More info on Hayward City Council candidates

UPDATE: Here’s the story.

Our  story on who’s running for Hayward City Council come June should be posting online soon. And as promised at the end of the story, you can find more information on each candidate here, as collected from the City Clerk’s Office, candidate statements, websites and interviews. Candidates in order per Secretary of State’s randomized alphabet, starting after the jump.

Shahla Azimi

Residence: Fallbrook Drive. Lived in Hayward more than 14 years.

Job: Works for City of Oakland as a revenue analyst.

Education: MA in public administration, Cal State East Bay.

Hobbies: Reading, drawing, baking.

Financial disclosures: None.

Azimi said that she’s very passionate about the city, and “just wants to see Hayward like other cities.” She wants positive changes in schools and businesses. She said the council can convey frustrations and put pressure on the school board, and wants to foster a business climate that will encourage people to spend money in the city and not in Fremont or Pleasanton. She said she is very personable and brings strong budgetary skills to the table, and wants to work toward developing new sources of city revenue.

Website: None at this time.

Francisco Zermeño

Residence: Sleepy Hollow Avenue.

Experience: City Council since 2008. Planning commission, 1999 to 2007, Library Commission, 1998, task force on Hayward Public Library, 1996.

Job: Council member. Spanish professor at Chabot College since 1978. Former owner of Z Video, now runs home business Terlingua Translation with his wife, Elisabeth.

Education: MA in Spanish from UC Santa Barbara. Two years ROTC.

Hobbies: Reading, writing, Spiderman, family, Hayward.

Financial disclosures: Terlingua Translation. Gifts: Tri-Ced Recycling, $200 tickets for fundraiser. Firefighters Local 1909, $100 tickets for fundraiser.

Statement: Councilman, Educator, Businessman.

Hayward, the Bay Area’s 5th largest, the Heart of the Bay, is the city I love, and the one for which I have spent, and will spend all of my energy to keep safe and prosperous. All of the decisions I make as your city councilman are with the very best interests of our city, and you, my neighbors, in mind. Four years ago, I promised to help make Hayward safer, friendlier to small businesses, and to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods. By working together with my council colleagues, city employees and you, we have been able to weather the recession without sacrificing public safety. We have made it easier to start up a business. And we have focused on bringing the community together to help our local schools. There is more to do. You deserve to be safe on your way to work, school, home or play. You deserve a clean environment, with more trees and free of garbage and graffiti. Of course, we need to continue to revitalize our local economy. With your trust, I will continue to work diligently towards an Economically Vital, Safe, Clean, and Green City. I thank you warmly! Hayward on!

Website: www.zermeno.com

Fahim Ajaz Khan

Age: 28

Residence: Pompano Avenue. Lived in Hayward 28 years.

Job: Console operator at A&M Industries in Pleasanton. Started his own business aimed at real estate investing and rental properties. Nonprofit volunteer.

Education: Tennyson High, some Cal State East Bay.

Hobbies: Investments, reading Wall Street Journal, movies, exercising, real estate, cars, etc.

Financial disclosures: None.

Khan said he’s wanted to be on the City Council for most of his life, and “knows more about Hayward” than other candidates. He said education and job creation need to be at the forefront of priorities, as improvements in those areas would make the city more attractive. Test scores must improve, he said, and while he understands the school board is directly in charge of Hayward Unified, he would like to “try to conjoin” the board and council to work together. He said he is “an aspiring young entrepreneur trying to make something of himself.”

Website: Under construction.

Greg Jones

Age: 49

Residence: Prospect Street, lived in Hayward 4 ½ years.

Experience: City manager of Hayward from 2007 to 2010. Also served as city manager in Chico and assistant city manager in Concord.

Job: Owner of Realty World Neighbors in Hayward.

Education: BS in business administration, MPA, United States Air Force officer from 1983 to 1990, serving as a navigator.

Hobbies: Running, reading, movies, travel.

Financial disclosures: Gift of $750 from Women’s Council of Realtors for TriCities for attending state meeting.


As a navigator in the United States Air Force, I learned how to set clear goals, chart a direct course, understand the limits of resources and overcome obstacles. While serving as Hayward’s City Manager, I used my training to set our city on a course of fiscal discipline, quality service and active community involvement. I worked with the City Council and our neighborhoods to establish two basic goals: Crime Prevention and City Cleanliness. That’s because we should at least help to make people feel safe and proud of their city. A safer and cleaner Hayward will attract new investment and create jobs. I’m running for City Council because I believe that Hayward can benefit from my in-depth understanding of government finance. Hayward will benefit from my labor-relations experience working with employee groups as they struggle to best serve every neighborhood despite shrinking resources. Hayward will benefit from my ability and passion to continue working with our community on youth, education and arts programs by developing stronger, bolder, more effective policies. Please review my record and vision for Hayward at www.GregJonesForHayward.com or call me at 510-886-GREG (4734). I hope you’ll find me worthy of your vote. Thank you!

Website: www.gregjonesforhayward.com

Barbara Halliday

Age: 62

Residence: Lindenwood Way. Lived in Hayward for 26 years.

Experience: Been on City Council since 2004. Served on Planning Commission from 1996 to 2004. Citizen’s Advisory Commission from 1990-1996. 880/92 Interchange Citizens Advisory Committee from 1991-2002.

Job: Council member, retired medical liability claims professional, from 1979 to 2008. Journalist/public affairs writer from 1972-1979.

Education: BA in American Studies fromUniversity of Virginia, graduate student in journalism and urban studies at the University of Maryland.

Financial disclosures: Principal Financial Group, variable annuity. Stock in Hewlett Packard. Farm property rental in Minnesota. Gifts of golf tournament tickets from Steve Miller worth $290, Mary Hayashi political dinner on Oct. 1 worth $75.

Hobbies: Piano, scrapbooking, hiking, skiing.


As a Council Member, I’ve focused on strengthening neighborhoods, reducing crime, enhancing our environment, revitalizing downtown, and serving children and youth. Working together, we’ve made great progress. I supported neighborhood partnerships throughout the city, reducing crime, blight and vandalism and giving residents tools to get more prompt and effective service from city departments. I voted to bring police closer to people by opening substations in north and southHayward, and I supported anti-gang efforts that led to multiple arrests and less crime. I helped enact measures to reduce pollution and make our buildings greener, joined monthly efforts to clean up litter, and supported street fairs and family events bringing diners and shoppers downtown. I’ve advocated for our library and the volunteers it attracts to help people of all ages learn to read. Our Homework Support Center, funded with grants and operated with volunteers including myself, has already helped boost HUSD scores. As part of the team that has kept Hayward moving forward through tough times, I believe I have the proven experience to work effectively on the challenges ahead and help Hayward achieve even more success over the next four years. I’d be honored to have your support.

Website: www.HallidayForHayward.com.

Olden Henson

Residence: Silver Maple Lane, 33 years in Hayward.

Experience: Council member since 1994. Planning Commission, 1991-1994; Mayor’s Task Force on Schools, 1993-1994; Citizens Advisory Commission, 1987-1991; Hayward Citizens for Rent Relief, 1978.

Job: Council member.  Self-employed software consultant, specializing in outside encryption.
Education: MS in Physics, University of Pennsylvania.

Hobbies: Web surfing, reading, church activities.

Financial disclosures: Owns G.E. stock, contract employee for Advanced Consultant (Symantec) in Las Vegas. Assistant administrator at Windsor Medical Corp in Fremont, owns property in Lovelock, Nevada. Gifts of $50 for charity dinner from firefighters union.


I have three priorities for reelection as your City Council representative: 1) economic development, including job creation; 2) establishing a gang injunction policy and process that prevents gang activities; and 3) a strong collaborative approach with our school district focusing on district wide performance improvement. Doing so will not only help our students, but will bolster families, safety, improve our economy and the city’s future. Additionally, I am now developing a sister city partnership with Lujhu,Taiwan that will allow for economic investment in Hayward, an educational and cultural exchange, and a technological partnership that will enhance the growth of our 30 plus biotechnology companies. I helped created a free student transit pass for our kids. As a national expert on first responder communication, I am endorsed by the Hayward firefighters. Communication is critically important for this community’s safety. Hayward can be the community we want it to be and I, as your Council Member will lead the effort to make these priorities functional living examples. Thank you for the honor and privilege of serving you. Reelect your Council Member Olden Henson on June 5, 2012.

Website: www.henson4hayward.com

Al Mendall

Age: 39

Residence: Brookside Lane

Experience: Planning Commissioner for 6.5 years. Sustainability Committee member since 2007. Previously on Citizens Advisory Commission, 2001-2006, co-chair of Campain $olutions for Hayward.

Job: Works as a software developer at Interactive Data Corp in Hayward,

Education: BS in computer science at UCLA in 1995.

Financial disclosures: Owns stock in Pfizer, First Solar, St. Joe Corp. (Florida real estate co.), Western Union, Exelon, Applied Material, U.S. Bancorp, Berkshire Hathaway, International Speedway Corp. Rental property in Lincoln.

Statement: My education and qualifications are:

Hayward is a great city – the “Heart of the Bay.” That’s why I’ve been serving Hayward for over a decade: as a community volunteer, Planning Commissioner, Citizens Advisory Commissioner, and on the Sustainability Committee. I work in Hayward, my wife and I purchased our first home here, and we’ve chosen to raise our young children here. On the Planning Commission, I’ve worked closely with many current and prospective business owners, pushed for more collaboration with the community on development, and fought for more parks, open space, and greener, smarter, transit-oriented development. My priorities as your Councilmember will be: Maintaining staffing levels for police and fire and making Hayward safer, simplifying the business permitting process and creating incentives for businesses to invest here and create jobs and shopping opportunities, making genuine improvements in Hayward’s appearance by combating blight, putting Hayward on a more sustainable path both fiscally and environmentally, and making Hayward a more youth-friendly city. I appreciate the support I’ve received from the Hayward Firefighters and Police Officers, former Sheriff Charlie Plummer, Mayor Mike Sweeney, Councilmembers Marvin Peixoto, Bill Quirk and many more.

Website: www.AlForHayward.com.

Peter Bufete

Age: 22

Residence: Gleneagle Ave., 10 years inHayward.

Experience: ASB president at Hayward High. College Leadership Fraternity.

Job: First aid and CPR certification instructor at own business, Bay Area First Aid & CPR Training. Works for HARD at Mission Hills Golf Course, senior advisor at Elderly Health Care Services, volunteer elderly caregiver.

Education: BA in Political Science at UCSB.

Hobbies: Golf and Cooking.

Financial disclosures: None

Excerpts from website:

When I heard about the 4 open seats for Hayward City Council, I noticed that none of the candidates really shared my perspective on Hayward issues. That motivated me to join the election. I believe that Hayward Education is in a crisis and needs the collaborative effort of both the City Council as well as the School Board to resolve the issues. I believe that the longevity of our city lies in motivating Young Hayward to become more politically involved and active in the community. I believe that public safety and that the health of our citizens must be a priority. I also believe that Hayward can do a better job stimulating the local economy and at the same time becoming more sustainable. … I am fully committed to develop and implement a well-designed gang injunction program. … I believe that I best represent the young adult population that is fresh out of college and looking to make the world a better place. My vision is to see more entertainment venues, more student hot spots, and a better night scene in our downtown.

Website: http://peterbufete.com/


Ralph Farias Jr.

Age: 30

Residence: Belmont Avenue, 20 years in Hayward.

Job: Self-employed food, beverages and spirits broker.

Education: Tennyson High, Hayward High, Chabot, Michigan State University.

Hobbies: Photography, traveling.

Financial disclosures: None

From website:

My name is Ralph Farias Jr. I am running for Hayward City Council for the Second time because there hasn’t been much change within the past few years in Hayward. Our City has an increasing public safety problem, from an increase of Assaults, Burglaries/ Thefts. Also Hayward has a large amount of Vacant Business fronts, a major BLVD (Mission) that has a major vacancy Problem. Our Economic growth in our city has been a major disappointment to many of the residents of our fine city. I feel that with my strong BUSINESS background and my dedication I can bring Hayward back to its glory days. I am not one of those politicians who tells you one thing and when elected goes the other direction. I believe politicians are supposed to represent the citizens and not stroke their ego! I will not pull any punches and I will be straight forward with everyone. Together we can make Hayward a place that can attract businesses and residents, where they can send their children to attend school. I ask you for your support and am EAGER to serve you.

Website: www.wewantralph.com

Eric Kurhi

  • John Kyle


    YOU MIGHT NBE INTERESTED TO KNOW THAT THE HIGHEST CONCENTRATION OF PAROLLEES AND PROBATIONERS IN hAYWARD ARE REPUTED LINING IN ZIP CODE AREA 94541…..WHICH WE BOTH SHARE. SOMETHING BETWEEN 730 AND 1267 …. THE FACT THAT THEY HAVE SUCH BROad ranges in the estimates is due to the fact that some parolless are loose with out supervision by a parole officer… these guys move around a lot…. perhaps out of fear of being picked up on another charge???/ who knows…?I installed a 12 foot foot height pole which has device that turns the power off at sunrise…. turns it on again as sun sets… lights up a 150 foot radius which protects my neighbors as well as my home….. electric expense might be aws high as $ 7.00 per month during winter months. Sodium vapor lights up a large area of unobstructed space.

  • Mr.Kyle,
    The Saklin Rd. project was used to satisfy developer’s fees for low income housing. I checked with an ex city council member and the developer did not wish to include low income units in their development. I have no idea what you are speaking of when you say low income folks have become uppity. They go where the housing is located; perhaps it is the developers of mid and high income housing that are the uppity ones.

    I have lived all my life with people from all backgrounds, yes even parolees…their parenting skills fall into the same range as those of most children. Some parents, yes even wealthy educated parents, simply do not provide the best of role modeling nor the best guidance for the lives of their children.

  • John Kyle


    At # 49 above, your advice is draconian!!

    Too severe! Wipe ’em out?

    Then replace them with others who have no undserstanding of the functions of governement at differing levels from City To County and then National offices?

    Come on! Get real!

  • John Kyle


    I disagree….to satisfy a fee charge you let ’em build a low income project in lieu of building low income needs at another location (or another project….??? ) In effect you compound the fee load
    at a seconde site……..the construction lender would have some questions about that !

  • Sherry Blair

    I didn’t like the Saklin Rd idea either. We need to treat low income families the same as others and not relegate them to some distant corner. It’s time to stop dividing people into gated communities and gettos, especially if we are going to continue to underpay young people on the bottom of the corporate ladder. Why should developers get to divide us to make a profit.

    I didn’t get your “uppity” remark either, John.

    There’s a new book out – Going Solo. The author found that the trend is going toward living alone – more than 1 in 7 people! Do we have enough housing for them? Do we relegate them to some other corner too?

    Also, maybe the paroles are in 94541 but so is the police department! Also, in my neighborhood in 94541, crime is committed by young people, who are lowest on the low income scale if you compare by age groups. Does anyone know what the crime rate is among paroles?

    I do agree with John Kyle about Michael’s solution being too draconian. I don’t want to pay for the time it takes to bring new people up to speed and hope they will be different than their predicessors. Let candidates be educated on their own time.

    Further, I think the problem is that democracy requires citizen’s taking responsibility and participating. That is how we get good people in office.

  • Mr.kyle you may disagree but that in fact is how I have had it explained to me. Rather than set aside a certain number of units/parcels/homes whatever you wish to call them in the actual development; the city has agreed to allow a developer to designate equivalent money to be used in another project that is specifically targeted for low income housing. Usually these projects are handled by Eden Housing.

    Throwing out the “good old guys” does not seem to work. I think it may be because when the newly elected settle in they are overtaken by the same mentality that was there befor the election…then we essentially have a new set of “good old guys”.

  • Michael Moore

    Sherry, you may disagree with the idea of not voting for incumbents. My point is that after the first term in office, the focus is on getting elected and getting money for that election. In short incumbency is about being bought by the special interests, unions, pacs and now super pacs. We are so much well served by real citizen elected representatives that are here for just a single term. This is the only way that these folks will begin to demand performance and transparency from staff and from the government. After two years in office, the goal of the elected official is to sell him/herself to the special interest. Just look at the support of individual politicians. They are all corrupt in one way or another. Vote the Rascals out.

    I think Bill Quirk is a smart guy. He is not my first choice as a candidate and he has spent a great deal of time currying the favor and cash of his supporters. Is Bill corrupt. He is getting there. He is supported by CalPers organizations. He has not bucked them yet and for real change to happen he will have to. My guess is he will not. He is not an incumbent yet. He could offer some service. I personally would rather start with newbies that are not yet corrupted. Let them try to make change. And then work with a new one. Quirk is the best candidate for the office he is running for. After this present term he should leave or be voted out.

  • John Kyle

    Ms. Blair;

    The rate of residivism at end of first year of release is generally accepted as being 40% and AT end of 5th year use the number 50% … some studies suggest that 65% TO 70% EVENTUALLY REPEAT A CRIME WHICH PUTS ‘EM BACK IN THE CLINK.

    aS A 17 YEAR OLD i FOUND A BETTER SUMMER JOB WHICH PAID BETTER MONEY AS WELL AS THE FACT THAT ROOM BOARD AND LAUNDRY SERVICE WAS INCLUDED…. IT ALSO ASSURED THAT i EARNED OVER TIME PAY AT RATE OF 1.5 X HORLY RATE AND SIMNJCE IT WAS ON A SHIP P-LYING BACK AND FORTH BWETWEEN cALIFORNIA AND hONOLULU, THT sATURDAYS AND Sundays at Sea were at ti,me and a half while work perforkmed while at California port was double time. That work was abord the KMJatson Liner ‘Lurline’ and I was 6taken into protection from homosexuals by the black crew members who aqlso worked in the food pantries and galley…. living among the Black guys was an experience workedwhich I enjoyed since they protected me from the,many homosexuals working on the ‘queerline’ as the ship was known along the waterf5r4ont…. hell I was just 17 AND NOT TOO ‘STREET SMART’ BUT THE BLACK GUYS EDUCATED ME TO THE REAL WORLD CONDITYIONS WHILE PROVIDING PROTECTION …. i WAS THE ONLY WHITE GUY IN THE SELF SEGREGATED BLACK SLEEPING QUARTERS…. AND IT WAS AN EDUCATONAL EXPERIENCE THAT STOOD ME WELL IN A JESUIT SCHOOL ELECUTION CLASSES WHERE ABOUT TWO OR THREE PER REPORT CARD PERIOD…. i CHOSE TO RELATE SOME OF THE STORIES I HAD HEARD, ABOUT HOW bLACK FOLKS CONTENDED WITH HOUSING AND EMPLOYMENT PROBLEMS WHICH about when they first arrived in the Bay area.mY GRADES IMPROVED IN THAT SITUATION… AND MY ATTIUDE SERVED ME WELL WHEN DRAFTED INTO THE Army later in life.

    Yes it is derogatory! In that experience it was seen (heard) used to put down another….more often in a humorous way!

  • Sherry Blair

    Michael, I guess I am more of a futurist than you. What I am saying is that with an informed electorate, the vote counts more than the money that corrupts. That is what we the people have – the power to change the system. If we aren’t falling for how moneyed interests tell us to vote, we can elect candidates who have ethics and integrity. If we follow the issues, we can know when to throw them out of office and will know how to do it quickly. It is a systematic flaw. An informed citenzenry is the solution. And if we can just learn to read,write and compute, the rest can be learned on the internet. It won’t be long now before we won’t even need to read and write to communicate online.

    Your idea does nothing for changing the system. It would further remove citizens from having to use their critical thinking to discriminate between those with integrity and those who are good with propaganda. We could lose the ability to know the difference.

    Look at how people are letting themselves be manipulated into believing stupid stuff about national candidates! As long as that happens, we cannot trust our fellow citizens to be the citizens that are required to have a democracy.

    John – yours is an interesting story. That’s what we were talking about when we said you needed to get that down for the historical record! Someone should just copy and paste the stories you’ve put on this blog for posterity.

    Times have changed a lot since those days. I had an uncle who was in the merchant Marines and he had great stories I enjoyed even as a child.

  • John Kyle

    Mr. Moore;

    Kurhi has possession of thwe color coded map I sent him for your benefit.

    That map shades the zip code areas for each zip in the county….. color shading indicates approximate density,Place of residence) of parollees and probationers existent as of mid year 2010
    It gives strong indication of the treason why ABAG sued Pleasanton for failing to meet goals for low income housing distributionj….. and why as a result of Pleasanton’s failure to ‘go along’, their loss of ADA money due to truancy is quite minimal.

    One would thoink that the teachers union, with it’s problems over salaries in Hayward, would bring pressure upon their state organuization for a better method of distributing ADA money….. as between Hayward or Oakland against Pleasanton.

    Frankly, I believe the best way to effect change in the disparity of distribution of ADA money aas between Pleasanton and Hayward/Oakland is to excercise the ‘cure’ available in SB 1317 ! If that is controversial then the resultant uproar would effect the needed change!

  • john s

    i won’t say i’ll never vote for an incumbent, but in this year’s council election i feel it’s time for a change.

    hayward has a reputation as being unfriendly to business and merchants. i’ll go further than that. hayward is unfriendly to local developers, it’s own residents, it’s own youth, and UC students.

    i blame the incumbents.