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Hayward City Council candidate: Lawrence M. Fitzpatrick

By Eric Kurhi
Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 at 12:30 pm in Hayward, Politics.

FITZPATRICK01LAWRENCE M. FITZPATRICK 
  • Age: 51
  • Job: Security guard
  • Education: Some courses at Chabot College
  • Prior offices: None
  • In Hayward: 51 years
  • Family: Wife, three children
  • Favorite Hayward spots: The Book Shop, Costa Azul Taqueria
  • Website: www.lawrencemfitzpatrick.com
  • This is the second of six profiles of the candidates in the Hayward City Council race. Two seats are up for election on the June 8 ballot.

    HAYWARD — A toll booth would go a long way in solving the city’s fiscal problems, Lawrence M. Fitzpatrick said.

    Stick it up there on Foothill Boulevard, he said, so drivers using Hayward’s surface streets as a thoroughfare could chip in $1 per trip and help a local economy that right now they’re abusing.

    “They’re messing up our city with traffic, and we are getting nothing for it,” Fitzpatrick said. “This could bring in $80 million a year. “… Citizens of Hayward would be issued a card so they wouldn’t have to pay. Only those who are using our streets and don’t live here would pay the toll.”

    Fitzpatrick said he would bring that kind of unconventional thinking to the City Council if elected June 8.

    He hasn’t previously held office, but he’s taken a couple of shots at landing a spot on the Hayward school board.

    He lost the election in a crowded field in 2008, and recently was passed over for appointment along with eight other candidates, in favor of former City Manager Jesus Armas.

    Fitzpatrick joined former Assemblywoman Audie Bock, and, calling the appointment process a sham, sought to take the matter to a public vote in a special election.

    The petition drive failed to garner the necessary signatures.

    The activism is something that he got involved in the past couple years, and he said it was spurred because a teacher and friend of his was treated unfairly by the district.

     ”He taught at Harder (Elementary), and brought everyone in his class up to the same level, but the district destroyed his program,” he said. “How can you take someone who has excelled beyond all expectations and treat them bad?”

    He ran for the school board alongside that teacher, Luis Reynoso, who won a seat.

    Reynoso has a reputation for being a firebrand at district meetings, decrying a lack of transparency from his fellow board members and school administrators.

    Fitzpatrick says that’s exactly what he wants to bring to the City Council.

    “I’d make sure people are informed,” he said. “I really want them to see what’s going on. They need someone vocal. I think (Reynoso’s) got the right idea — it might take me a while to get up to that level, but he’s got the right idea.”

    For example, he said Hayward didn’t do enough to let people know about plans to build power plants within the city.

    “The city needs to get citizens more involved in what they’re doing,” Fitzpatrick said. “Right now, no one is really involved in what the City Council does. If people were more involved when the plant was planned, they would have understood what was going on and they would have showed up for meetings. People here became lackadaisical.”

    He said he has been learning more about where he stands as the campaign progresses.

    “When I first started the run, I didn’t have a lot of direction,” he said. “But the more I stay, the more I see the place I want to be.”

    He said that if his council run isn’t successful, he might look again for a place on the school board.

    “Well, if I think I can win, I’ll probably make a run for school board,” he said. “The kids need somebody on their side.”

    Eric Kurhi covers Hayward. Contact him at 510-293-2473. Follow him at Twitter.com/erickurhi. All six candidate profiles — and a forum in which to discuss them — will be available as they appear at www.ibabuzz.com/hayword.

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    • http://www.MarkWelchBlog.com/ Mark Welch

      After reading this article, I don’t have any sense of what Mr. Fitzpatrick seeks to accomplish if elected to the city council. That’s a pretty significant gap, in my view.

      The “toll booth” idea is amusing, by stressing how much Hayward is viewed by some folks as “a place to pass through” and not as a place to live or work. I had assumed that it was simply an amusing anecdote, until I viewed Mr. Fitzpatrick’s web site and see that he considers it to be a serious proposal — but of course the concept isn’t practical or legal. It’s the kind of idea I’d expect from someone who isn’t serious about actually serving in an elected office.

      The article certainly makes it sound as if Mr. Fitzpatrick is more interested in a seat on the school board, not the city council.

    • John W. Kyle

      mR. WELCH,

      MR. fITZPATRICK IS PLEASANT, MILD MANNERED, WELL INTENDED BUT TOTALLY LACKING IN PERSONAL, POLITICAL, EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT.

      bE REMINDED THAT aUDIE bOCK, THE LADY WHO ATTEMPTED TO GAIN A SEAT BY APPOINTMENT TO husd bOARD OF TRUSTEES, ‘ALLOWED’ MT fITZPATRICK TO ‘RUN THE RECALL CAMPAIGN AGAINST MR. AR4MAS.

      THAT GROUP WHICH BOCK GARHERED AROUND HERSEWLF WAS THE MOST INEPT A BUNCH OF ZANIES AS WAS EVER SEEN LOCALLY.

      mR. fITZPATRICK APPLIED FOR THAT OPEN POSITION ON THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES. hIS WAS THE MOST INEPT SCRIBBLE PROVIDED BY THOSE DESIRING APPOINTMENT. hE APPARENTLY HAD A HAND IN WRITING THE ‘SUPPORTING ARGUMENT’ FOR THE RECALL ATTEMPT. tHOSE FOLKS WERE THE MOST INEPT BUNCH OF APPLICANTS EVER SEEN PRESENTING THEMSELVES.

      iT IS HIGHLY PROBABLE THA fITZZPATRICK ET5 AL WILL PLACE THEIR NAMES ON THE NOVEMBER SCHOOL BOARD BALLOT.

      I PERSONALLY WILL NOT VOTE FOR ANY WHO MADE THE ATTEMPT AT RECALL!

    • obama.newage

      Hi all we the people at the hayward adult school like what we heard in his speech. Mr. Fitzpatrick we like your idea of a toll road. I cant vote in Hayward no more but my many friends and family at church and adult school can. We like that he suport all Hayward people. I use to live in the east many years ago and we had toll roads and we stil do and some were like foothill/jackson.

      They are practical and legal in California you just have to plan them. I want you Mr. Fitzpatrick to dont lisen the coments from negative people that have mesed up the city and the schools. I am not a expert in looking things on internet but just googling toll roads in california i found this…look and clik https://www.thetollroads.com/home/images/innovation_model.pdf

    • Monica Schultz

      when first reading this article I thought the toll booth was a joke but he is very serious…. I personally think that’s the last thing we need and find it amusing. as for losing the school board appointment, speaking as a one of the people who applied, i must say that the whole appointment was a joke and it was fixed, if his goal is to get noticed so he can run for the school board, i would like to hear what his goals are as the current school board is bringing Hayward down in many aspects and having a strong school board can compliment all the achievements city council and previous city manager have accomplished to make Hayward an attractive place to live.

    • John W. Kyle

      o’BAMA NEWAGE IS back?
      I was under the imoression that corruption in Hayward WAS SO OVERWHELMING THAT SHE GAVE UP. How many problems has she solved in Oaklnd…. all the world wionders!

      THEN TOO, WHAT DOES ONE EXPECT OF THOSE UNABLE TO DISCERN THAT FOLKS AVOIDINg THE TOLL GATE ON MISSION WOULD WEND THEIR WAY THROUGH THE NEIGBORHOODS OR USE HESPERIAN AND I-88O TO AVOID THE TOLL.

      GIVE THAT LADY A 4.0 GRADE WHEN SHE FINALLY FINISHES HER EDDY-KATION AT VARIOUS ADULT SKOOLS.

    • obama.newage

      Many people said the same thing when they were going to be charged a toll for the bridges. People just pay the toll to make their drive easier and don’t drive around. Stop being so negative and think of solutions for your Hayward. A toll road will bring lots of money for Hayward schools and police and firemen. Hayward has too many people telling what cannot be done and you need people to tell you what can be done. Do something not just be mean and moan. I know you make fun of my weight and age but I have a very difficult time typing after my stroke I had 8 years ago. You are very mean when people don’t agree with you. I do the best I can to type good.

    • John W. Kyle

      O’bama old age.

      Take the toll roasd idea to Mac Arthur Blvdand Lakeshore ave near Grand Ave: [place another on Highway 13 near Temescal
      and a third at 12th street dam at west end of lake….. it would then then be possible to charge a good step toll to help ‘old man Dellums’ pay off his tax debt and other usefukl ideas to ease his old age problem…..

      Peop;e of Oaskland such as yourselof would appreciate that, especially since they can afford it.

      I is the heroic idea of the century…… you ought be pleased at the helpful idea you received from an old overweight guy who thinks only of you!

      \We are so pleased with your past and present presence in Hayward. It must be some sort of undected blessing from above.

    • obama.newage

      I do not think you are paying attention of what Mr. Fitzpatrick said before in his website http://www.lawrencemfitzpatrick.com/.
      Mr. Fitzpatrick has a very good idea to bring money at least let him try it when he is in the city council.
      No one else has taken chances to make claims and plans like that of something new for Hayward. He said that Hayward has the San Mateo bridge which goes right into Hayward. He is right that is too much traffic for Hayward. Oakland does not have that only Hayward. So you are not looking at solutions just being bitter. Oakland does not have any bridge or freeway that ends just like that into Oakland. Did you see a map of Hayward yet? I hope I did not make any mistakes typing for you. It is hard and slow for me to do this. I am never mean to you like you are to many people here that disagree with you.