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Hayward’s June election

By Eric Kurhi
Monday, February 1st, 2010 at 3:58 pm in Alameda County, Hayward, Politics.

The nomination period has yet to begin, but already some people have announced their intent to run for City Council. With Kevin Dowling running for Alameda County supervisor, there should be considerable interest in this race. We’ll see who starts signing up.

It’s not too early to start thinking about what we want to know from our City Council hopefuls. Here’s a refresher on what was asked last time around.

Crime, the city’s image and retail attraction are fairly obvious major concerns, and remain on the list of city priorities this year, along with land use/sustainability and fiscal stability. Then there are the latest talking points, medical marijuana dispensaries and issues related to Hayward’s homeless population.

Thinking in the four-year long-term, what are the points that you would most like to hear candidates speak about?

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  • John Kyle

    Gee Eric you forgot to mention the FACT THAT MS. NADIA lOCKYER IS RUNNING FOR ALANEDA COUNTY SUPERVISOR SO TO REPLACE RETIRING MS. STEELE.

    MS. LOCKYER IS AN ATTORNY AND IT WOULD SEEM TO ME THAT IT IS QUITE HELPFUL TO PROPER CREATION OF LAW WHEN THOSE MAKING THE NEW LAWS, ARE LAWYERS.

    THE TROUBLE WITH MUCH OF OUR GOVERNMENT ‘LAW MAKERS’ IS THAT TOO MANY LACK LAW OR ACCOUNTING DEGREES AND WHO SHOULD BE ‘LICENSED’, AS AN EXPERT IN THOSE AREAS OF ENDEAVOR.

    JUST AS LAWYERS AND CERIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS ARE REQUIRED TO PASS STATE SPONSORED EXAMS AFTER GRADUATING WITH DEGREES IN THEIR SEPARATE AREAS OF EXPERTISE, THEY MUST AGAIN BE SUBJECTEWD TO EITHER THE LAW EXAM AND THE ACCOUNTANCY EXAM TO GAIN ACCEPTANCE BY THE ‘STATE BAR’ OR THE REQUIREMENTS OF MEETING THE ACCOUNTANCY EXAM. WHICH SUBJECTS THEM TO PROCESS OF APPROVAL BY THEIR SEPARATE PEER GROUPS.

    YOU MIGHT WISH TO INCLUDE TOPICS ON THOSE SUBJECTS WHEN INTERVIEWING CANDIDATES IN THE COMING ELECTIONS.

    FAUX PAS ?

    THE SOONER YOU PUBLICIZE MS. LOCKYER’S CANDIDACY, AS YOU HAVE ALREADY HAVE DONE WITH MR. DOWLING…. THE EASIER IT WILL BE TO GAIN ACCESS FOR INTERVIEW WHEN SHE IS ELECETED…. BALANCE LAD!

  • TheVoice

    It is Mrs. Lockyer.

    To say that politicians should be lawyers or accountants is just crazy. Look at Enron, Or the financial woes last year, or better yet the justice system and the courts efficiency.

    We need caring and concerned individuals that have tough skin to weather the harsh elements of politics. Its not an easy job.

  • John Kyle

    In defense of my ‘Grevious error’ when using ‘Ms’. rather than Mrs. be advised that many married women professionals working in the corporate world preferred use of the ‘Ms’. rather than the ‘Mrs’ form of address. Seems they wish to be recognizewd for their own accomplishments rather than those of a husband.
    (although the marital association with a well known and accomplisshed lawyer widely recognizewed at State Levels, would do no harm to Aloameda County!)

    It may be true that Lawyers are not always smarter or more knowledeable in creation of law than a successful businessman. On the other hand a lawyer has what we of an older generation describe as a ‘leg up’ on that subject.

    I had the eye awakening experience of running for City Council here in Hayward back in 1998. Being a child of the great Depression as well as the grandson of immigrants who where well aware of the conditions that a lack of money would bring,I was concious of many little money savings devices as we pass through life.

    Well into retirement at that time, I was concious of the fact that my wife and I had not had a formal photo taken of us together. With four children and many grandchildren, it occured to me, that if I was to have a ‘posed picture’ taken for campaign purposes then why not have dual use of the money by posing with my spouse and also use that for distribution amongst family. A ‘two fer’ for the same money, ( excluding the price of additional prints).

    It had also occurred to me that my wife, who had been very active in Church and school, deep into parents club, while the children were growing up,and who HAD MADE A HABIT OF VISITING THE SICK, WAS FREQUENTLY approached ( at the mall and public gatherings) by young people who, as children, had recollection of her service at school as a volunteer ‘yard mnitor, ‘school librarian’ hot lunch preparer at school, etc. They often approached her at the mall etc, just to be friendly while leaving the Mrs. wondering how is it possible to remneber their names, after they have married? No would be politician, would pass up opportunuity to be recognozed as being married to that ‘community asset’ if for no other reason, than her very wide acquaintenceship.

    Can you imagine my dismay and annoyance when the gay candidate (who won while I lost,) approached me to question the purpose of using a picture of a couple now married over 56 years? His opening remark was ‘Are you slamming me?’ Not having a clue, I asked what are you talking about? his answer? ‘You know that picture you use!)

    That man. now a candidate for Supervisor is not a lawyer. His oars on the boat of life, merely skim the surfaces and he most certainly is not as deeply invested in education as is a lawyer.

    So now,if Ms.Lockyer wants a law making job as County Supervisor, she will probably have my vote, assuming that ‘Liz’ drops out of her previously announced intention… If Liz runs, I might, but make no ssurance, that I would reconsider.

  • John Kyle

    February 22, 2010

    The word on the street is that Mark Salinas is gathering signatures or already has them to enable a run for council.

    Anyone have access to his website on this subject…. this fella may be a bit short on volunteerism in City oriented concerns. As a teacher on staff at Chabot, along with Zermewno, isnt that enough for Spanish population which has three on HUSD Board?

  • Hispanic Panic Victim

    Wow!

    Good to know that there are still folks out there letting us “Spanish Population Folks” know when there are too many of us.

    Do these quotas pertain to any other areas sir? Clubs,commissions, restaurants, swimming pools? I say that ever so respectfully to not step outside of my social ascription.

    Funny how I don’t hear anyone saying to many White guys or women when they dominate boards, councils, or otherwise.

    Hello 2st Century, how far we have come…

  • John Kyle

    WELL, i RENJEMBER NOT TWO LONG ASGO WHEN swREGIO sAENZE AND MR. sALIANAS WROTE LETTERS TO EDITOR WHEN, AFTER SUDEN RETIREMENT OF A cIT5TY cOUNCIL PERSON, THE COUNCIL; WAS INTTERVIEWING CANDIDATES TO REPL;AY THAT INDIVIDUAL; WHO DEPARTED IN MID TERM.

    mR zERMENO PRESENTED HIMSELF AND WAS NOT CHOSEN WGERE UPON MR. SALINAS AND MR. SAENZ TOOK UNMBRAGE IN THEIR SEPARTE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR APPEARING ION THE SAME DATE…. THE THEME? WE WUZ ROBBED ‘CAUSE WE ARE OF THE SPANISH CULTURE!

    NOW, ONE OF THE THREE lATINOS ON BOARD OF TRUSTEES Has sudenly resigned… mid term. Largely because she fired one latino Supt or because she could not get along with one of the other two! iS THE TRRADITION OF DISCORD AND REVOLT MOVING NORTH?

    Shucks, if I wasn’t so damn old, I get out my St. Patricks’ outfit and cry at HUSD board meetings!

    SO.MAYBE I SHOULD TOSS MY HAT IN THE RING AND APPLY FOR THE APPOINTMENT AS INTERIM TRUSTEE BETWEEN NOW AND NOVEMBER ELECTION WHEN SOME WOULD COME FORWARD TO TAKE THE REMAINING TWO YEARS OF THE GONZALEZ SEAT????

  • John Kyle

    Kelley,
    I have a long response to your concerns. I have promised some to write a not too lengthy letter on the subject of HUSD’s shortcomings attended by positive thoughtful, potential solutions..

    I have suggested a creation of a “town Hall Meeting” but it would not be conducted in the same fashion as thought recently seen…. As a brough ha ha’ on the telly with off the wall political extremes or constant bitching without real honest to God solutions brought forward in a well organized meeting. That meeting ought be controlled by pre- attendance understanding of the intent as well as procedures to be followed. No pandemonium!

    When was the last time when there occurred a meeting with as many as 300 folk under conditions when all were invited, in advance, to bring forward positive ideas, when all were heard, and the meeting was over and done with in three hours?

    WELL IT CAN BE DONE!!. Later those ATTENDEES having discerned leadership qualities especially, would be invited to return at later date and critique solutions in their ideas conceptually advanced form, awaiting acceptance of those making the initial suggestion?

    Sleep on it! A Town Hall meeting is not possible until Gonzales is replaced. The remaining four need a bit of priming before the needed vote of the Board. The carrot? A reduction of their work load and opportunity for better understanding OF AND BY THE ADMINISTRATION AS WELL AS THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

    Examine the Superintendent’s Action Plan, undated because it was circulated in February 2010 while intending to be the Goal, at least initially, for fiscal year 2009- 2010. Loaded with code names and Accronyms and unintelligible to the public and probably a lot of the employees. It lacks a glossary of ACRONYMS, COMMO\NLY AND HEAVILY USED AT BOARD MEETINGS.

  • Hispanic Panic Victim

    I think you should run Mr. Kyle.

    It surely sounds as you have a bounty of ideas and probably turn the district around in a mere matter of months.

    You could tell Spanish Culture parents to “quite your crying” when they show up at Board Meetings. Interesting how when you procalim you beliefs you are being “a socially responsible and civic minded individual.”

    When someone else exercises the same right they are as you say “crying.”

    Funny how when a Latino is on a board or holds a position they are judged as Latinos not for their work.

    I don’t see why you change the subject Mr. Kyle. You should just come right out, as you did, and say that you think that there are to many “Spanish Culture Folks”as you say.

  • John Kyle

    Hispanic Panic Victim

    Do I know you?

    You certainly know nothing about me!

    What I ‘wrote’ with mis-spellings and all about Mr. Saenz and Mr. Salinas was not personally hurtful to them.

    What I criticised and brought to blog reader attention was that two letters to the editor, published on the same day, one each from the above metioned names, was the fact that they criticized the selection of a replacement by open, on TV exhibted selection process,was a replacememt to the City Council on demise of Matt Jimenez.

    The party chosen was quite competant. Mr. Zermeno was not quite on point when answering some questions posed to him by council during the openly broadcast on TV interview. Zermeno did not spend time crying! He subsequently earned his seat by sharpening his awareness of community needs, and participating as a leader in certain activities around town. Maybe he heeded the spirit of an editorial piece I wrote, (‘My word’ in daily Review), which advocated the idea that vacant stores in downtown area could be occupied by catering to the many cultural intrests if the Theater just ran a few movies catering to Spanishor Parsi, Hindi etc. language folks, ( with English Sub-titkles).

    Of course you are unaware of those efforts, as you probably do not subscribe to the Review.

    Salnas and Martinez decried the choice on basis of the idea that choice was intentionnal denial of a Latino as replacement for Mr. Jimenez.

    How do you make the connection when Mateo was born of European parents of whom many had emigrated to Hayward around the turn of the Century when, at the time, Spain was on it’s shoeless heels… subsequent to loss of Cuba and Phillipines.( the loss of the archaic Spanish fleet was caused largely by the fact that Sapain could not afford high grade coal… the coal they used caused yelloe smoke out the stack of their fleet thus no boiler pressure nor speed of the ships.

    There is no ‘right of ascension’ by race or language!

    Saenz subsequently threw his hat into the ring at HUSD when a similar opening occurred with resignation of a long term trustee. Immediately after his appointment
    (not by ballot) he was appointed President.

    Mr. Reynoso’s more recent objection to seating position on the Board of Trustees was based on the fact That Dr. Vigil had arranged the seating so that he could whispetr into the ear of The predecessor to Saenz as presider. The ear whispering continued under Saenz…… Mr. Saenze departed the board without effort at re-election…. I could go on…. but it might] be futile given the nature of your contribution to this here blog.

    I have never told anybody to ‘quit your crying’

    As for me ‘running’…. at age 79 ? Are you kidding? Look at what happened with Petersen… he needed someone to whisper in his ear. Anyone running for offise for the first time after acheiving 70 years of age never gets my vote! Too hard to stay awake when folks complain about certain subjects, repetitively without offerin substantive, corrective actions to resolve the problem and then havinbg to pay an interpreter to boot!

    If you want political power, learn the ropes and use English… Please!

  • Hispanic Panic Victim

    Mr.Kyle,

    Contrary to your opinion there are others out there that observe the political happenings of Hayward. They might even have a different opinion than you. Imagine that.

    Then again if there is an opinion contrary to yours or your experience one must be “unaware of happenings.”

    Not sure where you are going into naming several different Latinos and board seating? Not to mention there many flaws and and shortcomings. But then again, you were not hurtful to anyone,right.

    Your tangential voyages to other unrelated subjects such as Cuba and the Philippines are eerily senile. As a matter of fact you do tell “people of Spanish culture” to quite crying in your comment #6.

    By the way who is Mr. Martinez? Are you confusing us “Spanish culture” folk? We all look alike so I can see how that would happen.

    Now you are moving on to tell others to “learn English.”
    Who are you referring to now?

    Upon looking at your emails perhaps you could explain the language you are speaking.

  • Cheryl

    Can we please be civil here and not attack individual contributors. If you disagree with an idea expressed, please address the issue. I appreciate the opinions expressed in this blog and would hate to see people chased away by incivilty. The anonymity of the internet can make it easy to forget that there is a human being at the other end. Thank you.

  • John Kyle

    Hispanic Panic Victim

    You are right It was not Maryinex who wrote to the Review on the same day as the as Saenz….. his name i BELIEVE IS mARK sALINAS the guy who APPARENTLY decided recently to run for Council…. the guy associated with kids Breakfast Club? He teaches at Chabot. If I remmember him correctly. I ONCE HAD A CONVERSATION WITH THE MAN…. A BIT OF AN EGOTIST WHO AS i RECALL, THOUHT SERIOUSLY ABOUT BECOMMING A DEACON IN THE cATHOLIC cHURCH WHILE LEAVING ME WITH THE IMPRESSION THAT THAT WAS THE ONLY AREA WHERE HE LACKED A HISTORY OF STUDY. HOWEVER, i WISH HIM WELL BUT MAY NOT VOTE FOR HIM IF THE TWO FEMALE CANDIDATES DISPLAY GUMPTION!

    You want to help Latinos? Get organized and if you must do so in order to aid other recent arrivals, not fully conversant in English, make a strong approach to the new Theater in downtown, urging spanish film with English sub-titles….. a great learniong tool and helpful to Mexican businees owners who would EXPERIENCE INCREASE in their business due to the ‘synergistic’ affect occurring with FOREIGN LANGUAHGE speaking films with ENglish Subtitles. It might easily aid those learning Spanish too… for example Cal State Students having difficulty with the way Mexicans violate usage of the real language.

    What else has has Salinas done for Hayward in the way of voluntary service/

    One tip…. you write well but let us assume that you use a nom de plume for reasons of refusing to identify with Latinos. Why? Are you really Hispanic?

    Largely, latinos are Roman Catholic, as am I. I empathazie with them. My Favorite in their History was Miguel Pro a Jesuit priest who was executed (1928) by firing squad for the simple reason that he violated Mexixan Law agianst excercise of his Priestly Ministry, which was totally illegal at the time.

    Caught in tha act he was put in front of a firing squad where when hearing the order proceeding the rifle discharge, he yelled “Viva Cristo Rey”

    Ever wonder why Leon Trotsky, the founder of the Red Army, (after the Russian Revolt agaibnst the Tsar) and who was later permitted refuge in Mexico, but assassinated just before WWII fled to Mexico in his attempt to escape Sralin?

    My next, promising Hero, who though raised to age 11 in a Mexican orphanage, apparently adopted, then became a naturalized citizen, learned english, graduated college,has a teaching credential and is now working towards a Phd while serving in an elected position, Luis Reynoso….. the guy with the courage to ask questions, revolving around staff proposals which have even a whisper of an affect upon the budget

    Speaking about whom, which of you Hispanics have come to his aid in the recent uproar at the Board Meetings?
    Search through the blog, see my defease of the man…. while using my given name, not hiding in fear of personal consequences such as you wish upon me!

    IF YOU HAVE THE ‘MACHO’ ( IS THAT THE CORRECT EXPRESSION FOR OPEN DEMONSTRATION OF COURAGE? COME OUT FROM BEHIND THE ‘NOM DE PLUME !)
    Let us know if your oppinions are worth a response.

  • Hispanic Panic Victim

    Let’s say I was Hispanic, based on your comments you sound surprised that a Hispanic could write well.

    Is my writing an indicator that there is no way I could be Hispanic?

    That would be par for the course with your absolute characterizations of Zermeno, Salinas, Saenz, Gonzalez. You put them all in boxes summing up all their deficiencies (according to you) and whether they are worthy to serve their communities.

    Do you ever stop to think that their are community efforts or service that all of the individuals you mentioned might partake in that you are not aware of? That perhaps they don’t drop you a telegram every time they do a good deed.

    If you are speaking about personal consequences what do you call all of labels you put on the previously mentioned individuals in such a subjective way?

    Why? Because they chose to step-up and tried to make Hayward a better place?

    Since you are quoting Catholic history of the Cristero Movement in Mexico, I will leave you with a term you should be familiar with:

    “You reap what you sow.”

  • John Kyle

    Hispanic Panic Vistim.

    hiding behind a nom de plume puts you in position of appearing cowardly! You twist, rather badly that which i wrote.

    You are unable to contribute to a spirit of community…. meaning the whole community, in the full sense of the word.

    When Frank Garcia was the subject of a recall, in 1994, involving his seast on HUSD Board of Trustees, Iswas the only individual in this City to fight the recall attempt. The jerks who were involved in that act had the effronteryto call the police as I pickieted them in front of two Lucky stores, K-mart and Safeway….Police officer asked watz up? I told him, that yes I did not have permission of store owners but since the store had given permission to collect signatures, they had to accept the accompanying baggage, but that to ease his job and avoid ctriticism, I would leave to phone the Review. His response?
    “Here is my card, when Review responds please call me amd I’ll try to be present if a reporter shows up, I’d add my voice of encouragement to your effort!!”

    Well the Review did respond, took pictures, interviewed all involved on the Lucky store site now the loacatiion of a new theater… and it hit the front pages and caused steep drop in numbers of signatures gathered.

    Not one person, Hispanic, white, Black or Asian came out to help….. no teachers, nadda!

    No recall in 1994 and at the early January HUSD meeting I advised against that act put forward by a guy who had never attended an HUSD meeting… to belay the thought lest I take up a counter movement again

    So Ms. Hispanic panic victim…. castigate that act!

  • Hispanic Panic Victim

    Now you mention Frank Garcia?

    Are you going thru your mental rolodex to get to every “Spanish culture” name you could find?

    Funny, this is just like when people say “Really some of my best friends are Black” or in this case of Spanish culture.

    Twist what you say?

    Hardly, I only called you out for what you said.

    Cowardly? Cowardly is not standing by what you said and what you believe, which in your words was, too many people of Spanish culture.

    Lest I forget, go learn English to boot.

    If you wish to have the beliefs you espoused, you are completely entitled.

    By the same token members of the community you seek to limit the participation of may have a thing or two to say about it.

    Imagine how you would feel if such a prominent member and voice of the “community” were to announce to the cyber masses that there to many your kind?

    I doubt you would simply assume the position.

    You talk about community in the full sense of the word, but in your own words mention the limiting of certain groups.

    Well which one is it John? Or did you mean community according to John? Just like the gospel.

    Maybe that’s why you are so righteous.

  • John Kyle

    Panicked Hispanic;

    What are your accomplishments and how have you served the broader community as well as the specific community that you think you serve?

    Frankly, I have a strong suspicion we have met before!

    If I start tuening over the rocks, I’ll find you slithering around here somewhere soon!

  • Hispanic Panic Victim

    Here we go again.

    Having to pass the John Kyle litmus test.

    He who determines what is or isn’t service, What is or isn’t the right amount of service?

    He who determines who is accomplished and who is not, What should be deemed an accomplishment and what should not be.

    Strong suspicions ay?

    Go to your predictable next step of making accusations and creating a story, you do well in this mode of operation.

    Right up your alley

    Tracto alius ut vos votum futurus tracto

  • John Kyle

    Paniqwced person;

    Gotcha! Just Three well educated individuas, two males one female.

    Seen a shrinl lately?

    adhuc sub iudice lis est !

  • Hispanic Panic Victim

    Is that how many of us there are?

    Wow I thought no more than two.

    sorry, don’t know “shrinl”

    Is that English?

  • John Kyle

    Shrink…. never had a typing lesson; Mr, Cheap Shot!

    Boy do I know you now? The emotional lady would not have taken the opportunity…too much basic class for that!

    I hope you do make a run for elective office… I’ll make am extreme effort to keep you out ( manibus pedibusque..) You are not worthy of representing the Hispanic community!

  • Hispanic Panic Victim

    Where did you apply for the job of “I decide who is a worthy individual.”

    Or the position of “You are worthy to represent this or that group. ”

    I would hope anyone elected to a National, State, county, city, club, jobsite, union etc would represent the concerns of all.

    I need to change this broken record, later.

  • John Kyle

    You are self defeating…. you do not need help on that subject; the telling is in the vote count..

    abyssus abyssum invocat…..

  • Lawrence M Fitzpatrick

    John Kyle;
    I once before gave you advice you followed it at least once why you don’t now I do not know but you would look better on paper if you would write to Microsoft word and cut and paste.

  • Lawrence M Fitzpatrick

    Hispanic Panic victim;
    John Kyle is rite about the nom de plume. Sometimes I wonder how a poltroon such as your self has the courage to go even as far as you have.