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Conversations about conservation concerns

Any thoughts on Hayward’s Residential Energy Conservation Ordinance? Here’s our preview story on the special Sustainability Committee meeting tonight, and here’s the city’s report on the matter. At previous public meetings, members of the real estate community turned out to speak against it on the grounds that it can only damage a market that’s already hurting, particularly if the requirements are triggered upon sale of a property.

Staff is recommending three such triggers: Older homes have a deadline in 2023 or 2025 for upgrades, improvements costing more than $50,000 would require compliance for the property, and buyers would have two years after purchase to comply. Costs of various retrofits ranges from around $1,000 to $4,000, according to the report.

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Hayward area election links

Here are some links to look at… like I mentioned in a recent comment, I’m off this week but I wanted to open up a new post for election commenting.

HUSD 2-year seat. Here’s our story.

Here’s the smartvoter information page on candidates. Candidate websites: Jesus Armas, Lawrence Fitzpatrick, Annette Walker.

HUSD 4 year seat. Here’s our story.

Here’s the smartvoter information page. Candidate websites: Audie Bock, Lisa Brunner, Sue Lafferty, William McGee, Sheila Sims.

We also had stories on the Eden Township Healthcare District race, Hayward Area Recreation and Park District, San Leandro school board, San Leandro mayor, San Leandro City Council, San Leandro ballot measures, more on San Leandro’s Measure Z, San Lorenzo school board, Fairview Fire  Protection District, Castro Valley Sanitary District, and last but not least, the District 2 supervisor’s race.

Here’s the smartvoter Alameda County page, where you can find more information on many of those races.

The city of Hayward website has a page with links to videos of forums between the supervisors and Hayward school board candidates, but it doesn’t seem to be working for me. Might be my computer.

Catch you all next week!

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Foam fight tonight in Hayward?

Tonight’s City Council agenda includes a public hearing on a Styrofoam ban. You can read the entire item here.

Hayward wouldn’t be the first city to pass such a ban, and it wouldn’t be the first city to have said ban opposed by the Chamber of Commerce. According to an e-mail from Councilman Bill Quirk, that opposition is expected at tonight’s meeting.

Save the Bay also checked in and will be there to speak to the importance of such a ban.

Also on the agenda: A work session on regulating hand-cart vendors, which are currently banned from operating but do anyway.

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Pleased as punch to get that ‘D’

ailygoneWe’re whole again! Ok, I suppose we may still be short-staffed, but at least our sign isn’t.

Here’s a couple of other things to look at, while I’m posting:

The Hayward Fire Department took some dramatic footage of last week’s apartment fire near Cal State East Bay.

And that DMV that used to be in Hayward? Sounds like it won’t be back for a while. Here’s the letter.

And in case you heard about a million sirens going off around noon today, here’s the skinny on that.

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Monday mixed bag

Back from a week’s vacation, getting caught up with goings-on. These appeared while I was gone:

An interesting story that popped up on my Google alerter. It has to do with a Ninth Circuit decision that holds it is illegal to hire inexperienced, uncredentialed  interns as “highly qualified” to teach subjects at the neediest schools. It stems from a lawsuit filed by folks in Richmond, Oakland and Hayward.

And here’s a story on homes approved for the area by the Costco on Hesperian. The city agreed to give the developer some wiggle room on what they have to build, and when.

Here — this one was weird and certainly had people talking. It’s not often  you have a dead bear turn up outside an Ashland market.

Anyone check out the City Council meeting last week? I still have to watch the replay, but I was interested in that smoking ordinance revision workshop.

And anyone seen/heard about the Waiting for Superman film that’s in limited release? It looks like you’d have to take a trip to San Francisco to see it right now, but I’ve heard it’s an eye-opener. If you know anyone who has seen it and wants to talk about it, a colleague of mine is working on a story about it for later this week.