Hayward destroyed a famous indicator of seismic activity, now we’re all going to die

The corner of Prospect and Rose in Hayward.PHOTO/Oakland GeologyHAYWARD | Like many East Bay cities, Hayward has many streets and sidewalks in need of repair. However, Hayward's city government found the one road improvement project that it may have thought twice about fixing.Last month, Hayward city employees inadvertently repaired what they understood was a broken … Continue reading Hayward destroyed a famous indicator of seismic activity, now we’re all going to die

HAYWARD COUNCIL PREVIEW: Three incumbents, one former member poised for a return to office

Hayward City Council candidates (pictured clockwise): Councilmember Al Mendall, Matt McGrath, Councilmember Elisa Marquez, Mark Salinas, and Councilmember Francisco Zermeno.MEET THE CANDIDATES Every four years in Hayward, voters have the unique opportunity to alter a majority of their city council. However, Hayward voters have also been strangely adverse to casting a ballot on a regular … Continue reading HAYWARD COUNCIL PREVIEW: Three incumbents, one former member poised for a return to office

20 things I think about the East Bay’s June primary election

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors reignas champions of local entrenched poltics maycome to end on June 7.JUNE PRIMARY PREVIEW |1. I think Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley is scared to the point that he cries at bedtime.2. I think other supervisors, especially Scott Haggerty and Wilma Chan are feeling indigestion-level discomfort over the possibility … Continue reading 20 things I think about the East Bay’s June primary election

Hayward appeals state finding it illegally imposed wage cuts on city employees

SEIU Local 1021 members in Hayward staging a three-day strike in 2014 to protest the city's then-alleged unfair labor negotiations.HAYWARD | Months after a state Public Employment Relations Board found the city of Hayward’s five percent wage imposition two years ago on 300 city workers was illegal, the city is quietly appealing its findings.Hayward City Manager Fran David, though, … Continue reading Hayward appeals state finding it illegally imposed wage cuts on city employees

Union to Hayward: Don’t ‘rip the scab’ by appealing unfair labor practices finding

Hayward City Manager Fran David's unwaveringstances against union city workers was found tobe improper, according a legal finding.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL |After Hayward city employees--working without a contract for two years--agreed to a new contract last summer, they believed labor peace was at hand. But a state Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) ruling in late December … Continue reading Union to Hayward: Don’t ‘rip the scab’ by appealing unfair labor practices finding

LISTEN! East Bay Citizen Show with special guest Hayward Councilman Francisco Zermeno

//html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/3784581/height/225/width/450/theme/legacy/direction/no/autoplay/no/autonext/no/thumbnail/yes/preload/no/no_addthis/no/Hayward Councilmember Francisco ZermenoEPISODE 6 | Hayward Councilmember Francisco Zermeno is a collector of things, not to mention two terms on the Hayward City Council. But he also boasts more than 8,000 pieces of Spiderman memorabilia and the collection is less a love of the comic book character and more a reminder of his unique … Continue reading LISTEN! East Bay Citizen Show with special guest Hayward Councilman Francisco Zermeno

Acrimonious standoff between Hayward and city employees reaches a conclusion

Hayward city employees during a three-daystrike in August 2013.Union members get 4.5% wage bump over 3 yearsHAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | Following a protracted labor dispute between the City of Hayward and over 300 of its employees that included a unilateral five percent wage decrease last year, both sides are set to agree Tuesday night on … Continue reading Acrimonious standoff between Hayward and city employees reaches a conclusion

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

No longer a reason for East Bay pols to fear pension-buster Daniel Borenstein; he was wrong, you were right

BANG editorial writer Daniel Borenstein led the pension reform debate for years, but it failed to scare East Bay officials to join his calls for austerity.Prola: 'I don't respect him. I don't respect his paper'By Darwin BondGraham and Steven TavaresPENSION REFORM DEBATE | "Dan needs no introduction," said Richmond Mayor Tom Butt at an April city council meeting, as … Continue reading No longer a reason for East Bay pols to fear pension-buster Daniel Borenstein; he was wrong, you were right

Hayward City Council to Forego Pay Raise; Swear-In New Mayor Tuesday

HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | At least, the Hayward City Council puts its money where its mouth is.As the city continues its hard line against some of its public employee labor groups, the Daily Review reports, the new City Council will again turn down a 2.6 percent cost of living increase and continue paying half the cost … Continue reading Hayward City Council to Forego Pay Raise; Swear-In New Mayor Tuesday