I didn’t think it was going to be so easy, but it was. I finally extracted myself from South Carolina, and I made it back to the San Francisco Bay Area.
|Bay Area Rapid Transit|
|Bay Area Transit Map|
BART has served as a highly successful rapid transit and commuter rail system, and it has provided a valuable alternative transportation route to highway transportation. BART has been undergoing a vast modernization to improve the quality of the system and its ability to serve the public's transportation needs.
The BART story began in 1946. It began not by governmental fiat, but as a concept gradually evolving at informal gatherings of business and civic leaders on both sides of the San Francisco Bay.
Facing a heavy post-war migration to the area and its consequent automobile boom, these people discussed ways of easing the mounting congestion that was clogging the bridges spanning the Bay. In 1947, a joint Army-Navy review Board concluded that another connecting link between San Francisco and Oakland would be needed in the years ahead to prevent intolerable congestion on the Bay Bridge.
Therefore the concept of an underwater tube devoted exclusively to high-speed trains.
For years, subway cars have been able to recycle some of the energy created when they brake, turning it into electricity to help power the train or others running on the rails at the same time. Now, BART is hoping to harness that lost energy by storing it and then putting it back in the system, something that could save millions of dollars in energy costs.
The video, obtained by television station KTVU, shows two officers restraining a struggling suspect. While the man is lying face down on the ground, one officer appears to be seen pulling out a gun and firing a single shot into his back.
"First, an officer grabbed Oscar by the neck and pushed him against the wall," "Oscar didn't fight him, but he didn't go down either. He was like, 'What did I do?' Then another officer came up with his Taser and held it right in his face. Oscar said, 'Please don't shoot me, please don't Taser me, I have a daughter,' over and over again, real fast, and he sat down."Oscar Grant was the only man in a small group sitting against the wall who was not handcuffed, Burris said, so officers grabbed him away from the wall and pressed him belly-down onto the ground.
"One officer was kneeling over his neck and head, and another standing over him," Burris said. "He was not kicking, and one officer was pulling on his arm. The standing officer pulled out his weapon and, within moments, fired the gun into Mr. Grant's back."Burris said the bullet went through Grant's lower back and ricocheted off the ground up into his lungs, killing him.
"It's an outrageous set of facts. My sense is clear that this was an unjustifiable shooting," Burris said based on witness statements, but prior to the videotape being made public. "There were no movements and he was not trying to overrun the police officer. A gun cannot discharge accidentally, you have to have your finger on the trigger." "When conduct like this occurs, there is a price to pay," he added. "Police have to be held accountable when they engage in this kind of unlawful conduct."
But once again, the system let us down as Mehserle was handed a sentence of two years jail time with credit for 146 days served and 146 days good behavior. Which, in essence, means the man responsible for shooting another man in the back while he lay face down will get away with murder. A conviction for involuntary manslaughter normally carries a four-year sentence, but the judge had the option of adding an “enhancement” that could have made the sentence 14 years because a firearm was used in commission of a crime. Mehserle, who was on duty as a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer when the shooting occurred, said at the trial that he intended to draw and fire his Taser rather than his gun.
The jury acquitted him of the more serious charges of second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter. To put this in perspective, Johannes Mehserle will do about as much time as T.I., who had guns but never shot a single person.
Where exactly is the justice in that? Let’s just say T.I. shot someone in self defense. I’m quite sure he would do more time than Mehserle. It’s a sad day for minorities everywhere to know their lives are only worth a year in prison just as long as the man killing them in a police officer. And now the law has the nerve to tell the people to remain calm?
Do they realize the damage that’s been done? The relationship between people of color and the police will forever be fractured. The people of Oakland (and everywhere else) have every right to protest. If a window gets broken, trust me, it’s a whole lot better than shooting an unarmed man in the back.
The Heart of the Bay
Building the plant was controversial at the time. The cannery was originally built around 1963 and employed many immigrants, students and residents in its tomato processing operation, but has been shut down since October 1999.
They lived in cone-shaped straw and mud huts, coming down from the hills to the bay to gather shellfish and hunt sea lions for their diet. In 1843, Mexican Governor Michaeltoreño rewarded Guillermo Castro for his past military and civil service by granting him “El Rancho San Lorenzo” – 27,000 acres of flatlands, hills and canyons now known as Hayward and Castro Valley.
Castro erected an adobe house where the historic Hayward City Hall is located.
Castro’s corrals were in the area now occupied by the current Library and Post Office, and not far from the location of the Hayward Area Historical Society Museum. By 1852, Don Castro had laid out the town of San Lorenzo, four blocks square, on the area surrounding his rancho adobe and rodeo plaza.
Russell City (Hayward) was this little town of African-American's who migrated here from the deep south and was one of the proving grounds for many blues musicians.
The estimated population in 2010 was 151,300. The former suburbs of Mount Eden, Schafer Park have been incorporated into Hayward.
|Hayward Post Office|
|Alameda County Courthouse|
Formal usage was introduced by academics in the early 1970s, notably by historian Yuji Ichioka, who is credited with popularizing the term. Today, Asian American is the accepted term for most formal purposes, such as government and academic research, although it is often shortened to Asian in common usage.
Hayward High School is one of the oldest high schools in Northern California. The official mascot for HHS is the "Farmer" which dates back to Hayward's agricultural roots. Its emblem is the plow which symbolizes hard work, as well as will and potential for growth.
|My Cousin Bubba|
A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the Hayward High Downtown Rally, where my cousin was performing for his high school band where he plays Trombone.
Hayward High School is the oldest high school in Southern Alameda County, and began serving the community in 1892. Today, you can read and hear about it in the news, where six students were arrested for taking down a police officer on campus.
"Smoking is unattractive," 'Groups of people smoking can be intimidating to some people, and it may be preventing folks from shopping in Hayward.' — Fran David, City ManagerYou know a movement is going too far when its justification for outlawing smoking in certain public places is that it is "unattractive."
The goal was, in part, to protect the health of nonsmokers by preventing them from substantial, unavoidable exposure to secondhand smoke. I guess I missed the part about the movement's goal being to rid our cities of unattractive images, like smokers.
I can think of a lot of things that are actually unattractive that we could ban if we wanted to clean up our cities.
For example, pick up all the trash around downtown. It's one thing to argue that smoking needs to be banned on all streets and sidewalks in order to protect the public's health. That's obviously an outrageous and unsupported argument, but at least it is based on some semblance (no matter how ridiculous and extreme) of a health concern.
But to argue that smoking needs to be banned on all city streets and sidewalks because individuals smoking in public are unattractive seems to me to show the complete obliteration of what was once a science-based movement within the field of public health. If the city wants to ban unattractive images from its streets, then why not do it directly?
Just pass a law stating that unattractive people are not allowed on the public streets and sidewalks of Hayward. Or that they have to walk around with bags over their heads. Restrict the downtown streets to attractive models and I guarantee that the city will see an increase in retail store customers. It appears that the city's new slogan should be:
"Unattractive people stay home. You're not wanted in Hayward. You drive our business away."
Today, the City of Hayward is known as the “Heart of the Bay”, not only for its central location but also for its accepting and caring environment.