Downtown Hayward car show Sept. 6

HAYWARD — A rockabilly inspired car show will take place Saturday, Sept. 6, in downtown.

The show will include live music, food, face painting, a balloon artist and raffle. Vehicles will be limited to pre-1973, and those attending are encouraged to wear ’40s and ’50s attire.

The show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on B Street is being put on by Vintage Alley boutique and Classic & Kustom Bombs Magazine.


Free play at Hayward park Sept. 7

HAYWARD — “O Best Beloved” will be staged for free Sept. 7 at East Avenue Park.

The family-friendly production is an ensemble adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s Just-So Stories.

The play was named “Best of Fringe” at the 2013 San Francisco Fringe Festival.

According to the ensemble’s website: “Rudyard Kipling wrote these tall tales about the beginnings of the world in the voice of a narrator addressing a youngster that he or she calls ‘Best Beloved.’ Kipling wrote the Just-So Stories for his own best beloveds: his two small daughters, who insisted that he tell the stories the same way every time, or ‘just so.’ They’re full of silliness and wordplay, and are delightful when read aloud.”

The ensemble has been performing at area parks and outdoor venues. The Hayward stop is sponsored by the Douglas Morrisson Theatre. It starts at 2 p.m. at East Avenue Park, 3221 East Ave. Those attending should take blankets or lawn chairs.


Hayward police blotter, Aug. 22-27

FRI, 8/22/14 at 10:26 PM, a STRONG ARMED ROBBERY occurred. Two hours prior to reporting the incident, a 14-year-old male victim was walking in the area of D Street and 2nd Street, when four black male adults surrounded him. The victim was punched once and he fell to the ground. The suspects searched the victim’s pockets and took his cell phone, IPod, debit card, and $6. The suspects were described as black males, in their late teens or early twenties.

FRI, 8/22/14 at 11:08 PM, an ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON occurred. A passerby saw a male lying down in greenway at Bishop Street and Cascade Avenue. The Hayward Fire Department responded and determined the victim was suffering from two stab wounds to his right chest area and from facial injuries. The unknown victim was combative and had to be restrained on gurney. The victim was transported to Eden Hospital, where they reported the victim had significant brain hemorrhaging. Hayward police fingerprinted the unknown victim and obtained his identity. On 8/27/14, no change to the victim’s medical status.

SAT, 8/23/14 at 1:32 AM, Hayward PD had an outside assist with Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. ACSO deputies pursued a stolen vehicle into our city. The female suspect crashed her vehicle at Sycamore/Thomas. The suspect collided with a parked vehicle on Thomas causing it to flip over and land in a yard on top of a vehicle. No Hayward PD units were involved in the pursuit. The suspect was arrested by ACSO and taken to jail.

MON, 8/25/14 at 10:57 AM, Hayward PD had an outside assist with ACSO on the 300 block of West Jackson Street. An Eden Township Station (ETS) deputy stopped a vehicle that had just been involved in an armed robbery. Three suspects were detained near a gas station’s gas pump. Another suspect ran into the store of the gas station and locked himself in the bathroom. The store was evacuated and a perimeter was established around the business. The suspect eventually walked out of the store and was taken into custody.

MON, 8/25/14 at 3:18 PM, a STRONG ARMED ROBBERY occurred on the 900 block of B Street. An intoxicated victim was accosted by two black males. They took his cigarettes and $250 in cash from his shirt pocket by tearing the pocket open. The victim was uncooperative and kept changing his story. The primary officer is investigating the case.

TUE, 8/26/14 at 5:55 AM, an INDECENT EXPOSURE occurred at a restaurant on the 20000 block of Hesperian Boulevard. The victim was parking her car when she saw the suspect walking towards her. The victim got out of her car and headed for the restaurant when she turned around she saw the suspect shaking his exposed penis at her. The suspect fled towards another store when a vehicle entered into the parking lot. The suspect is described as a Hispanic Male Adult, 6’0”, 165 lbs., 30-35 yrs. old, short dark hair, brown eyes and a goatee. He was wearing a dark blue hoodie and black pants.

TUE, 8/26/14 at 7:25 AM, A HIT AND RUN occurred on W. Tennyson Road and Baldwin Street. The victim was walking southbound on Tennyson Road when the suspect vehicle struck him. The driver backed up, drove around the victim and fled westbound on Tennyson Road. A passerby found the victim bloodied and took him to St. Rose Hospital. The suspect vehicle was described as a white, 4-door Toyota. The suspect driver was a Hispanic female with blonde hair. The victim was intoxicated. The victim sustained serious facial injuries from the collision and was unable to recall any further details from it.

TUE, 8/26/14 at 1:47 PM, a HAZMAT incident occurred on the 3100 block of Depot Road. Strong chemical odor and smoke was seen coming from a business. The Hayward Fire Department requested Hayward PD to assist in traffic control around the area of the address to include blocking the highway 92 off ramps. The chemical odor was reported as far south as Mt Eden High School. A “Shelter-in-place” advisory was given to nearby schools and businesses. Hayward PD sent out Nixle alerts to keep the citizens informed. There was media coverage of the incident, which was handled by Hayward FD. There were no reported injuries from this incident.

WED, 8/27/14 at 11:30 AM, a Probation Search occurred on the 26000 block of Lakewood Way. The Narcotic’s Unit conducted a probation search and arrested a subject who was suspected of selling Marijuana.

WED, 8/27/14 at 12:59 PM, A ROBBERY occurred at Southland Mall. A clerk at a jewelry store was showing a ring to the suspect. The employee took possession of the suspects ID and gave it back after the suspect returned the ring. The suspect then forcefully grabbed the ring from the clerks hand and fled out the mall.

WED, 8/27/14 at 5:04 PM an ATTEMPTED ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON occurred on the 500 block of Tennyson Road. An employee at the hair salon was fired and tried to cut another employee with a knife. The staff of the salon held the suspect down until police arrived. The ex-employee was arrested and no one was injured from the incident.


Hayward police blotter Aug. 4-10

THUR, 8/7/14 at 9:50 AM, an ARMED ROBBERY WITH A HANDGUN occurred at Ted’s Pharmacy, 27000 block of Hesperian Blvd. The suspect stole controlled pain medications and drove off in an off-white vehicle. An officer recalled a suspicious vehicle from the day before at Ted’s Pharmacy. The vehicle and its license plate matched the robbery suspect’s vehicle. Police looked up the vehicle’s registry information and found the car on Gettysburg Ave. A search warrant was issued and the home was surrounded by Hayward‘s Special Duty Unit. SDU called out the occupants out of the home, including the suspect, who came out willingly. The victim positively identified the suspect through an in-field show up. The pain medications and the suspect’s gun (a loaded .45) were recovered inside the home. Investigations spoke to the suspect and he confessed to committing the robbery and to others crimes as well.

FRI, 8/8/14 at 7:24 PM, a nine-year-old child was riding his bicycle on Dolphin Lane crossing onto Florida Street when a vehicle traveling westbound struck him. The boy was trauma activated to Children’s Hospital (Oakland) with non-life threatening injuries.

SAT, 8/9/14 at 1:08 PM. Officers conducted a traffic enforcement stop for a registration violation. The officers smelled a strong odor of alcoholic beverage and marijuana emitting from the vehicle. During a consent search, the officers located Xanax pills in a clear baggie, opened and unopened beer cans, and a loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol with a ten round magazine. One of the passenger confessed to the officers that the pills and the gun were his. He described the gun and the pills to the officers, ensuring them of his ownership. Both occupants were arrested.

SAT, 8/9/14 at 3:59 PM, a STRONG ARMED ROBBERY incident occurred adjacent to the Burger King located on Mission Boulevard and Industrial Parkway. Four suspects assaulted the victim and stole his wallet and cell phone. The suspects are described as:
Suspect #1 is a Black female in her mid 20’s, 5’8”, medium build. She was seen wearing a red jersey with #5 written on front.
Suspect #2 is a Black female, 5’8”, pink hair, and wore a black Tee shirt.
Suspect #3 is a Black female adult with no description.
Suspect #4 is a Black male adult, 5’9”, thin build; he was wearing a black shirt, black pants, and wore a black beanie hat.

SUN, 8/10/14 at 12:54 AM, Officers responded to the area of Thelma and Barker for a naked man running down the street. The suspect charged at one of the officers as she exited the patrol vehicle. She was able to restrain the suspect until another officer was able to help her. The officers called an ambulance to transport the suspect to the hospital for a psychological evaluation. No injuries were reported to the officers or suspect.

MON, 8/11/14 at 2:26 PM, an ARMED ROBBERY WITH A HANDGUN incident occurred at the Subway located on the 26000 block of Mission Boulevard. The suspect entered the store, armed with a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded money. The suspect ran towards Sorenson Road and was seen getting into a white car driven by a white female. The car sped southbound on Mission Boulevard. The suspect is a white male, mid 20’s, 6’0”, and heavy set. He was last seen wearing a black/gray SF Giants hat, red bandanna, black hooded sweatshirt with writing on front and back, tan shorts and tan work boots.

WED, 8/13/14 at 5:20 PM, a report of a man BRANDISHING A FIREARM on the 27000 block of High Country Drive. The victim was walking on High Country Drive when the suspect came out of his home, yelled, and pointed his shotgun at the victim. The victim called police, but informed them that he did not want to press charges against the suspect. After the police made contact with the suspect, they determined that he needed a psychological evaluation and sent him to the hospital.


Hayward Coffee With a Cop on Aug. 26

HAYWARD — Police are inviting residents to stop by and chat at a downtown coffee shop Aug. 26.

Coffee With a Cop will be from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Aug. 26 at Eko Coffee Bar and Tea House, 1075 B St. Police will be available to answer questions.

For more information, contact Gale Bleth at 510-293-7151 or gale.bleth@hayward-ca.gov.


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 Schoenfeld, 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.


Disney tour to stop at Hayward park

HAYWARD — Hundreds of kids are expected to take part Monday in a Disney tour starring characters from two television shows.

The tour, “Pirate and Princess: Power of Doing Good,” is designed to introduce children ages 2 to 7 to the value of doing good.

Princess Sofia from Disney Junior’s “Sofia the First” television show and Pirate Jake from “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” will be at the show.

Children will be able to create a storybook at “Jake and Sofia’s Storytelling Maze,” share acts of kindness or service in “Enchancia Castle,” do “Sofia’s Animal Friends” activities, take part in interactive environmental lessons in “Jake’s Beach Treasures” and pledge service at the “Forever Tree.”

The show will end with a musical celebration with Jake and Sofia.

The free show will be about 30 minutes, and it will be repeated several times during the day (think Disneyland shows). Priority entry will be given to those with reservations; otherwise it will be first come, first served. The wait time could be up to an hour.

It’s recommended those taking part arrive 30 minutes before their designated times. A very few tickets are still left at https://disneyjunior.thundertix.com/orders/new?performance_id=1271303.

Kennedy is one of seven stops for the tour, and the only one in Northern California.

The tour will be 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Kennedy Park, 19501 Hesperian Blvd.


Hayward police blotter July 31-Aug. 5

Thur, 7/31/14 at 12:31 AM, An armed robbery with knife occurred while the victim was walking southbound on Montgomery, towards A Street. The victim was approached by two Hispanic males. One of the males put a knife to the Victim’s throat and demanded his backpack. The backpack contained the victim’s wallet, $160 in cash, Revo sunglasses, and his alien registration card. The other suspect stood by and said, “Welcome to Hayward mother f*****!” The suspect’s then ran to a smaller Japanese make, silver car that was parked nearby. The suspects were arrested on 8/2/14, when they attempted to commit a similar robbery.

Thur, 7/31/14 at 2:00 PM ACVET conducted a decoy operation in multiple cities throughout Alameda County. Five teams visited 119 ABC licensed establishments and 28 of them sold alcohol to minors. Livermore and Pleasanton had eleven sales to minors and Hayward had four. This operation was hosted by ABC (Alcoholic Beverage Control) and Hayward PD; and supported by UC Berkeley PD, Alameda County Probation Dept., Livermore PD and Union City PD.

Fri, 8/1/14 at 3:15 AM, there were several calls from 25000 block of Industrial Boulevard regarding shots heard in their area. Officers arrived and saw a white adult male running away from the scene. The male was not located, however shell casings were found in the bushes near the northwest corner of the apartments. There were .40 cal casings and shotgun shells found in the area.

Fri, 8/1/14 at 5:41 PM, an asssault with a deadly weapon occurred at 22000 block of Western Avenue where three Hispanic adult males fought with two Hispanic adult males over a parking stall space. During the fight, one suspect brandished a knife and stabbed the victim in the arm. The victim was taken to Eden hospital and treated for a non-life threatening injury. Two suspects were arrested and taken to jail. The first suspect was charged with battery with serious injuries, and the other suspect was charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

Sat, 8/2/14 at 12:30 AM, the Special Duty Unit (SDU) Officers noticed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed westbound on Jackson Street and Soto Road. SDU officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but it quickly pulled into the parking lot of the 200 block of W. Jackson Street and parked in a stall. The male driver and female passenger fled from the vehicle as the officers arrived. Both suspects were detained without incident. A loaded 9mm handgun, 27.2g of meth, and $695 in cash were located and taken as evidence. Both suspects were arrested and taken to jail.

Sat, 8/2/14 at 7:30 AM, an attempted robbery took place at B Street and Alice Street where a Hispanic male brandished a kitchen style knife and demanded the victim’s wallet while a second Hispanic male stood by intimidating. When the victim said he did not have his wallet, the suspect with the knife hit him on the forehead with it, causing a puncture wound. The suspects eventually fled in a gray Ford Taurus. Officers spotted a gray Ford Taurus with two Hispanic males driving in the area of A Street and Royal Avenue and stopped it. The victim identified both males and the vehicle as the ones who tried to rob him. The knife used in the crime was recovered and identified as well. A veteran officer recalled a similar robbery from Montgomery and A St a few days earlier and coordinated having that victim come to their location. The victim from the first robbery identified them as the ones who robbed him as well.

Mon, 8/4/14 at 7:36 PM, A reported assault with a deadly weapon occurred on the 300 block of West Tennyson Road. Multiple callers reported two to three black males beating up one Hispanic male with a stick. Suspects got into a car and fled. The suspect vehicle was located and stopped in the 900 block of West Tennyson Road with four occupants. The victim was not located at the scene nor had he checked into any of the surrounding hospitals. The four suspects were identified and then released.

Mon, 8/4/14 at 10:30 PM, a DUI with injury and attempted hit and run occurred. A suspect in his vehicle struck a parked car on upper D Street. The suspect continued to drive westbound on D Street and then collided with another parked truck near Castro Valley. The suspect got out of his vehicle and attempted to flee on foot. The suspect was captured and detained by neighbors in the area until police arrived. The passenger sustained a significant leg injury. A large crowd gathered prior to police arrival and urgent cover for crowd control was needed. Both driver and his passenger were transported to Eden hospital.

Tue, 8/5/14 at 3:30 PM, A report of criminal threats and intimidating a witness occurred at the Hayward courthouse. A victim of a robbery and assault with a deadly weapon incident that occurred in the city of Fremont was at the Hayward Courthouse waiting to testify against his attacker. The victim brought three of his family members with him for protection, as he knew the suspect was not in-custody and would be present. The victim and his family were approached by the suspect’s mother and his girlfriend. The suspect’s mother and girlfriend made numerous criminal threats to the victim and his family in an attempt to intimidate them and prevent him from testifying against the suspect. The victims re-entered the courthouse and advised the District Attorney’s Office of what had just occurred. The suspects were detained and arrested.

Tue, 8/5/14 at 3:59 PM, a citizen reported seeing a possible pipe bomb in the bushes at D Street and Meek Ave. Officers confirmed a homemade pipe bomb was lying near some bushes. The immediate area was evacuated and the streets were blocked. The Alameda “bomb” squad responded and rendered it safe. There were no injuries or property damage. It was unknown how long the device had been there and no suspect leads.


Hayward police blotter July 24-31

Thursday, 7/24/2014, approximately 9:39 AM – A burglary occurred to a residence on the 900 block of Sunset Blvd. The suspects were seen fleeing the location by a witness in a dark colored Honda or Toyota sedan with a partial California license plate of “3UU.” The suspects were described as two Black males.

Friday, 7/25/2014, approximately 12:42 PM – Officers responded to the 24000 block of Tioga Road regarding an assault. It was determined that a delivery driver assaulted the resident of a home with a hand truck. The suspect was arrested and charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

Friday, 7/25/2014, approximately 9:15 PM – Officers from the Special Duty Unit conducted an enforcement stop on a vehicle being driven by a driven by a male in the 25000 block of Gading Road. During a probable cause search of his vehicle, a loaded handgun and narcotics for sales were located. The suspect was placed under arrest for possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle and narcotics for sales.

Saturday, 7/26/2014, approximately 10:53 AM – Officers responded to the report of robbery that occurred at a bank in the 22000 Block of Foothill Blvd. It was determined that a female suspect walked into the bank and presented a note demanding money. She claimed to have a gun, but none was seen. She fled the bank of foot in an unknown direction. She was described as a Black female adult, early 30’s, 5’10”, large build, black hair with burgundy highlights and last seen wearing a black baseball cap, gray jeans, a teal windbreaker and carrying a black purse with metal studs.

Anyone within information regarding this bank robbery is encouraged to call the Criminal Investigations Bureau at (510) 293-7034.

Sunday, 7/27/2014, approximately 12:01 AM – Officers responded to the report of shots fired the intersection of Santa Clara Street and Banbury Street. It was determined that a large party where guests were being charged admission had just broken up in the 24000 block of Broadmore Avenue. Several “party crashers” arrived at the location, causing fights to break out at the residence and the adjacent street. An unknown suspect then shot at a vehicle belonging to someone picking up party guests, striking it three times, but no one was injured. The homeowner who hosted the party was later cited under the City’s Social Host Ordinance.

Monday, 7/28/2014, approximately 5:30 AM – Officers responded to an alarm call at a business in the 22000 block of Foothill Blvd. The owner of the business was monitoring the video and audio surveillance system from home and could hear power tools and voices inside the closed business. Officers responded and surrounded the business and made efforts to call the suspects out of the business via public address systems and telephone calls. Officers then began searching the building and three suspects were located in the attic above the business and taken into custody. All three suspects were booked on the charges of Burglary and Conspiracy to Commit Burglary.

Tuesday, 7/29/2014, approximately 4:55 AM – An armed robbery occurred to a business in the 24000 block of Mission Blvd. A citizen called 911 to report seeing two males wearing masks enter the business and noticed a third male standing outside who appeared to be a “lookout.” All three males fled the scene with an unknown amount of cash eastbound on Highland Blvd. The suspects were described at Hispanic males, dark clothing and wearing hoodies with masks.

Anyone within information regarding this armed robbery is encouraged to call the Criminal Investigations Bureau at (510) 293-7034.

Tuesday, 7/29/2014, approximately 9:58 AM – Officers responded to the 27000 block of Gainesville Ave to assist Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies who were attempting to serve a civil eviction notice at a residence. Upon their arrival, they located suspicious notes and other items within the house to make them believe the home might be wired with improvised explosive devices (IED’s). They Sheriff’s Office was not sure if the home was currently occupied. The Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad and Hayward Police Department’s Special Response Unit were activated and responded to the scene. A search of the residence yielded no explosive devices or materials and there was no one home at the time. Nearby residents were allowed to return to their homes at about 5:30 PM.

Tuesday, 7/29/2014, approximately 6:15 PM – Officers responded to the 1100 block of Rex Road regarding the report of an Armed Home Invasion Robbery. The victim reported that he was sleeping and suddenly awoken by an unknown male placing a pillow over his face and demanding money. The suspect fled the scene after obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash from the victim. The victim could only describe the suspect as having an Asian accent.

Anyone within information regarding this armed robbery is encouraged to call the Criminal Investigations Bureau at (510) 293-7034.

Thursday, 7/31/2014, 12:30 AM – Officers responded to the area of Montgomery Street and A Street regarding an Armed Robbery. The victim reported that he was walking in the area when he was approached by two males, one of which was armed with a knife, and demanded his backpack. The victim complied and the suspects ran off and got into a small silver vehicle and drove off. The suspects are described as Hispanic male adults, 22 to 25 years old, 5’7”, medium builds and wearing dark clothing.

Anyone within information regarding this bank robbery is encouraged to call the Criminal Investigations Bureau at (510) 293-7034.


Hayward creates library website

HAYWARD — The city has created a website to give updates for its new downtown library, which will be built after voters approved a half-cent sales tax increase in June.

The site, www.haywardlibrary.org, includes schematics for the new three-story library, which will be built across the street from the current one, at C Street and Mission Boulevard.

The site also has information about plans for the park surrounding the old library, which will be torn down. The park dates back to the time of Don Guillermo Castro, who had his homestead at C and Mission, with his corral in what is now the park. By 1889, it was the town plaza.

Some of the trees date back to that era; the block has more than 40 varieties of rare and mature trees, including examples of century-old American elm, Giant Sequoia, coastal redwood and a  100-foot-tall Australian bunya pine (the size of the bunya cones has been compared to bowling balls, watermelons and footballs).

Hayward is still trying to figure out the best use for the plaza; the City Council has not taken a formal vote.

While the name 21st Century Library & Community Learning Center was probably a good marketing tool during the campaign, Hayward might want to reconsider adopting it as a formal title. For one thing, “21st century” likely soon will sound dated. And it’s just way too long a name.

Whatever the city decides to call the building, people probably will still call it “the library, “the main library” or “the downtown library.”