The city of Hayward has started its campaign to let people know that some downtown streets will become one-way on March 15.
The city hired someone to put together an explainer that is going in water bills and is online. It contains some interesting statements: “The Loop is easy!” “The Loop is a small change with a BIG new look for Downtown!” “Easy Access to all Downtown Businesses.” Hmmm.
There also is a typo in the insert that was sent out to many water customers and on big signs along Mission Boulevard between A and B and near the main library: It refers to Off the Gird. As gourmet food truck followers know, that should be Off the Grid.
In fairness, a Hayward official said the typo was pointed out by city staff. But apparently not soon enough.
The city also has made a video explaining the loop. It has little colored cars speeding through downtown with cheerful music in the background. The voice-over refers to “the downtown one-way traffic circulation, or the ‘loop’ as it’s more affectionately called.” Gosh, I can’t remember the loop and “affectionately” being used in the same sentence.
Check it out at www.youtube.com/watch?v=09hSr8GlPq4&feature=youtu.be. There’s also a link at http://user.govoutreach.com/hayward/faq.php?cid=14252, but I couldn’t get it to load.
(Sorry, but I have not been able to get links to work on this blog. Working on it.)
Starting March 15, Foothill will be one-way north between its intersection with Jackson Street-Mission Boulevard up to A Street. A will be one-way west between Foothill and Mission, and Mission will be one-way south from A down to the Jackson-Mission-Foothill intersection.
Posted on Friday, March 1st, 2013
Under: Alameda County, Castro Valley, Fairview, Hayward, San Lorenzo, Transportation, Uncategorized | 17 Comments »
CASTRO VALLEY — A Castro Valley High graduate who became a mountaineer will share some of his adventures March 15.
Marty Schmidt, who now lives in New Zealand, is a certified mountain climber and guide. He has ascended some of hte world’s highest peaks without bottled oxygen.
He will be showing some photographs and talk about his climbs on Mount Everest, Makalu, Gasherbrum 1 and 2, and other peaks.
Schmidt’s presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Castro Valley Center for the Arts, 19501 Redwood Road.
Posted on Thursday, February 28th, 2013
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HAYWARD – Journalist Meghan Laslocky will explore heartbreak at a talk at the Main Library on Feb. 23.
Laslocky is the author of “The Little Book of Heartbreak: Love Gone Wrong Through the Ages.” In her book, she looks at love’s aftermath over the ages, from hell hath no fury love spats over the ages, odd spells cast by lovesick men in ancient Greece, to composer Johannes Brahms’ disastrous love life and modern matchmaking.
Laslocky’s free talk begins at 2 p.m. at 835 C St. Copies of her book will be for sale.
Posted on Friday, February 15th, 2013
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CASTRO VALLEY — More than 55 vendors will be selling items at a flea market March 2 at the Kenneth C. Aitken Senior and Community Center.
There also will be a snack bar and a bake sale with homemade treats at the flea market, which runs 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 17800 Redwood Road.
The event is being hosted by the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District. For more details, call 510-881-6738.
Posted on Tuesday, February 12th, 2013
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The one-way traffic loop through downtown Hayward is scheduled for early March, according to the city’s website. I am working to get a more precise date, since March is less than three weeks away.
What’s involved: Massive traffic signal bridges that are being fabricated to order in Utah have to be shipped here. That entails getting permits to drive uber-wide loads through several states.
Once the bridges are here, there’s no good place to store them – we’re talking really wide – so they probably will go up pronto, though “pronto” still will take some doing and time. The bridges will span intersections along Foothill. The foundations (which run deep) were constructed earlier; remember those plywood boards for pedestrians near traffic lights? The foundations have been filled with asphalt for pedestrian safety. The bridges couldn’t be ordered until the foundations were constructed. It’s complicated, but Foothill is an old street, and the underground pipes and conduits aren’t always where the blueprints say they are, so each bridge’s specs are different. The asphalt was temporary and will be dug out.
Final paving of the loop – Five Flags north on Foothill to A Street, left on A to Mission Boulevard, south on Mission back to Five Flags – and lane striping will be needed, so, combined with installation of the signal bridges, we’re looking at major road closures and detours coming up. And you thought traffic was bad now!
Next week: According to city’s website, expect lane closures on Mission and Foothill, mostly Mission from Industrial to about Moreau High School both ways and Mission from Jackson Street to Highland Avenue, both ways.
The good news: Driving down Mission, big stretches are finished except for landscaping. The roads are smooth, and the ugly utility poles are gone. The lights look great.
Posted on Saturday, February 9th, 2013
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HAYWARD – Sherlock Holmes is on the case starting Feb. 14 at the Douglas Morrisson Theatre.
“Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure” by Steven Dietz combines two of Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories, “The Scandal in Bohemia” and “The Final Problem.” The production, based on the original 1899 script by William Gillette and Doyle, won the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play.
The whodunit previews Feb. 14 and opens at 8 p.m. Feb. 15, running through March 10. Tickets are $10 preview, $29 other performances, with discounts for seniors and students. A special Saturday matinee is scheduled for 2 p.m. March 2, followed by a “talk-back” session with the director and cast. Call 510-881-6777 or go to www.dmtonline.org.
If you haven’t been to the Douglas Morrisson Theatre at 22311 N. Third St. in Hayward, it’s a lovely theater, but it can be a little tricky to find. The website, www.dmtonline.org/Getting%20Here.htm, has fairly detailed directions, but a GPS or an old-fashioned map might not hurt. The theater used to be called Hayward Little Theatre, next to the Hayward Senior Center and Japanese Gardens. It’s run by Hayward Area Recreation and Park District.
Posted on Saturday, February 9th, 2013
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What sounds like a fun event Saturday will benefit the Lighthouse Community Center of Hayward. Viva Las Vegas casino night starts at 5 p.m. at the Hayward City Hall Rotunda.
Entertainment includes Sasha Stephane as Cher, the Golden Follies and the Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus.
It’s $25 advance, $30 at the door. If advance tickets are still available, you can get them at the Lighthouse Community Center, 217 A St., Hayward; Curly’s Place, 2059 B St., Hayward; and www.eventbrite.com.
Tickets get you $100 in gaming chips plus gourmet food, and there will be a cash bar. You must be 21 to attend.
The Lighthouse Community Center serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning community of Southern Alameda County.
For more information, email email@example.com.
Posted on Friday, February 1st, 2013
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Emergency Shelter Program of Hayward has a new van from AutoWest Toyota in Hayward, thanks to Toyota’s Cars for Good program.
Toyota’s initiative hands out 100 cars to 100 nonprofit agencies over the course of 100 days.
Emergency Shelter Program provides shelter and other services to women and children who are survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking and homelessness. The van will be used to transport its clients to emergency shelter, medical and social service appointments, and legal proceedings.
Posted on Thursday, January 31st, 2013
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Hayward city officials will hold their monthly update meeting Thursday on the Route 238 Corridor Improvement Project that includes Foothill Boulevard south from Interstate 580 through downtown and Mission Boulevard from A Street south to Industrial Parkway.
Merchants along Foothill and A Street have asked that some on-street parking, which would be eliminated as part of the work, be restored. At Thursday’s meeting, city staff members are expected to show where they plan to allow parking.
The road project includes a one-way traffic “loop” through downtown. So far, the city has not said when the loop will go into effect.
The meeting begins at 9 a.m. Jan. 24 in Conference Room 2A at Hayward City Hall, 777 B St.
Posted on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013
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Are you 60 or older and do you live in the Hayward-Castro Valley-San Lorenzo area? If so, you can sign up for a free 10-minute massage by a trained massage therapist. The massages, held the second Monday of the month from 1 to 3 p.m., are by appointment only. They will be given at the Kenneth C. Aitken Senior and Community Center, 17800 Redwood Road. Call 510-881-6738.
The massages are only one of the many things going on at the Hayward Recreation and Parks District. The Aitken Senior Center is organizing a day trip to Cache Creek casino Feb. 6. Cost is $33 for HARD residents, $43 for others. Call 510-881-6738.
The center also is hosting a flea market March 2. Tables are on sale now for $25 residents, $35 others.
And there’s a new exhibit at the Adobe Art Gallery. The A.R.T. annual members exhibit runs through March 2. The gallery is at 20395 San Miguel Ave., Castro Valley. For details, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center is hosting an exhibit of artistic walking sticks by Rick Boreliz, “Take Art for a Walk,” through March 3. Call 510-670-7270 for more information.
Posted on Monday, January 21st, 2013
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