What is your position on the downtown loop of one-way streets? What would you do about it?
LINDA BENNETT: I am opposed to the current proposed project. When the loop was first examined as a possibility I was chairperson of the Mission-Foothill neighborhood task force. The proposal at that time would have gone down to Maddox Road. At the time this seemed less intrusive and disruptive to the community but was not fully examined.
BARBARA HALLIDAY: The 238 Corridor Plan, making Mission and Foothill one-way through downtown, is the culmination of a 20-year planning process to develop a project eligible for the $80 million in Measure B funds approved by voters. It avoids the need for a grade separation at “five corners” and will ease pedestrian movement by widening sidewalks and narrowing crossing distances.
OLDEN HENSON: I am the only incumbent to have voted against the loop. It has such a negative impact on downtown businesses that any perceived positives are outweighed. My proposal: Allow full impacts of the 880/92 flyover project and additional I-238 lane to emerge; gain city control of Jackson Street; complete widening at Mission/Foothill/Jackson. Then design a smaller less damaging project if needed.
MARVIN PEIXOTO: I’m opposed to any version of the so-called loop in downtown Hayward. The loop contradicts everything we are trying to do downtown. It works at cross purpose with our vision of creating a pedestrian friendly environment and discourages business development. Hayward needs destination traffic, not through traffic. I will fight vigorously to ensure that this crazy plan never gets implemented.
BILL QUIRK: I support the loop. During rush hour, it will cut the commute time from Industrial Boulevard to the 580 interchange in half. If we do not have the loop, A Street will become almost impassible during rush hour. With the loop, the delay time at rush hour at the Mission-Jackson-Foothill interchange will reduce from minutes to 30 seconds.
ROB SIMPSON: $30,000,000 loop would destroy downtown. I offer A BETTER WAY. logical solutions that add value to our community. We can inspire BART to add a new station at Harder and Mission revitalizing the area, including the University. We can fix the Winton off-ramp then Southland can compete and bring the city greater revenue. Advanced signals and many small improvements www.redwoodrob.com
FRANCISCO ZERMEÑO: I would encourage us to wait on this plan. We need to see how much less traffic will drive through us after the 238 widening and the 92/880 intersection improvement, and how Cinema Place takes us into becoming a Destination City. We should revisit A and D streets widening, which would cause loss of 2 1/2 restaurants and mural.