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.



Cinco de Mayo celebrations abound

Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated this weekend throughout the area.

A few of them include:

Hayward’s festival will feature mariachi bands, dancing horses, folklorico troupes and Mexican food. It runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Hayward City Hall Plaza, 777 B St.

The Ashland REACH Youth Center will host a Cinco de Mayo festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. It will include free food, entertainment and a community health and resource fair. The center is at 16335 E. 14th St.

San Leandro will mark the holiday on its actual day, Monday, May 5. The festivities include folklorico dancers, mariachi music, food and a children’s Mexican crafts area. It begins at 6 p.m. at San Leandro Civic Center Plaza,  835 East 14th St.


Hayward’s The Book Shop celebrates California Bookstore Day

HAYWARD — The Book Shop is selling limited-edition books and artwork Saturday as part of a statewide celebration of independent bookstores.

Author Stephen D. Gutierrez will sign the third installment in his trilogy, “The Mexican Man in the Backyard,” at 1 p.m. Gutierrez is a Cal State East Bay professor.

The Book Shop is joining almost 100 other independent bookstores statewide that are hosting special events Saturday. The celebrations are being held to mark California Bookstore Day.

The Book Shop at 1007 B St. will be open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.


Hayward Chihuahua Palooza

A press release from the city of Hayward:

HAYWARD — Bay Area Animal Shelters continue to be filled with Chihuahuas looking for the homes. Come and meet one of these pint-sized bundles of love during the Hayward Animal Shelter’s annual Chihuahua Palooza special adoption event Tuesday, May 6 – Saturday, May 10.

In an effort to find homes for all these little dogs, the Hayward Animal Shelter is offering discounted adoptions throughout the event. All Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes are available to qualifying homes for $20 plus the cost of a dog license if you live in Hayward.

In an effort to decrease the number of Chihuahuas that end up in shelters, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 10, the Hayward Animal Shelter volunteers will be offering a limited number of spay and neuter vouchers at 50 percent off the regular price to Hayward Chihuahua owners. Contact the Hayward Animal Shelter for more information about the event and voucher pricing at 510-293-7200.

Contact information:
Jennie Comstock, Animal Services administrator
Hayward police, animal services


Hayward police blotter, April 21-27

04/21 03:29 AM
An armed robbery occurred in the Food Source Parking lot at 26905 Mission Blvd. The victims were confronted by two men who drove up in an older blue or gray  compact sedan. The men got out of their car and demanded the victims’ property at gunpoint. The victims surrendered their property and the robbers got back into their car and fled the scene northbound on Mission Boulevard. Robbers were described as a Hispanic male, 16-19 years old, 6’02″, medium build wearing a black hoodie and a Hispanic, male, 5’08″ wearing a red hoodie.

04/21 03:07 PM
An armed robbery occurred at a 7-Eleven at 24476 Mission Blvd. south of the Plunge. Two people entered the store and robbed the clerk and owner at gunpoint. As the robbers were leaving the store, a citizen wrote down the license plate number of their vehicle and called the police. An officer then saw the vehicle as it drove by him. The vehicle was stopped a short distance away on Clarendale Street, and the passengers ran from the officer. The driver was detained by the officer stopping the vehicle, and other responding patrol officers found two other suspects. All three were arrested. The weapon used in the robbery was recovered as well as the cash taken from the store.

04/23 06:50 AM
An armed robbery occurred at a Chevron Gas Station at 26990 Hesperian Blvd. between Highway 92 and Tennyson Road. A man with a handgun entered the station and demanded money. The clerk gave him money from the register. The robber fled from the store northbound on Hesperian Boulevard. He is described as a Hispanic male in his 30s wearing a white hoodie.

04/24 03:34 PM
An attempted robbery occurred in front of Tennyson High School on Whitman Street. Two people confronted the victim as he was walking past the school. They knocked the victim to the ground and went through his pockets, but did not take anything. The two left the school and were stopped by officers a short distance away. Both were arrested.

04/25 11:15 AM
An assault with a deadly weapon occurred at A and Hathaway streets. The victim was walking on A Street when a vehicle occupied by three Hispanic males pulls up alongside him. The men ask the victim a question, which the victim ignored. When the victim got to the corner the driver got out of the vehicle and hit the victim two times in the leg with a baseball bat. The car containing the three men fled the scene traveling southbound on Santa Clara Street.

04/26 09:40 AM
An officer on his way to a call was flagged down by a citizen regarding a theft. The citizen gave the officer a description of the thief and his vehicle. The officer located a suspect at Interstate 880 and Winton Avenue. The officer recovered appliances taken from the Airport appliance store and arrested the suspect for theft.

04/26 04:08 PM
An assault occurred on Celia Avenue between two subjects. Officer responded to a disturbance and found one subject with a head injury. Officer determined that the two subjects had engaged in mutual combat and threw rocks at each other causing injuries. Both people were arrested for assault.

04/26 08:45 PM
Hayward police were called to the downtown cinema on B Street regarding a group causing a disturbance. As officers responded, they were advised by dispatch there had been several calls of a subject shooting a handgun up in the air. Officers did not find any victims or evidence of a shooting at the scene. With the assistance of BART police, the group was dispersed without incident. Several hours later, officers responded to a disturbance involving a large group at a nearby hotel. When officers arrived, they contacted a subject who matched the description provided by witnesses to the gun being shot. Witnesses identified the subject as the shooter at the theater. The suspect was arrested for reckless discharge of a firearm.

04/27 05:10 PM
An armed robbery occurred in the area of Dixon Street and Tennyson Road near South Hayward BART. Two men  approached the victim and demanded his property at gunpoint. The robbers left the scene in a silver or light brown sedan. Both suspects were Hispanic males.

04/27 07:12 PM
A carjacking and assault occurred in the 1300 block of Martin Luther King Drive in the Cannery Park neighborhood. A man approached one victim and tried to rob the victim’s car. The man fled over a fence when he was unsuccessful at getting the vehicle. A short time later the same man confronted a second victim in his garage and assaulted him. The suspect took the second victim’s vehicle and fled. The carjacker is described as an African-American male, 6’ – 6’2”, 160 to 180 pounds and armed with a large silver revolver. The next day, the stolen vehicle was found parked on Central Boulevard.


Hayward seeks applicants for boards, committees


From a Hayward press release:

HAYWARD – The city is seeking individuals interested in serving Hayward. There are openings on the following bodies, which serve in an advisory capacity to the City Council:

  • Community Services Commission (2 vacancies, 4 potential vacancies)
  • Council Economic Development Committee (1 vacancy, 3 potential vacancies)
  • Downtown Hayward Business Improvement Area Advisory Board (3 vacancies, 1 potential vacancy)
  • Keep Hayward Clean and Green Task Force (3 vacancies)
  • Library Commission (2 vacancies)
  • Personnel Commission (1 vacancy, 2 potential vacancies)
  • Planning Commission (3 potential vacancies)

Applicants must be registered voters living in Hayward city limits. Applicants for the Downtown Business Improvement Area Advisory Board do not need to live in Hayward; however, they must own a business in the city’s Downtown Business Improvement Area and pay assessments.

Applicants for the Council Economic Development Committee must be residents of Hayward, own/operate a business in Hayward, be senior management at a corporate business in Hayward or be formally affiliated with and represent another entity or agency concerned with economic development in Hayward.

People appointed to the Planning Commission, Community Services Commission, Council Economic Development Committee, and Keep Hayward Clean and Green Task Force are required to file a Fair Political Practices Commission Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700).

Interested individuals can apply online at www.hayward-ca.gov; pick up applications at the city clerk’s office, 777 B St.; or call 510-583-4400.

The deadline to apply is July 10, and interviews with the City Council will take place July 22. Keep Hayward Clean and Green Task Force applicants will be interviewed by the Task Force Panel on July 16.



Zermeno snubs fellow Hayward councilman in endorsements

HAYWARD — City Councilman Francisco Zermeno, who is running for mayor, has endorsed Sara Lamnin and Rocky Fernandez for the two council posts up in the June election.

Fellow Hayward Councilman Marvin Peixoto is running for a second term. Zermeno is competing against Councilwoman Barbara Halliday and Councilman Mark Salinas in the mayoral race. Peixoto earlier had declined to endorse anyone for mayor, saying he could work with any of the three.

Both Lamnin and Fernandez have been endorsed by SEIU Local 1021, which is locked in a labor dispute with the city.

Rakesh Kumar Christian is the fourth candidate in the mayor’s race; he also has filed for governor.


Meals on Wheels to mark sixth anniversary with May 17 luncheon

SAN LEANDRO — SOS/Meals on Wheels is celebrating its sixth anniversary with a luncheon May 17.

The nonprofit agency serves 1,200 meals each day to seniors in Hayward, Castro Valley, San Leandro, San Lorenzo and Oakland.

Proceeds from the luncheon, which includes wine from local vineyards, will help fund the program. There also will be a raffle and silent auction for prizes, such as a weekend at a Lake Tahoe cabin, Disneyland tickets and a playhouse made and donated by Habitat for Humanity.

The fundraiser is 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 17 at Eden United Church of Christ’s Oliver Hall, 21455 Birch St. Tickets are $25; for more information, email connie@sosmealsonwheels.org. or call 510-582-1263.


Ruby’s Place to honor Della-Dora

HAYWARD — Civic leader Delmo Della-Dora will be honored May 13 at Ruby’s Place’s annual awards.

Della-Dora is a long-time supporter and former board member of the shelter for domestic violence victims. He also  is active in the League of Women Voters, the Hayward Task Force to End Homelessness and Hunger, and the Hayward Rotary Club.

He taught at what was then Cal State Hayward for 21 years and has received several awards for his work with local nonprofits.

The awards breakfast buffet is at 9 a.m. at the Elephant Bar at Southland Mall. Tickets are $42 and can be purchased by going to  www.rubysplace.org. emailing info@rubysplace.org or calling 510-581-5626, ext. 901.



All Saints school to stage play showcasing new theater arts program

HAYWARD — All Saints school will debut its theater arts program with “The Dastardly Dr. Devereaux” on May 9-10.

“This is a very special moment in the history of All Saints Catholic School,” Principal Jennifer Diaz said in a release. “I have always wanted to bring a theater program to All Saints.  I have a background in musical theater and dance and have taught both to students for many years.  I have seen first-hand how the arts influence students in positive ways.”

“The Dastardly Dr. Devereaux” is a comedy drama about a wealthy widow, Lotta Cash, who must keep on the lookout from the evil Dr. Dogsbreath Devereaux. He plans to woo and marry Cash for her money and her late husband’s clinic.

The theater arts program for seventh- and eighth-grade students has focused on drama training, singing and dancing. The cast includes all students who attended drama training and auditions; no one was rejected.

All Saints is a private Catholic school for grades kindergarten through eighth.

Tickets are $5-$7, plus a service charge if ordered online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/620251