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Funding for community oriented policing efforts
Boost to public safety

HAYWARD, Calif. -- The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) has awarded the City of Hayward $3.6M to hire nine police officers to supplement current public safety efforts to reduce teen crime and truancy and bolster other community policing efforts across the City.

Like all local governments, Hayward has faced significant budget challenges in recent years; this Federal funding will allow the City to provide specialized police prevention and protection services to community members, including mentoring and teen programs. ...
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Fireworks safety

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Every year in the United States, the Fourth of July is celebrated with community parades, picnics, barbecues and fireworks but, sadly, Independence Day also includes tragic events resulting from fireworks use. The safest way to enjoy them is to attend public displays organized by professional pyrotechnicians throughout the Bay Area.

All fireworks are banned in Hayward and the Fairview Fire Protection District. Why? Fireworks can be dangerous and severe injuries can arise. An estimated 9,800 people, or a daily average of more than 26 people, were treated in emergency departments for injuries sustained from fireworks and more than half of the injured were children. ...
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Final pieces of Castro Valley Veterans' Memorial fall into place
Construction underway but fundraising efforts must continue

CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. -- With the VFW and the Castro Valley Veterans’ Memorial Committee’s announcement of Silicon Valley Paving, Inc. as their General Contractor for the Castro Valley Veterans’ Memorial (CVVM) in Castro Valley, all of the contractors needed to build the CVVM are now in place.

On the first day of Summer, Wednesday, June 20, 2012, the building process began in earnest. According to Silicon Valley Paving’s Forrest Williams, who is Build Supervisor, now that the work has started, they hope to complete their part of the project (the Memorial site pad and upgraded parking lot in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act) by the end of July 2012. ...
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Alameda County Transportation Expenditure Plan for November 2012 ballot
If approved by voters in November 2012, more than $7.8 billion in funds for transportation will flow into Alameda County

ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. -- The Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC) received the Alameda County Board of Supervisors' final unanimous approval on June 6, 2012 for the 2012 Transportation Expenditure Plan (TEP), which will guide spending and provide $7.8 billion in sales tax revenue for critical transportation projects throughout Alameda County over the next 30 years. With this approval, the Board of Supervisors has authorized the TEP for placement as a measure on the November 6, 2012 ballot that will go before Alameda County voters. ...
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Veterans’ memorial
Significant donation received but more is needed

CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. -- Even after more than two years of project design and fundraising, there are still some in Castro Valley who do not know that local veterans are building a memorial in Castro Valley Community Park, Lake Chabot Road, Castro Valley.

So, those who have not heard about Castro Valley’s Veterans’ Memorial should visit the park and enter the upper parking lot off Quail Avenue. Some sidewalks and curbs have been removed and cordoned off to make way for handicap parking and a handicap entrance to the new Memorial.

What is the next phase for the Memorial? According to the project manager, grading and leveling of the site itself will begin shortly. ...
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Planning for urban wildfire

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Fire in the hills can occur where urban-interface areas pose threats to citizens and homes. An urban-interface fire creates complex challenges for firefighters. Residents in or near an urban/wildland area, should design and maintain their homes and landscaping with wildfire-safety in mind. Simple steps to make a home fire-safe, inside and out, not only reduces the threat to the property but helps protect families.

Everyone in these areas should understand some basics and be prepared. Construction materials, landscaping plants and design, surrounding wildland fuels, the location of their home, on a slope or flat area, and more all affect exposure to, and threat from, wildfire. ...
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