Push to dismantle Hayward’s school board is about hastening gentrification

HAYWARD | ELECTION 2016 |For years in Hayward, the school board has been labeled dysfunctional. More precisely, the real criticism is they fight too much. With a little more precision: they fight too much in public. The attack line is as bogus as it was nearly a decade ago. Disagreements among board and council members … Continue reading Push to dismantle Hayward’s school board is about hastening gentrification

Hayward school board president tells obtrusive city council to ‘stay in your lane’

Hayward school board President Lisa Brunnerscolded the City Council Tuesday night.HAYWARD | Relations between the Hayward City Council and its school board has been sour for years, but recent contentiousness between the two government bodies spilled out in public view Tuesday night.Hayward school board President Lisa Brunner ripped some Hayward City Council members for publicly … Continue reading Hayward school board president tells obtrusive city council to ‘stay in your lane’

Union spent $140k to get Hayward’s Measure C on ballot; city’s old guard balks at labor’s intrusion

Some of the 13,000 signatures SEIU Local 1021submittted last January to the Hayward city clerk.HAYWARD | MEASURE C | It’s one thing for a group to file a local ballot measure and other to fund the fees and people power needed to gather enough signatures for qualification on the ballot.A truly grassroots effort like the … Continue reading Union spent $140k to get Hayward’s Measure C on ballot; city’s old guard balks at labor’s intrusion

A Farewell To Michael Sweeney, The Man Who Made It Easier To Cover Government

One of the few occasions when I was attempting to surreptitiously keep an eye on former Hayward Mayor Michael Sweeney's public dealings, otherwise known as a photo bomb. PHOTO/Natalia AldanaMichael Sweeney ended three non-consecutive terms as Hayward's mayorthis week.HAYWARD | APPRECIATION | I like to think former Hayward Mayor Michael Sweeney called me “Hurricane Tavares” … Continue reading A Farewell To Michael Sweeney, The Man Who Made It Easier To Cover Government

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 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

Halliday Wins Hayward Mayor’s Race; Peixoto Re-Elected to Council, Lamnin Finally Breaks Through

Barbara Halliday: Hayward's mayor-electHAYWARD | Councilmember Barbara Halliday is the next mayor of Hayward after winning a clear victory Tuesday night over fellow council members Mark Salinas and Francisco Zermeno. Councilmember Marvin Peixoto also won re-election to the City Council and community activist Sara Lamnin finally broke through after snagging the second open seat on … Continue reading Halliday Wins Hayward Mayor’s Race; Peixoto Re-Elected to Council, Lamnin Finally Breaks Through

Primary Question: Hayward Mayor

Clockwise from the top: Councilmembers Barbara Halliday, Mark Salinas, Francisco Zermeno and Hayward businessman Rakesh Kumar Christian.THE CANDIDATES All three major candidates are also sitting members of the Hayward City Council hoping to replace three-time Mayor Michael Sweeney, who is retiring this summer. Barbara Halliday is the longest-tenured member of the City Council. In previous … Continue reading Primary Question: Hayward Mayor

The Case for Taxing Property Owners Who Leave Their Storefronts Empty

SD10 Republican 'Splintering' Dems | Superintendent Candidate's BF? | Forum Changes WorkingCHAPTER 12 | There’s a book making waves among economists named Capital in the Twenty-First Century. In part, the tome by Thomas Picketty rising in influence since its release last year proposes a global tax on capital, not income. The plausibility of installing such a … Continue reading The Case for Taxing Property Owners Who Leave Their Storefronts Empty

Departing Mayor Sweeney gave to Halliday, Salinas Campaigns, not Zermeño

Hayward Mayor Michael Sweeney: no invite, no donation.HAYWARD | MAYOR | Hayward Mayor Michael Sweeney made small contributions to the campaigns of two of the candidates hoping to replace him this June, but not the third, who like the others, is a colleague on the City Council.Since the beginning of the year, Sweeney contributed $198 to … Continue reading Departing Mayor Sweeney gave to Halliday, Salinas Campaigns, not Zermeño

Over One-Third of All Hayward Mayoral, Council Contributions this Year are Loans

Mayoral candidates Barbara Hallida, MarkSalinas, Francisco Zermeno.HAYWARD | CAMPAIGN FINANCE | Candidates for mayor and the City Council in Hayward reported campaign contributions totaling over $47,000 during the first quarter of this year. However, according to campaign finance reports, over 35 percent, or $16,771, of the total represents personal loans made by candidates to their respective … Continue reading Over One-Third of All Hayward Mayoral, Council Contributions this Year are Loans

Intriguing Hayward Mayoral, City Council Races Set for June Election

City employees picket Hayward City Halllast August. CAMPAIGN 2014 | HAYWARD | It's been eight years since Hayward had a competitive race for mayor. In 2006, Michael Sweeney topped Brian Schott and subsequently won re-election four years later against a write-in candidate. Sweeney, though, announced last August he would not seek re-election. The decision leaves a wide-open … Continue reading Intriguing Hayward Mayoral, City Council Races Set for June Election

Hayward Tries to Kick the Habit with ‘Timeout’ on Tobacco, E-Cigs Business

A woman with a version of an e-cigarette.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | HEALTH | It is too easy to buy a pack of smokes in Hayward, says city staff, and the number of e-cigarette retailers and hookah lounges in the city has risen starkly in recent months. Seven of Hayward’s eight e-cigarette establishments have opened its … Continue reading Hayward Tries to Kick the Habit with ‘Timeout’ on Tobacco, E-Cigs Business

2013 Year In Lists: Best/Worst Dressed East Bay Politicians

BESTRebecca Kaplan1. Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland councilmember>>> Who would have ever thought the East Bay politician who made the simple vest the rage of council couture could top herself, again? Gone is the vest, for the most part, and in is the backward baseball cap. An EBC fashion consultant remarked, “Damn, she does Bieber better than … Continue reading 2013 Year In Lists: Best/Worst Dressed East Bay Politicians

Best East Bay Political Quotes Of 2013

2013 YEAR-IN-REVIEW | Two thousand and thirteen was destined to fail as an eventful year. Following the tumult and sheer craziness of 2012, East Bay politicians stayed out of trouble, but the slowly improving local economy may have offered an opportunity for some to bring a bit more levity to the public meetings and their … Continue reading Best East Bay Political Quotes Of 2013