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Castro Valley: Community meeting Thursday on new park

CASTRO VALLEY — Residents can give their opinion on what a new park should look like at a meeting Thursday, Feb 26.

The 26-acre undeveloped site was purchased for $5.6 million last year by Hayward Area Recreation and Park District from the East Bay Municipal Utility District. The hilltop site is one of the last large parcels of land in Castro Valley.

East Bay MUD at one time planned to build a filter plant there but declared it surplus about 10 years ago. Some developers bid on the property but then backed out, and the utility district took it off the market until 2013.

The site is bordered by Sydney Way, Carlton Avenue, Jennifer Drive and Stanton Avenue in northwest Castro Valley.

The district is starting a master plan process that will decide on park design.

The meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Castro Valley Community Center, 18988 Lake Chabot Road.

 

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Castro Valley Municipal Advisory Council seeks applicants

CASTRO VALLEY — Applicants are being sought for two vacancies on the Castro Valley Municipal Advisory Council.

The council, known informally as the MAC, advises Alameda County supervisors on Castro Valley issues and concerns. Applicants must be Castro Valley residents; the term is four years.

Council members typically spent 12 to 15 hours a month on MAC-related matters. The council, which reports to county Supervisor Nate Miley, meets the second, third and fourth Mondays of each month at the Castro Valley Library.

Miley’s District 4 also has existing or upcoming vacancies on the Local Planning Council, Human Relations Commission, Consumer Affairs Commission, Commission on the Status of Women, Septic Commission and Fire Advisory Commission.

Those interested can download an application at www.acgov.org/clerk/apply.htm and send it along with a resume to Anna Gee at anna.gee@acgov.org, fax 510-465-7628 or mail 1221 Oak St., Suite 536, Oakland, CA 94612.

 

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Hayward job fair March 7

HAYWARD — The city is hosting a job fair Saturday, March 7.

Last year’s job fair drew hundreds. This year, Hayward will partner with the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District and some local businesses.

The fair will include resume reviews and information about recruitment and applications. Representatives from the city, park district and businesses will be on hand for discussions and questions.

Recruiters will be accepting applications for clerical, semi-skilled and skilled trades, professional, technical and managerial positions.

Police and firefighters will explain how to pursue a career in public safety, and speakers will give job-seeking advice.

More than 300 resumes were reviewed at last year’s fair. City human resources department workers gave advice on language, formatting and listing of experience.

The fair is geared toward Hayward residents but open to everyone. It will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 7 at Hayward City Hall, 777 B St. Those attending can enter a raffle for prizes.

 

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Hayward area park district is hiring

HAYWARD  — The park district is hiring for both full-time and summer jobs.

The Hayward Area Recreation and Park District has part-time openings in its sports, aquatics, facility rentals, day camps, tennis, after-school programs, nature, ranger and theater programs.

Pay ranges from $9.49 to $20.82 an hour.

For more information and to get an application, go to www.haywardrec.org/451/Part-Time-Employment-Opportunities or call 510-881-6700.

 

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Hayward police blotter Feb. 13-18

FRI, 2/13/15 at 1:41 PM, an ATTEMPTED BURGLARY occurred on the 22000 block of City Center Drive. A neighbor saw two Black males force entry into the apartment next door. Upon Hayward PD’s arrival, the suspects decided to flee by jumping from the 3rd story balcony. Suspect #1 sustained serious injuries and broken bones. He was transported and later admitted to Eden Hospital. Suspect #2 suffered minor injuries and was medically cleared at St Rose Hospital prior to booking. During protective sweep of the apartment, officers found evidence of possession of prescription pills for sales (over 24,000 pills) were found along with a large quantity of marijuana and a loaded gun. The Narcotics Unit was called; they obtained a search warrant and discovered about $70,000 in cash. The renter of the apartment (the victim of the burglary) arrived on scene and was subsequently arrested.

SAT, 2/14/15 at 12:11 AM, a HOME INVASION ROBBERY/ BRANDISHING A WEAPON occurred on the 24000 block of O’Neil Avenue. A juvenile suspect entered the apartment and pointed a pellet gun at the female victim. The victim’s father-in-law struggled with suspect and held him down until HPD arrived. After a brief period the suspect exited the apartment and was detained. The suspect’s pellet gun recovered at the scene.

SAT, 2/14/15 at 8:20 PM, an ARMED ROBBERY occurred on the 28000 block of Huntwood Avenue. The victim was approached from behind by the three suspects. Suspect #1 pointed a handgun to the victim’s head while suspect #2 pointed a knife and told victim to give up his property. Suspect #3 punched the victim in the face, causing visible injury. The suspects took cash, a cell phone and the victim’s laptop. Suspect #1 was described as a Black male juvenile, wearing a black hoodie, black and orange hat, and armed with a handgun. Suspect #2 is a Black male adult wearing a black hoodie, black and orange hat, and armed with a folding knife. Suspect #3 is a Black male juvenile wearing a black hoodie and black and orange hat.

SAT, 2/14/15 at 9:28 PM, an ATTEMPTED ROBBERY occurred on the 26000 block of Mission Boulevard. The female suspect approached the victim and simulated a weapon in her sweatshirt pocket. She told the victim, “Give me your money.” The victim, while speaking to her friend on her cell phone, told her friend to call the police; which prompted the suspect to run away. The female suspect is described as a Hispanic female adult, 35 years old, 5’02, 135lbs., and last seen wearing a pink hoodie and blue jeans.

SUN, 2/15/15 at 12:45 PM, a PLANE CRASH occurred on the 1400 block of Golf Course Road. A single engine plane with a solo passenger lost power while taking off from the Hayward Airport. The pilot did a forced landing on to the #10 hole at Skywest Golf Course. The pilot was not injured in the crash, nor were there any injuries to others. The aircraft sustained moderate damage.

MON, 2/16/15 at 10:31 AM, a STRONG ARMED ROBBERY occurred on the 19000 block of Hesperian Boulevard. The suspect entered the business and stole medications from a pharmacy by force. The suspect was described as a White male adult, in his 20’s, 5’9”, 160lbs, with brown eyes. He was wearing a baseball cap, gray zip-up hoodie sweatshirt, with a white t-shirt underneath, dark pants and gray shoes. The suspect did not display a weapon and was seen fleeing in a dark vehicle.

TUE, 2/17/15 at 6:43 AM, SHOOTINGS INTO UNOCCUPIED VEHICLES occurred on the 100 block of Revere Avenue, and on the 100 block of Lafayette Avenue. The vehicle on Revere Ave was shot four times and the one on Lafayette Ave was struck three times. Police recovered bullet casings from both locations.

TUE, 2/17/15 at 2:00 PM, a PROBATION SEARCH was conducted on the 25000 block of Bryn Mawr. The Special Duties Unit (SDU) made a traffic stop on two Fremont gang members at Harder Road and Mission Boulevard. One of the gang members was on probation with a search clause, so the officers conducted a probation search of the suspect’s residence. Various kinds of ammunition and a small amount of cocaine were recovered. The suspect was subsequently arrested.

TUE, 2/17/15 at 3:30 PM, a BURGLARY AND POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY (in custody) occurred at a high school. School Resource Officers (SRO) discovered a burglary occurred at a public high school. The SRO’s Waters reviewed CCTV Surveillance footage from the burglary and the following day, one of the SRO’s saw the same suspect walking on Mission Boulevard. The officer contacted the suspect and conducted a probation search of the suspect’s residence, where property from the burglary was recovered.

TUE, 2/17/15 at 6:10 PM, a RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY occurred on the 2200 block of Parnassus Court. Six firearms and some ammunition were taken. There was no suspect(s) or other information available at this time.

WED, 2/18/15 at 11:52 AM, a SEARCH WARRANT SERVICE was conducted on the 24000 block of Patricia Court. The Narcotics Unit obtained a Search Warrant and were able to recover methamphetamine, heroin, and a loaded handgun. Two suspects were arrested.

WED, 2/18/15 at 4:45 PM, a ROBBERY occurred at Oliver Drive and West Tennyson Road. An elderly female was walking home from the grocery store when a vehicle pulled up next to her. Suspect #1 exited the vehicle and grabbed the victim in a headlock while suspect #2 stayed in the vehicle. The victim felt a hard object placed onto her back and she believed it was a gun. Suspect #1 demanded the victim’s purse, but she refused. The suspect took cash from the victim’s purse and fled in the awaiting vehicle driving southbound on Hesperian Boulevard.

WED, 2/18/15 at 10:51 PM, a RECOVERED STOLEN VEHICLE/COLLISION occurred on the 700 block of Shepherd Avenue. While driving eastbound on Schafer Road, an officer saw the vehicle in front of him run the stop sign at Schafer and Chisholm Ct. The vehicle ran a second stop sign at Schafer Rd. and Huntwood. As the vehicle turned southbound on Huntwood Ave, the officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop. Moments later, the officer found the vehicle had crashed into two parked cars and the suspects had fled the scene.

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Chabot College to remember Reed Buffington, its first president

HAYWARD — Chabot College will honor Reed Buffington, who led what would become Chabot-Las Positas Community College District for 20 years, on April 12.

In 1961, Buffington was named superintendent of the South County Community College District  and founding president of Chabot College, a position he held for 20 years until his retirement in 1981. He died June 9 at age 94.

A celebration of Buffington’s legacy will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 12, at the performing arts center named in his honor, 25555 Hesperian Blvd.

Before then, the college is recording recollections of people who want to share memories of Buffington. Those include people who worked with Buffington, knew him or were his neighbors when the family lived on Oakes Drive. If interested, please contact Maria Ochoa at mochoa@chabotcollege.edu to schedule a taping in the college’s television studios.

 

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Hayward police blotter Feb. 6-11

FRI 2/6/15, at 1:40 PM, a ROBBERY occurred on the 24100 block of Mission Bl, in a public park. Three Black male adults walked up to the victim, who was sitting in his car in the park. The suspects ordered the victim to give them his property, as one of the suspects held a knife up to the victim’s neck. The suspects pulled the victim out of his car and the suspect with the knife stabbed the victim near the chin as they fought over the victim’s property. The suspects took the victim’s cell phone and then ran away. The suspect with the knife only got as far as a nearby fast food restaurant before he became ill and went inside seeking medical aid. An ambulance was summoned and police dispatchers noted this suspect may have been involved in the robbery, based on the victim’s descriptions of the suspects and he was still in the area, contemporaneous to the crime. The suspect was arrested. The victim suffered minor injury.

FRI 2/6/15, at 3:00 PM, a STOLEN CAR was recovered near Bishop/Eldridge. The victim who recently had his car stolen, reported seeing it in the area of Schafer Park. Officers attempted to detain the suspect, who sped off and then quickly crashed into some bushes. The suspect ran away, but was caught and taken into custody.

SAT 2/7/15, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Hayward PD officers in conjunction with a local Starbucks, invited the public to join them for a cup of coffee, some conversation, and an opportunity to build more community partnerships. The event was well attended and greatly enjoyed by all!

SAT 2/7/15, from 10:30 AM to 9:00 PM, the Bistro Restaurant held its annual Beer Festival. About 1500 people attended it over the course of the day and greatly enjoyed the festivities! Officers from the Community Policing and Traffic Units were on hand to ensure everyone enjoyed the day safely.

SAT 2/7/15, at 8:00 PM, a ROBBERY occurred on the 32000 block of Mission Bl. The victim was waiting for a ride in a parking lot, when he was approached by the three suspects. The suspects demanded the victim’s property, as one of them pointed a knife at the victim. One of the suspects threw the victim down on the ground, as another one took the victim’s property out of his pockets. Then all three suspects ran away. They were described only as Black male adults, about 20-40 years old, wearing dark clothing.

MON 2/9/15, at 11:50 AM, an ARMED ROBBERY occurred near Harder/Bishop. The victim was walking his dog when the two suspects walked up and asked him for a dollar. The victim said he didn’t have any money, so one of the suspects pulled out a gun and ordered the victim to take off his jacket. The suspect checked the victim’s jacket pockets and after finding out the victim indeed did not have anything in them, the suspect struck the victim on the head with the gun. The victim fell to the ground. The suspects punched and kicked him, then ran off with his jacket. The suspects were described as Black male adults, about 30 years old, 6’-6’2”, medium builds, and short black hair. One of them was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and gray sweatpants. The other suspect was wearing a Raiders jersey and black pants. The victim suffered minor injuries.

Wed 2/11/15, at 6:45 AM, a ROBBERY occurred on the 20800 block of Hesperian. A female reporter and a male cameraman were filming a news piece about the Powerball Jackpot at a donut shop. As the cameraman was packing up his gear, the two suspects came up from behind him and shoved him. They forcibly took his camera and ran off. The victims were able to track the camera’s location and determined it was somewhere in San Francisco.

Wed 2/11/15, at 6:55 AM, an ARMED ROBBERY occurred on the 1100 block of W. Tennyson. The Hispanic male adult suspect entered a gas station, pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money. After getting it, he ran off westbound on W. Tennyson. The suspect was described as about 18-20 years old, with a medium build, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt partially pulled over his face and dark pants.

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Hayward animal shelter to hold Valentine’s Day adoption special, photo opp

From Hayward police:

FIRST – ALL FUR LOVE
Come find true love this Valentine’s Day at the Hayward Animal Shelter during our annual “All Fur Love” special adoption event. Saturday, February 14th from 11:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. All adoption fees are reduced to $20. Dog licensing fee applies if you reside in Hayward. We have many wonderful dogs, cats and rabbits eagerly waiting for new homes. Make their day, and yours, this Valentine’s Day. Adopt!

THEN – PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with the furry love of your life. Bring your furry animal friend to the Hayward Animal Shelter to have your photo taken together in our special Valentine’s Day Kissing Booth. Saturday, February 14th from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Funds raised will help to provide medical care to our homeless shelter animals. For more information, please contact our shelter at 510-293-7200.

View some of our available animals on the Hayward Animal Shelter Volunteers facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/haywardanimalshelter or www.Petfinder.com.

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India consul general Ashok to speak in Hayward

From the Hayward Chamber of Commerce:

HAYWARD — Ambassador Venkatesan Ashok, newly appointed consul general of India, will speak on opportunities for international trade and business, new initiatives and new leadership in his country at a March 6 luncheon.

The event, hosted by the Hayward Chamber of Commerce, will be 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Golden Peacock Banquet Hall and Conference Center, 24989 Santa Clara St., Hayward. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the chamber website www.hayward.org.

“Hayward is a perfect place for the consul general to discuss the bright future for trade between our countries,” said Kim Huggett, president and CEO of the Hayward Chamber of Commerce. “Here at the center of the Bay Area, a growing number of Hayward companies are keeping our chamber busy issuing certificates of origin for their exports.”

The ambassador’s topic is “India-US: Make in India.” Make in India is a major new national program designed to facilitate investment, foster innovation, enhance skill development, protect intellectual property and build best-in-class manufacturing infrastructure.

Last year the chamber and the city of Hayward hosted an international trade conference with the U.S. Commercial Service, which will be among the co-hosts of the March 6 event. Other hosts will include the city of Hayward, California State University East Bay, and East Bay companies with international connections that include India.

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Hayward park district to interview 7 to fill board vacancy

HAYWARD — Park district directors will interview seven candidates to fill a board vacancy on Monday, Feb. 9.

The vacancy was created when Hayward Area Recreation and Park District board member Dennis Waespi was elected to the East Bay Regional Park District board.

The seven candidates are: Aileen Chong-Jeung of Castro Valley, Ryan “Rocky” Fernandez of Hayward, Rick Hatcher of Hayward, David Kleczek of Castro Valley, Adam Korbas of Castro Valley, Guillermo Nevarez of San Lorenzo and Randy Vanderbilt of Castro Valley.

After the interviews, directors will choose one of the seven candidates to fill the board seat.

The meeting is open to the public and begins at 6 p.m. at the district office, 1099 E St.