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San Leandro to host a cappella performance as part of gay pride celebration

SAN LEANDRO — The choral ensemble Voices: Lesbian A Cappella for Justice is performing Sunday, June 1, at the San Leandro Main Library.

The performance is part of San Leandro’s recognition of LGBT Pride Month.

“I am pleased that San Leandro will be joining a national campaign to honor the LGBT community as part of Pride Month in June,” Mayor Stephen Cassidy said in a release. “I encourage San Leandrans to come out to the Library on June 1 to join in these celebrations.”

The performance begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at the library, 300 Estudillo Ave. in downtown San Leandro. Admission is free.

The ensemble was founded in 1988. It strives to promote lesbian visibility and musical excellence and reflect diversity, according to the release.

For more information, call 510-577-3971.

 

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Hayward police blotter May 13-

Unedited Hayward police blotter:

05/13 04:05 PM
An armed robbery occurred to a gas station on the 21000 block of Foothill Blvd. The suspect was described as an African American male in his early 20s armed with a black handgun. The suspect entered the gas station and pointed the handgun at a clerk. The suspect demanded money from the clerk who gave him money from the register. The suspect fled the scene heading up Grove Way. Witnesses saw the suspect get on a motorcycle heading west bound on Grove St.

05/13 09:37 PM
A robbery occurred at the intersection of Grand Street and Dean Street. The suspects were two African American Males in their late teens or early twenties wearing black hooded sweatshirts. The suspects threatened to shoot the victim. The victim was pushed to the ground and their property was taken.

05/14 02:00 PM
A robbery occurred in the 27000 block of Manon Ave. The victim was sitting in his vehicle when the suspect approached him brandishing a knife. The suspect demanded money from the victim, but walked away when a pedestrian approached. Responding officers located the suspect in a nearby apartment with a knife in his pocket. The suspect was arrested for robbery.

05/14 09:43 AM
A residential burglary occurred in the 1400 block of Linfield Lane. This particular residence has had several prior break ins. The resident called a family member to check on the alarm prior to contacting the police. The suspect fled prior to the family member and police arriving.

05/15 08:49 AM
A burglary to a residence occurred in the 2600 block of Sleepy Hollow Avenue. The resident was home alone when the suspect approached and knocked on the door. The victim did not answer the door and several minutes later heard the suspect attempting to force open the rear sliding glass door. The suspect fled when confronted by the victim. The suspect is described as a Hispanic Male in his 20’s, 5’07”, with a medium build and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. A gray compact Mercedes was seen in front of the victim’s residence and at the same time as the incident.

05/15 11:19 PM
A strong arm robbery occurred at City Hall. Several suspects assaulted the victim and took property from him. Responding officers stopped and detained all five suspects at two different locations. The suspects were identified and transported to jail.

05/17 00:41 AM
A shooting occurred in the 25000 block of Verona Ave. Officers responded to reports of two subjects shot at the location. Arriving officers located the two victims in front of a residence with non-life threatening injuries. The suspect was described as an African American wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. The Hayward Criminal Investigations Bureau is investigating the incident.

05/17 01:32 AM
A strong arm robbery occurred at the intersection of B Street and Montgomery Street. The victim was walking with friends when the suspect approached from behind and took the victim’s purse. The victim was able to fight off the suspect’s attack and kept ahold of her purse. The suspect was able to take the victim’s phone. The suspect was last seen running towards downtown BART.

05/17 03:28 AM
A shooting occurred 22000 block of South Garden Avenue. The suspect(s) fired multiple rounds at an apartment striking one victim causing a nonlife threatening injury. Patrol is investigating the incident.

05/17 09:33 AM
An armed robbery occurred to a business in the 700 block of La Playa Drive. The suspects, three African American males, entered the business as an employee was unlocking the door. The suspects tied up two employees at gunpoint at took property from the business. The suspects took several thousand dollars of property. The Hayward Criminal Investigations Bureau is investigating the incident.

05/17 09:44 PM
A shooting occurred near the intersection of Foothill Blvd and Russell Drive. The victim was walking northbound on Foothill Blvd when an unknown suspect fired several rounds at him striking him one time. The victim flees the scene and hides in a nearby parking lot. The victim was transported with nonlife threatening injuries.

05/17 10:50 PM
An attempted carjacking occurred in the 24000 block of Santa Clara St. The suspect threatened the victim with a simulated handgun causing the victim to drive away from the suspect, hitting him with the vehicle in the process. The victim flees the scene leaving the suspect on the ground with injuries from being struck by the vehicle. The suspect was arrested when police arrived at the scene.

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San Lorenzo flag dedication Sunday

flagraising

SAN LORENZO — A flag will be raised Sunday during a celebration to mark the 70th anniversary of this unincorporated community.

The San Lorenzo Village Volunteers are hosting the event at 1 p.m. May 18 at San Lorenzo Village Public Storage, 15951 Hesperian Blvd.

An excerpt from an Daily Review article that ran in the 1940s:

“With its more than 2200 occupied homes and 360 others under construction at present, San Lorenzo Village – the David D. Bohannon scientifically planned community as shown above-offers country living with city conveniences. The ground breaking ceremony on the site of the Village was held May 18, 1944, and the first track of 1329 residences was completed by Dec. 25 of that year – setting a record in wartime private residential construction in the building industry. War department and Navy officials told Mr. Bohannon they wanted housing – and immediatedly! They got it. At the right is shown a barren piece of land which was a section of the present Village site. Part of the land consisted of the famous Smyth ranch.”

The new flag was designed by San Lorenzo resident Marcy Weiss. The flag has ocean blue to represent the nearby San Francisco Bay and features the shape of a sunset. The town was named San Lorenzo in 1854.

The project was funded by the San Lorenzo Village Volunteers.

 

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Hayward police blotter May 5-11

05/05 00:42 AM
An armed robbery occurred at Whitman Street and White Drive. The victim was approached by a man who pointed a pistol at him and demanded property. The victim gave the man personal property. The suspect then got into a silver sports car with three other people and drove away northbound on Whitman Street. The man fired one round into the air as he was leaving. The suspect was described as a Latino approximately 25 years old and 5’07” tall.

05/05 01:47 AM
An armed robbery occurred at Mission Boulevard and Valle Vista Avenue.  The victim was walking on Mission when he was approached by two men. One man pointed a pistol at the victim and demanded property. The victim gave the suspect his property. The man then got into a black compact vehicle occupied by another man. As the two drove away southbound on Mission, the man with the pistol fired one shot into the air. The suspects were described as Latinos approximately 18 years old.

05/06 06:03 AM
A shooting into a residence occurred in the 2200 block of Tallahassee Street. Someone fired a small caliber round into the front window of a residence. The incident may be linked to another similar incident a year before.

05/07 11:30 AM
A residential burglary occurred in the 28000 block of Sandlewood Drive. A witness called police and said they saw several juveniles entering their neighbor’s residence and taking items from inside. As officers arrived, the suspects fled from the scene in different directions. Three of the five suspects were stopped and arrested by officers. Some of the victim’s property was recovered from the suspects.

05/07 04:30 PM
A large group of juveniles engaged in a fight at the intersection of Jackson and Watkins streets. When officers arrived the group refused to disperse. The crowd proceeded to block traffic and did not leave the area until enough officers arrived and could disperse the crowd. Officers are investigating.

05/07 05:34 PM
A shooting occurred in the 2600 block of Naples Street. The victim was standing in front of a residence talking to an associate when they were shot at by someone who was down the street. The fired rounds struck a vehicle and residence without causing any injuries. Police are investigating.

05/07 08:55 AM
An attempted burglary occurred in the area of 28000 Bailey Ranch Road. The suspect tried to force entry into an occupied residence. The owner of the residence could see the suspect trying to enter and met the suspect at the front door. The suspect fled but was stopped by police at Mission Boulevard and Fletcher Lane. The suspect was identified by the victim and arrested.

05/08 09:20 AM
A home invasion robbery occurred in the 28000 block of Peachtree Drive. The victim was at home when he heard someone kicking in his front door. The victim confronted the man, who ran to a nearby vehicle and fled. The suspect is described as a black male in his 20s with a thin build and short hair. The man was armed with a pistol.

05/08 11:36 PM
A home invasion robbery occurred in the 26000 block of Lauderdale Ave. Two men forced entry into a residence, assaulting one resident and causing injuries. The men took property and then left in a blue pickup truck. The men were described as Latino and armed with a handgun.

05/11 01:49 AM
A stabbing occurred in the 300 block of Harris Road. The victim was found lying in the middle of the street with a single stab wound. The victim said that a man followed him from a nearby convenience store and then asked him if he was a gang member. The man then stabbed the victim in the shoulder. The suspect was a Latino in his mid-20s.

05/11 04:00 AM
A shooting into an occupied apartment occurred in the 27000 block of Manon Avenue. Residents of the complex called police to report the shooting. Officers found fired casings and damage to the outside of an occupied apartment. The resident said he did not know why his apartment had been targeted.

05/11 01:04 PM
A business was robbed in the 2200 block of Industrial Parkway West. The suspect robbed a clerk using a butcher knife and fled before police arrived. If you have information to report that could help lead to an arrest, please contact police.

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Hayward police seek downtown ambassadors

HAYWARD — From the Hayward Police Department:
The Downtown Ambassador Program was developed to encourage the involvement of the citizens of Hayward in creating an inviting Downtown shopping experience. The Police Department is seeking your help to identify and mitigate safety concerns and support Downtown businesses at the same time.

The Ambassador’s job is to:

•Help visitors find shops, restaurants and parking in downtown Hayward.

•Promote special events and attractions to visitors.

•Identify and report public safety concerns to the police (such as illegal or suspicious activity, graffiti or abandoned vehicles).

Ambassadors work in pairs, wear identifiable shirts or jackets and are equipped with a police radio to summon immediate assistance in an emergency situation.

The Downtown Ambassadors are required to successfully pass a police background clearance check, attend Ambassador Training and successfully complete a Field Training Program. Subject material will include: radio operations, recognizing suspicious activity, providing suspect descriptions, reporting in-progress crimes, familiarization with the Downtown Business District and violence avoidance.

Sound interesting?

Please contact:
Hayward Police Department
Community Service Officer Kyle Martinez (510) 293-5146
EMAIL: kyle.martinez@hayward-ca.gov

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Hayward police accepting applications for youth academy

From the Hayward police:

HAYWARD — Hayward police are once again offering a summer youth academy; this year it will be July 7-11.

In the week-long program, law enforcement professionals share how a police department works.

The academy is open to students in grades 8-12. Students entering the eighth grade in 2014-2015 are eligible.

Applications are due by June 16. The free academy is limited to 30 students; Hayward residents will have first priority. Those applying will have to pass a limited background investigation and have parent/guardian approval to attend. The academy is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day, and includes a light breakfast.

The academy covers:

Gangs and graffiti—Destructiveness of gangs
Alcohol/drug abuse and tobacco-Consequences of underage usage
Forensics and crime scene
SWAT demonstration
Traffic and patrol operations
Investigations
Coroner’s presentation
K-9 demonstration
FATS (fire arms training simulator)
Hayward police station/jail tour

The class will be held at the police station, 300 W. Winton Ave., and the North Hayward office, 22701 Main St.

For more information, contact Alicia Romero at 510-293-7179 or alicia.romero@hayward-ca.gov , FAX (510) 886-2179

Applications can be downloaded from www.haywardpd.net, or picked up at the Hayward Police Department, 300 W. Winton Ave.

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New Jensen Ranch principal

CASTRO VALLEY — Dustin Gacherieu was named principal of Jensen Ranch Elementary School on Thursday.

Gacherieu has been assistant principal at Castro Valley Adult
and Career Education for the past two years. Before that, he taught at Chabot Elementary School, including  kindergarten and fifth grade.

He graduated from Castro Valley High School and served as a student school board member his junior and senior years. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from St. Mary’s College.

The school board made the appointment at its May 8 meeting.

 

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Hayward youth job fair May 9

HAYWARD — The Hayward adult school is hosting a youth job fair May 9 at City Hall.

The fair is open to people ages 16 to 25. More than 50 businesses and agencies will have representatives at the fair, which will include a “dress for success” presentation by Macy’s of Hayward and door prizes. Those attending are asked to bringing resumes.

The adult school, officially called the Hayward Center for Education and Careers, is partnering with the city, the Employment Development Department/Youth Employment Opportunity Program, the Hayward Chamber of Commerce, Community Resources for Independent Living, Dr. Jennifer Ong, Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired and Southland Mall.

The fair takes place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday at Hayward City Hall, 777 B St. For more information, contact For more information, contact Juan Romero at 510-459-7056 or jromero@has.edu.

Anyone bringing two cans to donate to the Alameda County Food Bank will get an additional ticket for door prize drawings.

 

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Hayward police blotter April 28-May 3

04/28 03:56 AM
A stabbing victim walked into a local hospital claiming to have been assaulted in Hayward. When Hayward police officers arrived, they located the victim’s vehicle with evidence of the assault inside. The victim was treated for his injuries but could not provide officers with any more detail as to where the incident occurred.

04/28 07:16 AM
A resident called police dispatch about a suspicious unoccupied vehicle parked at a residence in the 1100 block of Central Boulevard. The license plate to the vehicle showed that it had been taken during a recent carjacking. Officers discovered the weapon used in the carjacking nearby.

04/30 04:00 PM
A large group of juveniles got into a fight at Hayward City Hall, 777 B St. During the fight, one participant was sprayed with a chemical agent. All of the subjects separated before police arrived. None were cooperative with police.

05/02 11:20 AM
Hayward police officers were dispatched to an abandoned residence in the 27000 block of Manon Avenue. Officers found three subjects in the backyard. All three subjects were arrested for warrants and narcotics violations.

05/02 01:56 PM
A home invasion robbery occurred in the 28000 block of Cole Place. Three robbers entered the home and took property from the victims. When the robbers left, they were followed on BART to Oakland. Hayward officers responded to where the suspects were last seen in the area of 75th Avenue and Rudsdale and began searching for the suspects. Officers stopped two suspects on 75th Avenue. One of the suspects fled the scene and escaped from officers. A short time later, an Oakland resident called and advised they had found property which was from the robbery.

05/02 10:51 PM
An assault with a vehicle occurred at West Tennyson Rd and Tampa Avenue. Two people saw a friend’s stolen vehicle being driven on West Tennyson Road. The two stopped and tried to detain the driver for the police and recover their friend’s vehicle. The driver tried to run over one of the friends but failed. The driver was detained by the two until police arrived.

05/02 11:39 PM
A man was struck in the head by a rock thrown by his girlfriend’s son on the 900 block of West Tennyson Road. Officers found and detained the suspect nearby, and the victim was taken to a hospital.

05/03 10:45 PM
A man was robbed in the 300 block of West A Street. Two men battered the victim and took his cellphone. One of the robbers was described as a Latino about 20 years old with long black hair and a tattoo of lips on his right neck. The robbers fled in a small blue pickup truck.

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San Leandro mayor will not seek second term

This from San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy’s Facebook page:

I have concluded it is in the best interests of our city and my family that I focus on serving as Mayor for the remainder of my term, which expires at the end of the year.

When I originally ran for office, I did not have the responsibility of governing. I have come to the realization that adding campaigning to my list of duties would mean the compromise of too many important existing responsibilities. I wish this was the not case. But I see no way I can meet my obligations as Mayor at a high level, as well as my work duties and be present for my young daughters, while also running a vigorous campaign for re-election.

I am proud of the renaissance that is occurring in San Leandro. The San Francisco Business Times recently reported that our city is “buzzing with a fresh technology focus.” In five weeks, the state-of-the-art San Leandro Kaiser hospital will open. Last month, the City Council unanimously approved construction of a commercial district for tech firms and other companies at the forefront of today’s innovation economy. Three, Class A office buildings will be built on the vacant lot next to the San Leandro BART station, creating nearly 2,000 quality jobs.

Much more can be accomplished this year. Again, I will complete my term as Mayor.

I look forward to working with the community and my colleagues on the City Council to place a revenue measure on the November ballot to repair our deteriorating neighborhood streets, create a commission of residents to foster and support the arts and culture in our city, and extend Lit San Leandro, our ultra high speed broadband network, to our schools.

It has been a privilege to serve you and the people of San Leandro as Mayor, and previously as a school board trustee. Thank you for enabling me to have such honors.

After my term as Mayor end on December 31, 2014, I will remain active in our community. I love San Leandro and look forward to continuing to make a positive difference for our city.

Stephen