Gail Steele, long-time Alameda County supervisor, advocate for children, dies

Gail Steele, one of the legends of Alameda County politics, died on Friday morning. Steele represented the Hayward and parts of Tri-Cities on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors from 1992-2010. She also served eight years on the Hayward City Council from 1974-1982. During her long political career, Steele was a consistent advocate for the … Continue reading Gail Steele, long-time Alameda County supervisor, advocate for children, dies

Hayward school trustee calls out colleague for her white privilege

A proposal by a white Hayward school board member to create an "antiracist agenda" policy was met with resistance after the board's sole black board member called out her "privilege" during a meeting on Wednesday night. The policy written by Hayward school board member Dr. April Oquenda was viewed by two of her colleagues as … Continue reading Hayward school trustee calls out colleague for her white privilege

Hayward approves budget that includes police officer hiring freeze

Hayward councilmembers approved a $169 million budget for the next fiscal year that includes a $4.1 million cut to the Hayward Police Department. The move comes following several weeks of advocacy by Hayward residents for the City Council to incorporate a list of seven demands to defund the police department. The cut approved on Tuesday … Continue reading Hayward approves budget that includes police officer hiring freeze

Hayward may ask voters to allow non-citizens to serve on boards

Hayward voters may be asked this November to amend its City Charter and allow non-citizens to serve on city boards and commissions. The Hayward City Council unanimously voted to move forward the proposal on Tuesday night by directing staff to begin an analysis for placing the proposed charter amendment on the Nov. 3 ballot. The … Continue reading Hayward may ask voters to allow non-citizens to serve on boards

Hayward: Zermeño apologizes for previously saying ‘Police Lives Matter’

Hayward Councilmember Francisco Zermeño apologized for diminishing the Black Lives Matter movement by previously using derivatives of the phrase, such as Latino Lives Matter and Police Lives Matter. The statement was made through social media accounts connected with Zermeño's re-election campaign and after a large Black Lives Matter rally in front of Hayward City Hall … Continue reading Hayward: Zermeño apologizes for previously saying ‘Police Lives Matter’

San Leandro, Hayward announce week-long curfews after night of civil unrest

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VIDEO: Hayward Police shoot, wound suspect in his 60s

Video that captured the shooting on Wednesday of a man in his 60s by Hayward Police is quickly being disseminated on social media. The shooting occurred in the Mt. Eden neighborhood of Hayward on Bahama and Sleepy Hollow Avenues around 12:45 p.m, according to police. The suspect is alleged to have had a weapon, police … Continue reading VIDEO: Hayward Police shoot, wound suspect in his 60s

Hayward: Wahab tried to lower council pay by 5%, colleagues were cool to the idea

As Hayward councilmembers thanked its executive team and firefighters on Tuesday night for foregoing two percent cost-of-living increases to help lower the city's ballooning covid-related deficit, in addition, to their own two percent cut in council pay, Hayward Councilmember Aisha Wahab, instead, pushed for further generosity from her colleagues. "I, personally, am willing to forego … Continue reading Hayward: Wahab tried to lower council pay by 5%, colleagues were cool to the idea

Hayward firefighters unions offer to postpone cost-of-living increase, city leadership follows suit

The belt-tightening at Hayward City Hall due to covid-19 is becoming more evident as the city faces a potential $17 million loss of revenues this year. In order to limit the toll on the city's finances, Hayward firefighters unions are offering to forego an upcoming two percent cost-of-living increase scheduled for July 1. The offer … Continue reading Hayward firefighters unions offer to postpone cost-of-living increase, city leadership follows suit

Hayward to give $500 to residents ineligible for unemployment benefits

Hayward residents who are not able to access unemployment benefits can apply for a $500 grant from the city's relief fund. The Hayward City Council approved the grants Tuesday night as part of a $400,000 total allocation to the Hayward Community Relief Fund, which was formed recently to aid residents and small businesses left increasingly … Continue reading Hayward to give $500 to residents ineligible for unemployment benefits

Hayward officials ‘regrettably’ delay minimum wage increase for six months

Workers earning a minimum wage in Hayward will not receive a previously promised $2 an hour raise for, at least, another six months, the Hayward City Council decided on Tuesday. A majority of the council, some voicing regret for delaying the scheduled increase from July 1 to Jan. 1, 2021, made the decision in order … Continue reading Hayward officials ‘regrettably’ delay minimum wage increase for six months

Due to covid-19, Hayward set to delay increase to its minimum wage by six months

At a time when the federal government is putting cash in the hands of Americans in order to prop up a national economy wrecked by covid-19, the Hayward City Council is poised on Tuesday night to take some out of its resident's pockets. Two weeks ago, the council voted to direct staff to study a … Continue reading Due to covid-19, Hayward set to delay increase to its minimum wage by six months

Profiles in leadership: Hayward mayor tells council to allow staff to lead during covid-19 crisis

Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday told fellow councilmembers that they should "stand aside" and allow the city's administrative staff to lead its response to the covid-19 outbreak. Halliday further suggested city staff, not the city's elected leaders, have the experience and breadth of knowledge required to lead the city during the pandemic. The list of requirements … Continue reading Profiles in leadership: Hayward mayor tells council to allow staff to lead during covid-19 crisis

COVID-19: 10 percent tested positive at Hayward site during first week

Hayward city officials reported Wednesday that the first week of free COVID-19 testing found 130 new cases of the virus. The site located at the Hayward Fire Station on Huntwood Avenue tested 1,254 people last week. The rate of infection among those tested in 10 percent. Countywide, there have been 359 confirmed cases of COVID-19, … Continue reading COVID-19: 10 percent tested positive at Hayward site during first week