor yelling “fire!” in the victim’s apartment. The Hayward Fire Department responded to ensure that the small fire to the rear bedroom window was out. An investigation revealed an unknown suspect pried open the rear window, sprayed a flammable liquid inside, then lit it on fire. The victim told officers she was threatened a few weeks ago by an acquaintance.

TUES, 9/30/14 at 1:39 PM, a STRONG ARMED ROBBERY occurred in front of an Elementary School at Schafer and Gading. The victim was in front of the school buying an ice cream when the suspect walked up and ripped her gold chain from her neck. The suspect fled on foot and the victim followed him to the 700 block of Schafer Rd, where he was last seen jumping fences. The suspect was described as a Black Male Adult, 18-19 years old, 5’6”, with short black hair and red “twisties”. The suspect was last seen wearing a red t-shirt and blue jeans. The victim was not injured during the incident.

TUES, 9/30/14 at 8:30 PM, an ATTEMPTED ARMED ROBBERY occurred on the 25000 block of Whitman Avenue. The victim was parking his vehicle in front of his home when the suspect approached and asked for change. The suspect then pulled out a gun and demanded money. The victim quickly drove away and was not injured. The suspect is described as a Black Male Adult, 22-24yrs, 5’8”, and 160 pounds. He was last seen dressed in black, wearing a hoodie, and armed with a handgun.

WED, 10/01/14 at 9:15 PM, an ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON occurred on the 24000 block of Hesperian Boulevard. The victim, a non-uniformed security guard contacted the suspect in the business’ parking lot. They got into an argument and the male suspect struck the victim with a skateboard. The suspect was detained until officers arrived and arrested the suspect.

WED, 10/01/14 at 9:37 PM an ATTEMPTED CARJACKING occurred on the 26000 block of Manon Avenue. The victim was sitting in his car, when he was approached by two suspects. They began punching the victim and tried to pull him out of his vehicle. The suspects were unable to steal the vehicle and the victim was able to drive away. The suspects were described as two White Male Adults, 5’7” to 5’8”. One suspect had a slim build, and the other was heavy set.

WED, 10/01/14 at 11:40 PM, an AGGRAVATED ASSAULT occurred on the 1100 block of West Tennyson Road. The 60 year old male victim flagged down an officer to report that he was attacked by three female adults. The victim tried to purchase drugs from them, but they took his money and beat him up instead. The victim provided the officer with a description of the suspects and their van. The victim sustained injuries to his face and body and was transported to Eden Hospital. About 1:00 AM, an officer patrolling in the area stopped a similar van, during a DUI investigation. The officer noticed that the occupants matched the suspect description from the assault a few hours earlier. The officer also noticed that they appeared to have blood on their clothing and shoes. The three occupants of the van were identified by the victim as his attackers. The suspects were arrested and taken to jail for the assault, warrants, drug possession, and the driver for DUI.



Hayward to honor volunteers

A press release from the city of Hayward about its upcoming volunteer dinner:

HAYWARD – Great institutions have staying power.

Hayward’s first Volunteer Recognition & Awards Dinner took place the same year Steve Jobs incorporated Apple Computer and George Lucas released Star Wars. Nearly four decades later, the iPhone 6+ has taken the world by storm, Mark Hamill is reprising his role as Luke Skywalker and Hayward’s rich tradition continues with the 37th installment of its cherished volunteer recognition event.

Attendees at this year’s event, to be held on Tuesday, October 7 at St. Rose Hospital, will celebrate the generosity, civic pride and boundless energy of another spate of exceptional Hayward volunteers, headlined by distinguished award winners Carl and Marilyn Baker-Madsen, Robert Sakai, Mariellen Faria, Tracy Diaz and Charles

Since the dinner’s 1977 inception, roughly 500 local volunteers have been honored for their valuable contributions to the Hayward community. The event is a veritable “Who’s Who” of the civically engaged, brought together under the banner of service to Hayward.

“There is a deeply ingrained culture of volunteerism and civic engagement in Hayward,” said Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday. “Each year, the volunteer awards dinner recognizes the extraordinary individuals who foster that spirit of involvement, who give selflessly of their time, talent, energy and expertise to make Hayward a better place. After 37 years, this event has become a civic institution in its own right and we are honored to recognize another group of truly remarkable people this year.”

In addition to the five distinguished award winners, the event will honor 31 “Hearts of Hayward,” volunteers who have made a significant and indelible mark on the community with hundreds of hours of community service and their unqualified commitment to the City and its residents.

“With a rich history, the Hayward Volunteer Recognition and Awards Dinner continues to honor those who dedicate their time to serving the Hayward community,” said Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle, whose office leads the event’s coordination. “We are thankful for each volunteer and look forward to commemorating
their service on October 7th.”

What: Hayward Volunteer Recognition & Awards Dinner

When: Tuesday, October 7, 2014 6:00 p.m.

Where: St. Rose Hospital’s Grand White Tent, 27200 Calaroga Ave. Hayward CA 94544

How much: $40 per person; they can be obtained by calling Ginny DeMartini at 510-259-1097.


Hayward Mariachi Festival Oct. 3

From the Hayward Chamber of Commerce:

HAYWARD — Mariachi bands, folklorico dancers, kids’ activities, a taco-eating contest and an outdoor market celebrating Hispanic food and art will be highlights at the fifth annual Hayward Mariachi Festival from 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3, at City Hall Plaza, 777 B St. The free family-friendly event is hosted by the Hayward Chamber of Commerce Latino Business Roundtable and the City of Hayward. Guests should bring lawn chairs and blankets.

The event highlight is built around music. This year’s featured performers are Mariachi Juvenil de Hayward, Mariachi Halcones de Oakland, Mariachi Dos and Mariachi Mexicanisimo. Activities for kids will include face painting, Dia de los Muertos mask-coloring, paper flower making and a bounce house courtesy of the Relay for Life Team of Tad Miller and Liberty Tax Service.

The event occurs on National Taco Day, and there will be a taco-eating contest sponsored by Jorge Espinosa and his team at El Taquito Restaurant #2. Specialty beverages to be served include margaritas, sangria and Mexican beer.

For more information, contact the Hayward Chamber of Commerce, 510-537-2424.


Hayward police blotter Sept. 18-24

THUR, 9/18/14 between 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM, DIRECTED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT led by Hayward PD’s Traffic Division, was conducted on Tennyson Rd and Baldwin St. The officers cited 36 people for a crosswalk violation. Many other officers participated in this enforcement, including two Hayward PD Explorers.

THUR, 9/18/14 at 6:06 PM, an Armed Robbery occurred on the 21000 block of Foothill Blvd (Casper’s Hot Dogs). The suspect entered Casper’s Hot Dog restaurant and brandished a black semi-automatic handgun at the employees and demanded they open the cash register. The suspect then removed approximately $50.00 from the register, walked out of the restaurant, and was last seen getting into a burgundy older model SUV with tinted windows (similar to a Chevrolet Blazer). The suspect was described as a white male in his late 20′s to early 30′s. He’s 5’07”, 220 lbs, and has a scruffy beard. The suspect was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and red sweatpants.

FRI, 9/19/14 at 10:14 AM, an assault with a deadly weapon occurred at Cypress/Harder. A victim who was stabbed in the neck several months ago reported seeing the same suspect in the area of Cypress/Jackson. Officers found and detained the subject at Cypress/Harder. The victim identified the suspect through an “in-field show up.” The suspect was also arrested for a warrant, possession of drug paraphernalia, and lying about his identity.

FRI, 9/19/14 between 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM, Hayward PD conducted an ABC decoy operation at 22 establishments. The decoy operation found five businesses that sold alcohol to the minor decoy. Criminal and administrative citations were issued at each of the five locations.

SUN, 9/21/14 at 11:37 PM, an Outside Assist was needed on the 1900 block of Harder Rd. CSUEB had a “Block Party” welcoming new students which was held outside the dorms at Pioneer Heights. During the party, a fight broke out and forced CSUEB Police to shut down the party. CSUEB asked for assistance, to which the responding units assisted with traffic control until the party came to a close.

MON, 9/22/14 at 12:49 PM, NEGLIGENT DISCHARGE OF A FIREARM incident occurred on the 600 block of Atherton Place. An 18 year old male reported he was shot while walking on Atherton Street. Six of his friends report a car speeding from the area after the gunshot was heard. The investigation revealed the 18 year old accidentally shot himself. He sustained a contact wound to his outer thigh. The bullet exited his inner thigh and lodged in his other thigh. A .22 caliber bullet was recovered at the scene.

TUE, 9/23/14 at 6:06 PM, a TRAFFIC COLLISION occurred at Harder/Soto. A 32-year-old female pedestrian was struck by vehicle. She was transported to Eden Hospital and in critical condition. On 9/24/2014, the pedestrian was pronounced as deceased. The traffic collision is currently under investigation and any witnesses are encouraged to contact the Hayward Police Department Traffic Bureau Sergeant Jason Corsolini at 510-293-7149.


Hayward offers community emergency response training

Press release from Hayward fire department:

When a disaster strikes, do you know what to do before professional help arrives?

The Hayward Fire Department is providing a free CERT Training Program which will consist of four evening indoor classes and one outdoor “hands on” skills class. Participants learn skills that will enable them to provide emergency assistance to their families and immediate neighbors as well as organize a neighborhood team response. Training will begin during the month of October, 2014 at City Hall. Dates and times are as follow:

• Class #1, Monday, October 20th, 6-9:30pm @ Hayward City Hall
• Class #2, Monday, October 27th, 6-9:30pm @ Hayward City Hall
• Class #3, Monday, November 3rd, 6-9:30pm @ Hayward City Hall
• Class #4, Thursday, November 10th, 6-9:30pm @ Hayward City Hall
• Skills #5, Thursday, November 17th, 6-9:30pm (Fire Station #6 W. Winton)

You must attend all classes in order to receive certification. CERT training is for all City of Hayward and Fairview residents. Residential verification will be required during the final application process and all applicants must be 18 years-of-age or older.

Residents who are interested in this free training can sign-up by sending their name, phone number and address by email to Hayward.CERT@hayward-ca.gov. Space is limited. Successful applicants will receive notification by email acknowledging enrollment into the program and further directions.

For more information, call the Hayward Fire Department’s Public Education Officer at (510) 583-4948.


Hayward: Dog walkers neighborhood watch program meeting Wednesday

HAYWARD — Could dog walkers and their charges take a bite out of crime?

A newly launched Dog Walker Watch Program will be discussed Wednesday at a community meeting. The watch program encourages dog walkers to act as “extra eyes and ears” for police.

At the same meeting, Hayward City Councilman Greg Jones and former city Councilwoman Anna May will talk about what makes residents interested in neighborhood issues and want to improve their community — and what turns them off.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, in the Hayward police North District Office, 22701 Main St. (the old Hayward Area Historical Society red brick building across the street from Fire Station 1).


Political activist to speak Thursday on importance of voting

From the League of Women Voters:

HAYWARD — Boot Camp for Future Leaders and the importance of voting will be the focus of keynote speaker Christine Pelosi on Sept. 18 from noon to 2 p.m. at Chabot Community College, Performing Arts Center in Hayward.

Pelosi, an attorney, political activist and author, will speak at the college’s fourth annual Law and Democracy Lecture program, said William Hanson, chairman of the college’s Administration of Justice department.

Hanson is spearheading the Vote60by50 campaign to increase campus voting to 60 percent by the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act in 2015.

Pelosi is the author of many books and columns in the Huffington Post on political participation and the development of future leaders.

The program is co-sponsored by the Chabot Law and Democracy Program, League of Women Voters Eden Area, the Chabot Student Senate and the Office of the President of Chabot. For further information, contact mochoa@chabotcollege.edu


Hayward police blog Sept. 4-11

Thursday, 9/4/14, approx 8:00 PM, AN ARMED ROBBERY occurred near Hesperian/Tahoe. A Black Male Adult clad in all dark clothing, confronted the female victim as she walked home. The suspect demanded the victim’s purse and cell phone. When she resisted, he slashed at her with an unknown weapon-possibly a knife. The suspect ran off with the victim’s cell phone. The victim suffered a minor injury.

Friday, 9/5/14, approx 5:30 PM, AN ARMED ROBBERY occurred at a coffee shop on the 700 block of A St. The suspect-a Black Male Adult, about 5’5”, medium build, in his 20’s, wearing large white headphones, white glasses, an oversized t-shirt and blue jeans, ordered a beverage. He lifted up the front of his shirt, exposing what was apparently the handgrips of a gun and demanded cash from the cashier. The suspect left after getting money.

Friday, 9/5/14, approx 7:30 PM, A FELON IN POSSESSION OF A HANDGUN AND AMMUNITION/CHILD ENDANGERMENT occurred in an apartment at a complex on the 26000 block of Gading. An officer was investigating a burglary and was directed to a specific apartment, where the possible suspect might reside. The suspect, who is a felon, was found to illegally possess a handgun and ammunition, and was arrested. His 2 yr old son had access to the gun as well. The suspect’s potential relationship to the burglary is still under investigation.

Saturday, 9/6/14, approx 9:40 AM, A FELONY HIT AND RUN occurred at Hesperian/Middle. The adult female victim was walking across the intersection in the crosswalk with the green light, when she was struck by the suspect, who was driving n/b in the #2 lane. The suspect entered the intersection in violation of the red light. The suspect stopped to check on the victim and then drove off. The suspect vehicle was found several miles away a short time later and the owner attempted to report it as stolen. The driver came to the police department the following day and admitted hitting the victim. The victim was in serious, but stable condition.

Monday, 9/8/14, approx 5:45 AM, AN ARSON occurred on the 400 block of Industrial Parkway. An unknown suspect forced entry into a vacant business and intentionally started a fire. The building sustained minimal damage.

Tuesday, 9/9/14, approx 8:30 AM, AN AUTO BUGLAR/AUTO THIEF was arrested at a strip mall, on the 19000 block of Hesperian. Witnesses called the police when they saw a suspicious man loitering in the parking lot and peering into the window of a car, as if he was planning to break into it. When officers arrived, the suspect ran, but was found hiding in some nearby bushes a short distance away. Property which was taken from the burglarized car was found near the suspect and officers discovered the suspect drove there in a stolen car.

Tuesday 9/9/14, approx 1:00 PM, A LOADED GUN/METHAMPHETAMINE SEIZURE occurred in an apartment, at a complex on the 1200 block of C St. A 17 yr old female victim called a 3rd party to report that a man came into her apartment, pointed a gun at her and then ran off. The 3rd party (a counselor) reported this to police. Officers contacted occupants of a neighboring apartment and recovered a loaded gun and about 2.6 oz of methamphetamine. The suspect who brandished the gun was not present. The investigation continues.

Wednesday, 9/10/14, approx 12:45 AM, AN ARMED ROBBERY occurred on the 26000 block of Jennings. Two Hispanic Male Adults confronted the male victim in front of his house. One of the suspects pointed a gun at the victim and demanded his wallet and cell phone. The victim gave it to them and they fled in a silver Toyota Corolla, with paper plates, which was occupied by two other Hispanic Male Adults.

Wednesday, 9/10/14, approx 8:50 AM, A MOTORIST COLLIDED WITH A POLICE CAR at Harder/Jane. The motorist entered the intersection against the red light and struck a police car already in the intersection. It was a low speed collision and no injuries were reported.

Wednesday, 9/10/14, approx 11:40 AM, SUSPECTED EXPLOSIVES RECOVERY occurred on the 30000 block of Industrial Parkway. A metal recycling business called police when they found what appeared to be an explosive device (mortar rounds). The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit responded to assist and ultimately determined the device was inert.

Wednesday, 9/10/14, approx 11:10 PM, AN ASSAULT WITH A FIREARM/NEGLIGENT DISCHARGE OF A GUN occurred on the 22000 block of Montgomery. The male victim was walking on Montgomery from the BART Station, when he heard footsteps behind him and turned around. A Black Male Adult, about 5’9”, wearing his hair in a short Afro and a dark shirt and dark shorts, pointed a gun at the victim. The suspect shot at the victim several times. The victim fled and was not injured in the attack. The victim did not know the suspect and didn’t know why the suspect would shoot at him.

Thursday, 9/11/14, approx 3:50 AM, A COMMERCIAL BURGLARY occurred on the 23000 block of Mission Bl, at a fast food restaurant. A man making a delivery to the fast food restaurant saw the male suspect inside the business, in an area which was supposed to be closed/secured, so he called police. When officers arrived, they noticed the suspect broke a window to get into the business, so they surrounded it, before trying to contact the suspect. Meanwhile the suspect continued burglarizing the business, attempting to remove a cash register. The suspect was arrested.

Thursday, 9/11/14 approx 3:55 AM, A MOTORIST COLLIDED WITH A PARKED POLICE CAR at Watkins/Jackson. One of the officers investigating the commercial burglary, parked his patrol car on Watkins, near Jackson. An elderly male motorist accidentally rear ended the patrol car, pushing it up over the sidewalk and into a tree. The patrol car was unoccupied at the time and the motorist was uninjured.


Sept. 11 events

Two events are planned Thursday in Hayward and Union City to remember Sept. 11, 2001.

A ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at the Flight 93 Memorial in Union City’s Sugar Mill Landing Park to honor the airliner’s passengers and crew who were killed in Pennsylvania. They were among almost 3,000 people who died in terrorist attacks that day.

Fremont Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci will lead the ceremony, and the passengers’ and crew members’ names will be read.

The park is at Alvarado Niles Road and Dyer Street, across the street from Union Landing shopping center.

A candlelight vigil is scheduled for 8 p.m. at Alex Giuliani Park, Mission Boulevard and D Street in Hayward. A corner of the park is the site of a proposed 9/11 memorial.