Doris Rodriquez, former Hayward councilmember, civic leader, dies

Doris Rodriquez

HAYWARD | Former Hayward Councilmember Doris Rodriquez, known for her wit and collaborative spirit, died last Sunday after a brief illness. She was 86.

Rodriquez served two terms on the Hayward City Council after an appointment to the council in 1991. Rodriquez, subsequently, won three full terms starting in 1992.

In 2006, she returned to the dais after being appointed to fill the last two years of Councilmember Matt Jimenez’s term following his passing.

Many of the changes in Hayward over the past few years, such as the push to revitalize the downtown area, the Hayward Loop, the Highway 92/Interstate 880 interchange contain Rodriquez’s footprint, along with the push for a new Hayward Library.

Even after her retirement from politics, Rodriquez still held sway at City Hall and served on numerous boards in Hayward, said former Hayward Councilmember Kevin Dowling.

“Doris was one of these people who brought everybody together,” said Dowling. While many of the former council members moved on, he added. Rodriquez’s opinion was often sought by others in the community. “People knew she took things seriously and she was fun to be around.”

Categories: appointment, Doris Rodriguez, Downtown Hayward, Hayward, Hayward City Council, Hayward Loop, Kevin Dowling, Matt Jimenez

8 replies

  1. A very special person who loved Hayward, cared about all people, and served for many years with poise and distinction. Her kindness will be missed.


  2. Doris did not run for reelection in 2004 after serving 3 full elected terms. She was appointed to the Council in 2006, when Matt Jimenez died and served for two more years.
    I will miss her very much.


  3. Thank you Doris for serving Hayward well. We all loved you.


  4. Rest in peace, dear lady.


  5. Doris was a great lady. She brought people together, talked the talk and walked the walk. She was a true leader. Unfortunately for us, she was one of a kind. No one will be able to replace her. Our loss.


  6. does anyone know when and where the memorial service is to be held?


  7. I grew up living a couple houses down from Doris, or as we called her, “Mrs. Rodriguez.” She was one of the mom's in the neighborhood who always kept an eye on us, and always did it with great kindness and humor. I was fortunate enough to run into her a few times in Hayward at a restaurant we both frequented, which she usually went to with her daughter and family. I'll miss looking for her and hoping to see her there. And since my mom and she were both good friends, I'm sure they're both in Heaven now talking up stories!


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