Category Archives: Public Interest

Seeking South Asian Community Leaders in Pleasanton

My name is Harinder Grewal and I am a member of the Pleasanton Library Commission.   The city of Pleasanton is considering building a new library as part of a new Civic Center off Bernal Avenue.  One of our goals is to educate members of the Pleasanton Community on this plan.
As a commission member, my objective is to present this plan to all members of the Pleasanton Community, including those in South Asian organizations.  If you are a member of a South Asian social/religious/community organization here in Pleasanton that would like to learn more about the new library plan, then please contact me at harinder6…@h…com.

Now a site like TriValleyDesi.com for the Fremont area – TriCityDesi.com

Over last year or so, as the user base of this site neared 2500, there were a few posts coming from the Tri-City area of Fremont, Newark, and Union City as well. That someone should set up a site for that area as well became a refrain I would hear again and again, in emails and discussions. So come January 2017, and we have created TriCityDesi.com, on the same pattern. Some posts have also been moved to this new site to seed it.

TriCityDesi.com is rooted in the success and usefulness of TriValleyDesi.com. The premise is the same: an area with a lot of Indians, but who are not connected well, so not able to help each other. No one can deny the benefits and use of a well-moderated message-board, but there is nothing stopping the community to air any kind of content. There are more than 150 different categories, and more are being continuously added.

A community site can only be as good as the participation it receives from the community. So please do reach out to your friends in the tri-city area. The new site will also get as good a moderation and user-support as this one. TriCityDesi.com is set up to be a totally separate site. New users, new posts, new ads. We believe in keeping it very local so that it can stay vibrant, and useful for the community.

In case you have something to post, please login here: http://www.tricitydesi.com/wp-login.php.
Again, Tri-City area consists of Fremont (including communities of Centerville, Niles, Irvington, Mission San Jose, and Warm Springs), Newark and Union City. In case you are looking for to post with respect to Tr-Valley area, please continue to use www.trivalleydesi.com.

Did you sign the petition to stop Ikea in Dublin?

no-ikea-in-dublin-ca-2016If not, it’s still not too late. The more I have thought about this, the more it makes little sense to have an Ikea open up in this area. If you tend to agree, do something, do your bit, at least be heard. One way is to petition here:
https://www.change.org/p/dublin-city-council-say-no-to-ikea-in-dublin-california
If you know of another way, please do share. I signed because an Ikea does not seem like the best way to use this prime land. Dublin and adjoining cities are places for families, not the kind of places that need the kind of furniture Ikea sells (go near a university!). It seems Ikea is just using this parcel’s location near a major interchange to get people from afar come and shop at this Ikea – it will bring traffic, pollution, and more cars that will start driving into the neighborhoods and could cause security issues (if you know the burglaries that have occurred in Dublin Ranch, and more recently in Pleasanton areas since Outlets opened). It has nothing positive for the residents of the area. They are not really going to find this store of much use after a visit or two – rather they have to live with the traffic and chaos on the road that will follow. Dublin Blvd and 580 are becoming such a pain to drive on, anyway. And more importantly, with this, the residents loose an opportunity to get some other retail or other stores to open on this piece of land, which could have been more in line with the needs of the residents. Or maybe this area could have just been left alone. The big Ikea warehouse will be a sore sight forever.  Ikea has tried to bribe the residents a lot with its free bags , but really? Is that what it takes? The city could lament a loss of some tax revenue; but Council, have a soul! Dublin is developing into a fine city with great schools, and you can do better than a big box warehouse in two colors!

Get your unclaimed money under CA State Program

Folks just wanted to share this program – it just helped me claim more than a hundred dollars. It’s run by California State Controller’s Office and called Unclaimed Property Program.
These were checks from companies like Microsoft, Wells Fargo, etc. – and I never even knew there was money lying against my name!
And the process to claim was pretty straightforward – search with your first name, last name, and if you find any property against a past address that you can identify, just claim it online. In 2-3 weeks you will get checks in your mail!
You can start here: https://ucpi.sco.ca.gov/UCP/Default.aspx
Have fun!

Support Safe Bicycling at City Council Meeting Sept 13

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 – 6:00pm
Pleasanton City Council Chambers, 200 Old Bernal Avenue
On September 13, Pleasanton’s City Council will consider the most recent draft of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan, hear comments from the public on the plan, and give their recommendations for the final draft, which will be up for approval in December.
Council will also have the opportunity to direct staff to fix the intersection of Stanley Boulevard, Bernal Avenue, and Valley Avenue, a gap in the Iron Horse Trail where a fatal bicycle collision occurred earlier this summer.
Come give your input on the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan and show your support for safer bikeways in Pleasanton.

RANA Holi Celebration (Festival of Colors)

Holi1  Holi3 Holi5RANA Holi Celebration (Festival of Colors), Biggest Holi in Bay Area. It’s time to celebrate the fun filled festival of colors. RANA brings you the biggest Holi Festival in Bay Area inspired by the original Rajasthani Holi in India. RANA Creates the best family experience for all and this time RANA holi is even better.
– On 03/26/2016 (11:00 am – 03:00 pm)
– Cost: 18 –
– Venue: Cardoza Park, Kennedy Dr, Milpitas, CA 95035
http://rana.org/ Email: Inf…@r…com
Buy your ticket at https://www.tickettailor.com/checkout/view-event/id/44824/chk/e7d6/ (limited tickets available)

The Rainbow holi ticket is all inclusive of
– Delicious north Indian Lunch
– organic beautiful colors
– Hot chai tea
– Cold Thandai (Milk drink with rich ingredients)
– DJ Music
– Rajasthani Photo booths
– Free parking

So you just come with your friends and family and RANA will take care of all your needs.
As we say… Khambaa Ghani Saaa… Holi Haiii….

India Community Center needs help for expansion to Tri-Valley

There is an exciting community effort underway to bring the India Community Center that was established in Milpitas over 12 years ago to the Tri-Valley area.

The ICC leadership is actively trying to secure a location and are looking at pulling things together in the next few months. As the ICC looks to expand into Tri-Valley the organizing team would like to get to know community minded leaders in the area.

Please email Manju at manj…@i…com if you are interested in getting involved from the ground up!
Manju Ramachandran
India Community Center
http://www.indiacc.org/supportus
ICC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
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Autism volunteer son-rise program Dublin CA

Willing to learn valuable skills?
Available to play?
Wanting to contribute to a child’s life?
Playful and fun?
Exciting, energetic & enthusiastic?
www.riteshrising.com
We invite you to volunteer in our exciting and rewarding in-home Son-Rise program for our child in his play room located in Dublin off Fallon Road.
This approach involves a non-judgmental attitude with an intense effort to engage and motivate our three year old boy to reach his full potential.
No experience is necessary; we provide training and ongoing feedback.
Must be 13 years older
One or more hours commitment needed per week for a minimum of 6 months.
Community Service & Internship Options provided thru ASD Climber Foundation.
http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp2185495.jsp
Gopi Bellam
408-687-2532

Community Reception for PM Shri Narendra Modi – Sep 27

Dear Friends, It gives us great pleasure to inform you that Hon. Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi ji will be in the Bay Area in September. Overseas Volunteer for a Better India (OVBI) is a welcoming partner for the Community Reception being organized by Indo American Community of West Coast on Sunday, September 27 at SAP Center in San Jose.
As welcoming partner OVBI members can apply for free passes for this reception.
We invite all our members and friends to apply for passes bysending an email to
pmvisi…@o…com.
You will receive an auto reply giving you the next steps and also a CODE to register.
Please note that applying for passes does not guarantee a seat at the event. The organizers will need to go through a number of security related steps and also based on how many people register to allot actual seats. Once your seat is confirmed you will be given your pass only after an ID check. So please register you and your family members with the correct and full names after receiving the code.
Looking forward to having you join us in welcoming Prime Minister Modi during his historic visit to the Silicon Valley.
Thanks.
Jai Hind!
OVBI Team 1-408-641-0130

Run San Ramon 4th of July 10K and 5K Walk and Run

Run San Ramon 10K and 5K Walk and Run

Run San Ramon
10K Run, 5K Fun Run & Walk
Saturday, July 4, 2015

Register Now Online at www.active.com, search “Run San Ramon”.

Start & Finish:
San Ramon Central Park Community Center
12501 Alcosta Blvd. San Ramon
Get a healthy start to your 4th of July with this Independence Day Classic. Enjoy the measured, paved and looped course. The 10K course is a double loop of the 5K course. Participants will receive a short sleeve commemorative shirt and goodies provided by local sponsors. This Run San Ramon 10K and 5K will be a chip timed race.

Registration Fee: $35 for online registration and postmarked registration by June 23rd . Registration fees increase to $40 starting June 24th through race day.Pre-registration for family race of 3 or more is $30 per person until June 23rd and increases to $40 June 24th. Must be immediate family only, and all entry forms must be submitted at the same time.Registration available online at www.active.com, search “Run San Ramon”. Late or incomplete entries will not be accepted. Race day registration tables open 6:45-8:00am.

Awards: Mayor’s Cup trophies will be awarded to the winning pre-registered San Ramon resident, male & female of the 5K & 10K.

Mayor’s Crown trophy will award the lowest combined times of the 2014 Bah Humbug and 2015 Run San Ramon pre-registered 5k runner (male and female).

Medals are given to the first three finishers in each age division.

Tri Valley Desi Population – on Map for the first time

What’s a better testimony than numbers? That the Tri Valley Area is undergoing a demographic transformation can be generally seen, but is clearly depicted in this Racial Dot Map produced by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service based on 2010 Census data. The RED dots represent Asian Population, and its easy to see how the area looked like almost four years back.  If anything, the density of the red may only be increasing in this area; in fact rather drastically over last couple of years.

Granted the red dots represent the Asian population as a whole, not people from Indian sub-continent as such. But going by what one may be observing see on the streets, stores and schools, and anecdotal data, it may not be an over statement to say that the desi Indian population is almost exploding at least in some specific areas.

The Dot Map below from Cooper Center has been over laid with specific local areas/streets to help easily identify the areas under focus.

Tri Valley Desi Asian Population in Bay Area, CA - Racial Dot Map
Tri Valley Desi Asian Population – Racial Dot Map

The Map provides a good picture of which Tri Valley Areas are popular with the Asians or Indians. What really comes as no surprise is the Windermere, Gale Ranch, Camino Tassajara area of San Ramon, along Bollinger Canyon Road. Its known to be thickly populated with Indians and Chinese. On some streets and roads you will only find Indian households door to door, one after the other. Some people says its much of a South Indian microcosm. The schools of the area present the same picture – and have excellent scores. Next in San Ramon are some older areas in west San Ramon along Alcosta and Marketplace. Particularly apartments there are high density Indians. Coming down south, the Pine Valley area has some desi population, and further south, the area between Alcosta and Village Parkway in Dublin is again heavily dotted with red.

East Dublin is the other major desi area. Especially the last couple of years has seen a major influx of desis moving from all over the Bay Area into the Dublin Ranch neighborhood, including Positano and other new construction going on in the area at fast pace that supposedly provides some of the best value in the entire Bay Area. The prime area surrounding popular  Emerald Glen park is pretty multi racial, but still reasonably desi as well. Especially towards the north of it. Dublin Boulevard from Hacienda to Village Parkway provides the best desi shopping experience with multiple stores and the Regal Cinema at Hacienda is always on with the latest Hindi release from Bollywood. The schools in the area are getting better every year – that is a no brainer. The Brigadoon area on the far west has a few desis living as well, and so do the apartments along the Dougherty Road. The apartment/condo living next to Bart in Dublin again has a good concentration of desi folks.

Pleasanton is where this Dot Map helps to give a more definitive picture than is generally known. The area between Owens Drive, Avalon Apartments and Stoneridge is heavily red. This has probably even gone higher in last year – especially with the apartments in the area. As Stoneridge meanders to the east, the homes around it are again pretty Asian, going up drastically around the south western end of Stoneridge. While West Pleasanton over all has a sprinkling of Indian population, the central business district goes quite opposite, and then again increases along 680, and showing high around the apartments south of Stoneridge Mall.

Asians are generally sprinkled over all of Tri Valley area, and Livermore shows the same pattern. The Indian population shows a little higher numbers around the Livermore Temple, kind of expected.

Check for the actual numbers from the 2010 Census for Asian Indians in Tri Valley Area with Percentage.

If you are aware of specific areas that are significantly growing in Indian Desi population, please feel free to comment below.

Hindu American Foundation presents a panel discussion in San Ramon

Caste, Cows, And Curriculum – What your children are being taught about your religion, heritage, and culture in our schools

“When you die, do you think you’ll come back as an ant?”
“Are your parents saving up for your dowry?”
“What caste are you? Can you eat at the same table as Sachin or is he a lower caste?”

Taunts such as these are unfortunately common in 6th grade classrooms across the state and leave children embarrassed about their religion and heritage. These stereotypes are perpetuated by the misrepresentation and negative portrayals of religion in school textbooks.

California public school textbooks play an important role in educating students and providing them with exposure to diverse religions and ethnic groups. Inaccurate and biased information, however, has a significant impact on students, teachers, and parents and can lead to discrimination and bullying of children.

Join the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) and a diverse panel of academics, interfaith activists, and communications experts for a stimulating discussion on the representation of religion in school textbooks and academia. Come find out what your children are being taught about your religion, heritage, and culture in California schools, what HAF and other communities are doing about it, and how you can get involved!

Date: Sunday, April 6, 2014
Time: 1:00 – 3:00pm
Location: San Ramon Library, 100 Montgomery St, San Ramon, CA 94583
Panelists:
Vamsee Juluri, Professor of Media Studies at University of San Francisco
Dr. Barbara A McGraw, Director of the Center for Engaged Pluralism at St. Mary’s University
Maha Elgenaidi, Founder of the Islamic Networks Group
Dr. Vineet Sharma, HAF Executive Council Member
Local Contacts: Hema Patel ([email protected]) and Brinda Patel ([email protected])

Sign up to stop more housing East of Dublin

Doolan Canyon is a virtually pristine open space located on east of Dublin – think of between Dublin Ranch housing area, and Costco in Livermore.
There are proposals to turn that area into more and more housing, which destroys this natural area, and raises the question on what is the need to create a glut of new housing in the area at the cost of nature, and creating pressure on existing resources.

Dublin Open Space Initiative of 2014 is a volunteer effort to collect signatures to put this on poll, and stop this.
What Can We Do to Protect it from being re-zoned as residential or commercial by the City of Dublin?

Sign up to support this and possibly help as a volunteer here: http://form.jotformpro.com/form/30947672600960

What is DOOLAN CANYON?
Doolan Canyon is a virtually pristine open space located adjacent to and east of the current eastern Dublin urban growth boundary.
It has been and is currently zoned as agricultural, and is under the jurisdiction of the County of Alameda.
This property creates an open-space buffer zone between Dublin and Livermore, as well as habitat for endangered species and a lovely visual resource for the Tri-Valley.

Why is it threatened?
Certain developers have approached the City of Dublin and requested that Dublin study a plan to annex the area called Doolan Canyon to the City of Dublin and to re-zone this open space from agricultural to residential, and permission to build a residential development.

If approved, this would:

  • Add to traffic on the main streets of Dublin;
  • Exacerbate the water situation;
  • Burden the City with the cost and responsibility to provide infrastructure as well as fire, police, and medical services;
  • Essentially destroy the canyon forever, and further reduce the rural quality of life for all of us in the Tri-valley area.
  • Impair visual resources for the area;
  • Kill or remove endangered species;

Per Around Dublin Blog, Pacific Union Homes is currently proposing to build 1,990 homes, dozens of other buildings, and a network of roads on 1,450 acres in Doolan Canyon. The site is immediately adjacent to the Doolan Canyon-Tassajara Hills Regional Preserve, which is owned by the East Bay Regional Park District. Expansion beyond Livermore’s Urban Growth Boundary and the boundaries of the unfinished Eastern Dublin Specific Plan not only threatens the stunning beauty of Doolan Canyon but also poses a significant danger to the unspoiled majesty of North Livermore Valley.

More details on this can be seen here:
http://morganking.com/save_doolan_canyon.htm

TJ landscape scam

Hi, I am a resident of Dublin and wanted to warn people of TJ scam. TJ a.k.a Toutali Asekia or Toutali Esekia scammed me and 3 other people in same street. He has a golden tooth, gives very low estimates on backyard work, very good talker, starts work, does little concrete and disappears with money. He tells lot of lies, that his son has a surgery, is doing some work apon same street and so is cheap etc.

between the four of us in same street, he has scammed at least 20 thousand dollars.

beware of his smooth talk, there is also a complaint against him with dublin city police. He usually comes in a pick up truck which he bought recently and with his brother who has a beard and his brother in law. He has also cheated people in Alaska. he left his old pick up truck which police towed.