HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL |
Elections have consequences. But curiously, in Hayward, those reeling from an Election Night loss last week weren’t even on the ballot. On Tuesday night, the Hayward City Council faced the music for its mixed attempt at remaking the city’s school board at the ballot box.
Two of three school board members won re-election Nov. 8, including Annette Walker and Luis Reynoso. School board member John Taylor finished a dismal sixth after he previously admitted to misusing school district resources for his past city council campaign. The transgression left the door open for one new member of the school board–a member of the slate opposing the incumbents–former Chabot College president Robert Carlson.
But recent city council meetings have been jolted by the presence of Reynoso and school board president Lisa Brunner, who have sharply criticized the political action committee comprised of local leaders, including the City Council, for interfering in the elected body’s school business.
“It got nasty and it got personal,” said Brunner. During the course of the campaign, several councilmembers had criticized her, she said, even though she was not up for re-election this November. Brunner also claimed the council and PAC essentially attempted to buy the election with more than $72,000 in spending for its slate of three candidates. “You found the time to raise money and badmouth us and tear this city apart,” added Brunner.
In yet another whirlwind of criticism by Reynoso against the City Council, he railed against its lack of movement to address rising rents in Hayward, its citywide minimum wage and a recent plague of homicides this year, currently totaling 12.
Reynoso asserted the City Council–six of seven of whom supported the PAC–put more time into dismantling the school board than tending to the city. “You were working for the PAC while murders were going on,” said Reynoso. “I expect the same level of energy to reduce crime.” He later dismissively called the City Council “a very embarrassing bunch.”
Afterward, Reynoso said he will continue raising the issue of exorbitant rents and low wages until the city council takes serious action. “They said, it’s the first time this has been brought to them,” he said of the council’s respone to the rent control issue in Hayward. “Well, get use to it, there’s more coming.”