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Hayward: Day of the Dead exhibit opens Oct. 8

A.Villegas Dead End Road

“Dead End Road” by Angela Villegas.  Acrylic on canvas.

HAYWARD — A “Day of the Dead” exhibit opens Wednesday, Oct. 8, in the Hayward Area Historical Society’s Center for History & Culture.

The exhibit will feature altars created by local artists and residents. The altars range from traditional to contemporary representations of the holiday, according to a press release. They include photographs to paintings on canvas and leather skateboards to tattoo-style decorative plates.

“It’s fascinating to see the traditional altars mixed with contemporary art and how the holiday is becoming more and more mainstream,” said Amanda Bateman, the society’s community gallery coordinator, in the release.

A free exhibit reception with no-host food and bar will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9. A free public program Saturday, Oct. 11, will include decorating of sugar skulls, face painting and crafts. Admission to the museum will be free that day.

The museum is at 22380 Foothill Blvd. For more information, call 510-581-0223.

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Hayward business expo Oct. 8

From the Hayward Chamber:

As our exhibitor space continues to fill up we are preparing for a great networking, and dining, experience for those attending the Hayward Chamber of Commerce Business Expo Wednesday, Oct. 8 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Grand White Tent at St. Rose Hospital, 27200 Calaroga Ave.

Admission is free to chamber members and $10 to  non-members. Prizes will include gift cards and a huge basket of treats from Office Depot. Vehicles in the tent will include a “stretch” limousine.

“This event is one of the East Bay’s premier business networking and exhibitor activities,” said Kim Huggett, president and CEO of the Hayward Chamber of Commerce. “It’s a place where networking abounds and deals are made. That’s why it continues to attract attention after so many years. And this year the food options are better than ever.”

 

The cost of exhibitor spaces remains the same as the past three years: $250 for chamber members and $395 for non-members. Admission is free for chamber members and $10 for non-members. Exhibitor entry forms are available at the chamber at its website www.hayward.org.

In addition to mingling with representatives of local businesses, attendees will enjoy food from local restaurants, gourmet coffee, wine, beer and sodas.

Business Expo guests will enjoy samples of cuisine from Hayward restaurants, caterers and food manufacturers including Blue Heron Catering/Cannery Cafe, Berkeley Farms, Pucci Foods, Sugar Bowl Bakery, Metro Taquero, Straw Hat Pizza, Taqueria San Marcos, the Golden Peacock Restaurant, The Cupcake Shoppe, Shark Shack, and classic popcorn from Century Theatres. And more are signing on. Plus, we’ll enjoy soft drinks from Smart & Final and great vintages served up by our ambassadors from the chamber’s wine collection.

For additional information, contact the Hayward Chamber of Commerce at (510) 537-2424.

 

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Hayward police blotter, Sept. 25-Oct. 1

THUR, 9/25/14 at 12:56 AM, an ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON (Stabbing) was reported on Whitman Ave and Berry Ave. The informant called to report a fight in the street, during which a man was purportedly stabbed in the chest. When the officers arrived, everyone was gone and they were unable to locate any possible victim(s), suspect(s), or witnesses. Local hospitals were called but no possible victim(s) was found. A return call to the informant went directly to voicemail and a voicemail was left, but the informant did not call back.

THUR, 9/25/14 at 1:30 PM, a STRONG ARM ROBBERY occurred on the 300 block of Warner Ave. The suspect approached the victim from behind, threatened to hurt him, and demanded his MacBook. The victim handed his MacBook to the suspect, who walked away southbound on Pulaski Drive. The suspect was described as a Black Male, 30-35 years old, medium build, 5’11″, with short black hair. He was wearing a zippered yellow jacket and gray Adidas pants.

FRI, 9/26/14 between 5:00 PM to 10:30 PM, an ABC DECOY OPERATION was conducted by the Hayward Vice Unit. Twenty-two establishments were visited and two sold alcohol to the decoy minor. Administrative and “Notice-to-appear” citations were issued to the violators.

FRI, 9/26/14 at 5:04 PM, a MISSING JUVENILE AT RISK was reported on the 27000 block of Portsmouth Ave. The informant reported he was babysitting when he noticed the 4 year old boy was missing. He said the child had walked out of the home in the past, but was found in the front yard. After a quick search of the area including the residence, officers found the child asleep inside the home.

SAT, 9/27/14 at 9:46 AM, a VICIOUS DOG/BITE occurred on the 26000 block of Ventura Avenue. Several people called 9-1-1, when they heard screaming and gunshots from their neighbors’ home. When officers arrived, they discovered an 80 pound Pit Bull bit his male owner. After the owner was able to get the dog to release his bite, the dog attacked and bit his wife. The owner retrieved a handgun and had to dispatch the dog, to defend his wife. Officers found ten pounds of marijuana (ready to be shipped out of state) and five mature marijuana plants in the dog owner’s home. The male was arrested for possession of marijuana for sales and for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

SAT, 9/27/14 at 10:06 PM, a TRAFFIC COLLISION (Rollover) occurred at Mission Boulevard and B Street. The two car accident caused one vehicle to rollover and the closure of Southbound Mission Blvd (between A St and C St) for about one hour. None of the involved parties suffered any critical injuries. An advisory was sent out to the public through Nixle.

SAT, 9/27/14 at 10:38 PM, a POSSIBLE NEGLIGENT DISCHARGE OF A FIREARM/LARGE DISTURBANCE occurred on the 50 block of Brookstone. Several callers reported a large house party, which devolved into a large fight in the street. Some callers advised they heard gunshots and one advised there were fireworks. When officers arrived, they found the revelers scattering, but no possible victim or any evidence to indicate a shooting did occur.

MON, 9/29/14 at 12:15 AM, a STRONG ARM ROBBERY occurred on Industrial Boulevard and Pacific Avenue. The victim agreed to purchase services from a prostitute. While making the payment, the victim was punched from behind by a second suspect and knocked to the ground. The suspects took the victim’s wallet containing visa cards, an ID, and $90. The first suspect (prostitute) was described as a Hispanic Female Adult in her late teens or early 20’s, with a thin build. The second suspect was a Black Male Adult, and stood 5’6″. He was last seen wearing a red checkered shirt. The suspects were last seen heading Westbound on Industrial Boulevard.

TUES, 9/30/14 at 2:38 AM, an ARSON occurred on the 24000 block of Amador Street. A resident was awakened by a neighbor yelling “fire!” in the victim’s apartment. The Hayward Fire Department responded to ensure that the small fire to the rear bedroom window was out. An investigation revealed an unknown suspect pried open the rear window, sprayed a flammable liquid inside, then lit it on fire. The victim told officers she was threatened a few weeks ago by an acquaintance.

TUES, 9/30/14 at 1:39 PM, a STRONG ARMED ROBBERY occurred in front of an Elementary School at Schafer and Gading. The victim was in front of the school buying an ice cream when the suspect walked up and ripped her gold chain from her neck. The suspect fled on foot and the victim followed him to the 700 block of Schafer Rd, where he was last seen jumping fences. The suspect was described as a Black Male Adult, 18-19 years old, 5’6”, with short black hair and red “twisties”. The suspect was last seen wearing a red t-shirt and blue jeans. The victim was not injured during the incident.

TUES, 9/30/14 at 8:30 PM, an ATTEMPTED ARMED ROBBERY occurred on the 25000 block of Whitman Avenue. The victim was parking his vehicle in front of his home when the suspect approached and asked for change. The suspect then pulled out a gun and demanded money. The victim quickly drove away and was not injured. The suspect is described as a Black Male Adult, 22-24yrs, 5’8”, and 160 pounds. He was last seen dressed in black, wearing a hoodie, and armed with a handgun.

WED, 10/01/14 at 9:15 PM, an ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON occurred on the 24000 block of Hesperian Boulevard. The victim, a non-uniformed security guard contacted the suspect in the business’ parking lot. They got into an argument and the male suspect struck the victim with a skateboard. The suspect was detained until officers arrived and arrested the suspect.

WED, 10/01/14 at 9:37 PM an ATTEMPTED CARJACKING occurred on the 26000 block of Manon Avenue. The victim was sitting in his car, when he was approached by two suspects. They began punching the victim and tried to pull him out of his vehicle. The suspects were unable to steal the vehicle and the victim was able to drive away. The suspects were described as two White Male Adults, 5’7” to 5’8”. One suspect had a slim build, and the other was heavy set.

WED, 10/01/14 at 11:40 PM, an AGGRAVATED ASSAULT occurred on the 1100 block of West Tennyson Road. The 60 year old male victim flagged down an officer to report that he was attacked by three female adults. The victim tried to purchase drugs from them, but they took his money and beat him up instead. The victim provided the officer with a description of the suspects and their van. The victim sustained injuries to his face and body and was transported to Eden Hospital. About 1:00 AM, an officer patrolling in the area stopped a similar van, during a DUI investigation. The officer noticed that the occupants matched the suspect description from the assault a few hours earlier. The officer also noticed that they appeared to have blood on their clothing and shoes. The three occupants of the van were identified by the victim as his attackers. The suspects were arrested and taken to jail for the assault, warrants, drug possession, and the driver for DUI.

 

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Castro Valley tempest in a coffee pot

CASTRO VALLEY — Some tempers started boiling over when a recent school board agenda listed a proposed purchase of a $14,000 coffee machine.

What seems to have started the brew ha ha was the way the item was listed on the school board agenda: as an espresso machine. That got comments flying on social media in an election year:

“Return the machine, get a Mr. Coffee, and if Jim Negri wants a latte, well he can go to Starbucks and pay for one from his own income, just the way everyone else in town does,” a parent posted, referring to the school superintendent.

The machine in question is not a standard espresso machine, though apparently it can whip up a mean one. It is an industrial coffee maker that also would quickly heat water for tea and hot chocolate, heat apple cider and steam milk.

But after parents raised a ruckus, the district held off on the purchase.

The machine was part of a plan to expand the district’s in-house catering service to reduce the cost of providing food for school events, train culinary students and possibly offer catering for activities outside the district.

Yes, $14,000 is a lot of money, school board member Janice Friesen said. But the machine would get a lot of use.

“We want something that will last and be a good investment,” Friesen said.

Currently, Castro Valley students enrolled in the vocational culinary program travel to the regional occupational center campus near Chabot College in Hayward to take classes. The coffee maker was part of plan that would allow them to get hands-on training in Castro Valley instead.

The machine also would have been used to serve drinks at district functions. Castro Valley Unified said “expanding district catering services” when mentioning meals provided at school workshops, planning sessions, teacher training, etc. For many, catering conjures up an image of waiters with trays of appetizers.

What the district was referring to is breakfasts for staff at the beginning of the year, basic lunches and light breakfasts for all-day training sessions, food at after-school sessions for teachers, etc. While there may be a coffee pot at each site, when staffs from three or four schools gather, that coffee pot cannot fill the demand, Friesen said.

“If it’s after school and you’re asking people to come for development, you cannot not give them something. You have to feed them,” she said.

Castro Valley has paid other local school districts to provide food at staff events, Friesen said. The district also holds a teacher of the year event at the Castro Valley Center for the Performing Arts, which an outside vendor caters.

“Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our school district catered it and our school district got the money?” Friesen asked.

The money to buy the machine would not being diverted away from classrooms. It’s in the food services budget, whose funds are restricted (they can’t be spent elsewhere).

The coffee maker was to be part of a plan to revitalize the district’s food service program proposed by Brenda Lightfoot-Handy, hired earlier this year as head of child nutrition.

The official statement from Superintendent Negri:

“Questions have been raised about a purchase for our Child Nutrition Program, and in an effort to be responsive to our school community, we have made a decision to hold the purchase. Long term, we feel the investment in this commercial grade coffee and beverage machine would expand the capacity of our catering program, as well as benefit our vocational education food and catering program. However, given that we are in the process of developing these programs, for now we believe it is prudent to hold the purchase. Our community hears us when we ask for their support, and, in turn, we must hear them when they raise questions and concerns. I hope the decision to revisit the purchase reflects our commitment to be responsible partners with our community members and staff.”

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Hayward to honor volunteers

A press release from the city of Hayward about its upcoming volunteer dinner:

HAYWARD – Great institutions have staying power.

Hayward’s first Volunteer Recognition & Awards Dinner took place the same year Steve Jobs incorporated Apple Computer and George Lucas released Star Wars. Nearly four decades later, the iPhone 6+ has taken the world by storm, Mark Hamill is reprising his role as Luke Skywalker and Hayward’s rich tradition continues with the 37th installment of its cherished volunteer recognition event.

Attendees at this year’s event, to be held on Tuesday, October 7 at St. Rose Hospital, will celebrate the generosity, civic pride and boundless energy of another spate of exceptional Hayward volunteers, headlined by distinguished award winners Carl and Marilyn Baker-Madsen, Robert Sakai, Mariellen Faria, Tracy Diaz and Charles
Snipes.

Since the dinner’s 1977 inception, roughly 500 local volunteers have been honored for their valuable contributions to the Hayward community. The event is a veritable “Who’s Who” of the civically engaged, brought together under the banner of service to Hayward.

“There is a deeply ingrained culture of volunteerism and civic engagement in Hayward,” said Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday. “Each year, the volunteer awards dinner recognizes the extraordinary individuals who foster that spirit of involvement, who give selflessly of their time, talent, energy and expertise to make Hayward a better place. After 37 years, this event has become a civic institution in its own right and we are honored to recognize another group of truly remarkable people this year.”

In addition to the five distinguished award winners, the event will honor 31 “Hearts of Hayward,” volunteers who have made a significant and indelible mark on the community with hundreds of hours of community service and their unqualified commitment to the City and its residents.

“With a rich history, the Hayward Volunteer Recognition and Awards Dinner continues to honor those who dedicate their time to serving the Hayward community,” said Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle, whose office leads the event’s coordination. “We are thankful for each volunteer and look forward to commemorating
their service on October 7th.”

What: Hayward Volunteer Recognition & Awards Dinner

When: Tuesday, October 7, 2014 6:00 p.m.

Where: St. Rose Hospital’s Grand White Tent, 27200 Calaroga Ave. Hayward CA 94544

How much: $40 per person; they can be obtained by calling Ginny DeMartini at 510-259-1097.

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Hayward Mariachi Festival Oct. 3

From the Hayward Chamber of Commerce:

HAYWARD — Mariachi bands, folklorico dancers, kids’ activities, a taco-eating contest and an outdoor market celebrating Hispanic food and art will be highlights at the fifth annual Hayward Mariachi Festival from 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3, at City Hall Plaza, 777 B St. The free family-friendly event is hosted by the Hayward Chamber of Commerce Latino Business Roundtable and the City of Hayward. Guests should bring lawn chairs and blankets.

The event highlight is built around music. This year’s featured performers are Mariachi Juvenil de Hayward, Mariachi Halcones de Oakland, Mariachi Dos and Mariachi Mexicanisimo. Activities for kids will include face painting, Dia de los Muertos mask-coloring, paper flower making and a bounce house courtesy of the Relay for Life Team of Tad Miller and Liberty Tax Service.

The event occurs on National Taco Day, and there will be a taco-eating contest sponsored by Jorge Espinosa and his team at El Taquito Restaurant #2. Specialty beverages to be served include margaritas, sangria and Mexican beer.

For more information, contact the Hayward Chamber of Commerce, 510-537-2424.

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Hayward police blotter Sept. 18-24

THUR, 9/18/14 between 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM, DIRECTED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT led by Hayward PD’s Traffic Division, was conducted on Tennyson Rd and Baldwin St. The officers cited 36 people for a crosswalk violation. Many other officers participated in this enforcement, including two Hayward PD Explorers.

THUR, 9/18/14 at 6:06 PM, an Armed Robbery occurred on the 21000 block of Foothill Blvd (Casper’s Hot Dogs). The suspect entered Casper’s Hot Dog restaurant and brandished a black semi-automatic handgun at the employees and demanded they open the cash register. The suspect then removed approximately $50.00 from the register, walked out of the restaurant, and was last seen getting into a burgundy older model SUV with tinted windows (similar to a Chevrolet Blazer). The suspect was described as a white male in his late 20′s to early 30′s. He’s 5’07”, 220 lbs, and has a scruffy beard. The suspect was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and red sweatpants.

FRI, 9/19/14 at 10:14 AM, an assault with a deadly weapon occurred at Cypress/Harder. A victim who was stabbed in the neck several months ago reported seeing the same suspect in the area of Cypress/Jackson. Officers found and detained the subject at Cypress/Harder. The victim identified the suspect through an “in-field show up.” The suspect was also arrested for a warrant, possession of drug paraphernalia, and lying about his identity.

FRI, 9/19/14 between 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM, Hayward PD conducted an ABC decoy operation at 22 establishments. The decoy operation found five businesses that sold alcohol to the minor decoy. Criminal and administrative citations were issued at each of the five locations.

SUN, 9/21/14 at 11:37 PM, an Outside Assist was needed on the 1900 block of Harder Rd. CSUEB had a “Block Party” welcoming new students which was held outside the dorms at Pioneer Heights. During the party, a fight broke out and forced CSUEB Police to shut down the party. CSUEB asked for assistance, to which the responding units assisted with traffic control until the party came to a close.

MON, 9/22/14 at 12:49 PM, NEGLIGENT DISCHARGE OF A FIREARM incident occurred on the 600 block of Atherton Place. An 18 year old male reported he was shot while walking on Atherton Street. Six of his friends report a car speeding from the area after the gunshot was heard. The investigation revealed the 18 year old accidentally shot himself. He sustained a contact wound to his outer thigh. The bullet exited his inner thigh and lodged in his other thigh. A .22 caliber bullet was recovered at the scene.

TUE, 9/23/14 at 6:06 PM, a TRAFFIC COLLISION occurred at Harder/Soto. A 32-year-old female pedestrian was struck by vehicle. She was transported to Eden Hospital and in critical condition. On 9/24/2014, the pedestrian was pronounced as deceased. The traffic collision is currently under investigation and any witnesses are encouraged to contact the Hayward Police Department Traffic Bureau Sergeant Jason Corsolini at 510-293-7149.

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Hayward offers community emergency response training

Press release from Hayward fire department:

When a disaster strikes, do you know what to do before professional help arrives?

The Hayward Fire Department is providing a free CERT Training Program which will consist of four evening indoor classes and one outdoor “hands on” skills class. Participants learn skills that will enable them to provide emergency assistance to their families and immediate neighbors as well as organize a neighborhood team response. Training will begin during the month of October, 2014 at City Hall. Dates and times are as follow:

• Class #1, Monday, October 20th, 6-9:30pm @ Hayward City Hall
• Class #2, Monday, October 27th, 6-9:30pm @ Hayward City Hall
• Class #3, Monday, November 3rd, 6-9:30pm @ Hayward City Hall
• Class #4, Thursday, November 10th, 6-9:30pm @ Hayward City Hall
• Skills #5, Thursday, November 17th, 6-9:30pm (Fire Station #6 W. Winton)

You must attend all classes in order to receive certification. CERT training is for all City of Hayward and Fairview residents. Residential verification will be required during the final application process and all applicants must be 18 years-of-age or older.

Residents who are interested in this free training can sign-up by sending their name, phone number and address by email to Hayward.CERT@hayward-ca.gov. Space is limited. Successful applicants will receive notification by email acknowledging enrollment into the program and further directions.

For more information, call the Hayward Fire Department’s Public Education Officer at (510) 583-4948.

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San Leandro crime is down, police report

A press release from San Leandro police:

SAN LEANDRO –For the past few weeks, the SLPD has continued to serve our community with pride and professionalism.

Between September 7 – 21, public safety dispatchers have received 3,571 calls from the public, resulting in the following:

• 2.348 calls for service were dispatched that officers responded to.
• 346 police investigations were conducted.
• 104 arrests were made of persons suspected of criminal activity.

To date this year, police report that crime has decreased by 4% from this time last year, with a total of 3,110 part 1 crime reports being reported to the SLPD. Part 1 crimes include homicide, assault, robbery, burglary, larceny, auto theft and arson.

SLPD is pleased to report that robberies and burglaries are down 27% each, and credit proactive police work and community engagement with these successes.

“I credit the decrease in crime to teamwork. We have a very engaged community, who continue to call us when they see something out of the ordinary and this leads to arrests,” said Lt. Robert McManus.

Additionally, police are solving cases through the use of video surveillance cameras. So far, 55 residences and businesses in San Leandro have registered their private systems with the SLPD, which has proven not only to be an effective deterrent to crime, but also a technological tool to assist detectives in solving cases.

Unfortunately, auto theft has increased 6% since last year. Between August 21st and September 15th, 44 vehicles were stolen in San Leandro. 33 vehicles stolen in San Leandro, were recovered by SLPD officers and officers throughout the Bay Area during that period. SLPD’s “oldest” stolen car recovered during this time was stolen in April. SLPD officers also recovered 25 cars in San Leandro that were reported stolen to other police agencies during that time period.

This past weekend, officers made arrests during 3 separate auto theft investigations throughout the city. Two of the cases were a direct result of the ALPR computer system alerting officers to stolen cars. The third case is credited to an observant resident.

On Sunday afternoon at 1:30pm, a resident in the 200 block of Julius St. called police to report someone sleeping in their car in the residential neighborhood. The car was not known to the neighborhood, and when officers arrived, they determined that the Honda Accord had been reported stolen to the Oakland Police a few days earlier. The driver, who was asleep in the car, was identified as 37 year old Cyrus Benaventura of San Francisco. Benaventura was also found to have outstanding arrest warrants, including one for auto theft.

Of concern to police is the amount of guns that have been taken from criminals since January 1st. To date, officers have seized 88 firearms, 63 of which were deemed evidence in criminal investigations. The other 15 were taken for safe keeping during domestic violence and mental-illness investigations, or submitted for destruction, as the owner no longer wanted them. This high number does not include the look-alike firearms that officers recover on a regular basis, like one that was recovered from a group of teens at Bayfair Center on Sunday afternoon.

At about 3:05pm, officers were dispatched to the Wing Stop restaurant at Bayfair Center for a report of 5 teenagers passing a handgun around. When officer arrived, they contacted 5 boys who were 16 and 17 years old from Antioch and Oakland, who were armed with a BB pistol resembling a semi-automatic pistol. The boys turned the look-alike gun over to officers and contacted each of their parents about the dangerous situation that they were involved in. Police will use the look-alike gun for training purposes, both for their staff and during community presentations.

Lt. Robert McManus is proud of the service that the SLPD provides to the community stating, “Members of the San Leandro Police Department are committed to making San Leandro the best and safest city possible for those that live, work and visit our community. We value the support of our community and the strong partnerships that we have created over the years. Without that, we wouldn’t be as successful as we are.”

For crime prevention tips please go to the Police Department’s website at http://www.sanleandro.org/depts/pd or contact our Crime Prevention Unit at 510-577-3228.

Citizens play a critical role in creating a safe environment by observing and reporting any suspicious and criminal activity to the Police. The San Leandro Police Department recommends that citizens do not participate in any direct verbal or physical involvement with suspicious persons or those who are committing crimes. The personal safety of the community is paramount.

We encourage the San Leandro community to record the details of what they observe and to report those details to the Police. This type of community involvement and partnership has proven to be a very effective crime prevention tool. Citizens act as the eyes and ears of the community first, and the extended eyes and ears of the San Leandro Police Department.

Thank you for being a force multiplier in our efforts to provide professional police services and safety to the community.

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Hayward: Dog walkers neighborhood watch program meeting Wednesday

HAYWARD — Could dog walkers and their charges take a bite out of crime?

A newly launched Dog Walker Watch Program will be discussed Wednesday at a community meeting. The watch program encourages dog walkers to act as “extra eyes and ears” for police.

At the same meeting, Hayward City Councilman Greg Jones and former city Councilwoman Anna May will talk about what makes residents interested in neighborhood issues and want to improve their community — and what turns them off.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, in the Hayward police North District Office, 22701 Main St. (the old Hayward Area Historical Society red brick building across the street from Fire Station 1).