We had a story today about how a Cal State-based foundation scored a grant that’s going to be used to better the South Hayward community. It’s a rare thing — only one of 21 communities across the nation to get a “Promise Neighborhood” grant, which is modeled Harlem Children’s Zone. That program was created to give kids a chance to beat the surrounding conditions of poverty, with social and educational support. Check out the story for more information.
Capt. Thor Poulsen, the Public Education Officer for the Hayward Fire Department, checks in with some advice on inclement weather:
The Hayward area is being pounded by a series of powerful storms driven from the Pacific this week. The most severe is scheduled to hit on Wednesday. The intense winds and rain have already caused power outages and flooding across low-lying areas. Please take the time now to prepare in advance and assure your family a safe winter as the storm passes through.
During Severe Winter Weather, if it has been raining hard for several hours, or steadily raining for several days, be alert to the possibility of a flood. Listen to local radio or TV stations for flood information and know what the terminology means: Continue Reading
Rajendra Ratnesar, chairman of the Eden Township Hospital District board, released “An Open Letter to the Community” to local media Tuesday, stating that efforts to save San Leandro Hospital are threatening all hospitals in the district.
State Sen. Ellen Corbett and board member Carole Rogers responded with sharply worded letters of there own. Click below to read the letters…
Capt. Thor Poulsen of the Hayward Fire Department said a close call this week serves as a reminder to keep those smoke alarm batteries fresh — and make sure you have one installed in the garage as well. Here’s the brief story from the paper:
GARAGE FIRE A ‘CLOSE CALL’: A small fire in the garage of a Hayward hills home was quickly extinguished Thursday morning, but fire officials said it had the potential to be much worse because of the early hour.
At 3:39 a.m., a homeowner in the 28100 block of Dobbel Avenue called authorities to say he heard popping sounds coming from his garage and, upon checking, saw a fire had started near his workbench, fire Capt. Thor Poulsen said. The man opened the garage door, allowing his dog to flee, then yelled for his wife and 6-year-old daughter to get out as well.
His wife awoke, grabbed their 6-year-old daughter, who was asleep in the room above the garage, and fled the house. The man and a neighbor called 911, and firefighters arrived within three minutes.
“There were smoke detectors throughout the house, but not in the garage,” Poulsen said. “If they had all been sleeping, they could have easily succumbed to smoke and died.”
The fire did not spread to the house, and the cause was not determined.
In addition, Poulsen said it’s common for people not to install detectors in the garage, “but that’s where you have gas stored, sometimes a water heater, flammable stuff. You really need one there.”
He said if the man hadn’t been awake, browsing the Internet, nothing would have warned the slumbering family — not even the dog.
“Dogs typically don’t act like Lassie,” he said. “They’ll get scared, go over into the corner, curl up and hide. It would have been the first to succumb to smoke.”
“This was a real, real close call. If the guy went upstairs and went to bed, I don’t know if we would have been pulling bodies out of there.”
Here are some more fire safety facts and tips from HFD.
Police said about 2,000 residents had their power knocked out until wee morning hours on Thursday, starting around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday when a car crashed into a power pole on the 26100 block of Eldridge Street.
Despite a dramatic, power-pole shearing crash, only one person was injured, and it was minor. Rob Ritchie lives nearby and sent us this photo. “I was sitting at my computer working on a project, when a huge thundering sound occurred, followed by an explosive sound, as well,” wrote Ritchie. ”Instantly, all power went out. I went outside and looked down the street to see quite a horrific sight!”
Police said they had to put out stop signs and assign officers to direct traffic in the area. “It was a mess,” said Lt. Christine Orrey.
Ritchie said he has been trying to get speed bumps installed on his street for nine years. “Cars constantly speed on this street, sometimes at very high speeds for the conditions,” he wrote. ”Perhaps the city of Hayward will reconsider, before other tragedies occur.”
Another Hayward resident called and said he had just taken his mother to a dialysis treament at a Jackson Street clinic when the lights went out. Karl Kanoho said patients had to be transported to hospitals because the facility has no backup power. His mother hadn’t started treatment yet and had to come back the next day.
“None of the (dialysis centers) have backup generators,” Kanoho said, adding that he felt lucky because his mother wasn’t in critical need of the treatment. “But it could have been a disaster.”
Anyone else with a blackout story?
UPDATE: The HARD board voted to oppose construction of the power plant at its Monday night meeting. They essentially said that it’s their job to act in the interest of the parks, and the plant would have a negative impact, at least visually, for people using the Hayward Regional Shoreline. “It’s our job to make sure that our assets are protected,” said boardmember Minane Jameson. “Tens of thousands of people use the shoreline and the interpretive center, and (the power plant) will hurt our business.” Jameson made the motion to oppose and was joined by Paul Hodges and Dennis Waespi. Carol Pereira and Lou Andrade were absent. We’ll have a story about the upcoming Sept. 2 meeting on the power plant later this week.
At Thursday night’s downtown Hayward street party, a small group of demonstrators gathered in front of the Calpine booth. One was dressed as a chicken and carried a sign urging people to honk, but the road was closed to vehicle traffic so few could comply.
Calpine opponents plan on attending Monday’s HARD meeting, urging the park and rec district to oppose the power plant. And the next big deal is set for Sept. 2 at City Hall in Hayward, when the Bay Area Air Quality Management District will hold a public hearing regarding issuing a permit for the plant.
The BAAQMD issued a draft permit earlier this summer.
Back to the street party. Thursday was the third of four such things, and there seemed to be more people than at the last one. It went off pretty smooth, police said, although there was a skirmish in the parking lot behind Buffalo Bill’s (also behind the Daily Review) after the party ended. There were reports it was a 15-on-1 fight, and at least one hysterical woman called police, but when they arrived the involved parties had scattered.
Here’s a few more pics from the festival:
ADDENDUM – At its June 23 meeting, the City Council appointed the following new members to the Youth Commission: Dayana Morales, Sarahi Bautista, Alex Harmon, Dulce Andrade, Erika Ramos, Yessenia Sanchez and Claudia Canales. Reappointed were Jessica Bravo, James Dixon, Jeevit Gill, Lawrence McGee and Lauren Quan, with Rachel Rojas, Frances Naguit and Arlene Valencia on the alternate list.
The City Council filled most of the vacancies on various boards and commissions at its meeting last week. A total of 19 new commissioners and six reappointments filled the slots on six different boards.
Here are the appointments:
Downtown Business Improvement Area Advisory Board — Nicole Reams, Cynthia Chang, Meg Shaw (reappointment).
Citizens Advisory Commission — Donna Allen-Thomas, Nicholas Terry, Linda Moore, Cynthia Chiasson and Peggy Guernsey (reappointment).
Economic Development Committee — Jim Wieder, Christopher Lam and Terri Swartz.
Human Services Commission — Lucy Castillo, Todd Davis, Robert Lara. Reappointments: Ben Henderson, Julie LInd, Elizabeth Samayoa.
Library Commission — Stephanie Ayala and Judith Harrison (reappointment).
Keep Hayward Clean and Green Tast Force: Carolyn Grieco, Jennifer Ong, Kevin Thompson, Antonia Elizalde, William McGee, Kelly Doyle-Pasion.
The city received 36 applications and conducted 35 interviews. A vacancy remains on the Downtown Business Improvement Area Advisory Board.
The boards serve in an advisory capacity to the City Council. Congrats to everyone selected!
The future of San Leandro Hospital is under consideration, and drop-in, urgent care centers are proposed as alternatives to full-service hospitals. What’s your opinion?