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 elected officials voice strong support for Urban Shield

Activists protesting Urban Shield last yearin Pleasanton. PHOTO/stopurbanshield.orgHAYWARD CITY COUNCILFew local issues rankle East Bay progressive more than Urban Shield, the annual emergency training event and law enforcement trade show in Pleasanton founded and hosted by Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern.Community activists and immigrant groups say Urban Shield increases the militarization of local police departments … Continue reading Hayward elected officials voice strong support for Urban Shield

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

Despite sanctuary city status, Hayward approves DOJ grant funding for police, but not really

HAYWARD CITY COUNCILA U.S. Department of Justice grant allocated to the Hayward Police Department worth $42,491 is likely at risk after the Hayward City Council instructed its staff to not sign a controversial new certification that runs opposed to its recently approved sanctuary city status.Although Hayward councilmembers unanimously voted last week to approve receipt of … Continue reading Despite sanctuary city status, Hayward approves DOJ grant funding for police, but not really

Hayward slams Bank of the West for its handling of $315,000 payment processing error

HAYWARDThe City of Hayward could sure use the extra revenue, but an error by Bank of the West on Oct. 6 mistakenly double-posted 408 payments from residents and city customers totaling $315,775, the city said Thursday.A city revenue officer reported the error on Tuesday, said the city. "Upon discovering the error, city officials immediately notified … Continue reading Hayward slams Bank of the West for its handling of $315,000 payment processing error

Hayward to swear-in new police chief on Monday

Interim Police Chief Mark Koller was bornin Hayward and has served on the policeforce in various capacities since 1981.HAYWARDMark Koller, a second-generation Hayward police officer, will be sworn-in next Monday as the city's fourteenth chief of police. The ceremony will be held at the Hayward City Hall rotunda, Aug. 21, starting at 3 p.m.Koller has … Continue reading Hayward to swear-in new police chief on Monday

Hayward City Council ‘bummed’ by ballooning budget deficit

Hayward's proposed budget includes adding6.6 full-time employees for staffing the newdowntown library.HAYWARD CITY COUNCILHayward City Manager Kelly McAdoo didn’t want the City Council to ask many questions Tuesday night after they learned about the fiscal health of the city. Save it for when the council meets for an in-depth discussion on May 20, she urged. … Continue reading Hayward City Council ‘bummed’ by ballooning budget deficit

WATCH Hayward’s city manager alert mayor to clear room of children before teacher urges city to protect kids from Trump

HAYWARD CITY COUNCILhttps://hayward.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=1&clip_id=358&starttime=1534&stoptime=1987&autostart=0&embed=1Hayward has a history slyly tamping down public dissent. Former Hayward City Manager Fran David once sent a letter to a resident who frequently questioned the city's use of no-bid contracts during the public comment portion of Hayward City Council meetings. David accused him of impugning her character with his statements. Councilmember Al … Continue reading WATCH Hayward’s city manager alert mayor to clear room of children before teacher urges city to protect kids from Trump

Few Hayward elected officials support starting public discussion of sanctuary cities

Hayward Councilmember Elisa Marquezsays she supports becoming a sanctuary city.HAYWARD CITY COUNCILWhile many East Bay city councils have offered almost unanimous support for defying President Trump and his immigration policies, Hayward is a notable outlier. Even the politically moderate city of Dublin agendized a discussion on sanctuary cities last week before shooting it down.But in … Continue reading Few Hayward elected officials support starting public discussion of sanctuary cities

Hayward officials showing resistance to becoming sanctuary

Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday, center, andCity Manager Kelly McAdoo, left, at an anti-discrimination task force meeting last Monday.HAYWARD CITY COUNCILHayward stands to risk $33 million in current and future federal funding if it becomes a sanctuary city, several city officials reiterated Monday night during a city task force meeting on anti-discrimination. The moniker also provides … Continue reading Hayward officials showing resistance to becoming sanctuary

Hayward to form 22-person task force to combat discrimination

Hayward Councilmember Francisco Zermenoraised the subject of sanctuary cities duringTusday night's council meeting.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL |On the same night Alameda and Emeryville, with some urgency, declared themselves sanctuary cities, the Hayward City Council set the stage for creating an up to 22-person task force to combat discrimination in the city. One of the possible outcomes, … Continue reading Hayward to form 22-person task force to combat discrimination

Hayward police chief, currently under investigation, opts for retirement

Hayward Police Chief Diane Stuart isretiring, effective immediately.HAYWARD | Hayward is now in the market for a new police chief, but we still don’t know why. Police Chief Diane Stuart, currently on leave pending an investigation into an unknown matter, is retiring, the city announced Wednesday.Stuart’s retirement is effective immediately, said Hayward City Manager Kelly … Continue reading Hayward police chief, currently under investigation, opts for retirement

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

Report: Hayward’s police chief placed on administrative leave

HAYWARD | Hayward Police Chief Diane Stuart was placed on administrative leave, according to a report Monday.No further information is available pending a personnel investigation, said City Manager Kelly McAdoo, according to KRON. Stuart was named Hayward's top cop in 2011.Hayward Capt. Mark Knoller was named acting police chief, according to McAdoo.While the circumstances surrounding … Continue reading Report: Hayward’s police chief placed on administrative leave

Hayward’s next city manager will get 7% wage increase following promotion

New Hayward City Manager Kelly McAdoo'scontract will not be finalized until September.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL |Hayward Assistant City Manager Kelly McAdoo will get a seven percent wage increase following her promotion last week to replace retiring City Manager Fran David.The Hayward City Council will formally approve McAdoo as its next day-to-day administrator on Tuesday, although, details … Continue reading Hayward’s next city manager will get 7% wage increase following promotion