Hayward: Plan to lower annual rent increases moves ahead

Hayward renters could see their annual rent increases lowered from a current five percent cap to as low as two percent, according to a proposed revision to the city's Residential Rent Stabilization Ordinance. The three-member Hayward Housing-Homelessness Task Force moved forward a staff proposals last week that could tie rent hikes to increases in the … Continue reading Hayward: Plan to lower annual rent increases moves ahead

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: 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

Gail Steele, long-time Alameda County supervisor, advocate for children, dies

Gail Steele, one of the legends of Alameda County politics, died on Friday morning. Steele represented the Hayward and parts of Tri-Cities on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors from 1992-2010. She also served eight years on the Hayward City Council from 1974-1982. During her long political career, Steele was a consistent advocate for the … Continue reading Gail Steele, long-time Alameda County supervisor, advocate for children, dies

HAYWARD: Aisha Wahab sworn-in as first Afghan American elected official in U.S.

With heartfelt words, defiance, and a vow to stay true to her values, Hayward Councilmember Aisha Wahab was sworn-in Tuesday night, becoming the first Afghan American elected official in the United States. "I ran because I believed the people of Hayward were hurting and struggling," Wahab said after taking her seat on the council dais. … Continue reading HAYWARD: Aisha Wahab sworn-in as first Afghan American elected official in U.S.

Too-close-to-call all over the East Bay

At least five seats in various East Bay cities remain in doubt a week after the Nov. 6 election.

HAYWARD: Halliday wins another term as mayor; Lamnin, Wahab win council seats

Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday is a winner again. She continued a personal electoral winning streak Tuesday night spanning more than a decade, by registering a resounding re-election victory over Councilmember Mark Salinas. Halliday's second term as mayor will include Councilmember Sara Lamnin, who also won re-election Tuesday night, along with a new colleague--Aisha Wahab, the … Continue reading HAYWARD: Halliday wins another term as mayor; Lamnin, Wahab win council seats

HAYWARD: Council incumbent loans his campaign $18,000, adds to already large debt

Hayward Councilmember Marvin Peixoto's re-election coffers received a boost Tuesday after he loaned $18,000 to his own campaign. The quick injection of cash, however, only adds to Peixoto's already significant campaign debts. Following council campaigns in 2008, 2010 and 2014, Peixoto had amassed $50,300 in loan debts, an amount uncommon for local politician, especially one … Continue reading HAYWARD: Council incumbent loans his campaign $18,000, adds to already large debt

Hayward councilman asked prospective planning candidate, if chosen, would she end bid for city council

When the Hayward City Council interviewed a slate of candidates for openings on the planning commission and other boards last month, a common question probed whether prospective appointees intended to fulfill their entire four-year term. In recent years, there are have been a number of mid-term resignations, councilmembers noted. Aisha Wahab, who interviewed for a … Continue reading Hayward councilman asked prospective planning candidate, if chosen, would she end bid for city council

First-time Hayward council candidate posts eye-popping finance report

Aisha Wahab's $42,000 haul may entirely change the calculus of the Hayward City Council race this fall

HAYWARD: Donation from landlords group may hinder councilmember from receiving progressive support

Year-end campaign finance reports¬†last February showed groups and individuals associated with landlords and property owners had contributed to three Hayward elected officials expecting to run for office this November. Two were not exactly surprising since they bend politically toward property owners. Mayor Barbara Halliday and her opponent for re-election this fall, Councilmember Mark Salinas, received … Continue reading HAYWARD: Donation from landlords group may hinder councilmember from receiving progressive support