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Hayward councilman snubs former colleague

HAYWARD — The City Council weighed in this week on their top candidates to fill a vacancy on the council, and one councilman did not endorse allowing a former colleague to advance to the interview stage in the process.

Eighteen people applied to fill the vacancy created when Councilwoman Barbara Halliday was elected mayor in June. Each council member was allowed to select up to five candidates for the post.

Among those applying was former councilman Mark Salinas, who did not seek re-election to the council, instead running against Halliday and Councilman Francisco Zermeno. Salinas was chosen to be among candidates interviewed for the vacant seat by all council members — except Zermeno.

Zermeno only used four of his five votes, endorsing Rocky Fernandez and Planning Commission members Elisa Marquez, Rodney Loche and Vishal Trivedi.

Zermeno previously snubbed another colleague, not endorsing Councilman Marvin Peixoto, who won re-election in the June election. Zermeno instead endorsed Fernandez and Sara Lamnin, who was elected to the council. Both Fernandez and Lamnin received large financial contributions from SEIU Local 1021, which has been in a protracted contract dispute with the city.

Peixoto did not endorse any candidate for mayor in June’s election, saying he could work with any of his colleagues who were seeking the office.

Halliday, unlike Zermeno, did vote to consider Salinas’ application, even though they also were competitors in the mayoral race. Salinas lost by 735 votes, according to the county registrar. Zermeno came in third, trailing Salinas by 1,220 votes.

Five candidates will be interviewed for the vacancy at Tuesday’s council meeting: Marquez, Loche, Trivedi, Salinas, and businessman and community leader Brian Schott.

The council is scheduled to fill the vacancy Tuesday. The meeting should be interesting for those who follow Hayward politics. It starts at 7 p.m. in council chambers, second floor at City Hall, 777 B St.

 

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Hayward: Gospel choir concert at All Saints

HAYWARD — A gospel choir concert takes place Friday, July 18, at All Saints Catholic Church.

The concert will feature four choirs, four soloists and two instrumentalists.

Tickets are $10 or a donation; proceeds will fund scholarships for students graduating from the church’s parochial school. The concert is 7 to 10 p.m. at the church, 22824 Second St.

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Hayward police blotter July 9-15

Wed, 7/9/14, approx. 8:05 PM, a DOMESTIC VIOLENCE/CARJACKING occurred in the 2000 block of Aldengate: A man asked to borrow his girlfriend’s car. When she refused, he threatened to put a gun in her mouth and she complied out of fear. The car was later recovered on 7/11/14 by the Oakland Police Department.

Thur, 7/10/14, approx. 9:20 AM, a RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY occurred in the 22000 block of S Garden Ave: A neighbor saw two males climb up a balcony and through a window into an apartment. The neighbor didn’t recognize the males and called the police. Officers surrounded the apartment and with the assistance of a police canine, officers were able to talk the males into voluntarily exiting the apartment. It turned out they indeed did not live there and they were arrested.

Thur, 7/10/14, approx. 11:40 AM, an AUTO THEFT/PASSING A FRAUDULENT CHECK occurred at a liquor store in the 300 block of Winton Ave: A clerk called the police to report a female who used a fraudulent check to make a purchase earlier, returned to the store. When police arrived, they saw the female being driven away by a male in a truck. Before officers could stop them, the male pulled over and let the female out of the truck. Officers discovered the truck was stolen and were able to stop the man driving it. Officers searched the area where the female was last seen and found her hiding in a nearby business, so she was arrested as well.

Fri, 7/11/14, approx. 10:40 AM, an ARSON/RESTRAINING ORDER VIOLATION occurred in the 29000 block of Dixon St: The male suspect returned to his estranged wife’s apartment in violation of a restraining order, after being released from jail for domestic violence. The male began damaging and destroying property inside the apartment. The noise woke up the victim, who snuck out of the apartment and went to work. The male phoned the victim at her work and said he was going to destroy her property. When the victim came home, she discovered the suspect burned some property inside the apartment and then apparently put it out with a fire extinguisher.

Fri, 7/11/14, approx. 9:30 PM, a DOMESTIC VIOLENCE occurred in the 1500 block of Macatera: The male suspect punched his girlfriend in the face, inflicting visible injury. The male immediately began stabbing himself in the upper body. He was admitted to a local hospital for medical treatment for his injuries, which were not critical.

Sun, 7/13/14, approx. 3:25 AM, a NEGLIGENT DISCHARGE OF A FIREARM occurred in an unknown location in Hayward: A male came to a local hospital after he was shot in the lower body. Initially the man said it occurred while he was walking down a street, but his injury was not consistent with the information he provided. The man said he accidentally shot himself, but did not provide any investigative information.

Mon, 7/14/14, approx. 2:10 PM, an ARMED ROBBERY occurred at D/Atherton: Four to five black males demanded the male victim give him his backpack containing his wallet and other property. One of the males had a gun and pointed it at the male, as they made this demand, so he gave it to them. When officers arrived, they were able to use GPS technology to locate the stolen property on the 500 block of Dean St. An adult male and juvenile male found with the property and a gun, were identified by the victim as two of the males who robbed him. The males were arrested.

Mon, 7/14/14, approx. 4:40 PM, an ARMED ROBBERY occurred at a sandwich shop in the 31000 block of Mission Bl: A white male (about 35 yrs old, about 5’7”, medium build, wearing a black baseball cap and black shirt) pointed a handgun at the clerk and demanded money, then ran away.

Tues, 7/15/14, approx. 12:30 AM, a CARJACKING occurred at Holy Oake/Mediterranean: A male suspect (unknown race/age, wearing dark clothing, with a hoodie covering his face) approached the male victim, as he stood near the door of his 2004 blue Range Rover. The suspect demanded the victim’s car keys. No weapon was seen or simulated. The Range Rover was later recovered, unoccupied in Oakland.

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Blues at the Hayward library

HAYWARD –Learn all about the blues at a free lecture and concert Wednesday evening at the Main Library.

The lecture is part of Blues Week, hosted by Bay Area Blues Society. The group which will be putting on the 15th annual Russell City Blues Festival next weekend, July 12-13, outside City Hall.

The blues society is dedicated to preserving and promoting the blues, jazz and gospel music and their interconnection with African-American culture.

After the lecture, Big Cat Tolefree and his Hipnotic Band will perform. Tolefree is a third-generation Russell City blues singer who has opened for the Temptations, BB King and Jimmy McCracklin.

The lecture and performance will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the library, 835 C St. For further information  call 510-771-7980 or go to www.library.hayward-ca.gov

The Blues Society also will have a festival kickoff party from 9 p.m to 1 a.m. July 11 and 12 at the Bistro, B and Main streets.

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Hayward police blotter, June 25-July 2

From Hayward police:

Wed, 6/25/14, approx. 5:00 AM, ARMED ROBBERY: The male victim phoned Hayward PD to report an armed robbery, as he was driving himself to a local hospital. The victim said two black males (5’8”-6’, 18-21 yrs, wearing all dark clothing) walked up to his car, pulled him out, took his property and shot him in the leg. Officers were unable to verify the location of the incident, as reported. The victim did not sustain any critical injury and the investigation is ongoing.

Wed, 6/25/14, approx. 4:25 PM, FATAL TRAFFIC COLLISION @ La Mesa/Farmhill: A male pedestrian was struck by a car, as he crossed the intersection. The motorist stayed at the scene to assist with the investigation and intoxication was not thought to be a factor. The pedestrian suffered critical injuries and was transported to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries the following day. The collision is being investigated by the Traffic Bureau and a press release was issued last week.

Wed, 6/25/14, approx. 7:45 PM, ATTEMPTED ARMED ROBBERY on Muir St: a Good Samaritan intervened when he saw a male suspect trying to rob another man at gunpoint. The suspect struck the Good Samaritan in the head with the gun and then ran to a nearby house. Officers surrounded the residence and discovered the suspect does not live in the house, but resides somewhere else nearby. Officers searched for the suspect, but did not find him at that time. A replica handgun used during the incident was recovered. The original robbery victim ran away when the Good Samaritan intervened and was never located. The Good Samaritan suffered minor injuries, but no loss of property. The Investigation is ongoing.

Wed, 6/25/14, approx. 11:20 PM, ARMED ROBBERY @ the downtown Wells Fargo Bank ATM: Two men drove to the bank so one of them could get money from the ATM. After the man collected his money from the ATM, the suspect (black male, about 6’1”, skinny, wearing a black hoodie and a skeleton mask), walked up and demanded the cash at gunpoint. The suspect then walked up to the second man, who was waiting nearby. The suspect demanded the second man’s wallet. The suspect got cash from the first man and the second man’s wallet.

Thur, 6/26/14, approx. 10:10 PM, ARMED ROBBERY on Luvena: The suspect (white male, about 5’7”, mid 20’s, medium build, short hair and a moustache) brandished a gun and demanded the victim’s property. The victim gave the suspect his cell phone and wallet.

Fri, 6/27/14, approx. 9:40 AM, ARMED ROBBERY at the Rite Aid at 24536 Hesperian: The suspect (black male, 20’s, thin build, wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans) went to the pharmacy department and simulated that he had a gun under his shirt. The suspect demanded narcotics, then got into a mid-size silver car. He was last seen southbound on La Playa. The investigation is ongoing.

Fri, 6/27/14, approx. 10:45 AM, ARMED ROBBERY at the Cigarette Store at 24703 Amador: The suspect (Black male, about 5’10”, medium build, wearing a black mesh mask, black and blue jacket, and a black backpack) walked up to the cashier and brandished what appeared to be a gun wrapped in cloth. The suspect demanded cash from the register and fled the store after getting it.

Fri, 6/27/14, approx. 3:40 PM, BURGLARY/AUTO THEFT occurred on Westwood: The victims came home to find jewelry, a firearm with some ammunition, and their SUV were all stolen sometime while they were at work that day. The SUV had a security system installed and several hours later police were able to determine the SUV’s location, still in Hayward. When officers converged on the SUV as it was stopped in traffic, the three male juveniles inside it ran away before the officers could effectively block their escape routes. Two of the males were taken into custody, after a short foot pursuit and the third male was found nearby hiding in a yard, a short time later. The jewelry and the firearm were not located.

Sat, 6/28/14, 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Alcohol/Vice enforcement throughout the city, in conjunction with the Alcohol Beverage Control Agency (ABC): Detectives and ABC agents visited nine establishments to ensure they would not sell alcohol to minors. Two establishments did, but seven did not.

Mon, 6/30/14, approx. 5:05 PM, STABBING @ an unknown location in Hayward: The male victim went to a local hospital for puncture wounds he incurred during an attack by an unknown number of Hispanic males. The victim was unsure about how many males attacked him, where, and why. He thought one of them possibly stabbed him with an icepick. He sustained minor injuries.

Mon, 6/30/14, approx. 8:00 PM, STRONGARM ROBBERY near B/Watkins: The male victim said his girlfriend of one week asked him to meet her and to bring cash and marijuana. When the male arrived, the girlfriend and several males beat him up, and then took the money and marijuana. The female and one of the males were still in the area and were taken into custody. The victim sustained minor injuries.

Mon, 6/30/14, approx. 9:00 PM, FELON IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM, near Huntwood/Tennyson: Two males got into an argument outside a liquor store and one of them brandished a gun. When officers arrived, the suspect was still there, with the gun concealed in his waistband. As a convicted felon, he cannot possess a gun and was arrested for brandishing and possessing the gun.

Tue, 7/1/14, approx. 4:50 PM, ARMED ROBBERY @ the Southland Mall Wells Fargo Bank: The male suspect (Hispanic, about 5’10”, in his 30’s, stocky build, wearing a plaid shirt, and a black and white baseball cap), handed one of the tellers a note, demanding money. The suspect ran off toward Hesperian, after getting the money. The investigation is ongoing.

Wed, 7/2/14, approx. 1:05 AM, ARMED ROBBERY @ 7-11 at 330 Jackson: The male suspect (Hispanic, about 5’8”, medium build, 17-25 yrs, wearing a black hoodie, red mask, and tan shorts) brandished a knife at the cashier and demanded cigarettes and money. The suspect fled after the cashier gave the items to him.

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July 4 celebration in South Hayward

HAYWARD — A Fourth of July celebration is planned on Tennyson Road in South Hayward.

The party will celebrate the area’s diversity with games, performances, food and handcrafts. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the corner of Tennyson and Leidig Court.

The event is sponsored by South Hayward Parish, Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle, Cal State East Bay Diversity Center, Hayward Councilman Francisco Zermeno, Councilwoman-elect Sara Lamnin and Liberty Tax Service-South Hayward.

For more information, call 510-470-3377.

 

 

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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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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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Hayward state of the city luncheon June 26

HAYWARD — Outgoing Mayor Michael Sweeney and Councilwoman Barbara Halliday, who take over the post next month, will give an overview of the state of the city and what to expect in the year ahead at a luncheon Thursday, June 26.

The luncheon is hosted by the incoming Hayward Chamber of Commerce board of directors and will include a ceremony for the 24th graduating class of Leadership Hayward.

The luncheon is at the Chabot College’s Community Center, 25555 Hesperian Blvd. Reservations are $25 and can be ordered at www.hayward.org. For more information, contact the chamber at 510-537-2424.

 

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Hayward police blotter June 9-14

06/09 05:50 PM
A robbery occurred in the 26000 block of Eldridge Avenue. The victim was approached by three suspects near the footbridge. One of the suspects demanded the victim’s property. When the victim refused the suspects assaulted the victim. The suspects were described as African American males in their mid-20’s; all were tall and had thin builds. One of the suspects had shoulder length hair in braids and the other two had shaved heads.

06/09 09:45 PM
A robbery occurred on West Tennyson Rd under the BART tracks. The victim was approached by three suspects who assaulted him and took property. The suspects fled from the scene in a red older model Buick LeSabre. The suspects were described as African American males. The victim was treated for his injuries at a local hospital.

06/10 10:36 PM
Hayward Police dispatch received a call from citizens regarding a subject shooting a handgun from their vehicle. The informant said he heard a gun being fired and saw the muzzle flash. A gold four door vehicle fled from the area shortly after the gun shots. Responding officers located evidence of the shooting in the street. No property damage or injuries were reported from the incident.

06/11 01:54 AM
A robbery occurred on South Garden Avenue at Marin Avenue. The suspect pushed the victim off of his bicycle and assaulted him. The suspect then took property from the victim while he was on the ground. An arriving officer stopped the suspect in a vehicle as he was leaving the area and detained him. The suspect was identified and arrested.

06/11 12:03 AM
Officers responded to a burglary on Lafayette Ave. While conducting their investigation the officers located footprints leading away from the scene. The officers went to the residence where the footprints terminated and contacted the residents. The residents identified the footprints as belonging to subjects who had recently left their home. Officers went to the address provided by the residents and contacted one of the suspects who confessed to committing the burglary. Both suspects were arrested and property taken in the burglary was recovered.

06/11 01:15 PM
An armed robbery occurred to a business in the 2400 block of Diablo Ave. The suspect entered the business and took the victims’ property after threatening them with a firearm. The suspect fled the scene in a light grey Honda with dealer paper plates from “Honda of Oakland” The suspect was described as an African American male, 6’0” in height, medium build and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

06/12 05:02 AM
An armed robbery occurred in front of the 500 block of West Tennyson Rd. The suspect pushed the victim against a tree and struck him on the head with a pistol. The suspect took property from the victim and released him. As the victim left he heard one gunshot fired in his direction; the victim was not hit. The suspect was described as an African American male, 5’06” in height, heavy build, wearing a black baseball hat and black jacket with white sleeves.

06/12 12:50 PM
An assault with a deadly weapon occurred at a public park on Berry Ave. The victim and the suspect had a confrontation regarding money when the suspect stabbed the victim in the neck. The victim fled and called the police the suspect left in a green ford Taurus or similar vehicle. The suspect is described as an African American male, 6’00” tall, with a thin build. The suspect vehicle was being driven by an African American female.

06/12 11:14 PM
During a neighbor dispute on the 22000 block of Sonoma Street the suspect pointed a handgun at the victim and threatened him with it. The suspect then fired three rounds in the air and left the scene in a tan 2000-2005 Lincoln Navigator. The suspect was described as an African American Male, 6’00” tall, 250 pounds between 45 and 50 years.

06/13 09:26 PM
A robbery occurred at the intersection of B St and Montgomery St. The victim was walking on the sidewalk when the suspects, 8 African American juveniles, surrounded him. The suspect assaulted the victim and attempted to take his property. The suspects were unsuccessful in robbing the victim and fled.

06/14 07:30 PM
A shooting occurred in front of an address on the 2500 block of West Tennyson Rd. The two victims were sitting in their own vehicle when the suspect(s) drove by and someone in the suspect vehicle fired one shot through the victims vehicle’s driver side window. Neither victim was stuck during the incident. The suspect vehicle was described as 2000s black BMW 4 door with tinted windows.