HUSD budget, block schedule meetings

Hayward’s incoming school board members have a full plate of decisions to make after they are sworn in on Dec. 10. Notably, there’s the need to make some serious budget cuts that will undoubtedly affect students, including the possibility of switching away from a block schedule.

There’s a lot of opportunity for public comment. Here’s what’s coming up before the winter break:

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 6:30 p.m.: Parent and community meeting regarding the block schedule, in the Tennyson High School cafeteria, 27035 Whitman St.

Monday, Dec. 8, 6 p.m.: HUSD board budget study session, at the district offices, 24411 Amador St.

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 6:30 p.m.: parent and community meeting regarding the block schdule, in the Hayward High School cafeteria, 1633 East Ave.

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 7 p.m.: regular Mt. Eden High School parent meeting, in the school library, 2300 Panama St.

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m.: regular HUSD board meeting. — new members will be sworn in and block schedule will be discussed. City Hall, Council Chambers, 777 B St.

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 6 p.m.; HUSD board budget advisory meeting, at the district offices, 24411 Amador St.


Hayward downtown library move: What do you think?

As reported in today’s Daily Review, architects have come up with two different ideas for a new main Library. One of the ideas —¬†for a taller, three-story building next to the downtown Post Office —¬†seems to be the preferred model, but so far the public has not weighed in on the idea of moving their library away from the park where it currently resides. Previous polls have held that people like the location, but this new idea of moving the new facility across the street and creating one big central park has not been floated before.

So, what do you think? Pros, cons?


Bye, bye Taj Mahal; hello, Sacramento

If it weren’t for the California budget crisis, perhaps few would know or care that
state Sen. Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro, is out of the country, experiencing the wonders that are India on a two-week trip with seven other state senators.

But, having missed much of the special legislative session on the state’s money meltdown, Corbett is cutting the overseas visit short, her chief of staff, Peggy Collins, said today, in order to rush home for Sunday’s planned floor sessions of the Senate and Assembly in Sacramento.

The trip, which started on Nov. 12 and was scheduled to end the day before Thanksgiving (Nov. 26), is sponsored by the California International Relations Foundation, a Senate program that organizes programs and trips to promote “economic and cultural relations” throughout the world, according to its Web site.

“It is a significant and important trip for California and the district,” Collins said, carefully avoiding any hint that the trip might be considered a vacation. High-tech businesses and educational institutions were on the senators’ tour itinerary. The trip originally was planned to coincide with a Legislative recess.

The foundation does raise money for overseas trips, and hosts visits here by international government representatives. Foundation directors include employees of major California law firms and corporations that lobby the state on behalf of their business interests.

The cost of the trip, and the breakdown of who paid for what, wasn’t available today. However, in trips of this type, sponsoring organizations and the legislators themselves usually pay the travel expenses.


Hayward home values hurting

It’s true that they’re down just about everywhere, but Hayward is being hit especially hard, according to a real estate report released Wednesday by zillow.com. Hayward neighborhoods make up three of the five biggest value losers in the East Bay, with Longwood-Winton Grove leading the pack.

Homes there lost, on average, 44.7 percent of their value compared with this time last year. Jackson Triangle didn’t fare much better, with a 44.5 percent loss, and Whitman-Mocine values down 43.7 percent.

Citywide, the average loss was 37.2 percent, and the current median value is about $335,000. That’s about the same as the San Lorenzo average of a 35.2 percent dip to $334,000. San Leandro homes fell 27.9 percent to $373,000.

The Alameda County average is down 18.9 percent, to $479,000.


Web the vote

We’re trying a new feature for Election Day that lets readers call in and leave a voice message with their thoughts. We’re presenting the audio mp3s on our Web site and asking “How has this election changed the country? How has it affected you?”

You can call 510-495-1442 to comment. Our Interactive Department will listen to the recording and then post it live on the site. We ask that comments be kept to about 30 seconds or less.

We also have a live chat going…join the conversation with George Kelly as he checks with our reporters in the field and brings you coverage from additional sources.