of the people, by the people, for the people

Today is Lincoln’s Birthday and the BART train from SF to Fremont was full of newly minted citizens, all getting off at different stops, carrying big white envelopes with blue letters that said: “A message from the President of the United States of America.”

Better than a parking ticket, for sure.

Meanwhile, we reported today that the season of local politics has begun for Hayward, San Leandro and higher offices.

What are some issues you want addressed by the folks aiming to be your local, state and federal representatives before the June 3 election?

Or, if you want to run yourself, see the pertinent info here:

What’s up for grabs:
Hayward City Council (five seats); San Leandro City Council (three seats: District 2, 4 and 6); Alameda County Board of Education (four seats, including Hayward-based Area 5); Alameda County supervisors (three seats, including the District 4 seat, which includes Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland and Fairview); U.S. Congress (four seats, including 9th and 13th districts); state Assembly (four seats, including 18th and 20th districts); state Senate, (9th district, which includes Castro Valley).

When candidates can pull papers to run:
Now. The filing period began Monday. The deadline for most local elections is March 7. But the deadline for the Hayward City Council has already been extended to March 12 because two incumbents are not running for re-election.

Expenditure limits:
Hayward: voluntary limit of $56,107. Each individual donor can contribute up to $1,101.
San Leandro: none
County: none
Assembly/Senate/Congress: none

Cost to put a candidate statement in the ballot book:
Hayward: $1,300
San Leandro: up to $1,200

Hayward City Clerk: 510-583-4400 or in person at City Hall, fourth floor, 777 B St.
San Leandro City Clerk: 510-577-3368 or in person at City Hall, second floor, 835 E. 14th St.
County Registrar: 510-272-6933; in person at 1225 Fallon St., room G-1, in Oakland; or online.

Last day to register to vote: May 19

  • qodrn

    Hey Matt, How about not setting up renewal projects by these officials? Most of Mission is starting to look like East Oakland. These idiots cost us the movie theaters, the skating rink and the bowling alleys and we have big holes everywhere. Hayward had plenty of unbuilt areas as it was. By the way, a manager at Hayward Ford tells me that AutoNation Toyota is going to move in there.

  • Can you clarify what you mean by not setting up renewal projects? Thanks.