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Hayward to break ground on fire station, clinic

HAYWARD — The city will break ground for a new fire station and community health clinic on Saturday, June 14.

Festivities start at noon, with the official ceremony taking place at 2 p.m.

The new station, No. 7, will be built at 28270 Huntwood Ave. in South Hayward. It replaces a temporary station that is deteriorating.

Next door will be the “Firehouse Clinic” – a collaboration of Hayward, Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center and Alameda County Health Care Services Agency.The clinic is being built by the city, but it will be run by Tiburcio Vasquez under a contract with Alameda County.

 

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Ashland: Open house at new community garden

ASHLAND — A new community garden is holding an open house Saturday, June 21.

The garden is being developed on an empty lot owned by Alameda County at the corner of Mission Boulevard and Paradise boulevards. The garden is being developed by Project EAT, a county Office of Education program to promote healthy lifestyles.

Activities at the open house will include seed planting, kids’ games, nutrition information, healthy snacks and garden box applications. It will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 20095 Mission Blvd., north of Mattox Road and south of Lewelling Boulevard.

For more information, contact Project EAT at projecteat@acoe.org or 510-670-4156 or go to www.projecteat.com.

 

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Meeting to focus on phones for people with disabilities

CASTRO VALLEY — Information will be shared Thursday, March 6, about special telephones for disabled and deaf people that make it easier to hear, dial and call.

A representative of the California Telephone Access Program will talk about the state program at the Quest Low Vision Support Group meeting. The representative will demonstrate the types of phones available, such as ones for people with hearing loss, low vision, memory problems or limited mobility.
The phones are free, but there are eligibility requirements.

The meeting starts at 1 p.m. at Baywood Court, 21966 Dolores St.

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Community meeting on new Hayward fire station, health clinic

HAYWARD — The fire department is holding a community meeting about a plan to rebuild Fire Station #7 on Huntwood Road and construct a health center next door.

The meeting takes place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Fire Station #7, 28270 Huntwood (near Tennyson, across from Tennyson Park.) Firefighters will have drawings of the new facilities and talk about what is planned at both.

South Hayward currently does not have a public adult health clinic. The health center would be built on city property, but it would be run by Tiburcio Vasquez under a contract with Alameda County Health Care Services Agency.

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Hayward police blotter 1/07/14-1/13/14

01/07 09:05 PM
A male suspect simulates a weapon and forces victim to surrender their vehicle. Witnesses call 911 and a description of the victim’s vehicle is broadcast to patrol units. The vehicle is located and the driver is taken into custody for carjacking.

01/09 02:05 AM
A victim walking in the area of B St and Second St is stuck in the head with a fire extinguisher by an unknown suspect. The victim received minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

01/09 01:48 PM
Suspect gets into a confrontation inside his home in the 22000 block of Mission Blvd with an acquaintance. During the confrontation, the suspect brandishes a firearm at the acquaintance causing him to flee and contact the police. Suspect is contacted at his home and arrested, no weapon is recovered.

01/10 09:00 PM
A robbery occurred at the Eden Youth Center during which the suspect took the victim’s cellular phone. The victim tried to arrange to have the suspect return the phone but when the suspect refused, the victim called the police. Officers stop the suspect later in a stolen vehicle and the victim’s phone is recovered along with a firearm.

01/10 04:30 PM
While contacting a group of subjects in a parking lot in the 22000 block of South Garden Avenue a stolen handgun and narcotics were recovered. One of the subjects ran from the police and was not located. One subject was arrested.

01/10 11:00 PM
During a police investigation of a suspicious vehicle in the area of South Garden Avenue and West A St a loaded firearm is recovered from inside the vehicle.

01/12 07:53 PM
A robbery occurred in the area of Middle Ave and Eden Avenue. The victim was approached by a suspect with a handgun and had their phone taken. The suspect fled in the direction of Middle Lane and Saklan Road.

01/12 08:32 PM
A robbery occurred in the area of Tennyson Rd and Ruus Rd. The suspects took the victim’s wallet and fled on foot in the direction of Bruno Ave.

01/13 06:07 PM
A strong arm robbery involving three suspect took place in the area of West Tennyson Rd and Manon Avenue. The suspects took the victim’s cell phone and the victim received minor injuries from the incident.

01/13 11:55 PM
A witness calls about two subjects with plastic bags digging a hole near the Hayward Shoreline. When police arrived they found the hole with nothing inside. A search during daytime does not locate and evidence of criminal activity.

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Election season is already here

Hi. Sorry to be away for so long. Illness plus technical difficulties were not a good combination.

A few updates: Two candidates in the Hayward mayor’s race — Mark Salinas and Francisco Zermeno — both have been busy, hosting community events, raising money, attending just about every local gathering. I haven’t seen as much from Barbara Halliday, but that doesn’t mean she’s not connecting with voters; she doesn’t seem to use social media as much as the other two. All three have a lot of connections in the community.

I have been hearing rumors that two others will enter the race to replace longtime Mayor Michael Sweeney, who has announced his retirement at the end of June. But no names have been attached.

One guy did stop  by the Daily Review office and said he was running for mayor. I won’t give his name, because he didn’t speak to me; I only overheard him as he was flirting with our office manager. We do get some interesting characters wandering in off Foothill.

Salinas’ council seat will be up for grabs. Councilman Marvin Peixoto has announced he plans to run for re-election.

Meanwhile, Hayward Unified Trustee William McGee has set up a website for his re-election and to keep the community informed. His and Trustee Lisa Brunner’s terms expire next year; Brunner has not announced whether she will seek re-election.

The city of Hayward also is looking at a ballot measure to pay for a new main library and two fire stations, and possibly more upgrades and services. A series of meetings and outreach are planned, beginning next month.

The Hayward school district is talking about another bond measure to replace more of the district’s aging schools, but no date has been set.

Alameda County is looking at asking voters to extend Measure A, a half-cent sales tax set to expire in 2019. It helps fund medical services to the county’s low-income residents, but some have complained that too much of the money currently goes to Highland Hospital or is at the discretion of the county Board of Supervisors and subject to political maneuverings. Without it, services will be drastically cut, advocates say. But it was approved in much better economic times, 2004.

Oh, and remember Measure B-1, the proposal that would double the county sales tax for transportation from a half-cent to a full cent that was narrowly defeated in 2012? It will be back on the ballot in November, though with a 30-year time limit (the previous proposal had no time limit).

These are just a few local measures being considered; statewide ones could also be on the ballot. With all the competing interests asking voters to open their wallets, there is concern it will be overwhelming and voters will just say no to all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fashion show to help others

HAYWARD — Nina’s Bode, a boutique on B Street downtown, is hosting a fashion show Saturday, Oct. 19, to raise funds for Eden I&R (2-1-1).

Eden I&R is a nonprofit agency that connects people with services available to them. It’s the only centralized source for health, housing, and human services information exists anywhere else in Alameda County.

According to its website, it serves thousands of at-risk individuals, including youth, non-English speakers, the economically disadvantaged, people living with HIV/AIDS, domestic violence survivors, the elderly, disabled, the homeless, and human service agencies seeking services or housing for their clients.

The fundraiser, entitled “The Gift of Giving,” begins at Nina’s Bode, 1037 B St., with appetizers at 6 p.m., followed by the fashion show at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased at the boutique, 510-537-3900.

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Eat healthy and be active workshop Wednesday

HAYWARD – Ideas about how to make the city a healthier place will be discussed at a community workshop on Wednesday, April 10.

The workshop is part of Hayward’s general plan update.

Topics may include public safety, smoking, obesity, health care facilities, environmental quality, healthy housing, healthy foods, walking and bicycling, safe streets, community gardening and recreation.

Anyone living or working in Hayward is encouraged to take part in the workshop, which takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. at City Hall Council Chamber, 777 B St. Spanish translation will be available.

For more information, or to add your thoughts about what you think the city should look in the future, go to www.Hayward2040.org.

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Downtown Hayward comings and goings

This week’s City Council meeting includes a presentation from the Cal Poly Technical students who have been working with the city to bring some fresh ideas to rejuvenate the downtown plan, some of which dates back to the ’70s. The students have a website soliciting input from the community; you have until March 20 to weigh in. Take a look at some of the ideas that are being floated over there and if you weigh in, cut and paste it over here for the HayWorders.  And the city also has a page dedicated to the downtown plan update with a lot of information.

Buffalo Bill's Brewery, which has been around since 1983, is one of downtown's success stories and owner Geoff Harries recently told city officials that business is better than ever these days. Here, manager Alex Caldeira doles out the good stuff. (Photo by Doug Duran/Staff)

Figured I’d use this as an opportunity for an update blog and clean out my notes of recently collected downtown stuff.

Here’s a story about a new owner taking over the Cinema Place property, which a lot of people are excited about. Here’s one about the ongoing roadwork in the area — the job is about halfway done and that controversial loop of streets is set for completion at the tail end of the project, about a year from now.

Recent downtown closures, openings and odds and ends:

Garry’s Donuts, the little shop kitty corner to the Bistro, closed after more than 20 years. A number of people cited an increase in rent as the reason. There used to be an older fella who enjoyed sitting outside the donut shop on warm afternoons — haven’t seen him since it closed.

Crepes de Art shut its doors on Foothill, and one of the sisters that opened it back 2009 said they’re still making crepes but on a catering basis only, without a storefront. The yogurt shop next door has been gone for a while, more recently Zuckersuss vacated its Cinema Place space, although you can still see a white baby grand piano inside. Foothill also took a hit with the closure of Montero’s Market, the big Mexican supermarket and taqueria.

The BBB Salon on B Street  held a blow-out sale a few weeks ago before also closing, building owner managed the shop and she said she simply doesn’t have time to spend running a clothing boutique that wasn’t making money. She added that the city is “too strict” in what uses they allow for downtown space, and said she could have rented it out to a popular S.F.-based boxing gym if the city had been receptive to such a use. “You have to accept whatever type of business wants to open,” Hong Do said. “After a while, once you have foot traffic, then you can pick the businesses that come in.”

Leather Odyssey also put up a clearance sign, but  is sticking around, although owner Glenn Marciel said it’s “really sluggish” right now and he’s in “survival mode.” He said the owners of the Odd Fellows building he’s in gave him a pretty good break on the rent and that’s the only reason he’s getting by.

Now some good stuff: We had a story on Vintage Alley and its friendly owners, and new burrito joint Avocado Freddy’s recently set up shop the old KFC building at that tricky E/Foothill/Mission intersection. Story on the Hayward Area Historical Society, which is well on the way to opening up their new space in the former Kumbala building, and have rented 6,000 square feet of space to a health services company. Turns out that was the spot that Big 5 Sporting Goods was eyeing a while ago, which fell through.

There’s a restaurant going in at the old Smith building on B Street, called KUPE Studio. It will be African-themed fare, with a bar. As you can see on the website, owner Richmond Apande originally wanted to open a spot with music, entertainment and dancing, but said he got in a “back and forth” with the city over his business and security plan and eliminated that part of KUPE. Now things are going smoother, he said, and he hopes to have it open in the next few months.

Also new on B: California Acupuncture Center and Herbal Shop. Around the corner on Main, the former Main Street Diner is now Bombay Masala Cafe, noticed a opening special of three beers for $10 so they might be aiming for the same college crowd that was attracted by the previous incarnation’s nightly specials.

That’s it for this round. Anyone see something else appear or disappear?