Hayward: Free improv Jan. 15

HAYWARD — Douglas Morrisson Theatre is having a free night of improv Thursday. Did we mention it’s free?

It will feature members of Made Up Theatre who will use audience suggestions to create improvised skits.

Made Up Theatre will have two different formats of improv during the show: Laugh Track City for the first half of the evening and 5 Play for the rest.

Laugh Track City is a fast-paced short-form improv similar to television’s “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” The Laugh Track City cast plays a series of improvised games and scenes based on audience suggestions.

Then using a made-up title provided by an audience member, 5 Play will create an improvised “movie.”

It starts at 8 p.m. at the Douglas Morrisson Theatre, 22311 N. Third St., Hayward. www.dmtonline.org, 510-881-6777.



Hayward seeks planning commission applicants

A release from the city of Hayward:

HAYWARD – The City of Hayward will be accepting applications for potential candidates to fill the remaining term of former Planning Commission Member Trivedi. The vacancy was created when Planning Commissioner Trivedi submitted a resignation letter on January 6, 2015.

Applicants must be residents of incorporated Hayward and registered voters of the City of Hayward. Individuals who have served on City commissions are encouraged to apply. Individuals appointed to the Planning Commission will need to file a Fair Political Practices Commission Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700).

All interested individuals must complete an application available from the Office of the City Clerk, 777 B Street, Hayward, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or online at www.hayward-ca.gov.

All completed applications must be filed in the Office of the City Clerk by noon, Friday, February 6, 2015.

A process for filling the vacancy will be approved by the City Council at its Council meeting on January 20, 2015. Interviews with the City Council are tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, February 10, 2015.

For further information, please call the City Clerk at 510-583-4400.



Hayward to swear in new police officers Friday

HAYWARD — Five police officers will join the city’s force on Friday at  a ceremony at City Hall.

Police Chief Diane Urban will swear in the officers and recognize the promotion of five current police department employees at 3 p.m. Friday in the City Hall rotunda, 777 B St. The ceremony is open to the public.

The new officers are: Tiffany Martin, Mark Starr, Matthew McMahon, Mark Fontes and Austin Wilson.

Bryan Matthews is being promoted to captain, Ken Forkus to lieutenant, Mike Woods and Garrett Wagner to sergeant, and George Perzigian to property and evidence administrator.

A reception will follow the ceremony.




Hayward police blotter Dec. 25-30

THUR, 12/25/14 at 9:00 AM, EX-FELON IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM AND POSSESSION OF NARCOTICS WITH THE INTENT TO SELL: Officers responded to the 2300 block of Cabrillo Court for a report of a possible sex crime against a child occurring in a residence. Upon contacting the male subject, no children are found in the home but the subject was determined to be on a felon on searchable probation. Officers searched the subject’s room and found a loaded firearm and narcotics and other evidence indicating the male possessed it with the intent to sell it. The Subject was arrested.

FRI, 12/26/14 at 2:19 AM, a SHOOTING INTO AN INHABITED DWELLING AND VEHICLE occurred on the 27000 block of Ponderosa Circle. An informant heard 4 to 5 shots in the area and called police. Officers checked the area and found a house that was hit once and also a car that was parked in front of it. Shell casings were found in the vicinity. Nobody was injured.

FRI, 12/26/14 at 7:32 AM, a DECEASED PERSON/ CORONERS CASE was discovered. Officers were sent to the 27000 block of Dunbar Place to check on the welfare of a 62 year old male resident, when relatives could not reach him. Responding officers discovered the male deceased in his bedroom. The male was last contacted by the Hayward Fire Department on December 1st, when he was transported to a Hospital for a possible stroke. The Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau responded and took custody of him.

SAT, 12/27/14 at 12:04 AM, an ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON occurred on the 300 block of Smalley Avenue where the victim was either hit with a bat or broken bottle. Officers arrive on scene, and located the victim in a rear bedroom with lacerations to his forehead and face, and a broken left arm. The victim said that he was beaten by three suspects. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was admitted for treatment of his injuries.

SAT, 12/27/14 at 11:30 AM, an OUTSIDE AGENCY ASSIST was needed for a vehicle pursuit that terminated at Jackson Street and Harder Road. The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol (CHP) pursued a vehicle with two occupants, wanted for burglary, across the San Mateo Bridge. The suspects dumped the vehicle in the parking lot of Nation’s Hamburger and fled on foot. CHP captured one suspect in the parking lot, while the second suspect fled into the Timbers Apartments. Officers searched the area, but the second suspect was not located.

SAT, 12/27/14 at 10:47 PM, a HOME INVASION ROBBERY occurred on the 1600 block of Sumatra Street. The male victim reported three black males put a gun to his head and made their way into the residence. They tied him up and put a bag over his head. The victim was able to escape and call 9-1-1 from a neighbor’s residence. Officers checked the residence to make sure the suspects were no longer there and noted the house had in-fact been ransacked. While the officers continued their search, the victim called his cousin, the home owner. The home owner said the police needed to leave his house immediately, so they did. The victim said they wanted no further police action and refused to provide any other information.

SUN, 12/28/14 at 7:26 AM, a SHOOTING IN AN INHABITED DWELLING AND VEHICLE occurred on the 900 block of West Tennyson Road. Residents heard multiple gunshots on Forselles Way. Officers located two parked vehicles and two apartments that sustained damage and casings were located nearby. Nobody was injured.

SUN, 12/28/14 at 3:34 PM, an ARMED ROBBERY occurred at Meekland Avenue and A Street. The victim was confronted by two suspects on foot. Suspect #1 brandished a handgun and demanded the victim’s wallet. The victim handed the wallet to suspect #2 and both suspects fled on foot. Police were called and they located suspect #1 nearby. The victim identified the man as suspect #1. Suspect #2 was not found.

TUE, 12/30/14 at 14:21 PM, an ARMED ROBBERY occurred at Hesperian Boulevard and Depot Road. The victim was walking on Hesperian Boulevard near Depot Road when the suspect approached her and showed her a gun in his waistband. The suspect said, “I’m not going to hurt you, I need your purse ‘cuz’ my kids are sick.” The victim handed her purse over out of fear and the suspect ran away towards Adrian Place. The suspect was described as a heavyset Black male adult, 18-20 years old, 6’0”, with a short black afro. He was last seen wearing a green jacket with a hood, blue jeans, and armed with a black handgun.

TUE, 12/30/14 at 5:07 PM, a DEATH INVESTIGATION occurred on the 24000 block of Park Street. A 63-year-old female was found deceased in her home. Her roommate heard the woman making breakfast the day before. Officers arrived on scene and found no signs of foul play. Based on the woman’s medical history, the Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau released her to her family members.


Russell Way in Hayward closed for emergency repairs

HAYWARD — A portion of Russell Way will be closed to through traffic starting Wednesday, Dec. 17, so crews can make emergency repairs on the creek embankment near the road.

San Lorenzo Creek runs along the road near Second and A streets, and the recent storms have caused significant damage to the embankment, according to the city.

The damaged area is behind Casa Sandoval. Access to the senior care facility and Bank of America at Second and A streets will remain open, but Russell way will be closed just past Casa Sandoval to Dole Way from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for four weeks.

People will be allowed access to their homes, but they may not be able to drive their cars in the area temporarily while heavy equipment blocks access. Residents are encouraged to park their cars outside the affected section of Russell Way.

For more details, contact Luis Samayoa, project manager, at 510-583-4769 or Jason Whipple, supervising construction inspector, at 510-583-4755.






Coffee with mayors, cops

Hayward police and San Leandro’s outgoing and incoming mayors are inviting people to come join them for a cup of Joe and conversation this week.

The cops will be at Tyrrell Elementary School from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12. The school is at 27000 Tyrrell Avenue.

On Saturday, Dec. 13, outgoing San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy and incoming Mayor Pauline Cutter will be available to listen to residents’ and merchants’ concerns. The mayors will be at the Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave., from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.


Hayward police blotter Nov. 28-Dec. 3

FRI, 11/28/14 at 7:40 AM, an ARMED ROBBERY occurred in parking lot of 800 Southland Mall Drive. The suspect approached the victim and demanded her purse. The victim refused and began to walk away. The suspect grabbed the victim, hit her on the face, and brandished a silver colored handgun. The suspect grabbed the victim’s cell phone and ran to a black truck, which sped away southbound. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, 25-30 years old, 6’0”, medium build, and clean shaven. He was last seen wearing a beige long sleeve shirt and khaki pants. The make and model of the suspect’s truck is unknown, but did have a ladder rack on it. The victim suffered minor injuries.

FRI, 11/28/14 at 9:59 AM, an ATTEMPTED BANK ROBBERY occurred on the 27000 block of Hesperian Boulevard. The suspect entered the bank and handed a note to the teller demanding money. The suspect fled the bank prior to getting any cash. Officers in the area located the suspect behind a convenience store on Aldengate Avenue. The suspect was positively identified through an in-field show up and arrested.

SAT, 11/29/14 at 1:00 PM, a ROBBERY occurred on the 22000 block of South Garden Avenue. The victim reported that on Thursday, 11/27/2014, he was approached and assaulted by four Hispanic suspects on South Garden Avenue. One of the suspects hit the victim on the top of his head with a handgun. The victim fell onto the ground and was punched and kicked by the other suspects. The suspects then took $280.00 and a wallet from the victim. The victim suffered a laceration to the top of his head. No further suspect description information.

TUE, 12/2/14 at 9:01 AM, a COMMERCIAL BURGLARY occurred at a hangar bay on the 1500 block of West Winton Avenue. Unknown suspects entered the city owned airplane hangar and stripped a large amount of copper wiring. The investigation is on-going.

TUE, 12/2/14 at 1:10 PM, a MARIJUANA CULTIVATION OPERATION was discovered on the 29000 block of States Street. Narcotics officers received information of possible “Grow house” at the location. As units were coming into the area, the suspect was seen leaving and was detained. Officers obtained consent to search which was granted. 394 plants were discovered and the suspect was arrested.

TUE, 12/2/14 at 7:20 PM, a NEGLIGENT DISCHARGE OF A FIREARM occurred on the 26000 block of Gading Road. An unidentified suspect fired multiple gunshots in the area and fled prior to police arrival. Officers checked the area for any possible victims and did not locate any. However, several shell casings were found.

TUE, 12/2/14 at 8:13 PM, a ROBBERY ATTEMPT occurred on the 600 block of Moss Way. Two suspects tried to rob a woman (along with her two daughters) of their money, with a machete. The victims refused to give the suspects money. The victims said they did not have money, but will give them food instead. The suspects fled the area in an unknown direction. Suspect #1 was described as a Hispanic or White male, early 20′s, light complexion, with an average build. He was wearing a black sweater, black winter coat, dark colored pants, and had a dark cloth covering the front of his face from the nose on down. He was also armed with a long metal rusted machete blade in his left hand. Suspect #2’s description is unknown.


Downtown San Leandro to celebrate holidays Dec. 5

SAN LEANDRO — Downtown will hold its annual “It’s a Wonderful Night” holiday celebration Friday, Dec. 5.

Festivities will be downtown between Washington Boulevard and East 14th Street from 6 to 9 p.m.

Horse-drawn carriages will carry passengers through downtown, leaving from Joaquin Plaza. Performers will include Prescott Circus Theater, DC Dance, San Leandro Players, Pallen’s Martial Arts, Broadmoor Preschool and Zumba.

Hands-on activities will include games, cookie decorating and kids’ art and crafts. Holiday movies will be shown on an outdoor screen.

People are encouraged to take unwrapped new toys to donate to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots drive.

6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The clippity clop of horse hooves herald the annual “It’s A Wonderful Night” holiday celebration as horse-drawn carriages transport their passengers to another time and back again as they make their rounds through historic downtown San Leandro. Passengers may embark in Joaquin Plaza for the round-trip.

Taking a little time out from holiday preparations to join the festivities, Santa Claus will be sitting to pose for pictures with little ones.

The evening is chock-full of free holiday entertainment including performances by DC Dance, San Leandro Players, Pallen’s Martial Arts, Broadmoor Preschool and Zumba. So you know, dancers, prancers, singers and martial artists.

Hands-on activities will include games, cookie decorating, make-and-take art and crafts for children. Kid-friendly costumed characters will ramble about. Catch an elf selfie! Prescott Circus Theater performers will also join us, enchanting young visitors with their unique skills.

Holiday movie favorites will be showing on an outdoor screen. Bring an unwrapped toy for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots collection drive and receive a free bag of popcorn. Sit a bit, relax, have some fun and join us for a wonderful night!


‘Shop Hayward’ promotion this weekend

HAYWARD — The first 200 shoppers who make purchases from city merchants totaling $150 Dec. 5-7 can qualify for a gift bag filled with goodies and discounts.

The receipts need to be taken to City Hall information kiosk at 777 B St. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9. The 200 bags will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis.

The purchases must be from retail businesses within the city of Hayward, excluding gas and services such as salons. Only one bag per family.

The gift bags also will have two movie tickets to the Cinemark Theatre on B Street.


Hayward greets the holidays Dec. 4

HAYWARD — The city’s downtown will mark the holiday season Thursday, Dec. 4, with its traditional Light Up the Season celebration.

The night event along B Street will include bands, choirs, dancers, children’s rides, an “ice”-skating rink in front of City Hall and sessions with Santa Claus leading up to the tree lighting inside City Hall.

Festivities begin at 5 p.m. Thursday. Entertainment will include the Dancing Christmas Trees, the Hayward High School marching band, the Mount Eden High School choir and orchestra, the Youth Orchestra of Southern Alameda County and the New Dimension Chorus.

If it rains, many events will be moved inside City Hall.

Merchants will have promotions and discounts. St. Rose Hospital and Walgreens will provide free flu shots.

Children’s rides will include oversized tea cups and a holiday train. Hayward Salvation Army will serve coffee and cocoa at its emergency services food truck.

For more information, call 510-537-2424.