April 29, 2005

Assemblymember Johan Klehs Town Hall and Movie Screening

Assemblymember Johan Klehs, together with New Line Cinema and Kaiser Permanente, are holding a Tinsel Town Hall on Tuesday, May 3, 2005, from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at the Century 16 Bayfair in San Leandro. According to a flyer sent to constituents, the town hall will feature a screening of the movie Monster-in-Law and a discussion of women's health issues and current legislation important to women, children and families.

Admission is free but reservations are required. Call Klehs' office at (510) 583-8818 to reserve up to two seats.

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Assemblymember Johan Klehs' Education Forum

Assemblymember Johan Klehs is presenting an Education Forum on Saturday, April 30, 2005 in Hayward from 10am to Noon. According to a flyer sent to constituents, the forum will feature California Legislative Analyst Elizabeth G. Hill "and other education experts to discuss proposed state budget reforms and education issues including:

  • Proposition 98
  • K-12 education
  • Higher education
  • Charter schools"

The forum will take place in the Merchandising Classroom - G3 of the Eden Area Regional Occupational Program, located at 26316 Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward. The Eden Area Regional Occupational Program is located across the street from Chabot Community College.

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April 18, 2005

Abstinence Crowd Comes to San Leandro

This sign hanging over E. 14th Street between Estudillo and Davis in San Leandro, advertises an April 30, 2005 abstinence workshop at the Creekside Community Church.

While few condone adolescent sex that results in pregancy or sexually-transmitted diseases (STD), supporters of abstinence should familiarize themselves with the results of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, a federally-funded study that tracked more than 10,000 children from 7th to 12th grade for about eight years.

The study shows that those who pledge abstinence are almost as likely to contract an STD as those who do not make an abstinence pledge. In addition, those who pledge abstinence are more likely to engage in oral and anal sex and are less likely to use condoms when they begin engaging in sexual activity.

At least part of the explanation appears to be that virginity pledge programs preach abstinence to the exclusion of information regarding condoms, contraception, and sexual health. Predictably, supporters of abstinence pledges, including National Abstinence Clearinghouse, dispute the results of the study.

On the positive side (for parents at least), those who pledged abstinence begin engaging sexual activity 18 months later than those who didn't pledge abstinence and had fewer sexual partners.

Caveat emptor to those who would blindly encourage their children to pledge abstinence. Teenagers appear to be "saving" their virginity by engaging in oral and anal sex. I'm not sure that's a good thing.

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April 13, 2005

Local resident in Rome to see Pope

San Leandro resident Brigett Vasquez traveled all the way to Rome to see the Pope's body at the basilica, but had to settle for seeing the tomb.

According the AP article:

"Brigett Vasquez, 37, a Mexican housewife living in San Leandro, Calif., came to view the Pope's body on display at the basilica last week and waited 14 hours in line - only to end up on the far side of the throng where she never even got a glimpse."

""We came seeking blessings for the whole family, for those who couldn't come," said Vasquez, who returned Wednesday to see the tomb. "My family was crying because there wasn't enough money for all of us to come.""

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April 12, 2005

Puppet Day at the San Leandro Library

Saturday, April 23, 2005
San Leandro Main Library
300 Estudillo Avenue
Sponsored by the San Francisco Bay Area Puppet Guild and the San Leandro Public Library

10am - 3pm
Ongoing exhibit of forms of puppetry
Puppet Exhibit, Puppet Raffle, and Puppet Store
Estudillo/Karp Room

10am - 3pm
Puppet Petting Zoo
Geared for ages 2 - 7
Estudillo/Karp Room

11am and Noon
Performance Puppet Workshop
Learn how to work puppets, by the Alameda County 4-H Puppeteers
Estudillo/Karp Room

Television Puppet Workshop for Little Kids
Learn how to work a puppet on camera. Puppets and cameras will be supplied.
Mary Brown Room

Free family Puppet Show - "An Irish Tale"
Presented by The Puppet Company of Children's Fairyland in Oakland
For all ages
Lecture Hall

Television Puppet Workshop for Kids of All Ages
Learn how to work a puppet on camera. Puppets and cameras will be supplied.
Mary Brown Room

1:30pm - 3pm
Advanced Class for Kids 8+
$6 fee for materials and pre-registration (at Children's Desk of Main Library) required.
Learn to build a scarf marionette and perform with it. Limited to 25 kids.
Trustees Room

1:30pm - 3pm
Puppet Making for All Ages
Younger children will learn how to build a fun puppet that they can take home and enjoy.
Estudillo Room

Television Puppet Workshop for Teens
Learn how to work a puppet on camera. Puppets and cameras will be supplied.
Mary Brown Room

"Vaudeville Follies", "a marionette variety show presented in the spirit of the old time music hall" starring the Fratello Marionettes
$3.00 per ticket

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April 6, 2005

San Leandro Man Killed Outside Hayward Store

San Leandro resident Kente Jones, 24, was shot and killed outside a store in unincorporated Hayward at approximately 9:30pm on Monday, April 4, 2005. Witnesses reported that Jones was involved in an altercation with two men, during which several gunshots were reported. After the altercation, Jones walked into Quart House Liquors at 22596 Center St. and collapsed.

Jones was driving a 1993 Lexus and robbery is suspected as the motive since he had recently cashed his paycheck and had no money on him after the confrontation.

Jones' older brother, Arthur Wright, was shot and killed in Oakland on January 29, 1994.

Call the police at (510) 667-3622 if you have any information about the suspects, who reportedly fled in a light-colored vehicle.

Update: The Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation put up a $5,000 reward on May 10, 2005, for information that leads to the two suspects in the murder of Kente Jones.

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April 4, 2005

Pete Stark Town Hall April 9, 2005

Congressman Pete Stark continues his monthly town hall meetings on Saturday, April 9, 2005. He will be discussing the proposed cuts to Medicaid, government interference with personal health care decisions, and how to prevent the No Child Left Behind Act from giving your child's name, address and phone number to military recruiters.

The table below shows the time and locations of Stark's town hall meetings.

Fremont9 - 10amFremont Senior Center
Wing A
40086 Paseo Padre Parkway
San Leandro10:30 - 11:30amSan Leandro City Hall
Council Chambers
835 East 14th Street
Alameda12 - 1pmAlameda City Hall
Council Chambers
2263 Santa Clara Avenue
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April 1, 2005

San Leandro Rights Pioneer Korematsu Dies

San Leandro civil rights pioneer Fred Toyosaburo Korematsu died on Wednesday, March 30, 2005, at his daughter’s home in Larkspur, California at the age of 86. Korematsu became a symbol of opposition when he refused to report for internment and remained at his San Leandro home.

On May 30, 1942, Fred Korematsu was arrested in San Leandro for refusing to report to a Japanese internment camp. A newspaper headline wrongly declared “Jap Spy Arrested in San Leandro.” He was later convicted of violating the presidential internment order. Along with other U.S. citizens of Japanese descent, he was taken to Tanforan race track in San Bruno, California, (now a shopping mall) before he was transferred to the Topaz “concentration camp.”

Korematsu challenged his internment with help from the ACLU. In 1944, in what is considered one of worst Supreme Court decisions of the century, his internment and that of all people of Japanese descent, was affirmed.

Korematsu kept fighting, and in 1983, his conviction was vacated by federal judge Marilyn Patel. In her decision, Patel wrote, “"Korematsu stands as a constant caution that in times of war or declared military necessity our institutions must be vigilant in protecting constitutional guarantees.” Patel’s decision paved the way for the historic apology from the U.S. government in 1988 and the paltry compensation of $20,000 to those internees who had managed to survive.

Korematsu with fellow Presidential Medal of Freedom winner Rosa Parks in 1998.

President Clinton awarded Mr. Korematsu the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, in 1998. He has also been honored by the San Leandro City Council, the Oakland school district, and received an honorary law degree from California State University, Hayward (now CSU-East Bay). In 2001, he was featured in the PBS series P.O.V. Emmy-award winning documentary “Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story.”

Korematsu returned to live in San Leandro after his internment and continued to be active in civil rights, including opposition to parts of the USA PATRIOT act that he believed violated Arab-Americans’ rights.

He is survived by his wife Kathryn and children Karen and Ken.

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