HAYWARD approves ‘Sohay’ large market-rate development with just 48 affordable housing units

A 25-acre, 472-unit housing transit-oriented development in South Hayward was approved by the Hayward City Council Tuesday night. But despite evidence the city is in the grips of an affordable housing crisis, the project includes just 48 units of affordable housing--20 set aside for low-income rentals and 28 units for sale to buyers with moderate … Continue reading HAYWARD approves ‘Sohay’ large market-rate development with just 48 affordable housing units

Hayward continues slow track toward easing growing housing crisis

Hayward Councilmember ElisaMarquez pushed for a moratoriumon rents Tuesday, but gained onlytepid support from her colleagues.HAYWARD CITY COUNCILThe Hayward City Council gave direction to staff Tuesday night to study a menu of new protections for the city's renters, including non-binding mediation to resolve rent increases and possibly a moratorium, also on rent hikes. It was … Continue reading Hayward continues slow track toward easing growing housing crisis

Hayward elected officials voice strong support for Urban Shield

Activists protesting Urban Shield last yearin Pleasanton. PHOTO/stopurbanshield.orgHAYWARD CITY COUNCILFew local issues rankle East Bay progressive more than Urban Shield, the annual emergency training event and law enforcement trade show in Pleasanton founded and hosted by Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern.Community activists and immigrant groups say Urban Shield increases the militarization of local police departments … Continue reading Hayward elected officials voice strong support for Urban Shield

After begrudgingly offering 6 affordable units for Hayward project, exec brags about lengthy Italian vacation

KB Home executive Ray Panek, left, missed theOct. 3 Hayward meeting that resulted in the council slamming its project due to a lack ofaffordable housing.HAYWARD CITY COUNCILA month ago, the Hayward City Council appeared to have stomped its collective feet in opposition to a housing development along Mission Boulevard in South Hayward that proposed 35 market-rate town … Continue reading After begrudgingly offering 6 affordable units for Hayward project, exec brags about lengthy Italian vacation

Hayward officials voice strong support for affordable housing; state concern over rising rents

HAYWARD CITY COUNCILA week after Hayward elected officials roundly turned away a developer's bid to build a slew of market-rate housing units on Mission Boulevard, councilmembers continued to voice a newfound pledge for more affordable housing in a city currently being racked by displacement and rising rents.Every member of the City Council signaled to developers … Continue reading Hayward officials voice strong support for affordable housing; state concern over rising rents

Hayward City Council tells city manager to begin accepting applications for cannabis permits

HAYWARD CITY COUNCILHayward was originally one of the first cities in the East Bay to allow medical cannabis dispensaries. But after concerns over the safety of its dispensaries, including one instance when the current mayor toured one such establishment while it was being robbed, the Hayward City Council closed them down and placed a moratorium … Continue reading Hayward City Council tells city manager to begin accepting applications for cannabis permits

Hayward finally becomes a sanctuary city

HAYWARD CITY COUNCILIt took awhile, but the Hayward City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to join eight other East Bay cities by becoming a sanctuary city.“We started talking about this just after the election,” said Hayward Councilmember Al Mendall. "It's taken us a lot of time to get here, but I'm proud of the process."It was a sentiment echoed … Continue reading Hayward finally becomes a sanctuary city

Hayward City Council ‘bummed’ by ballooning budget deficit

Hayward's proposed budget includes adding6.6 full-time employees for staffing the newdowntown library.HAYWARD CITY COUNCILHayward City Manager Kelly McAdoo didn’t want the City Council to ask many questions Tuesday night after they learned about the fiscal health of the city. Save it for when the council meets for an in-depth discussion on May 20, she urged. … Continue reading Hayward City Council ‘bummed’ by ballooning budget deficit

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

HAYWARD CITY COUNCILhttps://hayward.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=1&clip_id=358&starttime=1534&stoptime=1987&autostart=0&embed=1Hayward 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 … Continue reading WATCH Hayward’s city manager alert mayor to clear room of children before teacher urges city to protect kids from Trump

As Hayward’s $25 million education grant winds down, future funding is uncertain

Hayward Councilmember Al Mendall suggestedthe future administrative costs for Hayward Promise Neighborhood was deliberately omitted.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL |The Hayward Promise Neighborhood program, born out of a 5-year, $25 million federal grant to improve education outcomes in Hayward’s impoverished Jackson Triangle neighborhood, is due to run out this month.But the future of its programs and legacy appear … Continue reading As Hayward’s $25 million education grant winds down, future funding is uncertain

Hayward school board president tells obtrusive city council to ‘stay in your lane’

Hayward school board President Lisa Brunnerscolded the City Council Tuesday night.HAYWARD | Relations between the Hayward City Council and its school board has been sour for years, but recent contentiousness between the two government bodies spilled out in public view Tuesday night.Hayward school board President Lisa Brunner ripped some Hayward City Council members for publicly … Continue reading Hayward school board president tells obtrusive city council to ‘stay in your lane’

There’s nothing new about Hayward hiding its dirty secrets

Hayward City Hall is in many ways a chamberof secrets masking serious dysfunction.HAYWARD | When Greg Jones, then Hayward’s city manager, was secretly dating a sitting councilmember, the City Council and entire city government enabled the illicit and very troubling potential violation of the Brown Act. Everybody at City Hall, it seemed in 2011, knew … Continue reading There’s nothing new about Hayward hiding its dirty secrets

Luis Reynoso to Hayward City Council: ‘Clean your house first’

There is no love lost between Hayward school board member Luis Reynoso and the city's elected officials.HAYWARD | A local advocacy group that includes several Hayward city councilmembers, has designs on one day replacing the entire five-person Hayward school board. But, one school trustee has news for the City Council: People who live in glass houses … Continue reading Luis Reynoso to Hayward City Council: ‘Clean your house first’

A new day for the Hayward City Council includes a quartet of recognizable faces

Councilmember Francisco Zermeno takes theoath of office Tuesday night in Hayward.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL |Hayward was in a self-congratulatory mood Tuesday as it celebrated the inauguration of four city council members and said goodbye to another.Councilmembers Francisco Zermeno, Elisa Marquez and Mendall were sworn-in for four moreyears, while Mark Salinas, a former councilmember who eschewed certain … Continue reading A new day for the Hayward City Council includes a quartet of recognizable faces

With Hayward election a month away, Mendall, Marquez are flush with cash

Hayward Councilmember Al Mendall reportedmore than $35,000 in cash available for the June election.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL |If cash is king in Hayward, and that's a big if, then Councilmembers Al Mendall and Elisa Marquez could be on their way to victory this June.Mendall reported $35,865 in cash on hand to top the field of 10 candidates … Continue reading With Hayward election a month away, Mendall, Marquez are flush with cash