Nancy Pelosi to deliver commencement
U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will deliver the 2014 UC Berkeley commencement address, the school announced Wednesday.
Pelosi, who has represented San Francisco for more than 26 years, became the first woman to serve as House speaker in 2007.
The campus commencement is on Saturday, May 17 in Memorial Stadium.
The ceremony also will feature an address by Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, his first as chancellor.
"We are honored to welcome Nancy Pelosi to deliver the keynote address at our 2014 commencement," Dirks said in the campus announcement. "Leader Pelosi's groundbreaking career represents the very best in public service for our state, our country and the world. Our graduates will benefit greatly from her experience and wisdom as they set out to make their mark on the world."
In recent years, entrepreneurs and technologists have addressed Cal's graduates. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak spoke at last year's commencement.
-- Katy Murphy, Staff
Students awarded transfer scholarships
Seven low-income East and South Bay community college students have been awarded a scholarship worth as much as $30,000 a year for up to three years to transfer to an accredited college or university to pursue a bachelor's degree.
All told, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation picked 85 recipients nationwide for its Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship program, the foundation announced in a news release Wednesday.
Bay Area winners are Paola DidonÃ¨ of Hayward's Chabot College, Chau Vo of College of Alameda, Jimsung Kim of Pleasant Hill's Diablo Valley College, Jose Salgado of Redwood City's Cañada College, Dominique Yancey Piens of Oakland's Laney College, Janis Hatchl of Pittsburg's Los Medanos College and Jyodi Mohole of Santa Clara's Mission College.
"The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has long been committed to helping outstanding community college students transfer to and succeed at the nation's top colleges and universities," Emily Froimson, the foundation's vice president of programs, said in a statement.
Scholars were picked based on high academic ability and achievements, leadership and financial need. The average grade-point average of the incoming class is 3.98, and the scholars come from families with an average annual adjusted gross income of approximately $25,000.
-- Paul Burgarino, Staff
Bicycle theft suspect caught on camera
Police are asking the public for help in identifying a man who stole several bicycles from Newark Memorial High School.
During the crime, which took place in the morning hours of April 10, the man was caught on camera taking at least two bikes from the school at 39375 Cedar Blvd., Newark police Cmdr. Mike Carroll said.
Police described the man as white, in his late 30s, about 5 feet, 8 inches to 5 feet, 9 inches tall with brown graying collar-length hair, a mustache and a pockmarked complexion. He wore a tan baseball cap, a brown jacket, black pants and black and white shoes.
Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to call School Resource Officer Ryan Johnson at 510-578-4934. Information can also be left anonymously on the silent-witness hotline at 510-578-4000, extension 500.
-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff
Would-be Oakland bank robbers thwarted
Would-be bank robbers were thwarted Wednesday morning when an employee of a North Oakland bank reportedly locked the door to the building.
The attempted bank robbery took place at 10:14 a.m. at the First Federal Savings & Loan on the 6000 block of College Avenue in the Rockridge neighborhood, police said.
Two masked men approached the front door to the bank and tried to walk inside, but an employee inside the bank was able to lock the door before they could enter. The men then fled.
It was not immediately known if the men were armed. Descriptions of them were not available.
Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering as much as $3,000 in reward money for information leading to the men's arrest. Anyone with information can call 510-238-3641, an anonymous tip line at 510-637-0298 or Crime Stoppers of Oakland at 510-777-8572.
-- Natalie Neysa Alund and Harry Harris, Staff
Schools locked down after man robbed
A man was robbed at gunpoint by three juveniles Wednesday morning outside James Logan High School, police said.
The man, a former student at the Union City high school, was not injured and police arrested the suspects a short time after the incident, police said.
The armed robbery took place about 11:30 a.m. and prompted officials to lock down the high school at 1800 H St. and nearby Searles Elementary School at 33629 15th St., Union City police Cmdr. Ben Horner said.
The lockdowns were lifted about 11:50 a.m., school officials said.
At 11:33 a.m., the victim flagged down a police officer near the school tennis courts off H street, Horner said.
The victim told officers that three male juveniles wearing black hoodies robbed him at gunpoint and stole an iPod Touch from him, Horner said. The suspects fled in a gold, four-door car.
The juveniles' vehicle was pulled over in South Hayward a short time later near Fairway Park, and the occupants were identified as the suspected robbers, police said. Police recovered a pellet gun and towed the juveniles' car. They are from South Hayward and do not attend James Logan, police said. All three were arrested.
-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff
Vets memorial choir to perform Saturday
A veterans memorial choir will perform Saturday at a tea luncheon.
The Saidiana Veterans Memorial Choir was formed to support veterans and their families. It is affiliated with American Legion Post No. 870 in Hayward. The luncheon is 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Building, 22737 Main St., Hayward. Tickets are $25; money raised will go toward an upcoming trip to the White House. For more information, call 925-354-6097.
-- Rebecca Parr, Staff