Hayward PD’s proposal for four drones is delayed

The Hayward Police Department's bid to join a small group of East Bay cities that deploy Unmanned Aerial Systems, commonly known as drones, will be delayed after the Hayward City Council postponed a vote Tuesday night for its purchase. Hayward city staff pulled the item prior to Tuesday night's meeting following discussion of whether greater … Continue reading Hayward PD’s proposal for four drones is delayed

Hayward: Salinas, Marquez melt down following attacks on their records

Earlier this month, Hayward Councilmember Elisa Marquez and Mark Salinas – two of three incumbents seeking re-election this November – flashed moments of anger and disdain toward their more progressive opponents when challenged about their respective records. In one exchange, Marquez belittled her opponent's portrayal of her record on the council as inattentive to the … Continue reading Hayward: Salinas, Marquez melt down following attacks on their records

Large, energized field of candidates in Hayward

Boosted by an emboldened group of progressives and activists, Hayward's sprawling 13-candidate race for four seats on the City Council could be a once-in-generation reconfiguration of its political power structure. The field of 13 candidates this November, includes three incumbents, and a field of newcomers baptized by Hayward's dramatic push to the left stoked over … Continue reading Large, energized field of candidates in Hayward

Hayward police chief apologizes for saying city council is ignorant

Hayward Police Chief Toney Chaplin apologized last week for saying Hayward City Council members were ignorant of the department's day-to-day activities. Chaplin, a former San Francisco interim police chief, who was tapped to lead the Hayward Police Department in July 2019, made the initial comment during a City Council budget and finance committee meeting on … Continue reading Hayward police chief apologizes for saying city council is ignorant

Hayward approves budget that includes police officer hiring freeze

Hayward councilmembers approved a $169 million budget for the next fiscal year that includes a $4.1 million cut to the Hayward Police Department. The move comes following several weeks of advocacy by Hayward residents for the City Council to incorporate a list of seven demands to defund the police department. The cut approved on Tuesday … Continue reading Hayward approves budget that includes police officer hiring freeze

VIDEO: Hayward Police shoot, wound suspect in his 60s

Video that captured the shooting on Wednesday of a man in his 60s by Hayward Police is quickly being disseminated on social media. The shooting occurred in the Mt. Eden neighborhood of Hayward on Bahama and Sleepy Hollow Avenues around 12:45 p.m, according to police. The suspect is alleged to have had a weapon, police … Continue reading VIDEO: Hayward Police shoot, wound suspect in his 60s

Hayward considers policy asking state AG to probe police deadly use-of-force cases

Earlier this year, police accountability advocates and the family of Agustin Gonsalez, the 29-year-old who was fatally shot by Hayward police officers in November 2018, forcefully urged Hayward city officials to seek an independent investigation of his death. The on-going investigation by the Hayward Police into the shooting, in which Gonsalez, who had a documented … Continue reading Hayward considers policy asking state AG to probe police deadly use-of-force cases

Hayward: Council moves along Wahab’s referral for third-party oversight of fatal police shootings

With frustrations from the family of the man slain by Hayward Police last November running high, the Hayward City Council unanimously, but cautiously, approved a referral asking city staff to prepare an independent investigation policy for instances when deadly force is used by its police officers. The proposal requested by Councilmember Aisha Wahab requires the … Continue reading Hayward: Council moves along Wahab’s referral for third-party oversight of fatal police shootings

Potentially explosive meeting in Hayward as police chief appears with Gonsalez family

For six months, Agustin Gonsalez's family has made impassioned pleas for Hayward elected officials to, at minimum, express words of sorrow for the loss of their son, who was shot and killed by Hayward Police last November. At most, the family wants an independent investigation of the incident in which two Hayward police officers fatally … Continue reading Potentially explosive meeting in Hayward as police chief appears with Gonsalez family

HAYWARD: Wahab calls for independent investigation of fatal police shooting

Hayward Councilmember Aisha Wahab said Tuesday night that she will ask for an independent investigation of deadly force used by Hayward police officers in the Nov. 15 death of Agustin Gonsalez. Wahab made the announcement prior to a Hayward City Council public comment period Tuesday that again highlighted the Gonsalez family's growing frustration with the … Continue reading HAYWARD: Wahab calls for independent investigation of fatal police shooting

Hayward may rescind cannabis permit after learning of associate’s arrest for illegal pot

A cannabis business previously approved for a commercial distribution permit in Hayward could have the license rescinded next week after city officials learned of the applicant's alleged connections to a man arrested by Hayward Police earlier this year for running a large-scale illegal cannabis cultivation site. Last June, the Hayward City Council approved a conditional-use … Continue reading Hayward may rescind cannabis permit after learning of associate’s arrest for illegal pot

Grief and outrage: Gonsalez family urge for independent investigation of killing by Hayward Police

Overflow council audience erupts in anger after Hayward Mayor Halliday tells them to see the matter from the police officer's POV.

Anger, questions over Hayward police killing roils council meeting

The Hayward City Council chambers erupted in chants of "Shut it down!" and "What are you hiding?!" after the family of Agustin Gonsalez, the 29-year-old father of two killed by Hayward police officer was again denied answers following the shooting last November on O'Neill Avenue. Gonsalez family members and supporters delivered several public comments during … Continue reading Anger, questions over Hayward police killing roils council meeting

Thief breaks into Hayward council candidate’s car, only steals campaign materials

Hayward City Council Aisha Wahab reported the robbery to police on Saturday afternoon