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Nominees sought for history honors. Winners get an obelisk!

Here’s some news from the Hayward Area Historical Society. Each year, they honor local residents, organizations and businesses that are history minded, and for 2011 they’re seeking the public’s help in coming up with some candidates. They’d like to hear from you by the end of the mo nth.

Click on the link at left to cue the theme from "2001: A Space Odyssey."

The Daily Review received one in 2006, a few years before I landed at the paper. I took a photo of the black obelisk award, attempting for some kind of dramatic perspective.

Submissions can be made by mail:

ATTN: History Award Nominees

Hayward Area Historical Society

22392 Foothill Blvd.

Hayward, CA 94541-2710

By phone: (510) 581-0223 ask for Alison

By email: alison@haywardareahistory.org

Find press release after the jump, but feel free to also bounce some ideas around in the HayWord comments, too, it could be fun!  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
Under: Alameda County, Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, General, Hayward, History, Other unincorporated areas, San Lorenzo | No Comments »

Only 70 more Daily Review issues left!

We’re being rebranded. Here’s the story, feel free to discuss. The Hayward Review first published on Nov. 5, 1891. The name change to the East Bay Tribune takes effect Nov. 2.

Posted on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011
Under: Alameda County, Castro Valley, Hayward, Layoffs, Odds & Ends, San Leandro, San Lorenzo | 20 Comments »

Councilman Quirk’s campaign message

Councilman Bill Quirk sent out this message today regarding his run for Hayashi’s assembly seat. It includes a link to his campaign website for more information. Not sure who all else is gunning for the seat except for Jennifer Ong. Here’s more information about the district. Here’s Quirk’s statement:

I have decided to run for California State Assembly because I believe that my 7 years on the Hayward City Council give me the experience needed to make a difference in Sacramento. My primary concern is to get Californians back to work. I have been endorsed by Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer, Former Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, Mayors Michael Sweeney of Hayward and Marshall Kamena of Livermore and many others.  You can go to my website http://www.electbillquirk.com/ to get more information on my positions and endorsements. Please let me know by return email if you are willing to give me your endorsement. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Thursday, August 4th, 2011
Under: Alameda County, Ashland, Castro Valley, Fremont, Hayward, Politics, San Lorenzo, Union City | 8 Comments »

San Leandro “more walkable” than Hayward, according to study

The walkability index is a guide that rates cities and neighborhoods based on proximity to nearby amenities such as grocery stores, restaurants, schools, parks, and public transit. 

Here is Hayward’s data and a pretty cool map in which green is good and red is bad in terms of legging it around town. Notice that while the overall number isn’t very impressive, some areas of town are indeed very walkable according to their methodology. In particular, North Hayward is up there at 77, which isn’t bad considering the 85 rank enjoyed by the country’s two most walkable cities of New York and San Francisco. San Lorenzo also got a 58 overall score, while San Leandro was somewhat higher at 65. Castro Valley faired poor for walkers, with a score of 45.

Fun feature: Enter an address and find a walk score particular for where you are. I’ll have you know that the Daily Review’s address is a “Walker’s Paradise” with a score of 98. The Castro Valley neighborhood where I grew up rated a dismal, “Car-Dependent” score of 28, but I could have told you that it wasn’t much fun getting around pre-car without the rating. 

 Here’s the press release from Walk Score.

According to the website, “The 372 largest cities in California have an average Walk Score of 50. The most walkable cities in California are West Hollywood, Albany and San Francisco.  The least walkable cities are Mead Valley, Prunedale and Adelanto.”

Posted on Tuesday, July 26th, 2011
Under: Alameda County, Business, Castro Valley, Environment, General, Hayward, Health, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Transportation | 12 Comments »

On scams and frauds and burglaries

seniorscamsHad a story about scams, in particular ones targeting seniors,  run over the  weekend. Information came from an interesting seminar at the Castro Valley Library, and there will be another free event in Hayward next month. You can get more information about Legal Assistance for Seniors, the group that holds seminars on fraud and other topics, by  calling 510-832-8040 or visit their website. There are other resources available online related to senior scams, here’s one website and here is information from the FBI and a story based on information from the Better Business Bureau.

While we’re on the subject of public safety, take a look at the Hayward Police Department’s video regarding burglaries. It’s got a reenactment of a typical knock-first, steal later crime in which the perpetrator is faithfully wearing a black hooded sweatshirt — easily the most frequently spotted article of clothing worn by ne’er-do-wells. Hayward, like many other Bay Area communities, has seen an uptick in the number of residential burglaries, and the police produced the video to let residents know what to watch out for and how to report suspicious activities.

Posted on Monday, July 18th, 2011
Under: Alameda County, Crime, General, Hayward, San Lorenzo | 5 Comments »

Calendar for week of May 16

Just announced: Hayward school board will have another meeting on board governance and goal setting from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at the district office board room.

baby20possum11And if you’re concerned about close encounters with raccoons, possums or other esteemed representatives of wild Hayward, the Hayward Animal Shelter will hold an informative meeting on interacting with our native wildlife at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in room 2A at City Hall, 777 B St.

Remember, if you are interested in a more comprehensive list of Hayward government-related events, check out the City Clerk’s site, with links to the various agendas. This week, that includes Library Commission, Youth Commission, Downtown Business Improvement Advisory Board, Climate Action Management Team and a weekend cleanup event at Weekes Park. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Monday, May 16th, 2011
Under: Alameda County, Arts, Calendar, General, Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo | 11 Comments »

Base API scores for schools released

We had a story about the base API scores being released this week. The scores aren’t new — they are rejiggered from the growth API scores that were released in the fall. There are variables that change in the formula for calculating the scores each year, so once those variables are figured out, the previous year’s score is put through the calculations to come up with a base for comparison in the fall.

If you need a recap, here’s a guide to the state’s Accountability Progress Reporting system.

There are links in the story, but click here if you’d like to jump directly to scores for Alameda County’s schools. As you can read in the story, none of Hayward Unified’s schools make it into the statewide top 50 percent. But some fare better when compared with schools similar in terms of student’s socioeconomic status, number of English language learners and other factors, which the district pointed out in a press release you can find after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Friday, May 6th, 2011
Under: Alameda County, Castro Valley, Fremont, Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Schools, Union City | 8 Comments »

Calendar for week of April 18

Here’s what’s going on this week. Also, check out the slideshow on the Castro Valley artist who carves fish out of wood. They’re pretty impressive pieces, and you can see them at The Book Shop on B Street.

Community Calendar items can be faxed to 510-293-2490, mailed to 22533 Foothill Blvd., Hayward, CA 94541, or e-mailed to jketchum@bayareanewsgroup.com. Questions? Call 510-293-2464. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011
Under: Alameda County, Arts, Calendar, Castro Valley, Entertainment, General, Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Schools | 8 Comments »

Hayward artist’s mosaic bench installations

Sometimes, for various reasons, a story runs online without a key component, like today’s tale about artist Terry Hunt and the mosaic benches he makes. I bet you’d like to see what these benches look like, wouldn’t you?

erev0402mosaic03Here’s Terry with his fishing-themed bench in front of St. Rose Hospital.

There are additional benches at various locations around town; read the story to find out where.  Funding for the benches comes from the city’s Mural Art Program, the same one that supports the various murals on walls and utility boxes to deter vandalism.

erev0402mosaic06Here’s the Russell City blues-themed bench in front of the noodle restaurant at Southland Mall.

Posted on Thursday, April 14th, 2011
Under: Alameda County, Arts, Castro Valley, Hayward, Odds & Ends, San Lorenzo | 2 Comments »

Chabot College faculty group supports power plant appeal

chabotlogoHad a story over the weekend about Chabot-Las Positas Community College District being the sole party still fighting the approved 600-megawatt Calpine powerplant at the Hayward shoreline, about a mile and a half away from the campus.

I just received a letter of support from the Chabot-Las Positas Faculty Association, which was sent to the district’s trustees. Find the full text after the jump, and here’s the district’s web page dedicated to the subject. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Tuesday, April 5th, 2011
Under: Development, Energy, Environment, General, Hayward, Health, San Lorenzo, Schools | No Comments »