California Assembly honors Chabot College women’s basketball team

The Chabot College women’s basketball team, which won the state championship, was recognized on the floor of the California Assembly Monday.

Assemblyman Bill Quirk of Hayward presented a proclamation honoring the team to its members and coaches.

The team made history in March by winning the Hayward college’s first state championship. The Gladiators defeated Mount San Antonio on March 15 at the state tournament. Mount San Antonio had won six of the previous 10 state championships.

The team also was honored by the Hayward City Council, which presented it a certificate of commendation at its March 24 meeting.

The team had a 31-3 season.


Hayward: Cal State banners win award

Cal State banners

HAYWARD — Banners placed around Cal State East Bay campuses have won a bronze award.

More than 120 light post banners created by Jesse Cantley, Cal State’s director of creative services, and Cal State graphic designer Garvin Tso were placed around the Hayward and Concord campuses. The banners are part of a branding effort and also highlight the diversity of its students.

The university won a bronze award of excellence from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s District VII. This is Cal State’s first award from the council.

Cal State was chosen from about 700 entries for seven awards in the Design: Specialty Pieces category.



Hayward landmarks focus of new exhibit

HAYWARD –A new digital art exhibit highlights Hayward’s natural beauty and distinctive landmarks.

“In My Own Backyard” featuring the works of Jeanne Bertolina opens Wednesday, April 15, at the Hayward Area Historical Society’s Center for History and Culture.

Jeanne says of her work, “My passion is seeing beauty and artistic possibilities everywhere and making interesting (and sometimes surprising) compositions from ordinary subjects,” Bertolina said in a release.

An artist reception will take place at noon Saturday, April 25. Those at the reception can vote for their favorite art piece from the exhibit. A drawing will take place, with the winner being given the artwork after the show concludes.

The exhibit also includes trivia about each subject: Buffalo Bill’s was one of the first brewpubs in California. The Ranch restaurant was built with the wood of a pilfered train trestle from Sacramento, and the Hayward Plunge is on some lists of haunted places in California.

The museum is at 22380 Foothill Blvd. Call 510-581-0223 for more information.


Hayward: Registration opens for Junior Giants baseball

From the city of Hayward:

HAYWARD — Registration has opened for the 2015 season of the free Hayward Junior Giants Program.

Boys and girls age 5 to 14 can sign up online at www.jrgiants.org.

Entering its 14th year, the free Junior Giants program has given thousands of Hayward youth the opportunity to learn basic baseball skills, as well as important character building and life skills in a fun, non-competitive environment.

Both boys and girls ages 5 to 14 are given the opportunity to play baseball, while focusing on the four bases of character development: confidence, teamwork, leadership and integrity. Each year, interest in the Hayward program grows.

A record number of families signed up last year and another large turnout is expected for the 2015 season.

There are over 21,000 children who participate in the Junior Giants program, in over 90 leagues across California and into Nevada and Oregon.

Not only does Hayward have one of the largest leagues in the program, it also has one of the best. The Hayward League of the Junior Giants was named as one of the top five “exemplary leagues” in an impact report prepared by California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

The Hayward Junior Giants are a partnership between the Hayward Police Department’s Youth and Family Services Bureau, Hayward Area Recreation and Park District, and the San Francisco Giants Community Fund.

The Giants Community Fund developed the program to give youth an alternative to drugs, gangs and crime.

Beyond baseball, players interact with school resource officers who coach the teams. The league also encourages healthy eating, violence prevention and the importance of education.

The season will kick off with the First Pitch Meeting at 4:30 p.m.  Tuesday, June 2, at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School.

The first day of practices will be June 15. All games and practices take place at Larry Standley Field at Weekes Park.

Those taking part should register online before the First Pitch Meeting. Parent and community volunteers are also welcome.

Youth and Family Services Bureau staff will be available to help with online registration from 1 to 3 p.m. June 3 at the Weekes library branch and 5:30 to 7 p.m. June 9 at the Main Library.

For more information, call 510-293-7048 or go to http://yfsb.haywardpd.net.


Hayward 70th annual Easter egg hunt, bonnet parade April 4

HAYWARD – The Hayward park district’s 70th annual Easter egg hunt and bonnet parade takes place Saturday, April 4.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. at Kennedy Park, with the parade starting at 9:30 a.m. Bonnets must be homemade; they will be judged on the most colorful, most unusual and prettiest. The parade is limited to children ages 6 and younger.

The Easter egg hunt will take place after the parade. It will be divided into four age groups: 1 to 2 years old; 3 to 4 years old; 5 to 6 years old; and 7 to 9 years old.

The Easter Bunny is scheduled to make an appearance at the free celebration.

For more information, call Hayward Area Recreation and Park District at 510-881-6700. Kennedy Park is at 19501 Hesperian Blvd.


Hayward bunco madness April 25

HAYWARD — The Hill & Valley Women’s Club will hold its annual Bunco Madness Game Day fundraiser on Saturday, April 25.

Tickets are $15, and include a salad bar lunch and door prizes in addition to bunco. Reservations are required; call Joann Silviera at 510-785-2053  Ticket deadline is April 18.

The fundraiser will be 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Hill & Valley club house, 1808 B. St.


‘Telling Tales’ March 23 at Douglas Morrisson Theatre

HAYWARD –Storytellers will share tales of spring fever Monday, March 23, at Douglas Morrisson Theatre.

Using no scripts, the storytellers will tell personal, true stories of spring and new possibilities.

Audience members will be invited to share their stories during open mike at the end of the evening.

Tickets are $5, with open seating. The show starts at 8 p.m. at Douglas Morrisson Theatre,  22311 N. Third St. Details at 510-881-6777.

This is the theater’s fourth “Telling Tales” this season.


Supposed Internal Revenue Service phone calls are a scam

A warning from Hayward police about supposed calls from Internal Revenue Service claiming money owed. A simple thing to remember: the IRS ONLY CONTACTS BY MAIL  But those phone messages are scary; I received one and it was intimidating.

From Hayward police:

This is a warning to taxpayers to beware of phone calls from individuals claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or U.S. Treasury Department in an effort to collect money from you.

The Hayward Police Department received numerous calls from concerned citizens claiming they have received calls with pre-recorded messages, such as, “This message is intended to contact you regarding an enforcement action executed by U.S. Treasury/IRS.” Callers tell intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The callers threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license. They would leave the return contact name of “Steve Martin” or other IRS personnel.

According to the IRS, they contact people by mail – not by phone – about unpaid taxes. And the IRS won’t ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The IRS also won’t ask for a credit card number over the phone.

The callers who commit this fraud often:
• Use common names and fake IRS badge numbers.
• Know the last four digits of the victim’s Social Security Number.
• Make caller ID information appear as if the IRS is calling.
• Send bogus IRS e-mails to support their scam.
• Call a second time claiming to be the police or department of motor vehicles, and the caller ID again supports their claim.

If you get a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS/U.S. Treasury asking for a payment, here’s what to do:
• If you owe Federal taxes, or think you might owe taxes, hang up and call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with your payment questions.
• If you don’t owe taxes, call and report the incident to TIGTA at 800-366-4484.
• You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.FTC.gov. Add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments in your complaint.

Be alert for e-mail scams that use the IRS name. The IRS will never request personal or financial information by e-mail, texting or any social media. You should forward scam e-mails to phishing@irs.gov. Don’t open any attachments or click on any links in those e-mails.

To report a scam: http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml


Hayward to honor women

HAYWARD — Four women of different ages, backgrounds and professions will explore gender equality issues in a panel discussion March 26.

The conversation will take place at the city’s third Hayward Honors Women.

The panelists are Gail Steele, former Hayward councilwoman and Alameda County supervisor; Cecily Joseph, a vice president at Symantec; Farima Pour-Khorshid, a doctoral student and part-time bilingual kindergarten teacher; and Ana Rangel, a UC Berkeley graduate who earlier took part in Puente and Upward Bound. All four are from Hayward.

Janet Reilly will moderate the panel discussion. Reilly is host of “The Mix,” a news magazine show on NBC Bay Area.

Hayward Honors Women was started as a teach-in by former Hayward City Councilman Mark Salinas.

“We’ve assembled a truly remarkable group of Hayward women for this year’s event,” Mayor Barbara Halliday said in a statement.

“They reflect the city’s unparalleled diversity, and each one of them brings a completely different, incredibly valuable voice to the discussion. This should be an interesting and engaging event,” she said.

The event will be 5 to 7 p.m. March 26 at Hayward City Hall, 777 B St.


Hayward police blotter March 6-11

FRI, 3/6/15 at 4:08 PM, a KIDNAPPING ATTEMPT occurred on the 24000 block of Whitman Street. A White or Hispanic male in his 20s, grabbed a 14-year-old female and tried to force her into his vehicle. The victim fought off the attack and was able to escape and call for help. The suspect was driving a newer white Honda 4-door or similar model. A media notification and possible sketch of the suspect were released.

FRI, 3/6/15 at 10:43 PM, a PAROLE VIOLATION occurred on Dixon Street and Tennyson Road. A patrol officer attempted a stop on a vehicle for a traffic violation. The driver started to pull over, but then accelerated away. The officer broadcast the vehicle information and its direction of travel. Another officer who was in the area noticed two males running from a vehicle similar to the one that fled from traffic stop. The officer was able to detain one of the men, who was later identified as the driver of the vehicle. The suspect was arrested for a parole violation and delaying a police investigation.

SAT, 3/7/15 at 6:51 AM, an ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON incident occurred on the 28000 block of Huntwood Avenue. A transient male was dropped off at a hospital in Oakland for a stab wound to his neck. The victim was at a park when he began to argue with three males. The three males beat the victim and one male stabbed the victim in the neck with an unknown object. The victim had a puncture wound in the left side of his neck. The victim was uncooperative during his interview with officers. The victim’s injuries were not life threatening.

SUN, 3/8/15 at 6:37 AM, BURGLARY SUSPECT IN CUSTODY from an incident that occurred on the 28000 block of Bailey Ranch Road. On 3/7/15, HPD responded to a possible cat burglary in progress. After officers arrived, they were unable to locate the suspect. The next day, an officer followed up on the case and obtained identification of the suspect from some local surveillance video. The officer located the suspect and arrested him for the burglary.

MON, 3/9/15 at 6:46 AM, an ARMED ROBBERY occurred on the 29000 block of Mission Boulevard. The suspect entered the gas station, pointed his handgun at the clerk and robbed the business of cash. The suspect fled on foot towards Garin Avenue. The suspect is described as a Black male adult, 25yrs, 5’10”, 200lbs. He wore a black jacket, white beanie and white pants.

MON, 3/9/15 at 12:00 PM, a SEX REGISTRANT/PAROLEE was arrested. Hayward’s Special Duties Investigations Unit along with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officers joined together to locate a Westbay Norteno gang member. The suspect violated several conditions of his parole by going to five Hayward schools.

MON, 3/9/15 at 1:05 PM, a STRONG-ARMED ROBBERY occurred on the 21000 block of Bedford Drive. The suspect yanked a necklace off of the victim’s neck and left in a light green Dodge Caravan toward Foothill Boulevard. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male adult, short height, slender build, with short black hair. He was wearing a black jacket and jeans.

TUE, 3/10/15 at 8:43 PM, BRANDISHING A WEAPON-KNIFE, occurred at Fielding Drive and Chaucer Way. Multiple residents called HPD to report a man walking around the neighborhood with a large knife. The subject was waving it at people who were near him. As officers arrived on scene, the subject hid in some bushes but was located and taken into custody without incident.

WED, 3/11/15 at 4:06 PM, a PSYCHIATRIC DETENTION occurred on the 200 block of Jackson Street. Police were called out for a subject who was acting irrational and threatening to get a knife. When officers contacted the subject, he tried to walk away saying he was getting a knife. The officers were able to detain the subject and placed him on a mandatory psychiatric hold.