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Hayward creates library website

HAYWARD — The city has created a website to give updates for its new downtown library, which will be built after voters approved a half-cent sales tax increase in June.

The site, www.haywardlibrary.org, includes schematics for the new three-story library, which will be built across the street from the current one, at C Street and Mission Boulevard.

The site also has information about plans for the park surrounding the old library, which will be torn down. The park dates back to the time of Don Guillermo Castro, who had his homestead at C and Mission, with his corral in what is now the park. By 1889, it was the town plaza.

Some of the trees date back to that era; the block has more than 40 varieties of rare and mature trees, including examples of century-old American elm, Giant Sequoia, coastal redwood and a  100-foot-tall Australian bunya pine (the size of the bunya cones has been compared to bowling balls, watermelons and footballs).

Hayward is still trying to figure out the best use for the plaza; the City Council has not taken a formal vote.

While the name 21st Century Library & Community Learning Center was probably a good marketing tool during the campaign, Hayward might want to reconsider adopting it as a formal title. For one thing, “21st century” likely soon will sound dated. And it’s just way too long a name.

Whatever the city decides to call the building, people probably will still call it “the library, “the main library” or “the downtown library.”

 

 

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Hayward’s The Book Shop celebrates California Bookstore Day

HAYWARD — The Book Shop is selling limited-edition books and artwork Saturday as part of a statewide celebration of independent bookstores.

Author Stephen D. Gutierrez will sign the third installment in his trilogy, “The Mexican Man in the Backyard,” at 1 p.m. Gutierrez is a Cal State East Bay professor.

The Book Shop is joining almost 100 other independent bookstores statewide that are hosting special events Saturday. The celebrations are being held to mark California Bookstore Day.

The Book Shop at 1007 B St. will be open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

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Hayward police blotter, April 21-27

04/21 03:29 AM
An armed robbery occurred in the Food Source Parking lot at 26905 Mission Blvd. The victims were confronted by two men who drove up in an older blue or gray  compact sedan. The men got out of their car and demanded the victims’ property at gunpoint. The victims surrendered their property and the robbers got back into their car and fled the scene northbound on Mission Boulevard. Robbers were described as a Hispanic male, 16-19 years old, 6’02″, medium build wearing a black hoodie and a Hispanic, male, 5’08″ wearing a red hoodie.

04/21 03:07 PM
An armed robbery occurred at a 7-Eleven at 24476 Mission Blvd. south of the Plunge. Two people entered the store and robbed the clerk and owner at gunpoint. As the robbers were leaving the store, a citizen wrote down the license plate number of their vehicle and called the police. An officer then saw the vehicle as it drove by him. The vehicle was stopped a short distance away on Clarendale Street, and the passengers ran from the officer. The driver was detained by the officer stopping the vehicle, and other responding patrol officers found two other suspects. All three were arrested. The weapon used in the robbery was recovered as well as the cash taken from the store.

04/23 06:50 AM
An armed robbery occurred at a Chevron Gas Station at 26990 Hesperian Blvd. between Highway 92 and Tennyson Road. A man with a handgun entered the station and demanded money. The clerk gave him money from the register. The robber fled from the store northbound on Hesperian Boulevard. He is described as a Hispanic male in his 30s wearing a white hoodie.

04/24 03:34 PM
An attempted robbery occurred in front of Tennyson High School on Whitman Street. Two people confronted the victim as he was walking past the school. They knocked the victim to the ground and went through his pockets, but did not take anything. The two left the school and were stopped by officers a short distance away. Both were arrested.

04/25 11:15 AM
An assault with a deadly weapon occurred at A and Hathaway streets. The victim was walking on A Street when a vehicle occupied by three Hispanic males pulls up alongside him. The men ask the victim a question, which the victim ignored. When the victim got to the corner the driver got out of the vehicle and hit the victim two times in the leg with a baseball bat. The car containing the three men fled the scene traveling southbound on Santa Clara Street.

04/26 09:40 AM
An officer on his way to a call was flagged down by a citizen regarding a theft. The citizen gave the officer a description of the thief and his vehicle. The officer located a suspect at Interstate 880 and Winton Avenue. The officer recovered appliances taken from the Airport appliance store and arrested the suspect for theft.

04/26 04:08 PM
An assault occurred on Celia Avenue between two subjects. Officer responded to a disturbance and found one subject with a head injury. Officer determined that the two subjects had engaged in mutual combat and threw rocks at each other causing injuries. Both people were arrested for assault.

04/26 08:45 PM
Hayward police were called to the downtown cinema on B Street regarding a group causing a disturbance. As officers responded, they were advised by dispatch there had been several calls of a subject shooting a handgun up in the air. Officers did not find any victims or evidence of a shooting at the scene. With the assistance of BART police, the group was dispersed without incident. Several hours later, officers responded to a disturbance involving a large group at a nearby hotel. When officers arrived, they contacted a subject who matched the description provided by witnesses to the gun being shot. Witnesses identified the subject as the shooter at the theater. The suspect was arrested for reckless discharge of a firearm.

04/27 05:10 PM
An armed robbery occurred in the area of Dixon Street and Tennyson Road near South Hayward BART. Two men  approached the victim and demanded his property at gunpoint. The robbers left the scene in a silver or light brown sedan. Both suspects were Hispanic males.

04/27 07:12 PM
A carjacking and assault occurred in the 1300 block of Martin Luther King Drive in the Cannery Park neighborhood. A man approached one victim and tried to rob the victim’s car. The man fled over a fence when he was unsuccessful at getting the vehicle. A short time later the same man confronted a second victim in his garage and assaulted him. The suspect took the second victim’s vehicle and fled. The carjacker is described as an African-American male, 6’ – 6’2”, 160 to 180 pounds and armed with a large silver revolver. The next day, the stolen vehicle was found parked on Central Boulevard.

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Hayward police blog April 15

From Hayward police:

04/15 00:04 AM

The Hayward Police Department was called by a local hospital regarding a patient who had been admitted with serious injuries from an assault. The victim told the police he had been walking through the parking lot of the 24 Hour Fitness on Whipple Rd when three males attacked him without provocation. The victim was injured after the incident but did not go to the hospital until the following day, when it was reported to the police.

04/15 07:40 PM
An injury traffic collision occurred in the 100 block of B St. A bicyclist collided with a parked vehicle and sustained major injuries. The bicyclist was taken to a hospital for treatment and observation.

04/15 09:52 PM
A home invasion robbery occurred at a residence in the 23000 block of Second Street. The robbers entered the victim’s residence and demanded property at gunpoint. The victims surrendered their property to the robbers who then left the scene. The robbers were described as black males in their 20’s wearing dark clothing. One of the robbers had a handgun. The robbers fled in a small black sedan.

04/17 11:00 AM
The Hayward Police Department vice unit conducted a citywide decoy operation for underage alcohol purchases. The unit went to seventeen businesses and two restaurants throughout the city where decoys attempted to buy alcohol. Five businesses were cited for sales to minors.

04/17 05:31 PM
An assault with a deadly weapon occurred in the 900 block of Central Ave. An informant called stating a victim had been struck with a baseball bat. The victim said he had pulled a knife on a group of six subjects who then proceeded to strike him with various blunt objects. The victim could not provide any information on his attackers. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.

04/18 07:20 PM

A shooting occurred in the area of Garin Ave and Chevy Chase Way. Several callers contacted 911 regarding hearing three to six gunshots in the area. When officers arrived they located casings on the roadway. No evidence of damage or injuries was located.

04/19 10:00 AM
The Hayward Police Department vice unit conducted a citywide tobacco decoy operation at various retailers throughout the city. Twenty-six locations visited, and five citations issued for selling tobacco to a minor.

04/20 00:58 AM
A bicyclist riding in the 24000 block of Whitman Ave was tackled and knocked off his bicycle. The robber brandished a knife at the bicyclist and then took the bicycle, riding north on Whitman Ave. The bicycle was recovered near the Whitman Ave and Sycamore St pedestrian bridge. The thief was described as a black male with yellow tipped hair.

04/20 03:27 AM
An armed robbery occurred at B St and Watkins St. A cab driver parked across from the BART station was confronted by a robber with a gun who took the driver’s cell phone. The robber demanded money from the victim who resisted and fought with the thief. The robber sprayed the victim with a chemical and then fled. The victim’s cell phone was located a short distance away using a mobile phone locator application. The robber was not located.

04/20 06:32 AM
A burglary occurred to an occupied home in the 22000 block of Watkins St. The resident heard the front door of the residence being opened. When the resident investigated, he found the front door open and property taken from the residence.

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Hayward park district honors Gordins, Castro Valley Rotary

HAYWARD — Jana and Jeff Gordin and the Castro Valley Rotary are the winners of the park district’s annual awards.

The Gordins are being honored for establishing and supporting the Karen Gordin Scholarship Fund. The fund was established in 2001 in memory of their daughter, Karen Gordin, who was killed when her car was hit by the driver of a stolen van who was being pursued by deputies. Gordin, 19, had been on her way to work as a lifeguard at the Hayward Plunge, which is run by the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District.

The scholarship has benefited more than 24 lifeguards with their college education. The fund also has provided swimming lessons for hundreds of low-income youth and swim team scholarships. The Karen Gordin Foundation has donated more than $28,000 to the park district since 2001.

The Castro Valley Rotary is being recognized for its partnership with the park district and support of its programs. In 2013, Castro Valley Rotarians donated funds and volunteered for the Ashland holidays gift giveaway and Sulphur Creek Nature Center and hosted a Thanksgiving luncheon for 150 seniors in Castro Valley.

The Rotary club donated money to help the district set up the Sulphur Creek Owl Cam. (If you haven’t viewed the owl cam, check it out once nesting season begins.)

Castro Valley Rotary partners with the district and other groups to stage the Rowell Ranch chili cook-off, the Castro Valley Blues Festival and the Rowell Ranch Rodeo Parade.

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Hayward police blotter 1/14/14

01/14 03:56 PM
There was a traffic collision at B Street and 3rd Street involving a motorist and a wheelchair-bound pedestrian. The pedestrian was crossing in the crosswalk when she was struck by the motorist. The pedestrian was transported to a local hospital.

01/14 04:11 PM
A vehicle struck a church at the 27000 block of Patrick Ave. The driver was parking her vehicle when they accidentally stepped on the gas instead of the break causing the vehicle to hit the building. There were no injuries to the driver.

11/17 03:44 AM
A suspicious fire occurred at an apartment building on Cypress Ave. The fire started in a storage unit and spread causing damage to two apartments. There were no injuries.

01/17 03:50 AM
While filling his vehicle at the county gas pumps a police officer observes a mentally unstable suspect vandalizing Alameda County vehicles. The suspect is detained and Alameda County was advised of the incident.

01/17 12:22 PM
An unknown suspect set fire to an abandoned structure on the 1400 block of B Street causing significant damage to the structure.

01/17 12:48 PM
A robbery occurred at a bank on the 27000 block of Hesperian Blvd. The suspect presented a teller a demand note and then fled with cash. A search for the suspect was unsuccessful. The suspect was later determined to have committed or attempted to commit two other robberies in adjacent jurisdictions.

01/18 01:20 AM
An officer pulled over a suspected DUI driver, who fled when the officer approached his vehicle. The suspect crashed his car a short distance later and tried to flee from the scene but was captured and arrested. One city vehicle was damaged during the incident.

01/19 02:41
Officers respond to the intersection of Mission Blvd and Hancock Ave for a vehicle collision. The driver of one of the vehicles tries to flee the scene but is captured. After officers take the suspect into custody they transport him to a local hospital for treatment. While at the hospital the suspect is found to have narcotics in his possession.

01/19 07:40 PM
Police responded to a shooting on the 22000 block of South Garden Ave and find a single male victim who has been shot in the shoulder. The victim is transported to a local hospital where he is treated.

01/19 07:47 PM
There was a fatal vehicle accident on Industrial Parkway SW involving a single vehicle running into a light pole. The driver was declared deceased at the scene. Witnesses indicate the driver was seen driving erratically prior to the collision and was not wearing his seatbelt.

01/20 06:24 PM
Officers respond to an assault with a deadly weapon at the Timbers Apartments on Santa Clara Street. Officer arrived to find a male and female involved in a domestic dispute. The male was found to have a single laceration to his hand from the altercation.

01/20 08:08 PM
A shooting occurred in the area of Myrtle St and West Winton Ave. The suspect pulled up next to the victim and fired rounds into the victim’s vehicle. Further investigation determines that the victim and suspect know each other through female associates.

01/20 09:30 PM
An attempted robbery occurred in the area of Manon Ave and West Tennyson Rd. Two suspects attacked the victim but did not take any property. Both suspects are stopped by police nearby and were arreste

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Hayward police blotter 12/30/13

12/30 02:39 PM
A Burglary occurred in the area of Virginia Street where an unknown suspect(s) entered an occupied residence during the night and took tools. One resident was home during the incident and recalled hearing movement in the home but did not see suspect.

12/30 11:29 PM
A Robbery occurred at Mount Eden Park. The victims were surrounded by a group of suspects who threatened them into giving up a cellular phone and a bicycle.

01/02 08:33 AM
A Patrol Officer in the area of First Street and Armstrong St observed a suspect running from a stolen vehicle after it was located by LOJACK. A police perimeter was established and a canine was used in a search for the suspect. The suspect was located hiding to the rear of a residence and apprehended.

01/02 02:05 PM
Patrol Officers observe a suspicious vehicle occupied by three subjects which is illegally parked near a bank. Upon contacting the subjects officers develop probable cause to search the vehicle resulting in the recovery of two stolen handguns. All three suspects were arrested.

01/02 11:00 PM
A robbery and attempted sexual assault occurred at an apartment complex in the area of Hesperian Blvd and W Tennyson Rd. The victim fought off the suspect who fled from the scene after being chased by residents. Patrol officers are able to identify the suspect and pass this information onto the Investigations Bureau. After conducting surveillance the suspect is located and apprehended by investigators. The victim’s property was recovered and the suspect arrested.

01/04 00:16 AM
CHP chased a stolen car into the Hayward city limits where the driver and passengers abandoned the vehicle on Flamingo Way. Hayward patrol units set up a perimeter and conduct a search, which located the driver of the stolen vehicle. CHP arrested the suspect for vehicle theft.

01/04 02:10 AM
An assault with a deadly weapon occurred in the 900 block of Torrano Avenue. The suspect hit the victim on the head with a baseball bat, causing a significant injury. Suspect is arrested at the scene.

01/04 05:37 AM
A carjacking occurred in the area of 1000 Tennyson Road. The two suspects take the victim’s vehicle at gunpoint and flee the scene. The vehicle is later located by Alameda County sheriff deputies and four subjects are taken into custody. Hayward patrol officers take over the investigation and take custody of the suspects, who are also determined to be involved in a recent shooting incident in the 26000 black of Evergreen St.

01/04 05:57 AM
A stolen vehicle is set on fire in the area of Cavanaugh and Foley.

01/04 06:26 AM
An armed robbery occurred to a business in the 22000 block of Foothill Bl. The suspect armed with a handgun robbed the business and then fled from the scene. The loss was cash.

01/06 01:57 AM
Three suspicious fires occurred at Centennial Park in a 24 hour period resulting in damage to trash bins and surrounding vegetation.

01/06 02:10 AM
Patrol officers respond to a request for assistance by BART PD for a group fighting on the tracks near the downtown station. As subjects are leaving the scene multiple gunshots are heard from the A Street train tracks. Several vehicles flee the scene and expended casings are found at the scene. A vehicle which was stopped driving from the scene had one passenger flee from police and escape. No victims were located or weapons recovered.

01/06 07:02 AM
An auto burglary in the 22000 block of Foothill Blvd resulted in the loss of a backpack containing person electronics.

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Hayward limits free food hand-outs downtown

HAYWARD — The City Council on Tuesday put restrictions on free outdoor feedings downtown, limiting them to once a month at city parks.

The rules cover Portuguese Park and other city-owned properties. Portuguese Park has been the site of two or more food handouts daily to 50 to 100 people, which neighbors say has resulted in thefts, vandalism and trash in the area, plus people relieving themselves in the park and the area.

At the Daily Review office on Foothill a few blocks away, we’ve seen some of the problems neighbors describe, though to a lesser extent. We have had people defecating near a dumpster behind our office. We’ve come to work in the morning walking past people sleeping in corners. We’ve had to call the police because of mentally unstable people going off and trying to smash things as they stagger along Foothill, where traffic zips by at 40 to 50 mph. We’ve been accosted and intimidated in the municipal parking lot behind our office.

The problems in downtown Hayward are real. These are problems the city has been grappling with for years, yet they only seems to intensify.

City staff members and council members are quick to point out that the new restrictions aren’t intended to address homelessness, or hunger, but to make downtown safer and to regulate what occurs on city property.

What do you suggest be done? Everyone seems to be sympathetic and compassionate, but long-term solutions remain elusive. I’d love to hear what others think.

 

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Fashion show to help others

HAYWARD — Nina’s Bode, a boutique on B Street downtown, is hosting a fashion show Saturday, Oct. 19, to raise funds for Eden I&R (2-1-1).

Eden I&R is a nonprofit agency that connects people with services available to them. It’s the only centralized source for health, housing, and human services information exists anywhere else in Alameda County.

According to its website, it serves thousands of at-risk individuals, including youth, non-English speakers, the economically disadvantaged, people living with HIV/AIDS, domestic violence survivors, the elderly, disabled, the homeless, and human service agencies seeking services or housing for their clients.

The fundraiser, entitled “The Gift of Giving,” begins at Nina’s Bode, 1037 B St., with appetizers at 6 p.m., followed by the fashion show at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased at the boutique, 510-537-3900.

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Cruises for the disabled

CASTRO VALLEY — Cruise ships are beginning to reach out to those with physical limitations, accommodating those in wheelchairs, scoooters and walkers.

A local travel agent and a representative from Princess Cruise Lines will talk about some of the features the ships now offer at the monthly meeting of the Low Vision Support Group on Oct. 3.

The meeting begins at 1 p.m. at Baywood Court Retirement Community, 21966 Delores St., Castro Valley.