The following is a roundup of the top stories in the Tri-Cities this past week.
Suju’s Coffee to Open Second Location
Coffee lovers will soon have a second location to frequent for their Suju's Coffee fix. Owner Mahesh Patel plans to open at 4949 Stevenson Blvd. soon. Since 1992, the original coffee house, located at 3602 Thornton Ave., has been serving caffeinated concoctions to commuters, students, and locals. Patel said because of the store's continued success, he wants to expand. Read the full report here.
Inkies Tattoo Studio to Move to Irvington
Just three years after opening, Inkies Tattoo Studio is moving – but not very far. Inkies Tattoo is moving from its Centerville location into a new shop in Irvington. City council unanimously approved Inkies’ application to move to 40985 Fremont Blvd. at its regular meeting. More construction is under way at the new location but owner Robert Arquero said the hope is to hold a grand opening of the new location sometime in mid- to late-October. More information can be found here.
Deaf Football Coach Leads Mission's Defensive Line
Mission San Jose has a new defensive coordinator and if you notice his lots of emphasis in his hand gestures there’s a good reason – he’s deaf. Kevin Bella joins Mission San Jose after several years coaching at the California School for the Deaf. This week, he shared his passion for football and his challenges. Click here to read the full story.
Police Launch Citizen Patrol Program
You may notice more police marked vehicles patrolling Newark streets looking for criminal activity thanks to the launch of the police department’s citizen patrolling program. The citizen patrolling sector of the Newark Police Department’s R.A.V.E.N. volunteer program is its newest push for residents to become more involved in crime prevention throughout the city. Read more about the program here.
Three Charged in NewPark Jewelry Store Robbery
Two minors and a San Francisco man have been charged in connection to an armed robbery of a NewPark Mall jewelry store that occurred in late July, police said. Newark police announced Thursday that a 16-year-old Oakland boy, a 17-year-old Hayward boy and a 20-year-old man were charged Sept. 20. All three are charged with robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary and false imprisonment, said Newark Police Sgt. Manuel DeSerpa. Read the full report here.
District 2 Supervisor Candidates Share Thoughts on Top Issues
Community members were able to hear from the four candidates vying for the seat at a Monday night forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Fremont, Newark and Union City. The candidates are Union City Mayor Mark Green, State Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, retired Deputy Sheriff Mark Turnquist and incumbent Richard Valle. Valle was appointed to the seat in June. The supervisor hopefuls discussed their perspectives on the county’s budget and thoughts about issues pertaining to transportation, health care and redevelopment. For more information, read here.
Six Displaced in One-Alarm House Fire
A one-alarm house fire in Union City displaced six people early this morning, a battalion chief said. Firefighters responded to a report of a fire near Sixth and F streets at about 12:30 a.m., Alameda County fire Battalion Chief Chuck Palmer said. The fire started in the back of the one-story house, and caused severe smoke damage throughout the home, Palmer said. No injuries were reported. Click here for the full report.
Tribune Editorial: Council Candidates Navarro and Estrella Are "Clueless"
The Oakland Tribune is refusing to endorse either of Union City’s two City Council candidates. In an editorial earlier this week, the newspaper likened both incumbent Jim Navarro and challenger Jose Estrella to “deer lost in headlights,” especially when it came to financial responsibility. While the editorial knocks Estrella for his vague platform and general lack of knowledge, the Tribune team spends most of its space slamming Navarro, who they say after serving two terms in office is still clueless about Union City’s employee retirement program debt. Read more here.
Man Shot and Killed By Hayward Police After Bar Shooting
A man who was shot and killed by Hayward police after he allegedly reversed his car toward officers early Monday has been identified by police as 24-year-old Edgar Alvarez. Alvarez, a Hayward resident who police said was a documented gang member, was suspected in a shooting that occurred at about 1 a.m. Monday at the Dirty Bird Lounge at 29308 Mission Blvd. The shooting left two people injured, a bar patron and the DJ, Hayward police Sgt. Mark Ormsby said. More details can be found here.