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

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

EBCAMPAIGN: BONTA REACHES THE INNER CIRCLE ; Swalwell raises alarm over token GOP challenge; QUAN’S HUSBAND DEFENDS HER HONOR

B80 DAYS TO PRIMARY DAY | Assemblymember Rob Bonta's rise within the state's Democratic power structure was only slightly tarnished when he was relieved by new Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon two weeks ago of his prime committee chairmanship. Bonta made a run late last year for the speakership and lost. Bonta losing the chair of … Continue reading EBCAMPAIGN: BONTA REACHES THE INNER CIRCLE ; Swalwell raises alarm over token GOP challenge; QUAN’S HUSBAND DEFENDS HER HONOR

June primary filing deadlines passes without many surprises, but Hayward incumbent will not seek re-election

Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley will faceonly the well-financed Bryan Parker in June.JUNE PRIMARY | Eight state and federal legislative races in the East Bay this June are guaranteed rematches in November; a Hayward city councilmember did not file for re-election, and a bruising one-on-one matchup between Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley and Bryan Parker is … Continue reading June primary filing deadlines passes without many surprises, but Hayward incumbent will not seek re-election

EBCAMPAIGN: Dumb & Dumber in CA17; Sign Stealer Joins Race; Missing Hayward Incumbent; Don’t Mess with Hags!; Bonta’s mom supports renters

95 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY | Mike Honda: Hit me with it! Just give it to me straight! I came a long way just to see you Mary, just... The least you can do is level with me. What are my chances?President Obama: Not good.Mike Honda: [he gulps, his mouth twitching] You mean, not good like … Continue reading EBCAMPAIGN: Dumb & Dumber in CA17; Sign Stealer Joins Race; Missing Hayward Incumbent; Don’t Mess with Hags!; Bonta’s mom supports renters

5 BEST EAST BAY PRIMARY RACES IN 2016: #4 HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL

ELECTION16 | Starting in 2013, the Hayward City Council waged a war over wages and ultimately imposed a five percent wage cut on more than 300 city employees represented by SEIU Local 1021. Following the council's decision in February 2014, Chris Daly, the very outspoken former San Francisco supervisor then employed by SEIU, rose from … Continue reading 5 BEST EAST BAY PRIMARY RACES IN 2016: #4 HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL

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

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

Hayward mayor proposes ‘work-at-home, skip-a-shower day’

Hayward Mayor Barbara HallidayHAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday said she has been known to forsake a shower, but only if she plans to spend the entire day at home. The idea is just another of many for residents to conserve water during the state’s enduring drought.“Maybe we can start a stay-at-home, work-at-home, … Continue reading Hayward mayor proposes ‘work-at-home, skip-a-shower day’

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

Vanquished Hayward Councilman Says Residents Need to Start Voting

Mark Salinas: looking ahead to 2016?HAYWARD | Former Hayward Councilmember Mark Salinas suffered two political defeats within the same month last July. He lost his bid for mayor, the race he chose to run instead of seeking re-election to his council seat and weeks later was passed over for an appointment back to the dais. … Continue reading Vanquished Hayward Councilman Says Residents Need to Start Voting

Hayward’s Halliday Makes An Astute First Move As Mayor

Hayward Mayor Barbara HallidayHAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | There's a reason why it's good to be the king. Of course, it means you run the show and during new Mayor Barbara Halliday's first chance to wield her powers last week, she took control and avoided a potential loss of face.One of the five candidates for the … Continue reading Hayward’s Halliday Makes An Astute First Move As Mayor

Halliday Takes the Helm in Hayward

Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday takesthe oath of office Tuesday night.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | Hayward said goodbye to one mayor and welcomed a familiar face. Mayor Barbara Halliday took the oath of office Tuesday night and urged residents to join her in moving Hayward forward. “I’m ready to get to work and I hope everyone else … Continue reading Halliday Takes the Helm in Hayward