WATCH Hayward’s city manager alert mayor to clear room of children before teacher urges city to protect kids from Trump


Hayward has a history slyly tamping down public dissent. Former Hayward City Manager Fran David once sent a letter to a resident who frequently questioned the city’s use of no-bid contracts during the public comment portion of Hayward City Council meetings. David accused him of impugning her character with his statements. Councilmember Al Mendall and others routinely sought to embarrass the same resident in public.

A union representative for the Hayward Fire Department last year also publicly rebuked the same resident after he constantly questioned why Hayward’s fire chief got off lightly for drinking on the job.

Then, during a contentious dispute between the city and its city employees three years ago, Hayward’s then-police chief was alleged to have personally videotaped the union’s picket line outside City Hall and a state report found Hayward department heads threatened union workers.

Last year, Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday booted a Hayward school board member from a council meeting after he alleged she was violating the Brown Act by responding to public commenters. Halliday exclaimed, “I am the mayor! I am in charge of this city council and I am always allowed to talk.”

But Hayward’s culture of suppressing opposition is not always so easy to spot. For example, take last Tuesday night’s meeting. The council chambers was packed with students on hand to be recognized for the city’s annual Earth Day poster contest.

When the ceremonial item concluded, Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday moved to the next item which was public comment. Halliday proceeded to call the first speaker, a Hayward teacher named Irazema Guerrero, who would later speak passionately about her students sending fearful letters to President Trump. Guerrero and her story was not new to the city.

Last month, during a meeting of the Hayward Community Task Force, she spoke of the letters to Trump while urging the city to become a sanctuary city. Both Halliday and City Manager Kelly McAdoo presided over the meeting.

But watch the video above and notice McAdoo streak across the dais at the moment she sees Guererro walks to the lectern. McAdoo apparently instructs Halliday to tell the audience about a reception for the youth and their parents in the rotunda downstairs.

After a minute while the room cleared, Guerrero said, “It would have been nice if the kiddos stayed,” to which Halliday nervously giggles.

Guerrero then read some of the letters from her third-graders, one which expressed fear that their parents would be deported. Halliday response to Guerrero’s students was “Unfortunately, though, I can’t tell you to tell them they’re safe.”

The next day, Wednesday, Guerrero issued the same public statement during the Hayward Community Task Force meeting.

4 thoughts on “WATCH Hayward’s city manager alert mayor to clear room of children before teacher urges city to protect kids from Trump

  1. Fran David can't keep her nose out of Hayward's business. If she didn't want to retire, she should have stayed on as city manager. She put her two cents in on the Marijuana tax and also wrote a letter to council urging them to approve Lincoln Landing. The fact that she left right before the police chief's hushed up personnel issue is mighty fishy.


  2. “I'm the Mayor” should stay home and wit in her rocking chair with her Ipad. She can't run a meeting, she doesn't follow The Brown Act nor observe Roberts Rules of Order. She is an embarassment to Hayward the only speaker she's ever polite to is thst Kim dude from the Chamber of Commerce who tows the party line for council.


  3. This is Sweeney's legacy and Halliday is continuing it by allowing the city to become a decrepit home that hasn't been remodeled since 1982.


  4. Fran David, Freddye Davis, Firefighters Union 1909, Mike Sweeney, Kevin Dowling, Halliday and City Council are all in cahoots. They are the reason that Hayward is in a sorry state. Things won't change until we get a new Mayor. One who has a clue and a conscience. No cacklers please!


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