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Hayward’s Measure A gets a thumbs up

Voters agreed with city officials that keeping current fire fighter and police officer staffing is worth a 5.5 percent utility tax. We’re checking in to see how the failure of the state props is going to affect city coffers, and getting reaction regarding Measure A’s passage. Officials had been painting a gloomy picture if it didn’t go through, and everyone down at City Hall is pretty happy right about now.

Eric Kurhi

  • justwatching

    Now the city appears to have passed Measure A to help with a budget shortfall, it may appear that this is on the back of HUSD’s budget. If indeed Hayward Unified School District is not exempt from this utility tax then HUSD will have pay an approx. $150K from their general fund budget which will experience more cuts to staff and programs to support the City of Hayward staff. What a debacle.
    I wonder, does the City of Hayward pay this new tax on the utilities it uses as well or are the exempt?

  • J. W. Kyle

    Well, well…..’ustwatching’might answer this question…does HUSD PAY A FEE TO THE City every time a riot braeks out at Mt. Eden High School? Those cops were numerous on some occasions;without suvvess of measure A it might have been necessary to turn ‘protection over to it’s own security folks.

    Then too, did City send a bill on that occasion, perhaps 10 years ago, when Tyrell had a vcery serious fire?

    Water bill? I thought the landsape upgrade occurring just a few years ago, had provided for water to landscape ‘ad infinitum….’

    Tell the employess to bring their personal cell phones to work and use it for all their calls home, ( outside the city, where a great many live!)

    Inability to improve test scores, … lays heavy on the Ciyty’s business climate.

    Because the School District uses the name HAYWARD, THE CITY’S IMAGE SUFFERS.

    THEN TOO, IS IT NOT TRUE SOME OF THE SCHOOLS ARE USING EBMUD FOR WATER? ORA LOMA FOR SEWAGE?

    PERHAPS THOSE GOOD CITIZENS THAT HUSD TURNS OUT, WILL ABANDON ENGAGING IN GRAFFITTI ‘ART’ WITHIN THE CITY?

    IT SEEMS ‘JUST WATCHING’ OUGHT TO BE A LITTEL MORE ALERT TO REALITY!

    FINALLY, HOW DID ‘JUSTWATCHING’ ARRIVE AT $150,000? MUST BE AN EMPLOYEE WORRYING ABOUT THE JOBS AT husd?

  • Watchdog

    Just for the taxpayers information, some municipal services, ( i.e. Hayward water and sewer) base your sewer rate fees charged on the amount of water used. Unless you have a seperate meter for irrigation usage, all that water used for irrigation is being tagged onto your sewer rate fee as if is being used for sewage treatment.

    How much of H.U.S.D. sites have seperate meters to divide the cost of irrigation ( termed storm drain runoff) vs. sanitary sewage which requires treatment?

    Some sites do, others do not. I’m sure that our concerned taxpayers might consider investigating this issue with the City of Hayward and Alameda County Municipal utility districts as to how we can put our tax dollars to make permanant cost cuts, rather than looking at a song and dance act of sugar coating our school sites with our tax dollars.

  • justwatching

    Good Morning Mr. Kyle

    Well it appears that City of Hayward has successfully passed measure A to help support the State of California’s Deficit. Now that most of the special election props failed the state will be looking to all the local jurisdictions for more money.

    Today’s Daily Review has 2 articles about that will be of interest. One article will answer you doubt about my $150K attached to HUSD’s deficit as well has the additional cost to St Rose Hospital. The other article titled “Hayward tax no Panacea”

    By the way, I am sure we will need all the extra police officers after the state releases all the prisoners from the Jails and Prisons to balance the state budget.

  • J. W. Kyle

    Watch Dog!

    First, let me refer you to my lengthy submission under ‘Return of the HUSD Block Debate’.

    Shortly after completion of the assignment performed by the neighborhood task force,IN EARLY 1994, some of the neighbors, including only task force memebers Dorothy Villegas and myself AS WELL AS five or six female parents of those attending Longwood and physical presence of Principal Hassell, turned to the task of picking up the incredible amount of broken glass laying abouton the playing field.

    There were other offensive materials which I picked up with a shovel.

    Then, with a stroke of goodwill, City Manager Armas phoned to speak about the temporary quarters of the
    ‘Battalion Chiefs’, which had been located upon the present site of City hall, while the new Firehouse at C & Main was being constructed. He enquired, ‘would it suffice to meet the requested site resident’?. The concept was part of a series of requests found in the Longwood-Winton Grove task force report adopted by the City in late 1994.

    HUSD accepted but it was almost a year before the building could be moved from Sunset (where it had been temporarily situated) and installed at Longwood. (NOTHING OCCURS HURRIEDLY AT HUSD!)

    In the meantime, aware of my efforts to remove animal and human feces, discarded oil and auto batteries etc, I received a another call from Mr. Armas. what did I think of the idea where City would bring a new water line meter, (free of charge and a significant expense since the water main is on the opposite side of the street), to the playing field, if I could get HUSD to extend the lines for irrigation. Then Supt Foxworth, authorized a ‘special’ expenditure ( later serving to reduce the MAD improvments) from the Maintenance Assement District funds, to install the present caged and locked anti-siphon valves as well as sufficient water and suppluy lines necessary to irrigate the fields on a temporary basis.

    All this was done piror to my additional personal involvement in thhe dragging of hose lines and ‘quick couplers’ to the various outlets sufficent to provide a decent area for soccer and baseball.

    Understand that the Longwood School ( as do others) is situated upon adobe soils which type are susceptible to exrensive expansion and contraction due to water content. When dry, fissures open and become what principal Hassell described AS ‘ANKLE BUSTERS’

    I FOUND A MASONRY YARD WILLING TO DONATE DELIVERY OF AT LEAST TWO TRUCK LOADS OF GRANUALTED ROCK (sand) WHICH I SPREAD ABOUT THE FIELD WHERE AND AS NECESSARY, WHAT WAS LEFT OVER I USED TO FILL ‘THE LAKE’ CREATED BY SEASONAL RAINS, WITHIN THE PRESENTlY EXISTING SOFTBALL FIELD. PROXIMITY TO THE CLOSEST CLASSROOMS FOUND THE FIRST GRADE KIDS USING THE ‘LAKE’ TO FLOAT THE STICKS THEY CALLED BOATS. WONDER HOW MUCH MUD WAS TRACKED INTO AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY IN THE JANITOR’S JOB DESCRIPTION?

    WHEN THE TEMPORARY WATER LINES WERE INSTALLED I COULD BE FOUND SPENDING 20 HOURS PER WEEK DRAGGING WATER HOSES HITHER AND THITHER SO THAT CHILDREN COUKD USE THE FIELD ON SCHOOL DAYS AND A SOCCER LEAGUE COULD USE IT ON SATURDAYS. WHILE THE SPRINKLERS SPRINKLED I INSTALLED AND CHAINED DOWN TWO 50 GALLON STEEL DRUMS AT STRATEGIC POSITIONS, THUS OFFERING OPPORTUNITY TO DISPOSE OF WASTE IN A MORE ORDERLY FASHION. SIGNS WERE ERECTED (a personal expense,) POSTED IN TWO LANGUAGES, ALERTING ALL TO THE NEED TO MAKE USE OF THE BARRELS AS A MEANS OF PROTECTING CHILDREN.

    WHEN THE SITE RESIDENT TOOK POSSESSION OF THE ‘COTTAGE’ SHE DID SO ON AN ‘AS IS’ BASIS; DURING HER EIGHT YEAR OCCUPANCY, THE GRAFITTI AND VANDALISM WAS REDUCED TO THE EXTENT THAT THE EARLIOER $50.000 PER YEAR CHARGE TO ‘VANDALISM EXPENSE’ FROM THAT SINGLE SITE, WAS REDUCED TO SOMETHING NEAR NEGLIGIBLE.

    NOW, OF COURSE, THE MORE RECENT ADMINISTRATION ARRIVAL, HAS OTHER IDEAS…. SO THE SITE RESIDENT WHO HAD TAKEN THE PREMISES ‘AS IS’. HER PRESENCE IN THE WELL LOCATED DWELLING….. WHILE ALSO ATTENDING TO THE NEED TO ASSURE THAT ALL CLASSROOM DOORS AND LIGHTS HAD BEEN TURNED OFF BY JANITORS, (WHO FREQUENT5LY WERE NEGLECTFUL) BEFORE SHE LOCKED THOSE GATES WHICH NEEDED LOCKING,….. WAS OUT! a MONEY MAKING IDEA OCCURRED TO ADMINISTARTION! SEEMS THAT SINCE THE VANDALISM EXPENSES HAD BEEN REDUCED TO RATHER NOMINAL AMOUNTS WHEN RELATED TO THE MOST RECENT, DIASTRICT WIDE GUESTIMATES BY ASS’T SUPT FOR BUSINESS, TO SOMETHING “AROUND $100,000″ FOR THE WHOLE DISTRICT…. THERE WAS NO FURTHER NEED FOR THE SITE RESIDENT AT lONGWOOD.

    IMMEDIATEL AFTER DEPARTURE OF THE RESIDENT (OF 8 YEARS),. A NEW RESIDENT WAS PERMITTED TO OCCUPY THE STRUCTURE AFTER A SIGNIFICANT INTERIOR REMODELING AND PAINT JOB,… (REMEMBER, THE ORIGINAL OCCUPANT TOOK POSSESION “AS IS”, RENT FREE IN EXCHANGE FOR DUTIES)

    THE NEW TENANT, AN EMPLOYYE WITHIN THE DISTRICTS SECURITY SYSTEM MOVED INTO A REFURBISHED STRUCTURE AT A MERE $750. PER MONTH UTILTIES INCLUDED, EVEN TO THE USE OF THE TRASH BIN. (6THE MAN ACTUALLY BELIVED HE WAS ‘HELPING THE DISTRICT’ BUT HE HELD TWO JOBS AS ‘SECURITY’ PERSON AT HUSD AS WELL AS OAKLAND AIRPORT.

    THE REALLY ANNOYING THING WAS THE RETURN OF GRAFFITTI ABOUT WHICH, UPON PERSONAL QUESTIONING BY THIS WRITER, WAS THAT NEW OCCUPANT WAS UNAWARE OF THE RETURN OF VANDALISM!!

    NOW, watchdog AND OTHER NIT PICKERS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE ‘POSSIBILITY’ THAT CITY IS BEING UNFAIR TO HUSD WITH IT’S UTILITY TAX. THEN THEY OUGHT DO SOME REAL PENCIL SHARPENING AND SEE IF THE DISTRICT IS ‘SHORT CHANGESD’ BY THE DIVERTED USE OF THE SITE RESIDENTS STRUCTURE NOW RENTED TO AN EMPLOYEE AT $750 PERMONTH INCLUDING UTILITIES! SMARTER MGT. ON PART OF HUSD IS NEEDED BEFORE ANY ATTACK UPON CITY’S MEASURE A

    THAT WAS ABOUT THE TIME THAT

  • J. W. Kyle

    Poor ‘justwatching’

    No, the City does not have to pay the tax as you suggest in item 1 above. THINK !!

    AS TO YOUR YOUR MORE RECENT COMMENT…. HOW DOES ANYIONE RESPOND TO THE CONFUSED THOUGHTS YOU PUT FORTH?

  • cwbyht

    If HPD would stop paying so many officers $100,000 + a year, they just might have a balanced budget.
    Now a Capt. might be worth that much, but not a patrolman. Its outrageous.

  • J. W. Kyle

    cwbyht

    I THINK I DETECT A GREEN BUG OF ENVY. Am I right? In one of my recent submissions in which I covered rationale for paying Police officers… I TOOK MORE SPACE TO EXPLAIN…. DOES A LONG READ TURN YOU OFF ?
    PERHAPS YOU HAVE A SHORT ATTENTION SPAN?

    a.) long unpredictable hours which are tough on family life; you do noy always get to go home early just to waatch your kids in sports activity

    b.) high life insurance rates when they search for additional coverage outside that which might be available within PD.

    c.) damn dangerous work conditions…!

    d.) no bonus pay for risks they take in saving lives;

    and in the case of firefighters especially, the air they breath at some fires has tyhe effect of shortening their lives.

    If you are envious, WHY DID YOU NOT APPLY FOR THE WORK YOURSELF?

  • cwbyht

    And long hours spent hanging out in downtown bars. Well, at least until Uncle Roys closed. Half the force was there, off duty, and otherwise.

  • justwatching

    Mr Kyle

    I sense that you may be thoroughly disgusted and antagonistic toward anything HUSD does any more.. But, confusing thoughts, I am so sorry you think so.

    My thoughts on the closing of jails and prisons is confusing then perhaps our Illustrious Governor may has expressed his threats incorrectly. “Alameda County may have shift $70 Million to Sacto.”, headline in this mornings daily review.

    Check Pg 3 of todays Daily Review reporting the Top 10 San Leandro Salaries. I wonder how this compares to the City of Hayward Top 10 Salaries.

  • justwatching

    Mr. Kyle

    I read you long dissertation in response to Watch Dog and I must say I commend you on your community involvement over the years to the Longwood School and the Community and if we had equal community involvement and the other HUSD sites, the Hayward Unified School District would much better off but the reality is there isn’t this kind of dedication and involvement. Community involvement and awareness of their own School surroundings my help solve Hayward’s Graffiti at our school sites issues but so may people are afraid to get involved do to retaliation to their families or property and there isn’t any amount of police officers that can be hired to guarantee their safety from this retaliation.

    Again, I must take my hat of to you and your group for a job well done.

  • J. W. Kyle

    Cwbyt,

    In response to your comment at item # 9 !

    Where the fellas off duty? Diod yyou see drunkeness and attempts to drive home in the condition you observed? Then call the CHP as well as our HPD Chief!

  • J. W. Kyle

    Justwatching:

    at # 11 The lack of dedication is the fault of HUSD. Have you ever noticed how they seek volunyteers, then kiss them off almost as soon as the desired tasks are done.!

    I had suggested, more than once that the school ciommunity tune in to the Hayward City website and at the link: ‘commissions’ stroll through the lengthy list of such groups such as Library Commission,. Planning Commission,etc and you see nine such bodies at which, when all the seats are filled there are over 100 folks serving terms up to 8 years on an unpaid basis who hash out ideas brought to them, test them against common sense and then make trecopmmendations to City Council for final action.

    At HUSD THERE IS ONLY ONE SUCH COMMISSION…. THGREE PEOPLE ON THE PERSONNEL COMMISSION WHOSE RESPONSIBILITIES ARE PRETTY LIMITED SINCE THE UNIONS DEDAL DIRECTTLY WITH ADMINISTRATION WITH SOME HEAD BOBBING BY TRUSTEES.

    THE BIG FEAR AT ADMINISYTRATION IS THAT THEY WILL BE DRAGGED DOWN BY ATTENDENCE AT COMMISSION MEETINGS. aDMINISTRATION WANTS TOT6AL; CONTRIOL OF ALL MATTERS FROM BEGINING TO END….. US POORE SLOBS KNOW NOTHING! RIGHT?

    SOMEWHERE ALONG THE LINE THE EDUCATION DIRECTED TO CRENDTIALING AND ADMINISTRATION OF CREDENTIALED EMPLOYEES HARBORS A FEAR OF PUBLIC INPUT BROUGHT TO THEMN BY COMMISSIONS SET UP TO WEED OUT THE NONSENS. jUST AS IF ALL THE TAX PAYERS LACK COMMON SEWNSE AND EXPERIENCE….. ARE WE GOOD ONLY FOR PROCREATION OF THE CHILDREN WHO THEY ARE ATTEMPTING TO EDUCATE?

    AS TO POLICE AND FIRE ‘SALARIES’ SINCE WHEN IS ‘OVERTIME’ CONSIDERED A SALARY?

    bE MINDFUL TOO OF WHAT i POINTED OUT ABOUT HIGHER RATES OF COST WHEN DETERMING LIFE INSURACEINSURANCE PREMIUMS AND JOB RELATED RISKS TO HEALTH AS WELL AS LIFE!

    I HAD AN UNCLE WHO WAS A FIREMAN AND WHO WAS HIT BY AN AUTO, ON HIS REAQR END WHEN BENT OVER THE TASK OF WINDING UP A FIRE HOSE. THE DAMN DRUNK DARN NEAR KILLED HIM AND HE WAS LUCKY THAT HE LIVED TO WORK AGAIN.

    HIS dAD, MY GRANDFATHER WAS SEWVERELY INJURED WITH BROKEN RIBS WHEN HIS OLD ‘KEYSTONE COPS’ TYPE POLICE CAR BROKE THE WOODEN WHEEL SPOKES. AS AN INSPECTOR OF POLICE THE HEARD A RADIO CALL, AND EVEN THOUGH HE WAS HEAQDED HOME, DECIDED HE’S JOIN CHASE…. STILL ON THE JOB AT AGE 69, THE INJURY CAUSED PNEUMONIA AND HE DIED. THE cIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION DENIED THE PENSION ON THE BASIS OF THE IDEA THAT HEW MUST HAVE LIED ABOUT HIS AGE WHEN HE WAS HIRED ON SOME 35 YEARS EARLIER.

    oF cOURSE THE jUDGE OVERRULED THE DENIOAL WWHERE UPON gRANDMOTHER PROCL;AIMED THAT SHE WOULD LIVE ‘FOREVER’
    AS A MEANS OF GETTING EVEN FOR THE DISYTRESS…. SHE DAMN NEAR PULLED THAT OFF HAVING LIVED WELL PAST 90.

    tHE POINT OFD THAT STORY IS TO ILLUSTRATE WHAT SOME PEOPLE GO THROUGH AS RESULT OF JOB RELATED PROBLEMS WHENM WORKING FOR fire AND police DEPARMENTS.

    i DO NOT BEGRUDGE THEM ONE NICKEL OF THETR REPORTED EARNINGS. hELL WE PAY OUR sCHOOL sUPERINTENDEDNT ABOUT $250,000… AMD LOOK WHAT WE GET!

    AS TO YOUR THOUGHT ABOUT PEOPLE NOT WANTING TO GET INVOLVED FOR FEAR OF RETALIATION…….. WHEN INJUSTICE TO CHILDREN OR PERSONAL WELL BEING IS DONE AND THERE IS NO RESPONSE FOR FEAR OF RETALIATION, THEN CLEARLY OUR LOCAL CITIZENRY IS LARGELY COMPOSED OF COWARDS. oR ARE THEY JUST PLAIN LAZY?

    THAT SUGGESTS TO ME THAT THOSE WHO FEAR RETALIATION CAUSED BY PERSONAL INVOLVEMENT IN ANY ACT TO CORRECT SOCIETY’S ILLS, HAVE ANOTHER WORRY…..

    HOW DO SUCH PARTIES EXPLAIN ‘INACTION’, ON THE DAY OF JUDGEMENT, WHEN FAILING TO RESPOND TO MORAL NEED?

  • monica ruiz

    “When all the seats are filled,” that’s comical.

  • J. W. Kyle

    Monica,

    Logical high value input!

    How do we apply it?

  • justwatching

    Well the May 27th HUSD Agenda is out and if you check H.11 you will see that one of our top Administrators is reducing his work year by 5 days which results in a reduction of his annual salary from $178,293 to $174,667. Now if my calculations are correct this is a difference of $3625.94 per year a whopping .020337% salary reduction. Yes, All Means All at HUSD.

    The 18% reduction mentioned a couple of weeks ago sounds more in order now

  • justwatching

    FYI: Web link to Hayward Unified School District Web site with current and past agendas.

    http://www.husd.k12.ca.us/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=370&Itemid=304

  • Watchdog

    In regards to item # 16, I think the Board should compare these figures to people who had to accept voluntary demotions or reduction in hours. 18% sounds better to me and certainly isn’t going to break their lifestyle. Remember, they still have car allowances, etc., let’s see all the perks and put the cards on the table.

    In regards to item 5, seperate meters means a lower cost for irrigation, apparently you don’t understand.
    Water on the ground that goes to your building is still being billed for sanitary sewage treatment (money the district is putting down the drain). Try contacting the City of Hayward ( or even better, the City of Berkeley who has the highest sewage treatment costs in the county) to find out how the process of how you may have to pay for your sewage and water. Better planning on the part of H.U.S.D is to blame, the city is only doing their part by billing on the system that is currently in use.

  • justwatching

    Interesting Article in the Daily Review on Wed

    http://www.insidebayarea.com/dailyreview/localnews/ci_12453103

    Well lets see, for all those that supported measure A expecting to help close the gap on Haywards Budget Deficit no what? It is always interesting when a government agency imposes a tax on something like utilites which as well all know are trying to get all folks to conserve energy and use less. Use less and become more green, excellent; oops less tax revenue.

    Our Governor recently announces a proposed $1.50 tax on cigarets but isn’t there a national campaign to get people to quit smoking. Less people smoking less tax income. oops

    It seems it would be better to look towards areas we want the public to use more of in we want to take and encourage the population to use and enjoy.

  • justwatching

    Surprise!!

    A letter from the City of Hayward today! By the way, your water/sewer bill is going up in Oct 09. Oh did they forget to remind the citizen of Hayward that about a year ago the city discussed this issue. Were was the reminder a month or so before the Measure A election with a proper disclosure and explanation from the City that if you vote for Measure A not only will your bills increase by 5.5% now, but remember they will also increase again October 09. Well good thing we have the 5.5% sales tax, we should be able divert some of that new money to off set any increase to our water/sewer bills.

    Citizens of Hayward, BOHICA