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

Up for re-election, three Hayward officials seek to help renters as landlords fund their campaigns

Powerful landlord interests are making early bets on Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday, Councilmembers Mark Salinas, Sara Lamnin.HAYWARD CITY COUNCILThree Hayward officials received nearly maxed-out contributions from the powerful pro-landlord California Apartment Association (CAA) and affiliates last year, according to campaign finance reports released earlier this month.At a special Hayward council meeting last week focusing on rental housing … Continue reading Up for re-election, three Hayward officials seek to help renters as landlords fund their campaigns

2017 Year in East Bay Politics: With 2018 election cycle ahead, candidates made early moves

2017 YEAR IN EAST BAY POLITICSIt was not too early for a number of potential East Bay candidates to announce intentions to run next year, or, at least, begin to put out feelers. A number of statewide candidates from the region opened campaign accounts, including Richmond's Gayle McLaughlin (Lt. gov), Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (state superintendent), … Continue reading 2017 Year in East Bay Politics: With 2018 election cycle ahead, candidates made early moves

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

After begrudgingly offering 6 affordable units for Hayward project, exec brags about lengthy Italian vacation

KB Home executive Ray Panek, left, missed theOct. 3 Hayward meeting that resulted in the council slamming its project due to a lack ofaffordable housing.HAYWARD CITY COUNCILA month ago, the Hayward City Council appeared to have stomped its collective feet in opposition to a housing development along Mission Boulevard in South Hayward that proposed 35 market-rate town … Continue reading After begrudgingly offering 6 affordable units for Hayward project, exec brags about lengthy Italian vacation

Hayward Councilman Mark Salinas announces challenge to mayor’s re-election

Hayward Councilmember Mark Salinas also ranfor mayor in 2014, finishing second.HAYWARDHayward Councilmember Mark Salinas made the ultimate political campaign gamble in 2014 when he eschewed likely re-election to the City Council for a run for mayor. His wager, though, came up short. But, after recapturing his council seat last year, Salinas announced Thursday that he is … Continue reading Hayward Councilman Mark Salinas announces challenge to mayor’s re-election

Hayward officials voice strong support for affordable housing; state concern over rising rents

HAYWARD CITY COUNCILA week after Hayward elected officials roundly turned away a developer's bid to build a slew of market-rate housing units on Mission Boulevard, councilmembers continued to voice a newfound pledge for more affordable housing in a city currently being racked by displacement and rising rents.Every member of the City Council signaled to developers … Continue reading Hayward officials voice strong support for affordable housing; state concern over rising rents

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

Hayward City Council approves massive market rate-only downtown housing project

HAYWARD CITY COUNCILLincoln Landing, a 476-unit market-rate housing development with 80,500 square feet of retail space was unanimously approved Tuesday night by the Hayward City Council.The 11-acre project replaces the long-vacant Mervyn’s building on Foothill Boulevard includes the demolition of the office space, but retains the existing 579-stall parking structure. It also includes up to … Continue reading Hayward City Council approves massive market rate-only downtown housing project

Hayward mayor offends Latina advocating for sanctuary city

Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday, leader of oneof the largest Latino communities, in the Bay Areavoiced skepticism Feb. 24 about sanctuary cities.HAYWARDHayward's lack of urgency when it comes to alleviating the fears among its minority and immigrant communities is unique in the Greater East Bay. Since January, city councils in Emeryville, Alameda, San Leandro and Fremont … Continue reading Hayward mayor offends Latina advocating for sanctuary city

Hayward City Council approves 240-unit downtown housing development

A partial rendering of the 240-unit Maple & Mainhousing development approved by the HaywardCity Council Tuesday night.HAYWARDMaple & Main, a 240-unit housing development in North Hayward, which city leaders hope will help kickstart improvement in the downtown and provide much-needed foot traffic, was approved late Tuesday night by the Hayward City Council.The development also includes … Continue reading Hayward City Council approves 240-unit downtown housing development

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

Hayward councilman received $9,000 contract without school board approval

Hayward Councilmember Mark Salinas was givena $9,000 contract by the school district without anyapparent approval by the school board.HAYWARD | Hayward Councilmember Mark Salinas received a contract for unidentified services with the city's school district worth nearly $9,000 last year, and the school district has no idea how it was approved or what job he … Continue reading Hayward councilman received $9,000 contract without school board approval

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