San Lorenzo Express


Services and Special Districts


ENVIRONMENTAL

Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District — The district's website is rich in guidance on how homeowners can control mosquitos. (23187 Connecticut St., Hayward 94545; telephone 510.783.7744)

Alameda County Waste Management Authority — Information on where to recycle, dispose of household hazardous waste, etc. Call the Alameda County Recycling Hotline toll-free at 877.786.7927. (777 Davis Street, Suite 100, San Leandro, CA 94577; telephone 510.614.1699, fax 510.614.1698)

Bay Area Air Quality Management District — The district is governed by a board of 20 publically elected officials from the Bay Area's nine counties. In particular, see the alphabetical directory to the district's Web site; the district's guidelines on air quality compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act, and the section of the Web site on rules and regulations.

Oro Loma Sanitary District — provides several waste services in San Lorenzo and Castro Valley: collection and treatment of wastewater, collection of solid waste (garbage), and recycling and green waste services. Oro Loma contracts with Alameda County Waste Management for the latter two services. If you suspect blockage in the sewer main (more than one house has blocked waste lines), call 276-4700 day or night. Use the e-mail link at the district's website to comment on service, rates, and policy. (2600 Grant Avenue, San Lorenzo 94580)

San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board — The board, composed of about 100 individuals, mostly scientists, is part of the State Water Resources Control Board, which in turn is part of the California Environmental Quality Agency.


LIBRARIES

San Lorenzo Library — Part of the Alameda County Library system, the library is located behind the firehouse and Community Center on Paseo Grande. The library has more than two dozen computer terminals dedicated to the World Wide Web on the internet as well as other terminals for a variety of uses. Search the library's holdings and conduct certain transactions at the Alameda County Libraries website. See also library hours. (395 Paseo Grande, 670-6283)


PARKS AND RECREATION

San Lorenzo Bayshore Wetlands — Walk or cycle through wildlife habitats in the wetlands. The San Lorenzo shoreline may be the best place for seeing how the tides affect the bay and inland marshes. Trails extend from San Lorenzo Creek to Highway 92, where "interpretive center" operated by East Bay Regional Park District has loads of information on the shoreline plants and animals and their habitats.

East Bay Regional Park District — EBPD manages 1,745 square miles of parklands, 90 percent of which are protected and operated as natural parklands. (2950 Peralta Oaks Court, P.O. Box 5381, Oakland, CA 94605; telephone 510.562.PARK)

Hayward Area Recreation and Park District -- HARD is an independent special-use district providing park and recreation services within a 64 square-mile area that includes San Lorenzo, Castro Valley, Hayward, and the Eastern shore of the San Francisco Bay. (1099 'E' Street, Hayward, CA 94541, 510.881.6700). See HARD parks and facilities. Local facilities include:

Park rangers are on duty until midnight, including weekends. If you wish to report a problem, call the HARD main number, 881-6700; the answering service will relay your message to a ranger or to the police as necessary.


SOCIAL SERVICES

California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform — This nonprofit organization advocates legislation, keeps records of state citations of individual nursing homes, provides information on selecting a nursing home, offers legal assistance, files public-interest lawsuits. 1610 Bush St., San Francisco 94109, tel. 800.474.1116.

Ombudsman, Inc. — Trained volunteers investigate problems of abuse and neglect of residents of long-term care facilities and recommend action. They also mediate disputes between residents and between residents and care facilities. Volunteers are considered a "lifeline to residents". 1212 Broadway, Suite 606, Oakland 94612; tele. 510.465.1065, fax 465-1050.


TRANSPORTATION

Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District — "AC" operates buses in San Lorenzo and throughout the East Bay. See map of buses in San Lorenzo Village. For information by phone call 511.

Alameda/Oakland Ferry Service -- Information on service from the Oakland and Alameda terminals.

Amtrak California — The Hayward Station, near A Street and West Jackson Street, is a stop on the Capitol Corridor Inter-city Rail Service, which runs between San Jose and Auburn. Hayward is an unstaffed stop (baggage is not handled at this location). Tickets may be purchased on the platform from the Quik Trak Self Ticketing Machine or aboard the train from the conductor. You can purchase tickets in advance from an Amtrak travel agent, by telephone from Amtrak at 800.872.7245, or at the Amtrak Website. The station has free parking and there is local bus transport to the station. Bay Area Rapid Transit District's (BART) Hayward Station is just east of Amtrak's Hayward Station.

Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) — Buses on Hesperian Boulevard make quick connections to the Hayward and San Leandro BART stations.

www.511.org (Bay Area Transit Information) — Well-organized, easy-access transit information for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.

RIDES for Bay Area Commuters — Information on carpooling, vanpooling, and biking. Fill out a "matchlist request" to get a personalized list of neighbors who have similar work schedules and want to share the ride by carpooling or vanpooling. (Telphone 800.755.POOL)


UTILITIES

East Bay Municipal Utility District — EBMUD provides water to San Lorenzo.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. — PGE maintains utility poles and power transmission lines. Under state law PGE is responsible for trimming trees away from power lines. PGE checks trees every year for interference with power lines. See Alameda County's Specifications for Pruning Sycamores in San Lorenzo. If you have questions about PGE's trimming procedures, call Ms. Inta Brainerd, Alameda County Public Works Agency, 670-6467.


[Updated April 15, 2017]