Last question: What the Hayward candidates have done already

And finally, giving them 80 words instead of just 60, we ask the candidates for 4-year seats on the Hayward City Council:

What were your top three community accomplishments in the past four years?

LINDA BENNETT: 1.) As chairperson for the Library Commission I have worked on beginning plans for a new downtown library. 2.) Going with a neighbor and speaking with a business owner that wasn’t keeping up his building and business area. He has since been very good about keeping the building free of graffiti and nuisances. 3.) The third is a tie between being on the Alameda County San Lorenzo Creek Watershed Task Force and collecting signatures on a petition to avoid overdevelopment of Caltrans property.

BARBARA HALLIDAY: 1) Strengthening the ties between the city and neighborhoods by promoting partnerships between staff and neighborhood residents to focus on reducing crime and eliminating blight; 2) promoting new shopping and dining opportunities throughout the city, including new restaurants at Southland, renovation of Bedford Plaza and other centers, and Cinema Place theater and shops that will open soon downtown; 3) completing land acquisition and financing for the new Burbank Elementary School and expanded Cannery Park that will open this fall.

OLDEN HENSON: 1.) Going into the South Garden area, organizing the church and community to the point where a grant was received to provide community services including health services. 2.) Championed the dire need of police personnel in the 2005 budget, which led to full-blown discussion and commitment to provide more police. 3.) Worked to get a hotel and other economic development by way of biotech, retail, and others into Hayward. The hotel, regional retail and other opportunities are in the pipeline.

MARVIN PEIXOTO: As a planning commissioner I voted to shut down a bar located on Grand Street for its numerous violations. I opposed the use permit for the crematorium in the downtown because I thought it was an inappropriate land use and would change the character of adjacent neighborhoods. I voted in favor of the ordinance eliminating further conditional use permits for tattoo parlors downtown.

BILL QUIRK: 1.) Making Citizen input a cornerstone of my public service efforts—responding to calls within 24 hours and solving many problems for residents. My home phone number and email are 581-5498, BillQuirkForHayward@Comcast.net 2.) Actively supporting Michael Sweeney for Mayor—the Council and City are far more responsive to Hayward residents under Mayor Sweeney’s leadership. 3.) Supporting meetings between the City Council and staff with citizens in Fairway Park, Schafer Park, and other neighborhoods—and successfully resolving many of their problems.

ROB SIMPSON: We all share in community accomplishments, particularly those financed by our tax dollars. I’ve taken significant action, dedicating extensive personal resources, demonstrating unrelenting determination and commitment to the community in the following: Stopping the polluting power plants, investing nearly 1000 hours of my personal time and resources. I’ve given away 30,000 trees. 6,000 in the last four years. I’ve planned and sold the most environmentally sensitive, green development in Hayward. Vote Simpson for logic and action to move Hayward forward. Rob@redwoodrob.com

FRANCISCO ZERMEÑO: 1.) Founding and leading the Latino Business Roundtable. I saw a need to reach out to small business owners, seeing them as being the backbone of a strong local economy. 2.) Founding and leading the Chabot Green Team to begin educating our local community about an eco-friendly living style. 3.) Continuing our Cinco de Mayo Festival in City Hall Plaza. People who had never been Downtown were glad to have visited, with their children performing ballet folklorico or playing mariachi music.