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Girding for the Hayward traffic loop

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 »

Mountain climber to give talk in Castro Valley

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
Under: Castro Valley, Fairview, General, Odds & Ends, San Lorenzo, Uncategorized | No Comments »

Parking enforced downtown Hayward

I noticed several parking tickets this week on windshields of cars along B Street between Foothill and Watkins, where there is a two-hour time limit on parking. I also noticed that tires were being chalked on cars parked in 24-minute spaces between Bank of the West and Bijou Restaurant.

Merchants have complained in the past about cars parking for hours in front of their stores, causing their customers to have to park far distances from the shops — or sometimes decide not to stop.

Posted on Friday, February 22nd, 2013
Under: Uncategorized | 6 Comments »

Update on the loop

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
Under: Alameda County, Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Transportation, Uncategorized, Union City | 11 Comments »

Fundraiser for Lighthouse Community Center

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 bobnsl@aol.com.

Posted on Friday, February 1st, 2013
Under: Alameda County, Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, Fremont, Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Uncategorized | 8 Comments »

HARD names veterinarian volunteer of the year

Dr. Rene Gandolfi was chosen volunteer of the year by the Hayward Recreation and Park District for his work with Sulphur Creek Nature Center.

Gandolfi has volunteered at the center since 1987, logging more than 2,300 hours treating the animals at the center, which treats sick and wounded wildlife.

He was among those honored at a brunch Saturday hosted by the district. Gandolfi also was a volunteer of the month last year, along with Mark Sandfort, Laura Jones, Katie Souza, Marcie Zimmerman, Jim Patrick, Ashley Linnekin, Michaela Burpee, Halston Butler, Alice Reis, Don Eick and AmeriCorps.

Gandolfi and the others were honored at a brunch Saturday at the Hayward Area Senior Center to recognize volunteers. Last year, 894 district volunteers donated more than 72,000 hours of service.

Posted on Monday, January 28th, 2013
Under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

HAPA questionairre for Hayward City Council candidates

The Hayward Area Planning Association surveyed city council candidates on matters including development surrounding the South Hayward BART station, transit vs. car access to Cal State East Bay, and Bayview Village. Six of those surveyed responded, and you can find the results here.

Posted on Tuesday, May 8th, 2012
Under: Development, Environment, Hayward, Politics, Schools, Transportation, Uncategorized | 16 Comments »

Anti-bullying program at Hayward schools

Had a story on this program spearheaded by Lynn Bravewomon in yestesday’s paper and got a request to toss up a blog about it for discussion purposes.

saysomethingcoverAlso got a call from Lea Lyon, who wrote a book in 2005 called “Say Something” that also encourages kids to take an active role in quashing bullying behavior at school. You can learn more about Lyon and her books on her website.

Here’s a little more on an anecdote mentioned in the story, from Bravewomon:

“With increasing frequency, as students learn how to speak up when bullying language is heard, they do so. There are stories of many students at many schools who are empowering one another to identify themselves as allies and speak up to their peers to stop bullying language. Student allies support the target by breaking the silence that so often occurs with the witnesses of bullying. One example occurred in an elementary classroom. Two girls overheard a passing and cruel comment muttered to this target by a child moving across the classroom.  They both stood up and clearly stated, “We don’t tolerate bullying at our school, it hurts everyone who hears it, stop it now.”  Students and teacher alike were surprised and impressed with this well-timed and effective display of ally behavior. Their teacher, who had been working with the Safe and Inclusive Schools Program and teaching the importance of being allies, praised the girls and continued teaching. The student who had been the target of bullying  reports that after 2 or 3 weeks of support from a variety of allies in his class, the occurrence of bullying fell from multiple times daily to ‘maybe one time in a week, maybe less’. This student also reports he feels comfortable going to all parts of the recess yard and that people are friendlier.”

Posted on Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
Under: Hayward, Odds & Ends, Schools, Uncategorized | 26 Comments »

Career opportunities at HUSD

Hayward Unified is easily the most popular subject of discussion here at the HayWord. Anyone with a desire to stop talking about the district and start talking for it has just such an opportunity: a colleague of mine pointed out that  Hayward Unified is looking to ramp up its public relations staff, what with the following job postings. This one is for the PIO/Community Outreach Officer. This one seems redundant, maybe it’s the same post, but  it’s for a Public Information Liaison.  Here is one for a Lead Publications Assistant.

Posted on Monday, June 6th, 2011
Under: Hayward, Schools, Uncategorized | 5 Comments »

Faith Ringgold spared, but may become ‘school within a school’

Here’s the story on that part of last night’s meeting.

I will update this post with more information when I have a moment, but I have some other things to get done right now so I figured I’d at least get that out there.

Posted on Thursday, May 26th, 2011
Under: Hayward, Schools, Uncategorized | 12 Comments »