Fran David to get Hayward city manager post

What it is about 5 p.m. Friday that makes everyone want to break a substantial story? Here’s the brief that’s getting in the paper:

FRANFran David, who has been acting city manager since Greg Jones resigned earlier this year, will be appointed the post of city manager on May 4.

Mayor Michael Sweeney announced the promotion on Friday. David has served as assistant city manager since 2006, with a short stint as acting city manager in 2007.

“Fran has been part of the team that has accomplished so much in the last three years, and she has demonstrated her commitment to the City Council’s priorities of public safety and cleaning up and greening up Hayward,” Sweeney said in a statement.

Full text of release after the jump Continue Reading


Holzmeister wins history award

KarenHistoryAwardsphotoLongtime Daily Review reporter Karen Holzmeister (on the left, with Hayward Area Historical Society Vice President Gay Ostarello), who retired from the paper last summer, was one of the honorees at the HAHS awards dinner last week.

Karen was an institution in the newsroom, someone whose mind-vault contained a wealth of information about southern Alameda County that can’t be found in any google search. She remains sorely missed — not just by Review staff but by community members as well. Then again, she’s missed particularly by Review staff, who were treated to a delicious sherry cake when she was in the neighborhood and stopped by earlier this week.

Karen’s been busy in her retirement, having done some traveling including a trip to the Middle East.

Here’s an item in Carol Thornberry’s column about another recent honor Karen received.

And here’s the HAHS press release on their event, which included some other local notables: Continue Reading


Cuts approved at HUSD

UPDATE: Regarding the votes, Sims said she “felt we were between a rock and a hard place, and the only place given in the recomendations where we could cut more from was the adult school.” She said she didn’t feel that was fair, and didn’t feel comfortable voting yes, particularly when more cuts are still going to be necessary and they’re not being given more alternatives. Thus her vote to abstain.

Reynoso was more direct in his “no” vote. He said the district is in such shambles that state takeover would be beneficial, calling it a “leap of faith” that they should take.

“At least it would be a set of fresh eyes making the cuts, and not biased,” he said. “They could look at the people you need to cut, and not play politics.”

Armas said it’s more like a “leap off a cliff,” and Frumkin said Oakland schools have just recently gotten out of receivership and their board had been a lame duck panel for eight years. “The fact is, it’s ugly when the state takes over.”

Here’s the early version of the story. More on this  to come.


AlCo Office of Education: Armas appointment is valid

This broke late today. We’ll revisit the matter for a story early next week. Here’s the press release:

Superintendent Jordan issues a statement regarding the certification of the provisional appointment of the Hayward School Board Trustee
The following letter was sent to Superintendent Janis Duran and the Hayward Unified School Board
April 23, 2010
Janis Duran, Interim Superintendent
Hayward Unified School District
24411 Amador Street
Hayward, CA  94544
Dear Superintendent Duran:
In accordance with California Education Code and advice of legal counsel, I certify that as of April 16, 2010, the provisional appointment of the Hayward School Board Trustee was made effective and that Jesus Armas will remain a board Trustee until the November 2, 2010 election. I have carefully stayed within my legal responsibilities to identify whether the required conditions to call for a special election have been met. Continue Reading


‘Mapping the Road to Fiscal Recovery’ at HUSD

UPDATE 4/21: The Alameda County Office of Education is reviewing the petition deadline matter. Legal counsel is looking over “all relevant areas,” according to a spokesperson. They don’t expect to have a decision until early next week.

That’s the title of the presentation to be given at a special Hayward Unified board meeting tomorrow evening. It will be a chance for the public to hear interim superintendent Janis Duran’s recommendations for cuts.

Here’s a preview of the PowerPoint.

In other news, there’s a bit of confusion regarding when the signatures are due for the petition that’s going around, calling for a special election. School officials point to the California Educational Code, which states:

c) (1) If a provisional appointment is made … the registered voters of the district may, within 30 days from the date of the appointment, petition for the conduct of a special election to fill the vacancy.

Officials say the appointment was made at the March 17 special board meeting and the time was up last Friday. According to their Web site, Bock and supporters turned in more than 100 signatures last week, but they need approximately 1,000.

Bock disagrees with the timeframe, and said they have 30 days from the date Jesus Armas was sworn in, which would give them through this week to collect the signatures.

“We explained the whole sequence with the registrar of voters, and it was affirmed that (Armas) took office when he was sworn in,” Bock said. “People don’t officially hold a position until they are sworn into it.”

More on this to come…





More Hayward council candidate info

The City of Hayward Web site has a section for election infomation that includes official candidate statements as well as a link to .pdf files of the first campaigh expenditure statements for the four candidates who turned said materials in. The statements, links and highlights of Form 460 information are also available after the jump. They are in the official order set by the Secretary of State’s random drawing. Continue Reading


Holocaust survivor’s story

weinsteinYesterday was Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Daily Review profiled Maria Weinstein, a 79-year-old Hayward resident with a story that could fill a book. She lived through the Holocaust after nearly all the residents of her village were slain by Nazis in 1942.  

After the war, she raised her children in the Soviet Union, where one of her sons served four years in prison for his religious beliefs. She’s an inspiring woman and we’ve received a number of messages from people who said as much.

“When one stops to think, it hard to believe that it wasn’t that long ago when these atrocities took place,” e-mailed a reader.  “Hopefully, many will be inspired by (Maria).  What a better world it would be if more people embraced Maria’s philosophy and outlook on life.”