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Vol. 11 No. 77

December 18, 2012

New Haven wins $29 million in ‘Race to the Top’ grant SUBMITTED BY RICK LA PLANTE AP PHOTO

The New Haven Unified School District (NHUSD) was recently named one of 16 nationwide winners in the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top-District (RTTT-D) competition. New Haven’s application was ranked No. 2 in the country. The District will receive more than $29 million over the next four-and-ahalf years, to personalize student learning, improve student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievement gaps, and prepare all students to succeed in college and careers. “This is a tremendous validation of the work that we’ve been doing in New Haven for the past few years, and every teacher, classified employee and administrator in the District should be proud of all they’ve done to make this possible,” Superintendent Kari McVeigh said. “This grant will enable us to extend and expand services and fulfill our mission to help every child reach his or her potential.” continued on page 5

Several years ago, Fire Chief Richard Price of San Ramon Valley Fire District was relaxing at a coffee shop while meeting with coworkers when he heard a distant siren. He wondered what was happening and, to his surprise, the siren came closer and closer, finally stopping within a few feet of him. Someone had suffered a cardiac arrest next door and, even though he had the knowledge to help and carried

defibrillation equipment in his vehicle, had no clue about what was going on out of his line of sight. With advanced technology linking people continuously and almost everywhere, Chief Price began to think about a system to alert nearby citizens of similar incidents. PulsePoint was born. continued on page 7

Representation of a CPR event on September 17, 2012 in Fremont. The graphic shows that 16 PulsePoint registrants within a ½ mile radius of the victim were notified. Locations of AED devices are also indicated and were transmitted to potential responders.

Kwanzaa is a seven-day cultural celebration that honors the African tradition of celebrating the harvest. It gets its name from the Swahili phrase meaning “first fruits.” (AP Photo/Citizens Voice, Dave Scherbenco)

BY JESSICA NOËL FLOHR Winter is full of traditional celebrations from around the world. Hindus recently celebrated Diwali, the Indian festival of lights. Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, has just ended. Catholics are in the midst of Advent, the penitential season in preparation for the anticipated return of Jesus to the world. Winter solstice is just around the corner, followed by Christmas. A more recent addition to winter festivities is the celebration of Kwanzaa. continued on page 9

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Don’t Let Holiday Stress Rob You of the Rest You Need


hat’s on your “to-do” list this holiday season? Shopping for gifts? Decorating the house? Entertaining good friends? Making arrangements for a cross-country trip to visit the relatives? Getting a good night’s sleep? You might want to move that last item closer to the top of the list, according to Dr. Nitun Verma, a specialist in sleep medicine and medical director of Washington Township Center for Sleep Disorders. “The holidays are a stressful time for many of us, and that can affect the quality of your sleep,” he explains. “It’s a vicious circle, too, because the lack of sleep can add to your level of stress. The problem may be compounded by the fact that this time of year, it gets dark earlier in the evening and stays dark later in the morning, which can disrupt your sleep patterns, too.” Difficulties in falling asleep or staying asleep are typical symptoms of a common sleep disorder known as insomnia. People with insomnia also may experience low energy levels, daytime drowsiness and problems with memory, concentration and attentiveness. Short-term insomnia may be caused by stress or anxiety, jet lag, or another temporary disruption in your life. Chronic insomnia that lasts for a month or longer might be caused by more serious medical, physical or psychological conditions.

Overcoming short-term, stress-related insomnia during the holidays may entail simply making a few lifestyle changes and modifying your sleep habits. “First of all, try to stick to the same sleep routine as much as possible, going to bed and waking up at about the same time each day,” Dr. Verma advises. “Holiday parties and other activities may make that more difficult, of course, but your body will thank you with more energy to enjoy the holidays.” Dr. Verma also suggests exercising restraint when it comes to indulging in foods and beverages during the holidays – and throughout the year. “Eating a lot of sugary, spicy or heavy foods may cause heartburn that makes it hard to sleep,” he says. “Drinking caffeinated beverages – or eating chocolate, which also contains caffeine – should be limited before bedtime so it doesn’t keep you awake. Your body works to get rid of half your caffeine consumption every six hours. So if you drink coffee at noon, you will still have half of the caffeine left in your body at six o’clock, and a quarter of the caffeine will still be there at midnight. “Alcoholic beverages also are more commonly consumed during the holidays,” he adds. “Initially, alcohol may make you feel more relaxed and make it easier to go to sleep faster, but as it wears off, it results in

Holidays are a stressful time for many people, especially if you're traveling, and that can affect the quality of your sleep. Making a few lifestyle changes and modifying your sleep habits can help you overcome shortterm, stress-related insomnia during the holidays.

a lower quality sleep – and, of course, that potential hangover. If you do indulge, it’s best to avoid alcohol for at least four hours before bedtime.” For people who are traveling over the holidays – especially on long flights – Dr. Verma has a few tips for getting some shut-eye. “Sleeping on an airplane is never easy,” he admits. “Getting a first-class seat that fully reclines always helps, but of course that’s not always economically feasible. In economy class, you’ll have the fewest disruptions with a window seat. (The center seat is disastrous.) Be prepared with your own earplugs and eye mask to limit distractions. Mild sleeping-aid medications might be useful, but only for flights lasting longer than five hours. You don’t want to be driving your rental car while still under the influence of sleep medication.” Getting kids to sleep when they’re excitedly anticipating holiday events is no easy trick, either. “Again, it’s important to stick with a normal routine as much as possible, with regular bedtime hours,” Dr. Verma says. “Establish a calming environment during the evening

with soothing options such as reading and quiet games, rather than rough-and-tumble play or action-packed movies.” Additional suggestions from Dr. Verma for avoiding nighttime sleeplessness during the holidays – and year-round – include: • Avoid taking long naps during the day, limiting your naps to 30 to 45 minutes so you can sleep well at night. • Reserve your bed for sleeping. Avoid working on your computer or watching TV. • Block out distracting noises, and eliminate as much light as possible, dimming all the lights on your computers, TVs, tablets and smart phones. If your sleepless nights extend beyond a few days or weeks, you may need to consult a specialist in sleep disorders. In addition to treating long-term insomnia, the Washington Township Center for Sleep Disorders can help people with other sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome, sleepwalking and sleep disruptions related to menopause. For more information, visit or call 510-744-6726.

InHealth broadcasts on Comcast Channel 78 in Fremont, Newark and Union City and online at The full schedule of InHealth programs listed below can also be viewed in real time on the Washington Hospital website,

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Diabetes Matters: Ins and Outs of Glucose Monitoring

Movement Disorders, Parkinson's Disease, Tremors and Epilepsy

Hip Pain in the Young and Middle-Aged Adult

Women's Health Conference: Age Appropriate Screenings

Women's Health Conference: Can Lifestyle Reduce the Risk of Cancer?

Living Well with Diabetes: Diabetes Matters:Vacation Overcoming Challenges or Travel Plans? Caring for an Older Adult: Everything You Need to Know about Caregiving

Washington Women's Center: Heart Healthy Foods

Voices InHealth: Healthy Pregnancy

Diabetes Matters: Diabetes Viewpoint

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Raising Awareness About Stroke

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Washington Township Health Care District Board Meeting November 14, 2012

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Don't Let Back Pain Sideline You

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Citizen Bond Oversight Committee Meeting November 8th, 2012

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Dietary Treatment to Treat Celiac Disease


Do You Have Sinus Problems?

Minimally Invasive Treatment for Common Gynecologic Conditions What You Should Know About Carbs and Food Labels

Strengthen Your Back! Learn to Improve Your Back Fitness


Washington Township Health Care District Board Meeting November 14, 2012

Citizen Bond Oversight Committee Meeting November 8th, 2012

Get Back On Your Feet: New Treatment Options for Ankle Conditions

GERD & Your Risk of Esophageal Cancer Do You Have Sinus Problems?

Vitamins and Supplements - How Useful Are They?

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Do You Have Sinus Problems?

Kidney Transplants Keys to Healthy Eyes

Diabetes Health Fair 2011: Diabetes Matters: Ins and Positivity - A Positive Outs of Glucose Approach to Managing Monitoring Diabetes

Your Concerns InHealth: Dietary Treatment to Treat Senior Scam Prevention Celiac Disease

Treatment Options for Knee Problems

What Are Your Vital Signs Telling You?

Washington Township Health Care District Board Meeting November 14, 2012

Diabetes Matters: Back to the Basic Keys for Success

Washington Township Health Care District Board Meeting November 14, 2012

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Washington Township Health Care District Board Meeting December 12, 2012 (New)

Washington Township Health Care District Board Meeting December 12, 2012 (New)

Important Immunizations for Healthy Adults

Diabetes Matters: Back to the Basic Keys for Success

Financial Scams: How to Protect Yourself (Late Start)

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Don't Let Back Pain Sideline You

Living with Heart Failure

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Do You Suffer From Anxiety or Depression?

Voices InHealth: The Greatest Gift of All

Your Concerns InHealth: A Good Night's Sleep Your Concerns InHealth: Vitamin Supplements

Washington Township Health Care District Board Meeting December 12, 2012 (New)

Don't Let Back Pain Sideline You

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Women's Health Conference: Aging Gracefully

Wound Care Update

How to Maintain a Healthy Weight: Good Nutrition is Key

The Weight to Success How to Maintain a Healthy Weight: Good Nutrition is Key

Living Well with Diabetes: Overcoming Challenges Learn If You Are at Risk for Heart Healthy Eating After Liver Disease Surgery and Beyond

The Weight to Success Your Concerns InHealth: Decisions in End of Life Cares Diabetes Matters: Dietary Supplements: What You Need To Know

Kidney Transplants

Influenza and Other Contagious Respiratory Conditions

Get Back On Your Feet: New Treatment Options for Ankle Conditions

Treating Infection: Learn About Sepsis

Cataracts and Diabetic Eye Conditions

Community Based Senior Supportive Services

Diabetes Matters: Research: Advancing Diabetes Management

Get Back On Your Feet: New Treatment Options for Ankle Conditions

Diabetes Matters: Diabetes Viewpoint

Learn About Nutrition for a Healthy Life

What Are Your Vital Signs Telling You?

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Hospital Staff's Donations Support Local Children's Organization


ernadine Dutra's nonprofit organization OneChild, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last year, provides new school clothes and supplies to hundreds of local children every year. Yet, Bernadine, the wife of former Assemblyman John Dutra of Fremont, admits her efforts sometimes don't feel like enough. And she says on occasion she has to remind herself of how OneChild got its name. "You do sometimes have that feeling of being overwhelmed. There are so many requests and I think, 'I can't do it all,'" she says. "Then I remember we started with the goal of helping one child. Once we did that we set our sights higher and have accomplished helping more than 4,200 children since our inception. This has given us a lot of joy!” OneChild, whose headquarters operates on the Washington Hospital campus, partners with other community organizations to identify children in need and provide free, private "shopping trips" for them and their siblings. According to Bernadine, the experience of seeing children get the clothing and supplies they need for the new school year is a reward in and of itself. “Kevin was an 8 year old boy I was told never smiled,” recalls Bernadine. "I will take care of him, I said, and together we selected two new outfits that he liked. “He came out of the dressing room wearing the first outfit and I made a gush over how fantastic he looked, but no smile appeared. As he came out wearing the second outfit, his hair was wet and he was scolded for playing in the water. He said he was trying to tame his curly hair to look even better in his new clothes.” “Again I told him how wonderful he looked and he responded with a huge SMILE!! That is what OneChild is all about,” says Bernadine. "Helping children like this, it just fills your heart." Community support The work that OneChild does requires the faith and support of many different organizations and individuals. One of those organizations is Washington Hospital. "Community support is very, very important," says Bernadine. "Washington Hospital's CEO Nancy Farber and the hospital have just been wonderful. One of the biggest costs of a nonprofit is what you pay for rent,

Bernadine Dutra, founder of OneChild (center) is joined by Washington Hospital Healthcare System CEO Nancy Farber and Angus Cochran, executive director of the Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation. The collection of gifts donated by Washington Hospital management staff will be distributed to some very deserving children this holiday season. Learn more about how OneChild provides new clothing and school supplies to disadvantaged children and how you can help at

and Nancy offered to bring OneChild onto the hospital grounds. I told her that we couldn't afford that. She said I wouldn't have to pay anything. I asked her why she would do that, and she said that they are always looking for something that is good for the community. She brought it to the board, and it was approved. "Each year the hospital's management staff members pick a name of a child, and they are given information such as the age, type of clothing the children want, sizes, and a list of what the children want. Then they go out and shop for a specific child. And it's so rewarding for them. They provide for that child and still give much more. This year there were bikes, and a large corner of the room was filled with beautifully wrapped gifts. It's just incredible. It's a wonderful experience for both the children and the adults." Inspired to help children Bernadine herself was inspired to help

This year’s flu season is expected to hit harder and earlier than usual, according to a recent announcement by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. With the holiday season upon us—and that means lots of parties and get-togethers—it’s more important than ever to do everything you can to avoid getting the flu or other contagious illness. At the top of your prevention “to do” list: Keeping your hands clean by following good hand washing techniques.

The key to good hand washing is soap, warm water and lots of friction for about 15 seconds.You can help yourself stay healthy this cold and flu season by washing your hands frequently.Visit to learn more about how you can protect yourself from illness.

“This is a high-risk time of year for influenza because the virus is more prevalent in the environment,” said Lia Estadi, RN, infection preventionist at Washington Hospital . “In addition, cold temperatures can cause serious health problems, continued on page 10

children in need based on her own experiences growing up, experiences she said left her self esteem broken for many years. As the children of an alcoholic mother, she and her brothers were teased, shunned – and even spit on – for coming to school dirty and without new clothes. And despite receiving good grades in school, Bernadine says a feeling of shame followed her well into adulthood. It wasn't until she was 37 and began achieving personal success as a real estate agent in a company that her husband and she started, that she finally felt self-esteem. Today, when she sees a child smiling and able to pick out new supplies and clothing, she says it reminds her of how much difference just one person can make in the life of a child. Make a difference "As a child, because of my circumstances, I didn't know about volunteering, but now I know that if people would just

volunteer, they could get so much out of it," Bernadine says. "This season I want people to think of what they can do for these children, or by working for another nonprofit organization in the community. "Recently, I gave my daughter a crossword puzzle, and on the other side were letters to Santa. One letter was written by a child asking Santa to help her mother and sister. She asked for clothing for her baby sister and shoes for her mother, but nothing for herself. There were so many letters like this from people. We have so much to be thankful for, and I think we lose sight of that sometimes." Find out more To learn more about OneChild and the difference one person can make in the lives of local children and their families, visit To find out about volunteer opportunities at Washington Hospital, visit

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eighbors of Espada Court and Zacate Place in Fremont are again decorating their Victorian Court for Christmas and conducting a charity drive for Sister John Marie’s Pantry. Sister John Marie’s Pantry uses donations for the assistance of the Tri-City Homeless Coalition, food vouchers, bereavement work, hospital bills, child care, and family assistance. We donate 100 percent of all donations, money, and food to the pantry, covering all costs personally. Sister John Marie’s was chosen because 100 percent of donations flow directly to those in need in the Tri-City area. Last year we raised over $5,000 for this worthy charity. The cul-de-sac will be decorated with character creations from the Victorian Era and Christmas lights highlighting the beautiful Victorian homes. This Christmas light display is for the enjoyment of young and old alike and we have hundreds of visitors each week who drive by or walk through the neighborhood to see the lights! This year, we will be collecting in December (December 7-31), 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. weekdays, and 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights. Directions: In Fremont just off Mission Blvd., two blocks north of Stevenson Blvd. Take Morrison Canyon Road East, off Mission, then take the first right on Zacate and second right on Espada Ct.

Carolers from StarStruck Theatre’s cast of “A Little Princess” joined the charity collection on December 7.

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New Haven wins $29 million in ‘Race to the Top’ grant The RTTT-D competition attracted 372 applicants from across the country. Applications were evaluated and scored in independent peer reviews, and New Haven was notified in November that it was among 61 finalists, including only four from California. “Districts have been hungry to drive reform at the local level, and now these winners can empower their school leaders to pursue innovative ideas where they have the greatest impact: in the classroom,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a statement released by the Department of Education. “The Race to the Top-District grantees have shown tremendous leadership though developing plans that will transform the learning environment and enable students to receive a personalized, world-class education.” New Haven Unified serves nearly 13,000 students in Union City and south Hayward. The District includes James Logan High School, the largest high school in Northern California, along with seven elementary schools, two middle schools and a continuation high school as well as an adult school. The District also is the founding partner of the Union City Kids’ Zone, a consortium of agencies and organizations working together to provide comprehensive services for the District’s most vulnerable students and their families. The District will use the RTTT-D funds to build on and expand its comprehensive K-12 reform strategies – known as the Seven Essentials for Continuous Growth and Improvement — that focus on making sure that students acquire critical literacy and mathematics skills across the entire grade spans. The funds will help the District establish highly effective learning environments for all students, in which teachers instantly access a wide variety of educational tools, content and training aligned with the Common Core State Standards adopted by the State of California for implementation in 2014-15. “The money will be targeted, so it won’t help us overcome all of the financial challenges that we’re facing after five years of state budget cuts, but it certainly will help us continue the good work we’ve started here,” Superintendent McVeigh said. Predicated on the belief that quality instruction is the key to achieving District goals, while surrounding students with a network of supports and

SUBMITTED BY NILES ESSANAY SILENT FILM MUSEUM Looking for some fun stocking stuffers? We have some items in the lobby of the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum - make a donation based on the number on the dot and you get the item. All proceeds go directly towards the Century 2000 Challenge. What’s that you say? We are in the middle of the centennial of when film making happened here in Niles and we want to celebrate that in many ways. One thing we want to do this upcoming year is to

services, the grant will allow New Haven to expand educator professional development and support services for both students and their families, specifically expanding the work of the Kids’ Zone. The grant will provide teachers, students and their families with real-time access to student assessments and learning needs while building on the work of the District’s Grading and Assessment Task Force and Teacher Evaluation Task Force. The grant will help the District zero-in on its focus on teacher learning and student supports in ways made almost impossible during the last few years of budget cuts. The District plans to hire literacy, assessment and math coaches for all schools to provide in-classroom coaching in personalized learning for literacy, math and use of assessments. NHUSD will expand summer teacher institutes for reading, literacy and mathematics and would create smaller class sizes for high school English Learners. The District will purchase more K-8 library books and classroom libraries of non-fiction books and would expand online courses for high school students. Additionally, New Haven Unified plans to purchase mini-computer tablets for every 6-12 grade student and for every two K-5 students, as well as tablets, laptops and document cameras for all teachers. The District will hire additional IT technicians, a data specialist and technology trainers. All of the new technology will be phased in with strong teacher professional development to ensure usage. The District will also expand Library Media positions in every school. “I’d like to especially thank the New Haven Teachers Association (NHTA) for their partnership in writing the grant application,” Superintendent McVeigh said. “In many districts across the country, teachers groups declined to sign on, wary of the evaluation component, but we’ve been working together with NHTA in this area, and their input and ultimate support was absolutely critical.” Ms. McVeigh also thanked the Ball Foundation, which adopted New Haven four years ago and has supported the District in implementing many of its initiatives. The Foundation sponsored the District’s application, paying for the grant-writing services of Hatchuel Tabernik & Associates. create a Made in Niles DVD with films featuring Broncho Billy and Charlie Chaplin. Some of them are available on other DVDs but we also want to include a couple films that you can only see at occasional film festivals because they only reside in foreign archives. Which you can imagine is odd since they were made right here 100 years ago… We want to “bring them home” for others to enjoy. So a donation to the Century 2000 challenge will go towards that goal. To get a film print of one film will cost us $1,500 and the rest of the money would assist with other start-up costs. And we want more; we are hoping that if we are able to raise $2,000 from local townsfolk and our holiday shoppers, it will be easier for us to get a couple more matching grants to make this project a reality! For every $5 donated, your name will go on a special commemorative disk that will hang on our designated tree all month. Please give generously! The Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum is located at 37417 Niles Boulevard in Fremont’s historic Niles District. For more information call (510) 4941411 or visit and click on Century 2000 Donation to contribute.

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Your environmental stewards at work


tewardship is the protection of something considered worth caring for and preserving. In 1999 the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors added environmental stewardship to the district’s mission and was one of the first water agencies in the state to do so. Since then, it has become integrated into every project and program that the water district manages, whether water supply or flood protection. By incorporating habitat restoration, enhancement and preservation of natural stream functions into our capital projects, the district has been able to make steady progress and see a cumulative positive difference over time. Since 2000, the district has purchased approximately 1,750 acres to preserve tidal and fresh water habitat lands. In addition, the district has replanted more than 350 acres of riparian habitat and maintains native stream corridors. Twentytwo fish passage barriers have been improved and in-stream habitat features have been installed to improve fish habitat. Since individual actions have such a large impact on the health of our watersheds, and 70 percent of the streams are owned by private parties and public agencies other than the district, we offer incentives, education and training to promote behavior that spurs environmental stewardship. The district also leverages the capacity of the community through our grant program, which helps to fund restoration work done by others. In addition to the incentive programs offered, such as the landscape rebate program, the district has developed an educational program to assist the public in understanding the benefits of a sustainable landscape. This program targets homeowners, businesses and the green industry professionals that serve them. This multi-element approach can provide assistance at all points in the decision-making process: during the design, purchase of mate-

rial, and upkeep and maintenance on existing landscapes. Because these landscapes need little or no irrigation, they reduce future water use. The district also collaborates and forms partnerships with other public and non-profit agencies to achieve its goals. Three significant collaborations illustrate the district’s leadership role: developing reliability and restoration options for the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta; constructing the Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center; and, the plastic bag ban. Each of these plays an important role in the ongoing environmental stewardship for the Silicon Valley. “Environmental stewardship requires a long term vision combined with pragmatic implementation of individual projects and knowledge of the way communities interact with watersheds. The district board is a leader in combining the two,” said Water District Deputy Operating Officer Ann Draper. Santa Clara County creeks and streams provide habitat for numerous aquatic species. Good surface water quality is essential for healthy streams. When water from those creeks and streams flow into the Bay, it also influences the quality of the Bay and ocean. Every person and every business has responsibilities and opportunities to help improve and preserve water quality. To learn more about what you can do to make a difference in your community or for more information on how the water district works to protect the environment, you can download our 2012 Stewardship Report at As always, I am available for questions or comments as your District 3 representative for the northern areas of Sunnyvale and Santa Clara; Alviso; Milpitas; and the north San Jose and Berryessa communities. Feel free to contact me at (408) 234-7707.

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2012 Tax Administrator of the Year SUBMITTED BY AARON BONE State Tax Notes has named Cynthia Bridges, Executive Director for the California State Board of Equalization (BOE), as its 2012 Tax Administrator of the Year. “Ms. Bridges brings an energetic and proactive record of success to the California State Board of Equalization,” said BOE Chairman Jerome E. Horton on December 10, 2012. “She is most deserving of this recognition for her outstanding accomplishments.” State Tax Notes, a publication of Tax Analysts, is a leading national provider of state tax news, analysis and commentary. The Tax Administrator of the Year is awarded to the official who influences administration and collection nationwide. Award recipients are selected based on interviews, informal polling and input from the State Tax Notes editorial staff. “I am humbled to be chosen for this honor,” said Ms. Bridges. “I’m looking forward to continuing my work to meet taxpayer needs and enhance voluntary compliance and operational effectiveness here at the BOE.” Cynthia Bridges, Executive Director, California State In 2011, State Tax Notes Board of Equalization chose Bridges as one of the nation’s “Top 10 Tax Administrators” and the Baton Rouge Business Reports named her as one of the “Most Influential Women in Business” in 2007. Prior to joining the BOE as Executive Director in August 2012, Bridges served as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Revenue, a position to which she was appointed by three Louisiana Governors. During her 12 years in that role, Bridges helped transform the agency into a recognized leader in customer service, one of many accomplishments during her 30-year career with the Louisiana Department of Revenue. Bridges is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of the Strategic Leadership Program at Duke University and the Revenue Management Program at the Wharton School of Executive Education in Philadelphia.

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by a registrant, a note will be part of the first responder report. For those who do respond or are within range of a “ping,” a voluntary survey builds a database of information that can help “fine tune” the program and increase its effectiveness; without the application, general response by the public to a CPR incident prior to arrival by first responders is only 25%. And of those times, use of an AED, even if readily available, is only 3%. “We are trying to find out why the AED isn’t used; no training is necessary since the apparatus is self-explanatory and automatic; it guides an operator by voiced instructions.” Fail safe features built into the AED apparatus are designed to block inappropriate use. Currently there is an emphasis on training so as many people as possible will be able to respond. Good Samaritan laws protect those who choose to aid others without fear of lawsuits for unintentional injury or wrongful death. Additional features of PulsePoint include a recent and active incident feature, a radio application that allows you to monitor radio traffic via and a mapping feature that can be viewed in map or satellite mode. You can also choose to be notified of additional call types that you determine in the settings function. Additional notifications can be made for call types such as structure fires, vegetation fires, traffic collisions, etc., no matter your proximity to the incident. The application is available free via the Apple Store or Android Market to anyone who indicates that they want to be notified when CPR is needed. Simply search PulsePoint in the Apple App Store or in Android Apps on Google Play. Additional information is available at

It seemed like a good idea when San Ramon Valley Fire District started the program over two years ago. However, important questions remained… Who will show up to an emergency? Will dispatch be flooded with calls as a result of this? What will the impact be? Initial fears and reservations were swept away by the results. Alameda County Fire Chief Demetrious Shaffer is convinced that PulsePoint, a system to “ping” registrants close to a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) emergency on cell phone devices, has resulted in fast response times and a blanket of first responders to help a person in distress even before emergency medical personnel are able to arrive. As a registered participant of PulsePoint, Shaffer has actually been involved in a PulsePoint action. He says, “If I was sitting here and a medical event such as a heart attack occurred next door, unless someone was aware of my presence and ability to help, I wouldn’t know about it until the emergency vehicle arrived. That is bad because I am right here and could help, even with basic CPR.” What PulsePoint does is to notify those within a limited radius (1/4 mile) who signed up for the PulsePoint application on their cell phone device. The idea is that if someone is within walking distance and can do something while dispatch is occurring and the rig is on its way, three or four minutes can be saved. Immediate CPR can make a difference, not only in the matter of survival but in a victim’s

quality of life following recovery from a medical emergency. “It’s not just about saving a person’s life; it’s also about the person’s quality of life after they are saved. The length of time without any care until receiving advanced life support is critical – their organs are not getting what they need so even if we able to save them, the quality of life can be improved greatly by having something done during that time. PulsePoint is a total game changer,” says Shaffer. “It brings the community including off duty fire fighters, police, health care workers and those trained to help into the picture.” Shaffer says that when a 911 call is received at the Alameda County Regional Communications Center [or another participating jurisdiction] reporting someone in a public space who is unconscious, unresponsive and likely in need of CPR, Fire and EMS resources are dispatched and simultaneously, software running at PulsePoint will send an alert to nearby citizen rescuers via their phone. The application, which crosses department jurisdictions, uses GPS and location technology in mobile devices to notify only those who are within a 300’ distance to the emergency. When alerted, the application indicates both the location of the patient and the location of the nearest Automated Electronic Defibrillator (AED). The CPR notification works in jurisdictions where the application is active. Response by those in range is not tracked but if action is taken

SUBMITTED BY MICHAEL SHANK On January 21, 2013, Americans from across the country will gather in Washington, DC, to celebrate the second Inauguration of President Barack Obama. A limited number of tickets are available. Apply for them on Facebook at

To keep America competitive in the global economy, share your suggestions on how to return people to work in quality jobs or to ensure every child has access to a high quality, equitable education. Please write a paragraph of at least five sentences, submit a video or draw a picture suggesting an innovative idea to achieve either of the previously mentioned goals. Entries should be posted online at and be limited to a single post per person. Inappropriate comments may be removed. “Inauguration presents Members with an incredible opportunity to engage and facilitate interaction with our constituents,” stated Congressman Mike Honda. “I first launched this program in 2009 and the response was overwhelmingly positive; it led to constituent-inspired legislation for me in the 112th Congress. Given the success of that inaugural ticket give-away, I’m consulting my constituents for more creative ideas that can again inspire legislation. Like other Members, I’m offering tickets through a general application, a random lottery and my Facebook page to be as fair and creative as possible and provide everyone an equal chance of receiving tickets. Facebook engages a different demographic of constituents who might not use traditional channels to obtain the news. Constituents should have multiple avenues to share their ideas with their Congressional representative; I look forward to this innovative exchange.” Tickets are non-transferable and only constituents from the new 17th Congressional District of California are eligible. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, January 3, 2013. For more information, visit

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Fremont Police Chief Craig Steckler to retire SUBMITTED BY GENEVA BOSQUES Police Chief Craig Steckler, a 45-year veteran of law enforcement as well as Fremont’s police chief for the past 20 years, is retiring. His last day is Dec. 30. Chief Steckler has held various positions in law enforcement for more than four decades. He joined the Fremont Police Department as Deputy Chief in 1986, and was appointed Police Chief in 1992. Prior to his service in Fremont, he served as Chief of Police in the City of Piedmont, and with the San Clemente Police Department from 1968 to 1980. The City of Fremont Police Department has had many accomplishments under Chief Steckler’s leadership including cultivation of a strong volunteer program with more than 200 volunteers who work in virtually every division and unit of the police department. The Department also revamped its communications efforts to provide a strong technology platform for sharing information with the public through the launch of NIXLE (an electronic notification service for law enforcement and government agencies), social networking sites, smartphone apps, and a new police website. In addition, the current Community Policing model has enabled police officers to become problem solvers, not just responders. Chief Steckler has always valued innovation and placed a high priority on employee involvement and development. His administration has been guided by the principle of acting in the best interest of the community. “To say that Craig is among one of the nation’s leading authorities on law enforcement is an understatement,” said City Manager Fred Diaz. “Craig’s professional acumen is one of legend in our community and at the state and national level as well.” Diaz added, “He has accomplished so much in his career and epitomizes the ideal of public service. His entire life has been devoted to making communities safe and serving others. It has been an honor to work with him these past eight years and I will miss him.”

“The Fremont Police Department is an excellent police organization,” said Chief Steckler. “This is not due to any one person’s efforts, but rather a great team—past and present. Everyone is committed to working together to provide the best public safety services possible to the Fremont community.” Chief Steckler, who has lived in Fremont since 1986, will remain active in the Fremont community upon retirement. He will also continue his role as the newly appointed president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Fremont Police Captain Richard Lucero has been appointed Interim Police Chief. His first day as Fremont’s Interim Police Chief is Dec. 31. The City will retain Chief Steckler as a special assistant during a 4-month transition period. In this temporary position he will earn $30 per hour, will work up to 15 hours per week, and report to the Interim Police Chief.

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December 6 Officers responded to a residence in the 5500 block of Fernwood Drive at 2:29 p.m. after a neighbor reported two subjects described as; SUSPECT 1 (Hispanic male adult 5’6” with a gray hooded sweatshirt) and SUSPECT 2 (Hispanic male adult about 5’6” with a black hooded sweatshirt long black curly shoulder length hair) had hopped the fence from the backyard to the front of the residence and got into a 1998 Gold Honda Accord with two missing hubcaps on the rear wheels. The vehicle was last seen on Lafayette towards Cedar Blvd. The residence was checked and no entry had been made. While providing extra patrol in the BJ’s parking lot at 8:06 p.m., Officer Norvell was flagged-down by the on-duty security guard regarding

December 7 Frys Electronics called to report that security was holding an adult who had stolen some property. On probation for priors, he didn’t qualify for the cite and release program, so he went to jail for theft and theft with priors. Investigated by Officer Dias. At 11:15 a.m. officers were dispatched to an assault with a deadly weapon call. A white truck rammed another vehicle at Deep Creek and Amelia. Suspect vehicle fled S/B 880, Officers searched for the suspect, but it was not located. Investigated by Officer Torrico. At approximately 11:50 a.m. a suspicious vehicle call led to pedestrian stop by Officer Singleton at Mission/Chantelier. An adult male (Fremont resident), on probation for various offenses, was in possession of a large amount of currency, including foreign coins and bills. Property in his possession led to the victim’s residence on Lynx Drive where he had just completed a burglary. Hall goes to jail. At approximately 12:55 p.m., witnesses who heard a home alarm sounding, called us when they saw three suspects fleeing from a home on the 500 block of Tonopah. Entry to the home was made by breaking a window and opening the sliding patio door. Milpitas PD helped out on this one with the search. Suspects were not located. Investigated by Officer Dias. At 3:30 p.m. officers were dispatched to investigate a missing juvenile at risk. A 15 year old walked away from her Glenmoor neighborhood home early this morning. She has a prior history of running away and is a special needs student. Update: On December 8, 2012 at 5:10 p.m. we were notified that the juvenile was located by CHP on eastbound Hwy 580 off ramp to Harbor Boulevard in the City of Richmond. Her family responded and took custody of her. At 11:17 p.m. Zone 2 Officers were dispatched to a party-disturbance on Lake Erie Street. As Officers were responding, they heard approximately five gunshots in the area. Upon arriving at the residence,

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SUBMITTED BY CMDR. ARMANDO CORPUZ, MILPITAS PD On December 14, 2012 at 2:28 p.m., the Milpitas Police Department was contacted by Kohl’s department store employee informing us that a message of a bomb being in the store was written on the wall of the men’s restroom. Milpitas Police personnel responded to the scene and worked with Kohl’s staff to evacuate the building. Milpitas Police Officers walked through the business and did not find any suspicious items. Kohl’s employees have not identified any suspicious items in the building. The Santa Clara County Sheriff ’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms explosive detection dogs worked throughout the business and completed the search at approximately 7:00 p.m. Officers did not locate any explosive material in the business and deemed the area to be safe. The Santa Clara County Sheriff ’s Office Bomb Squad also responded and was on stand by until the business was cleared. The Milpitas Police Department is actively investigating this criminal act. Anyone with any information is encouraged to call the Milpitas Police Department at (408) 586- 2400. Information can also be given anonymously by calling (408) 586-2500 or via the Milpitas Police Department website at:


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As the newcomer, Kwanzaa is not as familiar as some other winter holidays. Kwanzaa is a uniquely African American festival. First celebrated in the United States in the late 1960s, it was created by author and activist, Dr. Maulana Karenga, a professor at CSU Long Beach in Southern California. He founded this non-religious holiday partly in response to the commercialism of Christmas, and as a way of uniting the African American community by creating a holiday formulated from cultural traditions. The seven principles of Kwanzaa are: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. Kwanzaa, the name of the holiday, comes from the Swahili phrase “mutanda ya kwanza,” which means “first fruits.” A weeklong celebration beginning the day after Christmas - December 26 - Kwanzaa is a festival of culture and community. Included are songs, stories, family meals, and lighting of the “Kinara,” a special candleholder for the seven nights of Kwanzaa, one black, three red, and three green. On each night of Kwanzaa, a different candle is lit and one of the seven founding principles of Kwanzaa is discussed. Symbolic items are representations of crops, reminders of the work of the harvest and the rewards of the labor. A special mat called the “mkeka” represents the foundation upon which family and community is built. The candle holder symbolizes the roots of

the African people, corn is a fertility symbol and represents children, a unity cup is used to pour out libations of alcohol for relatives who have passed on from this life, and the candle colors represent African gods. Special gifts are given to family and friends; homemade presents are especially prized. Karenga focuses on what Dr. Karenga refers to as “ethical common ground.” In an interview on, he said, “Kwanzaa brings a cultural message which speaks to the best of what it means to be both African and human in its stress on four pillars of African ethics: the dignity and rights of the human person, the well-being and flourishing of family and community, the integrity and value of the environment, and the reciprocal solidarity and cooperation for mutual benefit of humanity.” Kwanzaa is a span of holy days uplifting humanity to a higher calling—that of striving to be better men and women in our families and communities. The Afro-American Cultural and Historical Society of the Tri-City will celebrate Kwanzaa on Saturday, December 29 at the Palma Ceia Baptist Church in Hayward. All are invited to attend this free event. Kwanzaa Celebration Saturday, Dec 29 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Palma Ceia Baptist Church 28605 Ruus Rd., Hayward (510) 786-2866

AP® Scholar Awards SUBMITTED BY NEWARK UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Fifty five (55) students at Newark Memorial High School have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams. The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. About 20 percent of the 2.1 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams. At Newark Memorial High School: Thirteen students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. These students are: Aronpreet Atwell, Anjeliqueca Bajita, Ricardo Corte, Joshua Erdman, Noah Falck, Zachary Gilliam, Shrayus Gupta, Sandra Lee, Jesus Loza, Kelvin Lu, Nathalie Pena, Linda Tran and Ryan Van Damme. Thirteen students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. These students are: Adrianna Blankenship, Paige Carpenter, Arlette Jacome, Zainab Mirza, Veronika Navarra, Minh-Quan Nguyen, David Olsen, Priscella Rodriguez, Rohit Sharma, Rachel Silva, Darren Singh, Robert Tam and Venecia Valdez. Twenty nine students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are Jose Banuelos, Noel Botardo, Kevin Chen, Jennifer Chu, Sonja Croce, Riciel-Grace Crudo, Gurmehar Dev, Omar Fajardo, Tatiana Galanto, Yara Granados, Jefferson Hernandez, Manpreet Kaur, Brittany Kellmann, Steve-Fabio Nava, Stewart Obcena, Anvita Patwardhan, Oscar Pinedo, Phillip Reid, Rebekah Reynolds, Klarissa Reynoso, Kelsey Riley, Jennifer Scarbrough, Vijay Senthil Kumar, Blake Souza, Amber Torres, Don Valles, Vanani Vasundhara, Angel Vera, and Kaitlin Xa. Of this year’s award recipients at Newark Memorial, seven are sophomores or juniors: Aronpreet Atwell, Noel Botardo, Paige Carpenter, Sandra Lee, Vijay Senthil Kumar, Angel Vera and Kaitlin Xa. These students have at least one more year in which to complete college-level work and possibly earn a higher-level AP Scholar Award. Through 34 different college-level courses and exams, AP provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and stand out in the college admission process. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that AP Exams are aligned with the same high standards expected by college faculty at some of the nation’s leading liberal arts and research institutions. More than 3,800 colleges and universities annually receive AP scores. Most four-year colleges in the United States provide credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying exam scores. Research consistently shows that AP students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams (based on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest) typically experience greater academic success in college and have higher college graduation rates than students who do not participate in AP. The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education.

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especially in infants and older adults. A good hand washing is the first line of defense against the spread of many illnesses.” Some diseases are spread from person to person by touching, coughing or sneezing, Estadi explained. When someone touches something in the environment that is contaminated and does not wash their hands properly afterwards, they can get sick. They may touch their own face or spread the disease to other people by touching them. In addition to helping to prevent the spread of flu, good hand washing can also fight the spread of a number of other illnesses from the common cold to more serious illnesses, such as Hepatitis A, most types of infectious diarrhea and some multi-drug resistant organisms, such as MRSA (MethicillinResistant Staphylococcus Aureus). “Everyone should be vigilant about flu prevention, but it is even more important for older people and children under the age of 6,” advised Estadi. “Individuals in these groups are at higher than average risk, especially if they have chronic conditions or a low-functioning immune system.” To wash your hands properly, the Centers for Disease Control recommends the following steps: • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold) and apply soap. • Rub your hands together to

make a lather and scrub them well; be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails. • Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds. Rinse your hands well under running water. • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them. To help people, especially children wash for the prescribed length of time, Estadi suggests they continue washing their hands for as long as it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice over, which equates to about 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, using an alcohol-based sanitizer works just as well. When you wash your hands is just as important as how you do it. Besides the concern over spreading infectious disease like the flu and the common cold, there is also a major concern about exposure to contaminated food. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that you wash your hands at the following times during the holidays and all year through: • After blowing your nose or sneezing • After each time you use the toilet. Pathogens can also be picked up from previous users of the toilet via door handles, taps and drying towels. • Before food preparation • Before eating • Before serving food • During food preparation to

BY DORIS NIKOLAIDIS Due to a heart defect, my father was not drafted into Hitler’s army in World War II, but he was ordered by the regime “to do his part in the war effort” in the civilian defense sector. He had to extinguish fires after a bombing raid, clear the bombed areas of rubble and bodies, and help families find shelter. He was employed at the Fireworks factory and part of his job was to direct and set off fireworks. The government put on a yearly New Year’s Eve firework display on the Alster River for which my father was responsible. The Alster widened into a large lake in the middle of Hamburg. He stored the fireworks the night before in a small boat that was anchored at the shore of the Alster Lake and draped a large tarp over the boat to keep the fireworks dry. For safety, he navigated the boat the next day into the middle of the lake and set off the fireworks. The evening of December 30, 1942, he left home on his motorcycle and drove to the Fireworks factory to meet with his team of assistants. They were planning the sequence of setting off the fireworks the next day and reviewed safety procedures. Before driving back home, he went to the Alster River to check on the boat where the fireworks were stored for the New Year’s Eve celebration the next day. When he lifted the tarp, he found a couple with a young child huddled in the boat. He angrily told them to get off his boat. It was dangerous, he said. They begged him to let them stay the night. They were Jewish, they said, and had arranged for a pick-up in Hamburg to take them to Switzerland. They insisted they would be killed if the Nazis found them.

avoid cross contamination • Before and after handling raw meat, poultry and fish products • After changing diapers • After handling unsanitary objects such as waste or garbage containers • After touching or handling livestock or pets “In all of these activities, hands may become contaminated with pathogens or toxic chemical residues that can be transferred to food,” states WHO. Besides hand washing, other things you can do to lower your risk for getting the flu are to cover your coughs and sneezes and to get a flu shot. “When it comes to teaching children good preventive practices, the best thing adults can do is help them understand the importance of hand hygiene and teach them how and when to wash their hands so it is more likely to become a lifelong habit for them,” added Estadi. Washington Hospital has a longstanding commitment to hand hygiene both inside the Hospital and in the community. For example, it has been working with local schools for the past five years to teach students how and when to wash their hands. Through its Community Health Improvement Program, Hospital staff visit the schools, conducting interactive hand hygiene sessions for more than 1,000 students each year. Learn more. To learn more about hand hygiene and flu prevention, go to Washington Hospital’s Web site at Washington Urgent Care offers flu shots. Open 7 days a week, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Washington Urgent Care is located at 2500 Mowry Avenue, Suite 212 in Fremont. To find out how to get a flu vaccination, call Washington Hospital's Health Connection hotline at (800) 963-7070.

My father had heard rumors of concentration camps but he could not imagine that any government, even this Hitler regime he disliked so intensely himself, could do the things they were rumored to have done. My father attributed it to propaganda by foreign governments fighting against Germany. He tried to assure the family that they would merely be deported to England or some other country that took in Jewish refugees from Hitler’s Reich. The couple would not be calmed and my father could see the terror in their eyes. He reluctantly agreed to let them stay the night on the boat, hidden under the tarp. He gave them the sandwich and the two apples my mother had packed for him and instructed them that under no circumstances were they to use a match or any other open flame, as the fireworks could blow up. He drove home and told my mother about the family in his boat. When my mother heard that there was a child with the couple, she immediately insisted that my father had to go back early the next morning and bring them some food. They themselves could make do with a little less food, she insisted. The next morning, when my father went to check on the family, they were gone. There was no sign of any struggle and he hoped they made it to Switzerland. Only after the war, when he heard from the Allied forces about the horrors of concentration camps like Auschwitz and Dachau, did he remember the little family and hoped that he had been instrumental in helping them get away. My father realized that sometimes a small act of kindness can have unexpected, prodigious consequences and he insisted that at least once a year during the holidays all his children do a personal act of charity for someone else.

Tri-City Winter Charity SUBMITTED BY JOHN CHYAN The Purple Lotus Temple & School and Centro De Servicios of Union City will host the annual Tri-City Winter Charity event on December 16, 2012 from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m. Families from Union City, Fremont, Newark and Hayward are welcome. Dry foods, toys, clothing, books and small household items will be available plus fun games, booths and the opportunity of photo with Santa. Please bring extra bags to take home groceries and other items. The organizers welcome contributions of any kind, including monetary donations (please make checks payable to PLT (memo: 2012 Winter Charity)), canned foods,

gently used toys, clothing, books, shoes and small household items. All donations are tax-deductible. To arrange drop-off locations for your donations, call the Tri-City Winter Charity Hotline (English) at (510) 408-7294 and Centro de Servicios (Spanish) at (510) 489-4100. Share the love and warmth of the spirit of giving by spreading the word to those who might wish to visit us. We look forward to welcoming everyone.

Tri-City Winter Charity Sunday, Dec 16 2 - 4 p.m. Purple Lotus School 33615 9th Street, Union City (510) 408-7294 (English) (510) 489-4100 (Spanish)

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SUBMITTED BY LOVED TWICE It is such a simple idea – baby clothes for a newborn’s first year. Families have told us that they are able to pay for food, rent, and healthcare needs because of the wardrobe-in-a-box donations. With your financial help this holiday season, Loved Twice can provide baby clothes to even more social service agencies (there are 32 on our waiting list), helping hundreds of vulnerable babies in need keep warm this winter. We have served more babies than ever before, with 2,171 boxes with clothes for babies’ first year, 162,825 garments recycled into communities in need, 21,710 pounds of baby clothes left out of landfills, and $488,475 worth of gently-used clothes redistributed to low-income families with the help of over 400 volunteers! Highlights from 2012: helped infant victims of Hurricane Sandy, providing warm, dry baby clothes; served 23 new agencies, expanding to San Francisco; moved into our new warehouse; and provided muchneeded baby clothes to 120 agencies. Our goal is to raise $5,000 by December 31, so we can provide baby clothes to 10 new agencies on our waiting list in 2013. Your gift can make this a reality, keeping hundreds of babies in need warm this winter! A donation of any size truly makes a difference to vulnerable infants that deserve love and warmth today. Donations can be mailed to: Loved Twice, 4123 Broadway, Suite 815, Oakland, CA 94611. To learn more about Loved Twice and their mission and how to help, visit

SUBMITTED BY GUY ASHLEY A clever mobile app that allows users to check if books are available in the Alameda County Library system – and to reserve those books if they are available – was the first-place winner in Alameda County’s first-ever Hackathon on Saturday, December 7th at the Castro Valley Library. The entry called BookIt! was the unanimous Grand Prize selection by judges at the end of the day-long Alameda County Apps Challenge 2012. The Apps Challenge culminated with submissions by 24 teams that each developed apps or concepts during Saturday’s 5-hour hack period by tapping into public records made available by Alameda County. The three creators of the BookIt! app, which allows users to scan the barcode of any book with a Smartphone and then to check whether that book is available in a County library branch, shared the Grand Prize of $3,000. BookIt! edged-out Second Prize-winner, ACPR Finder, a creative app that sifts through County Parks and Recreation Data to provide user-friendly information about local parks. The ACPR Finder app which includes a map interface listing all park locations and a filter that allows the user to organize parks by specific features like playgrounds, hiking trails and basketball courts – was created by two Castro Valley High School students. The students shared a $1,500 prize. A $500 Third Prize was awarded to creators of SNAPMapper, described as the Yelp for food-stamp users. The mobile app helps people make the most of their funds by organizing stores that accept SNAP, the new federal name for food stamps, by distance, price or quality to help shoppers meet their needs. The app will also offer directions and AC Transit routes. Other apps submitted includes one that displays points of interest in Alameda County, another that shows where senior services are available in the County, and another that helps the public find a broad array of services simply by entering a zip code. County Administrator Susan S. Muranishi, who presented the awards along with County Supervisor Nate Miley, said the event was extremely successful, with more than 120 participants who helped identify new ways Alameda County government can strengthen bonds with residents. Muranishi said Alameda County is eager to build on the success of Saturday’s Hackathon, and that the public should stay tuned for more Apps Challenge events throughout the County in 2013. “These events are a great way to emphasize the many services the County provides and to tap into the vast pool of talent and creativity available in our community,’’ Muranishi said. “The Alameda County Apps Challenge was an exciting event,’’ said Supervisor Miley, whose district includes Castro Valley. “It was amazing to see such a wide range of participants from youth to adults who are passionate about open data and how it can be utilized to improve the lives of our citizens. The participants’ creativity was extraordinary and I applaud their willingness to develop apps and concepts that improve County services and bring the County into the forefront of technology.”

Time to put out the trash SUBMITTED BY MIA BRADWAY WINTER Before bringing out your waste, yard trimmings and recycling bins to the street on refuse-collection day, be aware that as part of the larger effort of Neighborhood Beautification, the Solid Waste Ordinance, section V-200-3.31, states that “bins should only be visible to the public for a period up to 12 hours prior to collection and must be placed out of view of the public, (i.e. behind a fence or gate, inside the garage, etc.) within 12 hours of collection.” For more information on how the City of Milpitas, Planning & Neighborhood Services Division, is enforcing this ordinance to keep the City’s streets clean, call (408) 586.3075 or visit

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Feds auction prime Calif land for oil development BY GARANCE BURKE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN FRANCISCO (AP), The federal government auctioned off nearly 18,000 acres of oil leases on prime public lands on Wednesday in Central California, home to prized vineyards, several endangered species and one of the largest deposits of shale oil in the country. Eight different groups – including oil companies – bid for the leases involving 15 parcels of land up for auction in rural stretches of Monterey, San Benito and Fresno counties, Bureau of Land Management spokesman David Christy said. The agency plans to announce the winners within 24 hours. Numerous environmental groups who saw the auction as a sign that California is next in line for an oil and gas boom protested outside the auction in Sacramento, with some activists donning hazmat suits. The auction attracted a normal turnout of bidders, and about half the parcels went for just $2.50 an acre, much less than the typical price in nearby Kern County, an oil-rich basin along a mountain range north of Los Angeles. Winning bidders would still need to be granted an additional permit from the bureau in order to start drilling using traditional technologies, or hydraulic frac-

turing, a technique to extract hard-to-reach gas and oil by pummeling rocks deep underground with high-pressure water, sand and chemicals. Democratic Rep. Sam Farr had asked the agency to put the auction on hold over concerns that the bureau wasn’t doing enough to monitor the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. “Fracking is not something that we have yet accepted as a proven technology,” Farr said. “The oil lies deep and the water is shallow and in the Salinas Valley, healthy water is more important than oil. It’s our economic base for agriculture.” The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimated last year that California’s Monterey Shale formation contains more than 15 billion barrels of “technically recoverable shale oil,” more than the amount contained in the Bakken oil fields of Montana and North Dakota, where oil-producing rock is sandwiched between layers of shale about two miles under the ground. Industry officials say hydraulic fracturing is one of many techniques used since the 1940s, and concerns are overblown, especially since companies are still determining whether it is economically viable to develop the Monterey Shale. “The Monterey Shale is a huge

Gasoline prices soon to hit low point for 2012 BY SANDY SHORE AP BUSINESS WRITER Gas prices will soon drop to their lowest level of the year. By Monday, the national average should fall below the $3.28 a gallon that drivers paid on Jan. 1, according to analysts. The drop is a gift for those hitting the road during what is expected to be the busiest Christmas travel season in six years. Still, it’s more like a stocking stuffer. That’s because for the second straight year, Americans will spend a record amount on gasoline. The government estimates that gas averaged $3.63 a gallon this year, 10 cents above the record set a year ago. Drivers can only hope that forecasts for lower prices next year come true. A combination of high oil prices and supply shortages caused by refinery and pipeline problems kept gas prices elevated for most of the year. The national average hit a high of $3.94 a gallon in early April and was around $3.87 in September after Hurricane Isaac disrupted supplies from the Gulf Coast. Prices in most areas have fallen since then as supplies got replenished and refiners switched to cheaper winter blends of fuel. However, New York and New Jersey saw temporary spikes in November due to Superstorm Sandy. At $3.77 a gallon, New York’s average price is the second-highest in the nation, behind Hawaii’s $4, according to auto club AAA. Californians continue to pay some of the highest gas prices in the U.S. But they’re likely relieved to be spending an average of $3.59 a gallon just two months after a refinery fire and pipeline shutdown sent prices at the corner station soaring close to $5. The nation’s lowest prices are found mostly in the lower Midwest and parts of the South. Missouri is closest to cracking the $3 level, with its average price of $3.01. Oklahoma, South Carolina and four other states show an average of $3.10 a gallon or less. AAA says 93.3 million people will travel at least 50 miles between Dec. 22 and Jan. 1, the most since 2006. So, the falling price of gas will provide a little relief to motorists, who’ve been digging deep for gas money all year. The average driver will pay a little less than $2,700 for 744 gallons of gasoline this year, which will be a record, according to data from Oil Prices Information Service. Americans’ fuel bill ran up even as they used the least amount of gas in more than a decade. The slower U.S. economy and an increase in fuel efficient cars helped cut gasoline consumption, which government data show peaked in 2007. Consumption is expected to be about 8.73 million barrels per day this year, which would be the lowest level since 2001. Prices should be cheaper next year, forecasters say. Barring unexpected events like hurricanes or a conflict that disrupts oil supplies from the Middle East, OPIS chief oil analyst Tom Kloza said the nationwide price for gas should stay below $4 per gallon in 2013. The government is predicting $3.43 a gallon for next year, which would be the lowest price since 2010 when gas averaged $2.78 a gallon.

potential energy resource in California, but there is still a fair amount of exploration going on amongst our members about whether or how or if it can be developed,” said Tupper Hull, a spokesman for the Western States Petroleum Association, whose members produce 80 percent of the state’s oil. The parcels – which Christy said have never been drilled before – include scenic stretches of southern Monterey County, where cattle ranchers and wine grape growers rely on tight water supplies to irrigate their pasturelands and vineyards. The area is also part of the historic range of the endangered California condor, whose global population was recently estimated at less than 400 birds. The Center for Biological Diversity filed suit against BLM over a smaller lease auction held in roughly the same region last year, claiming the bureau had failed to properly review the environmental risks associated with increased oil and gas development. “Fracking is not only intensifying oil and gas development in areas that were in production before, but it’s opening up some beautiful, wild places where you previously didn’t have drilling,” said attorney Kassie Siegel, adding that the group ultimately may file another lawsuit over Wednesday’s auction.

Officials: Libyan government slowing investigation BY KIMBERLY DOZIER AP INTELLIGENCE WRITER WASHINGTON (AP), U.S. counterterrorism officials told lawmakers Thursday that uncooperative or lessthan-capable local law enforcement in Libya, Egypt and Tunisia is slowing the search for suspects in the death of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Libya on Sept. 11. Authorities in the region have not yet arrested many of the suspects the U.S. wants to question about the violent attack on the American compound in Benghazi on Sept. 11, according to two U.S. officials briefed on a private House Intelligence Committee hearing Thursday, where counterterrorism, intelligence and law enforcement chiefs disclosed the information to lawmakers. The U.S. officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly disclose the information, said Egypt has arrested Egyptian Islamic Jihad member Muhammad Jamal Abu Ahmad for possible links to the attack, but key al-Qaida sympathizers remain free. They added that U.S. requests to go after the suspects unilaterally have also been rebuffed. The arrest was initially reported by The Wall Street Journal. The officials said that Thursday’s hearing was intended to re-focus lawmakers’ discussions on the status of the investigation into finding those who carried out the attack and holding them accountable. Until now, discussions had largely focused on how the White House described the attack in its aftermath and whether U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice played down al-Qaida’s possible role by blaming it on an angry mob. continued on page 28

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SUBMITTED BY MICHAEL DICUS PHOTO BY TJ SENGEL Twins Amber and Haley were diagnosed with developmental disabilities when they were born. With the help of special education in addition to speech and physical therapies at United Cerebral Palsy of New York City (UCP of NYC), the children are now happy and active nine year olds.

Singer, musician, and ‘flagger’ Mykel will perform at “Tiny Tim’s Holiday Jam” in Hayward.

Every year, UCP of NYC volunteers and donors make the holidays brighter for people with disabilities and their families. The annual Santa Project raises money for holiday gift cards and equipment for program participants. Last year, volunteers, fundraisers, and contributors helped the UCP of NYC Santa Project deliver a gift certificate to every child’s family in their Children’s Programs, bringing a little extra cheer to those in need. Eon Coffee, Eec! Productions, The Community Presbyterian Church, and UCP of NYC are serving up two evenings of holiday cheer to inspire, revive, and delight holiday ‘orphans’, and to raise funds for children and adults with cerebral palsy and their families. “Tiny Tim’s Holiday Jam” is a Holiday Entertainment Treat that provides a space for people who don’t have traditional families to celebrate the holiday with, while raising money for children living with disabilities. The event features NYC based Entertainer Mykel who grew up in Hayward. Mykel, whose family still lives in Hayward, decided last year to make the annual holiday trek “home” a “cause” in addition to a family visit. He opened his heart to people in the area who may not have families to visit, or who didn’t have the resources or ability to travel to make their own visits, gathered together a handful of other performers, and hosted a party in another local coffee house, where he gathered donations for the UCP of NYC. His friends and a few strangers, who soon became new friends, shared music, food, made their own holiday cheer, and raised $300 toward the UCP NYC cause. This year, “Tiny Tim’s Holiday Jam” will feature Mykel, a singer, musician, and ‘flagger’, who also has his own solo-performance piece about survival called ‘Mykel’s Kashmir Nirvana-Unplugged’, and who recently ‘survived’ his own ordeals with hurricane Sandy. He will be joined by David Lawson, who became involved in Tiny Tim’s Holiday Jam/UCP of NYC initially as a friend of a friend. The event will include a host of raffle/auction items plus an hour of live holiday style entertainment that will feature a little stand up and storytelling from Mykel (last year held a reading from “The Grinch”), and special musical guests Marcie Gradwohl (vocals), David Lawson (guitar/vocals), Steve Glover (drums/vocals), and Mike Leon (bass/vocals). Audience participation is welcomed! For more information or to make reservations, call (917) 532-7199 or visit All net proceeds benefit people like the twins Amber and Haley, through United Cerebral Palsy of New York City. Tiny Tim’s Holiday Jam Friday, Dec 21 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Eon Coffee 24970 Hesperian Blvd. (at Turner Ct.), Hayward (917) 532-7199 Cost: $15 suggested donation ($10 with student ID)

SUBMITTED BY ASHLEIGH TALBERTH The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and USGBC’s Northern California Chapter (USGBC-NCC) have announced that 13 companies in California have committed to the California Best Buildings Challenge, totaling more than six million square feet of collective building space. Bayer, Integral Group, Lockheed Martin, Method, Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Webcor Builders and XL Construction join existing Challenge participants Adobe, Genentech, Google, Prudential Real Estate Investors, SAP and Zynga. Inspired by the White House’s Better Buildings Challenge that seeks 20 percent energy reductions by 2020, participating companies of the California Best Buildings Challenge commit to pursue 20 percent reductions in energy, water and waste in their existing commercial buildings in just two years. “Watching the California Best Buildings Challenge gain momentum and grow has been exciting and cements the idea that green building and efficient business practices go hand-in-hand,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO and Founding Chairman, USGBC. “The Challenge participants are bona fide leaders in the sustainable business movement, and we hope California-based companies and beyond will follow suit.”

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ur Christmas celebrations have sometimes been affected by historic events or conditions. These conditions have not changed the true meaning of Christmas, but they have temporarily modified our spirit and performance. There were very few Christians in our area in 1797 and most of them were connected with Mission San Jose. The Mission was only six months old by December 1797, but the East Bay’s first Christmas celebrations were probably held there. Food served would have been whatever they were able to raise, gather, catch or hunt. Mass would have been an important part of the religious ceremonies.

St Josephs church interior- Christmas Mass -1944

Freont Hub, Christmas, 1980

Later Christmas celebrations were traditional Spanish events with feasts, choirs, drama groups and a large nativity backdrop, made to look like a cave, and landscape with 23 large clay figures in the foreground. It was said to be the most elaborate of any mission. Spanish and Mexican families came from miles around to join Mission residents celebrating this great feast day. American occupation of California in 1846 brought many changes including war and the American Flag. John C. Fremont came through the area recruiting and raiding for his Volunteer Battalion. Americans who migrated to California brought with them the holiday customs of their homes and towns, but the first American Christmas at Mission San Jose must have been very different. The Mission buildings were abandoned, run down and deserted except for a few survivors of the mission system and some homeless American newcomers. Some of the men had gone south with Fremont. More Americans would have been here, but they were caught with the Donner Party, snowed in, freezing and starving in the mountains. The discovery of gold changed everything, even Christmas. People were in a big hurry to find their “pot of gold” and get rich. Mission San Jose changed from a religious center to a stop where

men on their way to the gold fields could drink and gamble. Alameda County was only eight years old in 1861 when the Civil War began. Although major battles were far away to the East, there was much concern, and several military groups were organized to maintain the peace and protect against sympathizers. Christmas celebrations were somewhat subdued and religious, but there were some parties. The United States entered WWI in April 1917 and the war dominated the news. Christmas celebrations were subdued by disruptions caused by the draft. Patriotic fervor ran high. Editorials usually supported war efforts, conservation calls and petitions to join the American Red Cross. School children sent Christmas letters and donations to orphans in France and Belgium. Food donations came from every school in the township. Local papers noted in 1928 that Washington Township was doing its part in an effort to have 50,000 live Christmas trees in the state. Lighted outdoor trees were featured at the California Nursery, the Main Street of Niles and Centerville Park. National conditions and events have sometimes affected local Christmas celebrations. Our country was in the midst of “The Great Depression” in 1933. The living Christmas trees blazed with

light as usual and “rows of trees by store fronts added to the sparkle of decorated windows.” The Southern Pacific offered reduced coach fares for holiday travel, and merchants touted after-Christmas sales. In spite of all this, a local editor observed that “it will not be easy to be merry this year.” The Washington News reported on January 4, 1941 that nine local boys had enlisted in the armed forces. Several others had enlisted the year before. Washington High School distributed forms for “unemployed youths” to sign up for training courses to aid the National Defense program. Pearl Harbor changed everything, even Christmas. Fear, anger, racism and hysteria swept the country. All Washington High students were stunned, and Japanese Americans were overwhelmed, too ashamed to look people in the eye. Fear and concern overshadowed the Christmas of 1941. Christmas 1943 was shadowed by information about rationing, shortages, war events and especially news about the men and women in the service. This was the third “War Christmas.” Washington Union High School presented an annual Christmas Pageant, the student body’s gift to the residents of Washington Township. Christmas wishes and prayers were sent to the far corners of the world to the men and women in the armed services. Happiness of the season was tinged with sadness in many homes because loved ones were absent from the family circle. The prayer of all was “May this be our last war Christmas.” Sometimes it seems that our Christmases have been dominated by wars and disasters. Maybe the bad news just made it appear that way. The spirit of Christmas has survived crisis, catastrophe and calamity and lives again in 2012 to see us through all the problems that will face us in the coming year. Merry Christmas to all.


Christmas, Barbara Gibson Melin home in 1955

Photos courtesy of The Museum of Local History

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SUBMITTED BY CEDAR BOULEVARD NEIGHBORHOOD CHURCH Cedar Boulevard Neighborhood Church children and youth theatre will proudly present “The Tale of an Unwed Mother and a Stepfather” on December 21. The play is the story of Mary and Joseph, or more accurately, what would it may have been like for Mary and Joseph in more modern times, yet the setting takes place in bible times. The play depicts the rejection that Mary and Joseph may have endured while maintaining the true essence of the story. With many unique twists and nuances the storyline delivers a glimpse of the denial and fear they may have faced with a serious and comical tone. The cast of the play, over 30 children and youth ranging from age 4 to 15, have been working tirelessly for about three months, and are eager and excited to take the stage. Rachel Murray plays the part of Mary and a veteran to the Cedar Boulevard Christmas programs is looking forward to the performance, “I love doing the plays because I get to act and spend time with awesome people who love God,” she said. Reaching the community is the primary goal for the young actors, “We just want to share Jesus and His love for mankind because so many people are lost and don’t know the truth,” Kevin Alcosiba said. Emily Gerry has been acting since she was five years old and is anxious to take the stage, “I have invited a lot of friends and hope they can learn the truth of Jesus.” Emily said. “The kids and youth take their roles seriously and are dedicated to getting the message out,” Pastor Lindsey Alcosiba said. “What many of them do not realize, they are being used to further the kingdom of God.” The play is a huge commitment for the actors, especially for the youth who are already heavily committed, but they work hard because the message behind the plays they perform is important. “We are working together with the common goal of reaching the community for God, through acting,” said Candy Alcosiba, writer and director of the play. “The great thing about doing the yearly Christmas plays is learning more about Jesus because even though I do them ever year, I always seem to learn something about God that I didn’t know,” Kelly Klosky said proudly. The play is free of charge and open to all. Come celebrate the birth of the King! The Tale of an Unwed Mother and a Stepfather Friday, Dec 21 7 p.m. Cedar Boulevard Neighborhood Church 38325 Cedar Blvd., Newark (510) 791-8555

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Tri-City Stargazer DECEMBER 19 – DECEMBER 25, 2012 BY VIVIAN CAROL For All Signs: The winter solstice this year is timed at 6:12 a.m. on the 21st. This is the point of deepest darkness in the northern hemisphere. Ancients celebrated the "return" of the Sun within a few days following the solstice, when it became apparent that it would, indeed, return. This particular solstice has been long anticipated by many in the world who believe that the Mayans predicted this date to be the end of the world. There is one monument on the peninsula that claims their god of war will return on this date and we are cautioned to “be ready.” My research on this topic yields only this one piece of evidence, the single monument. It does not suggest the apocalypse. On Hanukkah and Christmas, we celebrate the light that never quite goes out inside, no matter how dark it may seem in the world. We rejoice in the ongoing rebirth of hope for new life within our psyches and on the planet. May each of you experience fresh inspiration and expectation of joy in the year to come! Aries the Ram (March 21-April 20): Your energy is high and your mind is busy at this time. You want to enjoy things of beauty and romance now. It could be hard to concentrate upon mental work that requires attention to detail. If you must do so, then check everything twice. This is a week for the arts, for love, and for fun! Taurus the Bull (April 21-May 20): An intense experience within a relationship has a purpose. You are asked to search deep inside yourself for your contribution to the difficulty, own it, and confess it. Healing will be the result for you and probably the Other. It is a good time to adjust issues of power. Gemini the Twins (May 21-June 20): This is a highly significant period in your primary relationship(s). There are issues to work through and healing to do for both of you. Sidestep the temptation to drill your truth into the mind of another. If you do not share a consensus reality, then search for a higher perspective that includes both. Cancer the Crab (June 21-July 21): You could be having unusually intense feelings about yourself and

your direction in life. In some way it is important to hold onto the truth of who you are and not allow another to tell you what he/she wants you to be. Remember that you are a far greater being than the secular world may allow. Leo the Lion (July 22-Aug 22): This is the time of year in which you try to do too much, take care of everyone, and often forget to include yourself in the equation. Now is the time to check with your internal sensors. Is it truly necessary to manage every last detail? If your energy level is low, give yourself a break from the usual routine. Your body will reward you for the sacrifice.

time to communicate with family members and those very close to you. The environment and circumstances each contribute to allowing things to be said honestly, without fear of rebuke or attack in any form. New agreements and understandings can be created.

to your health is important at this time. You have so many temptations all around that it may feel impossible, but do your utmost best. This week may be overshadowed by so many things you “have to” do, but give yourself plenty of rest and take your vitamins.

Scorpio the Scorpion (October 23-November 21): Those who are in school or studying something more personal have favorable aspects. You have significant energy this month and many things are changing. You are unlikely to find solid ground during this period, so glide with the flow and trust that it will take you where you need to go.

Aquarius the Water Bearer (January 20-February 18): The Symbols suggest that you may be hooked into a drama triangle during this period. In a drama triangle there is a victim, a perpetrator, and a rescuer. Sometimes they alternate roles. It is dysfunctional behavior and generally leads to a disappoint-

Virgo the Virgin (August 23-September 22): This looks like a week in which you really want to say your piece, but you have a sense that would be a bad idea. I agree if you feel so upset that you can’t present your case with compassion. But if you give attention to everyone’s feelings and present it tactfully, you could accomplish a breakthrough in understanding with the family.

Sagittarius the Archer (November 22-December 21): Issues concerning your primary relationship are absolutely front and center now. This might also include the needs of your clientele. It is as though you can’t take a step forward without resolving this issue. Yet there are so many balls in the air there is a chance you might drop one. Take a deep breath and take it easy. Everything comes to pass in its own time.

Libra the Scales (September 23October 22): This is a very good

Capricorn the Goat (December 21-January 19): Giving attention

ing outcome in which nobody wins. If you can “see” this happening in your life, step out of the triangle and take a new path. Don’t play the game. Pisces the Fish (February 19March 20): For any number of reasons, circumstances may leave you out of the social loop this week. Astrologically this is a time for self-reflection and not self-condemnation. Having a quiet week is appropriate at this time. Don’t turn this into a negative belief about yourself. Take the opportunity to enjoy the time to be still.

Are you interested in a personal horoscope? Vivian Carol may be reached at (704) 366-3777 for private psychotherapy or astrology appointments (fee required).

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Japan, London at the time of the Summer Olympics, on TV shows and in many local civic activities. Yoko earned the title “The Best Studio in The West” her very first year in business. Her superb choreography has earned numerous awards, including the “Diamond Award” for best choreography from American Dance Competition; the “Grishko Choreography Award” from 19961998; Kids Artistic Revue’s “Choreographer of the Year” award every year since 2000 and



amilies everywhere are in full swing with preparations for the holiday season, many making plans to revisit seasonal traditions for yet another year. For many this includes one of the oldest dance companies in the Bay Area, Yoko’s Dance and Performing Arts Academy rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.” On December 21 and 22, the renowned group will be performing “The Nutcracker” at Ohlone College’s Smith Center. According to academy founder, Yoko Young, Yoko’s Dance Academy has performed the Nutcracker annually since 2005 to share the art of dance with the community and to bring the magic of a holiday favorite to Fremont. This year’s production includes over 100 dancers, ranging in age from age four to adults. The company strives to make each year’s production unique and will include even more elaborate lighting, props, and scenery this year. Auditions

for the production were held in August and rehearsals started in September; performers, choreographers, and production crews have spent countless hours to bring “The Nutcracker” to life on the Ohlone stage. State Assembly member Bob Wieckowski will reprise his role as Drosselmeier; guest artist Justin VanWeest will be featured in a variety of roles. “I think my Nutcracker is the best,” says Yoko. “I have seen many reproductions of the ballet in London, France, and New York where they try to change the original story. I stayed with the traditional story because people like the original, 18th century version best [sic].” Yoko’s Dance & Performing Arts Academy was founded in 1995 to teach the art of dance and support students to become independent, motivated, and mature young men and women. In addition to being one of the top competition studios in the country, Yoko provides her students with a myriad of opportunities to perform, representing Fremont in

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“Teacher of the Year” from 20062009; 10 Starpower’s Choreography Awards since 2001; and a Choreography Award from Showbiz in 2012. Yoko also trained 50 of her students to perform with professional Russian dancers in the Moscow Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” in 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005. Evening performances will be held December 21 and 22. Tickets may be purchased online at or through the Box Office at (510) 659-6031.

Yoko’s Dance Academy The Nutcracker Friday: Dec 21 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec 22 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Jackson Theatre Smith Center, Ohlone College 43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont (510) 659-6031 Tickets: $15 - $20 Event Parking: $2

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Theatre Review



he timeless Charles Dickens classic comes alive in this entertaining musical adaption currently playing in San Leandro. With catchy songs and wonderful choreography, this story is set in the 1940’s as opposed to the original Victorian era version. Regardless, the rest of the tale remains the same. Ebenezer

Scrooge, a wealthy penny-pinching grouch, has a life changing experience, as three ghosts show him the consequences of his lifestyle. Curtain Call Performing Arts has done an outstanding job with this production. Sets and backdrops designed by David Biettle are amazing, and enhanced with

Las Posadas, “the inn” or “shelter,” is a Christmas celebration originated to introduce Christianity in Mexico when missionaries accompanied Spanish Conquistadors. It begins as darkness falls

lighting and smog effects; its equivalent to what you would expect at a major Broadway-style venue. Equally exceptional are costume designer Andrea Gorham’s outfits. It’s a difficult feat to design costumes for a large cast, but to design costumes for a production that spans a timeframe of 60+ years… it boggles the mind; Andrea pulled it off with flying colors. As a musical, good sound is a key component. Sound was a bit inconsistent which detracted from a great performance. Hopefully these problems will be corrected in subsequent productions since all else worked so well. What won’t disappoint or distract is the acting and most importantly, the vocals. Beginning with Scrooge, played by John Cotrufo, the character is brought to life as one would expect. He is ably presented as a loud, grouchy, age-weary man with heavy gestures and empowering presence. Cotrufo’s performance is quite entertaining and it’s evident he truly enjoys playing the lead part. Other notables include Nik Dmoski, who as the ghost of Christmas Present is a joy to watch. He’s funny, has a great voice, but it’s his stage presence that elevates his performance to a top slot. Tiny Tim, on December 16. A gathering with a representation of the nativity visits a different destination each night for eight nights before Christmas. Initially, entrance is denied but then granted. Song, and festivities follow and a “piñata” is broken by a blindfolded stick-wielding participant, revealing treats hidden inside. In the Mexican tradition, a piñata represents the devil who often wears an attractive mask to attract humanity. Traditional piñatas have seven points to represent the seven deadly sins – greed, gluttony, sloth, pride, envy, wrath and lust. The sightless participant represents the force of faith against evil. Old Town of Newark has begun its Posadas each evening and will continue these celebrations through December 21. All are invited to participate. Sunday, Dec 16 6 p.m. Sponsor: Mexico Tortilla Factory Mexico Tortilla Factory Plaza 7015 Thornton Ave., Newark

played by Emily Joy Kessel was a sweet surprise. A flawless voice with amazing pitch made Tiny Tim’s character come to life. The entire cast was top notch talent, but at the apex, Catherine Williamson’s voice of Christmas Past, is a superb. Beautiful, angelic, haunting, amazing, are all fitting words, but still slightly less descriptive of what her voice deserves. Her vibrancy and enchanting smile are an absolute delight; Miss Williamson is bound for Broadway stardom. Overall, A Christmas Carol provides a great evening of theater for the entire family. Older guests will relive childhood, while younger ones will create lasting

Monday, Dec 17 7 p.m. Sponsor: Café Organo Gold Mexico Tortilla Factory 7015 Thornton Ave., Newark Tuesday, Dec 18 7 p.m. Sponsor: Maghaddam DMD Starbucks 7324 Thornton Ave., Newark (Thornton Ave. & Sycamore St.) Wednesday, Dec 19 6 p.m. Sponsored by AvanzandoNewark

memories. The Christmas spirit is alive and well at San Leandro’s Arts Education Center. Make this holiday season even more special by spending an evening watching this wonderful performance. Happy Holidays! A Christmas Carol Friday, Dec 21 8 p.m. Presented by Curtain Call Performing Arts San Leandro Arts Education Center 2200 Bancroft Ave., San Leandro (510) 909-9516 December 22 at 8pm December 23 at 2pm

Escuela Graham Cafeteria 36270 Cherry St., Newark Thursday, Dec 20 7 p.m. Sponsor: Arteagas Estancionamento Arteagas Estancionamento Parking Lot 5524 Thornton Ave., Newark (between Cedar Blvd & Ruschin Dr) Friday, Dec 21 7 p.m. Sponsor: Norma’s Flowers Mexico Tortilla Factory Plaza 7015 Thornton Ave., Newark (between Sycamore St & Magnolia St)

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$ = Entrance or Activity Fee R= Reservations Required Schedules are subject to change. Call to confirm activities shown in these listings.

Continuing Events Monday, Oct 23 -Sunday, Jan 6

Crossroads Church 41386 Fremont Blvd., Fremont (510) 651-0103 Saturday, Dec 8 – Tuesday, Dec 25

Monday, Nov 20-Friday, Jan 25

Crippsmas Place

Book Drive

6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Decorated neighborhood benefitting six charities

Crippsmas Place Wellington Court, Fremont Monday, Dec 11 - Sunday, Dec 31

Ten Women’s Perspectives Work from the women artists of Watercolor Connections

Hayward City Hall 777 B St., Hayward (510) 538-2787 Friday, Dec 14 - Sunday, Dec 23

A Christmas Carol, the Musical $

8 p.m. (Sunday matinees: 2 p.m.) The classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge

San Leandro Performing Arts Center 2250 Bancroft Ave., San Leandro (510) 909-9516 Saturday, Dec 14 - Sunday, Mar 3

Strolling Art by Rick Boreliz

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Carved walking sticks reflect endemic wildlife & indigenous art motifs

Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center 4901 Breakwater Ave., Hayward (510) 670-7270

Friday, Nov 23 - Sunday, Dec 30

Works of Jan Small

Train of Lights $

Award-winning artist, writer & teacher exhibits paintings

Monday, Dec 18 - Sunday, Dec 24

New Park Mall 2086 Newpark Mall, Newark (510) 742-2326

Christmas Tree Lot

Saturday, Nov 24 - Sunday, Dec 23

Stories of the Season $

Sat., 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. & Sun., 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. 510-797-5234

Crossroads Church Light Show

Emmy-nominated television series comes to life

4:30 p.m. Niles departure Niles Station 37001 Mission Blvd., Fremont 7:30 p.m. Sunol departure Sunol Depot 6 Kilkare Rd., Sunol

36600 Niles Blvd, Fremont

Friday, Dec 7 - Sunday, Dec 30

Free light show choreographed to music

Ride restored railroad cars decorated for the holidays

Rev. Ken Daigle Senior Minister

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Milpitas High School 1285 Escuela Pkwy., Milpitas (408) 318-8458

Sunday 10:00 AM

McConaghy Victorian House 18701 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward (510) 581-0223

Fri & Sun: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Sat: 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Donate books to create a high school library in Ghana

Unity of Fremont

Monday, Dec 11- Friday, Feb 1

Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition $

The Tech Museum 201 South Market St., San Jose (408) 294-8324

A positive path for spiritual living

Explore the Victorian home decorated for the holidays

11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Monday, Dec 11-Friday, Jan 11

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Choose the perfect tree for your holiday

New Park Mall 2086 Newpark Mall, Newark (510) 742-2326

Student Impressions

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Work by students of teacher & local artist Diana Mihalakis

Milpitas Community Center 457 E. Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas (408) 586-3409

Monday, Dec 18 - Friday, Jan 30

Original Artwork by Jan Schafir

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Displays by Jan’s art studio

Fremont Cultural Arts Council 3375 Country Drive, Fremont (510) 794-7166

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Tuesday, Dec 18

Friday, Dec 21

Saturday, Dec 22

American Red Cross Blood Drive - R

Tiny Tim’s Holiday Jam $R

Coyote Hills Open House

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

10 a.m. - 12 noon

Entertainment for holiday “orphans” to raise funds for Cerebral Palsy

Family fun meeting reptiles, hearing stories & doing nature crafts

Eon Coffee 24970 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward (917) 532-7199

Coyote Hills Regional Park 8000 Patterson Ranch Rd., Fremont (510) 544-3220

Friday, Dec 21 - Saturday, Dec 22

Sunday, Dec 23

Tuesday, Dec 18

The Nutcracker $

Tri-City Women’s Club Luncheon $

8 p.m. & matinee 2 p.m.

10 a.m.

9 a.m. Lunch, bridge & other card games. Holiday music by harpist Diana Stork

Smith Center 43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont (510) 659-6031

Elks Lodge 38991 Farwell Dr., Fremont (510) 793-6830

Saturday, Dec 22

Schedule an appointment & use sponsor code: KAISER84FRE

Kaiser Permanente Fremont Medical Center 39400 Paseo Padre Pkwy., Fremont (800) 733-2767

Thursday, Dec 19

East Bay Stompers Band

7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Dixie, swing & standards

Bronco Billy’s Pizza - Irvington 41200 Blacow Road, Fremont (510) 438-0121 Wednesday, Dec 19

Wednesday Walk

10 a.m. - 12 noon Strenuous 6 mile climb up Mission Peak

Mission Peak Regional Preserve End of Stanford Ave., Fremont Wednesday, Dec 19

Holiday Concert

7:30 p.m. Castro Valley Community Band

Castro Valley Center for the Arts 19501 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley (510) 889-8961 Wednesday, Dec 19

Women’s Council of Realtors Tri-Cities Luncheon

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch, presentation of fundraising checks & swearing-in of officers

Newark-Fremont Hilton Hotel 39900 Balentine Dr., Newark (510) 886-2662 Thursday, Dec 20

Richard King- A Christmas Cabaret

8 p.m. Musical entertainment. Free performance, visitors welcome

Temple Hill / Oakland Interstake Center 4770 Lincoln Ave., Oakland (510) 531-1475 Thursday, Dec 20

Children’s Concert with Wiley Rankin

11:30 a.m. For pre-school & elementary age children

Fremont Main Library 2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont (510) 745-1400 Thursday, Dec 20

Free Legal Clinic

1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Low income residents with civil legal problems. Call for appointment

Fremont Family Resource Center, Pacific Room #H800 39155 Liberty St. (at Capitol), Fremont (510) 574-2000 Thursday, Dec 20 - Saturday, Dec 22

Mill Creek Ramblers & Autumn and the Fall Guys

7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Live Blue Grass & Country music

Mission Pizza & Pub 1572 Washington Blvd., Fremont (510) 651-6858 Thursday, Dec 20 - Saturday, Dec 22

Model Auditions by appointment Support Fremont Unified School District Art & Drama programs

Weddings and Dreams 40528 Albrae St., Fremont (510) 438-8877 egistration

Yoko’s Dance Academy

Live in Bethlehem Experience the Christmas story. Desserts & gifts afterward

New Life Christian Fellowship 22360 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley (510) 582-2261

Science Lecture for Children

2 p.m. For Elementary school ages

Fremont Main Library 2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont (510) 745-1400 Saturday, Dec 22

Movie Night $

7:30 p.m. Ben-Hur

Niles Essanay Theater 37417 Niles Blvd, Fremont (510) 494-1411

Monday, Dec 24

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

6:30 p.m. Carols & candles

New Life Christian Fellowship 22360 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley (510) 582-2261

December 18, 2012 Monday, Dec 24

Celebrate Christmas

4 p.m. Family service featuring a children’s pageant

Saint James Episcopal Church 37051 Cabrillo Terrace, Fremont (510) 797-1492


Boutique Calendar Wednesday, Dec 19 – Sunday, Dec 23

Artisan’s Holiday Boutique

11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Hand-crafted gifts by local artists

Fremont Art Association Center/Gallery 37697 Niles Blvd., Fremont (510) 792-0905

SUBMITTED BY DOMINICAN SISTERS OF MSJ For all that has been—thanks; for all that will be—yes. Join the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose for their New Year’s Eve Retreat on Monday, December 31. A Welcome and Reflective Session will start the evening at 7 p.m. followed by New Year’s Eve Mass Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God Rev. Carl Seewald, SVD Presider, at 9 p.m. Bring a dish to share for the Potluck Reception at 10 p.m. and experience the Eucharistic Adoration from 11 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Friday, Dec 21 – Sunday, Dec 23

Annual Holiday Boutique

Fri: 12 noon – 6 p.m. Sat & Sun: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Handcrafted items by local artists

Sun Gallery 1015 “E” St., Hayward (510) 581-4050

To attend, RSVP by Wednesday, December 26 to Sister Frances Mary at or call (510) 933-6335. New Year’s Eve Retreat Monday, Dec 31 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. Dominican Sisters of MSJ Motherhouse 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont (Entrance on Mission Tierra Pl.) (510) 933-6335

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Students deliver three shopping carts filled with toys to the firemen with Captain David MacArthur at far right.

ARTICLE AND PHOTOS BY MIRIAM G. MAZLIACH “Many of the students at Oliveira Elementary School in Fremont, had been saving their allowance and generously opened up their piggy banks to purchase toys for kids less fortunate than they,” said Principal Linda Anderson. Additionally, in lieu of “Secret Santa” gifts, Principal Anderson had asked her school’s staff members instead “to give to others in need.” The donated toys were now filling three shopping carts to overflowing, in readiness for the Fremont Fire Department’s arrival to the school on the afternoon of December 11. The firefighters’ prompt appearance was timed to coincide with Oliveira’s fire drill exercise. Once at the school, the Fire Department was able to observe the students move swiftly and situate themselves into organized classroom lines in order to successfully complete their fire drill. Afterwards, both Principal Anderson and Fire Captain David MacArthur congratulated the students for their efforts not only in the fire drill, but for donating so many toys to be distributed during the holiday season. On cue, three designated students each rolled out one of the brimming shopping carts. Soon many hands were on deck to assist the crew from Centerville Engine Company 56 in loading the toys onto the van. As part of the “Toys for Tots” drive, these will be delivered to the Tri-City Volunteers for distribution to needy kids, to help brighten up their holidays.

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SUBMITTED BY MARTHA MATTHIESEN, FREMONT PD Fremont Police officers made Wednesday, December 12, 2012 a special day for 20 children who participated in the event. The children spent the morning with an

officer and shopped for holiday gifts for their family members. Fremont Police organize this event every year with generous grants and donations from the community. Primary sponsors are Target, Mission San continued from page 8

Jose Rotary, Fremont Bank, Police employees and associations; however, there are many other organizations and businesses that contribute to the event to make it a success. COSTCO donates fruit and juice for breakfast and Starbucks Civic Center sets up a table and serves coffee and hot

chocolate promptly at 7 a.m. The collaboration of these community partners makes this event a success every year. The fun begins in the big white canopy at the Target parking lot. Decorative tables,

holiday music and a festive mood make the morning special. Children are picked up from school in a patrol car by their assigned officer and chauffeured back to the Target parking lot to await their turn to shop. Meanwhile, the officer and their child can enjoy crafts, games and face painting. Games are generously donated by the Irvington Business Association. Each child receives at least 2 books – generously donated by Half Price Books as well as the students from Mrs. Silva’s class at Our Lady of Guadalupe School. Target employees volunteer as ‘shopping elves’ to help the children and officers find the items they want. Then the children wrap their gifts

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numerous teenagers began running from the scene. Multiple stops were conducted on several groups. Officers determined that the house in question was vacant, and that the partygoers had broken into the home. Officers performed a security check of the residence with negative results. At least one bullet strike was located in a neighbor’s vehicle. Case investigated by Officer C. Tang. Martinek Manufacturing on Osgood Road was burglarized at approximately 11:20 p.m. A suspect used a forklift to force open the rollup doors. Loss is being determined. Case investigated by Officer Chahouati. December 8 It was reported that an adult male wanted for his involvement in an assault with a deadly weapon case that occurred on 12/4/12 was in the area of Fremont Blvd/Mowry Ave. He had an active $80,000 warrant for his arrest. Officers flooded the area in an attempt to locate him. Officer Samayoa checked small pathways at the Fremont Hub and discovered the adult male in front of a store at the Hub. Sao was taken into custody without incident. December 9 At approximately 5:10 p.m. Officer Haugh responded to Fry’s Electronics for a reported petty theft and arrested a 29 year old adult male for burglary and possession of burglary tools. Officers responded to the Chevron gas station on Thornton Avenue for a reported robbery. Two black male adult suspects entered the gas station. One suspect asked the clerk for money. When the clerk refused, the suspect assaulted him. Both male suspects fled W/B Thornton Ave. The suspects were described as black male adults, 20-25, 5’8, thin build. Suspect 1 was dressed in a green T-shirt and blue jeans. Suspect 2 was dressed in a black beanie, black T-shirt, and black sweat pants. Case investigated by Officer Candler. December 10 At 3:14 a.m. officers responded to the 4100 block of Broadmoor Common regarding a possible burglary. The reporting party stated that she was out of the apartment for several hours on 12/9 and returned home around 3:00 p.m. She fell asleep and woke up later in the night to find several items missing. Unknown method of entry. China, dishes, silver and shoes were taken.

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Sometime between 11/10/12 – 12/20/12 unknown suspect(s) entered a residence on the 34000 block of Bluestone Common and removed jewelry and designer purses without permission. No sign of forced entry. At approximately 4:00 p.m. officers responded to the 36000 block of San Pedro Drive to take a residential burglary report. Entry was made via the rear slider sometime between 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Loss included laptops and cash. Possible suspect vehicle described as a beat up red 1990’s Cadillac. At approximately 3:20 p.m. officers were dispatched to the 43500 block of Bryant Street to investigate a residential burglary. The burglary occurred between 9:45 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. Point of entry was a window that was not locked. Loss is currency, small electronics and jewelry. At approximately 8:00 p.m. officers responded to the 3600 block of Main Street to investigate a residential burglary. Sometime between 6:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. unknown suspect(s) attempted to gain entry by trying to breach a door handle. The suspect(s) were not able to gain entry and no loss reported At approximately 3:00 a.m. this morning (12/11/12) Officer Valdes was dispatched to Everglades Park Drive to contact the registered owner of a blue ’91 Toyota Camry. San Ramon PD had two (2) juveniles stopped for driving the vehicle in their jurisdiction. The vehicle was an unreported stolen vehicle and one of the juveniles was a reported missing person, out of Fremont. December 12 Armed Robbery at Union 76 Station 34867 Ardenwood Boulevard: A Black male in his early 20’s wearing a mask enters the 76 Station’s mini mart and sticks the clerk up with a shotgun. Suspect steals $123, flees, and possibly gets into a green sedan west bound on Highway 84. A female victim was in her car, stopped by the side of the road when she was approached by the suspect who demanded she give him money. She retrieved her can of OC and sprayed the suspect. She drove away in her car and called us. Suspect is Black Male, 20’s, Med height, slim build, disheveled looking, wearing black hoody with red shirt under it. No loss. Ofc. Soper investigating. A male victim was walking through the BART lot was accosted by two males who demanded his cell

phone. One suspect appeared to have a handgun. After a short struggle the suspects fled without the phone. Victim immediately called us and responding officers located both suspects walking to the rear of the Archstone complex off of Civic/Walnut. Both suspects fled on foot, but one suspect was quickly apprehended. An extensive search was conducted but the second suspect was not found. A residential burglary was reported on Hackamore Common. Loss was jewelry; Officer Greenberg investigating. Today was the Fremont PD annual Shop-with-a-Cop event. Thank you to all the officers, professional staff, Target employees and the various businesses that make this event possible. Photos are available on our Facebook page at!/media/set/?set=a .414139605322225.94137.2073873 02664124&type=3 At approximately 6:30 p.m., Officer Gourley stopped a vehicle and walked up to the passenger side. The car sped off N/B on Farwell Dr. Officer Gourley located the car unoccupied several blocks away. A citizen reported that a subject ran away from the vehicle and provided a description. Approx. ? hour later, Officer Malcomson located a subject matching the description at Blacow/Richmond. As Officer Malcomson attempted to stop the subject, he discarded a black bag containing cocaine and marijuana. The subject fled E/B on Richmond and into the backyard of a residence. A perimeter was established and a Newark PD K9 requested. A 21 year old adult male was located a short time later on a roof approximately six houses in from where Officer Malcomson spotted him and was arrested. Officer Kindorf was dispatched to a battery report on Royal Ann Common. The reporting party reported hearing arguing and loud banging against the wall. The R/P also reported that juveniles were crying and a female was yelling. Dispatch found that a male associated to the residence was wanted for a felony assault warrant out of San Joaquin County. The residence was surrounded and contact made at the front door. A 27 year old adult male was arrested for his warrants.

(with the little help from volunteers) and labeled to be picked up by the family at the Family Resource Center later in the day. Once all the shopping is done and all the games are played, Fremont Outback Steakhouse arrives to serve lunch to everyone and the children are returned to school. The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for the children to enjoy the gift of giving as well as experiencing a positive interaction with law enforcement officers. The Fremont Police Department is honored to have the opportunity to brighten the holiday experience for families in our community.

Fred Bobbitt promoted to the rank of Lieutenant SUBMITTED BY FREMONT PD We are pleased to announce the promotion of Fred Bobbitt to the rank of Lieutenant. Prior to working for the City of Fremont, Lt. Bobbitt attended Hopkins Jr. High and Mission San Jose High School in Fremont. While attending high school, Lt. Bobbitt joined the volunteer Police Explorer program. He then went on to become a Reserve Police Officer and started working full-time for the City in 1990 as a Detention Technician in the jail. While working in the jail he was promoted to Detention Technician Supervisor and then to the position of Police Officer in 1997. In 2000, Lt. Bobbitt was promoted to Detective and spent the next eight years as a Robbery/Homicide Detective. In 2008, Fred was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and in 2010 rotated back into the Detective Unit as a Supervisor. On December 2, 2012 Bobbitt was promoted to Lieutenant where he is now working as a Swing Shift Patrol Watch Commander. Lt. Fred Bobbitt is also a Volunteer Coordinator, Peer Support Coordinator, Shop with a Cop Coordinator and coordinates fund-raisers for victims of violent crimes. If you happen to see Lt. Bobbitt out and about, please say hello and congratulate him on his promotion.

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Newark Police Log a male and female refusing to leave the area. Valerie Buffey of Fremont and Lionel James of Newark were contacted. Buffey was found to be on searchable probation, which yielded a Mexico ID card in her purse. She provided a ludicrous story of why she was in possession of the card and Officer Norvell arrested her for misappropriation of found property. Additional follow-up by Officer Norvell revealed the female depicted on the card was the victim of a theft in Richmond and the case will be amended to possession of stolen property. While providing extra patrol in the parking lot of the EZ-8 Motel at 8:38 p.m., Officer Mavrakis located Michael Watts of Willits as he was looking into vehicles in the parking lot. Watts was defiant the moment Officer Mavrakis contacted him. At one point Watts walked towards Officer Mavrakis in an attempt to square off and fight, which resulted in a request for emergency assistance from other officers. Officer Mavrakis was able to handcuff continued on page 27

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Mission San Jose Soccer Starts Season Strong BY KENNY JACOBY PHOTOS BY MIKE HEIGHTCHEW Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) league play began this week for men and women’s soccer.

and slipped in for a goal. However, the Warriors would respond quickly, as Senior Noah Yang launched a deep free kick from the 35-yard line past the Washington goalkeeper and into the corner of the net, tying the score at one apiece. Later in the

Both Mission San Jose Warriors Varsity teams are poised for strong seasons this year, and showed their formidability in their opening games. The Women’s Varsity season opener was on Tuesday at Tak Fudenna Stadium against the Washington Huskies. Mission San Jose was notably missing one of its star players, Senior Kristin Moyer, who went down with a knee injury at the end of the preseason. The Warriors put up a strong fight, but the ball rolled in the Huskies’ favor. Powered by two goals from Washington’s Senior Megan Ravenscroft, Washington took the win on opening night, by a final of 2-0. The Men’s Varsity season opener was on Wednesday, also at Tak, and they also battled Washington. After a stone cold defensive first half, the score was stuck at 0-0. But early in the second half, Washington struck first as a shot by Senior Kevin Sanchez caught MSJ keeper Senior Eamon Jahani off guard,

half, Jahani was awarded a yellow card for a controversial foul in the penalty box, and Washington was given a penalty kick. Senior Brandon Facha replaced Jahani in goal, and made a spectacular save on a powerful shot to the right post. Despite a red card for MSJ head coach Al Garcia with minutes to go, the game ended in a 1-1 draw. On Thursday, Women’s Varsity took on the Irvington Vikings at Tak, and this time they emerged victorious. Midway through the first half, Mission San Jose defender Senior Elim Yang was on the receiving end of a corner kick, which she volleyed with her knee and buried into the back of the net. The shot was perfectly placed where the goalkeeper had no chance of saving. Mission San Jose keeper Senior Kylie Moltzen also had a flawless game, saving more than a dozen shots on goal and maintaining a clean sheet, clinching the 1-0 victory for the Warriors. On Friday, Men’s Varsity dismantled the Irvington Vikings at Tak. Both MSJ’s defense and offensive attacks were on point, even despite missing Junior Sid Ambulkar at the sweeper position due to a knee injury. Sophomore forward Andrew Chang struck first for MSJ, burying a ricocheted ball into the goal midway through the first half. Noah Yang added the second goal shortly thereafter, after a breakaway and a booming shot squirted past the keeper. Junior Khiem Lu tacked on the third goal with just seconds to go in the first half, after a shot from Yang bounced off the hands of the diving keeper and landed at Lu’s feet. The 3-0 halftime lead would hold for the remainder of the game, as MSJ took home its first victory of the regular season.

NJB Bulldogs come out strong Basketball

SUBMITTED BY CANDY ALCOSIBA The National Junior Basketball junior high division Bulldogs kicked off their season on Sunday, December 2nd with a dominating victory, 50-27. Led by first time coach Steve Parks and veteran coach Joel Moore they managed to create an offense and defense that proved effective with just one prior practice. The Bulldogs took an early 6-2 lead in the first quarter and held on to that margin at the half with a 12-6 lead. Bulldog offense put up 18 points and solidified their lead as the game came to an end. Top scorers for the team included: Kyle Alcosiba, 11 points; Joel Moore, 10 points; Davey Robeck, 8 points and Ashank Verma, 8 points. Excellent re-

bounds and assists were a large part of the Bulldog victory. Going into their second game of the season, the Bulldogs were eager to take control. Racking in 8 points early, Joel Moore gave the Bulldogs confidence and a lead. As the game continued, it was evident that the Bulldog defense and offense would dominate. Top point scorers for the game were Joel Moore with 16 points, Davey Robeck with 12 points, and Kyle Alcosiba with 11 points. The final score was 49-32 giving the Bulldogs a 2-0 record. Although the season is early, the Bulldogs are developing a team chemistry that will take them a long way. “This is a great way to begin the season and our boys have proved they can compete,” Coach Joel Moore said. “My goal as a coach has always been to make better men than players because life is so much bigger than a game.”

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Niles Canyon Road Safety Assessment SUBMITTED BY UNION CITY PUBLIC WORKS On Monday, December 10, 2012 at 7 p.m. at Fremont Senior Center, Caltrans held a public meeting to receive feedback on the Road Safety Assessment (RSA) and the Value Analysis Study final reports for State Route 84/Niles Canyon. There were about 40 participants who attended the meeting. Most of them were residents from Sunol. There were also residents of Union City representing the “Save the Hills” group. The meeting concluded at 8:45 p.m. Caltrans has abandoned their previous Niles Canyon I, II, and III projects and plans to start fresh based on the recommendation from the final report and feedback from the public and stakeholders. The final reports are posted on the Caltrans website at There are five (5) short-term and maintenance recommendations that can be implemented right away: (1) eliminate passing zone, (2) install better reflective signage, (3) install speed feedback sign, (4) lighting of key areas, and (5) trim vegetation (no tree removal) for better line of sight. The rest of the medium- and long-term measures will require proper scoping and CEQA review before implementation. In the meeting, Caltrans announced that public input/feedback will be ongoing until January 15, 2013. Caltrans will also hold stakeholder meetings (which consist of residents from Sunol, environmental groups, ACWD, CHP, staff from Fremont, Union City, County, and representatives from State’s Electives) to go over the comments before finalizing their scoping report. The Scoping Report will most likely be released in Spring 2014.

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continued from page 25 Watts who became combative and kept trying to access his waistband. As the arrest was taking place a group of anti-police citizens had exited nearby motel rooms and began to walk towards Officer Mavrakis. K-9 “Ares” was summoned from the vehicle and never left Officer Mavrakis’ side until additional officers arrived. Watts began thrash around the rear of the patrol vehicle, and a WRAPleg restraint device was utilized at the scene. There was no damage to the patrol vehicle, and there were no injuries associated with this incident. Watts thought he had a felony warrant for his arrest and he didn’t want to go to jail. He was booked at Santa Rita Jail for resisting arrest and an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. One caller in the 36900 block of Olive Street called NPD at 9:27 p.m. to report the sound of shots fired in the area. Officer’s Kovach and Lopez arrived and three males dressed in all black clothing began running from the area upon seeing the marked units. Officer Lopez eventually stopped and detained Jorge Gonzalez of East Palo Alto in the All-Star burger parking lot. At the time Gonzalez was dressed in all black clothing with red accents, indicative of his gang ties. The other two males were not located since the original scene became the top priority at that point.

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Newark Police Log A neighborhood canvass was completed and there was no evidence that a shooting had occurred. Spilled beer and a hat were located in the driveway of an apartment complex. Officer Lopez ultimately arrested Gonzalez for delaying/interfering with an officer. December 9 Officer S. Eriksen attempted to contact Joseph Ammon (Transient) at Thornton Ave. and Hwy 880 at 11:22 a.m. Ammon took off running. S. Eriksen caught Ammon. Ammon struggled with Officer S. Eriksen. Ammon was taken to the ground. Ammon had run because he had a glass-smoking pipe on his person that he threw while he was running. FPD Officer Baca and his K-9 partner “Harkos” responded to make sure no other contraband had been discarded. After Ammon was medically cleared, he was booked at the Fremont Jail for resisting arrest and possession of a methamphetamine smoking pipe. Officer Katz investigated a burglary at 24 hour Fitness at 12:13 p.m. A club member’s locker had been broken into. The wallet was located in the gym’s restroom, minus $40.00. Officers responded to Macy’s for a theft that had just occurred at 4:12 p.m. The female suspects had fought with Loss Prevention in an attempt

to get away. Kalian Turner (East Palo Alto) and Rachael Toe (East Palo Alto) were arrested by Officer Katz for robbery. Both were booked at Fremont Jail. A family dispute call at a residence on Fountaine Ave. resulted in the arrest of Alejandro Valencia of Newark at 8:44 p.m. for being under the influence of Methamphetamine. Valencia had just been released earlier in the day from Santa Rita Jail and had been arguing with family members about him using drugs immediately after his release. Officer Ramos handled Valencia’s swift return to Santa Rita. A citizen called to report Jon Ferguson (transient) rummaging through a garbage dumpster at an apartment complex on Cherry St. Officer Bloom subsequently arrested Ferguson at 8:57 p.m. for being under the influence of Methamphetamine. Ferguson also directed Officer Bloom to where he has stashed some additional Methamphetamine in a nearby laundry room resulting in an additional charge. Ferguson was later booked at Santa Rita Jail. Any person with any information concerning these incidents can contact the non-emergency line at 510578-4237. Information can also be left anonymously on the “silent witness” hotline at 510-578-4000, extension 500.

SUBMITTED BY UNION CITY PD December 6 At about 2:12 pm, officers responded to the area of Peco Street and Kennedy Avenue to investigate a report of suspicious subjects possibly casing a residence to burglarize. The first arriving officer spotted the three subjects crossing Decoto Road and attempted to stop them, but they took off running. Additional officers responded to the area and set up a perimeter around the neighborhood, as the subjects began to jump fences in an attempt evade the officers. All three subjects were apprehended hiding in the back yard of residences on Silsby Street and Cherrywood Avenue. The three subjects turned out to be juveniles and were arrested for attempted burglary, trespassing, and resisting arrest. December 7 At about 12:20 pm, an officer on routine patrol on the 3000 block of San Andreas Drive was flagged down by a homeowner. The homeowner advised the officer that his residence is currently vacant, but the front door appeared to be barricaded from the inside. The owner asked the officers to breach the door and investigate if anyone was inside illegally. The officers breached the door and found that someone had established an illegal marijuana grow inside the residence with over 100 marijuana plants. The Investigations unit is following up to determine who was renting the home. December 12 A stabbing occurred during an argument that resulted in minor non-life threatening injuries. The suspect slashed a family member with a knife at a residence on Galano Plaza. The suspect was arrested and charged with felony assault with a weapon.

Water District holds informational meeting SUBMITTED BY FRANK JAHN The Alameda County Water District (ACWD) announced that it will host an informational meeting regarding Alameda Creek water supply and fish passage projects on Tuesday, December 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Niles Elementary School in Fremont. The Kaiser Fish Screen and Shinn Pond Diversion Pipeline projects are scheduled to begin in the spring of 2013 with construction lasting approximately one year. “These projects will improve water supply reliability and prevent juvenile steelhead trout – a protected species – from being trapped in groundwater recharge ponds,” said Robert Shaver, ACWD Assistant General Manager. “The informational meeting will allow District staff to inform residents of the temporary impacts these projects will have on area recreation,” Meeting agenda items will include: * Why the projects are being undertaken * How impacts to Alameda Creek Trail users, Quarry Lakes users, and home-owners will be minimized * How to receive project updates * A question and answer session For additional project information, call the Project Hotline at (510) 668-4410 or visit

Union City Council December 11, 2012 National Anthem and God Bless American by St. James the Apostle Catholic Church Choir Proclamations and Presentations: Resolution honoring Administrative Services Director Rich Digre upon retirement Resolution declaring results of General Municipal Election November 8, 2012 Farewell remarks by Mayor Mark Green Oath of Office for re-elected Councilmember Jim Navarro Oath of Office for elected Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci Regular Session: Appointment of Emily Duncan as Vice Mayor Council assignments to Boards and Commissions

Oral Communications: New Haven Schools Foundation has committed $100,000 to the school district for co-curricular and extra curricular activities including coaches for forensics, athletics, band, etc. Fundraiser was a Casino Night last year and will be this year’s fundraiser as well with the addition of a Texas hold em tournament. This year it will be held February 2, 2013; 6 p.m. – midnight including music, dancing and a catered buffet, live and silent auctions. Tickets are available, not sold at door. Venue is changed to Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church, 32975 Alvarado-Niles Rd. The Foundation can be contacted at (510) 471-or Mayor Mark Green (Proclamations only) Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci Vice Mayor Pat Gacoscos (Proclamations only) Vice Mayor Emily Duncan Jim Navarro Pat Gacoscos Lorrin Ellis

Aye Aye Aye Aye Aye Aye Aye

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PUBLIC NOTICES CIVIL ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME Case No. HG12657288 Superior Court of California, County of Alameda Petition of: Zartaj Hassan Rahimi for Change of Name TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner Zartaj Hassan Rahimi filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Zartaj Hassan Rahimi to Zartaja Hassan Rahimi The Court orders that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. Notice of Hearing: Date: Friday February 22, 2013, Time: 8:45 a.m., Dept.: 504 The address of the court is 24405 Amador Street, Hayward, CA 94544 A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: What’s Happening - Tri City Voice Date: November 26, 2012 WINIFRED Y SMITH Judge of the Superior Court 12/18, 12/25, 1/1, 1/8/13 CNS-2421591# ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME Case No. HG 12655910 Superior Court of California, County of Alameda Petition of: Sujithkumar Kanjirakkattu Viswanathan Nair for Change of Name TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner Sujithkumar Kanjirakkattu Viswanathan Nair filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Sujithkumar Kanjirakkattu Viswanathan Nair to Sujith Kumar Viswanath The Court orders that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. Notice of Hearing: Date: February 15, 2013, Time: 8:45 a.m., Dept.: 504 The address of the court is 24405 Amador Street, Hayward, CA 94544 A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: What’s Happening - Tri-City Voice Newspaper Date: November 13, 2012 Winifred Y. Smith Judge of the Superior Court 12/4, 12/11, 12/18, 12/25/12 CNS-2413950# ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME Case No. HG12656768 Superior Court of California, County of Alameda Petition of: Deborah Ann Ware for Change of Name TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner Deborah Ann Ware filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Deborah Ann Ware to Deborah Ann Ramona Zuniga The Court orders that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. Notice of Hearing: Date: 2/22/2013, Time: 8:45 AM, Dept.: 504 The address of the court is 24405 Amador Street, Hayward, CA 94544 A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: What’s Happenings, Tri-City Voice Date: November 19, 2012 WINIFRED Y. SMITH Judge of the Superior Court 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18/12 CNS-2411853#

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAMES FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 472377 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: The Singh Law Firm, A Professional Corporation, 39111 Paseo Padre Parkway, Ste. 115, Fremont, CA 94538, County of Alameda The Singh Law Firm, A Professional Corporation, CA, 39111 Paseo Padre Parkway, Ste. 115, Fremont, CA 94538 This business is conducted by Corporation The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) /s/ Sharmica K Singh, President This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda County on November 30, 2012. NOTICE-In accordance with Section 17920(a), a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires five years from the date it was filed with the County Clerk, except as provided in Section 17920(b), where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). 12/18, 12/25, 1/1, 1/8/13 CNS-2421959# FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 472318 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: S & S World, 21572 Mission Blvd., Hayward, CA 94541, County of Alameda. Sam Kharie, 21572 Mission Blvd., Hayward, CA 94541. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 11/29/2012. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) /s/ Sam Kharie, Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda County on November 29, 2012. NOTICE-In accordance with Section 17920(a), a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires five years from the date it was filed with the County Clerk, except as provided in Section 17920(b), where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). 12/4, 12/11, 12/18, 12/25/12 CNS-2415653# FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 471656 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: BRIGHT BEGINNING DAYCARE/PRESCHOOL FREMONT, 34270 WHITEHEAD LANE, FREMONT, CA 94555 MAILING ADDRESS: SAME, County of ALAMEDA BIBHA RANI SARMA, 34276 WHITEHEAD LANE, FREMONT, CA, 94555 This business is conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) /s/ BIBHA RANI SARMA This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda County on NOVEMBER 6, 2012 NOTICE-In accordance with Section 17920(a), a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires five years from the date it was filed with the County Clerk, except as provided in Section 17920(b), where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). 12/4, 12/11, 12/18, 12/25/12 CNS-2415425#

Officials: Libyan government slowing investigation continued from page 12

The hearing comes a week before Secretary of State Hillary Clinton briefs lawmakers on an independent review of the attack by an accountability review board, led by retired Ambassador Thomas Pickering. Officials expect that the review will focus on security assessments done of the consulate before the attack, as well as the actions of the diplomatic security agents during it. Three U.S. officials say the security team did not fire a single shot, as a crowd of militants and looters overwhelmed the compounds of the local Libyan security team. The State Department agents lost track of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens during the incident, in the heavy smoke after the militants set fire to the building. Stevens was overcome by smoke and was later carried out of the damaged building by Libyans who took him to a local hospital where he apparently died from smoke inhalation. His exit from the building was filmed on a camera cellphone and posted on YouTube. It later became part of a composite video crafted by the intelligence community to show lawmakers a real-time sequence of the attack, weaving it together with surveillance video from a CIA drone and from the consulate’s security cameras. U.S. intelligence has blamed the attack on militants who are members of a number of different groups, from the local Libyan militia Ansar al-Shariah, whose members were seen at the U.S. consulate during the attack, to militants with links to al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb – core al-Qaida’s leading representative in the African region. The consulate’s cameras captured many of the faces of armed men in a mob, and some have been questioned, but most remain free. U.S. intelligence efforts have been hampered by the evacuation of CIA officers from Benghazi in the aftermath of the attack. Libyan officials could not be reached for comment. AP writer Adam Goldman contributed to this report.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 472163 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: J J Cleaning Services, 4291 Stevenson Blvd., Apt. 15, Fremont, CA 94538, County of Alameda Jose Raul Padilla, 4291 Stevenson Blvd., Apt. 15, Fremont, California 94538 This business is conducted by an Individual The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) /s/ Jose Padrilla This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda County on November 26, 2012 NOTICE-In accordance with Section 17920(a), a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires five years from the date it was filed with the County Clerk, except as provided in Section 17920(b), where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). 12/4, 12/11, 12/18, 12/25/12 CNS-2415288# FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 471730 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Angel Bookkeeping, 38727 Greenwich Cir., Fremont, CA 94536, County of Alameda Hoori Samsami, 38727 Greenwich Cir., Fremont, CA 94536 This business is conducted by an individual The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 11/7/2012 I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) /s/ Hoori Samsami This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda County on November 7, 2012 NOTICE-In accordance with Section 17920(a), a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires five years from the date it was filed with the County Clerk, except as provided in Section 17920(b), where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). 12/4, 12/11, 12/18, 12/25/12 CNS-2414683# FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 471952 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Universal Transportation, 3500 Pennsylvania Ave. 104, Fremont, CA 94536, County of Alameda Minu Bhandari Thapa, 3500 Pennsylvania Ave. 104, Fremont, CA 94536 Janaki Bhandari, 3500 Pennsylvania Ave. 104, Fremont, CA 94536 This business is conducted by a general partnership The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) /s/ Minu B. Thapa This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda County on November 14, 2012. NOTICE-In accordance with Section 17920(a), a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires five years from the date it was filed with the County Clerk, except as provided in Section 17920(b), where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). 12/4, 12/11, 12/18, 12/25/12 CNS-2413563# FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 472006-07 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: 1. Trux-Book 2. Lifestyle Fremont, 33765 Whitehead Ln., Fremont, CA 94555, County of Alameda Parminder Singh, 33765 Whitehead Ln., Fremont,

Letter to the Editor

CA 94555 Bhacwant Singh Sandhu, 33765 Whitehead Ln., Fremont, CA 94555 This business is conducted by a General Partnership The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 11-16-12 I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) /s/ Parminder Singh, Director This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda County on November 16, 2012 NOTICE-In accordance with Section 17920(a), a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires five years from the date it was filed with the County Clerk, except as provided in Section 17920(b), where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18/12 CNS-2410895# FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 471988 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: DNF Auto Sales, 5051 Yellowstone Park Dr., Fremont, CA 94538 Asmir Buliubasic, 5051 Yellowstone Park Dr., Fremont, CA 94538 This business is conducted by an individual The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) /s/ Asmir Buliubasic This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda County on November 15, 2012 NOTICE-In accordance with Section 17920(a), a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires five years from the date it was filed with the County Clerk, except as provided in Section 17920(b), where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18/12 CNS-2410475#

GOVERNMENT NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Sealed bids will be received in the Office of Purchasing Services at 3300 Capitol Ave., Bldg B, Fremont, California, up to the hour of 2:00 PM on January 22, 2013, at which time they will be opened and read out loud in said building for: Fremont Police Department Fire Alarm Upgrade City Project No. PWC 8649 APN 525-1671-001-00 PRE-BID CONFERENCE : A pre-bid conference is scheduled for 10:00 AM, on January 8, 2013 in the Police Building located at 2000 Stevenson Boulevard, Fremont, California. Plans, special provisions and standard proposal forms to be used for bidding on this project can be obtained for a non-refundable fee at ARC/ Peninsula Digital located at 1654 Centre Pointe Drive Milpitas, CA 95035 or through Planwell at, Phone (408) 262-3000. No partial sets will be issued, cost is non-refundable. Call to confirm availability of copies before coming to pick up documents. For more information on this project, contact the City of Fremont Purchasing Department at (510) 494-4620. CORINA CAMPBELL PURCHASING MANAGER CITY OF FREMONT 12/18/12 CNS-2421915# Notice is hereby given that sealed competitive bids will be accepted in the office of the GSAPurchasing Department, County of Alameda, 1401 Lakeside Drive, Suite 907, Oakland, CA 94612 NETWORKING BIDDERS CONFERENCES for RFQ #901031 Highland Hospital Acute Tower Replacement (ATR) Project (Phase 1): Furniture (Seating and Tables) North County – Thursday, December 27, 2012, 2:00 p.m. at General Services Agency, Conference Room 1107, 11th Floor, 1401 Lakeside Drive, Oakland,

CA and South County – Friday, December 28, 2012, 10:00 a.m. at Alameda County Public Works Agency, Conference Room 230 A & B, 951 Turner Court, Hayward, CA Responses Due by 2:00 pm on January 25, 2013 County Contact: Kai Moore (510) 208-4882 or via email: Attendance at Networking Conference is Non-mandatory. Specifications regarding the above may be obtained at the Alameda County GSA Current Contracting Opportunities Internet website at 12/18/12 CNS-2421126# Notice is hereby given that sealed bids will be accepted in the office of the Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services, 1900 Embarcadero Cove, Suite 205, Oakland, CA NON-MANDATORY NETWORKING/BIDDERS CONFERENCES for RFP BHCS #13-04 – Substance Use Disorder Treatment of Bay Area Service Network (BASN) and AB 109 Participants South County: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 10:00 AM, Behavioral Health Care Services, 1900 Embarcadero Cove, Suite 205, Wildcat Canyon Room, Oakland and North County: Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 9:30 AM, Livermore Public Library, Board Room, 1188 South Livermore Avenue, Livermore Responses Due by 2:00 pm on January 29, 2013 County Contact: Nermina Terovic (510) 383-2766 or via email: Attendance at Networking/Bidders Conference is not required. The RFP is available via the GSA website— under Current Contracting Opportunities 12/18/12 CNS-2419631#

PROBATE NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF WILFORD OLAN REESE CASE NO. RP12644986 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the lost will or estate, or both, of: Wilford Olan Reese A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by Donna Cramer in the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that Donna Cramer be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on 1-29-2013 at 9:30 in Dept. 201 located at 2120 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Berkeley, California 94704. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the deceased, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a formal Request for Special Notice (DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: Susan E. Foley Attorney at Law, State Bar #76421, Foley & Foley, 827 Broadway, Suite 220, Oakland, CA 94607, Telephone: 510-547-3788 12/18, 12/25, 1/1/13 CNS-2409586#

Community Thanksgiving meal a success

Thank you! The community opened their hearts and made it [Thanksgiving Meal] happen. It would not have been possible without the generous donations of food, equipment, the use of the Pavilion and monetary support by caring individuals and businesses. It was a beautiful day, thanks to the over 400 volunteers who cooked, carved, served, delivered meals to the homebound, picked up dinner guests, distributed bags of food, worked in the kids area, set tables, decorated, entertained, stayed to clean up and helped on Friday. We are blessed to live in a community that can pull together and give of themselves for those less fortunate.

We provided 4,483 meals, including those delivered to the homebound, a total of 290 turkeys, 64 hams & 476 pies were consumed, along with all the trimmings. We also gave out 775 bags of groceries to the guests who came to the [Newark] Pavilion. Our heartfelt thanks go to everyone who made this a special holiday for so many. Unfortunately, there is no way we can individually thank so many personally - as much as we would like to. Shirley D. Sisk, Executive Director League of Volunteers

Charitable solicitation campaigns by commercial fundraisers SUBMITTED BY THE OFFICE OF THE STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has released data showing that commercial fundraisers in California raised $338.5M in 2011, just over half of which was actually received by charitable organizations. This figure excludes thrift store operations and vehicle donation programs which are accounted for separately. The average amount of donated funds, raised by professional fundraisers, going to charities has increased from 44.4 percent in 2010 to 51 percent in 2011. The data is included in the California Department of Justice’s Annual Report of the results of commercial fundraising campaigns for charities, produced by the Charitable Trusts Section. By law, commercial fundraisers must register with the Attorney General’s office prior to fundraising in California and must file annual financial disclosure reports detailing income and expenses for each fundraising campaign. The Attorney General’s office also publishes the Guide to Charitable Giving for Donors that provides advice, guidelines and information to help donors make informed decisions about giving. The guide suggests that donors: Ask the fundraiser how a donation will be distributed.

Fundraisers are required by law to tell a consumer this information. Ask what percentage of donations will be used to pay for fundraising expenses. This information can better inform the consumer as to how much of the contribution will go to the cause versus overheads. Ask if the fundraiser works for a commercial fundraiser and is being paid to solicit. If the answer is yes, it is likely less of the funds are going to the charity. Avoid cash donations, as cash can more easily be diverted to non-charitable purposes and there is no way to trace it. Avoid giving credit card information to a telephone solicitor or in response to a telephone solicitation. Learn about a charitable organization, its activities and its fundraising practices before giving. The Attorney General’s office maintains a searchable online database on registered charities and registered professional fundraisers at Donors can also check the websites of the Wise Giving Alliance at and the American Institute of Philanthropy at The Guide to Charitable Giving for Donors is available online at: For the full report on commercial fundraisers, visit

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n light of recent events, a search for positive aspects in our world and within our own society is on everyone’s mind. An editorial written in 1897 to a young girl who needed to know the truth about Santa Claus is more relevant today than ever. Despite the gloom and despair of many over outrageous and senseless violence in big cities and small towns throughout the world, I am convinced that the jolly old guy is still around. I spoke about this in an editorial dated December 23, 2009 and cannot improve on the sentiment. So here it is again… Sometimes hard questions are brought to your doorstep and evasion is extremely difficult, if not impossible. Newspaper reporters and editors are constantly faced with decisions of what is “fit to print.” The result of these choices can have far-reaching effects, personally and professionally for their publication and those who depend on it for a fair and honest assessment of what is happening around them. When things go awry, this balancing act can be delicate especially when there is little evidence of malicious intent. Even so, it is the responsibility of those in the media to face painful observations with resolve. However, when observations and the search for truth becomes a holy crusade dictated by predetermined beliefs, a fine line is crossed and sensationalism takes hold. At this time of year, whatever religious belief is held, a jolly old man in a red suit makes his appearance and captivates all of us. He does miraculous things, imbuing many otherwise self-centered citizens with at least a temporary

magnanimous spirit. We know this kindly magician, who appears to be everywhere at once, is no pushover. He has a list of who is naughty or nice and that list is checked meticulously, at least twice. So this editor of the holiday season is faced with choices that have farreaching effects. Most of us prefer to believe we remain on his good side. But, is he real? In 1897, a young inquiring mind wanted to know whether to trust her instincts. Children can be forthright about their opinions and with many negative examples of fate and circumstance, the existence of good can be questioned. Faced with the seeming contradiction of conditions around her, eight year-old Virginia O’Hanlon asked her dad about Santa Claus. Virginia was told to write a letter to The New York Sun since if the venerable newspaper printed a response, it had to be well researched and therefore, the truth. The task of reply was given to Francis P. Church. His famous editorial is as follows: Dear EditorI am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus? Virginia O’Hanlon Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no

Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished. Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies. You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world. You tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood. May we carry the spirit of Santa Claus in our hearts throughout the year, whatever our occupation and economic condition. Happy Holidays from all of us at TCV.

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Legislation to launch Made in California program SUBMITTED BY ANDREW LAMAR Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett (D-East Bay) introduced legislation on December 3, 2012 to create a “Made in California” program that will allow California manufacturers to capitalize on the state’s global reputation and better market their products. “I am committed to helping our

economy grow and doing everything I can to generate jobs in California,” Corbett said. “This program is a smart way to boost business for California companies and inform consumers about which products come from our state.” The program is similar to the “California Grown” program, which highlights agricultural products produced in the Golden State. The year after Cali-

fornia Grown was launched a decade ago, sales of the state’s agricultural products increased by 7 percent. Made in California extends this successful statewide marketing strategy to all goods produced in California. The legislation, Senate Bill 12, will have its first legislative hearing set in January 2013. Senator Corbett has worked to assist emerging industries that offer

California’s economy great promise, such as alternative energy generation and electric vehicle production. She also worked to create jobs and improve communities throughout the 10th Senate District and their business climates. For more information, visit

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Patient care volunteers provide a variety of supportive services to terminally ill patients and their families such as respite care for caregiver, companionship to the patient, run errands, do light housework and so much more! Life Springs Hospice serves the Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara and San Mateo county communities. For more information about becoming a patient care volunteer, please contact

Newark Unified School District is looking for a Child Care Coord. $34,835-$41,126/yr, 6hrs/day, 24 Hrs/wk. Admin Credential or a B.A. degree +12ECE units & 6-admin/Super units req. Deadline: Open until Filled; HR Dept., 5715 Musick Ave., Newark, 510-818-4242.


Dawn Torre,Volunteer Coordinator 1-888-493-0734 or 510-933-2181

IMC Global Inc. is offering a position of Payment Clerk and Office Assistance where you can earn extra income at your flexible schedule plus benefits that takes only little of your time.


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HELP WANTED Auto Repair Machanic Full or Part Time Call 510-713-7771

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Hitachi Consulting Corp has multiple openings for: Mgr, Delivery - Resp. for interfacing w/ client, understanding biz reqs, and working closely with Prog. Mgr. in dev, project/test schedule using MS Project Plan, Risk Analysis and Mgmt, Comm. Mgmt, Config. Mgmt, Qual. Mgmt, and Resource Mgmt. (Req#3590); Mgr, Spec. Svcs, Oracle EBS - Resp. for design., dev., and custom app of next gen pdts with RDBMS tools (Req# 3591 & 3605); Sr, Consult, Oracle ERP – Resp. for custom. and dev. components to integrate SCMnet App and ERP. (Req# 3593); Mgr, Spec. Svcs, IT Svcs. – Resp. for plan, exec, & mtg project deadlines within budgets (Req# 3594); Sr Consult, Oracle Apps. - Resp. for anal. user reqs, procedures, and probs to automate/improve existing sys. and rvw. computer sys. capabilities, workflow and user interfaces. (Req# 3596); Sys.Admin. – Resp. for maintain and admin computer networks and rel. computing environs, incl. computer H/W, Sys. S/W, Apps S/W, and all configs. (Req#3597); Mgr, Spec. Svcs – Resp. for reqs anal, solution design, and dev. in Oracle Apps 11i/R12. (Req#3598); Mgr, Oracle EBS – Resp. for undertaking client biz reqs to define scope, reqs and anal, design, build, enhance, test, deploy, support hi-tech ind-spec and complex EBS solution using Oracle ERP app. in areas of supply chain business. (Req# 3600); Mgr, Spec. Svcs – Resp. for acting as Tech. Lead/Mgr to customer on app. networks initiative and design of overall Oracle e-business tech. sols. (Req#3602); Mgr, Tech Arch – Resp. for translating biz reqs into S/W sys. specs & designing and dev. Sys and S/W archs. (Req# 3603); Sr Consult., Oracle ERP – Resp. for custom and dev components across various modules in Oracle ERP 11i,R12 incl. fin. modules. (Req#3604); Mgr, Oracle EBS – Resp. for designing, dev., and custom. app. of next-gen pdts. with RDMBS tools. (Req#3606); Consult. Mgr – Biz Intelligence – Resp. for defining, designing, building and deploying data movement procs. for major Biz Intelligence and Process mgmt consult apps. (Req#3641); IT Mgr - Resp for translating bus requirements into S/W system specifications. (Req#1234). Worksite: Newark, CA. Employerreimbursed travel for all positions. Please submit resume to “Attn: HR” and specify Req# you are applying for to: Hitachi Consulting Corp., 14643 Dallas Pkwy., Suite 800, Dallas, TX 75254

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Tuesday, December 18 9:15–11:00 Preschool Storytimes FREMONT 2:00–2:30 Preschool Storytimes - FREMONT 2:30 – 3:25 Cabrillo School, 36700 San Pedro Dr., FREMONT 4:45 – 5:30 Baywood Apts., 4275 Bay St, FREMONT 5:50 – 6:30 Jerome Ave. and Ohlones St., FREMONT Wednesday, December 19 1:00 – 1:45 Hillside School, 15980 Marcella St., SAN LEANDRO 2:00 – 2:45 Eden House Apts., 1601 165th Ave., SAN LEANDRO 3:15– 3:45 Baywood Ct., 21966 Dolores St., CASTRO VALLEY 6:00 – 6:30 Camellia Dr. & Camellia Ct., FREMONT Thursday, December 20 9:50 – 10:20 Preschool Storytimes FREMONT 10:40–11:30 Preschool Storytimes NEWARK 1:15 – 1:45 Stellar Academy, 38325 Cedar Blvd., NEWARK 2:00 –3:00 Graham School, 36270 Cherry St, NEWARK Monday, December 24 (Holiday Schedule May Apply - No Service 12/25 9:20-10:00 Preschool Storytimes FREMONT 10:15-11:15 Preschool Storytimes FREMONT

1:45 – 2:45 Pioneer School, Blythe St. & Jean Dr., UNION CITY 3:05 – 3:25 Alvarado Elementary School, Fredi St. & Smith St., UNION CITY 4:15 – 4:45 Greenhaven Apts., Alvarado Blvd. & Fair Ranch Rd., UNION CITY 5:15 – 6:45 Forest Park School, Deep Creek Rd. & Maybird Circle, FREMONT Wednesday, December 26 3:00 – 4:00 Warm Springs Community Center, 47300 Fernald St., FREMONT 4:15 – 4:50 Lone Tree Creek Park, Starlite Way & Turquoise St, Warm Springs, FREMONT 6:00 – 6:30 Camellia Dr. & Camellia Ct., FREMONT

Milpitas Bookmobile stops Renew books by phone (800) 471-0991 For more information (408) 293-2326 x3060

Wednesday, December 26 1:45-3:00 Foothill School 1919 Landess Ave., MILPITAS 3:15-3:45 Friendly Village Park, 120 Dixon Landing Rd., MILPITAS

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Do you like to write about interesting topics? Are you a whiz with words and like to share your thoughts with others? Can you find something fascinating about lots of things around you? If so, maybe writing for the Tri-City Voice is in your future. We are looking for disciplined writers and reporters who will accept an assignment and weave an interesting and accurate story that readers will enjoy. Applicants must be proficient in the English language (spelling and grammar) and possess the ability to work within deadlines. If you are interested, submit a writing sample of at least 500 words along with a resume to or fax to (510) 796-2462.

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FREE Places of Worship Listing - Call 510-494-1999

ASSEMBLY OF GOD Calvary Assembly of Milpitas 130 Piedmont Rd. Milpitas (408) 946-5464 Christian Life Center 33527 Western Ave., Union City 510-489-7045 Convergence House of Prayer 40645 Fremont Blvd., Ste 16, Fremont 510-656-2335 Harbor Light Church 4760 Thornton Ave., Fremont 510-744-2233 Light of the World Christian Center Assembly of God 43297 Osgood Rd., Fremont 510-651-5922 Templo De La Cruz All services in English 24362 Thomas Ave., Hayward 510-886-1644

BAHA’I FAITH Alameda County West Center 21265 Mission Blvd., Hayward 510-377-3392

BAPTIST Alder Avenue Baptist Church 4111 Alder Ave., Fremont 510-797-3305


Shiloh Baptist Church 22582 South Garden Ave., Hayward 510-783-4066 shilohbc Warm Springs Church 111 E. Warren Ave., Fremont 510-657-4082

BUDDHIST Buddhanusorn Thai Temple 36054 Niles Blvd., Fremont 510-790-2294 Purple Lotus Temple 30139 Industrial Pkwy SW, Unit J&K, Hayward 510-489-8868 So. Alameda County Buddhist Church 32975 Alvarado Niles Rd., Union City 510-471-2581

CATHOLIC Corpus Christi Church 37891 Second St., Fremont 510-790-3207 Holy Spirit Catholic Church 37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont 510-797-1660 Old Mission San Jose Church 43266 Mission Blvd., Fremont 510-657-1797

Bay Area Baptist Church 38517 Birch St., Newark 510-797-8882

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish 41933 Blacow Rd., Fremont 510-657-4043

Berean Baptist Church 2929 Peralta Blvd., Fremont 510-792-3928

Our Lady of the Rosary Church 703 C St., Union City 510-471-2609

Calvary Baptist Church 28924 Ruus Rd., Hayward 510-589-9677 Chinese Independent Baptist Church 37365 Centralmont Pl., Fremont 510-796-0114 Christ Centered Missionary Baptist Church 22979 Maud Ave., Hayward Community Church of Hayward 26555 Gading Rd., Hayward 510-782-8593 Fairway Park Baptist Church 425 Gresel St., Hayward 510-471-0200 First Baptist Church of Newark 6320 Dairy Ave., Newark 510-793-4810 Heritage Baptist Church 2960 Merced St., San Leandro 510-357-7023 Landmary Missionary Baptist Church 573 Bartlett Ave., Hayward 510-918-0663 Memorial Baptist Church 4467 Stevenson Blvd, Fremont 510/657-5522 Mission Peak Baptist Church 41354 Roberts Ave., Fremont 510-656-5311 Mission Way Baptist Church 38891 Mission Blvd., Fremont (510) 797-7689 New Hope Baptist Church 925 F St., Union City 510-487-7472 Palma Ceia Baptist Church 28605 Ruus Road, Hayward 510-786-2866 Park Victoria Baptist Church 875 S. Park Victoria Dr., Milpitas 408-263-9000 Pathway Community Church 4500 Thornton Ave., Fremont 510-797-7910 Resurrection Baptist Church 1221 Pacific Ave., San Leandro 510.363.3085

St Anne Catholic Church 32223 Cabello St., Union City (510) 471-7766 St. Elizabeth Catholic Church 750 Sequoia Dr., Milpitas 408-262-8100 St. James the Apostle 34700 Fremont Blvd. (w. of Decoto Rd.), Fremont 510-792-1962 St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish 279 S. Main St., Milpitas 408-262-2546


Christ's Chosen Vessel Ministries International (Meets at Spring Valley Bible Church Building, 220 S. Main St. Milpitas (650) 834-3776 Christ Community Church of Milpitas 1000 S. Park Victoria Dr., Milpitas 408-262-8000 Christian Life Church 1699 Orchard Ave., San Leandro 510-483-8940 Christian Worship Center 241 So. Main St., Milpitas 408-263-0406 Church of Christ 977 Grant Ave., San Lorenzo 510-276-4693 Church of Christ of Fremont 4300 Hanson Ave., Fremont 510--797-3695 Church of Christ – Hayward 22307 Montgomery St., Hayward 510-582-9830 Church of Christ South Hayward 320 Industrial Pkwy.,Hayward 510-581-3351 Discovery Fremont 38891 Mission Blvd. (@ Walnut), Fremont 510-797-7689 East Bay Christian Fellowship 1111 H Street, Union City 510-487-0605 Emmanuel Mission Church 5885 Smith Ave., Newark (510) 793-6332 Family Bible Fellowship 37620 Filbert St., Newark 510-505-1735 First Church of Christ, Scientist 1351 Driscoll Rd., Fremont 510-656-8161 h/index.html Fremont Asian Christian Church Meets Centerville Community Center 3355 Country Drive, Fremont 510-795-2828

Home of Christ Church 35479 Dumbarton Ct., Newark 510-742-6848

Fremont Community Church 39700 Mission Blvd., Fremont 510-657-0123

Silicon Valley Alliance Church 38325 Cedar Blvd., Newark 510-668-1989

Fremont Journey of Faith Church 39009 Cindy St., Fremont 510-793-2100

CHRISTIAN Abundant Grace Community Church meets at SDA Church 32441, Pulaski Dr, Hayward (650)575-3345 Bay Area Dream Center 22100 Princeton St., Hayward Calvary Bible Church of Milpitas 1757 Houret Ct., Milpitas 408-262-4900 Calvary Chapel Fremont 42986 Osgood Rd., Fremont 510-656-8979 Calvary Chapel Hayward 1244 B St., Hayward 510-396-0318 Calvary Chapel San Leandro Marina Community Center 15301 Wicks Blvd San Leandro 510-421-3207 Cedar Blvd. Neighborhood Church 38325 Cedar Blvd., Newark 510-791-8555

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Good Shepherd South Asian Ministry MultiCultural Worship 4211 Carol Ave., Fremont 510-552-4476 Grace Church Fremont Multi-Ethnic 36060 Fremont Blvd., Fremont 510-936-1423 Great Exchange Covenant Church Fremont (GRX) Sunday Services at Cabello Elementary School 4500 Cabello St., Union City Hayward First Church of the Nazarene 26221 Gading Rd., Hayward 510-732-0777 Hillside Alliance Church 944 Central Blvd. Hayward (510) 889-1501 Hope Lighthouse Foursquare church 36883 Niles Blvd., Fremont 510-796-0730 InRoads Christian Church 3111 Washington Blvd., Fremont 510-657-0251

Jyoti Fellowship church Located in First Church of the Nazarene 26221 Gading Rd., Hayward 510-427-0491 Liberty Church International Veteran’s Bldg., 37154 Second St. (Fremont Niles) 510-324-1400 Mount Olive Ministries 1989 E. Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas 408-262-0506 New Covenant Evangelistic Christian Center 3801 Smith St., Union City 510-487-0886 New Life Community Church 39370 Civic Center Dr. #119 Fremont 510-432-9250 New Life Christian Fellowship 22360 Redwood Road Castro Valley, 510-582-2261 New Life Church 4130 Technology Pl., Fremont 510-657-9191 Our Father’s House 42776 Albrae St., Fremont 510-796-1117 Resonate Church at the Fremont Adult School 4700 Calaveras Ave., Fremont 510-226-2800 ROADMAP FELLOWSHIP International Best Western Plus Inn 360 W. 'A' St.,Hayward 510-574-5663 San Lorenzo Japanese Christian Church 615 Lewelling Blvd., San Leandro 510-483-9455 Solid Rock Church of God In Christ 5970 Thornton Ave., Newark 510-791-7625 Tree of Life. Lord's Harvest Christian Church 4140 Peralta Blvd., Fremont 510-739-6133 WORD OF LIFE - A Foursquare Church 1675 Graham Ave., Newark 510-754-9438

CHRISTIAN (ESPANOL) Arbol de Vida 4140 Peralta Blvd., Fremont 510-790-2140 Iglesia Apostolica de Union City 33700 Alvarado Niles Rd., Union City 510-489-0687 Iglesia Bautista Mission Peak 41354 Roberts Ave., Fremont 510-656-5311 Iglesia Biblica El Faro 280 Mowry Ave., Fremont Estudio Bíblico 510-585-1701 Ministerios Cosecha "Fuente de Vida" 4360 Central Ave., Fremont (510) 573-1800 Mision Hispana Esperanza Viva 4673 Thornton Ave. Suite P, Fremont 510-754-5618

CHRISTIAN FILIPINO Christian Fellowship International Church (Meets in the Park Victoria Baptist Church bldg.) 875 S. Park Victoria Dr., Milpitas 408-386-2215 Christ's Chosen Vessel Ministries International (Meets at Spring Valley Bible Church Building) 220 S. Main St., Milpitas 650-834-3776

Light By The Mountain Church 606 H St., Union City 510-378-0159 Word International Ministries 35501 Cedar Blvd., Newark 510-366-5995

CHRISTIAN INDONESIAN Graceful Christian Community Church At Immanuel Presbyterian Church 4333 Hansen Ave., Fremont 510-792-1831 Adonai Indonesian Christian Fellowship 2603 Quail Ct., Union City 510-475-5377

CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST) Niles Discovery Church 255 H St., Fremont 510-797-0895

CHRISTIAN REFORMED Christ’s Community Church 25927 Kay Ave., Hayward 510-782-6010

EPISCOPAL St. James Episcopal Church 37051 Cabrillo Terr., Fremont 510-797-1492 Holy Cross Episcopal Church Heyer and Center St., Castro Valley 510 - 889-7233

EVANGELICAL COVENANT South Bay Community Church 47385 Warm Springs Blvd., Fremont 510-490-9500

EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH OF AMERICA Newark Community Church 37590 Sycamore St., Newark 510-796-7729 Asian Indian Church Ministries Meet at Newark Community Church 510-795-7770

HINDU TEMPLE Paramahamsa Nithyananda Meditation - Sundays 451 Los Coches St., Milpitas 510-813 6474

December 18, 2012 Shreemaya Krishnadham 25 Corning Ave., Milpitas 408-586-0006 Vedic Dharma Samaj Hindu Temple and Cultural Center 3676 Delaware Dr., Fremont 510-659-0655

JEWISH Chabad of Fremont Jewish Center 510-300-4090 Congregation Shir Ami 4529 Malabar Ave., Castro Valley 510-537-1787 Temple Beth Torah 42000 Paseo Padre Pkwy., Fremont 510-656-7141

KOREAN NC HAN MA EUM KOREAN CHURCH 4500 Thornton Ave., Fremont 510-661-9079

LDS (MORMON) Bayside Ward 36400 Haley St., Newark 510-796-0914 Centerville Ward 38134 Temple Way, Fremont 510-797-1200 Central Park Ward 820 Walnut Ave., Fremont 510-795-6658 Fremont (Deaf) Branch 820 Walnut Ave., Fremont Glenmoor Ward 38134 Temple Way, Fremont 510-793-8060 Irvington Ward 510-656-8754 510-656-7522 (Foyers) Mission Peak Ward (English and Chinese) 48851 Green Valley Rd., Fremont 510-657-2156 510-623-7496 (Foyer) Newark (Spanish) Branch 36400 Haley St., Newark


WHAT’S HAPPENING’S TRI-CITY VOICE Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 166 W. Harder Rd., Hayward Iglesia Luterana "El Buen Pastor" 510-782-0872

VICTORY CENTER A.M.E. ZION CHURCH 33450 Ninth Street- Union City 510-429-8700

Good Shepherd South Asian Ministry 4211 Carol Ave., Fremont 510-656-0900

Islamic Society of East Bay 33330 Peace Terr., Fremont 510-429-4732

Grace Lutheran Church LCMS 1836 B St., Hayward 510-581-6620 Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church 35660 Cedar Blvd., Newark 510-793-1911 Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 38801 Blacow Rd., Fremont 510-793-6285 Hope Lutheran Church 3800 Beard Rd., Fremont 510-793-8691

Glad Tidings Church of God in Christ 27689 Tyrrell Ave., Hayward 510-783-9377 Union City Apostolic Church 33700 Alvarado Niles Rd., Union City 510-489-0687

PRESBYTERIAN NON DENOMINATIONAL Cathedral of Faith–Milpitas Service held at: Curtner Elementary School 275 Redwood Ave., Milpitas Central Church of Christ 38069 Martha Avenue, #100 Fremont 510-792-2858

Centerville Presbyterian Church 4360 Central Ave., Fremont 510-793-3575 First Presbyterian Church of Hayward 2490 Grove Way, Castro Valley (510) 581-6203 First Presbyterian Church of Newark 35450 Newark Blvd., Newark 510-797-8811

Fremont Chinese Seventh-Day Adventist Church 1301 Mowry, Fremont 415-585-4440 or 408-616-9535 Milpitas Adventist Center 1991 Landess Ave., Milpitas 408 726-5331

SIKHISM Fremont Gurdwara 300 Gurdwara Rd., Fremont 510-790-0177

UNITARIAN Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation (meets at FUMC's Cole Hall) 2950 Washington Blvd., Fremont 510-252-1477

UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST Eden United Church of Christ 21455 Birch St. @ Grove Way, Hayward 510-582-9533

Crossroads Church 41386 Fremont Blvd., Fremont 510-651-0301

Messiah Lutheran Church 25400 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward 510-782-6727

Fremont Community Church 39700 Mission Blvd., Fremont (510) 657-0123

First Presbyterian Church San Leandro 180 Estudillo Ave., San Leandro 510-483-2772

Grace Church Fremont 36060 Fremont Blvd., Fremont 510-936-1423

Immanuel Presbyterian Church of Fremont 4333 Hansen Ave., Fremont 510-494-8020

Heavenly Christ's Church (Meets in Calvary Lutheran Church) 17200 Via Magdalena San Lorenzo 510-303-5592

Irvington Presbyterian Church 4181 Irvington Ave. (corner Chapel & Irvington), Fremont 510-657-3133

Filipino-American Evangelical UCC Meets at: Fremont Community Center 40204 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont 510-487-3891

New Bridges Presbyterian Church 26236 Adrian Ave., Hayward 510-786-9333

Fremont Congregational Church 38255 Blacow Rd., Fremont 510-793-3970

Oromo Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church 100 Hacienda Ave., San Lorenzo 510-276-7980 Our Savior Church & Preschool 858 Washington Blvd., Fremont 510-657-3191

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church/School 38451 Fremont Blvd., Fremont 510-793-3366 St. Steven Lutheran Church Meets at Grace Lutheran Church 1836 B. St., Hayward 510-581-6637

METHODIST African Methodist Episcopal Church 201 E St., Union City 510-489-7067 First Chinese United Methodist Church 2856 Washington Blvd. Fremont (510) 490 – 0696

Calvary Lutheran Church & School (Behind Wendy’s) 17200 Via Magdalena, San Lorenzo 510-278-2555 Sch 278-2598

First United Methodist Church 1183 B St., Hayward

Epiphany Lutheran Church ELCA 16248 Carolyn St., San Leandro 510-278-5133

Al-Medinah Educational Center: Masjid & School 5445 Central Ave., Newark


Memorial Lutheran Chapel for the Deaf 874 Washington Blvd., Fremont 510-276-3860

Chinese Mission of Hope Evangelical-Lutheran Church 3800 Beard Rd, Fremont 510-938-0505

Christ the King Lutheran Church 1301 Mowry Ave., Fremont 510-797-3724


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First United Methodist Church 2950 Washington Blvd, Fremont 510-490-0200 South Hayward UMC 628 Schafer Rd., Hayward (510) 780-9599 St. Paul United Methodist 33350 Peace Terr., Fremont 510-429-3990

Mission Springs Community Church 48989 Milmont Dr., Fremont 510-490-0446 Morning Star Church 36120 Ruschin Dr., Newark 510-676-1453 New Birth Christian Ministry Center 3565 Arden Rd., Hayward 510-782-1937 New Seed of Faith Ministry 36600 Niles Blvd., Fremont 510 612-4832

REFORMED CHURCH IN AMERICA New Hope Community Church 2190 Peralta Blvd., Fremont 510-739-0430

RELIGIOUS SCIENCE Center For Spiritual LivingFremont 40155 Blacow Rd., Fremont 510-656-9955

Revelation Christian Fellowship 1670 Orchard Ave., San Leandro 510-352-4707

Hayward Citadel Corps 430 A St., Hayward 510- 581 - 6444

True Jesus Church 1190 Davis St., San Leandro 510-522-2125

The Tri-Cities Corps 36700 Newark Blvd., Newark 510-793-6319

Victory Outreach Fremont 40086 Paseo Padre Pkwy., Fremont 510-683-4660

ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN St. Christina Orthodox Church 3612 Peralta Ave., Fremont 510-739-0908


Korean Congregation Army 36700 Newark Blvd., Newark 510 - 793 - 6319

SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST Community Seventh-Day Church 606 H St., Union City 510-429-8446

Filipino American United Church of Christ 4587 Peralta Blvd., Fremont 510-797-8408

Niles Discovery Church 255 H St., Fremont 510-797-0895 San Lorenzo Community Church 945 Paseo Grande, San Lorenzo 510-276-4808 The Little Brown Church 141 Kilkare Rd., Sunol 925-862-2004 United Church of Hayward 30540 Mission Blvd. Hayward (510) 471-4452

UNITY CHURCH Unity of Fremont 36600 Niles Blvd., Fremont (in the future home of Niles Discovery Church 510-797-5234

VIETNAMESE CHRISTIAN CHURCH Vietnamese Christian & Missionary Alliance Church 38325 Cedar Blvd., Newark 510-623-9063

East Bay Fil-Am Seventh Day Adventist Church 32441 Pulaski Dr., Hayward 510-324-1597

East Bay Lakes to Receive Extra Trout This Month Fishing SUBMITTED BY ISA POLT-JONES The East Bay Regional Park District and the California Department of Fish and Game (DF&G) are planting more rainbow trout this December than ever before. East Bay Regional Park District lakes - Del Valle, Lake Chabot, Quarry Lakes, Shadow Cliffs and Lake Temescal - are receiving over 17,000 pounds of rainbow trout from the District plus over 6,000 pounds of rainbow trout from the DFG. According to Park District Fisheries Program Manager Pete Alexander, “These rainbow trout range from 3/4 to over 10 pounds each! Now is a great time to get out and fish the East Bay lakes, enjoy the beautiful scenery and perhaps take home a meal of trout!” In spite of winter rains and runoff, the East Bay Re-

gional Park District lakes provide excellent fishing opportunities. Some reservoirs, namely Del Valle, Chabot and Temescal, may become too turbid to fish following a big storm, Alexander advises, while Quarry Lakes and Shadow Cliffs remain relatively clear and highly productive. “The East Bay Regional Park District lake parks are a wonderful ‘close to home’ resource for winter anglers and hikers alike,” said Alexander. “At several lakes you and your family might be lucky enough to see an osprey or bald eagle fishing for trout as well!” “We want to create opportunities for families to spend quality time together through the time-honored tradition of fishing,” said DF&G acting Regional Manager Scott Wilson. “Fishing, like many other outdoor pursuits, helps keep people connected to their natural environment.” DF&G’s “Fishing in the City” program has enhanced fishing near areas where people live and work. This is accomplished though enhanced stocking, habitat improvement

and learn-to-fish clinics. A state fishing license is required of all anglers age 16 or older. District lakes also require a $5 daily Park District fishing permit. Anglers under the age of 16 may fish for free, while abiding by all fishing regulations. The District utilizes these fishing access funds in order to maintain a vigorous planting program year round. The District generates approximately $525,000 in revenues from fishing access permits each year – which all goes towards fish plants. For the schedule of fish plants, and reports on which fish are biting and where, read the District’s Anglers Edge newsletter online: Learn more about the DF&G’s Fishing in the City program and fish stocking here:

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10 lines/$10/ 10 Weeks $50/Year Rotary Club of Niles

FREE AIRPLANE RIDES FOR KIDS AGES 8-17 Young Eagles Hayward Airport various Saturdays Please call with questions (510) 703-1466

Country Club of Washington Township Women’s Club

We meet Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. Washington Hospital West 2500 Mowry Ave. Conrad Anderson Auditorium, Fremont

First Tuesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. October through June St. James Episcopal Church 37051 Cabrillo Terrace (off Thornton Ave., Fremont) (510)656-2521

(510) 739-1000

Rotary Club Mission San Jose

American Legion Auxiliary


Fridays at 12:15 p.m. Papillon Restaurant 37296 Mission Blvd. Fremont (510) 656-5056 Visit our club. See why we

We meet the third Tuesday of every month at 7pm Niles Veterans Building 37154 2nd Street, Fremont 510656-6848

Screenings on the Second Saturday of each month except August 1:30pm, Niles Discovery Church 255 H Steet at 3rd 510-797-0895

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Kennedy High School Flea Market

Become the speaker & leader you want to be Citizens for Better Communicators (CBC) Toastmasters

Having trouble controlling the way you eat?

First Saturday Every Month Except January 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. All Spaces $20 For more info call 510-657-4070 x27150 39999 Blacow Rd., Fremont

Today there is a solution. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Mondays, 7:00 – 8:30 PM Centerville Presbyterian Church, Room E-204 4360 Central Ave., Fremont Teri M. 510-757-8214

Shout out to your community Our readers can post information including: Activities Announcements For sale Garage sales Group meetings Lost and found For the extremely low cost of $10 for up to 10 weeks, your message will reach thousands of friends and neighbors every Friday in the TCV printed version and continuously online. TCV has the right to reject any posting to the Community Bulletin Board. Payment must be received in advance.

Fremont Cribbage Club

Friendship Force

Is Food a Problem for You? Overeaters Anonymous NO dues - NO fees - NO diets Monday 7:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. St. James Episcopal Church 37051 Cabrillo Ter, Fremont Saturday 10:30 a.m. - Noon 1st Presbyterian Church 35450 Newark Blvd, Newark

Union City Football & Cheer League Season 2012

SAVE (Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments) Domestic Violence Support Group (Drop In & FREE)

Quarterly meetings Homestays abroad Hosting visitors “Changing the way you see the world” 510-794-6844

Tue & Thur 7 pm – 9 pm Fri 9:15 am – 11 am 1900 Mowry, 4th Fl. Fremont Office (510) 574-2250 24/7 Hotline (510) 794-6055

Free yourself from any hurt, hang-up or habit Join us at 33450 9th Street Union City Thursdays, 7pm - 9pm or call anytime 510-586-5747 or 510-520-2769

We offer no-fee job search, resume and interview workshops. For workshop schedule please call (510) 794-2442.

FREE Restraining Order Clinic (Domestic Violence) Mon @ San Leandro PD 9am-Noon Tues @ Hayward PD 1–4 pm Wed @ SAVE’s Office 9am-1pm Office (510) 574-2250 24/7 Hotline (510) 794-6055

Learn the practice of meditation. All instruction is free. We have an introductory talk every 2nd Sunday of every month 10am 585 Mowry Ave Fremont Call: Gyan 408-306-7661

DONATE YOUR COMPUTERS DONATE YOUR CELL PHONES Help Eliminate Hunger & Food Insecurity Your donation is tax deductible Tri-City Volunteers 37350 Joseph Street, Fremont Mon-Fri 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Closed 12 PM - 1PM Questions Call 1-888-802-8207

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19548 Alana Road 21167 Aspen Avenue 19532 Barclay Road 1729 Crescent Avenue 19216 Gliddon Street 4832 Mancini Drive 18534 Pepper Street 4041 Robin Lane 17356 Rolando Avenue 2736 Sheffield Place 3015 Somerset Avenue 4306 Vine Court 20115 Crow Creek Road 5341 San Simeon Place

94546 94546 94546 94546 94546 94546 94546 94546 94546 94546 94546 94546 94552 94552


720,000 485,000 605,000 310,000 430,000 462,000 530,000 580,000 331,000 582,000 308,000 800,000 646,000 343,500

4 4 4 4 3 3 4 4 3 4 4 4 3 3




3157 2000 2292 1748 1242 1404 2450 2734 1232 2242 1756 3296 2358 1640

1947 1954 1960 1957 1959 1952 1910 1957 1946 1965 1947 1991 1992 1981

10-31-12 10-31-12 11-06-12 10-31-12 10-30-12 11-01-12 11-02-12 11-02-12 11-05-12 10-30-12 10-30-12 10-30-12 11-06-12 11-06-12

FREMONT | TOTAL SALES: 56 Highest $: 1,710,000 Median $: Lowest $: 100,000 Average $:

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38840 Argonaut Way 94536 6 Avila Terraza #6R 94536 35655 Barnard Drive 94536 35230 Cornish Drive 94536 36452 Coronado Drive 94536 38688 Country Terrace 94536 37031 Dondero Way 94536 38880 Glenview Drive 94536 38985 Godfrey Place 94536 38935 Hayes Street 94536 5370 Keystone Drive 94536 3726 Oxford Common 94536 3402 Pinewood Terrace #214 94536 10 Potel Terrace 94536 35468 Purcell Place 94536 550 Rock Avenue 94536 38857 Stonington Terrace 94536 35618 Stowe Common 94536 37588 Summer Holly Common94536 4180 Vincente Street 94536 42236 Blacow Road 94538 39666 Catamaran Court 94538 39134 Cindy Street 94538 5219 Coco Palm Drive 94538 40463 Eaton Court 94538 4656 Griffith Avenue 94538 39149 Guardino Drive #251 94538 39206 Guardino Drive #305 94538 40158 Leslie Street 94538 4254 Margery Drive 94538 4380 Michael Avenue 94538 4933 Omar Street 94538 42645 Ravensbourne Park Street94538 3695 Stevenson Boulevard #C22994538 39497 Sundale Drive 94538 39038 Sutter Drive 94538 49170 Aster Terrace #306 94539 515 Bristle Grass Terrace 94539 563 Lower Vintners Circle 94539 49017 Meadowfaire Common 94539 42981 Paseo Padre Parkway 94539 754 Patriot Place 94539 175 Queso Place 94539 183 Racoon Court 94539 43130 Starr Street 94539

483,000 543,688





433,000 377,500 831,500 585,000 415,000 258,000 228,000 415,000 580,000 483,000 385,000 250,000 100,000 378,000 540,500 462,500 505,000 405,000 519,000 465,000 580,000 440,000 494,500 477,000 289,000 540,000 183,000 260,000 325,000 315,000 488,500 495,000 490,000 330,000 545,500 432,500 418,000 728,000 1,710,000 580,000 1,016,000 1,415,000 820,000 720,000 1,205,500

1180 1158 2888 1830 1074 1003 747 1344 1871 1409 1758 1168 936 1663 1576 1312 1743 1228 1866 1232 1360 1200 1485 1632 950 1744 693 844 1050 1151 1242 1448 1581 1040 1286 1358 1087 1772 3821 1431 2784 2648 2166 1484 3488

1960 2001 1980 1972 1954 1979 1952 1960 1978 1978 1956 1973 1986 1984 1967 2008 1987 1986 1998 1967 1960 1961 1961 1961 1954 1963 1987 1990 1958 1959 1958 1961 1962 1991 1963 1959 2005 2008 1997 2004 1980 1987 1978 1989 1973

11-06-12 10-30-12 11-01-12 11-06-12 10-30-12 10-31-12 11-06-12 11-06-12 11-05-12 10-31-12 11-02-12 10-31-12 11-02-12 11-02-12 10-31-12 10-30-12 11-01-12 10-30-12 10-30-12 11-01-12 11-02-12 10-31-12 10-30-12 11-05-12 11-01-12 11-06-12 11-02-12 11-05-12 10-30-12 11-06-12 11-02-12 11-06-12 10-31-12 10-30-12 11-02-12 11-06-12 11-02-12 10-31-12 10-30-12 11-05-12 11-05-12 11-02-12 10-31-12 10-31-12 10-31-12

3 2 4 4 3 2 2 3 4 4 3 1 3 3 3 4 2 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 1 2 3 3 3 3 3 2 3 3 2 3 5 3 4 4 3 6

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HOME SALES REPORT 1702 Ute Court 49027 Woodgrove Common 970 Yakima Drive 32870 Clear Lake Street 34632 Creekwood Terrace 33155 Lake Champlain Street 4181 Lowry Road 5433 Ontario Common 34922 Sea Cliff Terrace 6090 Sienna Terrace #55 4168 Trinidad Terrace

94539 94539 94539 94555 94555 94555 94555 94555 94555 94555 94555

840,000 561,000 1,175,000 395,000 655,000 355,000 750,000 622,000 400,000 510,000 270,000

4 3 4 3 4 3 3 3 3 3 3

2781 1431 3091 1268 1863 1060 1727 1641 1400 1693 1166

HAYWARD | TOTAL SALES: 51 Highest $: 979,000 Median $: Lowest $: 126,000 Average $: ADDRESS


623 Atherton Place 2436 Centennial Lane 147 Cherry Way 22518 Colton Court 138 Medford Avenue 22644 Northview Drive 23994 Odom Drive 443 Palmer Avenue 536 Perkins Drive 3241 Shannon Court 976 St. James Court 502 Staley Avenue 504 Staley Avenue 508 Staley Avenue 516 Staley Avenue 583 Staley Avenue 585 Staley Avenue 2973 Sunnybank Lane 25119 Vista Greens Court 27899 Adobe Court 130 Arundel Drive 28873 Bailey Ranch Road 25424 Modoc Court 4525 Riding Club Court 1127 Roxanne Avenue 1186 Roxanne Avenue 4345 Sundew Court 31504 Burnham Way 30690 Carroll Avenue 542 Cottage Park Drive 24536 Diamond Ridge Drive 26075 Eastman Court 26279 Eldridge Avenue 634 Garin Avenue 391 Harder Road 738 Kino Court #2 1447 Mantilla Avenue 225 Newhall Street 1182 Raleigh Place 29089 Stratford Road 1550 Sumatra Street 210 Traynor Street 1978 Barton Way 27766 Del Norte Court 27508 Gainesville Avenue 2626 Leeward Street 27752 Loyola Avenue 27319 Marigold Court 2078 Sarasota Lane 2559 Tahoe Avenue 21062 Gary Drive #206

94541 94541 94541 94541 94541 94541 94541 94541 94541 94541 94541 94541 94541 94541 94541 94541 94541 94541 94541 94542 94542 94542 94542 94542 94542 94542 94542 94544 94544 94544 94544 94544 94544 94544 94544 94544 94544 94544 94544 94544 94544 94544 94545 94545 94545 94545 94545 94545 94545 94545 94546


280,000 485,000 200,000 170,000 200,000 348,500 275,000 415,000 348,000 405,000 185,000 411,000 386,500 365,000 408,000 327,500 417,000 326,000 278,000 400,000 979,000 630,000 526,000 605,000 280,000 235,000 740,000 330,000 275,000 425,000 126,000 250,000 200,000 375,000 305,000 155,000 215,000 331,000 200,000 345,000 140,500 215,000 350,000 165,000 225,000 225,000 277,500 155,500 325,000 300,000 160,000

3 3 2 2 2 3 2 3 3 2 3 3 4 4 5 3 4 3 3 5 3 3 4 2 3 3 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 3 3 3 2 3 3 3


649 Calle Del Prado 1350 Cirolero Street 1831 Everglades Drive 563 Maple Avenue 575 Oroville Road 361 Perry Street 913 Rain Dance 369 San Petra Court #3 1812 Snell Place 600 South Abel Street #206 600 South Abel Street #413 1101 South Main Street #409 515 South Temple Drive 755 Ternura Loop 47 Wind Song #315

95035 95035 95035 95035 95035 95035 95035 95035 95035 95035 95035 95035 95035 95035 95035


700,000 455,000 635,000 490,000 453,000 405,000 430,000 166,500 460,000 425,000 404,000 315,000 525,000 770,000 390,000

4 4 4 3 2 4 2 2 3 2 2 2 3 4 2


6322 Buena Vista Drive #A 6456 Buena Vista Drive #B 37721 Cedar Boulevard 39843 Cedar Boulevard #319 35683 Farnham Drive 35503 Garrone Place 6270 Jarvis Avenue 35198 Lido Boulevard #E 35050 Lido Boulevard #G 37945 Rockspray Street 36240 Ruschin Drive 36388 Ruschin Drive 35693 Scarborough Drive

94560 94560 94560 94560 94560 94560 94560 94560 94560 94560 94560 94560 94560


283,000 190,000 305,000 231,000 600,000 385,000 385,000 215,500 200,000 380,000 285,000 395,000 545,000

3 1 3 2 4 3 3 2 1 4 3 3 3

305,000 327,373 BUILT


1224 2024 868 1080 1056 1534 1224 1510 1325 1213 2181 1421 2650 4315 3238 1923 2492 1277 1121 3653 1161 1890 2254 870 1086 1077 1809 1070 1310 1000 1130 1081 1630 1000 1071 1826 1474 1413 1128 1128 988 1623 1284 941

1997 2000 1939 1987 1927 1963 1951 1951 1988 1926 1988 1973 1969 2007 2003 1997 1996 1949 1948 1994 1956 1955 2007 1992 1952 1954 1960 1952 1982 1954 1954 1953 1994 1954 1950 1992 1970 1956 1957 1957 1971 1956 1976 1980

11-01-12 11-02-12 11-05-12 10-30-12 11-06-12 10-30-12 10-31-12 10-31-12 11-01-12 10-31-12 11-06-12 11-01-12 11-01-12 11-01-12 11-01-12 11-02-12 11-01-12 10-31-12 11-05-12 11-02-12 11-06-12 11-06-12 10-30-12 11-02-12 11-01-12 11-05-12 11-05-12 10-31-12 10-31-12 11-01-12 10-31-12 11-01-12 11-02-12 10-31-12 11-01-12 10-30-12 10-31-12 10-31-12 11-01-12 10-31-12 11-02-12 11-05-12 11-02-12 10-31-12 10-31-12 10-31-12 11-05-12 11-01-12 10-31-12 11-02-12 10-31-12

453,000 468,233




2183 1234 1737 1036 1350 2001 1353 882 1253 1259 1851 1146 1240 2524 1353

1979 1977 1967 1960 1983 1966 2000 1971 2010 2007 2007 2007 1962 2006 2000

11-16-12 11-16-12 11-15-12 11-15-12 11-15-12 11-16-12 11-16-12 11-16-12 11-15-12 11-16-12 11-15-12 11-16-12 11-14-12 11-16-12 11-13-12

NEWARK | TOTAL SALES: 13 Highest $: 600,000 Median $: Lowest $: 190,000 Average $: ADDRESS

10-31-12 10-31-12 10-31-12 11-05-12 10-31-12 10-31-12 11-02-12 11-02-12 10-30-12 11-01-12 11-02-12


MILPITAS | TOTAL SALES: 15 Highest $: 770,000 Median $: Lowest $: 166,500 Average $: ADDRESS

1978 2004 1978 1976 1987 1969 1978 1991 1980 1992 1970

305,000 338,423




1473 924 1478 1071 2122 1100 1503 1076 802 1391 1136 1080 1704

1985 1985 1985 1986 1969 1961 1987 1984 1984 1969 1961 1961 1971

11-05-12 10-31-12 11-02-12 10-31-12 10-30-12 10-31-12 11-06-12 11-02-12 10-30-12 11-02-12 10-30-12 11-02-12 11-02-12

SAN LEANDRO | TOTAL SALES:33 Highest $: 615,000 Median $: 330,000 Lowest $: 145,000 Average $: 332,803 ADDRESS

835 Alice Avenue 392 Alvarado Street 175 Best Avenue 813 Bridge Road 1149 Camellia Court 1132 Carpentier Street 490 Diehl Avenue 616 Elsie Avenue 116 Estabrook Street 317 Hollister Court 1181 Oakes Boulevard 391 Pleasant Way 799 Victoria Avenue 746 Warden Avenue 287 Warren Avenue 2140 West Avenue 135th 1798 141st Avenue 1783 143rd Avenue


94577 94577 94577 94577 94577 94577 94577 94577 94577 94577 94577 94577 94577 94577 94577 94577 94578 94578


450,000 450,000 300,000 615,000 405,000 196,000 198,000 340,000 315,000 468,000 375,000 320,000 344,500 250,000 575,000 302,000 343,000 270,000

3 5 3 3 3 2 3 2 2 2 2 3 2 3 5 2 3 2




1729 2412 1258 2057 1604 1182 1468 968 1194 1070 1700 1578 924 1070 2806 794 1902 973

1922 2002 1945 1936 1983 1928 1940 1940 1939 1940 1940 1940 1948 1936 1940 1973 1946

10-31-12 10-31-12 11-01-12 11-05-12 11-06-12 11-05-12 10-31-12 11-01-12 10-30-12 11-06-12 10-30-12 11-06-12 11-02-12 11-01-12 11-02-12 11-06-12 11-01-12 10-31-12

1560 165th Avenue 1590 168th Avenue 833 Carmel Court 16731 Cowell Street 14835 East 14th Street #25 16870 Melody Way 3854 Monterey Boulevard 14065 Reed Avenue 14873 Sylvia Way 1410 Thrush Avenue #1 14378 Cypress Street 894 Devonshire Avenue 15595 Faris Street 15400 Heron Drive 1038 Purdue Street

94578 94578 94578 94578 94578 94578 94578 94578 94578 94578 94579 94579 94579 94579 94579

188,000 403,000 400,000 442,000 145,000 400,000 395,000 165,000 330,000 153,000 280,000 260,000 200,000 420,000 285,000

2 7 3 3 2 4 2 3 2 3 3 4 4 3

836 3337 1107 1936 958 760 1441 1084 1370 820 1096 1328 1402 1651 1081

1920 1957 1976 1997 1948 1954 1973 1946 1994 1952 1959 1981 1999 1951

11-01-12 10-30-12 11-02-12 11-02-12 11-02-12 11-01-12 10-31-12 10-31-12 11-02-12 11-05-12 11-05-12 10-31-12 10-31-12 10-31-12 11-02-12

SAN LORENZO | TOTAL SALES: 08 Highest $: 355,000 Median $: 310,000 Lowest $: 255,000 Average $: 310,125 ADDRESS


16373 Emery Court 555 Heritage Circle 1713 Via Barrett 16018 Via Conejo 17383 Via Del Rey 237 Via Linares 600 Via Manzanas 15841 Via Toledo

Highest $: Lowest $: ADDRESS

94580 94580 94580 94580 94580 94580 94580 94580

310,000 255,000 320,000 273,000 355,000 310,000 319,000 339,000

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1142 1590 1465 986 1031 1451 1434 1524

1948 2004 1956 1944 1951 1950 1947 1951

11-02-12 10-31-12 10-31-12 10-31-12 11-01-12 10-30-12 10-30-12 10-30-12

SUNOL | TOTAL SALES: 01 680,000 Median $: 680,000 Average $: ZIP

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UNION CITY | TOTAL SALES: 15 Highest $: 760,000 Median $: Lowest $: 181,000 Average $: ADDRESS

5200 Davis Street 106 Donoso Plaza 2163 Eric Court #3 35969 Gold Street 32202 Hall Ranch Parkway 31215 Kimberly Court 1056 Las Padres Terrace 35395 Monterra Circle 4366 Planet Circle 1074 Ruby Terrace 31417 San Jacinto Court 32481 Seaside Drive 1144 Silver Street 2624 Teal Lane 2573 Village Drive


94587 94587 94587 94587 94587 94587 94587 94587 94587 94587 94587 94587 94587 94587 94587


760,000 181,000 181,000 600,000 560,000 315,000 315,000 352,000 255,000 395,000 490,000 723,000 636,000 319,000 270,000

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680,000 680,000 CLOSED

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2839 880 1134 2472 1880 1360 1212 1708 1583 1675 1762 2846 2592 1188 1524

2002 1986 1977 2005 1976 1980 1997 2001 1971 2007 1971 1991 2005 1983 1985

11-01-12 11-05-12 11-06-12 11-02-12 11-02-12 11-01-12 11-01-12 11-06-12 10-31-12 11-05-12 10-30-12 10-30-12 11-02-12 11-05-12 11-01-12

County vacancies SUBMITTED BY ALAMEDA COUNTY SUPERVISOR RICHARD VALLE Alameda LAFCo The Alameda Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) is accepting applications to fill the vacant alternate public member seat. The deadline for filing an application is Monday, January 7, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. The Commission will review each application and supplemental questionnaire and expects to conduct interviews the week of January 28, 2013. LAFCo is responsible for coordinating logical and timely changes in local governmental boundaries, conducting special studies that review ways to reorganize, simplify and streamline governmental structure, and establishing planning spheres of influence (SOIs) for each city and special district within the County. The public members represent all Alameda County citizens in an objective and impartial manner. The alternate Commissioner fully participates in discussions and deliberations, but can only vote when the regular public member is absent or disqualified. Applicants must be residents of Alameda County, and cannot be a current board or council member, officer or employee of Alameda County, a City or Special District in Alameda County. Meetings are typically held on the second Thursday of every odd month (January, March, May, July, September and November) at 4:30 p.m. in Dublin. The appointment term is 4 years. If you have questions please contact LAFCo at (510) 271-5142 or For more information about Alameda LAFCo or to download the application, visit: Boards and Commissions Interested in serving Alameda County and your community? Since 1853, the Board of Supervisors has encouraged citizen involvement and expertise to assist the Board in serving the community. Citizens who serve on commissions help the Board deal with the many and varied duties and responsibilities of local county government. The Board relies on these groups to advise them on a wide range of issues affecting their constituencies and to assure they are responsive to community needs. District Two currently has vacancies on the following Commissions: Commission on the Status of Women This Commission represents the women of Alameda County in an effort to target specific issues affecting women. The objective is to maximize social equality and parity for women of all ages. There are 17 members on the Committee, 3 of which are appointed by the District Two Supervisor, with currently one vacancy. Members serve a term of 2 years. Meetings occur the second Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. Women who are committed to working for social justice on behalf of the women of Alameda County are encouraged to apply. Parks, Recreation & Historical Commission The Commission consists of 15 members appointed by the Board of Supervisors- District 2 currently has two vacancies. Interested applicants should be a person with substantial interest in history and/or historical preservation or a person with substantial interest in park and recreation matters. Commissioners serve terms of four years, not to exceed 2 terms. Meetings are held once a month. Tree Advisory Board The Tree Advisory Board is a five-member board comprised of County residents appointed by the Board of Supervisors. District 2 currently has one vacancy. Each board member serves a term of two years and is subject to reappointment. The objective of the board is to assist the Public Works Agency Director in making policy decisions related to ordinances. Meetings are held monthly.

City office closures SUBMITTED BY CITY OF HAYWARD Most City of Hayward operations will observe holiday closures from Monday, December 24, 2012 through Tuesday, January 1, 2013. City services return to normal operating hours on Wednesday, January 2, 2013. Police, Fire and emergency services will continue operating normally. Maintenance Services will be providing services and can be contacted at (510) 881-7745 during normal hours (6:30 a.m. 3:00 p.m.) except on City holidays (December 24-25 and December 31, 2012 - January 1, 2013). The Street Sweeping schedule will remain unchanged for December 26-28, 2012. Both branches of Hayward Public Library (Main and Weekes) will remain open. Check the Library website for operating hours and holiday closures at For emergency utility services (water/sewer), call (510) 2937000. The Bill Payment/Revenue Center at City Hall will be closed; bills can be paid by using the night box outside City Hall; online payments can also be made on the City’s website at For emergency utility services, call (510) 293-7000. Building Permits/Inspections/Fire Marshal’s Office (Permit Center) services will be unavailable during the holiday periods. Job applications/Human Resources will close. For employment information and applications, visit Neighborhood Services and the City Clerk’s Office will also close and no services will be available. The Mayor/City Council/City Manager/City Attorney’s Offices will close for the holiday period; the public can contact the Mayor, Council, City Manager or City Attorney by email. The Animal Control Center will close December 23-25, 2012. Animals may be left in the “overnight box.” There will be staff caring for the animals during the holiday period. For more information about City of Hayward office closures and service impacts during the holiday periods, visit

Paratransit Advisory and Planning Committee (PAPCO) PAPCO makes decisions on transportation funding for seniors and people with disabilities to address planning and coordination issues regarding paratransit services in Alameda County. PAPCO members advise Alameda County Transportation Commission on the development and implementation of paratransit programs. All 23 members must be Alameda County residents who use transportation that supports seniors and people with disabilities. Members are appointed for a two-year term, and District 2 currently has one vacancy. PAPCO generally meets on every fourth Monday of the month from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Alameda CTC offices in Oakland. To Apply: To apply to serve as a District Two appointee, please submit a cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position. Please include a copy of your resume. Email the information to, attention Michelle/Ruben.

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Newark Police Detectives arrest murder suspects SUBMITTED BY NEWARK PD On December 15, 2010, Justice Afoa, a 17 year old Newark high school student was stabbed and killed on Cedar Blvd at Birch Street in Newark. The murder was especially shocking to our community, since it occurred at 3:30 p.m., just after the school day had concluded. The Newark Police Department Detective Division has been working tirelessly on this case for the past two years. They have written numerous search warrants, conducted hundreds of interviews, and have been working with the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office in an effort to arrest those people responsible for the death of Justice Afoa.

On December 10, 2012, Daniela Guzman, Rafael Tovar, and Daniel Howard were ar-

rested and booked at Santa Rita Jail for Murder. Investigators obtained confessions from two of the sus-

pects where they identified Justice Afoa as their intended target. They admitted to their involvement in the crime and

the motivation behind the murder. The investigation revealed that this was not a random incident, but a premeditated and deliberate attack in retaliation for a previous incident several months prior. This homicide investigation has been a high priority for the police department for the past two years and we appreciate the diligence and efforts of the detective division and the support of the community. We are especially grateful for the assistance of the Alameda County District Attorney’s Gang Unit with this complex and difficult investigation. The case has been referred to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office at this time.

Armed robbery suspects arrested and sentenced SUBMITTED BY FREMONT PD Between July 12, 2011 and August 22, 2011 a group of nine (9) suspects committed 15 separate armed robberies throughout the Bay Area. The robberies occurred at gas stations, 7-11 stores and ‘Wing Stop’ restaurant locations in Fremont (5), San Leandro (1), Milpitas (1), Hayward (3), Newark (4) and Union City (1). The suspects wore either ‘ski’ masks or a red bandanna over their faces during the robberies and used a firearm. The suspects were also responsible for a residential burglary in Newark and an armed robbery of a victim near the Bank of America in Fremont. Due to the number of armed robberies De-

tectives from the Fremont Police Department Robbery Unit worked together with Detectives from the Milpitas, San Leandro, Union City, Hayward and Newark Police Departments. Biological evidence, witness statements, suspect statements and surveillance evidence initially linked the group to the robbery series. On August 19, 2011, suspect Orlando Zendejas (18 yr old of Newark, CA) was arrested by the Fremont Police Department SWAT team. On August 26, 2011 SWAT teams from Fremont, Milpitas, San Leandro, Newark and Union City arrested suspects Andrew Heilman (18 yr old of Newark, CA), Omare Murphy (18 yr old of Newark, CA), Roger Perez (18 yr old of Newark, CA) and Keirsten Brown (18 yr old

of Newark, CA) during search warrants served at their residences. On August 31, 2011 the US Marshalls Service arrested suspect Walter Simmons (19 yr old of Newark, CA) at a residence in Hayward, CA. In September 2011, suspects Christopher Phillips (20 yr old of Newark, CA), Vincent Castillo (22 yr old of Newark, CA) and Antonio Reza (19 yr old of Newark, CA) were arrested by the Fremont Police Department Robbery Unit. In September 2011, all nine suspects were charged in connection with the armed robberies. Prior to the start of trial, eight of the nine suspects plead ‘no contest’ to their involvement in the robbery series. Four suspects (Zendejas, Perez, Murphy and Heilman) received

State Prison sentences ranging from three (3) fourteen (14) years. Brown, Castillo, Phillips and Reza received sentences in county jail. Zendejas, Perez, Murphy, Heilman and Brown are also facing armed robbery charges in Santa Clara County behind the Milpitas robbery. Suspect Walter Simmons pled not guilty in the case. His jury trial began in early October 2012. On October 16, 2012, Simmons was found guilty of robbery, attempted robbery, accessory to robbery and a use of a firearm enhancement. Simmons was acquitted on the other charges relating to the series. On December 3, 2012, Simmons was sentenced to ten (10) years in State Prison for his involvement in the robberies.

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Government Briefs City Council summaries do not include all business transacted at the noted meetings. These outlines represent selected topics and actions. For a full description of agendas, decisions and discussion, please consult the website of the city of interest: Fremont (, Hayward (, Milpitas (, Newark (, Union City (

Fremont City Council December 11, 2012

Consent: Update, revise and recodify Municipal Code. Public Hearing January 8, 2013 Approve Development Impact Fee annual report Allow City Manager to award Measure WW funds for well and pump replacement at Centerville Community Park, Niles Community Park and Central Park to lowest responsible bidder Successor Agency: Adopt resolution to establish bylaws of Successor Agency of the Redevelopment Agency

Mayor Bill Harrison Vice Mayor Anu Natarajan Suzanne Lee Chan Vinnie Bacon

Aye Aye Aye Aye

Scouts make the holidays bright SUBMITTED BY ROBERT COOK Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 154, chartered with Holy Spirit Catholic Church (Fremont), participated in the Scouting for Food program on November 10 and 17. The Scouting for Food program is a program to collect food for local food banks to give to needy families. Boy Scouts of America has been a major contributor to the effort to reach out to families in need by organizing two weekends to distribute flyers about the program and later to collect food donated by local homeowners. On the first weekend, the troop helped Cub Scout Pack 154 hang door flyers in their pack area. Later, the troop put up the door flyers in their own collection area. During the second weekend, about 20 troop scouts split up into two groups to help Cub Scout Packs 163 and 154 collect food from their two pack areas. Later, the troop collected food from their own area. Almost 2000 items of food from all three areas was collected. The food was collected, sorted and transported to a central point where it will be later distributed to a number of local food banks.

Newark City Council December 13, 2012 Presentations and Proclamations: Presentation of awards to winners of the Newark Unified School District and City of Newark Joint Task Force on Youth Issues Anti-Truancy Poster Design Contest. Students were challenged to design a “School is important to me because” themed poster. Posters will be displayed at public sites including Newark Library, Silliman Activity Center and Newark Unified School District. Winners include: Oliver Tan, Kindergarten – Kennedy; Genevieve Cantu, Kindergarten – Schilling; Adrian Rosales, First Grade – Kennedy; Alani Mills, First Grade – Kennedy; Kevin King, Second Grade – Snow; Eliazer Lopez, Second Grade – Musick; Amber Nolazco-Torrez, Third Grade – Schilling; Julie Le, Third Grade –Kennedy; Ulysses Gonzalez, Fourth Grade – Snow; Rogelio VazquezMurillo, Fourth Grade – Schilling; Jessica McNair, Fifth Grade – Kennedy; Marie Zhang, Fifth Grade – Bunker; Sierra Gonzales, Sixth Grade – Snow; Joshua Billmann, Sixth Grade – Kennedy. Written Communications: Review and approval of Conditional Use Permit for monument signs at St. Edward Catholic Church and School

Public Hearings: Approve Conditional Use Permit to establish fitness center/gymnasium (Anytime Fitness) at 6347 Jarvis Avenue. Approve Conditional Use Permit for a veterinary surgery center at 5600 John Muir Drive. Adopt an initial study/mitigated negative declaration and an architectural site plan for a 574,600 square foot industrial building at 38811 Cherry Street. Public Comment was voiced concerning truck traffic and air quality impact. Approve text amendment to Newark Municipal Code to include “cottage food” and “cottage food business” for non-perishable products. Public concern about regulation and sanitary conditions of food preparation Consent: Use of recycling funds for 2013 Music at the Grove, Summerfest and Tri-City Motor Rally Designate Alameda Co. Source Reduction and Recycling Board to review and comment on County Integrated Waste Management Plan Amendments Amend Joint Exercise Powers of Agreement that created Alameda County Waste Management Authority to clarify rules in the event of a conflict between member agencies

Accept Rosas Brothers Construction of curb, gutter and sidewalk replacement Accept annual report of Newark Development Impact Fees Accept bid and award contract with New Image Landscape for park and landscape maintenance Accept contract with Bayscape Management for 2012 Weed Abatement program Accept Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for period ending June 30, 2012 Accept bid and award contract to System Source Technologies, Inc. for switches. Nonconsent: Approve Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement creating the Energy Council and becoming a member City Council Matters: Appoint Ana Apodaca as Vice Mayor Appoint councilmembers to various agencies, boards and commissions Reappoint Karen Bridges to Planning Commission – two openings currently exist Mayor Alan Nagy Vice Mayor Ana Apodaca Luis Freitas Maria “Sucy” Collazo Robert Marshall

Aye Aye Aye Aye Absent

Ohlone College Board Trustees sworn in Ohlone College Board of Trustees began the December 12, 2012 meeting with the installation of newly elected Trustee Kevin Bristow and reelected Trustees Greg Bonaccorsi and Teresa Cox.

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Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report ARTICLE AND PHOTOS BY MIRIAM G. MAZLIACH The Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting of December 12, 2012 was a time to bid adieu and thank two outgoing Board Trustees, Bryan Geb-

bers as well as remarks from the outgoing trustees, the Board moved on to the next order of business -administering the Oath of Office to re-elected Board Trustee Lily Mei and to newly elected Board Trustees, Desrie Campbell and Ann Crosbie. Following the ceremonies, they assumed their seats next to Board

Ann Crosbie takes the Oath of Office, surrounded by her family

Lily Mei, Ivy Wu, Supt. Morris and Bryan Gebhardt

hardt (4 years) and Ivy Wu (8 years), for their dedication to the district. Wu and Gebhardt had not sought re-election. Superintendent James Morris stated, “They [Gebhardt and Wu] are the heart, conscience and engine that really drive the district forward. We value them and their public service on behalf of [the district’s] 33,000 students. Both Gebhardt and Wu were awarded with honorary resolutions and proclamations from Fremont Unified School District and the Office of State Senator Ellen Corbett. Following additional comments and remembrances from community mem-

Vice President Lara Calvert-York and Board President Larry Sweeney. In other major happenings, the district received a generous donation of $277,000 from the Fremont Bank Foundation. Mr. Brian Hughes, Director of Nonprofit Business Development for Fremont Bank, made the official check presentation to the Superintendent and

With family and friends looking on, Desrie Campbell takes her Oath of Office as a Trustee.

Board of Education Trustees. According to Supt. Morris, “The funds will be used to create a professional development center/ technology training room/ television broadcast studio for FUSD (located at the District Office) and it will have a huge impact on staff, students and the community.” The official ribbon cutting, for the opening of the Technology Center, is planned for the end of January 2013. In other matters of note: Raul Zamora was introduced as the New Director of Classified Personnel. Zamora will begin his duties as of January 15, 2013. Citing the Fair Education Act, Fremont parent, Dianne Jones, donated several copies of a LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transsexual) themed book for distribution to the district’s various junior and senior high school libraries. She also asked the Board to consider instituting Harvey Milk Day as an official school holiday, “to ensure a safer school environment for all students,” said Jones. Assistant Superintendent of Business, Raul Parungao presented the First Interim Budget Report for 2012-2013, to the Board for its approval. In order to retain a “Positive Certification,” the district must meet its financial obligations for the current as well as two subsequent years. Although FUSD has lost over $187 million in revenue funding since the 2007-2008 school year, Parungao stated that the district will still be able to retain its three percent reserve, as required by law, without making additional cuts. (L to R): Supt. James Morris, Bryan Hughes of Fremont Bank Fdn.(holding check),Trustees Lara York, Ann Crosbie, Desri Campbell, Lily Mei, Student Member Kyle O’Hollaren, and Larry Sweeney in back row.

BY SIMON WONG PHOTO BY SIMON WONG The Tri-City Winter Charity Event marked a decade of service on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at the Purple Lotus School on Ninth Street, Union City. The number of families helped by the school, in partnership with Centro de Servicios, is a barometer of the times. In 2009, there was a year-on year increase of 30-40 percent to 174 families. In 2012, more than 330 families visited during the event which lasted from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Students, alumni, parents and volunteers distributed dry and canned foods, clothing, toys and small household items to visitors. Union City Police Explorers arrived with a truck of wrapped Christmas gifts. This year, each family also participated in a free raffle to win gift cards for use at retail stores, such as a Safeway, and non-profits. Ten $100 gift cards, two $25 gift cards and 10 $10 cards went to families from Fremont, Newark, Union City and Hayward. “We are grateful for the generous donations and for the efforts of local businesses which have also collected on our behalf. This event is only possible with everyone’s support,” explained John Chyan, a volunteer with the Purple Lotus School. “We use the financial donations to pur-

l-r, John Chyan (Purple Lotus School volunteer), Union City Mayor Emeritus Mark Green, Rodney Clark (Executive Director, SAVE), Jaime Jaramillo (Executive Director, Centro de Servicios), Carmen Jaramillo (Ruggieri Senior Center, retired), Mei Chyan (Purple Lotus School volunteer) at the 10th annual Tri-City Winter Charity Event, Union City, December 2012.

chase items for distribution at the event, stated David Chen, who serves with the San Bruno-based Purple Lotus Temple and whose daughter is a former student at the school in Union City. “This year we approached a lady at Berryessa Market to purchase socks. She expressed surprise at the quantity we wanted and what her best price might be; given that we were buying for the Tri-City Winter Charity Event she graciously donated part of the transaction. Coincidentally, she attends the Purple Lotus Temple in San Jose. We gave away almost 600 pairs of socks for adults and children, today.” When clothing and toys are donated, new items are preferred. According to Buddhist philosophy, it is more meritorious and considerate to provide new instead of old. The organizers are taking steps to better serve the community. Each family was asked to complete a questionnaire and to indicate the number of family members, their ages and other information that will

help improve existing services and identify additional services required. Previously, family sizes were based on averages; the survey will give precise statistics. As always, children and their parents had the opportunity of a photo with Santa. In practice, matching images with families is not always straightforward, especially when claim tickets are lost. This year, images were loaded to Facebook for families to download. “This year’s event was very well-organized and beneficial to the community,” stated Jaime Jaramillo, Executive Director, Centro de Servicios. “Donations remained at about the same level as last year though more families needed help. There were fewer waiting in line at the start of the event but many more arrived later. We always hope for lower numbers; fewer families at an event like this, the healthier the community. Unfortunately, we still need donations which Centro De Servicios accepts throughout the year, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.”

The Purple Lotus School and Centro de Servicios enjoy a successful partnership. Sharing resources generates a better “return on investment.” During the year, toy and food drives by both organizations help the Tri-City Winter Charity Event. What remains at the end of the event is donated to Centro de Servicios for distribution to the non-profit’s own clients. Nothing is wasted. Toy donations, marked for the attention of ‘Police Explorers,’ can be delivered year-round to Union City Police Department at William M. Cann Memorial Civic Center, 34009 Alvarado-Niles Road, Union City. For more information, call (510) 471-1365. For locations at which to drop-off donations for the Purple Lotus School’s Tri-City Winter Charity Event or to arrange collection of large quantities, call Centro de Servicios (510) 489-4100 [Spanish] or the Purple Lotus Office (510) 489 8868 [English].

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SUBMITTED BY MOINA SHAIQ At the November 6 Alameda County Board of Supervisors’ meeting, the County Human Relations Commission presented its annual “Excellence in Human Relations” awards. Eight recipients were cited for “efforts furthering the cause of improving human relations in their community by addressing important social issues such as conflict resolution, working to bring people of different backgrounds together, or combating discrimination, human trafficking, and domestic violence.” This years’ recipients include Louis Chicoine, Executive Director of Abode Services of Fremont which provides services and housing for homeless, foster youth and families; Suzanne Shenfil, Director of the City of Fremont Human Services Department which provides a one-stop shop for all human services through the Fremont Family Resource Center; Jaime Jaramillo, Executive Director of Centro de Servicios in Union City which, as the oldest non-profit services organization in the


Tri-Cities area, provides, among others, immigration and naturalization services, youth programs and health care assistance to low income families. Nika St. Claire received the award posthumously. As Program Director for DreamCatchers Youth Shelter in Alameda, she directed community- based programs for over 30 years. DreamCatchers and Ms. St. Claire ensured runaway, homeless and exploited youth had a safe place to go. She dedicated her entire life to supporting, serving and advocating for the county’s most vulnerable youth. Barbara Quintero, Director of Operations for Women on the Way of Oakland, has worked tirelessly to ensure fair opportunities for re-entry women and their children. She knows from personal experience that everyone deserves and can benefit from a second chance and has been a role model to young women that hard work and compassion can make a difference in people’s lives. Marilyn Washington-Harris is the founder and Director of the Khadafy Washington Foundation for Non-Violence, an organiza-

Fremont Human Relations Commission award recipient SUBMITTED BY HANS BALSAM Mary Margaret Sims, a veteran volunteer for LIFE ElderCare’s Mealson-Wheels program, has recently received a well-deserved award from the Fremont Human Relations Commission for outstanding contributions to our community. She has been volunteering for LIFE ElderCare for the past twenty-one years, giving and caring for others. At LIFE ElderCare, Mary also provides a variety of services for frail, homebound seniors. As a Community Ambassador for the City of Fremont Human Services Department, Mary is proficient in assessing client needs and offering recommendations and referrals when needed. Meal service from Mary through Meals On Wheels, is served with a heart-warming smile, charm and grace - her assistance and support is filled with love and concern. Seniors served by Mary are considered “family;” her visits are a blessed part of their day. Mary takes service a step further by accompanying some seniors to their doctor appointments which can be a stressful experience, fraught with spells of forgetfulness. Her support and care for these seniors is essential to their wellbeing. Mary is an inspiration and role model to all. Her many years of service, experience and wisdom make Mary Margaret Sims an outstanding recipient of the Human Relations Commission Award.

tion in Oakland named and founded after her son, a star athlete at McClymonds High School who was murdered in 2001. Ms. Harris has dedicated her life and career to the service of other families that have gone through the pain and struggle of immediate loss of a loved one through violence. She works on a daily basis to prevent violence and meets with families to prevent retribution and to ensure families are not taken advantage of by others during their most vulnerable times. Ms. Harris makes herself available to all families in times of need and has provided strength, compassion and support for others to continue. Since 1978, Boona Cheema has been the Executive Director of Building Opportunities for Self- Sufficiency (BOSS), an organization serving homeless families and individuals through shelters and drop-in programs in Berkeley, Oakland and Hayward. A pathfinder in developing partnerships with agencies (both private and non-profit) and governmental, her organization has provided needed services and housing for homeless populations and poor/low-income people.

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She has been a leader in developing and conducting seminars for clients and professionals and in working with political systems to increase funding for her clients; Anne Moses is the founder and President of Ignite, an agency which serves young, lower-income women from ages 14-22, and provides training and guidance to assist such women in developing skills, abilities and confidence to run for public office. The program includes training and education, mentoring and assistance in finding connections to help in the development of political careers. In addition to the Supervisors’ recognition, State Assembly member Nancy Skinner also provided certificates of recognition to the awardees. The mission of the Human Relations Commission (HRC) is to preserve human rights and to work to foster mutual respect for all people who live or work in Alameda County. The body reports to the Supervisors and advises and makes recommendations regarding legislation or communications around human relations issues. To learn more about the HRC go to

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