A new day for the Hayward City Council includes a quartet of recognizable faces

Councilmember Francisco Zermeno takes theoath of office Tuesday night in Hayward.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL |Hayward was in a self-congratulatory mood Tuesday as it celebrated the inauguration of four city council members and said goodbye to another.Councilmembers Francisco Zermeno, Elisa Marquez and Mendall were sworn-in for four moreyears, while Mark Salinas, a former councilmember who eschewed certain … Continue reading A new day for the Hayward City Council includes a quartet of recognizable faces

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

With Hayward election a month away, Mendall, Marquez are flush with cash

Hayward Councilmember Al Mendall reportedmore than $35,000 in cash available for the June election.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL |If cash is king in Hayward, and that's a big if, then Councilmembers Al Mendall and Elisa Marquez could be on their way to victory this June.Mendall reported $35,865 in cash on hand to top the field of 10 candidates … Continue reading With Hayward election a month away, Mendall, Marquez are flush with cash

First-time Hayward council candidate Matt McGrath is attracting attention

Hayward council candidate Matt McGrath retiredas a Hayward department head in 2014.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | Hayward has a dearth of prospective candidates at all segments of its city government, but one may have been hiding all these years in its maintenance services department.Matt McGrath is turning heads over the past month in the 10-person race … Continue reading First-time Hayward council candidate Matt McGrath is attracting attention

Who has money in the Hayward City Council race and who doesn’t?

Hayward Councilmember Elisa Marquez hasthe most unencumbered available cash in  the10-person June council election.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | In a place like Hayward where daily reporting on City Hall is non-existent and community apathy is high, candidate for the City Council often rely solely on direct-mail campaign literature to engage voters.And because a $20,000 campaign war … Continue reading Who has money in the Hayward City Council race and who doesn’t?

June primary filing deadlines passes without many surprises, but Hayward incumbent will not seek re-election

Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley will faceonly the well-financed Bryan Parker in June.JUNE PRIMARY | Eight state and federal legislative races in the East Bay this June are guaranteed rematches in November; a Hayward city councilmember did not file for re-election, and a bruising one-on-one matchup between Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley and Bryan Parker is … Continue reading June primary filing deadlines passes without many surprises, but Hayward incumbent will not seek re-election

5 BEST EAST BAY PRIMARY RACES IN 2016: #4 HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL

ELECTION16 | Starting in 2013, the Hayward City Council waged a war over wages and ultimately imposed a five percent wage cut on more than 300 city employees represented by SEIU Local 1021. Following the council's decision in February 2014, Chris Daly, the very outspoken former San Francisco supervisor then employed by SEIU, rose from … Continue reading 5 BEST EAST BAY PRIMARY RACES IN 2016: #4 HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL

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

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Mark Salinas plots return to Hayward City Council next year

Mark Salinas during a Hayward City Council meeting in 2014.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | Former Hayward Councilmember Mark Salinas may have made the biggest gamble of the 2014 election cycle when instead of running for likely re-election to his council seat he unsuccessfully ran for mayorSalinas placed a distance second to now Mayor Barbara Halliday and then … Continue reading Mark Salinas plots return to Hayward City Council next year

Vanquished Hayward Councilman Says Residents Need to Start Voting

Mark Salinas: looking ahead to 2016?HAYWARD | Former Hayward Councilmember Mark Salinas suffered two political defeats within the same month last July. He lost his bid for mayor, the race he chose to run instead of seeking re-election to his council seat and weeks later was passed over for an appointment back to the dais. … Continue reading Vanquished Hayward Councilman Says Residents Need to Start Voting

Hayward City Council Chooses Marquez to Fill Its Open Seat

Hayward's new CouncilmemberElisa MarquezHAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | The Hayward City Council is back at full strength after appointing Planning Commissioner Elisa Marquez to serve the remaining two years of Mayor Barbara Halliday’s council term.The choice of Marquez is a twofer for a council in need of a shot of diversity. She represents a second woman … Continue reading Hayward City Council Chooses Marquez to Fill Its Open Seat

Five Will Interview for Hayward Council Seat, Including One Who Just Lost Seat

HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | Hayward may have a new council member Tuesday night. On Friday, the City Council narrowed to 5 the list of 18 applicants hoping to fill out the remaining two years of Barbara Halliday's council term. Halliday, a council member, was elected mayor in June.Mark Salinas' council seat is still warm.All five … Continue reading Five Will Interview for Hayward Council Seat, Including One Who Just Lost Seat

Hayward Attracts Eighteen Applicants for Two-Year City Council Seat

Mark Salinas, center, at a Hayward mayoralforum this spring. He hopes for a return tothe council after just a few weeks.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | Eighteen candidates have applied for the chance to serve out the remaining two years of Barabara Halliday’s Hayward City Council term following her election to mayor last month.The deadline for applicants … Continue reading Hayward Attracts Eighteen Applicants for Two-Year City Council Seat

Halliday Takes the Helm in Hayward

Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday takesthe oath of office Tuesday night.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | Hayward said goodbye to one mayor and welcomed a familiar face. Mayor Barbara Halliday took the oath of office Tuesday night and urged residents to join her in moving Hayward forward. “I’m ready to get to work and I hope everyone else … Continue reading Halliday Takes the Helm in Hayward

Hayward Could Fill City Council Opening by Mid-July

Who will be appointed to Barbara Halliday's council seat now that sheis mayor-elect?HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | When the new Hayward City Council is sworn-in along with Mayor-elect Barbara Halliday next month, it will have an opportunity not afforded it since 2006—the responsibility of appointing a new member to its ranks.Eight years ago, however, the moment was … Continue reading Hayward Could Fill City Council Opening by Mid-July