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

Oakland City Council, school board, begins move toward defunding police

After property damage and looting swept through Oakland two weeks ago in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and the national refocus on police brutality that followed, city officials are bringing legislation to the forefront to match the community's call for changes in policing. Specifically, the movement to “defund police” is moving briskly … Continue reading Oakland City Council, school board, begins move toward defunding police

Alameda police chief moved to vastly reduce calls for service rules without input from city officials

While Alameda largely avoided the type of civil unrest seen in neighboring cities earlier this month, an incident involving the arrest of Mali Watkins, an Alameda resident who is black, for dancing and exercising in the street on May 23, continues to roil City Hall. Alameda Poice Chief Paul Rolleri, without the input of city … Continue reading Alameda police chief moved to vastly reduce calls for service rules without input from city officials

Hayward: Zermeño apologizes for previously saying ‘Police Lives Matter’

Hayward Councilmember Francisco Zermeño apologized for diminishing the Black Lives Matter movement by previously using derivatives of the phrase, such as Latino Lives Matter and Police Lives Matter. The statement was made through social media accounts connected with Zermeño's re-election campaign and after a large Black Lives Matter rally in front of Hayward City Hall … Continue reading Hayward: Zermeño apologizes for previously saying ‘Police Lives Matter’

Fremont mayor: ‘Taking the knee is something that I’m not going to be doing’

Fremont Mayor Lily Mei was jeered by protesters on Tuesday after she refused to take a symbolic knee in support of police accountability. Mei, along with Fremont Police Chief Kimberly Petersen, and two police captains, attempted to address the group, which had earlier marched through Fremont in support of George Floyd. After the crowd drowned … Continue reading Fremont mayor: ‘Taking the knee is something that I’m not going to be doing’

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

ACLU seeks records of Hayward police involved in killing of Agustin Gonsalez

Despite a new law, police departments are denying public records requests.

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

Skinner bill shining light on bad cops passes State Senate

Nancy Skinner's police transparency bill passed the State Senate Wednesday by a 25-11 vote.