EBC AGENDA | APR 20-26 | OAKLAND measure to tax vacant properties; HAYWARD fixes roads, parking; COLISEUM closed sessions; House town halls

THE WEEK OF APRIL 20-26--OAKLAND-- Regular council committee meetings, Tuesday, April 24, starts at 9:30 a.m.➤Finance & Management Committee, 9 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--BALLOT MEASURE TO TAX VACANT PROPERTIES-- Oakland Councilmembers Rebecca Kaplan and Dan Kalb say the city is "experiencing significant vacancy of property, including residential and commercial land and buildings left unused for long … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | APR 20-26 | OAKLAND measure to tax vacant properties; HAYWARD fixes roads, parking; COLISEUM closed sessions; House town halls

EBC AGENDA | July 7-13 | OAKLAND’s border wall plan; ALAMEDA COUNTY to expand Laura’s Law; KAPLAN wants to revoke ICE deal; ARREGUIN holds state of the city

THE WEEK OF JULY 7-13The extended Fourth of July weekend is behind us, although many East Bay politicos and government workers are likely looking ahead to the annual August Recess, which shuts down local government for a month and forces yours truly to scramble for something to write about. Meanwhile another busy week in East … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | July 7-13 | OAKLAND’s border wall plan; ALAMEDA COUNTY to expand Laura’s Law; KAPLAN wants to revoke ICE deal; ARREGUIN holds state of the city

Survey: Hayward residents are concerned about housing, jobs

A city survey found 75 percent of residentshave a positive image of their city.HAYWARD CITY COUNCILHayward residents consistently voiced concern over the overall lack of affordable housing and job creation in the city, according to a city survey released last week. Those polled also continue to pull their collective hair out over traffic congestion in … Continue reading Survey: Hayward residents are concerned about housing, jobs

No consensus from Hayward leaders for combatting homelessness

Hayward Councilmember Greg Jones said the cityneeds an emergency homeless shelter.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | Homelessness in Hayward continues to be a vexing problem for its city council. While the problem exists in the city and primarily in its struggling downtown area, the council struggled to reach a consensus this week for solutions or even initial … Continue reading No consensus from Hayward leaders for combatting homelessness

Hayward irons out some kinks in its massage parlor regulations

HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | Over the past few years, the Hayward City Council has tried to legislate away some of its more seedy downtown elements. On Tuesday, the council unanimously approved new regulations on massage parlors enacted by the State Legislature, they says will make residents safer.The ordinance regulates all massage therapy operators to be … Continue reading Hayward irons out some kinks in its massage parlor regulations

Doris Rodriquez, former Hayward councilmember, civic leader, dies

Doris RodriquezHAYWARD | 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 … Continue reading Doris Rodriquez, former Hayward councilmember, civic leader, dies

Primary Question: Hayward Mayor

Clockwise from the top: Councilmembers Barbara Halliday, Mark Salinas, Francisco Zermeno and Hayward businessman Rakesh Kumar Christian.THE CANDIDATES All three major candidates are also sitting members of the Hayward City Council hoping to replace three-time Mayor Michael Sweeney, who is retiring this summer. Barbara Halliday is the longest-tenured member of the City Council. In previous … Continue reading Primary Question: Hayward Mayor

The Case for Taxing Property Owners Who Leave Their Storefronts Empty

SD10 Republican 'Splintering' Dems | Superintendent Candidate's BF? | Forum Changes WorkingCHAPTER 12 | There’s a book making waves among economists named Capital in the Twenty-First Century. In part, the tome by Thomas Picketty rising in influence since its release last year proposes a global tax on capital, not income. The plausibility of installing such a … Continue reading The Case for Taxing Property Owners Who Leave Their Storefronts Empty

Hayward Council Candidates Agree on much and they really dislike The Loop

Six of the candidates seeking two seatson the Hayward City Council.HAYWARD | CITY COUNCIL |The seven candidates for two open seats on the Hayward City Council may be secretly rooting against Councilmember Mark Salinas being elected mayor on June 3. Instead of running for re-election to his council seat, Salinas is running for mayor against … Continue reading Hayward Council Candidates Agree on much and they really dislike The Loop

Hayward Mayoral Candidates Explore City’s Budget Dilemma

HAYWARD | MAYOR | Hayward has two competing but inextricably related problems. One, is a long-held public perception the city is anti-development and, second, it's a bear for small businesses to set up shop making it difficult for Hayward to create new revenues streams. Meanwhile, the entire council, including three running to replace Mayor Michael … Continue reading Hayward Mayoral Candidates Explore City’s Budget Dilemma

Let Them Eat Figs! A Councilman’s Fruity Plan To End Hunger In Hayward

Hayward Councilmember Francisco Zermeno to the hungry:  there's fig and kumquat trees near Southland Mall. PHOTO/Zermeno for Mayor 2014HAYWARD | As elected officials in Hayward attempted to sidestep guilt surrounding an ordinance that ostensibly makes it much more difficult for small-scale free food providers to feed the poor in its parks, one city council member had an idea for curbing … Continue reading Let Them Eat Figs! A Councilman’s Fruity Plan To End Hunger In Hayward

Hayward Moves Ahead With Regulations On Free Food Sharing

Portuguese Park on C Street, one of the sites of free food sharing events in Hayward.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL//FOOD SHARING | Despite an uproar Tuesday night from homeless advocates over the Hayward City Council’s attempt to regulate outdoor food sharing programs for the poor, the council showed little sign of turning afoot on the ordinances and … Continue reading Hayward Moves Ahead With Regulations On Free Food Sharing

Hayward Poker Club Gets Approval For Expansion; Mayor Disagrees

The Palace on Mission Boulevard.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | The Palace Poker Casino has called Hayward home for nearly 60 years. Its current location at the end of Mission Boulevard near the bustling Jackson Street is too small for the cadre of high-stakes poker players who flock to the card club, its owners say.On Tuesday, the … Continue reading Hayward Poker Club Gets Approval For Expansion; Mayor Disagrees

Hayward May Soon Implement Regulations For Free Food-Sharing Groups That Feed The City’s Poor

Public places like Portuguese Park near C Streetin Hayward attract free food-sharing operators.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | Changes may be coming for how Hayward regulates non-governmental free food-sharing programs for the poor in public spaces. Hayward city staff detailed a growing list of complaints from downtown business owners and residents who say the open-air services often located … Continue reading Hayward May Soon Implement Regulations For Free Food-Sharing Groups That Feed The City’s Poor