Here is our second question for the seven candidates running for 4-year seats on the Hayward City Council
What would you do to improve police services and reduce crime and blight in Hayward? Be specific.
LINDA BENNETT: I would work with the police department to evaluate current services and examine where customer complaints are rooted to see what could be changed or added to provide the service our community requires. I would work to find ways to keep patrols on the street and reduce non essential activities that currently burden officers. Community policing is very important.
BARBARA HALLIDAY: I would continue efforts we have begun with our Neighborhood Partnerships Initiative to connect city staff from various departments, including Police, directly with neighborhood residents and to focus efforts on common problems such as hazardous driving, litter, graffiti and crime. We have seen positive results in Fairway Park and Schafer Park and should extend the program throughout the city.
OLDEN HENSON: I want to procure remaining COPPS grant funding to hire more police officers and go back to our community policing program. I want the City Attorney’s office to adopt the civil and criminal injunction program, preventing gang members from gangbanging and recruiting. I would create enterprise zones in A Street, Tennyson, and South Garden areas, creating jobs and opportunity instead of crime.
MARVIN PEIXOTO: A lot of the crime we see in Hayward is connected to the way we look. I propose that we empower the Clean and Green Task Force with enforcement authority to clean up the streets. Second, crack down on landlords who refuse to maintain their buildings. Third, improve police response time. Finally, bring back community policing and reinstitute the gang task force.
BILL QUIRK: We are instituting community policing. There will be area commanders and substations. Each beat officer will be responsible for a small part of a neighborhood. We are adding a crime analyst to help identify and address specific problems in each neighborhood. We are increasing the number of city employees and volunteers who will drive efforts to clean up Hayward.
ROB SIMPSON: Build a new police department with modern equipment and appropriate staffing to effectively serve our community. In addition to enforcement, Acknowledging interconnectivity of all aspects of our society including Education, intervention, recreation, socioeconomic opportunity, mental health, homelessness and addiction. My 100 new businesses plan eliminates blight of vacant buildings. I serve on Hayward’s Clean and Green Task Force. Details www.redwoodrob.com
FRANCISCO ZERMEÑO: While we have grown in population, our police force has not. We must work to have adequate safety personnel numbers, for presence in West Hayward, South Hayward, Mobilehome Parks, and a walking beat Downtown. This increased presence will also help us fight speedsters, crime, noise pollution, donut makers, graffittiers, and other urban ills, in our continuing efforts to clean up city.