San Lorenzo Express


News Archives


2011
May 9 County Political Boundaries Are Changing — The boundaries of the county's five supervisoral districts are changing based on the 2010 federal census.

Oct. 16 Is County Ordinance Reducing Local Alcohol Sales to Minors? — A researcher's claim that a 2005 county ordinance has decreased violence and crime associated with local alcohol sales met with skepticism at a meeting last week in Castro Valley. (See Oakland Tribune story)

April 9 Director of San Lorenzo Homes Association Recalled: End of an Era — A director of the San Lorenzo Village Homes Association has been removed by a vote of the membership, ending an era of relative tranquility in one of the nation's largest homeowner associations.

March 19 Bay Bridge from San Lorenzo — An Idea that Won't Die — In 1991 and again in 2002 the Metropolitan Transportation Commission seriously considered building a new freeway-bridge across the bay, alongside San Lorenzo Creek and over the San Lorenzo Creek marshlands. In 2002 this idea was momentarily killed by the efforts of a few, but, like Lazarus, the bridge proposal is alive again.


2010
Oct. 16 Crowded Field of Candidates for San Lorenzo School Board — If two incumbent trustees of the San Lorenzo Unified School District board want to hold onto their seats, they will have to overcome four challengers in the upcoming November election.

June 16 Farms in Ashland? — Residents of Cherryland and Ashland are organizing "urban farms" to produce veggies and fruits for sale locally. They are being helped by grants from the San Francisco Foundation and Kaiser-Permanente Community Benefit program, as well as the Alameda County Deputy Sheriff's Activities League. (Link is to story at East Bay Express website.)

May 6 First Open Race in 10 Years to Decide New County Supervisor for Ashland and San Lorenzo — Several candidates are competing in the June election for county supervisor to represent San Lorenzo and part of Ashland.

April 19 Ashland Hall Showcases East Bay Bands — The venerable Ashland Holy Ghost Hall has taken on new life as a showcase for East Bay bands.

April 18 Four Young Men Killed in Gunfire on Streets — Four young men have been killed in separate, unrelated shootings in unincorporated areas of Eden Township in the past two months.


2009
Dec. 7 San Lorenzo Homes Association Board in Turmoil — Two directors of the San Lorenzo Village Homes Association have resigned in the past two months.

Oct. 20 What's in Store for San Lorenzo's Commercial District? — Will San Lorenzo's principal commercial district along Hesperian Blvd. be revived or will it become a vast new housing project?
Oct. 12 Anger over High School Expansion Plan — Neighbors of a charter high school in San Lorenzo Village are angry over the school's plan for a new campus.
Oct. 8 Final Version of the General Plan for Eden Unincorporated Area — The county's general plan for the unincorporated area that includes Ashland-San Lorenzo-Cherryland has been released for public review.
Sept. 28 Gunfire at Several San Lorenzo Parties — Gunshots at three recent large gatherings in San Lorenzo have created a new serious safety issue in the community.
Sept. 17 Aircraft Hits Building, Crashes at Hayward Airport — A twin-engine airplane crashed immediately after takeoff yesterday at the Hayward Airport.


2008
Dec. 2 Ode to Mervyn's — A Bay Area retail institution, started in San Lorenzo in July 1949, ends ignobly.
July 14 Nomination Papers for Local Offices Due August 8 — Voters in the Eden unincorporated area will elect a number of local officials in the general election this November.


2007
Nov. 18 Village Commercial Center Plan Changes — Again — Plans to redevelop San Lorenzo's commercial center, begun in 1999, have significantly changed for the fifth time in as many years.
June 10 Local Nonprofit Signs Agreement to Purchase Lorenzo Theater — The Lorenzo Theater Foundation has signed an agreement to purchase the Lorenzo Theater.
Feb. 20 School District Looks for New Superintendent — The San Lorenzo School District is searching for a new superintendent following the retirement of Arnie Glassberg.
Feb. 19 School District Explores Sale or Lease of Surplus School Sites — School sites in the San Lorenzo School District are being evaluated for possible lease or sale.


2006
May 16 More Changes in Plans for San Lorenzo Commercial Center — Plans for redeveloping the commercial center of San Lorenzo Village along Hesperian Boulevard have changed again.
May 4 San Lorenzo High School Establishes Athletic Hall of Fame — San Lorenzo High School's outstanding athletes, teams, and coaches will be honored in a new Hall of Fame.
April 21 Homeowners Get Help on Sidewalk Costs — San Lorenzo homeowners will get a big break on the cost of maintaining the sidewalk in front of their homes, as long as new public funds are available.
March 31 Lorenzo Theater Future Unresolved — Five years ago many people in San Lorenzo hoped that a restored Lorenzo Theater would be a "shining beacon" in the middle of a newly developed commercial center replacing the abandoned buildings and vacant lots on Hesperian.
March 17 How Does Redevelopment Work? — California Redevelopment Law is intended to overcome physical and economic "blight" that exists because of lack of private investment. But what is "blight"? (Third in a series.)


2005
August 29 Plan for San Lorenzo Commercial Center Is Reduced Again — A plan for redeveloping San Lorenzo's "Village Square" on Hesperian Boulevard has been significantly scaled back since it was first presented four years ago.
June 14 Local Communities Spend Redevelopment Money in Different Ways — In Cherryland redevelopment money is being spent on sidewalks, in San Lorenzo on a major commercial center. (Second in a series.)
April 23 Eden Area Redevelopment District Money is Growing — The Redevelopment District that encompasses the Eden unincorporated area has collected more than $40 million in property taxes since its inception. (First in a series.)
April 11 Ashland Residents Bring in $450,000 Grant for After-school Sports Program — An Ashland mother was instrumental in getting a four-year grant to support new after-school sports programs.
2004
Nov. 3 Residents Asked for Advice on Sidewalk Plan
Oct. 3 Seven Candidates and a $49 Million Bond Measure Face San Lorenzo School District Voters — Voters in the San Lorenzo Unified School District are being asked to approve the first capital funding for school construction in more than 50 years.
Sept. 19 New City of San Lorenzo Proposed — A new City of San Lorenzo could be a reality in late 2006.
Sept. 18 Changes in Police Services for Eden Area — The California Highway Patrol and Alameda County Sheriff have significantly reorganized their services in the unincorporated Eden Area.


2003
Dec. 15 Transportation Needs Identified in Ashland and Cherryland -- The Ashland, Cherryland, and South Hayward communities are finding solutions to transportation problems or, if necessary, inventing them.
Dec. 5 Rebel Football Squad Plays for State Championship -- The San Lorenzo High School varsity football team will play for the North Coast Section championship tomorrow at the Oakland Coliseum.
Apr. 15 Village Mourns a Son -- The first-ever street shooting in San Lorenzo Village has taken the life of a young man near his home.


2002
Sept. 26 Ten Candidates for School Board -- Ten persons are competing for three seats on the San Lorenzo Unified School District board in November.
July 10 San Lorenzo Schools Have Highest Drug and Weapons Rates in County -- San Lorenzo schools had the most drug and weapon offenses of any schools in Alameda County, including the troubled Oakland schools, during the school year 2000-01.
Feb. 19 Architects Present Plan for Village Square -- Developers for the Bohannon Organization have drawn up a plan to completely redevelop the Bohannon properties along Hesperian.
Jan. 29 PGE Agrees to Stop Radical Pruning of San Lorenzo Trees -- A bitter controversy over PGE's pruning of street trees appears to be resolved.


2001
Dec. 21 San Lorenzo School Chief Gets Pay Hike to $182,000 -- Parents, students, teachers, and union employees of the San Lorenzo Unified School District filled the room at the school board's meeting Tuesday to protest hefty pay raises for the district's four administrators.
Dec. 11 Community Meeting Dec. 19 to Air Outrage over PGE Tree Cutting -- In the face of angry protests from San Lorenzo residents, PGE has agreed to stop pruning street trees until after a community meeting December 19.
Nov. 7 Supes Appoint Citizens Advisory Panels for San Lorenzo Area Redevelopment -- Two citizen advisory panels were appointed yesterday by the county board of supervisors to recommend priorities for capital spending in the San Lorenzo and Cherryland subareas of the newly formed Eden Area Redevelopment District.
Nov. 6 San Lorenzo Industrial Area Could Change -- The county planning commission has recommended a study of alternative uses of the industrial area west of San Lorenzo Village.
Oct. 12 Agreement to Buy Lorenzo Theater Falls Apart -- The owner of the Lorenzo Theater has rescinded an agreement to sell the theater to the Lorenzo Theater Foundation.
Sept. 30 Arts Group to Buy Lorenzo Theater -- The nonprofit Lorenzo Theater Foundation announced it has signed an agreement to purchase the Lorenzo Theater.
Aug. 8 San Lorenzo Moves to New County Supervisoral District -- The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted to shift San Lorenzo into supervisoral district 3, along with San Leandro and Alameda.
July 15 San Lorenzo Could Lose Political Clout When Supervisoral Districts Change -- San Lorenzo is likely to end up with a different county supervisor when the Alameda County board of supervisors changes the boundaries of supervisoral districts.
May 7 Plane Crashes at Hayward Airport -- A Cessna airplane crashed today at noon on the runway of Hayward Airport.
Apr. 27 Hayward Airport Preparing for 26 More Corporate Jets -- A private company plans to build hangars for 26 corporate jets at the Hayward Airport.
Apr. 6 San Lorenzo Population Density Is Among Highest in the Bay Area -- San Lorenzo Village, Ashland, and Cherryland have more residents per square mile than most parts of the Bay Area, according to the recent U.S. census.
Mar. 20 Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing -- A helicopter operating out of Hayward Executive Airport was forced to land on the front yard of a San Lorenzo home.
Mar. 15 All San Lorenzo Students to Get Free Laptop Computers -- A computer manufacturer is donating more than 1,500 wireless laptop computers to San Lorenzo students in the first phase of an ambitious project.
Feb. 23 Hayward Beats a Retreat from Cherryland -- The Hayward City Council voted unanimously to leave Cherryland alone.
Feb. 21 Lorenzo Theater Is Sold -- The Lorenzo Theater has been sold to a veterinarian who failed in an earlier attempt to get approval to use the theater as an animal clinic.
Feb. 16San Lorenzo Homes Association Rejects Community Leader -- Long-time community activist Betty Moose was denied a seat on the San Lorenzo Village Homes Association's committee on community development. [Updated March 18]
Feb. 14San Lorenzo Receives Money for Transportation Planning -- San Lorenzo received $40,000 from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission as part of its Transportation for Livable Communities program.
Jan. 19New Plan for San Lorenzo Village "Downtown" -- A detailed land-use plan for San Lorenzo's long neglected "downtown" -- the Village Square -- has been released by the county planning department.
Jan. 18San Lorenzo Library Expansion Plan -- A tentative plan for expanding and enhancing the San Lorenzo Library will be unveiled at a public meeting Jan. 24.


2000
Dec. 8 Changes on School Board -- Nineteen-year-old Ray Grangoff was appointed to fill the vacancy on the San Lorenzo school board.
Nov. 24 Historic Buildings in San Lorenzo -- An initial survey of historic buildings in San Lorenzo has been completed.
Nov. 16 School Board Director Resigns After Election -- Less than two weeks after he was reelected to the San Lorenzo school board, Bill Santora has resigned.
Nov. 14San Lorenzo Underground Water Storage Would Supply Water During Droughts -- San Lorenzo water may spell relief during droughts if an East Bay Municipal Utility District proposal is realized.
Nov. 11San Lorenzo and the Election -- Apart from the election for the local school board, some results of the recent ballot will have a direct effect on San Lorenzo.
Nov. 10No More Private Parties in Bockman Road Stores -- The owner of a Bockman Road commercial center has been ordered to stop renting out store space for private parties.