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.”