“Survivor Vee” gets appointed to Hayward task force

We can’t wait for the day when Mayor The Rock , School Board Trustee Spice 1 and City Councilwoman Kristi Yamaguchi, all ex-Haywardites, come back to run things at City Hall.

In the meantime, Hayward Mayor Mike Sweeney and the City Council have tapped Vecepia “Vee” Towery-Robinson, winner of “Survivor: Marquesas,” to the Keep Hayward Clean and Green Task Force.

It can’t be easy spending 37 days fighting for taro root, coconuts and Immunity Idols, making like Machiavelli on a deserted South Pacific island while your every move is being scrutinized by a CBS reality show camera.


But, as failed City Council candidate Robert Lopez can tell you, it’s tough getting on a city commission, too. And once you do get appointed, you have to navigate through heavy paperwork and a potentially perilous crew of bureaucrats, gadflies, ex-officials and officials of organizations you’ve never heard of, all under the watchful eye of Mayor Mike. Here’s a vintage Review photo showing Sweeney (background) directing his task force on schools in 1993.