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San Lorenzo Library expansion groundbreaking on Feb. 19

SAN LORENZO — Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan will lead a groundbreaking Feb. 19 for expansion of the San Lorenzo Library.

The project is the first major exterior renovation of the library in 45 years, according to a press release. When the $9.4 million work is finished, the library will be almost 20,000 square feet, twice its current size. It also will be the first certified green building in San Lorenzo, according to the release.

The San Lorenzo Library expansion will be the first project under Alameda County’s Project Stabilization Agreement, which promotes training and hiring of target populations, such as veterans and low-income residents.

The groundbreaking will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the library, 395 Paseo Grande, San Lorenzo.

During construction, a temporary library has been set up around the corner at 16032 Hesperian Blvd.

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Hayward Area Recreation and Park District website looking good!

HAYWARD — The website for the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District has undergone a major redesign.

The new sophisticated design is a VAST improvement over the old one, which was frustrating for members of the community and HARD employees and board members.

Check it out at www.haywardrec.org. The site had a “soft” launch Friday, with an official launch next Monday.

The site quickly loads, features some great photos (though I’m not sure what that kid who popped up on several pages is actually doing, but that’s one intense look). There’s even a place where people can submit suggestions and questions. It’s easy to provide feedback, and the list of facilities also include maps for each place. Many of the site listings also have photos, and I assume more will be added.

There are still a few small kinks when I checked out the site. The search function did not seem to be working smoothly in every case, and some of the pages did not have a link back to the home page. I couldn’t find a staff directory.

There’s a photo of district general manager John Gouveia along with an interesting bio. It would be nice to have photos of department heads on their respective pages.

If there are things you notice that might need adjusting or suggestions for improving the site, it’s easy to give feedback on the site or call the district office at 510-881-6700.

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How unincorporated area residents can have say in community’s future change

A press release from Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley’s office:

When asked why he is involved in improving his community, Keith Barros, a long time San Lorenzo resident quipped, “It’s better than being a mere spectator, and much better than being a victim.”

Are there things you would change or improve in your community? Then join the residents of Ashland, Cherryland, Castro Valley, Fairview and San Lorenzo who are forming working groups to improve their communities in the areas of public safety and realignment, economic development, education, governance, and agriculture and environment. Community members can join the working groups by attending any of the meetings listed below.

Over the next five years, unincorporated Eden Area residents, business owners and others will be working to implement goals and projects in each of the areas listed above. These goals were voted on by more than 350 residents at a community meeting held last November. That meeting was the culmination of a community visioning process known as the Eden Area Livability Initiative Phase II (EALI II), which had more than 700 participants total.

Organized by Alameda County Supervisors Nate Miley and Wilma Chan, EALI Phase II is part of an ongoing effort that began in 2006 with the EALI Phase I process that resulted in the planning, building, and opening of the $25 million state-of-the-art, 32,000-square-foot REACH Ashland Youth Center.

Other projects for EALI Phase I included streetscape improvements and the creation of a community design team that is now planning the Cherryland Community Center.

“It’s an opportunity to participate and advocate for my community,” said Peter Rosen, an involved Castro Valley resident, who has invited his neighbors to join the working groups. “I can have a positive impact and can improve local control.”

The formation of working groups to implement EALI Phase II goals presents a chance for unincorporated Eden Area community members to address important issues and participate in improving their communities together.

Ruth Baratta, a Cherryland resident, said, “Those of us who were involved in EALI Phase I came back for EALI Phase II because it worked. We can make a difference, and it’s up to us to create the community we want to live in.”

For more information contact Eva Poon at eva.poon@acgov.org or 510-670-5717 or visit the EALI website at www.acgov.org/edenareavision.

Schedule of Working Group Meetings

Agriculture & Environment
Thursday, February 6
6:30-8:30pm
Castro Valley Library
3600 Norbridge Avenue, Castro Valley

Education
Thursday, February 20
6:30-8:30pm
Castro Valley Adult School, Upper Campus, Rm12-13
4430 Alma Avenue, Castro Valley

Public Safety & Realignment
Thursday, February 27
6:30-8:30pm
Castro Valley Library
3600 Norbridge Avenue, Castro Valley

Economic Development
Thursday, March 6
6:30-8:30pm
Castro Valley Library
3600 Norbridge Avenue, Castro Valley

Governance
Thursday, March 13
6:30-8:30pm
Castro Valley Library
3600 Norbridge Avenue, Castro Valley

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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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Hayward historical society seeks volunteers for new center

HAYWARD — Downtown’s new Center for History & Culture is opening in early 2014, and the Hayward Area Historical Society is looking for volunteers to help staff it.

The society is holding an open house for potential volunteers from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10.

Volunteers are needed for admissions, tours and galleries. Admission volunteers will greet visitors and sell store merchandise. Guides will lead tours for groups and answer questions in the galleries. Training will be provided.

The open house will be at the society’s headquarters, 22380 Foothill Blvd.  Park in the lot behind the building.

For more details, email education@haywardareahistory.org.

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A party to die for

SAN LORENZO — A Block Party to Die For will raise funds for the San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery.

The party takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at College and Usher streets. There will be tours of the historic cemetery, carnival games, crafts and food. Live music will be provided by the Bay Area Blues Society Caravan and Leo Oliver and the Blues Knockouts.

The Friends of the San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery and the Hayward Area Historical Society are hosting the event, and all proceeds will support preservation of the cemetery.

The cemetery at Hesperian Boulevard and College Street in San Lorenzo recorded its first burial in 1854. East Bay historic figures William Meek and John Lewelling are among the 2,500 buried there.

Tickets are $10, or $5 for children and seniors. They can be bought at the event or in advance at 510-581-0223.

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Parks district seeking advisory committee members

HAYWARD — If you love local parks, now is the chance to have your say about them.

The Hayward Area Recreation and Park District is accepting applications for its Citizens Advisory Committee. The committee meets four times a year and reviews park design projects and program, makes recommendations to the district board and works on projects requested by the board.

To qualify, you must live in Hayward, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, Fairview or the other areas of the unincorporated western part of the county.

Applications can be downloaded from www.haywardrec.org or call 510-881-6704.

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Senior Scam Stopper planned for June 21

CASTRO VALLEY -- Seniors are often targeted in scams. To help them become more aware of current frauds, Assemblyman Bill Quirk and the Contractors State License Board are holding a free Senior Scam Stopper event Friday, June 21.

Those attending will get information on frauds in home repair, auto repair, telecommunications, identify theft, Medicare and other topics. Seniors are not the only ones who should be aware of potential scams; the free session is open to all.

It takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Kenneth Aitken Senior Center, 17800 Redwood Road, Castro Valley. Call 520-583-8818 for reservation.

 

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Military recruits to be honored

CASTRO VALLEY — New military recruits will be honored at a ceremony June 2 at Castro Valley Center for the Performing Arts.

Congressman Eric Swalwell, D-Dublin, will help hand out certificates to the more than 50 recruits from the Bay Area.

A Soldier’s Medal also will be presented to Staff Sgt. Jason Ramsey of the Alameda Recruiting Center. Ramsey is credited with helping rescue a woman in June 2012 from a car that had gone into the Oakland estuary and was sinking.

The ceremony takes place 1 to 4 p.m. at 19501 Redwood Road. For more information, go to www.smr1.org.

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Youth sought for Hayward Youth Commission

HAYWARD — The city is looking for students interested in serving on the Hayward Youth Commission.

Students must be ages 13 to 20 at the time of appointment and live in the city or within the boundaries of the Hayward Unified School District.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. May 16. Interviews will take place May 23.

The commission advises the mayor and City Council, Hayward Area Recreation and Park District and the school district about issues affecting young people. Members also work on projects such as organizing conferences.

Application forms may be found on the city’s website, www.hayward-ca.gov, under city government, boards-commissions-committees. They also can be requested from the city clerk’s office, 777 B St., fourth floor, telephone 510-583-4400.