Woman Killed in a Hit and Run PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 29 June 2015 09:20

062515n1By Amy Sylvestri • San Leandro Times

A San Leandro woman was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver while crossing Hesperian Boulevard at Thornally Drive last Thursday.

Madeleine Moore, 26, was hit by a pickup truck driven by an unknown suspect at around 9 a.m. on June 18. The driver remains at large, though the truck that was in the crash has been found by police.

Moore was taken to Eden Hospital in Castro Valley where she died from her injuries that afternoon.

Moore was in the crosswalk when the pickup truck hit her and the driver did not stop, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police. On Friday, June 19, police found the truck, a black Toyota T-100, parked on the 28000 block of Thackeray Avenue in Hayward.

McManus said that investigators are “positive” that it is the vehicle that struck Moore.

“The person who was driving knows who they are,” said  McManus.  “I ask that the driver surrender to police.  If anyone has information about the suspect’s identity and whereabouts, I ask that they come forward and assist us in the investigation.”

In a written statement, Moore’s father said that the driver “robbed the world of a truly phenomenal human being.”

Moore’s coworkers at the Oakland immigration law firm where she worked as a paralegal agreed.

“She was an advocate, she spoke Spanish and Portuguese and she used her multilingual skills to help our clients,” said attorney Robert Lewis. “She was very intelligent with a wry sense of humor. She was always generous with her time with clients and with her coworkers. She was a fast learner and always willing to teach others.”

Moore came to immigration law a year ago after a stint in the corporate world. She found the work to be more rewarding, according to attorney Erika Gonclaves

“She was very happy here and she said it was very different from her corporate job,  but she had found a good place for herself and felt like she was doing something good every day,” said Gonclaves. “She was very funny and very frank – she said what others were thinking and too afraid to say themselves.”

Moore was from San Diego and a graduate of UC Santa Cruz. She and her longtime boyfriend David Bulnes lived just blocks from where she was stuck and killed. The couple had plans to marry.

“It’s just a terrible loss,” said Gonclaves, who said she considered Moore a friend as well as a coworker. “It’s hard to walk by her office and not see her there. It’s a blow professionally and personally because she was someone who went above and beyond for her clients, she really wanted to know them as people and know their stories.”

Police are asking anyone with information to call 577-2740.

CAPTION: Madeleine Moore was known to her friends for her sense of humor.

Warriors Fans Celebrate PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 29 June 2015 09:10



The fans packed downtown Oakland for the parade last Friday to see their heroes, the world champion Golden State Warriors. The basketball fans cheered as Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and the rest of the Warriors passed and waved from double-decker busses. The Warriors took the stage by the Kaiser Auditorium and their image on giant TV screens was about all the crowd could see, but everybody had fun just being there.

EBMUD OKs Another Rate Hike PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 29 June 2015 09:08

By Amy Sylvestri • San Leandro Times

The East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) board has unanimously approved a 23 percent temporary water surcharge for the average household  effective July 1.

At the same time, EBMUD officials say their customers are doing a good job complying with the 20 percent mandatory cutbacks the utility has implemented.

The rate hike is to pay for purchasing Sacramento River water and pumping it into EBMUD reservoirs at a cost of about $4 million per month.

It’s unknown how long the utility will need to purchase government owned water –  EBMUD says their own reservoirs are at half of what they usually are in this drought, the worst they’ve seen since 1977.

The board also approved an 8 percent non-drought related permanent rake hike to cover repairs on the pipelines, which the district says have been postponed for too long already.

Rates were raised by about 10 percent in 2013 and another 10 percent in 2014. Then there is the new 8 percent hike and the temporary 23 percent surcharge –  a total rate increase of over 50 percent in the past few years.

The average household uses about 250 gallons of water each day. They will see their bill go up by about $12 to $49 per month. The top 2 percent people that use the most water could see their bill go up by over $100.

EBMUD has also declared “stage 4 drought” which means a mandatory 20 percent cutback from customers based on their 2013 usage. That’s more than the 16 percent cutback that the state has asked, but EBMUD says they need the extra conservation because of their own more conservative water projections, according to Abby Figueroa, the utility’s spokeswoman.

“A 20 percent reduction and the additional water supplies we are purchasing will together ensure we have enough of a supply for basic needs next year if there is another dry winter,” Figueroa said.

That means the district is asking the average household to go from using about 246 gallons a day to 197 gallons per day.

Penalties will now begin to be assessed to the highest two percent of users if they don’t comply with the mandatory reduction –  a fee of $2 per unit (750 gallons). Those heaviest water users average about 44,880 gallons per month.

“Customers, thankfully, have responded well (to the mandatory call for reduction),” said Figueroa. “We had an 18 percent reduction in use in April and 31 percent in May compared to the same months in 2013. The most important message for our customers now is that they keep it up. Water use spikes when temperatures spike. The best time to cut back and save is during the summer when outdoor water use is highest.”


Street Named in Honor of Dan Niemi PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 29 June 2015 09:06

By Amy Sylvestri • San Leandro Times

A portion of Hays Street between Davis and East 14th streets is being renamed in honor of Dan Niemi, a San Leandro police officer who was killed in the line of duty in 2005.

Dan Niemi Way runs close to San Leandro Creek and Root Park near City Hall. The street signs will be put up later this summer by the Public Works department.

“As the 10-year anniversary of the death of Officer Niemi approaches, the city of San Leandro would like to further honor Officer Niemi’s ultimate sacrifice to the community by dedicating a city street in his name,” said Lt. Mike Sobek in a written statement.

Block of Hays Street Runs by Root Park

The portion of Hays Street that will be changed currently has no homes or businesses on it, so there won’t be any change of address disruptions.

Niemi, 42, had been with the San Leandro police for three years when he was killed in July 2005 as he checked on a noise complaint at a birthday party on Doolittle Drive.

Niemi was questioning a man named Irving Ramirez, then 23, when Ramirez shot him seven times. Ramirez was in possession of two handguns and narcotics and was on probation for a previous drug charge at the time.

In 2007, Ramirez was convicted of Niemi’s murder and he is currently on death row.


City of Legos PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 29 June 2015 09:03

062515n3One of the biggest Lego projects around is on display at the Bay Area Family Church, 2305 Washington Ave. in San Leandro. The Lego city, built by Johannes van Galen, is open through Aug. 2 on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are $4 cash only at the door, or online at


Carrying the Torch PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 29 June 2015 09:00


The San Leandro police department recently had many members take a jog for a good cause as they joined the 2015 Northern California law enforcement Torch Run to support the Special Olympics. More than 3,000 officers and police employees raise money and run a relay with the torch through cities in Northern California, culminating at the start of the Special Olympics summer games this weekend at UC Davis.


Cops Find Vet’s Belongings PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 29 June 2015 08:59

San Leandro police officers arrested a suspect for stealing a car and discovered he had a gun and drugs on the afternoon of June 15. The police also found military  memorabilia belonging to an Army veteran and were able to reunite the man with his possessions.

Undercover officers spotted a 47-year-old Oakland man known to be a wanted felon outside of  his home on the 1700 block of 84th Avenue at around 3 p.m, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

As the cops watched, the suspect got into a pickup truck that had been reported stolen in April and the officers later discovered also had stolen plates.

The man was arrested and when his home was searched, police found a loaded pistol in his night stand with the serial number removed. They also found drugs in his bedroom.

When officers searched another vehicle in the man’s driveway, they found military equipment that was stolen from a retired Army staff sergeant.

It turns out that the equipment had been stolen from the veteran’s U-Haul truck during his recent move to Oakland  and the San Leandro police were able to return the items to the man.

The suspect was booked for his outstanding arrest warrants, as well as on suspicion of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm with the serial number removed, possession of stolen property, auto theft and other drug-related crimes.  He has since been charged by the Alameda County District Attorney and is scheduled to return to Superior Court in Hayward on July 19.




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