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LWV forum notes on Hayward city candidates, Part 1

By Eric Kurhi
Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 at 8:28 am in Hayward, Politics.

LWV_logoThe League of Women Voters held a fairly well-attended forum for Hayward City Council candidates last night at City Hall. It wasn’t a debate, and candidates were instructed to avoid negative speak against each other. All in all, a very civil affair where the most outrage was generated by the moderator’s repeated mistake of thinking she was in Fremont (to her defense, she is from the southerly chapter of the LWV and said she was falling victim to habit).

These have been cleaned up a bit in transcription, but I tried to include as much information as possible. Here are introductions and answers to the first question. Next three questions and concluding comments will be in a post-to-come.

Candidate Steve Oiwa did not attend. He has said he is running a “different kind of campaign,” doesn’t want to make promises before he knows what’s going on in city government and will not accept any contributions or spend any money on his campaign. “All money comes with strings attached, and at some point, those strings will pull back,” he said. He has agreed to an interview with the Review in coming weeks, more on him later.

Also, the League flier for the event said the forum will be televised at some point, will advise when more specifics are given.

Introductions

Lawrence Fitzpatrick called himself the “working people’s candidate.” Hayward is not just hills and flatlands, but a community of both. We need to work together, emphasizing honesty, transparency in government, and public safety, with an emphasis on children and keeping schools safe. He doesn’t believe a parcel tax is needed to support schools.

Ralph Farias Jr. said he is a “locally grown” and “organic” candidate. He said he lives below the hills, while other candidates live in the hills. He sees what is going on among Hayward residents. As a broker, he visits many downtowns, and believes Hayward must network successfully to make it a destination for leisure and a place to call home and be proud. Bridge the gap between HUSD and local govt. Keep Hayward dollars in Hayward. We built a state of the art movie theater but it’s only 30 percent occupied. There’s too much red tape for businesses. Need more programs for youth and seniors.

Sara Lamnin said she is an experienced organizer, and was involved in such events as an intergenerational dance, the Heart of the Bay homeless summit and the South Hayward Stroll. She has lived in many areas of the city including Montgomery Street, the Hesperian corridor, and now lives behind the university. Believes in sustainable decisions, including those regarding jobs. Solid foundation as a city includes support not only of police and fire services, but also maintenance programs, grafitti removal.

Marvin Peixoto has served for six years on the Planning Commission, also had four years on the Citizen’s Advisory Commission, and serves on the Council Sustainability Committee. Third generation Hayward resident, Vietnam veteran. Graduated Cal State Hayward while working at cannery. Lived on Torrano, Spring Drive, 10  years in Southgate, Woodland Estates for past 21 years. Crime is priority. Six homicides this year, some gang related, some not. It’s clear that gang violence is problem, support Police Chief Ron Ace and gang injunction program.   Public safety — we hear how Hayward is becoming more and more an urban community, never hear how that impacts public safety. South Hayward BART project will bring 3,000 units — that will require more public safety workers. Council has done a good job on the budget issue, but need to address dysfunctional government in Sacramento.

Mark Salinas said he has an academic background, as a lecturer at CSUEB and college instructor and also spent years working in community on all sorts of activities with various organizations. Born at St. Rose Hospital, raised in Schafer Park, now lives downtown, is the only downtown Hayward candidate. Born in 1970, part of a resilient generation that has coped with dwindling resources. Go to school, get a job, strive for more tangible results with less and less support from state and county sources. Priorities are fire and police services, keeping Hayward clean and safe, bringing businesses to Hayward, building a stronger relationship with the school district, integrate all colleges into the town.

Q: City faces a an ongoing deficit. What would you recommend: Increase taxes, make cuts, protect fire and police services?

Farias: There’s a ton of wasteful spending in the city. Hayward is divided. You have south Hayward, the Tennyson area, where not much has happened. There’s downtown which has been improved. There could have been a Whole Foods on Hesperian. I would want to allocate funds with equal distribution to all areas, but not be wasteful. There are not enough volunteers these days. We have to be able to ask for money from different companies, and there’s a lack of community solidarity. Need to unite everyone, and stand together.

Lamnin: I would take an inclusive, transparent approach. When cuts are needed, go to people involved and ask them where cuts should be made. Find out what is working, what is not. The city has done a good job, but may have to do more. Position the city for future growth — green market is booming, we know solar, wind, hydro will grow. Need to attract jobs related to those kinds of businesses. Provide opportunities in schools geared in that direction.

Peixoto: It looks like the city is facing bigger cuts. Property and transfer taxes account for much of the budget, and the state continues to take from those areas. We won’t build out of it with high density housing. City has done all it can do with cuts, employees have taken furloughs, there have been union concessions and voters passed Measure A. Would follow the values-based budget that the city already has implemented. The real problem is in Sacramento. Got to become more engaged in the political process. It’s not enough to write resolutions deploring the conduct, it’s not going to work. Would like to hear from citizens of Hayward, where do they think the cuts should come from.

Salinas: Mother and father taught me the difference between what we need and what we want. We need to define the core services and to what extent Hayward is obligated to provide the services. Define to what extent the citizens expect the city to provide the services. Before cuts are made, must explore what impact those cuts will have.

Fitzpatrick: Can’t take any more from fire and police. Must look at other things. I don’t think we need a power plant to pay for things. $10 million for a library is an awful lot of money. We’ll probably have some taxes going up.

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  • John Kyle

    LATE TODAY I am placing in the mail boxes by either personal delivery or US Postal Service a critque of Haywrd City and Hayward School District IN WHICH i IDENTIFY THE problem with classroom Transiency and Absenteeism.

    This is a lead up to a formal request for a Town Hall Meeting sponsOred by HUSD Board of Trustees. All voters would be admitted, the only requirement would be a driver’s license display at the door thus to prevent all outside the zip code areas of HUSD and City from ‘jamming the meeting”

    Purpose? Encourage constructive conversation and introduction of creative ideas in aid of the “Hayward” Image applicable to both City and School District.

    You can not DODGE your own responsibility…. trustees and Council members are not necessarily the most creative folks here in this City and School Districts.

    A Town Hall meeting will provide much food for thought and eNcouragement to those we elected.

    Biggest single problem facing both City and school District?

    School success. The image of both City and School District needs improvment.. The STORY PRINTED IN THE DAILY REVIEW, LAST SATURDAY, APRIOL 3RD, WHICH ADDRESSED THE COMING RELEASE OF UNTOLD NUMBERS OF CONVICTED FELONS BY CALIF DEPT OF CORRECTIONS, WILL PLAY HAVOC WITH SCHOOL BUDGETS AS WELL AS POLICE BUDGETS.

    I HAVE WRITTEN A LENGTHY LETTER TO SCHOOL DISTRICT TRUSTEES AND CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS, HAYWARD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND MOST IMPORTANTLY A PARTICULAR OFFICIAL OF THE CALIFORNIA DEPT OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AT IT’S SACRAMENTO OFFICES.

    WE ARE GETTING SHORT CHANGED WHEN PAROLEES ARE LOCATED HERE BUT THERE ARE ABSOLUTELY NONE REPORTED LIVING IN PLEASANTON! NONE, NADA, ZIP!

    NOW WE KNOW WHY PLEASANTON REFUSES COJNSTRUCTION OF MODERATE OR LOW INCOMEW HOUSING WITHIN IT’S CITY AND SCHOOL BOUNDARY. WE SUFFER IN EXCESS OF $1,000,000 LOSS TO SCHOOL BUDGET DUE TO HOOKY TYPE ABSENTEEISM AND FAMILY TRANSIENT FACTORS.

    SCHOOL DIST INTERIM SUPT. SPEAKS OF A PARCEL TAX…..IN SIZEABLE AMOUNT WHEN WE ALSO ARE FACED WITH SECOND OF FOUR VOTES FOR SCHOOL BONDS IN 2012!

    SO TO SAVE MONEY IN THE PRISONS WE ARE OBLIGED TO ACCEPT MORE PAROLLEES INTO HAYWARD AND IF DADDY OR MOMMY BREAK PAROLE……? ( AS AT LEAST 60% DO WITHIN 3 YEARS OF RELEASE FROM PRISON, WE GET STUCK WITH ada LOSS … WHILE PLEASANTION FOLKS SMILE AT THE THOUGHT THAT THEY DO NOT SHARE IN THAT PROBLEM.

    A very recent court decision ( March 2010) against City of Pleasanton zoning practices will shake things up but not soon enough so that we will notice relief in Hayward.

    GET SSTEAMED UP FOLKS… IT AIN’T GONNA CHANGE UNTIL ….you… MAKE IT HAPPEN!

  • qodrn

    Speaking of school attendance, the way the state pays that changed a few years ago. Can someone explain to me the differances? Thanks.

  • John Kyle

    You could maybe ask a teacher?

  • Hugh Lenahan

    Average Daily Attendance (ADA)
    The total number of days of student attendance divided by the total number of days in the regular school year. A student attending every day would equal one ADA. ADA is not the same as enrollment, which is the number of students enrolled in each school and district. (This number is determined by counting students on a given day in October.) ADA usually is lower than enrollment due to factors such as students moving, dropping out, or staying home due to illness. The state uses a school district’s ADA to determine its general purpose (revenue limit) and some other funding.

  • Hugh Lenahan

    This is from the San Diego USD. I am not quite sure if the every district receives the same amount per student. Truancy is a huge issue though

    Calculating Average Daily Attendance (ADA)
    Chronic Absenteeism
    – School-by-School Listing Adobe PDF
    – Chronic Absentee Maps (Adobe PDF):
    Elementary | Middle | High

    * Overview
    * How Does ADA Generate Revenue for the District?
    * What are the Financial Effects of Lost ADA Revenue?

    Overview
    The state of California funds school districts based on student attendance, also known as Average Daily Attendance (ADA), at school. ADA is calculated by dividing the total number of days of student attendance by the number of days of school taught during the same period.

    Example:
    Michael has perfect attendance, calculated this way:
    142 days attended ÷ by 142 days of school taught = 1.0 ADA

    Hannah attended 136 of the 142 days taught, calculated this way:
    136 days attended ÷ by 142 days of school taught = .96 ADA
    TOP

    How Does ADA Generate Revenue for the District?
    A student like Michael, with perfect attendance, generates $5,786* in revenue for the district. It is calculated this way: 1.0 ADA x $5,786 revenue limit per ADA = $5,786.

    A student like Hannah, who may miss several days, generates less revenue. In this case, ADA is calculated this way: .96 ADA x $5,786 revenue limit per ADA = $5,554
    In this case, there was a loss of $232 in possible revenue.

    Irregular attendance also affects the revenue the district receives from the lottery, and for Special Education.

    Lottery
    1.0 ADA x $118 = $118
    .96 ADA x $118= $113

    Special Education
    1.0 ADA x $643= $643
    .96 ADA x $643 = $617

    Learn more about the history of California’s revenue limit.
    Learn more about lottery funds.
    TOP

    What are the financial effects of lost ADA revenue?
    If all students attended daily, the district would have approximately 117,556 students (excluding Charter Schools) counted toward ADA. When ADA drops, revenue dips accordingly.

    Perfect Attendance 117,556 x $5,786 = $680,179,016
    Estimated ADA at 95.0** 117,556 x $5,786 x 95.0% = $646,225,032
    Lost Revenue $33,953,984

  • Hugh Lenahan

    One last post. I teach AP US History and Honors Government and Economics at Tennyson High School. The people who read this board should know we are slated for transformation. We should know how the state plans to deal with our performance on standardized tests by the end of the month. Anyway, about 20 of my students were accepted to CAL, more than triple that to other UC’s, and state schools, Still more to out of state University’s. We do accomplish some great things in Hayward. I am very proud of my students, My wish is that the good news would be broadcast as loudly as the bad.

  • John Kyle

    Correct me if I am wrong. Those 4 days lost by Anna could be the result of illness. Are there no exceptions….is excused absence a thing of the past?

    Then, when the working mother drops her child off and the child is ill enough to be sent home to whoever is responsible…..the school budget gets whacked the equivivalent of $$58. ? Or,is that a charge occurring if the child fails to show up the following day?

  • John Kyle

    Of all the dumb laws passed by the ledistlature in Sacramento….. Another thoughtless act….reported in the Daily Fish wrap, page AA3 (Morning Report Section,
    Is that which releases convisted felons, convisted of cRimes considered violent, are being released on unsupervised parole.

    RISE UP FOLKS, START WRITING LETTERS TO LOCAL POLITICAL LEADERS, NOT THE DUMMIES IN SACRAMENTO, HAVE THEM AGRESSIVELY SPEAK OUT ON THIS LATEST ATTEMPT TO SAVE MONEY….. WHICH WILL CAUSE UNIMAGINABLE FUTURE EXPENSE TO LOCAL POLICE BUDGETS, SCHOOL BUDGETS, COUNTY JAIL EXPENSE NOT TO MENTION PERSONAL LOSS TO THEFT AND VIOLENT ASSAULTS.

  • Justwatching

    Regarding, Rise up Folks and write letters to Local Political Leaders, I have say that when the Measure A Utility Tax Election brought out a whopping 11,683 of the registered voters in Hayward, I think most people either don’t care or are comatose.

  • John Kyle

    Justwatching…..

    You voted against Measure A ? and now you appear to refuse opportunity to attempt any effort at all regarding an influx or parolees who are not to be supervised while on pariole regardless of the offense?

    I am in complete dismay when I run into that attitude!

    I am tempted to count you in the group you call comatose!

  • Justwatching

    What I tried to say was, the folks that my rise up and write letters to their political leaders based on the number that turnout of the Measure A election, probably have already done so and that total would hardly influence any politician in any direction. You would need at least 50 to 60% of the registered voters in Hayward to get up and write letters and all that would get up out and vote for Measure A was a paltry 11,683 regardless whether they voted for or against the measure.

  • John Kyle

    Justwatching

    Well, it is possible that those attending a “Town Hall Meeting” who if assumned possessing intellect as well as concern for their City and School District, to say nothing of concern for children, might just alert our collective Citizenry to the power which they posess when coming together for the sole purpose of being positive, as well as earnest, in seeking solutions to which the ‘politicians’ are attracteed.

    The thing about which attendess to a town hall meeting are attracted, is that in order to be successful, is that it must not, as an absolute. break doen into an attack upon every thing and anything.

    What we muist search for in the collective sense is viable solution backed up by volunteer effort to effect those solutions.

    Foe exAMPLE, A CITIZENS GROUP ESTABLISHED ON A PERMNAMENT BASIS TO PROMOTE ACTIVITIES TO RAISE FUNDS FOR sCHOOL ATHELETIC PROBLEMS BY VOLUNTARY EFFORT IN cHRISTMMAS TREE SALES LOTS OR A hOLE IN ONE CONTEST, OR SPONSORING A REGIOMN WIDE SOFTBALL TOURNEMENT TO WHICH ENTRACCE FEES ARE CHARGED THE SPECTATORS ETC,…..
    ANOTHER GROUP MIGHT BE INDUICED, AS A VOLUNTARY ACTIVITY TO EXAMINE THE CAUSES OF THE LOSS IN ada MONEY ( NOW OVER $1,000,000 PER YEAR) ALL AT A RUINOUS AFFECT UPON THE BUDGET.

    Get it?

    THIS ABOVEW ALL. A TOWN HALL MEETING WOULD NOT SUCCEED IF ALL ATENDING DID NOTHING BUT COMPLAIN ABOUT MATTERS EXISTENT IN WHICH THEY LACKED ACCURATE FACTS!

    bECOMNE ACURELY AWARE OF FACTS BY ATTEDING VOLUNTARY ACTIVITY WHERE IMPROVEMENT IS ACHEIVED BY CONSTANCY IN VOLUNTEERISM!

  • Justwatching

    I do believe a Hugh Lenahan has already touched on the ADA issue which is a multifaceted problem some from loss of students, some to Charter Schools others to just a transient society that needs to move when jobs become scarce, less income from the State of California per student based on property tax revenue. Fund raising is always a good idea but after a while the energy begins to fissile, The same participants volunteering year after year begin to take its toll on those folks and they slowly fade in to the sunset.

  • John Kyle

    Justwatching

    So you prefer an attitude of Despair?

    ‘jUST WATCHING’ IS A NOM DE PLUKME HIGH;LY SIGGESTIVE OF AN ATTITUDE OF DESPAIR… A VIOLATION OF THE VIRTUE OF HOPE.

    Did you not read of the fact that Pleasanton has absolutely no paroled felons living within theIR School District.

    That of thoSe paroled into Alameda County, ALL are supervicesd from offices located in Hayward, san Leandro, Oakland and Berkeley…. where the low income housing is available to the paroled felons who because of their convictions will never work in a Bank or Insurance Company nor any other employer requiring ability to be bonded?

    Transience and classroom absenteeism is high in HUSD….. I’ve touched on this before……

    We need that Town Hall meeting where understanding of OUR HUSD plight will lead to increased volunteerism…
    iF THE TOWN HALL MEETING OCCURS… THERE IS NO GUN TO YOUR HEAD SUGGESTING ATTENDNCE!

    All those on City’s Planning Commission, Library Commission…. there are 10 such groups where, when all seats are filled you find dedicated volunteers alleviatuing the burden of governance so that City Council members do not have to spread themselves so thin that nothing would get done. Other than Personnel Commission, composed of just three volunteers, who meet irregularly, HUSD has but one other un-offical group, (P.I.E. PARTNE5RS IN EDUCATION… WHICH CONSISTS OF JUST TWO GUYS.

    So if you are down cast, despairing of improvement please do not discourage others who are concerned and looking for opportunity to serve without direct contact with staff at HUSD, which of itselfd can be frustrating.

    It would be better to remain silent than cast negativity into the minds of those who look for opportunity for service!

  • Annie Wilkes

    So what’s the deal with the power station? Is it still going up by Chabot College or not?

  • Justwatching

    I am not discouraging anyone at all. Personal observations and volunteer experiences.

    By the way, check out this web link below and ask why California doesn’t have a statewide volunteer firefighters association as they do in the State of Oregon. These volunteers provide vital services to communities at no charge which means LESS TAXES.

    http://ovfa.org/

  • Eric Kurhi

    Annie –

    The Calpine plant got the final permit earlier this year, reported here:

    http://www.insidebayarea.com/search/ci_14337296

    I know of two appeals to the Environmental Appeals Board of the EPA, one by Citizens Against Pollution and the other by Chabot College.

    The appeal by the college drew the attention of state Sen. Gloria Romero (D-East Los Angeles) who sent out a letter questioning why the college would “dedicate its scarce resources to oppose a project that has taken over nine years to permit and been reviewed and approved by all of the appropriate agencies.”

    Romero, who is chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee, went on to say that if the college goes ahead with the appeal, she will demand an audit of the college’s finances.

    Then Chabot went ahead with the appeal, and I believe that’s about where we’re at.

  • John Kyle

    MR. KURHI:

    CARE TO REBVEAL WHO AT CHABOT SIGNED THE APPEAL?

    dOES THAT INDIVIDUAL LIVE IN hAYWARD? iS mRS. sHERMAN lEWIS INCOLVED? sHE WAS A TRUSTEE AT ONE TIME, IS SHE STILL THERE?