HAYWARD Mayor Halliday threatens to evict resident from council chambers

Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday had another council meltdown

In a bind, Hayward tables long-standing plan for city to boot Bunker Hill tenants from homes

HAYWARD CITY COUNCILFor a Hayward City Council that has voiced strong support over the past few months for helping stave off its burgeoning affordable housing crisis, the optics of evicting up to 40 families from their homes put city officials in a political bind Tuesday night. Instead, the council voted, 5-2, to postpone for one … Continue reading In a bind, Hayward tables long-standing plan for city to boot Bunker Hill tenants from homes

Joseph Hilson, three-term Hayward councilmember, passes

Joseph Hilson served on the Hayward CityCouncil from 1992 to 2004.HAYWARD CITY COUNCILJoseph Hilson, a three-term Hayward councilmember, who was an early adopter of technology in local government, has died.Hilson was elected in 1992 and served through 2004, before he was defeated in a watershed Hayward council election."He was a pleasure to work with and … Continue reading Joseph Hilson, three-term Hayward councilmember, passes

Up for re-election, three Hayward officials seek to help renters as landlords fund their campaigns

Powerful landlord interests are making early bets on Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday, Councilmembers Mark Salinas, Sara Lamnin.HAYWARD CITY COUNCILThree Hayward officials received nearly maxed-out contributions from the powerful pro-landlord California Apartment Association (CAA) and affiliates last year, according to campaign finance reports released earlier this month.At a special Hayward council meeting last week focusing on rental housing … Continue reading Up for re-election, three Hayward officials seek to help renters as landlords fund their campaigns

2017 Year in East Bay Politics: The wild and wacky: Let’s Taco About It and Bill Quirk ‘Jumps Around’

2017 YEAR IN EAST BAY POLITICS>>>>The state legislature decides in January that a new portrait of Assemblymember Bill Quirk would be a good idea for his 20th District website. The resulting creation, though, inparts vampire-like features to Quirk's face. Funny thing, according to his district staff, is the web designers thought the new photo looked good. By … Continue reading 2017 Year in East Bay Politics: The wild and wacky: Let’s Taco About It and Bill Quirk ‘Jumps Around’

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

Hayward accepts new anti-discrimination plan, but still has ‘Commitment’ issues

Hayward's Community Task Force on anti-discrimination during a meeting in April.HAYWARD CITY COUNCILA community task force's list of nearly 50 recommendations to help foster equity and equality in Hayward was accepted by the council Tuesday night, although three of its most controversial items were set aside for further examination.Hayward councilmembers unanimously voted to accept the … Continue reading Hayward accepts new anti-discrimination plan, but still has ‘Commitment’ issues

Hayward Councilman Mark Salinas announces challenge to mayor’s re-election

Hayward Councilmember Mark Salinas also ranfor mayor in 2014, finishing second.HAYWARDHayward Councilmember Mark Salinas made the ultimate political campaign gamble in 2014 when he eschewed likely re-election to the City Council for a run for mayor. His wager, though, came up short. But, after recapturing his council seat last year, Salinas announced Thursday that he is … Continue reading Hayward Councilman Mark Salinas announces challenge to mayor’s re-election

LAST 5 THINGS I THINK ABOUT EAST BAY POLITICS

Rebecca Kaplan is going to sweep into theAD15 race late and take it.ELECTION 2018➤I think its absolutely useless to do an analysis of the 15th Assembly District's current large field of candidates because the person who will sworn-in December 2018 is even in the race yet. I think sometime early next year, Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan will … Continue reading LAST 5 THINGS I THINK ABOUT EAST BAY POLITICS

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 Mayor Halliday with yet another set of bizarre statements, this time about the homeless

Hayward Mayor Barbara HallidayHAYWARD CITY COUNCILDuring a discussion over Hayward's homeless count and possible solutions to housing them Tuesday night, Mayor Barbara Halliday offered a series of bizarre statements.They involved a comment that appeared to opine the homeless are unable to responsibly maintain the upkeep of their subsidized housing. She later suggested it was a … Continue reading Hayward Mayor Halliday with yet another set of bizarre statements, this time about the homeless

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

Hayward City Council approves massive market rate-only downtown housing project

HAYWARD CITY COUNCILLincoln Landing, a 476-unit market-rate housing development with 80,500 square feet of retail space was unanimously approved Tuesday night by the Hayward City Council.The 11-acre project replaces the long-vacant Mervyn’s building on Foothill Boulevard includes the demolition of the office space, but retains the existing 579-stall parking structure. It also includes up to … Continue reading Hayward City Council approves massive market rate-only downtown housing project

Hayward Task Force strongly recommends Council declare sanctuary city status

Some members of the Hayward Community TaskForce discuss sanctuary cities at its meeting onWednesday night.HAYWARD CITY COUNCILA Hayward community task force on Wednesday voiced near unanimity for recommending to the Hayward City Council that it formally declare itself a sanctuary city.The task force was formed by the City Council in January not to study the … Continue reading Hayward Task Force strongly recommends Council declare sanctuary city status