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CASTRO VALLEY FORUM A COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER SERVING CASTRO VALLEY SINCE 1989

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2024

YEAR 36

NO. 5

Castro Valley’s Future

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By Mike McGuire

No Rent Hike Residents of Avalon Mobile Home Park avoid rent hikes

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Birds Galore New Hayward art exhibit to feature local artist Lillyanne Tran

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Tragic Accident Local woman dies following crash with bicyclist at Bayfair Mall

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A group of Castro Valley residents, business owners, and local officials gathered this past Monday to discuss how to plan the community area near PHOTO COURTESY OF ENVIRONMENTAL LOGISTICS, INC. downtown north of Interstate 580 for the next two decades. CONTINUUM OF CARE FOR COUNTY’S HOMELESS: Every two years, volunteers go to encampments like this one in Hayward to gather critical information on the magnitude of homelessness in our area. About two dozen people showed up at the Castro Valley Library on January 29 for “Charting Our Future: A Guide to the Castro Valley Specific Plan.” The Castro Valley City, Inc. group organized the forum, which favors cityhood, although that topic was not discussed at the meeting. “The big battle that’s close experiencing homelessness in unhoused were also asked to us now is the Specific Plan,” less Care and Coordination, By Michael Singer Alameda County. survey questions to help county conducts the PIT census every said cityhood advocate Gary CASTRO VALLEY FORUM Howard. service agencies spot trends, Small teams of outreach two years as required by the understand the ongoing afEvery Alameda County Early last Thursday mornspecialists, staff from the US Department of Housing ing, thousands of volunteers county, and volunteers looked fordable housing and services and Urban Development community, including uninshortage, and adjust as needed. (HUD). canvassed East Bay neighbor- for individuals and families corporated areas like Castro hoods, business zones, and sleeping outside, in vehicles, Valley, has both a General Plan Alameda County Health “Homelessness is a chalknown homeless camps to in emergency shelters, and to guide planning in years Care Services Agency, which lenge that touches all of our count the number of people in transitional housing. The see FUTURE on back page see SURVEY on page 10 includes the Office of Home-

Point-in-Time Survey: Thousands Count the Homeless Countywide

CV’s Will Tavis: Athlete, Coach, Hall of Famer He went on to play both basathletic scene while his dad, ketball and baseball at Chabot Ed, coached the basketball College before focusing on team. pitching at Metro State in When 46-year-old Will Ta“I was a gym rat,” Tavis, vis is enshrined into the Castro now a San Ramon resident, re- Denver, where his name is still Valley Sports Hall of Fame called recently from his home- etched on several pages of the in April, he will have gained away-from-home: the Chabot record book. Ask Tavis about his most entrance into the exclusive College baseball diamond. club by being a great athlete, a “I’ve always enjoyed sports and memorable achievements. great coach, and, in a small yet love their competitive nature.” He doesn’t talk about helping the basketball team make the developing way, a great fan. Tavis did more than Tavis, who graduated Castro compete. He was a three-year playoffs, earning Pitcher of the Year honors as a prep senior, starter on the Castro Valley Valley High School in 1995, or being the conference Player basketball team, earning was never enrolled at HeadRoyce, although people could All-League First-Team honors of the Year as a sophomore at Chabot. have assumed it since he was twice and a two-time AllHeck, ask him how many League Pitcher for the Trojans a fixture there as a youth, in the spring. years he was the head coach soaking in the entirety of the By Dave Del Grande

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at Chabot (he retired after the 2023 season), and he’ll say he’s not sure. He notes that he’s proud of his 17 years as an assistant and pitching coach under Steve Friend. Travis served as the Gladiator’s head coach for five years. “Many great moments,” he says of highlights. “The main thing is the relationship with the players and the camaraderie with the coaches. I didn’t coach to be successful in baseball. I tried to be part of the story and help them be successful in the game of life.” see TAVIS on back page

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Destroying Private Property attempted robbery at a grocery when deputies stopped him for questioning and discovered his store on Castro Valley BouSunday, January 28: at 2:15 stash. Deputies took the man a.m., Sheriff’s deputies arrested levard near Redwood Road. into custody. Deputies were called to the a 39-year-old man from scene following a call about a Castro Valley on suspicion Possession of Stolen customer leaving with a lot of of vandalism and possessing Car and Property groceries without paying. The illegal drug paraphernalia. A business manager spotted the man was handcuffed and taken Monday, January 22: at 9:56 a.m., a 24-year-old woman man defacing the building on to Santa Rita Jail. with no permanent residence Lake Chabot Road near Castro was arrested as part of a Violated Terms Valley Boulevard when he warrant issued for her arrest of His Parole called authorities. The suspect for a previous conviction was handcuffed and taken into Monday, January 22: at 9:02 of driving a stolen vehicle. p.m., deputies arrested a custody. 35-year-old man from Castro Deputies stopped the woman Valley on suspicion of violating for questioning on John Drive Woman Resisted Arrest PHOTOS COURTESY OF MY EDEN VOICE Saturday, January 27: at 1:03 near Castro Valley Boulevard. the terms of his parole and The woman was also found in a.m., a 52-year-old woman with possessing illegal drug paraAvalon Mobile Home Park residents joined by My Eden Voice members at the phernalia. The man was spot- possession of stolen property. no permanent residence was Alameda County Administration Building on January 23, where they urged the Board of Supervisors to update the county’s mobile home resident protections. arrested as part of a warrant for ted traveling on Castro Valley Deputies took the woman to An Avalon mobile home is shown in the sign at center. Santa Rita Jail. her arrest. Deputies responded Boulevard near Park Way to a call from Eden Medical Center security about a disruptive visitor. The woman was previously charged with defacing public property. When deputies tried to serve the warrant, the woman became confrontational. Deputies took the woman to Santa Rita Jail. oted - to add that definition At the Alameda County Initiating a conversation In this full length indepenBy Mike McGuire Shoplifter Caught Board of Supervisors’ meeting to the current ordinance. They about mental health might feel dent documentary, we follow CASTRO VALLEY FORUM Thursday, January 25: at will need to vote on it again on January 23, the Board uncomfortable, but with each four youth, (one attended reviewed the mobile home rent at a later meeting, most likely 7:38 p.m., deputies arrested a discussion, Z-Cares chips away CVUSD Schools), struggling Residents at the Avalon 33-year-old woman on suspion February 6, to make the with mental health as they at stigma, dismantle barriers, Mobile Home Park on Castro stabilization ordinance that cion of attempted robbery at and provide crucial support to change their journey from a Valley Boulevard have beaten limits annual rent increases to addition o ficial percent eisfield o hree those closest to us during their sense o despair to find their big, proposed rent hikes for While the Board of Super- a grocery store on Redwood Road near the Boulevard. pathway to hope. Pillars Communities argued most challenging times. February 1 that could have visors agreed with tenants The woman was stopped by forced them out of their homes. that many of the units were last week, they did not vote We acknowledge that mental Join CVUSD and Z-Cares recreational vehicles (RVs) and for a countywide moratorium store security trying to leave Back in December, the health is not solely an individu- on Tuesday, February 6 from 6 not mobile homes covered by on mobile home rent increas- with a large amount of unpaid al responsibility but a re ection to 8:30pm at the CV Center for park’s manager distributed merchandise. Deputies took the of community awareness and the Arts auditorium. the ordinance. The Department es beyond 4 percent. The a letter calling off the rent woman to Santa Rita Jail. of Motor Vehicles (DMV) con- Supervisors are still waiting involvement. The simplest and increases that had been To register for this free most impactful way to support event, please visit: https:// announced. The same day, the siders an RV a mobile home if on Housing and Community Attempted Robbery someone grappling with a par owner, Daniel eisfield, it’s 400 square feet or less and Development staff to update docs.google.com/forms/d/e/ mental health challenge is to told county Supervisor David is fi ed to the ground so the the ordinance with potentially Thursday, January 25: at 1FAIpQLSfuFrArQbPElq3AvHaubert the rent increases were owner doesn’t have to register more mobile home protections. 11:46 p.m., a 40-year-old man e tend a hand and assure the TOBpiDwlMoJoy36WjK51qit as a vehicle. The supervisors see RENT on page 5 was arrested on suspicion of you’re there. canceled. S7UTaWZRVpqg/viewform

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The exhibition is not only a visual feast but also an educational experience. Each artwork is accompanied by information about the bird species it represents.

“Birds! Birds! Birds!” has already garnered attention from the local community and birdwatching enthusiasts. “Lillyanne’s art is a gateway to understanding and appreciating the natural world,” says a visitor to the Interpretive Center. “Her passion is infectious, and her talent is undeniable.” The exhibition will run until April 27, 2024. Tran hopes her work will not only bring joy to those who see it but also inspire them to pick up a pair of binoculars and explore the world of birds. For more info about the exhibit and related events, visit haywardrec.org. To join the artist for her exhibition opening, visit the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center from 4 to 6pm this Friday, February 2.

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Rent: Avalon Residents Pursuing Further Protections continued from page 3 Avalon residents are pursuing further protections for Castro Valley residents with the Municipal Advisory Committee (MAC), resident Tara Clancy told the Forum. They particularly want to guard against sudden sales of mobile home parks with the intent of closing them, with no notice given to the county or residents. On January 13, Avalon residents held a “teach-in” at the Castro Valley library to share with the residents of all 19 mobile home parks in the unincorporated areas about their protections under law and how to fight abuses “There are about 600 mobile home spaces in the Avalon Mobile Home Park residents went to the unincorporated areas, and we County Board of Supervisors January 23 to urge upgot 52 people to that meeting,” dating county’s mobile home resident protections. Clancy said. “We literally went ordinances in several cities There is an Alameda door-to-door, canvassing in the including San Leandro, and a rain, to invite them personal- County ordinance for peostate law that protects people ple in unincorporated areas, ly.”

whether they live in a city or not, Clancy said. Violations of the county ordinance can be reported to the Housing and Community Development Department at 510-670-6417 or HCDAdmin@acgov.org. Groups like Bay Area Legal Aid and Centro Legal de la Raza offer services for mobile home residents including those facing evictions. Other advocacy groups, such as the statewide Golden State Manufactured Home Owners League (GSMHOL) and the local group My Eden Voice, also offer support for mobile home residents. My Eden Voice can be reached at www.myedenvoice. org. GSMHOL can be reached at www.gsmol.org or by calling 800-888-1727. Centro Legal de la Raza can be contacted at 510-437-1554 or info@centrolegal.org. Bay Area Legal Aid’s Legal Advice Hotline is at 510-250-5270.

LWVEA Sponsoring Candidate Webinars League of Women Voters of the Eden Area (LWVEA) is co-sponsoring three candidate forums for the March Primary Election. Submit written questions by February 5th for candidates to lwveapresident@gmail.com. Alameda County Office of Education, Trustee Area 5 This webinar is scheduled for Thursday, February 8 at p he candidates running or this o fice are ane ette Cole, Guadalupe “Lupe” Angulo, and Joe Orlando Ramos. Registration is required. To register go to https://bit.ly/ ACOE_5_Candidate_Forum. Alameda County Board of Supervisors, District 4 This webinar is scheduled for Thursday, February 8th at 7:15 PM. Two candidates running for this race are Nate Miley and Jennifer Esteen. Registration is required. To register go to https://bit.ly/AC_BOS_District4_Candidate_Forum (Note Zoom registration shows the start time as 7pm, but the webinar actually starts at 7:15pm). California Senate, District 9 This webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, February 13th at 5 p he candidates running or this o fice are i rayson and Marisol Rubio. Registration is required. To register go to https://bit.ly/CA_Senate_District9_Candidate_Forum.

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Beware of Sensationalist Headlines stay and went out shopping in droves. And ran into a simple problem: There were almost no homes available to buy. Homeowners, especially those in markets like the high-priced San Francisco Bay Area, have refused en masse to put their homes on the market. Since over 60% of the homes in the USA have mortgages lower than 4%, potential sellers have had no incentive to sell a home with a low interest rate (as low as 2.65%) and replace it with a new property with a loan hovering around 7%. AddiHelping you with all your REAL ESTATE needs tionally, having experienced Since 1984 massive gains in equity, many seller wannabes have learned Laurie Pfohl Selling & Buying Primary Residence they will incur massive capital 510-851-3551 gains bills if they sell. ConLauriePfohl@gmail.com Investment Property sequently, many have sat on their hands hoping something CRS • DRE # 00866660 will change. With extremely low inventory and an army of buyers and accepting the higher rates, competition for available homes has soared, resulting in multiple offers pushing home prices ever higher. Consequently, many buyers are fighting to get a ho e now Trentler Ron Matt Jones & Bob Jones Dilek Silva DRE# 02139355 DRE# 02068317 DRE#0137894 DRE# 00276097 before prices escalate even more. !"#$%"#&"%"#'(%#)(* With current rates hovering 142 JOAQUINAVE. • SAN LEANDRO • 510 -357-0120 around 30-year averages, it RobertJonesandAssociates.com is time for sellers to accept

Headlines across the country are screaming that real estate sales have hit their lowMedia outlets know est point since the foreclosure bad news sells: the crisis. Consequently, readers more sensational the might ascertain the market headline, the more eyeballs was ooded with ho es that they attract. Problem: while no one was buying. This could everyone reads the headline, not be further from the truth. a smaller number read the Headlines also infer that high lead paragraph and even fewer interest rates are keeping buyread the entire article. As a ers at bay: again, not true. result, the sensational details While the market DID slow are boldly conveyed while as interest rates began to rise the truth is buried deep in the in May, 2022, buyers woke up article – where few readers in January, 2023, realized that venture. the higher rates were here to By Carl Medford, CRS Special to the Forum

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Mortgage Rates Inch Up but Remain in the Mid-Six Percent Range he -year fi ed-rate has remained within a very narrow range over the last month, settling in at 6.69% this week. Given this stabilization in rates, potential homebuyers with affordability concerns have jumped off the fence back into the market. Despite persistent inventory challenges, we anticipate a busier spring homebuying season than 2023, with home prices continuing to increase at a steady pace.

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19035 Mayberry Drive 94546: $825,000 [2 BD - 804 SF - 1949 2435 Austin Court 94546: $850,000 [4 BD - 1,946 SF - 1994 4563 Malabar Avenue 94546: $889,000 [3 BD - 1,033 SF - 1949 2231 Lessley Avenue 94546: $901,000 [2 BD - 1,258 SF - 1948 17976 Rockhurst Road 94546: $915,000 [3 BD - 1,408 SF - 1960 21638 Gail Drive 94546: $988,000 [3 BD - 1,644 SF - 1960 4989 Seaview Avenue 94546: $1,069,000 [3 BD - 1,400 SF - 1964 18779 West Cavendish Drive 94552: $1,425,000 [4 BD - 2,292 SF - 1978 TOTAL SALES: 8 LOWEST AMOUNT: $882,000 MEDIAN AMOUNT: HIGHEST AMOUNT: $1,750,000 AVERAGE AMOUN

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Hayward ————————------25000 Copa Del Oro Drive #103 94545: $370,000 [1 BD - 608 SF - 1986 25072 Copa Del Oro Drive #102 94545: $388,000 [1 BD - 608 SF - 1986 27557 Stromberg Court 94545: $475,000 [4 BD - 1,474 SF - 1970 29581 Highgate Drive #120 94544: $514,500 [2 BD - 900 SF - 1988 926 Snowberry Court 94544: $600,000 [3 BD - 1,185 SF - 1972 1690 Ashbury Lane 94545: $725,000 [3 BD - 1,119 SF - 1956 444 Trace Lane #256 94544: $730,000 [2 BD - 1,286 SF - 2022 425 Grove Way 94541: $750,000 [2 BD - 1,117 SF - 1927 27723 Mandarin Avenue 94544: $820,000 [3 BD - 1,000 SF - 1954 2636 East Avenue 94541: $885,000 [2 BD - 1,497 SF - 1940 26630 Call Avenue 94542: $900,000 [3 BD - 2,314 SF - 1990 1249 Henderson Lane 94544: $930,000 [3 BD - 1,476 SF - 1954 30235 Audubon Street 94544: $990,000 [3 BD - 1,408 SF - 1958 2037 Continental Avenue 94545: $1,030,000 [4 BD - 1,723 SF - 1991 3833 Star Ridge Road 94542: $1,100,000 [4 BD - 1,629 SF - 1939 2550 Oakes Drive 94542: $1,100,000 [3 BD - 1,514 SF - 1958 20253 Leif Lane 94541: $1,149,000 188 Carrick Circle 94542: $1,601,000 [4 BD - 2,532 SF - 2008 TOTAL SALES: 18 LOWEST AMOUNT: $370,000 HIGHEST AMOUNT: $1,601,000

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San Leandro ————————------15335 Washington Avenue #101 94579: $475,000 [2 BD - 895 SF - 1985 740 Fargo Avenue #7 94579: $512,000 [2 BD - 840 SF - 1965 583 Warden Avenue 94577: $708,000 [2 BD - 863 SF - 1946 588 Beatrice Street 94579: $718,000 [2 BD - 880 SF - 1947 1920 Randy Street 94579: $825,000 [3 BD - 1,107 SF - 1956 TOTAL SALES: 5 LOWEST AMOUNT: $475,000 MEDIAN AMOUNT: HIGHEST AMOUNT: $825,000 AVERAGE AMOUN

$708,000 $647,600

San Lorenzo ————————------15873 Hesperian Boulevard 94580: $425,000 [3 BD - 1,000 SF - 1944 TOTAL SALES: LOWEST AMOUNT: HIGHEST AMOUNT:

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Dear Editor, I would appreciate the chance to address those claiming I’m not a patriot. Mark Perkins accuses me of “practically worshiping Donald Trump” as if he were Jesus. I’m a Christian who believes Jesus is our only Lord and Savior. Larry Bieber challenges the accuracy of my information and says I should consider character. I have found the Biden family lacking in character for many reasons, but one being that they refused to acknowledge their grandchild because her mother is a stripper. Rob Reynolds accuses me of being a supremist hater and racist. No surprise but I don’t roll that way. Finally, Robert Thomas says I should be ashamed. In my opinion, shame should be reserved for those who believe and support the murder of infants in the womb because of inconvenience. This patriot will not be moved by the nay sayers. –Claudia Antonucci, Castro Valley

I thoroughly appreciated the candidate forum featuring the Alameda County District 4 Supervisor race. Thank you to all the sponsors and Castro Valley Forum Managing Editor, Michael Singer, for his even-handed event moderation. I’m an admitted partisan and have supported Jennifer Esteen since she entered the race. Nate Miley in my opinion is a political hack who caters to whoever will give his campaign money. In an earlier candidate forum, Miley was asked if there were corporate interests from which he would not accept campaign contributions. He could only name “Big Pharma”. Well, that’s easy! The County has no jurisdiction over the drug industry. He has though accepted campaign gifts from the California Apartment Association totaling at least $29,000. Miley knows which side his bread is buttered on. Last year he cowardly abstained, thus killing tenant protections for the unincorporated areas that had passed a first reading earlier with the votes of now-deceased Supervisors Wilma Chan, and Richard Valle. Among other protections was a “Just Cause Eviction” provision, which would have prevented landlords from evicting tenants after making a complaint of illegal housing conditions. The California Apartment Association is the nation’s largest statewide organization representing the rental housing industry. –Bob Britton, Castro Valley

Progressives Not About Progress All of this back and forth Trump vs. Biden is nonsense. California is a “progressive” state. Or, another way of saying, this state is so far to the left, voters aren’t even open minded enough to listen to a republican. I used to think “progressive” meant progress. What kind of progress is made when losing money? Or, how about running a state with a record deficit? And, progressives (more like liberal-socialist) believe corporations such as Safeway have no right to shut down stores that are losing money. Ridiculous. As a kid, I had a lemonade stand. But my mom showed me after expenses, I was actually losing money. A valuable lesson. Yet today, progressives probably wouldn’t allow my mom and I to shut down for, “you’re providing a service to our community”. Sad just how out of touch, how far left this state, this country has gone. –Charles Scott, Castro Valley

Simple Reminder In a recent Letter to the Editor, Claudia Antonucci argued that “patriots” should (and will) vote for Donald Trump. So, I just want to offer this simple reminder: An impartial jury determined that Donald Trump raped a woman (“Judge Clarifies: Yes, Trump Was Found to have Raped E. Jean Carroll,” Washinton Post, July 19, 2023). If the fact that he is a rapist is not enough to dissuade people from supporting Trump, then what is? –Alfred Kielwasser, Castro Valley

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the injury as a “blunt force assault trauma.” The sisters were also frustrated because they had asked for a police report and let the officer know that Kohl’s had surveillance video. Tapia said the Kohl’s manager noted the police waited 3 to 4 days to pick up the video and that Eisenberg’s son is the only family member who has been able to view the surveillance video because he has power of attorney. And with the increase in the number of large groups of bicycle riders blocking traffic and riding recklessly, Eisenberg’s sisters say they’re also concerned about the message Judy’s death sends to other young bicycle riders. “These kids need to know that saying there’s nothing you can do lets every 11-year-old think they can go ride bikes out there and they can do whatever they want because there’s nothing the police can do to me,” Tapia said. “We don’t know if this boy and his friends know how seriously he injured Judy. We want to ask the community to tell these boys and their families of the tragic outcome of this accident. If you know of this group of bike riders or their parents, please spread the news of my sister’s fate.”

Judy Eisenberg’s family is looking for answers following her death last Monday following a collision with a cyclist at Bayfair Mall earlier this month. She was 77. Eisenberg was a longtime resident of San Lorenzo before moving to the East Coast five years ago to be closer to her around confused and wondered children. She happened to be if she was like this,” Eisenvisiting family in the East Bay berg’s sister Cathy Tapia told during the holidays and was the Times. “They asked me to shopping at Bayfair on January come over and get my car that 3. they were taking her by ambuSan Leandro Police officials lance to Eden Hospital.” say Eisenberg was walking to Eisenberg was transported the parking lot outside Kohl’s and remained hospitalized at department store when a group Eden Medical Center in Castro of young people riding bicycles Valley until she passed away and “popping wheelies” from her injuries on January quickly approached her from 22. San Leandro Police say the her right side. Investigators boy was not cited for malice or say surveillance footage from reckless negligence leading up the store shows Eisenberg to the collision and will likely stopped near the curb to let the not face criminal charges. first rider pass. Another rider “By all indications thus swerved to avoid Eisenberg but far, this incident was a tragic crashed into her, sending her to accident,” Lt. Teng said. the ground. Eisenberg’s sisters, Tapia Lieutenant Abe Teng told the and Mary Lou Eggiman Times, an officer arrived and say they are frustrated with spoke with the three cyclists in- the investigation. They say volved, including an 11-year-old the officer commented that cyclist who collided with Eisen- Eisenberg was “tapped,” while berg. He added that the officer hospital officials categorized who spoke with Eisenberg said she appeared to be dazed from the collision and fall. “Judy borrowed my car that day, and I got a phone call from January 8, 1936 ~ December 12, 2023 the police department telling Jean Storar of Castro Valley passed me that my sister was walking

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ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Our Athletes of the Week are the CVHS Girls Varsity Basketball Team, who honored their graduating players on Senior Night on January 23. Parents, siblings, and friends were on hand to honor Ariadna Estebanez, Nicole Guzman, Meliani Ramos, Valerie Corona, and Qiomy Espinoza (pictured). The Trojans capped off the celebration with a conference game win against the Mt.

Eden High School Monarchs by a score of 46-32. Castro Valley held the lead the entire game. Key players were Espinoza, with 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Junior Naomi Chew, who scored 12 points, including three 3-pointers. CV will host Bishop O’Dowd this Friday be ore finishing the regular season against Alameda High School and Piedmont High School on February 9.

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continued from front page Tavis credits his dad, his mom, Sandy, and his younger brother, David, for his Hall of Fame-level athletic success. He recalls the day, early in his prep career, that he informed his dad he’d be giving up baseball to focus on basketball. “He said no,” Tavis recalls. as etball was y first lo e Fortunately, he didn’t lack the vision of seeing what was coming down the pipeline for me. It wasn’t that I didn’t like baseball. I really had a passion for pitching. You’re in control of the game. Nobody gets to do anything until I say so.” Soon, Tavis and wife Kelly could be having a similar conversation with 12-year-old son Chase and 9-year-old daughter Haley. While noting it will be their decision, Travis knows what he’ll say. “I’m a big advocate of kids playing as many sports for as long as possible,” he says. “It’s Will Tavis, former baseball player at CVHS and impossible to do forever, but the present baseball coach at Chabot College. at a young age while they’re still developing motor skills and fundamentals, there’s a “It wasn’t for a lack of This is the eighth in a series carryover from one sport to passion. It was for lack of time. of article rofilin t e another.” I wanted to spend more time inductees into the Castro Valwith my kids, with my wife,” ley Sports Hall of Fame. The In his first season withhe says of “retiring” last year. Hall of Fame ceremonies and out a formal title, Tavis still banquet will be held Sunday, spends a lot of time sharing his “Assistant coach, pitching ril at ed ood Can on experiences with a new crop of coach, head coach… they’re all very time-consuming. When Golf Course. For tickets, go to Chabot baseball players. The castrovalleysportsfoundation. difference now is when he gets you’re fully committed, you org and click on “Events, Hall in the car to drive home, he can want to win. It can consume of Fame Banquet.” turn off the baseball channel. your life.”

Future: astro alle s Specific lan been deemed an “auto district.” developer Craig Semmelmeyer. continued from front page ahead and a Specific Plan “Right now, it’s a dangerous “We have lots of ingredients for parts of the community. document,” Carbone said. “If for a bright future as a commuWhile cities like San Leancurrent zoning allows it, you nity, like a central location in dro and Hayward have their could build a 10-story building the Bay area, a BART station, own planning and economic anywhere in town.” and good freeway access,” development departments to Semmelmeyer said. “What In another scenario, Carwork on them, unincorporated bone noted the county could we don’t have is a walkable areas like Castro Valley, Eden put a planning overlay over all downtown.” Area, and Fairview have theirs of Castro Valley and given the Other people at the meeting prepared and passed by the state’s push for more housing, weighed in with things they’d county o ficials could approve very high-densi- like to see more of in or near ty housing throughout town. downtown, including meeting Castro Valley Municipal spaces, public parks, and tech Advisory Council (MAC) “It’s easy to tell when you jobs like the ones San Leandro member Ken Carbone warned look at their early proposals recently brought to the area that residents should ask for that they’re not from here,” near its downtown BART the improvements, amenities, Carbone said. “For instance, station. and other features they want in one suggestion was to put town or risk having it done for housing where Eden Medical Carbone had urged the them by people from elsewhere Center’s parking is now.” MAC to slow down the counin Alameda County. ty’s process for approving the Carbone urged residents, Specific Plan to gather ore astro alley s Specific along with business owners Plan is 25 years old and badly and people who work in Castro community input. He said the county had held a community needs replacement,” Carbone Valley, to get involved in a meeting on it months ago and series of workshops that the said, adding that the ideas established back then might no MAC will be holding around was not planning to hold it di erent aspects o the Specific anymore. longer be taken seriously by Plan. These will be announced anyone today. Carbone said the MAC as scheduled on MAC’s For example, the current could hold those desired website at www.acgov.org/bc/ additional meetings instead, plan blocked a popular San with the aim of holding one eandro orist ro o ing to cvmac/index.htm. per month. He urged people Castro Valley near the Burger he old Specific Plan to attend and take part in the King on Castro Valley Boushould be thrown out, not levard because that area had updated,” added local business discussion.


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