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Coffee with mayors, cops

Hayward police and San Leandro’s outgoing and incoming mayors are inviting people to come join them for a cup of Joe and conversation this week.

The cops will be at Tyrrell Elementary School from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12. The school is at 27000 Tyrrell Avenue.

On Saturday, Dec. 13, outgoing San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy and incoming Mayor Pauline Cutter will be available to listen to residents’ and merchants’ concerns. The mayors will be at the Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave., from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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San Leandro police looking for advisory board members

From San Leandro police:

SAN LEANDRO — The police department is seeking community members interested in making a difference by joining the Police Chief’s Advisory Board.

This board is made up of community members who represent the many segments of our city. The board was created in 2013 to act as a community resource for the police department and police chief in the formation of public safety strategies, development of community policing concepts and increasing public awareness.

The board is intended to provide a forum for discussions concerning community concerns, and the goal is to have a broad spectrum of viewpoints represented.

The role of board members include (but is not be limited to):

• Act as a sounding board for the police chief regarding community needs and concerns, as well as provide community feedback to proposed police programs and priorities.

Apprise the police chief of the community’s need for police services and feedback on the delivery of services

• Assist in educating the community about the function and role of the police.

• Attend monthly meetings at the police station.

Meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. To participate, you must be a San Leandro resident or business owner.

Those interested can apply on the city’s website at:

www.sanleandro.org/depts/pd/programs/chiefs_advisory_board.asp

Or call Capt. Ed Tracey at 510-577-3249.

The community plays a key role in public safety and keeping San Leandro safe,” Police Chief Sandra Spagnoli said.

“Bringing police and community members together on a regular basis is critical to our service delivery and mission. I continue my commitment to building positive relationships throughout the community and leveraging those relationships to improve the quality of life and safety in San Leandro,” she said.

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Hayward Coffee With a Cop Saturday

HAYWARD — City police will hold a Coffee With a Cop on Saturday, Oct. 25.

The informal get-together will be 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at John Muir Center (formerly John Muir Elementary School), 24823 Soto Road.

Residents are encouraged to drop by to voice any concerns, ask questions and get to know police officers.

For more information, contact Alicia Romero at 293-7179 or Gale Bleth at 293-7151.

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Haywarrd firefighters check smoke detectors during emergency calls

From the Hayward fire department:

HAYWARD – Last year, the Hayward Fire Department responded to more than 17,000 incidents, nearly 80 percent of which were emergency medical calls. Time and time again, firefighters rushed into homes and noticed the same troubling issue: missing or inoperable smoke detectors.

That may soon change, thanks to an innovative partnership with the Hayward Rotary Club. The two organizations have announced a simple, yet savvy new program to get working smoke detectors into more Hayward homes by using a trusted and highly recognizable home delivery system: Hayward firefighters themselves.

Thanks to a generous gift from the Hayward Rotary Club and Case Industries, the Hayward Fire Department will begin carrying more than 400 new detectors and 1,000 batteries on its vehicles – just in case. If firefighters walk into a home during a medical emergency and notice a missing or “chirping” detector, they’ll offer to install new batteries or provide a new detector free of charge, right there on the spot if appropriate. The department is also accepting sign-ups for installation.

“Keeping working smoke detectors is the single best thing you can do to protect your family and your home,” said Hayward Fire Department Capt. Don Nichelson. “Still, we see far too many homes without the proper smoke detectors, or with chirping or dead devices hanging on the ceiling. This program aims to change that. We’re already on the scene; it makes perfect sense to fix the problem right then and there if we can.”

According to the National Fire Protection Association, three out of five home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. The risk of dying in a home structure fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke detectors, yet many homes are left unprotected by alarms that are missing, disconnected or loaded with dead batteries.

“The Hayward Fire Department does an outstanding job of protecting the community it serves,” said Paul Martin of the Hayward Rotary Club. “We’re excited to help them advance their mission with this simple, common sense program. If one of these smoke detectors saves a single life, that’s all that matters.”

The program, dubbed “Smoke Detectors … Just in Case” is a joint effort of the Hayward Fire Department, Hayward Rotary Club, Case Industries and Sprinklersfitters Local 483.

 

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Hayward firefighters bring smoke detectors home

From the city of Hayward:

HAYWARD – Last year, the Hayward Fire Department responded to more than 17,000 calls, almost 80 percent of which were for medical emergencies. Time and time again, firefighters rushed into homes and noticed the same troubling issue: missing or inoperable smoke detectors.

That may soon change, thanks to an innovative partnership with the Hayward Rotary Club. In honor of Fire Prevention Week, the two organizations have announced a simple, yet savvy program to get working smoke detectors into more Hayward homes by using a trusted and highly recognizable home delivery system: Hayward firefighters themselves.

Thanks to a gift from the Hayward Rotary Club and Case Industries, the Hayward Fire Department will begin carrying more than 400 new detectors and 1,000 batteries on its vehicles – just in case. If firefighters walk into a home during a medical emergency and notice a missing or “chirping” detector, they will offer to install new batteries or provide a new detector free of charge, on the spot if appropriate. The department is also accepting sign-ups for installation.

“Keeping working smoke detectors is the single best thing you can do to protect your family and your home,” said fire department Capt. Don Nichelson. “Still, we see far too many homes without the proper smoke detectors, or with chirping or dead devices hanging on the ceiling. This program aims to change that. We’re already on the scene; it makes perfect sense to fix the problem right then and there if we can.”

According to the National Fire Protection Association, three out of five home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. The risk of dying in a home structure fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke detectors, yet many homes are left unprotected by alarms that are missing, disconnected or loaded with dead batteries.

“The Hayward Fire Department does an outstanding job of protecting the community it serves,” said Paul Martin of the Hayward Rotary Club. “We’re excited to help them advance their mission with this simple, common sense program. If one of these smoke detectors saves a single life, that’s all that matters.”

The program, dubbed “Smoke Detectors … Just in Case” is a joint effort of the Hayward Fire Department, Hayward Rotary Club, Case Industries and Sprinklersfitters Local 483.

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Hayward police blotter Aug. 28-Sept. 2

Thur, 8/28/14, approx 4:00-10:00 PM, AN ABC DECOY OPERATION occurred throughout Hayward. HPD’s Vice Unit conducted a decoy operation, visiting 16 establishments. Only 3 sold alcoholic beverages to an underaged person.

Fri, 8/29/14, approx 6:00 AM- 4:00 PM, A GANG SUPPRESSION OPERATION occurred throughout Hayward. HPD’s Special Duty Unit and Special Duty Investigation Unit collaborated with other local agencies to serve arrest warrants and conduct probation searches. Two people were arrested.

Fri, 8/29/14, approx 10:30 PM, AN ARMED ROBBERY occurred on Mediterranean Ave @ the Silver Star Veteran’s Park. The male victim was walking his dog, when he was approached from behind by the three suspects (three Black Male Adults-no further description). One of them punched him in the head and knocked him down, while another one pointed a gun at him and took the victim’s IPhone and wallet. The victim incurred minor injuries.

Sat, 8/30/14, approx 8:00 PM-2:00 AM, A DUI/DRIVER’S LICENSE (DL) CHECKPOINT occurred @ Foothill/City Center. HPD’s Traffic Unit set up a DUI/DL checkpoint, screening 773 vehicles, making 3 DUI arrests, and citing 31 suspended/unlicensed drivers.

Sun, 8/31/14, approx 12:30 AM, A MEDICAL ASSIST occurred @ City Hall. A transient male climbed onto an approx 4’ high wall that secures a large generator. The other side of the wall drops down about 20’, to the base of the generator. The male lost his balance and fell down to a service area between the generator and the wall. He was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment, due to minor injuries to his lower body.

Tues, 9/2/14, approx 11:45 AM, A LOADED GUN was recovered @ Sleepy Hollow/Bahama. A neighbor saw three Black Male Adults jumping a fence to enter secured property belonging to a business. Officers arrived just as the males jumped back over the fence. One of the males was found to have a loaded gun in his backpack and was arrested.

Tues, 9/2/14, approx 1:00 PM, A PHYSICAL ELDER ABUSE occurred on the 900 block of Collins Ct. A 50 year old female tried to beat her 80 year old father with a large metal dog brush. She kicked her father and 80 year old mother several times each, inflicting visible injuries. The daughter was arrested and an Emergency Protective Order was obtained, barring the daughter from returning for several days.

Tues, 9/2/14, approx 3:30 PM, A NARCOTICS SALES SUPPRESSION OPERATION occurred throughout Hayward. HPD’s Narcotics Unit obtained two search warrants and recovered cocaine, ecstasy, two handguns, over $8000 cash, and located a marijuana growing operation. Two people were arrested.

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Cops and ‘cue in Hayward for a good cause

HAYWARD — Police department employees will be celebrity waiters at Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que on Sept. 11, with all tips donated to the Special Olympics.

Law enforcement agencies have been big supporters of the Special Olympics for years. Money raised at Famous Dave’s will help pay for training and competitive opportunities for Special Olympic athletes.

According to a press release: “This event is one of hundreds of events conducted by the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Northern California. The goal is to partner with communities to support Special Olympics programs through raising funds and public awareness, while enhancing the quality of life for the athletes.”

The fun will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 11 at Famous Dave’s, 790 W. Winton Ave. (Southland Mall).

For more information, contact Mary Fabian at 510-293-1043 or
mary.fabian@hayward-ca.gov,

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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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Fairview fire district seeks residents’ input

This is a press release from the Fairview Fire District. It’s rather vague and I’m not sure what the intended outcome is, but I have not had a chance to follow up, and thought I should post to alert folks to the meeting:

Fairview and Five Canyons residents

The Fairview Fire Protection District, a Special District responsible for Fire and Emergency Medical services delivered to the Fairview and Five Canyons communities, invites all residents of the District to a community meeting. It is important to attend this meeting to share your concerns and issues with the Board of Directors as they develop a Strategic Plan for the District’s future.

The meeting is at Fairview Elementary School, 23515 Maud Avenue, Hayward, July
1, 2014 from 6:30-8:00PM. Hayward Fire Chief Contreras, whose fire department  serves residents of the Fairview Fire Protection District under a contract for service, will make an informative presentation to attendees and then a professional facilitator will guide attendees through a process that will capture their issues and concerns about the District and its services.

The Directors will be present to hear what you have to say. They need your help to frame the future of the District.

Refreshments will be served.

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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.