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: Task force to study lowering annual rent increase cap, but not before odd exchange involving mayor

During a somewhat routine update to Hayward's rent stabilization ordinance last week in which certain tweaks and language intended to align the ordinance with changes in state law were offered by city staff, Hayward Councilmember Aisha Wahab sought a  significant change by proposing to lower the threshold for rent increases to roughly two percent a … Continue reading Hayward: Task force to study lowering annual rent increase cap, but not before odd exchange involving mayor

Hayward to ask voters to increase hotel tax, allow non-citizens to serve on boards

Hayward voters will be asked this November to increase its current hotel tax up to 14 percent. A charter amendment to allow non-citizens to serve on city boards and commissions will also appear on the fall ballot, the Hayward City Council decided last week. Hayward's 8.5 percent Transient Occupancy Tax, also known as a hotel … Continue reading Hayward to ask voters to increase hotel tax, allow non-citizens to serve on boards

Hayward may ask voters to allow non-citizens to serve on boards

Hayward voters may be asked this November to amend its City Charter and allow non-citizens to serve on city boards and commissions. The Hayward City Council unanimously voted to move forward the proposal on Tuesday night by directing staff to begin an analysis for placing the proposed charter amendment on the Nov. 3 ballot. The … Continue reading Hayward may ask voters to allow non-citizens to serve on boards

Hayward firefighters unions offer to postpone cost-of-living increase, city leadership follows suit

The belt-tightening at Hayward City Hall due to covid-19 is becoming more evident as the city faces a potential $17 million loss of revenues this year. In order to limit the toll on the city's finances, Hayward firefighters unions are offering to forego an upcoming two percent cost-of-living increase scheduled for July 1. The offer … Continue reading Hayward firefighters unions offer to postpone cost-of-living increase, city leadership follows suit

COVID-19: Hayward moves to protect renters. ‘I’m a little disappointed this doesn’t cover all people’

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Hayward is spending $75,000 for Robocop that yielded zero citations during one-year pilot program

Hayward officials extended a $75,000 pilot program for a surveillance robot that has roamed a parking garage across the street from City Hall for the past year. But while Hayward city staff argued the white, bullet-shaped robot had successfully decreased crime in the area, it also did not yield a single citation or prosecution. The … Continue reading Hayward is spending $75,000 for Robocop that yielded zero citations during one-year pilot program

Hayward City Council referral debate got really personal

The tension at Hayward City Hall has been building for months between some elected officials and the insurgent councilmember appearing to set a new paradigm in the city's politics. The mean-spirited comments and backbiting that have been evident in the background towards Councilmember Aisha Wahab's style and bold legislative direction spilled out into the public … Continue reading Hayward City Council referral debate got really personal

Power grab at Hayward City Hall? City manager seeks to control council referrals

Since taking office, Hayward Councilmember Aisha Wahab has suggested legislation for raising the city's minimum wage, rent control, police de-escalation training, a recyclable dining and utensil ordinance, and equal pay for equal work. Many came within the first two months of her first term. All are weighty issues, but oddly low-hanging fruit in a city … Continue reading Power grab at Hayward City Hall? City manager seeks to control council referrals

City Hall Tip Sheet: Mar. 15-21 — San Leandro revisits red light camera contract; More license plate readers for Fremont

>San Leandro to approve adult-use cannabis sales SAN LEANDRO — Regular council meeting, Monday, Mar. 18, 7 p.m. ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Mar. 25. --RETAIL CANNABIS-- San Leandro is poised to allow its three permitted dispensaries to begin selling retail adult-use cannabis, according to a proposed ordinance. Included is a "shot clock" for … Continue reading City Hall Tip Sheet: Mar. 15-21 — San Leandro revisits red light camera contract; More license plate readers for Fremont

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

Hayward settles dispute with SEIU over illegal wage cuts, will repay workers $2 million

The Hayward City Council's decision in 2014 to place an across the board 5 percent wage cut on over 300 of its city employees, roiled the labor movement and for years poisoned the relationship between City Hall and its workers. But the controversial imposition was later deemed illegal by the state Personnel Employment Relations Board … Continue reading Hayward settles dispute with SEIU over illegal wage cuts, will repay workers $2 million

Hayward set to give city manager 5-year contract extension

Hayward City Manager Kelly McAdoo's new contract runs through June 2023.

Realtors spending big bucks to thwart housing tax measures in Hayward, Oakland, Berkeley

National Association of Realtor have spent nearly $150,000 to stop Hayward's Measure T real estate transfer tax increase.