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LWV forum notes, part 2

By Eric Kurhi
Monday, April 12th, 2010 at 2:58 pm in Hayward, Politics.

Here are the rest of the notes from the League of Women Voters forum, held last Monday. Five of the six candidates for Hayward City Council attended.

Q: Talk about the need for bringing jobs to Hayward. What plans do you have, what have you contributed?

Sara Lamnin: We need good jobs, not just any jobs. Jobs that will be good in the long term. Worked in Oakland on the Cypress Mandela project, in which a workforce with an already basic skill set got trained. Worked with downtown homeless population to get them out of the City Center area by making them more self-sufficient. That makes the downtown area more attractive.

Marvin Peixoto: My entire career has been in employee training, from the Alameda County training board to CAT outplacement manager. Got 300 people jobs with Lockheed, United Airlines. Two reasons for joblessness: One is that the person does not have the skills for a job, or the support services, such as child care, that would allow for a job. Interventions, classroom training helps in those cases. But what we have now is a lack of jobs, we need job creation programs. That’s what I am all about, I am a jobs candidate.

Mark Salinas: Been involved with the South Hayward BART project and the Mission Corridor plan. One thing that can be done is to write a strong (Project Labor Agreement) component, hire Hayward first. Teach young people to write solid, workable business plans. Look at the (Crepes de Art) crepery in downtown — those are Hayward high school graduates who opened up that shop. That’s a great example of work that should be encouraged, and looking at Hayward first.

Lawrence Fitzpatrick: There’s enough vacant space in the area for businesses to grow. Should be able to attract some companies. Could put in some factories — there’s nothing wrong with that. Need to do something to attract a tax base.

Ralph Farias: My specialty is marketing and brokering, and the city needs aggressive brokering. We need to really sell Hayward. There’s culture, there’s diversity … Foothill and Jackson streets have more traffic than Lombard and Van Ness (in San Francisco). We need to aggressively go for retail, restaurants, right now we just have drive-thrus.

Q: Good schools — how can the city support them?

Peixoto: Three’s no ability to intervene directly, but we do have a connection. There are School Resource Officers, and school performance is directly tied to city performance. One of the most coveted demographics for a city to have move in is a young couple with children. They’re not coming to Hayward because of the schools. We’re dead last in API scores, that’s not acceptable. (Luis) Reynoso has doen a great job, trying to ask the tough questions at HUSD meetings. I don’t subscribe to the idea that (city and HUSD) are seperate. There are artificial barriers that we need to break down. Going to see some great changes, with the candidates (for HUSD) who are stepping up.

Salinas: Need to define the working relationship between HUSD and the city. There are a lot of existing mechanisms, a lot of good places to work from. Need to use brainpower to pool together areas to work on. We need to show up at school events. For the Kids’ Breakfast Club, I’ve been writing grants for free, and delivering on them, in areas of nutrition and education. We need to pool our communal resources.

Fitzpatrick: At Harder Elementary, one teacher brought everyone up to speed. They were not previously. And the district destroyed that program. This has to end. Failing in a lot of ways. In bilingual programs, we’re failing. Fact that we have so many failures is overwhelming. We need teachers (like the one at Harder), they should not be chased out of the district.

Farias: Going into my senior year I had no credits, but I worked my butt off. When principals said I wouldn’t graduate, I laughed. I knew I could. We need to unify by inspiring. Not just bring everyone together, but need to inspire. Need to have programs that kids are interested in — Photoshop, Illustrator, Propel (?), that’s what kids are into.

Lamnin: The fact that Measure I passed by such a margin was historic. It showed that this city cares about its schools. If it didn’t, this question wouldn’t have come up. We need to rebuild the relationship, and hold each other accountable. Find what we can do together to make students feel like they do matter. Could do within the city with internship programs. What if every sector of city govt had a program where kids could watch and learn. City council, maintenance workers — kids could follow and learn by doing.

Q: What about accessibility? Will you be accessible to residents?

Salinas: I’m very accessible. I’m a college instructor, always find time to talk to students, and on Saturday mornings you’ll find me cooking and serving pancakes and eggs (with KBC). Bring same to residents.

Fitzpatrick: Very accessible. It’s an important part of the job to find out what people need and what they want.

Farias: Growing up, I was always the person that friends came to when they needed a shoulder to cry on. I’ve always been a Dr. Drew who never got paid. We’re here for you, here to serve you. I love Hayward, and I’m damn proud of it. Come knock on my door, you can come in and we’ll eat some lumpia.

Lamnin: I believe in leading by listening. That’s part of my commitment, you have to hear from people regarding the decisions that will be made that affect their lives.

Peixoto: I’m proud of my term as a planning commissioner, and you can ask any developers, or ask residents of woodland knolls, or the ones who had a gate problem. It’s not just a promise with me – I have done it and that’s what people will get with an experienced candidate running for City Council.

Q.: Closing statements. Some of the cards received with questions we didn’t have a chance to ask deal with the Calpine power plant, affordable housing and improving the city’s image. You may or may not address any of those issues. (Statements were confined to 2 minutes.)

Salinas: I don’t remember ever having a weekend or holiday without involving community service. I was Zuke the Zucchini at the Zucchini festival, dancing around. Continue that service. We need to make serious plans and look ahead to what the city is going to look like in 25 or 30 years.

Peixoto. Look at my record of service. Hayward can be better if we find the issues that plague the city, like crime. We need to address gut level funding issues. There’s this idea of a hail Mary pass, that one magic type of business will save downtown, not true. Need to do tough, grunt  work, that’s the only way the city will get better, by adding to the fundamentals.

Lamnin: As part of a project, I was repainting a mural, and the wall beneath was crumbling. We can’t do that – just putting on a new coat of paint won’t work. Have to make sure it’s solid underneath. For image, we should work on the gateways. Great location, have signs “If you lived here, you’d be home by now.” There’s a lot of work to do, and I hope to be elected so I can do that work with you.

Farias: Hayward has an image portrayed by the media that we’re bad, we’re tough. We need to change that. Need to go gung ho. I will be your pit bull, with a passionate person behind it.

Fitzpatrick: Russell City was a bad idea. If it was a good idea, every community would be asking for a power plant. There are a lot of start ups and shutdowns that are going to affect the area. I would fight it as much as possible.

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  • John Kyle

    Dear Blog devotees;

    That which follows is an edited item slightly revised from that which I wrote and saw printed by Daily Review in late 2006 or early 2007.….. I suggest that candidates as well as voters take the matter to heart….. Especially when candidates are offering not much more than ’hoping’ that something can be done to improve our depressed ’down town’. .We do not need bars or cabarets to bring the district ’back’ just a little imagination supported by aggressive initiative!

    All across America, ‘downtown’ died a slow death during and after creation of interstate freeways caused by needs of national defense, auto manufacturers and land developers catering to the housing needs of WW II veterans. Flight to suburbia was energized by GI educational and residential loan programs.

    America spread out into suburban settings and the old ‘downtown’ retail centers gave way to “the Mall”. We abandoned old parking concepts and street railway cars.. The mall offered comparative shopping ( synergism) within short walking distances from family autos parked free, at more convenient spots, while avoiding dime fed parking meters and bounty hunting meter maids.

    ‘Downtown’ might be resurrected due to erection of densely packed, high rise living conditions at tourist attractive cities such as San Francisco. Those who live and work in suburbia will not flock to San Francisco. Suburbanites are unwilling to undergo expensive trips solely to visit Nordstrom’s, ‘Bloomys’ or Union Square tourist catering stores.

    Hayward, once part of suburbia and now thoroughly urbanized, will never again see retail operations such as existed when it offered opportunity to avoid trips to Oakland. Downtown is an expression of anachronism created, by those living ‘up’ in Pacific heights, Berkeley and Piedmont hills’. It is obvious that our own mall, “Southland”, is constantly struggling to maintain viability.

    What is needed in our ‘central neighborhood’ are shopping opportunities which cater to desires for retail items peculiar to preservation of ethnicity in a city which we proclaim as being desirable for it’s diversity rather than in spite of it..

    Hayward schools struggle to teach students within a population possessing high numbers of children attempting use of English as a second language in situations where as many as 40 languages and dialects are primary. Yet, we fail to see diversity at shopping opportunities where a great many would enjoy opportunity to acquire items of home décor, clothing or whatever else serves as reminder of the good things they recall in those fragmentary moments of memory experienced within distressed economies or war torn nations.

    Olivera Street in Los Angeles is an example of shopping area opportunity for all seeking tooled leather belts, shoes and jewelry or clothing which enliven our lives, even if we do not hail from Mexico! What of the goods from eastern Mediterranean, Persia, Asia, Africa and other areas.? Can we not provide those items of furniture, rugs or art in a themed commercial district central to all neighborhoods within Hayward’s sphere of influence?

    I have twice visited an ‘old time’ hardware store in Kidron, Ohio. Set in the heart of Amish farm communities, this store had been discovered by tourists. I was astounded to observe visitors cram RV’s with “old time” wash boards, butter churns, scythes, wood tined rakes and outmoded wood working tools, to be used as home or office decorations reminding of ‘down home’ life styles long left behind. Where might I find a sombrero to protect sun sensitive Irish ears?

    The preceding observations provide strong clue to meeting Hayward’s need.

    When our new theater was being built, the local manage indicated some willingness to ‘show’ foreign films with English subtitles. What a great teaching tool if ‘Matinees’ occurred during the week! Some of the theater patrons would see an opportunity to attract customers to stores catering to ethnic groups desirous of clothing or interior decorations reminiscent of better days in the ‘old country’.

    Presently needed is an application of aggressive business leadership skills by City Council members with separate or co-coordinated Chamber of Commerce effort.

    Frankly, as a last effort, if rationale fails the theater operators, might we try a bit of peaceful demonstrations? Perhaps lay down in front of the ticket window?

    We need forewign films with english sub-titles!

    Nothing happens unless you make it happen!

  • teachermama

    Love this post, John Kyle. As an aside (muddling the issue, I’m afraid), some people boycott Cinemark already, for political reasons.

  • John Kyle

    Teacher Mama

    I give up!
    What political issues?

    I confess to never having attended a movie in downtown Hayward…..the inventory at Netflic is too great….. besides many good films have sub-titles ! I never could grasp the dialogue in some English Movies….Visted London once, while in The Army and on leave from Germany, saw a few shows, the English used by those folks is ,muddled by much of the cockney influence… even there sub-titles of English langiage films are needed as aid to the ‘American’ ear.

    Perhaps if the school district, the City and CSUEB found a way to ibfluence the theater ow=ners, ( who apparently live and work in Texas, do not fully recognize the benefit to themselves by use of foreign films….. The Hindu folks from India pack the theaters which show them…. the drawback there is that their musicals can run three to four hours….. good quality …/. but it hurts ‘turnover’ at the tickey window and also diminishes popcorn sales.

    I do not think that a flaw in very many foreign fiilms in spanish, chinese, parsi etc.

  • Fernando Hernandez

    Good luck trying to get the movie theater conglomerate to show foreign films or do anything for the community!

    I spoke with them Texas “big wigs” last year in an attempt to rent one of their viewing rooms in order to show the movie “under the Volcano” as part of the programming we were organizing to accompany the Days of the Dead exhibit at the Meek Mansion organized by me under the auspices of the Hayward Area Historical Society.

    It’s hard to believe, but they wanted over $2500.00 to use the viewing room for three hours! How in the world can they justify this outrageous fee?

    They would have had to do No advertising and No ticket selling . All they would had had to do would be to pay some teen minimum wage to clean up afterwards ($10?) and the computer guy to pop in a cd of the movie and push play. Is that worth over $2500?

    I have attended two or three movies there with my children, and in all occasions there were less than a dozen folks in the viewing room, in some cases there were as few as five or six of us, which if my math serves me right would barely bring them about $50 if that! ( add another $50 for their outrageously expensive candy)

    The fact that they would rather make $100 instead of charging a reasonable fee for the use of their space by the community (I would have gladly paid $200 to use the space…) shows you how much they care for the communities they serve.

    I also remember them saying that they would show foreign films as a carrot to bring the community on board with their plan to open a theater down town, and so far as I’m concerned, it was all lies.

    Teachermama, you let me know when you want to boycott the theater and I’ll be there with a sign to march in front of their joint on a Friday evening! Maybe a crowd of picketers in front of their establishment might make them reconsider?

    o what do you say Mr. Kyle?

    Maybe you might joins us, being as it is that you have brought this more than once over the last couple of years.?

    I’ll be glad to bring my lawn chair along for you so that you might picket in relative comfort.

    I’m serious about this, let’s make it happen!

    Any takers?

  • qodrn

    I would rather boycott the upcoming road project on Mission and Foothill. As part of this mess, the city has installed bumps on my street. Now as I drive home (a thing I do often) my back hurts at every bump. Soon thanks to these idiots there will be only one way to enter my street; no one will go there anyway.

    Is it too late to build the Hayward bypass freeway? That thing we all voted to build?

  • John Kyle

    Mr. Hernandez,

    First, grab onto the idea that the Movie house Structure still has vacant retail area,,,,, the consider the costs of Construction materialsm labor and not the least their need to pay some money on the mortgage every now and then, They probasly have a mortgage rate of 6% on whatever the y borrowed to sonstruct the facility…. asdd the ciosts of labor to operate the peojection room, ticket booth etc as well as pay the huge fees demanded by the film makers. It is not an ewasy business, witness the fact of the closures of large theaters at The site of the Tarhet Stor, Southland and on Hesperian opposite Chabot College.

    If they reduce useage fees to you, evry charitable organization would want the same consideration.

    What I proposed was weekday matinees, on a single screen, once opr twice a week to draw families and theior kids ( On Saturday Morning or early Afternnon.
    In that fashion, families would be attracted to take lunch or early dinners as thet seek a place to buy something mindful of home if mom and dad were born outside the usa.

    The foreign language films would be good for students involved in ESL if at Junior Highor even lower classes…..

    When I mentioned laying down in front of the ticket booth…. it was done out of a sense of frustration that our elected officials are still ‘groping’ for solutions to the Down Town problem’

    I have suggested other activities but no response…. frankly our political will found in the electorate, is lacking as it is in those we elect.

    More later…. it has bewen a long dy!

  • John Kyle

    qodrn

    Yes dear it is too late. That wicked professor, taught us all, that winning an election is meaningless.

    The bumps are meant to slow traffic…. if you are suffereing back injury when you ‘hit those bumps’ are you guilty of speeding or have you slowed doen to ease the reaction of an auto when it hits bumps?

    You wicked old thing! Admit it, you are a speeder!

  • Fernando Hernandez

    Mr. Kyle:

    Your very answer actually supports my point of view!
    If they need the money to pay for their building…

    Is it not better to make two hundred dollars in a three hour period instead of 50-100?
    And if other community groups wanted to use the space as well, they would make more money than having five people use the space,
    I fail to see the logic of your response.

    My suspicion is we would have paid three or four hundred if they had asked for that,
    But $2500?

    Is wicked the word of the day or something…

    “Wicked professor”?

    “Wicked old thing” ! ?
    You don’t even know this person, being as it is she uses a pseudonym ( I know, blast her for trying to keep you from knowing who she is!, right?)

    I remember somebody commenting about the tone of some of your posts and I concur
    with him or her.

    I too have stayed away from this blog from time to time when you attitude towards other bloggers gets nasty and condescending toward anyone whose opinion does not fall in lock step with yours.

    What ever happened to that brake you were going to take?
    Or did I miss it…

  • John Kyle

    Mr. Hernandez.

    ‘qrn’ was complaining about the Speed Bumps in her neighborhood, Speed Bumps are never installed unless the neighbors agree to the installation. If you pass over the bumps at 15 MPH you are not damaging your back.. Unless of course you have a pre-existing condition which might suggest a need for therapy or, improved driving habits.

    The lady complained about the idiots who installed the bumps. That remark about City Services provided by request of neighbors is unwarranted. Was it her neighbors or the City she described as idiots?

    She complained about the loss of acceptable traffic conditions along Mission and went on to lament loss of that upon which we had voted approval.

    Qdrn had also asked if was too late to build the 238 Bypass….???

    Yes, we had voted approval for that project…. But does that matter when dealing with Professor Lewis, the now retired employee of CSUEB? He went to court and the court decided that there was fraud committed way back in the days when the route was depicted erroneously, as maintained by himself and his band of sycophants! I think he conveniently forgot his early success in truncating the freeway to mere ‘by- pass status’ which when originally designed, was meant to connect with I-680 near what we once described as Irvington District, now part of Fremont. All seemed to have overlooked the fact that the portion of 238 Bypass design, existing when he brought the first lawsuit, countered the court decision to cancel in the second lawsuit when proponents ‘lied’ about the true route!. The simple fact was that except for the truncation, the original design remained but was renamed ‘the bypass’ (around the business district!.)

    There was some anti-freeway folks using deceptive written rhetoric, in freely circulated flyers, it occurred during meetings of the ad-hoc, City appointed group known as the >CIRCLATION TASK FORCE, of which I was an appointed member. Ms.Audrey Lapell, President of ’CATS’ ( for life?) circulated one of the campaign’s anti-freeway pieces of propaganda which contained major error. I confronted her with the error, startled, she admitted that although she had affixed her signature, she did not authored the material nor had she read it, even to the moment when I confronted her. She ran for Professor Lewis who stated intention to make a revision but balked at the idea that he collect those copies already handed out to those attending the limited in sized meeting. (well below 100 souls,) A week later he attended, as a spectator, the meeting of the ad hoc group. He provided me with a corrected edition which still contained error, which when pointed out to him, he snapped one of his cute quips, ’that’ all you get’ before making a quick departure to front the door. Obviously I am not one of his sycophants!

    I saved some thing close to that, in another deception in one of the ’Cats’ hit pieces and eventually coughed it up to the Chamber of Commerce…an advocate for 238 By Pass, who might have used that in wining preservation of the approval found in the vote! But the C of C managed to lose the item…. Case lost!

    NOW MR HERNANDEZ on to your particular problem…

    As to the economics of movie theater rental structures, I suggest that you undertake what is known in Real Estate Appraisal circles as a Market Comparison!. ( I seem to recall you teach…. What… sculpture ??) You are intelligent enough to understand what I am saying without reading something else into the advice.

    Start with the City of Hayward Council Chambers and see if their rental rate is more satisfactory … then approach Chabot College, they too have a theater! Next, try an approach to the folks who converted a theater into a church. It is located on Hesperian opposite the Chabot Campus. The parking lot appears vacant most days!

    Is the theater in Castro Valley available? I pass by that structure at various times of the daylight hours when en route to my dentist’s office. Seems to me that it opens only in early evening and might be available in afternoon periods.. Except weekends.

    I could go on but frankly it would be a time wasting effort to advise you further on the subject of Movie House economics. That was an educating experience in my 30 years of Real Estate Appraisal Experience… I recall having been involved with two Drive in Theater appraisals and three ‘Hard Tops’ owned by a Theater Chain which happened to be a valued customer of the Bank for whom I worked. My ego is tempted to write a DAZZLING TOME! Which few blog users here would grasp! Do your own ‘market study‘! You could not afford my fee!

    BY THE WAY…IT WAS INTENDED AS A ‘BREAK’ NOT A BRAKE
    WHICH MIGHT HAVE BEEN ON YOUR MIND IF YOU DRIVE A TOYOTA PRODUCT.

  • Justwatching

    Mr Kyle

    I was reading through a dissertation you wrote April 13th about the demise of our downtown shopping areas and near the bottom you stated: “Presently needed is an application of aggressive business leadership skills by City Council members with separate or co-coordinated Chamber of Commerce effort.”

    This is interesting, because I thought Anna May’s successful business experience in Hayward would be just the type of individual that should be on the city council but she wants to move the Hayward School Board. Oh well.

    For many years our city officials have believed that if the build it they will come. I don’t think they have ever really sat down and asked why? Why would folks flock to the ‘B’ Street Mall. Forcing the commute traffic to flow through downtown Hayward hasn’t done anything, the new Century Theater downtown is struggling and of course the answer to all our ills is build a one way loop. What’s next? Oh, maybe we should try and build the freeway in the hills again. LOL.

  • John Kyle

    Just watching

    Time to do sometinhg other than just watching ?

    It is eelection time! Try marching to the public speaking period before City Council or Trusttee Meeting occasions, the speak up with a bit of passio0n inn your voice, motivate these chatracters many of whom have no idea of waht thaey aare getting in to …. thus relying on the worh ‘catch phrase, “I WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!’ hIT ‘EM AGAIN AND AGAIN!

    bRING TO THEIR ATTENTION OF OUR COMMON NEED FOR A tOWN hALL mEETING IN WHICH NEGATIVE COMPLAINTS ARE NOT PERMITTED UNLESS THE SPEAKERS USE THAT AS A LEAD IN TO OUTLINE A SOLUTION!

    THAT IS THE KEY TO OUR NEDED CORRECTION OF IMAGE! POSITIVE SUGGESTIONS AND PERHAPS ERECTION OF CONCEPT OF PERMANEBT ‘COMMISSIONS’ OR IF YOU WILL, ‘AD HOC GROUPS’ WHICH ADDRESS POSSIBLE CORRECTIONS TO ONGOING, LONG ACKNOWLEDGED PROBLEMS SUCH AS LOSS OF ada MONEY TO SCHOOLS WHICH SEE HOOKY PLAYERS ALONE CREATING LOSS OF STATE ENTILEMENTS AMOUNTING TO OVER $1,000,000 PER YEAR.

    AS IF THAT WAS NOT REASON ENOUGH TO HAVE A TOWN HALL MEETING AT WHICH ‘SOLUTIONS’ RATHER THAN COMPLAINTS ARE OFFERED!.

    GET IT? IT AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN UNLESS YOU MAKE IT HAPPEN! SO, JOIN IN, RAISE SUPPORT FOR THE IDEA AT PUBLIC COMMENTS OPPORTUNITY, ESSPECIALLY AT SCHOOL DISTRICT.

    As to Anna May…. the lady is intent on seeing HUSD as a bigger problem then ‘down town’. Then too she may have hit a stonewall….. so maybe Zermeno could bring his influence with the Hispanic ’roundtaablel group at C of C. gatherings. Do you know him?
    Call him using his City Hall message answering opportunity or WRITE HIM A NOTE C/O CITY HALL?

    TRY TO NAIL CANDIDATE SALINAS down on this topic also! IT

  • John Kyle

    Just watching

    Time to do sometinhg other than just watching ?

    It is eelection time! Try marching to the public speaking period before City Council or Trusttee Meeting occasions, the speak up with a bit of passio0n inn your voice, motivate these chatracters many of whom have no idea of waht thaey aare getting in to …. thus relying on the worh ‘catch phrase, “I WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!’ hIT ‘EM AGAIN AND AGAIN!

    bRING TO THEIR ATTENTION OF OUR COMMON NEED FOR A tOWN hALL mEETING IN WHICH NEGATIVE COMPLAINTS ARE NOT PERMITTED UNLESS THE SPEAKERS USE THAT AS A LEAD IN TO OUTLINE A SOLUTION!

    THAT IS THE KEY TO OUR NEDED CORRECTION OF IMAGE! POSITIVE SUGGESTIONS AND PERHAPS ERECTION OF CONCEPT OF PERMANEBT ‘COMMISSIONS’ OR IF YOU WILL, ‘AD HOC GROUPS’ WHICH ADDRESS POSSIBLE CORRECTIONS TO ONGOING, LONG ACKNOWLEDGED PROBLEMS SUCH AS LOSS OF ada MONEY TO SCHOOLS WHICH SEE HOOKY PLAYERS ALONE CREATING LOSS OF STATE ENTILEMENTS AMOUNTING TO OVER $1,000,000 PER YEAR.

    AS IF THAT WAS NOT REASON ENOUGH TO HAVE A TOWN HALL MEETING AT WHICH ‘SOLUTIONS’ RATHER THAN COMPLAINTS ARE OFFERED!.

    GET IT? IT AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN UNLESS YOU MAKE IT HAPPEN! SO, JOIN IN, RAISE SUPPORT FOR THE IDEA AT PUBLIC COMMENTS OPPORTUNITY, ESSPECIALLY AT SCHOOL DISTRICT.

    As to Anna May…. the lady is intent on seeing HUSD as a bigger problem then ‘down town’. Then too she may have hit a stonewall….. so maybe Zermeno could bring his influence with the Hispanic ’roundtaablel group at C of C. gatherings. Do you know him?
    Call him using his City Hall message answering opportunity or WRITE HIM A NOTE C/O CITY HALL?

    TRY TO NAIL CANDIDATE SALINAS down on this topic also! IT

  • Justwatching

    Mr Kyle

    The name is Justwatching and I know you have heard off ‘Walk softly and carry a big stick’. Well, I am gathering information. I hope hitting a stonewall hasn’t discouraged her. I think I remember a saying “When the going gets Tough, The Tough get going”. Oh Well. I remember when Anna May came to my door soliciting our vote and explained all that she was going to accomplish for the City of Hayward and you know what I voted for her. Alas!

  • John Kyle

    Justwatching.

    What yOu have stated about Anna May’s pre-election comments, is true of many that have in the PAST, BEEN ELECTED TO COUNCIL.

    MANY, HAVE IN THE PAST BECOME AWARE THAT THEY ARE UNABLE TO ACHEIVE SUCCESS IN THEIR DESIRES FOR THE SIMPLE REASON THAT THEY HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO GATHER THREE MORE VOTES, WHICH WHEN COMBINED WITH THEIR OWN, do not BRING A MAJORITY TO ISSUES.

    OTHERS, EVENTUALLY ALSO DISCOVER THAT THEIR IDEAS AND DESIRES ARE JUST NOT PRACTICAL WHEN FACED WITH EXISTENT AND PROBABLE FUTURE PREDICTIONS IN ECONOMY AND POLITICal trends.

    I don’t knock that. Once in a while we see one who is able to lead such as occurred with Mr. Sweeney.

    The problem is increasingly greater with selection of the Board of Trustees…… candidates there are often found in confusion or opposition where the details of the Education Code are, to them at least, unfathomable.

    An example: Try reading the Agenda placed before them while not beinbg afforded a glossary of accronyms which provide clues on the nature of the discussions!

    Or, try mesuring the built up resntment occurring IN MINDS OF ATTENDEES, WHEN THE NEETING IS OPENED AFTER THE APPOINTED TIME, when ‘specisl features’ add further delay, or are unnecessarily delayed when student ‘honorary board members’ are granted opportunity for public comments which often go well beyond the time limits afforded the electorate, while not being well presented or coherrant! Then when presented with pubile public comment moment arrives.that there is a 3 MINUTE limit per speaker,for a total of just 60 minutes, where use of translators takes more than three minutes, after which those not yet heard must wait until item “J” ON THE AGENDA , AT the end of the meeting !

    Then we come to other practical matters where the Board of Trustees, create ‘by-laws’ which only serve to shoot themselves in the foot.

    For the above and other reasons, we see the Public simply ‘turned off’ by acussatorial remraks brought to public comments that lead nowwhere except discouragement of on-lookers. Beleive me, we have a heavy representatiomn of those who do “Heavy on-look- ing” here in Hayward.

    For all of the above reasons I continue to attenpt the ‘sale’ of our collective need for a “town hall meeting” sponsored as an official action by the Board of Trustees: with the caveat which suggests that if they are as inteligent as they think themselves to be, they would do nothing except observe and listen to their stakeholders (electorate?)

    Let the people’s forum ( Town Hall Meeting’) be conducted in ‘break out’ groups of 15 or 20 seated individuals, who would speak to the general idea of what is or is not possible if the Trustees would simply permit the creation of ‘Ad hoc’ groups or if you will, “commissions”, established on a permanent basis but limited, each to a specific area of community concern.

    OF COURSE THE TOWN HALL MEETING IS OPEN TO OTHER IDREAS BEYOND THAT WHICH IS OUTLINED ABOVE…. THEYT M=UST COME FORTH FROM INDIVIDUAL BREAK=K OUT GROUPS, IF THE MEETING IS TO HAVE A CHANEC TO OPEN AND CONCLUDE IN A THREE HOUR TIME PERIOD.

    The example of such a concept occurs in Cities throughout the State. sEE hAYWARDS USE OF 10 SUCH GROUPS ON IT’S WEBSITE (WWW.HAYWARD-CA.GOV) Library Commission, Planning Commission etc…..

    Here in Hayward, I would like to see a “Sports and Promotions’ ad hoc group (COMMISSION /) dedicated to raising funds to support school atheltic activiies, Their ideas for ‘hole in one tournaments’ and other similar ideas would do much in relief of our strained education budget.

    Another idea, an ad hoc group dedicated to the concerns and solutions of ADA money losses experienced AS RESULT OF “HOOKY” ACTIVITY BY STUDENTS WHO CAUSE MONEY LOSSES TO THE BUDGET, PRESENTLY ESTIMATED AS BEING IN EXCESS OF $1,000,000. PER YEAR !!! ( SEE SAN FRANCISCO’S INTENTION TO FINE PARENTS WHOSE STUDENTS CAUSE THAT PARTICULAR PROBLEM? )

    One thing which would not be permitted would be scurrilous ATTACKS AGINST TEACHERS,ADMINISTRATORS OR BOARD MEMBERS.

    ADMITTANCE TO THE TOWN hALL MEETING WOULD BE LIMITED TO THOSE HOLDING A DRIVERS LICENSE REFLECTING A ZIP CODE ADDRESS FOUND EXSITENT WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF HUSD. ALL MUST BE OF VOTING AGE AND WHETHER A CITIZEN OR NOT, WOULD NEED TO ESTABLISH LEGAL RESIDENCE…. ””IF YOU TAX ‘EM, THEN LET THERE BE FULL PARTICIPATION IN HOW THOSE TAXES ARE SPENT!

    I THINK, A PROPERLY CONDUCTED AND ATTENDED TOWN HALL MEETING TO BE A PATHWAY TO SOLUTION OF ‘husd’ MONEY AND ADMINISTRATIVE PROBLEMS WHICH WE WILL NEED SOME, NON-MONETORY SUPPORT FROM THE CITY AS WELL AS THE School district and for that reason OUR City Council attendence ought be invited with same suggestion that they observe but refrain from comment until all the ideas, recorded on paper at each ‘break out group parlay, are sifted thriough for purposes of addressing thiose thought most able to be efrfected in terms of time but with intemntion of presnting those ideas as the process moves along.

    yOU WILL BE SURPRISED AT HOW MUCH CAN BE DONE THROUGH DEVELOPMENT OF NEW IDEAS AS WELL AS IDENTIFICATION OF
    NEW COMMUNITY LEADERS!

    DEAR ‘JUSTWATCHING’ ARE YOU ONE OF THOSE WITH IDEAS,
    TIME, AND INTEREST IN EDUCATION COMBINED WITH INTESTINAL FORTITUDE, WILLING TO ADVANCE THE IDEA AND POTENTIALITY OF A “TOWN HALL MEETING” OR, A MERE CRITIC WITH NO REAL INTEREST BEYOND ‘HEAVY ONLOOKING’?

  • obama.newage

    ‘Justwatching’ you have every right to your opinion and keep saying it. I have not been here for a while and see that this blog has not changed. People are just being bullied when they have a different opinion. If that town hall meeting is going to be anything like this blog then I do not want any part of it. The person promoting the town hall meeting is a bully on this blog.
    ‘Justwatching’ I too also voted Ana May and Francisco Zermeno for what I thought were going to make a difference or if not then they would have stuck with their message. Oh well some politicians are just weak. Thank God I moved to Oakland. I wish I could get my daughter to move with her kids out of Hayward. Unfortunately some of my grand kids go to the Hayward schools. But there might be some hope. I believe there is a special election petition going around to change the board.

  • John Kyle

    Obama,newage,

    I thank God you live in Oakland, where I am sure you are succeding in having a hand at ‘Change’.

    The ‘special election’ will not succeed in bringing success to HUSD. What it will do is succeed in diminishing a large supply of money, due to election expense to HUSD, which by law must pay that bill. Thus do we see still another bit of rationale for holding a Town Hall meeting. Her daughter abd Grandchild will, of course, be affected by that expense!

    Fortunately Obama,newage, will be able to be spared that expense, which she ought contribute to support of Oakland schools, or make a contribution to very heavy numbers of parollees ( Felons on parole,) living in Oakland, who need education at ‘Night schools’ now no longer available to Hayward’s supply of ex-felons!.

    Why is it that some people are not able to rationalize with all the talents handed out to them by by “The Almighty” at Birth?

  • obama.newage

    In Oakland we don’t have the Board members with conflict of interests in superintendents or employees. Our board strictly forbids having any family member at those positions or any conflicts period.

    Hayward district is just too corrupt like the people are saying at http://www.betterhayward.com check out that sight from the special election people. They are right I was at that meeting. And now HUSD erased the tapes and shredded documents!! Wow!! Shame on the HUSD and the corrupt Board members. I know at least one there does things right.(Mr. Reynoso keep asking those tough questions we are behind you)

    I will be encouraging my daughter and her neighbors to sign that special election petition that can be downloaded from that same website http://www.betterhayward.com then maybe the district will do another interview of candidates with no relatives at HUSD. Thank you Audie Bock!!!!

  • http://NONE John Kyle

    Now I KNOW WHO YOU ARE!

    YOU ARE THE HEAVY SET LADY WHO WAS ONCE A MEMBER OF THE BOARD BACK IN TYHE 1990′S RIGHT!

    YOUR RAW JAW HABITS ARE GOONA GET YOU IN TROUBLE WHEN YOU START ACCUSING husd OF SHREDDING ETC….. WATCH IT… A LAW SUIT MIGHT COME YOUR WAY. HAVE YOU PROOF OF CORRUPTION?

    BO OF BOY. TALK ABOUT A TRULY MEAN PERSON…..YOU TAKE THE CAKE!

    I WILL ALERT THE TUSTEES TO THE OPPORTUNITY FOR A LAWSUIT IN YOUR DIRECTION! FURTHER MORE, i WILL ASK rEVIEW TO BLOCK ENTRIES FROM YOU.

  • John W. Kyle

    O’Bama.newage

    You hace criossed the line! I consider your remarks at 17 above to be libelous and have made a request that the last two posts be removed.

    You ought not be permitted to continue with your scurrilous remarks.

  • teachermama

    The CEO of Cinemark was a heavy donor to the Yes on 8 Campaign. I am also a devotee of Netflix, as I try not to patronize chain theaters and there are hardly any independent movie houses left (not to mention adding the cost of babysitter to the ticket price. Sheesh!). I am disappointed, although not entirely surprised, to hear that Cinemark declined the opportunity to support our community at Fernando’s event. I also wish they showed more foreign and indie films. And I agree that the few times I have been it is always empty. All in all, it’s been a pretty easy boycott. Do you think it will even be in around next year?

  • teachermama

    Because the one thing I hate more than corporate homophobes peddling Hollywood shlock is a movie theater at the mall. I’d rather drive to Berkeley or Oakland than to Bayfair or Union Landing. Sorry for all the typos, too.

  • obama.newage

    So now the way I look is an issue with you. Since when does anybody’s weight become an issue if they don’t agree with you. Face it HUSD has people asking for a special election because many honest people feel it is just wrong to have a director of personnel have a husband on the board. It can only happen in Hayward. I tend to agree with Audie Bock and many others that the appointment was a sham. Yep HUSD is corrupt.

  • John W. Kyle

    O’Bama.newage

    Please explain why your accusations are not libelous ! You defame folks who acted under advice of a SERVING THE TRUSTEES AS ADVISORY LAWYER, ON THE DAY OF AUDIE BOCK’S FAILURE TO GAIN A SEAT WITHOUT THE ERFFORT OF A CAMPAIGN, but then, you. ( O’BAMA NEW AGE) know more than any lawyer. Right? THE CHOICE MADE BY TRUSTEES WAS EXCELLENT !

    I am curious to know how it is that in the instance of Audie Bock’s disappointment, it appears that it has become the case that only a limited number of signatures are needed to cause a recall. (around 1,500 ?) to assure a recall by ‘inspired thinkers’, who fail recognition of the involved expense.

    Why impose further monetary (thus educational), impediments upon your Grandchildren? Surely you do not believe your influence will see them favored after winning a recall? YOU ARE ONE MEAN GRANDMA!

    I recall that in early 1994, a local group of three citizens, led by a failed elementary school principal, attempted a recall of three Trustees while failing to recognize that at least two were required to run for re-election. within four or five months of a successful recall.

    At that time the rule was that something like 10,000 signatures were required. When was the change in law effected?

    You can not imagine my great pleasure in seeing that 1994 signature gathering effort fail, as I trooped along to the signature gathering locations, holding up a protest sign while handing out flyers pointing out the fallacies of their arguments.

    In the present attempt at recall, which only punishes the students of HUSD, the Audie Bock group needs just something less than 20% of the number required for recall in 1994. When did the law affecting recall change?

    Can you explain that ? Wirhout the irrationality seen associated with you?

    Who told you that the submissions by applicants aND THE records of PROCEEDINGS LEADING UP TO THE FINAL CHOICE were trashed by HUSD ?

    I suppose that I will need to hand over my copy of applications showing qualifications of those made available to the public……

    HAD YOU NOT BEEN SEEN ‘FLITTING AROUND THE ROOM’ ON THE DAY OF THE INTERVIEWS, YOU MIGHT HAVE OBSERVED THE AVAILABILITY OF THE ‘PACKAGE OF INTERVIEW APPLICATIONS’ WHICH WERE AVAILABLE TO THOSE WITNESSING THAT DAY’S EVENTS.

    you mean that you CHOOSE TO ASURE OUR READERS, THAT YOU OF ALL PEOPLE, now see yourself as being unaware that copies of applicant statements were made available to the public prior to the interviews.

    Girl, you sure are not very observasnt of your surroundings.

    How did you arrive at the conclusion that HUSD is corrupt? If you are the person I think you to be…
    you had acheived nothing but disruption during your heydey! Is that why you reort to use of ‘nom de plume’?

    Since you no longer reside in the school district, let your daughter do the battle! YOU HAVE ENOUGH TO DO WHEN SORTING OUT OAKLAND’S PROBLEMS!

  • obama.newage

    I think you are worried that the people will rise and actually pull off the special election. Maybe the people will wake up!! I say I hope that they do. Too bad I can’t circulate that petition since I am not registered to vote in Hayward. As their website says corruption is a lot more expensive than any election, and that is so true. Did you know that all those things they say on the website are true. Prove me wrong and ask the school district that you will like to listen to the tape on the part where the board member was objecting to the conflict of interest of the new member having a wife as the director of personnel and the motion raised by the president. Is all true! It is a sham!!!! Go Audie Go!! http://www.besthayward.com Oh and also ask to see the official ORIGINAL applications of the candidates.. they are gone!! Admit it… some thing smells very bad at HUSD.

  • obama.newage

    Sorry you all the actual website is http://www.betterhayward.com
    I keep on getting mixed up between best and better. Maybe is because I always want the kids to get the best Hayward. Hayward school can be so much better but we need to change that corrupt district.

  • John W. Kyle

    O’BAMA NEW AGE…… O’BAMA WOULD HANG HIS HEAD LOW IF HE KNEW YOU AND OF THAT WHICH YOU SAY HERE ON THE BLOG.

    WELL, MISS ‘RAW JAW’. KEEP UP YOUR BLATHER FOR ALL TO SEE..NOT THAT THEY WILL UNDERSTAND ANYTHING WHICH YOU WRITE!

    WHAT THEY WILL UNDERSTAND IS THAT YOUR SLANDEROUS SCRIBBLES MAKES MY POINT. WHICH IS: YOU ARE AND THE SUPPORTERS OF THE RECALL ARE MINDLESS!

    I AM DONE WITH YOU! YOU LACK WEIGHT OF INFLUENCE IN THIS COMMUNITY!

  • obama.newage

    I’m not sure why you find it so amusing to make fun of my weight. Does it bother you to know the corruption is so deep at Hayward or have you gotten used to it like most people have?

  • John W. Kyle

    O’Bama new age.

    you make my point simple!

    Read ‘force of influence’ or ‘power of influence’ or to take a term from rugby, sometimes used in politics, ‘influence of weight’
    Or think of retort to this…

    Try the ‘lack influece of power, position or community esteem etc etc.

    All of which is different wnen using ‘raw jaw’ which evokes complete disdain !
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  • obama.newage

    I find your way of handling anyone here that disagrees with you very insulting. It is almost as if you are someone that needs therapy to deal with what is wrong with HUSD. Face it the school district always gets ripped off by the board when they bring in their friends and hire them as superintendents, board members, and principals. Maybe one day you can put your energy to use and touch on the good side of people that actually care about Hayward. You may make fun of Oakland but it has taken us a while to finally rally the people to do something, even town hall meetings which we have often in different ways.

  • John W. Kyle

    O’bama.new age

    damnant quod non inteligent…

    they condemn what they do not understand…..

    the perennial cry of the obscure failed…. want to be trustee?

    Fits you ? Does it not?

  • obama.newage

    Come see our meetings in Oakland so that you can see for your self. At least we don’t have a wife and a husband as school board and as personel director. Yes we have come a long way. We have problems too and maybe a strike soon, but no corruption in Oakland. You really think you are the only person that cares about schools? Bunch of us do it will surprised. I don’t need to impres people with jive latin to tell you how many of us want kids to be free of crime and get more education. Do you know that Hayward was once the place where people wanted their kids to go to school? Now what? It is filled with sham board apointments and fraud and overpaid district people. What have you to say of paying 2 superintendents at the same time? Why did you people allow that to happen?

  • John W. Kyle

    Teachermomma …and all other reasonable folk!
    The attempt at recall has failed….. miserably!

    Reason has pervailed….. poorly conceived recall attempt has failed miserably!

    School kids are not being cheated out those recall expense monies that would be demied them!

    Those who made libelous deragatory remarks about HUSD being corrupt are denied their wish! let their nights be sleelpless!

  • John W. Kyle

    O’bama.new age,

    How come you never noticed the transience rate anong Supterintendednt’s atarting in the late 1980′…. when you were active in affairs here in Hayward. Latin is Jive? Shucks, you just shining me on right?

  • obama.newage

    The superintendents of today are not the same anymore have you seen that? They all want money to mess you all. The state needs to have salary limits based on some multiple of a percentage of the lowest pay worker. If a delivery man makes $10 and hour then her salary should not be more than 5 times the lowest person or something like that. Why don’t you help the HUSD people on not paying so much for useless personel at high salarys. I was so mad when I found out the board aproved to keep on paying of the last superintendent and now the $1000 a day of the new one. Where will it end? You know Latin is not jive but how you use it to try to play with me is jive.

  • John W. Kyle

    O’bama new age;

    When contracts are signed, you must fulfill the terms of the deal, you fire ‘em you pay them!….. which means you cannot arbitrarily fire them, without fulfilling the terms of the contract, unless their hands are caught in the cookie jar.

    As you well know from your own experience in the past here at HUSD, the error is made when accepting a hire on his terms. I agree with you, I would never have hired the last individual based on his ‘job hopping’ history.

    The complaints against the indivisual piled up and
    Trustees for what ever reason, are not permitted to discuss personnel matters outside the closed meeting room. Surely, with your history you are aware of that. Are you not?

    The analogy you describe in your above submission, is poor…. you have to pay the individualos, ‘the going rate’ and in California’s extreme need we find ourselves in a market for talent which is very highly competitive,…. if you want any brains and educational expaerience in your hires.

    If I gain sufficiebt attention to the TOWN Hall meeting idea, it will eventuate to a partial determination of the problem with truancy and HOOKY which lead to a high number of ‘drop outs’ in our schools. I empathsize with the Black American Community who see and understand the problem with drop outs amoung young black males pARTICULARLY. wHICh IS WHY I CHANGED PARTY REGISTRATION AND ACTIVELY ENCOURAGED VOTES FOR O’BAMA.

    IN WHOSE NAME I INSERT An ‘ TO SEE O’Bama from ‘county’ Kenya..; a segement of the world about the same size as Ireland?

    dOES ANYONE IN AMERICA UNDERSTAND WHAT IT TOOK TO BE ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE LAW REVIEW GROUP ( CLASS) AT HARVARD? dO NOT TRY TO TELL ME THAT O’Bama HIRED TUTORS OR BOUGHT THE VOTES TO ATTAIN THAT STATUS!The man worked hard at devloping reading and speaking skills and crafted much good logic into the effort needed to become a lawyer.

    Our school problem, statewide,is with truancy and transiency, which seriously affects ADA money paid by the state, In reparation FOR the theft of our real estate tax money which went directly to the schools in former times, has since been the basic cause of the problem.

    It isn’t just the expense of hiring attendence clerks and writing unfathomanle reports needed to collect the ADA money, which is a big expense in and of itself, but now we have the problem in Oakland and Haywared of a high number of felons on parole many of whom will not be under the three year supervision ( State can not pay for more parole officers???/) but those poor felons as individuals are sent, in very heavy numbers to either Hayward or Oakland…..And Guess what? City of Pleasanton which has a school district within it’s city does not have single parolee in it’s City… while Hayward has about 600 and Oakland has over 2,ooo whose children are packed into the older City schools!……something in excess of 60% go back to the slammer within three years. No count is made by the State establishing rate of recidivism in years after release from supervison by a parole officer.

    Now, we have to send some of those guys back to civil life, some without supervison, because the State can not afford new prisons nor the health bills in overcrowded prisons…. per a Federal judge.

    +You can expect an increase in loss of ADA money to public schools by State of Califiornia…. because???

    Bet your bottom dollar on the idea that ADA sums per student will not incrase! But the felons have Families!

    You are aware are you not that paroled felons have families and they move around a lot, probably use section eight, part of which is denied their kids when he gets caught and wife uses rent money for bail or lawyers…. thus school attendence fails too…. the good old double whammy! Right?

    You were active in HUSd schools, so do not tell me that you are unaware of that problem?

    As a teen ager between junior and senior class, I was deesparate for money… my widowed mother had three sons I was the oldest, she worked but her cancer was getting worse and she lost time….

    I took a job washing Dishes on the Lurline a passenger vessel sailing bewtwween Hawaii and the West coast. SF To Honolulu one trip then then went on to La and reverse the pattern…. signed on as a scullion, the lowest paid job on the vessel. Paid $1.00 per hour 12 hours a day with $0.50 cents overtime after 8 hours. Bunk, chow and laundry with clean showers tosseed in! I weighed only about 150 in those days, shaved about once a week with a dry face and safty razor…. perfect target for the many homosexuals…. got one huge black eye defending ny self one night…. the Negro crew rescued me at the suggestion of the on board union leader, AND STEWARDESS, ( ARELENE SLAUGHTER) who eventuated years later to become Huey Newton’s mother in-law; I was the only white guy in the voluntarily segregated CREW QUARTERS where I was assured that none where homosexual…. they cornered the guy who assaulted me, brought him to the quarters and invited me to take a shot…. which I refused but since they continued to insist, under mild threat, I struck a weak blow and was subjected to comments to the effect that you weak white kids never chopped no cotton etc. The offender was promised serious ‘trouble’ if he was not the first down the gang plank at next California Port! We all watched as he ran to the end of the pier!

    Three months in that situation taught me one hell of a lot about the suffering of Black men particularly when they took jobs, when offered, that were mean.
    I tell you all this because it stood me in Good stead even to the point when I returned to school some of my teachers thought me to be a bit communistic. My public speaking class teacher particularly got a grin on his face because they knew my subject had at least sonething for other students to learn from me. I continued that atttude when in the US Army for two years!

    I recognized however that the black experience was a whole lot likemy grandparents who
    had emigrated from Ireland without much education or job offers when they got here.

    My paternal Grandfather was the only one who was born n this country and became an oakland Police officer. He once built a home in OAKLAND’S upper Grand lake area and when they moved in, a LOT OF garbage was dumped on their front porch and stairs. In those days the post office delivered post cards with insulting pictures printed on THE front. One which arrived and was read by my foreign born grandmother was really bad. IT had her very upset….. showed a pig with curly tail and a shamrock tied to the tail, climbing the stairs of what was depicted and seen as a Catholic Church. the note read ,,,, get out of our neighborhood you Irish Pig !

    Well, grandad was a plain clothes cop at this time, so he wore a shoulder holster and gun, without his coat in the early morning as neigbors walked past while he waterd the garden… gave a friendly hello as all walked by on their way to the Lakeshore Ave Street Cars….. He would purposely come home early, parked one of those keystone cop cars which Oakland used, again the coat off, shoulder holster and badge on…. giving every body a friendly greeting as they walked by!
    No more CRAP… BUT GRANDMOTHER WAS GIVEN MANY FRIENDLY HELLOS DURING THE DAY AS SHE TENDED TO CHORES. fROM THEN ON NO ONE OBSERVED THE DEED RESTRICTIONS.
    IN 1965 I WAS ASKED TO DO SOME REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL WORK in that neigborhood,…. LO AND BEHOLD, THE BLACK REALTOR MET ME THERE…. I DID NOT LET ON WHAT I KNEW ABOUT THE HOME, ENJOYED THE INTERIOR INSPECTION ETC….. GOT TO TALKING ABOUT THINGS AND I ASKED..”HOW IS THE NEIGHBORHOOD GOING.??”. “FINE” SAID HE… “BUT WE DO HAVE SOME OF THOSE DAMN WHITE HIPPIES MOVING IN !”….. WHICH caused med to breakout LAUGHING AND THUS HAD TO TELL HIM ABOUT MY GRANDFATHER, HIS SOLUTION AND HIS OWN PREJUDICIAL COMMENT ( about 1936)
    WHEN HE MADE A REMARK ABVOUT THE CHINESE MOVIMG IN!

    I WIND UP THIS TALE WITH THE PLEA THAT YOU NOT DISLIKE ME FOR MY DIFFICULTY IN COMMUNICATION WITH YOU….. WE CAN LEARN FROM EACH OTHER IF YOU WILL PERMIT THAT!

  • John W. Kyle

    O’bama.new age

    In this blog you constantly make referehnces to ‘corruption’ at HUSD.

    If you speak of corruption in Haywasrd, ( which does not exist except in dark recesses of your own mind,) I imagine you are referring to the type of corruption occurring at Peralta Community college, as seenin the rather disturbing story occurring in the issues of ANG News[apers today.

    The apparent corruption involves a tguy who9, correct me if i AM WRONG, ONCE THE mAYOT OF oAKLAND, AND IS NOW THE BIG DEAL AT pERALTZ cOLLEGE.

    hE IS THE SAME GENTLEMEN WHO WON ONLY 49% OF THE VOTE WHEN RUNNI9NG FOR THE ASSEMBLY SEAT AT THE SAME TIME mS. bOCK WON ONLY 9% OF THAT VOTE…… tHE RUN-OOF EKECTION CAUSED BY FAILURE OF ANY CANDIDATE TO GAIN A MINIMUM OF 50% AS REQUIRED UNDER THE LAW GOVERNING SUCH ACTIVITIES. mS bOCK WON BECAUSE THE FORMEWR MAYOR, THE PRESENT TOP DOG AT pERALTA GOT CAUGHT VIOLATIONG ELECTION LAW.

    SEEMS TO ME YOU HAVE MORE CAUSE TO REALLY GET IN AND WORK HARD AT CLEANING UP OAKLAND RATHER THAN TO LAY BACK AND WORRY AGBOUT HUSD.

    THEN, YOUR MIND WOULD NOT BE HEAVILY WEIGHED WITH CONCERN, ANGST, WORRY…ETC ABOUT THINGS OVER WHICH YOU HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO VOTE !

    MAKE IT TO CHURCH YESTERDAY?