Kaiser medical offices moving Monday
Kaiser is opening its medical offices here Monday, moving some departments from its Hayward site, which will remain open but with fewer services.
The health care provider also is shifting some departments from its Union City medical offices to San Leandro.
The San Leandro medical offices off Interstate 880 and Marina Boulevard will have 60 physicians and 360 other employees. When Kaiser opens its 264-bed San Leandro hospital in June, that will increase to 2,500 staff members and doctors at the medical campus.
Kaiser also is shutting down its Hayward hospital June 3, transferring even more departments, including its emergency room, to San Leandro, but it will keep its Hayward Sleepy Hollow medical office building open.
-- Rebecca Parr, Staff
Man gets 40 years for killing truck thief
An Oakland man was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison Friday for killing a thief who took his brother's truck in 2012.
Rolando Castellanos, 31, was convicted of second-degree murder in December and his brother Mario Castellanos is still wanted on a murder warrant in connection with the Feb. 19, 2012, fatal shooting of 30-year-old Oakland resident Hector Ramirez on C Street in East Oakland.
Authorities say that after Ramirez stole Mario Castellanos' truck outside the brothers' home that night, they armed themselves and tracked Ramirez and the vehicle down in the neighborhood. Rolando Castellanos shot Ramirez twice in the back with a .22-gauge rifle, and his brother shot him twice in the front with a shotgun.
Rolando Castellanos testified at his trial that he acted in self-defense.
-- Malaika Fraley, Staff
Siblings convicted in shooting over debt
A Hayward man has been convicted of attempted murder for shooting a childhood friend over a $300 marijuana debt outside his family home on Newhall Street in 2011.
The same Alameda County jury that convicted 22-year-old Nateel Sharma on Thursday convicted the man's 20-year-old sister Neshal Sharma of being an accessory to murder after the fact for driving him away from the shooting scene in a failed attempt to avoid police.
Prosecutor Adam Maldonado says about 10 people saw Nateel Sharma shoot the 19-year-old victim in the stomach with a shotgun at close range. The victim, he said, suffered a "softball-sized hole" in his stomach and was lucky to have survived the shooting.
The Sharmas are scheduled to be sentenced July 25. Nateel Sharma is facing life in prison and his sister could get up to three years.
-- Malaika Fraley, Staff
Meeting on Tuesday for I-880 changes
Caltrans and the Alameda County Transportation Commission will host an informational meeting Tuesday at the main branch of the Alameda Free Library on proposed changes to the overcrossings of Interstate 880 at 23rd and 29th avenues in Oakland.
The meeting, which will take place from 6 to 8 p.m., will review the proposals, which include work on the northbound onramps and offramps to improve access to and from Alameda. For information, call 510-286-4948. The library is at 1550 Oak St.
Fire near Children's Hospital suspicious
Fire investigators say a blaze early Friday at a house used for administration by Children's Hospital Oakland is suspicious and have not ruled out arson, a battalion chief said.
The investigation continued hours after crews put out the one-alarm blaze, which began just after 2 a.m., Battalion Chief Geoff Hunter of the Oakland Fire Department said. A passer-by saw smoke coming from the building at 960 53rd St. and called 911, Hunter said.
Nobody was injured in the fire, which crews put out in about 15 minutes, Hunter said.
"We are treating it as a suspicious fire," Hunter said. "The consensus was that it could very well be arson, but we're not sure where the investigator left it when she left the scene."
The house is located around the corner from the hospital in North Oakland and is used as an administrative building, Hunter said. A call to Children's Hospital was not returned immediately.
The fire started in the rear of the house and got up into the attic, according to Hunter. He estimated the damage at about $150,000 but said the building was salvageable.
-- Rick Hurd, Staff
Pedestrian safety campaign to begin
Alameda police will kick off "May You Arrive Safely," a pedestrian safety campaign, in May.
The goal of the three-pronged campaign is to educate people about traffic safety and promote community involvement in keeping city streets safe.
The campaign will include daily safety-related messages that will be sent via Facebook and Twitter to remind pedestrians, cyclists and motorists to share the roads and look out for one another.
There will also be a poster competition open to all Alameda students, including those who are home-schooled. The competition will have three categories based on grade level. One winner will be selected from each of the elementary, middle, and high school entries and will receive a $100 cash prize.
The campaign's main event will be pedestrian safety on May 3. The walk will have two start locations, one at each ferry terminal, and will end at City Hall, where the winner of the poster competition will be announced.
Participants will receive a free T-shirt designed to promote roadway visibility. To receive a shirt, participants must register online at www.alamedapolice.org.
Meals on Wheels fundraiser in July
The 18th Annual Community Faire and Wine Tasting to benefit Alameda Meals on Wheels will take place July 20 at Rock Wall Wine Co., 2301 Monarch St. on Alameda Point.
The year's event, which will take place from 1 to 5 p.m., will honor the memory of Janice Lee, who served on the organization's board. It will feature hors d'oeuvres, wine tasting, a silent auction and live swing and jazz music, as well as a children's play area.
For information on underwriting or on donating an auction item, email email@example.com. For information on Alameda Meals on Wheels, call 510-865-6131.