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Early returns: Armas, Walker in dead heat

UPDATE: 100 percent reporting, it’s Armas, Brunner and McGee.

Here’s what we’re looking at with most of the mail-in’s counted. I won’t be able to update the blog too often; either watch Twitter.com/erickurhi or get results on our Alameda County election page.

Hayward USD Governing Board Members, Short Term
Vote for One (1) Only
Total Precincts:    113 Precincts Reported:    0 Percent Reported:    0.00
Contest # of Votes % of Total
NP – Annette Walker 4308 43.46
NP – Jesús Armas 4300 43.38
NP – Lawrence M. Fitzpatrick 1261 12.72
Write-in 43 0.43
Hayward USD Governing Board Members, Full Term
Vote for no more than Two (2)
Total Precincts:    113 Precincts Reported:    0 Percent Reported:    0.00
Contest # of Votes % of Total
NP – Lisa G. Brunner 4046 25.19
NP – William L. Mcgee 3905 24.31
NP – Audie Bock 3202 19.94
NP – Sheila Sims 2696 16.79
NP – E. Sue Lafferty 2152 13.40
Write-in 60 0.37

Eric Kurhi

  • qodrn

    I am stunned at the moment the Audie Bock is leading by a lot for a school board position. I don’t see her as someone who works well with others.

  • Eric Kurhi

    No, Qodrn, that was a mistake on the results site… somehow her HARD result numbers were used in the HUSD race. The above #’s are accurate… right now about half precincts are reporting and it’s still about the same.

  • AnnetteWalkerSupporter

    Having someone like Annette Walker make a difference in the Hayward schoold is critical to Hayward’s success. I believe she can and will make a difference!

    Armas who????

  • Jerimiah

    The clock is clcking, but we all know that Walker has It hands down…

  • John W. Kyle

    All

    Final Results per internet…..

    Armas with 9,087 votes wins two year seat

    Brunner with 8396 votes aand and McGee with 8m026 votes win four seats.

    Audie Bock won more votes than Fitzpatrick but lost in both arenas. Do not worry…. she will try again sonewhere, somehow !

  • John W. Kyle

    All,

    I may be proven wrong but I think the Daily Review will fade from the scene shortly after the New Year celebrations. I do not believe we will see final edition prior to the arrival of Christmas.
    There is insufficient time between this day and Christmas to effect a change in reading habits of subscribers.

    It will not disappear before Christmas since layout space for Christmas ‘stuff’ , is most probably in the channels of the work flow. Final ‘push’ for Christmas advertising space availability has by now already occurred.

    Do not assume that there will be ‘sections’ in the Oakland Tribune, San Jose Mercury News or Contra Costa Times for space dealing with affairs in Hayward.

    My personal choice for a change in subscriptions will probable see me taking the SF Chronicle on a daily basis rather than the Sunday Only edition. However, be forewarned, the Chronicle delivery rates are higher but the substance found in each issue merits the price.

    Good luck Mr. Kurhi…. become more aware of the need to report on more than what is seen on the Police ‘blotters’! The Review is a dead end job and opportunity for a Pulitzer prize lays elsewhere.

  • Sherry Blair

    John Kyle,

    Do you have any evidence for your belief about The Daily Review?

  • John W. Kyle

    Ms. Blair

    Yes, I have already returned, with short postage, an offer to suubscribe to San Jose Mercury News.

    get this….the return address is ‘Daily News Group’
    Dept 8216

    Bay Area News Group;
    San Jose Mercury News
    Los Angeles, Ca. 90084-8216

    More jobs shipped where?

    Of Course I refused the initial offer which seems stupid..;.. $15.00 for initial (Trial Period) over and above what I had Paid Review?

    No thanks……as\\sent the offer back… with short postage!

  • K Rocchio

    A big thank you to each and every candidate! Campaigning takes a great deal of time and commitment and if it weren’t for each of these individuals stepping forward our community would suffer.

    I do not think any of these candidates deserve to be called out for the number of votes they may or may not have received. They all gave this community their best and were willing to serve this District in a position often surrounded with controversy.

    I am looking forward to seeing the elected candidates follow through and stand behind their campaign priorities.

    Thank you Audie Bock, Sheila Sims, Sue Lafferty, Annette Walker and Lawrence Fitzpatrick for your time and effort! Congratulations Mr. McGee, Ms. Brunner and Mr. Armas.

  • teachermama

    This was a tough race, and I would like to see Annette Walker run again. I appreciate the passion, experience, global vision and commitment to bilingual education she expressed during the LWV forum. I hope she continues to participate in HUSD matters as a community member until the next election . . . which would be who and when? Reynoso and Heredia in 2 years? We would be well-served if K. Rocchio changed her mind and ran again then, too.

    Yippee for Brunner and McGee. I think they will bring transparency and accountability to the School Board.

  • John W. Kyle

    Teadchermomma,

    Tune in a bit closer.

    Three seats are up for grabs in two years,,,, assuming that State Takes over, who would want the job> Is that not the excuse offered by Jones and Anna May… of course marriage recently occurring, between those two would drive Reynoso nuts if he runs again and wins.

    I suspect rather strongtly as a result of brief conversation with Ms. Walker, that she had some sort of combination with Jones and Ms. May…. that is why she made mistake running against Armas. I could have voted for her except for presence of Armas whom I much admire. His management experience is of great benefit to HUSD. Acuteness of mind aids quick analysis of the worth of suggestions by other trustees. And the man is polite…. despite Reynoso!

    Frankly, it was Armas who brought forward the new Burbank school and relocation of Roads, expanded Park and open space at the old cannery location. HUSD would have had to hire a very expensive team of experts to even come close to what was accomplished.

  • John W. Kyle

    Teacher mom,

    See today’s story in Review as writ by Kurhi…..??

    I backs up my surmise of the situation expressed above.
    I met and had a few moments in conversation with Ms. Walker. afyer the Forum put on by the Asian Community in South west area near shoreline. …. I too am impressed…..inexperience led her into a triumverate with Ms. May and Mr. Jones who avoided contest with Armas by seeking in the ‘plan before marriage’, a seat on a four year basis rather than just two. Too late for Walker at that point to chase a four year seat.

    Brunner has fulfilled her wish…. now we need to see how she works with the group……McGee is bright and relates well with kids through his interest in Basketball etc. Watch him grow into solution of the needs of HUSD.

    If we see more of Walker involvment with HUSD between now and next election I would too be pleased. It piys Heredia into position of a need for insight into affairs/needs of other segments of community.

  • observer

    Funny that some want to give Mr. Armas all of the credit when it comes to Burbank and Stonebrae. Burbank, you know, the one named a Persistently Low Achieving School Tier I by the CDE? Is it thanks to his management skills that they qualify for SIG (that’s School Improvement Grant just so you know)? Or is it only their phenomenal API growth he wants to get credit for? It seems some believe new buildings, not students and teachers, really boost those test scores! Oh wait, Stonebrae, what happened? You have this lovely new building, thanks to Mr. Armas, and you are slipping in your API! You should call him and let him know, maybe you need a new field, or a bigger classroom. Somebody must not have told Southgate, Tennyson or any of the other “older” schools that made huge growth in their API that it takes a “new” building to make HUSD schools better. Really, the campaign is over, let’s stop letting people take credit for things when really improvements in this District fall on the backs of our teachers, students and their families!

    Funny that Mr. Kyle has no comment on the performance in the polls of Sheila Sims. Looks like Brunner doesn’t have to wait until 2012 to hope for your support. Lucky her! I’m sure you have some thoughts on the fact that she appeared first on this list of candidates and this is probably what you credit for giving Walker such a close shot at the 2 year term. You can only offer speculation on what prompts any of these people to run for which office or where their support comes from so I would really like you to stop guessing! Give the voters of Hayward a little credit!

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Thank you Observer for calling Mr. kyle out.

    I say congratulations to each candidate who spent time and devoted their efforts to making a change in HUSD.

    I am sure that the new board members will not be swayed by who built the newest or biggest buildings to house our students and staff.

  • teachermama

    WE are building the newest, biggest buildings. Have you seen your property tax bill since Measure I passed? The classrooms in the remodeled/new schools better be flippin’ HUGE to accomodate 34 kids (I know the upper grades are used to this, and bless you for managing all these years. It’s quite a shock for the little ones and their teachers). I would gladly pay even higher taxes if we could hire back some teachers and lower class size – and I mean K-12.

  • John W. Kyle

    Observer AND…. Katy. Booth…

    I nade no remarks about Mr. Armas Especially in relation to test scores or absenteeism AT EITHER BURBANK OR STONBRAE. Do either of you THINK ?

    Frankly, I was selected by City Council to serve on the Walpert Ridge ‘ad hoc’ committee which did a great effort in bringing about the construction of the Stonebrae school. I had a hand in the land swap as between the RC Church, EB Regional Park District that facilitated the whole deal…. I was holding out for 700 lots, but Sherman Lewis Hayward;s greatest ever guru of nothingness wanted just 500. That Master of the minds of the of HAPA membersshipo fame, tried to scuttle the deal by filing a lawsuit a week before the AB 50 money was to meet it’s Sunset.. He shook $1,000,000 out of the DEAL MUCH OF WHICH WAS rightfully a sum due the Church.

    Armas had a hand in the negotiations leading to approval of 600 housing units, much of which is not yet sold or even =seen construction starts. So Lewis delayed the project by more than 20 years aand develop lost the opportunity to sell out the project in better economic period. THE LAST MINUTE LAWSUIT WAS INTENDED TO EITHER WRECK THE DEAL OR GAIN $1,000,000 FOR OTHER WHACKO ACTIVITY SHERMAN LEWIS INVOLVES HIMSELF WITH.

    Have you any concept of the harm done to HUSD by the delay in finishing that project…. Which may not occur under present economic conditions for another 5 years. We have lost the ‘ad valorem‘ tax revenue applicable to real property tax income; worse yet, we are experiencing huge delay in the Sq. ft. area of each un-built home. That sum was about $5.00 per sq ft paid to school district when building permits are issued. Let us see, $5.00 per sq. ft. times typical size of 3,500 sq ft of building times 500 lots yet to be bought = $ sum of how much?.

    The Burbank school Construction was not done with Bond money .If anything came from the school district pocket other than for desks etc I would like your advice on the subject If anything, a large part of the effort to relocate streets so to join the school site with Hard Park, it came from City’s redevelopment money A LARGE PART OF THE CITY’S REDEVEL;OPMENT MONEY WAS INVOLVED;.A LOW INCOME APART,MENT COMPLEX WAS BUILT ON THE CORNER OF Cst AND GRAND…. THE UNDEVELOPED LAND ON THE PLAYFIELD ONCE AN ADJUNCT OF THE ‘OLD’ BURBANK SCHOOL INURED TO THE PROJECT TOO.

    FOR YOUR FURTHER EDUCATION KNOW THAT THE STONEBRAE HOUSING PROJECT HAS EXPERIENCED FURTHER DELAY IN THE EDEVELOPMENT DUE TO THE ECONOMY…. A LOT OF EMPTY DESKS WERE MADE AVAILABLE DUE TO THAT SLOW DOWN AFFECT UPON STONEBRAE. THANK YOUR DAMNABLE LUCKY STARS THAT IT WAS AVAILABLE TO RELIEVE THE PRESSURE ON EXISTING SCORES AT FAIRVIEW ETC. INCIDENTALLY, MY MEMORY TELLS ME THAT FAIRVIEW WAS QUITE HIGH ON THE LIST OF TRUANCY AND TRANSIENCE MONEY LOSSES. WISE UP ! YOU HAVE EGG ON T5OUR FACE FOR YOUR BASELESS CRITQUES AT ITEMS IN YOUR ABOVE POSTING…..

    IF ANYONE HAS A RIGHT TO BE ANNOYED, I SURE DO…. IMAGINE MY AMNOYANCE WHEN, AFTER CONTRIBUTING WELL OVER A HUNDRED HOURS TO THE STONEBRAE DEVELOPMENT AD HOC GROUP, I WAS NOT PROVIDED EVEN A NAME TAG ON THE DEDICATION DAY…

    IT WAS LAUGHABLE WHEN SARAH GONZALES CAME INTO THE PRESENCE OF MY WIFE AND MYSELF TO COMPLAIN ABOUT THE MISS-SPELLING OF HER NAME ON THE DEDICATION PLAQUE…… SHE HAD ONLY BEEN ELECTED TO THE BOARD A SHORT WHILE WHEN SHE REGISTERED THAT COMPLAINT…. BUT THEN, … WHAT ARE WE TIO DO WHEN TEACHERS WERE PUT IN CHARGE OF MUCH OF THE PREPARATIONS FOR DEDICATION DAY…. AND THAT OLD MAN…MR. PETERSON WAS STRUTTING AROUND AS THOUGH HE OWNED THE JOINT !

    KATHY’S REMARKS ARE UNBDERSTANDABLE SINCE IN HER AGE RELATED PROBLEMS SHE HAS BECOME DISTURBINGLY ANGRY. Or is she just under the influence of a near neighbor. Johnny ‘Jack’ G. ?

    IF API SCORES AT BURBANK AND STONEBRAE DISTURB YOU, WHY BLAME ARMAS/ HE..HAS NOT YET HAD OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE INFLUENCE—……. GET OUT THE ABACUS FORMED BY THE FINGERS OF JUST YOUR RIGHT HAND…. COUNT THE MONTHS BETWEEN HIS APPOINTMENT AND THE DAY WHEN THE CUT OFF DATE FOR DETERMINATION OF TEST SCORES ARRIVED
    Perhaps you just fail to approve of Latinos, in general?

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Mr. Kyle,
    Go to that preverbial hot spot! You are a one trick pony who cannot just let people speak their mind without some snide comment. Nobody currently or soon to be seated on the board of education walks on water. All constituents have a right to say what they feel and to expect better from those who say they want to improve the lot of our students.

    John G. and his wife have never been anything but kind and courteous to me, which is more than I can say for you. They have not attacked me or anyone else via a blog…they have not spoken publicly about me, particularly they have not spewed out unfactual information nor have they insinuated to some nefarious actions I may have committed. They are no more than neighbors who wave and ask about my family in a sincere and kind way. They are not consumed by a desire to somehow discredit me and mine. Perhaps you should take a lesson from their conduct. By the way they have never discussed whatever it is that has been unpleasant between you and them. I do bellieve that they are “Christian” in their approach to life, and they don’t have to refer to their parochial background or provide biblical quotes to prove their Christian upbringing.
    Do the right thing John Kyle and stop your selfish ugly commenting.

  • John W. Kyle

    Katy,

    Thanks for sharing !

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    The name is Kathi. Again go to the hot place John Kyle and join all of the other vicious people. you will have plenty of company…maybe you can plot the next take over of the neighborhood.

    My child and my grand child are Latino…once again John Kyle you assume so much and know so little. Find a new source to vent your venom on…give the rest of us a break.

  • observer

    Mr. Kyle you made my point. Mr. Armas eeeeked out a win over a total newcomer. All of your promoting here hardly relates to achievement or performance! They all revolve around real estate. If we were looking for a new Manager of Facilities Operations or Facilities and Maintenance, that would be great. But for a Trustee let’s hope there is more to it.Your comments about “involvment with the creation of Burbank School” and that “Burbank School would not have come to fruituion” are a little bold in my opinion. I think it is the families and staff that have created what is now Burbank Elementary, even in the face of complete change.

    You mention Mr. Armas being “intellectually equipped to bring substance to cure the causes of the loss of ADA money”, so I guess we will just have to see how this plays out. Could it be a fine for parents of truant children or town hall meetings??

    There is no reason to relive the history of every committee or personal conversation you have ever had. Frankly we’ve heard it all before, over and over again. You tell the same stories and people are bored with your off-topic rants.

  • John W. Kyle

    Observer.

    Your mind is made up….. so be it!