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San Leandro: Home-buyers seminar June 14

SAN LEANDRO — A free seminar for first-time home-buyers is planned for Saturday, June 14.

The workshops will cover how to prepare to be a homeowner, how to purchase and finance a home, strategies for today’s market, and services available to first-time home-buyers.

The seminar is being held by the city and the Bay Area Home Buyer Agency, a non-profit regional joint powers authority. It takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Titan Room at Marina Community Center, 15301 Wicks Blvd.

Reservations are required; go to www.myhomegateway.com or call 888-572-1222, extension 101.

 

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Hayward area outdoor summer movie season begins June 13

The local free family-friendly outdoor movie season starts Friday, June 13, with “Frozen” at Adobe Park in Castro Valley.

The free family-friendly movie night is being put on by Hayward Area Recreation and Park District. Those going are encouraged to take picnic dinners, flashlights and low-back small chairs or blankets.

The movie starts at 8:15 p.m. at the park, 20395 San Miguel Ave. Beginning at 6 p.m., people can listen to music, chat with local vendors, get health and wellness information, and play at the park district’s mobile recreation program.

For more information, call 510-881-6700 or email info@haywardrec.org.

The park district also is showing “Despicable Me 2″ at 8:15 p.m. July 18 at Hayward City Hall Plaza, at the corner of B and Watkins streets. “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2″ also will be screened at 8:15 p.m. Aug. 8 at City Hall Plaza.

The park district holds its final free summer outdoor movie night at 8:15 p.m. Sept. 12 at San Lorenzo Village Homes Association Little League Park, 1062 Grant Ave.”Monsters University” will be the featured film.

In San Leandro, free movies will be shown July 9 at Halcyon Park, 1245 147th Ave.; July 23 at Chabot Park, 1698 Estudillo Ave.; and Aug. 6 at Washington Manor Park, 14900 Zelma St. Allo shows start at 8:30 p.m. For more information, call the San Leandro Recreation and Human Services Customer Service, 510-577-3462.

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San Leandro to host a cappella performance as part of gay pride celebration

SAN LEANDRO — The choral ensemble Voices: Lesbian A Cappella for Justice is performing Sunday, June 1, at the San Leandro Main Library.

The performance is part of San Leandro’s recognition of LGBT Pride Month.

“I am pleased that San Leandro will be joining a national campaign to honor the LGBT community as part of Pride Month in June,” Mayor Stephen Cassidy said in a release. “I encourage San Leandrans to come out to the Library on June 1 to join in these celebrations.”

The performance begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at the library, 300 Estudillo Ave. in downtown San Leandro. Admission is free.

The ensemble was founded in 1988. It strives to promote lesbian visibility and musical excellence and reflect diversity, according to the release.

For more information, call 510-577-3971.

 

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San Leandro mayor will not seek second term

This from San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy’s Facebook page:

I have concluded it is in the best interests of our city and my family that I focus on serving as Mayor for the remainder of my term, which expires at the end of the year.

When I originally ran for office, I did not have the responsibility of governing. I have come to the realization that adding campaigning to my list of duties would mean the compromise of too many important existing responsibilities. I wish this was the not case. But I see no way I can meet my obligations as Mayor at a high level, as well as my work duties and be present for my young daughters, while also running a vigorous campaign for re-election.

I am proud of the renaissance that is occurring in San Leandro. The San Francisco Business Times recently reported that our city is “buzzing with a fresh technology focus.” In five weeks, the state-of-the-art San Leandro Kaiser hospital will open. Last month, the City Council unanimously approved construction of a commercial district for tech firms and other companies at the forefront of today’s innovation economy. Three, Class A office buildings will be built on the vacant lot next to the San Leandro BART station, creating nearly 2,000 quality jobs.

Much more can be accomplished this year. Again, I will complete my term as Mayor.

I look forward to working with the community and my colleagues on the City Council to place a revenue measure on the November ballot to repair our deteriorating neighborhood streets, create a commission of residents to foster and support the arts and culture in our city, and extend Lit San Leandro, our ultra high speed broadband network, to our schools.

It has been a privilege to serve you and the people of San Leandro as Mayor, and previously as a school board trustee. Thank you for enabling me to have such honors.

After my term as Mayor end on December 31, 2014, I will remain active in our community. I love San Leandro and look forward to continuing to make a positive difference for our city.

Stephen

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Cinco de Mayo celebrations abound

Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated this weekend throughout the area.

A few of them include:

Hayward’s festival will feature mariachi bands, dancing horses, folklorico troupes and Mexican food. It runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Hayward City Hall Plaza, 777 B St.

The Ashland REACH Youth Center will host a Cinco de Mayo festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. It will include free food, entertainment and a community health and resource fair. The center is at 16335 E. 14th St.

San Leandro will mark the holiday on its actual day, Monday, May 5. The festivities include folklorico dancers, mariachi music, food and a children’s Mexican crafts area. It begins at 6 p.m. at San Leandro Civic Center Plaza,  835 East 14th St.

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Meals on Wheels to mark sixth anniversary with May 17 luncheon

SAN LEANDRO — SOS/Meals on Wheels is celebrating its sixth anniversary with a luncheon May 17.

The nonprofit agency serves 1,200 meals each day to seniors in Hayward, Castro Valley, San Leandro, San Lorenzo and Oakland.

Proceeds from the luncheon, which includes wine from local vineyards, will help fund the program. There also will be a raffle and silent auction for prizes, such as a weekend at a Lake Tahoe cabin, Disneyland tickets and a playhouse made and donated by Habitat for Humanity.

The fundraiser is 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 17 at Eden United Church of Christ’s Oliver Hall, 21455 Birch St. Tickets are $25; for more information, email connie@sosmealsonwheels.org. or call 510-582-1263.

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Digital bookmobile to show how to access San Leandro library’s eBooks

SAN LEANDRO — A digital bookmobile will showcase the city’s free eBook service at the main library May 3.

The bookmobile is taking a national tour to demonstrate how readers can access eBooks.

The bookmobile is housed in a 74-foot tractor-trailer with  Internet-connected PCs, high-definition monitors and portable media players. At interactive learning stations, visitors can search the library’s digital media; use mobile devices; and sample eBooks, audiobooks, music and video.

Anybody with a San Leandro library card can check out digital titles at http://sanleandrolibrary.lib.overdrive.com.

The bookmobile will be at the library. 300 Estudillo Ave., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 3.

 

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Marina fundraisers for worthy causes

SAN LEANDRO — Some groups that do a lot of good in the local communities are hosting spring fundraisers at the San Leandro marina.

On Saturday, April 26, Stepping Stones Growth Center will hold its 12th Annual Every Step Counts Walk/Run at the marina, starting at 8:30 a.m. Every Step Counts is a family-friendly event that encourages people with developmental disabilities to be active. The $30 entry fee includes a T-shirt, goodie bag, refreshments and a chance to win prizes. To register, go to www.firstgiving.com/everystepcounts/12th-annual-every-step-counts-event.

The Mourning Mothers Walk to Prevent Violence takes place on Saturday, May 10. KGO’s Cheryl Jennings will emcee the walk, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A $20 donation includes a T-shirt and lunch. The walk is sponsored by 1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence, started by Lorrain Taylor, a Hayward woman who lost her twin sons to violence. To register, call 510-581-0100, email mothers1000@aol.com or go to www.1000mothers.org.

Family Emergency Shelter Coalition will have its Shelter Shuffle on May 21 starting at 9 a.m. Registration is $10 and includes snacks and a T-shirt; those taking part are encouraged to sign up sponsors. Last year’s shuffle raised $35,000. To register, go to www.firstgiving.com/fesco or email shuffle@fescofamilyshelter.org and ask for a registration form. The shelter provides emergency housing for families and works to get families off the street and off welfare.

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Silent auction of longtime artist Eva Best’s work March 2

CASTRO VALLEY — The art legacy of Eva Best will be displayed at a silent auction on Sunday, March 2, from 1 to 3 pm at the Adobe Art Gallery, 20395 San Miguel Ave, Castro Valley.

Best, a San Leandro teacher and artist, died Dec. 26. Over the years, she received many awards for her art, and exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Oakland Art Museum, the Alameda County Fair, the Sun Gallery in Hayward, the East Bay Watercolor Society, The Oakland Art Association and the Adobe Art Gallery in Castro Valley.

The exhibit and silent auction is a retrospective exhibit of her paintings, collages and drawings. More than 50 watercolors, oil and acrylic paintings will be on display.

Proceeds from this event will help support art programs, classes and demonstrations at the Adobe Art Center. Best was an avid artist who explored a variety of mediums well into her 90s. She also was a member of A.R.T., Inc., a nonprofit group that promotes the visual arts.

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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.