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

On Second Thought, Armas Will Not Be South San Francisco’s City Manager

Jesus ArmasHAYWARD | South San Francisco is having second thoughts about hiring former Hayward school board president Jesus Armas as its next city manager. After the city’s city council apparently approved the terms of a 2-year, $230,000 contract earlier this month, an internal memorandum dated Sept. 19, says otherwise.“The City Council has elected to continue … Continue reading On Second Thought, Armas Will Not Be South San Francisco’s City Manager

JESUS ARMAS RISES AGAIN

HAYWARD | Jesus Armas, the embattled former Hayward city manager and school board president who chose not to run for re-election in 2012 following an embarrassing sex scandal, has reemerged across the bay. On Wednesday, the South San Francisco City Council is set to approve a 2-year, $230,000 contract for Armas to become its next … Continue reading JESUS ARMAS RISES AGAIN

Donald Evans Named Berkeley’s New Superintendent

EDUCATION | Hayward Superintendent Donald Evans was confirmed as Berkeley’s new school superintendent Wednesday and will start his new job July 1 after spending just 18 months at the helm in Hayward.Evans would not clarify why he was leaving Hayward after spending such a short while with the district but said he is “very excited” … Continue reading Donald Evans Named Berkeley’s New Superintendent

Despite Past Turmoil, Armas Remains On Hayward’s Redevelopment Successor Agency

HAYWARD SCHOOL BOARD | Hayward's disgraced former school board President Jesus Armas chose not to run for re-election last year following reports of an affair with a former board member, however, Armas still remains as the school district’s representative on the Hayward Successor Agency Oversight Board (HSAOB) despite no longer being a school district trustee.Since he stepped … Continue reading Despite Past Turmoil, Armas Remains On Hayward’s Redevelopment Successor Agency

Hayward School Board Cuts Funding to Adult Education Program

HAYWARD | The Hayward School Board struck down a $375,000 expenditure to Hayward’s adult school program last board meeting to help stave off deficit spending despite staff’s recommendation to approve the fund part of the second interim budget report to help keep the adult education program afloat until school year’s end. The second interim report … Continue reading Hayward School Board Cuts Funding to Adult Education Program

Reynoso Calls New Hayward School Board Member Walker a ‘Fresh Voice’

HAYWARD SCHOOL BOARD | Consultant contracts have been controversial for Hayward school board with board member Luis Reynoso often criticizing staff and board approval of expensive contracts. He's often pressured staff to take on the extra load to cut down on district expenses but found his voice to be the marginalized opinion on the board. … Continue reading Reynoso Calls New Hayward School Board Member Walker a ‘Fresh Voice’

Hayward School Board To Discuss School Safety In Wake Of Sandy Hook Shooting

HAYWARD SCHOOL BOARD |The Hayward School Board members will discuss public safety on school campuses at a later meeting after board members expressed concern about the Sandy Hook shooting last month. The board meeting on Wednesday night was the first time the new board was meeting after the departure of Jesus Armas and Maribel Heredia.Lisa Brunner … Continue reading Hayward School Board To Discuss School Safety In Wake Of Sandy Hook Shooting

The Year When Accountability Died In The East Bay And How It Got That Way

FINAL WORD ON 2012//ESSAY | This was the year East Bay politicians learned there was always a second chance for their errors. Not because they deserved that uniquely American second act at redemption, but because the political establishment has no mechanism for saying no to them. Whether it was Mary Hayashi stealing clothes from Neiman Marcus in … Continue reading The Year When Accountability Died In The East Bay And How It Got That Way

Sex Sells: The Most Read East Bay Citizen Stories In 2012

2012 YEAR IN REVIEW | What a year it was for the East Bay Citizen. Through hard-hitting coverage of the 2012 election season you could not find anywhere else in the Bay Area news media to the unfortunate, yet glorious, spate of tabloid-style stories that emanated from the bowels of government this year, the site … Continue reading Sex Sells: The Most Read East Bay Citizen Stories In 2012

How I Got The Infamous Armas-Heredia Sext Messages

INSIDE THE STORIES OF 2012 | The original plan last July was to take the soon-to-be infamous text messages and present them to the Hayward school board during public comment. Jose Aldana, Maribel Heredia’s long-time fiancé and father of her two children, wanted to shame school board President Jesus Armas in a public setting for … Continue reading How I Got The Infamous Armas-Heredia Sext Messages

2012 BEST QUOTES OF THE YEAR

"You just wait until my campaign is over. I'm going to find you and beat your (expletive) (expletive), you (expletive)." –Joel Young, former 18th Assembly candidate, to an aide for Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan at the Make Westing bar in Oakland, according to a police report."There were a number of personal factors that led to the … Continue reading 2012 BEST QUOTES OF THE YEAR

McGee Appointed as New HUSD Board President; Reynoso Abstains From Voting for Any Appointment

HAYWARD SCHOOL BOARD Last Wednesday was the last day that both Maribel Heredia and Jesus Armas were Hayward school board members after they decided not to run for re-election shortly after the The Citizen revealed the two were engaged in a secret affair. The presidency of the board, which Armas held, was filled by board … Continue reading McGee Appointed as New HUSD Board President; Reynoso Abstains From Voting for Any Appointment

2012 Year In Lists: Funniest Moments In East Bay Politics

1. San Leandro Councilman-elect Benny Lee agrees to a policy during a candidates forum, begins to describes why he supports it, but then asks, "Wait, what is that?" To be fair, when the moderator asked the other candidates what the audience-generated questions was referring to, nobody knew, either.2. Hayward's profilic public commenter Jim Drake teases Jesus … Continue reading 2012 Year In Lists: Funniest Moments In East Bay Politics

Former Assemblywoman Audie Bock Yells at Maribel Heredia to "Get out of Here!” During Her Outgoing HUSD Speech

HAYWARD SCHOOL BOARD | Audie Bock, the brazen former Green Party assemblywoman, yelled fiercely at outgoing Hayward school board member, Maribel Heredia last Wednesday during her final speech as a board member with a roaring “Get out of here Heredia!” Bock was seen sitting in the back physically upset over Heredia's speech. Heredia spent nearly … Continue reading Former Assemblywoman Audie Bock Yells at Maribel Heredia to "Get out of Here!” During Her Outgoing HUSD Speech