One-night-only reading at Douglas Morrisson Theatre

HAYWARD — A staged reading of Julia Cho’s “The Language Archive” is planned for July 30 at the Douglas Morrison Theatre.

The play is the third in this season’s “Bare Bones” staged reading series at the theater. In a bare bones presentation, actors read directly from the script, and the the staging does not include elaborate costumes, sets or props.

In “The Language Archive,” a linguist, George, is trying to record an elderly couple who may the last speakers of a dying language. The couple, Alta and Resten, aren’t speaking to each other, except in English.

George himself has trouble communicating, both with his wife and his assistant.

The play will have one reading, 8 p.m. July 30. Tickets are $10 and can be bought at 510-881-6777 or www.dmtonline.org. The theater is at 22311 N. Third St.


Experiencing the hunters of the air

HAYWARD — Ever want to get up close and personal with a bird of prey? Hayward Area Recreation and Park District is offering an adult-only session to experience the majestic beauty of falcons, hawks and eagles. Those attending will be able to meet the birds, and naturalists will share tips on identifying species, talk about flight techniques and share the birds’ skills.

Regal Raptors takes place at Sulphur Creek Nature Center, 1801 D St. Space is limited; advance registration is required.

Call 510-881-6700 or go to www.haywardrec.org, program #22616. Cost is $18. For more details, call 510-881-6747.


Hayward police blotter June 10-15

7:51 p.m.
An armed robbery occurred on the 22000 block of Foothill Blvd. Suspect entered the east entrance of the store and walked to an employee where he pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded that she open the cash register. The loss was approximately $700 in cash. The suspect fled southbound on Foothill on foot. No injuries were reported by any employee.

8:45 p.m.
Shooting occurred on the 600 block of Tennyson Road. Two groups get into a physical altercation while at a gas station. During the incident, one of groups all pull out handguns, with one suspect firing multiple shots into the direction of the other group as they ran away. No one appears to have been hit, and citizen standing by witnesses the incident. Both groups leave the area in separate vehicles. During follow up investigation on the incident, an officer develops probable cause for the arrest of a local gang member related to the shooting.


5:20 p.m.
An attempted robbery occurred near the area of B Street and Watkins Ave. Citizen was knocked down by three suspects and attempted to take his iPad. Victim held onto iPad and the suspects fled area prior to police arrival.

9:00 p.m.
Subject was staggering in the area of Miami Ave. and Melbourne Ave and unable to care for his safety. Officers stop to ascertain his welfare and subject was found to be carrying a sawed-off shot gun.


8:25 a.m.
School Resource Officers (SRO) obtained intelligence about a Hayward High student in possession of a firearm. SROs conducted a probation search at the student’s home and safely recovered a loaded revolver and arrested the student.

11:24 a.m.
Vandalism at City Hall, 777 B Street. A subject knocked over a motorcycle and threw a trash can lid through a window near the main entrance to City Hall. A citizen and a City employee witnessed the acts and notified nearby BART police officers, who detained the suspect. Hayward Police promptly arrived and took over the investigation. Great work from the community and city employees by alerting law enforcement quickly.


5:34 p.m.
A report of a shooting occurred on the 300 block of Harris Road. Witnesses see two males arguing with a third male on a bike. Witness sees one of the males fire at the subject on the bicycle. The two males fled the area. No evidence was located at or near the scene.


An armed robbery occurred on the 27000 block of Mission Blvd. Suspect entered the business and brandished a handgun and demanded money from the safe. Suspect threatened to kill the clerk. Suspect took a video tape and the clerk’s wallet. Loss was approximately $300. Suspect fled on foot.

11:30 p.m.
Officers respond to a family disturbance on the 22000 block of Fuller Ave. Upon the officer’s arrival, they encounter a male leaving the residence that appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. Officers attempt to talk to him and investigate his role in the family disturbance. Subject becomes combative with officers and attempted to kick out a patrol window. Subject was detained without further incident.


12:29 a.m.
An officer contacts a subject for a pedestrian violation on two juveniles. During a search, one of the subjects was found to have a loaded revolver. Juvenile was arrested for a gun violation.


Hayward school board calls special meeting

HAYWARD — Hayward school trustees will meet Tuesday afternoon in closed session to discuss the appointment of an interim superintendent.

The board is scheduled to discuss and vote on a contract in open session at its regular meeting Wednesday, if a contract has been agreed to by both the school district and Stanley Dobbs. The board selected Dobbs as interim superintendent June 8, but the deal isn’t sealed until the contract is signed.

Dobbs, former Hayward superintendent for business affairs, left the district after 18 months of his 24-month contract to take a job as chief financial officer for the San Diego school district in December. In his time in San Diego, he has overseen the sale of previously approved bonds and was able to negotiate a low interest rate, according to a release from that district.

In his time in Hayward, Dobbs was able to turn the district’s finances around so that it was fiscally solvent at the end of the two fiscal years he was here. The district had been operating in the red for years.

Tuesday’s meeting begins at 4 p.m.









Dobbs creates a stir in San Diego

Former Hayward assistant superintendent for business affairs, Stan Dobbs, who has been mentioned as a possible candidate for Hayward superintendent, has ruffled some feathers of the San Diego teachers union since taking over as chief financial officer with that district.

Dobbs has also overseen a bond sale in which he was able to secure low interest rates and tax-exempt financing. The $530 million will be used to repair, renovate and revitalize neighborhood San Diego schools.

Current Hayward Superintendent Donald Evans is leaving at the end of June to head up the Berkeley school district. Hayward trustees will be interviewing five candidates for interim superintendent this Saturday.

Last winter, Dobbs gave an interview to the online Voice of San Diego. He made some factual errors, including what teachers are paid, for which San Diego Superintendent William Korba issued an apology. However, an editorial in the San Diego Union-Tribune said that Korba did not challenge Dobbs’ assertion that the school board was essentially picked by and subservient to unions representing district employees.

Dobbs further maintained that union concessions on health benefits could solve many of the San Diego district’s financial problems, according to the Union-Tribune. In San Diego, 92 percent of the district’s budget goes toward salaries and benefits. That compares to 80 to 82 percent in Hayward, Dobbs said in his interview with Voice of San Diego.

During his time in Hayward, Dobbs earned the respect of the teachers union, staff and volunteers. He was at virtually every community event, and he managed to turn finances around so that Hayward schools finished the last two fiscal years in the plus column.


Uncovering local history

HAYWARD — Cal State East Bay graduate students will share some of what they’ve learned about the area’s colorful history on Thursday, May 16.

The presentations include:

— Michael Burton, “Port Costa: Sustaining an Unlikely Coastal California Boomtown, 1879-1909;”

— Edwin Contreras, “Mexican Land Grants: The Case of Don Castro’s Rancho San Lorenzo;”

— Olga Kachina, “How Global History Became Local: The Memory of the 1918 Izhevsk-Votkinsk Anti-Bolshevik Uprising as It Is Preserved in California;”

— Andrew Levin, “BART: The Backbone for Who?”

— Bria Reiniger, “Salt of the Hayward Shoreline: The Oliver Salt Company;”

— Carlotta Falzone Robinson, “Designing a Unified City: The Aesthetic Ideals of the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition.”

The free talks begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Pancho Villa Event Center, 1026 B St. The event is a collaboration of the Hayward Area Historical Society, the History Department at Cal State East Bay and the Pancho Villa Event Center.


Eating for a good cause

HAYWARD — The Hayward Education Foundation is holding “Dine Out for Education” Thursday evenings through May as a fundraiser.

This Thursday, May 16, it will be at Elephant Bar at Southland Mall. On May 23, it shifts to Straw Hat Pizza at 1653 Industrial Blvd., and then to Chevy’s at Union Landing on May 30.

To take part, go to www.haywarded.org, print out the flier and take it with you to the restaurants. The restaurant will donate a portion of the price of your meal to the foundation’s teacher grant program.


Dobbs for superintendent?

HAYWARD — Hayward Unified’s superintendent, Donald Evans, is the likely next superintendent in Berkeley. No decision has been announced, but he’s the only finalist.

Teachers’ union president Mercedes Faraj suggested last week to the Hayward Unified board of trustees that it consider asking former Assistant Superintendent Stanley Dobbs to return as interim superintendent.

Dobbs is well-known and respected by Hayward teachers, staff members and the community. He was at virtually any event in the community during his time in Hayward, representing the school district. Dobbs gained a reputation for being able to get grants for the district and come up with innovative ways to generate money or reduce costs. With the help of Luci Rogers, director of business support services,
he turned the district around so that its budget ended the past two years in the plus column.

Dobbs left the district earlier this year to take a job in San Diego.

In her brief presentation, Faraj mentioned that the union, the Hayward Education Association, had heard rumors of the idea of appointing a current district administrator to the job of interim superintendent. She said that the new management team, some of whom have been on the job less than a year, seemed to be moving the district forward, and she expressed concern that changes to the management team would disrupt that progress.

Faraj also alluded to rumors about school board members possibly being considered for superintendent, but she expressed a preference that the board stay intact.

Under the Brown Act, the school trustees were not allowed to express opinions on Faraj’s remarks.


Hayward councilman wants to hear from you

HAYWARD — The city is updating its general plan, and one of the recommendations is “improving two-way communication between the city and members of the public on a broad realm of subject matter.”

Councilman Francisco Zermeno says he agrees 100 percent with the recommendation, and he wants residents to feel free to contact him about any city-related at 510-732-2746 or machetez@sbcglobal.net. He promises to respond within 24 hours.

The general plan is Hayward’s city’s blueprint to help guide decision by the counil and city staff. If you want to weigh in, you can go to hayward2040.org and leave suggestions.


Hayward police blotter, April 1-7

Hayward police blotter for April 1-7:

Monday 4/1/2013
The Hayward Police assisted the Hayward Fire Dept. in the area of Depot Rd and Industrial Bl. for a toxic chemical spill. The spill was not serious enough to require evacuations and the area was clear of emergency personnel by 11:00 AM
HPD responded to Prospect St at the request of Hayward Fire. An unknown suspect put a possum under a milk crate and set the possum on fire. The milk crate caught fire which in turn cause a minor structure fire. The fire was quickly extinguished and the possum had to be humanely dispatched at the scene. No known suspects at this time
7:30 PM
Officers responded to the 28900 block of Vagabond St regarding a traffic collision that turned violent. The suspect and victim were involved in a minor traffic collision and the (V) agreed to go with the suspect to the suspect’s home to exchange the required information. The suspect brandished a firearm at the victim and fled in a vehicle. Responding officers located the suspect a short time later and arrested him. Officers found two firearms in the suspect’s vehicle. The victim was not injured in this incident.
Tuesday 4/2/2013
11:36 PM
A lone male was walking home from South Hayward BART when two suspects approached him and demanded money. One of the suspects brandished a firearm and fired one round into the ground when the victim didn’t move quickly enough. The suspects took property from the victim and fled on foot. The victim was not injured.
Thursday 4/4/2013
5:29 PM
The victim of a recent stolen vehicle case called HPD to report that they had seen their vehicle in the Target parking lot on Whipple Rd. The responding officer located the vehicle as it was leaving and followed the vehicle to Home Depot just down the street. The officer utilized his patrol vehicle to block the suspects in. Responding officers assisted in taking four juveniles into custody for the stolen vehicle case.
8:28 PM
A robbery occurred in the 400 block of West A Street when a suspect walked up to the victim and brandished a knife. The suspect took property from the victim and fled on foot. The suspect is at large and the victim was not injured during the incident.
Friday 4/5/2013
Officer responded to a hotel in the 24000 block of Mission Bl. when suspicious activity was reported and prostitution was suspected. Investigating officers located a juvenile who had recently run away from home and was being unwillingly trained to be a prostitute. The suspect was identified and arrested.
Crime Prevention Note: Human Exploitation and Trafficking is a serious crime. Pimps will often prey on young juvenile females who have run away from what they perceive as difficulties at home. The suspects will then threaten the young girls with harm if they try to flee. Help prevent these predators from taking advantage of young girls by stressing the dangers of such occurrences to anyone who may be affected.
6:07 PM
An 81 year old female was walking toward Kaiser Hospital when a suspect approached her from behind and attempted to take the victim’s purse. The victim did not release her purse and the suspect pushed the victim to the ground. The suspect was able to get away and the victim suffered moderate injuries from the fall.
Saturday 4/6/2013
4:00 AM
Officers responded to a business in the 400 block of Harder Rd regarding a burglar alarm. The attentive officers found a suspicious vehicle in the area and discovered that it was occupied by two people. Evidence on the suspects indicated that they were responsible for breaking into the business and video surveillance from the business confirmed it. Both suspects were taken into custody for burglary.