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 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 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 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 mayor offends Latina advocating for sanctuary city

Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday, leader of oneof the largest Latino communities, in the Bay Areavoiced skepticism Feb. 24 about sanctuary cities.HAYWARDHayward's lack of urgency when it comes to alleviating the fears among its minority and immigrant communities is unique in the Greater East Bay. Since January, city councils in Emeryville, Alameda, San Leandro and Fremont … Continue reading Hayward mayor offends Latina advocating for sanctuary city

Latinos de Hayward el ayuntamiento no ofrece traductores en Español

Hayward Councilmember Francisco Zermenoserving as an impromptu translator at Tuesdaynight's council meeting.Translation: Hayward does not offer Spanish translation at its city council meetingsHAYWARD CITY COUNCIL |Hayward’s diversity is boosted in part by the largest Latino population in the East Bay--by some estimates, including up to 40 percent of the city. Yet, Spanish-speaking residents upset with … Continue reading Latinos de Hayward el ayuntamiento no ofrece traductores en Español

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

Who has money in the Hayward City Council race and who doesn’t?

Hayward Councilmember Elisa Marquez hasthe most unencumbered available cash in  the10-person June council election.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | In a place like Hayward where daily reporting on City Hall is non-existent and community apathy is high, candidate for the City Council often rely solely on direct-mail campaign literature to engage voters.And because a $20,000 campaign war … Continue reading Who has money in the Hayward City Council race and who doesn’t?

Mark Salinas plots return to Hayward City Council next year

Mark Salinas during a Hayward City Council meeting in 2014.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | Former Hayward Councilmember Mark Salinas may have made the biggest gamble of the 2014 election cycle when instead of running for likely re-election to his council seat he unsuccessfully ran for mayorSalinas placed a distance second to now Mayor Barbara Halliday and then … Continue reading Mark Salinas plots return to Hayward City Council next year

Hayward may seek greater campaign finance transparency

Hayward Councilmembers Greg Jones andAl Mendall may be targeted by unions for theirvote to impose a wage cut on city workers.Some CMs may fear union reprisal in 2016 electionHAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | With an eye toward a likely contentious municipal election next year, the Hayward City Council is exploring a proposal, its backers say, will bring … Continue reading Hayward may seek greater campaign finance transparency