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More info on Hayward City Council candidates

By Eric Kurhi
Friday, March 16th, 2012 at 4:11 pm in Business, Crime, General, Hayward, Politics, Schools.

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.

Statement:

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.

Statement:

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.

Statement:

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

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  • Sherry Blair

    It’s pretty sad that out of nine candidates only two are women. Which of the men are aware of women’s issues?

  • Michael Moore

    The most important decision that can be made is to vote out the incumbents. Hayward is not that confusing a place and it has taken only a short time for outside influences to already dominate the incumbents. It is time for Zermeno, Halliday and Henson to go and make way for new blood. Mr Quirk is in the role of professional politician. Replace the four with four folks who are new and without a lot of baggage.

    The first issue should be to insist on performance and no new taxes, fees, assessments or bonds. We must first be fully satisfied that what we have is producing a decent result. There is too much waste now for what we get.

  • Michael Moore

    Look closely at the following candidates. These will all give Hayward a more representative city council and will breed new life in to the city. Replacing the incumbents with almost all new blood is critical if California and Hayward is ever going to learn that taxing and assessing is no way to have governemtn.

    Greg Jones to be elected in to Bill Quirk’s vacant slot.
    Shahla Azimi to be elected to replace Barbara Halliday.
    Peter Bufete to replace Olden Henson.
    Fahim Ajaz Khan to replace Francisco Zermeno.

    Only Greg Jones comes with history, but his history is much better than that of Al Mendal who is just like the old guys, bought and paid for by the biggest unions in town. Exactly what we do not need.

    Bufete is young, inexperienced and with some mentoring could be an outstanding representative of youth, which Olden certainly is not.

    Shahla Azimi could not be any thicker than Barbara, which is to be selected for. She will be an advantage. She also will represent an important part of the city that does not have representation.

    Fahim Ajaz Khan will spe3ak more directly to what is needed than Francisco Zermeno has.

    Vote out the rascals.

  • Qodrn

    Nice Job Eric!

    Good to see nine candidates running, most or all that seem to be enthusiastic about the job.

    I don’t know who I am voting for, but I don’t think it will be the incumbents.

    I do think I will vote for Ralph. I think he is a bit of a politician, but I also think he understands what Hayward is lacking. Beyond that? Impress me!

  • John Kyle

    All;

    As usuual,Michael Moore is quick to offwer criticism..

    one only wonders where he was ever seen donating much time to personal involvement in any task force or real proble solution at City or School matters.

    The next time an opening occurs at Library or planning commission….. he might offer his talents free of charge…. but only if he agrees to be pro-active rather than hyper-critical!

  • Michael Moore

    If you are a big fan of Luis Reynoso then you will love Ralph Farias Jr. If you are happy with the way things are going you should vote for tax and spend candidates like Al Mendel, Barbara Halliday, Olden Henson and Francisco Zermeno.

    If you want to see a stop to new spending vote out the incumbents and those that have bought and paid for by special interests and unions. We already have enough of that on the City Council that are not up for defeat in the current election.

  • Sherry Blair

    Check out the agenda for the next council meeting. They are talking about updating the general plan and spending more, Michael.

  • John Kyle

    All:

    Now we see Mr.Moore behaving as though his vast experience of service to community through considerable service in ad hoc groups and / or Task forces, as an appointed choice by memebers of City Council or HUSD Board of Trustees, suggesting that we need to expel all incumbents who desire re-eletion to City Council.

    Will he, at some point in near future, set up a curbside lemonade stand while also offerinjg a selction of winning lottery ticket numbers?

    Folks, Moore has a right to excercise free speech,.. but do not be taken in by ‘Blarney’. Soon he will be wandering about, thumb in his mouth while dragging his blanket!

    Perhaps, after the election, he will be offered a job sweeping out the parking garage under the City Hall offices? Of course he would be offered that opportunity if just four of the new faces, which he recommends, won a seat!

  • Michael Moore

    Sherry, you have prefectly identified why the incumbents need to go as soon as they can be voted out of office. Spending without funding is irresponsible. Make them accountable and toss them out of office.

  • Michael Moore

    Richard Mellor in San Leandro has called for these 6 calls for action by the San Leandro and related school boards:
    A. Vote unanimously to oppose the state imposed cuts and refuse to implement them.
    B. Call a press conference and announce that they will not be the agents of the 1% in dismantling public education.
    C. Organize/call community meetings, leaflet grocery stores and other venues where working people and youth congregate in order to build a movement that can fight the cuts through direct action and economic disruption as determined democratically by the participants(working people/youth can be very creative.)
    D. Link such a movement to those fighting cuts in surrounding communities.
    E. Attend local boards in other communities and urge them to join with you in this fightback.
    F. Point to where the money is that we need to give people a decent life and our youth a future.

    Any one of these is a substantive and committed call and what the students might have reasonably been expected to advocate. Instead they selected a one week publicity gimmick which gained nothing but words of no real change.

    I applaud these six efforts which are at the heart of Community Action that includes those from all persuasions. You are right to be concerned that the regular voices drone on without committing to real actions that will make a difference and can be done.

  • john swarr

    i would like to know each candidate’s position on the red light camera contract coming up for renewal this year. on the local level, this is no small matter. the tickets are over $500 now. of this, the private company that administers the cameras is paid $60,000 per month while hayward receives only $10,000. we can’t afford that kind of drain.

  • Sherry Blair

    Mr. Kyle: Mr. Moore is simply engaging his right to free speech. Although I have no intent to defend his views, I do see that instead of saying why you think his view is wrong, you change the topic to one about his character. You did the same thing with Kathy Booth. Why don’t you stick to the issues?

    I would certainly like to know if you have an argument about why you think Moore is wrong. I don’t think any of us is in a position to judge or even care about his character. By making the conversation about his character, you are diverting it from its real purpose.

    Or maybe you don’t have an argument?

  • Sherry Blair

    Michael, thanks for introducing us to Richard Mellor. Taking back democracy is not easy. I don’t think it’s going to happen at the level of our elected officials.

    We have to stop looking to them to do it for us. It has to happen from the ground up. People need to wake up and become the citizens a democracy requires.

  • http://N/A Kathi booth

    Sherry,
    It will be interesting to see if Mr. Kyle takes your advice…but I won’t hold my breath. Michael’s last posting is good food for thought.

  • Michael Moore

    Sherry, we are the democracy. It is as easy as our committment to voting out the incumbents and insisting on compliance to our desires.

    Mr Swarr the Red Light concession is well documented as a rip-off of both the city and the citizen. I have not been victim of the system, but many others have.

    Perhaps Hayword should be a forum for local action issues that should be known by the nine candidates. Any others have a point of view on this?

  • Sherry Blair

    I thought this was our online forum! A lot of forums are turning up online. See E-Democracy.org. They usually have a forum manager to keep the bullies in line.

  • Michael Moore

    Sherry, not sure what your concern is. Please clarify.

  • John Kyle

    Ms. Blair;
    Yes, Mr. Moore has a right to express his opinions! However ‘Rights’ are best exercised when an individual, who utilizes that right, has contributed time and physical effort toward the common good through the actual personal election process. Another good local example occurs when residents respond to an invitation by City or School district to contribute to the common good by an active participation in an ‘ad hoc’ group or ‘task force’ which undertakes an examination of the pros and cons in an area of specific concern.
    I began my involvement by personal participation in time consuming matters which centered on the noise emanating from the Hayward Airport as well as low approach and takeoff patterns employed by varying sizes of aircraft, over and above residential properties and school classrooms at varying times of the night and day. Since that initial participation in efforts, seeking solutions to problems affecting our quality of life, I have been involved in something nearing two dozen ad hoc groups and or Task Forces since that initial late 1980’s involvement! Most of those acts of participation came as result of invitation and interview by either City Council or The trustees and/or the HUSD administrators.
    Mr. Moore first made known his presence in the community through his frequently scurrilous contributions to the Hayword Blog, about 15 or 18 months ago. One of his contributions expressed poorly founded accusations against the RC Church and or the Pope. You may have seen the item which I introduced. that first appeared in full page paid statement, of a newspaper in a city of Ohio which is also distributed in closely located Louisville Ky, where one of my daughters lives with her Husband and Daughters.
    A ‘advertisement’ by a person of the Hebrew faith who owned and operated a funishings business in or near Columbus Ohio published, in a full page newspaper article, a defense of the Roman Catholic Faith which was under attack over the business of child molestation by priests. The Jewish gentlemen advised persons of the R.C. Faith to ‘hold up your heads’ as that gentlemen went on to describe the results of his personal investigation into child abuse andother examples of misconduct b0y miscreant clergymen and clergy women of other faiths. It is not commonly understood that protestants and ministers of other faiths are involved whether they be male or female.
    If you go back to the blog contributions made by Mr. Moore whose first contribution appeared, according to my memory, as early as the second qtr. of year 2011. Moore, at one point, identified the present Pope as a member of ‘Hitler Youth’ when in reality the Pope was forced to participate, while wearing a military uniform, to the extent that the pope was assigned to an Anti-aircraft weapons battery while still in his teens.
    I met and served with a fellow, a naturalized citizen soldier, drafted at the same time that I was pulled into the Army by the draft board, in Oakland, who as a ‘very early teenager’, late in WWII, was pulled into the Wehrmacht. That young man took much abuse from a Sergeant in our company, who had a thorough dislike for Germans and unfairly hounded that draftee. That young man was transferred into another battalion of the regiment and was highly useful as a translator in damage settlements with German farmers, whose crops and orchards WERE TORN UP BY MILITARY VEHICLES DURING PEACE TIME NATO MANUEVERS IN THE MID 1950’S. Later, I discovered that he was generous in providing a son-in law with advice on matters pertaining to pattern making in an iron foundry where son-in-law has become a ‘key man’!
    So, I have come around to the idea that Mr. Moore is a ’victim’ also! He seems to me to be a victim of a lack of opportunity for ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN ANY ad hoc group or task force, sponsored by City or School District. On the other hand I do not let him get away with some of his remarks…. Especially since Moore has apparently not been provided opportunity for generous devotion of time to participation in formal, task solving ‘ad hoc groups’ or ‘task forces’ as established by the City or HUSD.
    On the other hand, if you care to go back into the Blog contributions found in of the second through third quarter of year 2011, You find that Moore once went so far as to describe the Pope as a member of the ‘hitler youth’! The reality was that the Pope , as a teenager, was pressed into service as an anti aircraft battery member. Much the same experience as the young naturalized citizen who was ‘drafted by the same selective service board that I dealt with …( see ABOVE).
    Ms. Blair, you might wish to go back to the blog entries occurring from the time Mr. Armas was appointed to replace the departed Sarah Gonzales. Mrs Booth had joined with a particularly vile contributor who went so far as to state that I had ‘stalked’ her daughter! Of course that individual contributor was using a nom de plume,( ‘Obama new age’) so I naturally assumed that Ms. Booth approved of that bit of licentiousness and we began our bitter exchange!
    Moore jumped into the blog, in mid-year or early fall of 2011. I have yet to meet anyone who can tell me of Moore’s contributions of time and effort which benefits the City or School district. I also wonder if he is the same heavy weight fellow who was seen in a published news photo, mixing with ‘occupy’ types at Oakland’s Frank Ogawa Plaza.
    As to the blog itself, I jumped into contributions effort when I observed that it was the worst thing possible to have ever occurred in Hayward. I was annoyed by vicious contributions, which generally tore at the character of elected or hired folks at HUSD and which did nothing to enhance the quality of life or political thought in Hayward. Ms. Booth, a law school graduate who disdained an attempt at the bar exam allied with a blogger who identified herself as “Obama new age”. That nasty individual actually stated that I had ‘stalked’ her daughter? She also attacked the character and qualitative mind of Mr. Armas as did Mrs. Booth.
    Happy is the day when Bay Area News group pulls the blog !

  • Sherry Blair

    Michael I’m not sure what your question is about.

    John. I can see you have a lot of baggage. It may even be true, but I see no reason to bring it up as a substitute for debating the real issues of today.

  • John Kyle

    Ms.Blair;

    Baggage?

    Repartee is not your str4ong suit!

  • Eric Kurhi

    “Happy is the day when Bay Area News group pulls the blog !”

    You’ve been saying that for some time, John. Why don’t you just not visit the site?

    I’m starting to wonder if you are deliberately trying to sabotage the HayWord comment section and chase people away.

  • http://na Kathi Booth

    Eric,
    Thank you so much for putting Mr. Kyle in his place. Since discovering the blog I have found it to be a place where individuals with ideas,opinions and questions can participate in robust discussions…that is with the exception of one who finds great joy in attacking others. The HayWord is a valuable asset in our community.

  • John Kyle

    kURHI

    i ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE…. THE BLOG WILL DIE OF IT’S OWN WEIGHT!

  • Sherry Blair

    I do think it is possible to have different points of view, argue them well and still remain civil. Look at the amicable relationships between Justice Scalia and Justice Ginsberg for a model.

    I also think we need to treat candidates, elected officials and public servants with the same respect we want for ourselves. Most of them are working really hard to do the right thing. We don’t have enough of those people to be trashing them.

    Then we need to change the whole system so all the disenfranchised people are given an equal opportunity. That also includes the intelligent ones who are thought of as crazy by the majority. There’s a book called Strange Brains and Genius dedicated to “the cracked ones, for they shall let in the light.”

    I have some other plans, but I’ll save them for later. LOL

  • Michael Moore

    Eric, thank you.

  • Michael Moore

    Sherry, are you saying that Hayword should only reflect the HUSD?

  • Michael Moore

    Mr Swarr, the Hayward Police Department will be presenting Traffic/Photo Red-Light Program as a part of the Hayward Citizen’s Academy on Tuesday evening, April 17, 2012 in the Conference Room 2A at City Hall. Sergeant Chad Olthoff, Officer Dave Johannes and Lieutenant Bryan Matthews the SWAT Commander will be jointly presenting that night.

  • Teresa Conti

    Perhaps John could devote his time to compiling a biography for his family and others who might have an interest. Some of his stories are interesting. I think there is a writer lurking in there some where.

    I hope that parents let the school board have it but good. Even in the summary, the school board used numbers instead of the names of the people who were removed. Enough all ready.

  • Sherry Blair

    Michael – No. Where did you get that idea?

    Teresa, I agree about John’s history being of value.

  • Michael Moore

    Sherry, in 16 above your wrote,

    “I thought this was our online forum! A lot of forums are turning up online. See E-Democracy.org. They usually have a forum manager to keep the bullies in line.”

    I took your response to be to the question about the Red-Light Cameras. I thought that you were suggesting that that area of discussion did not belong in Hayword. I assume now that I am incorrect which is fine. I will let it go.

  • John Kyle

    All. The following was submitted to ANG as a ‘my Word’ Piece but probably will not qualify due to length…
    all blog readers ought sift through this effort… lest HUSD sink beyond retrieval by ‘deep divers’.

    It reads as follopws:

    The total amount of the HUSD Trustees intended new real property assessment, is quite close, (in terms of dollar amount), to the Average Daily Attendance money presently forfeited to the State of California, with each daily occurrence, of an act of truancy! We, the home owning Hayward School District taxpayers, are being asked to make up the $29.10 loss of money paid to HUSD by the State for each day of attendance lost to truancy by a student. Each day that a student plays hooky requires a deduction in money delivered to HUSD, in the amount of $29.10. It all adds up to something near or above, $9,000,000. per year.
    So keep that bit of information in mind when HUSD trustee elections occur in the fall of year 2012.
    At risk of appearing redundant, that added ‘dip’ into the pockets of home owners, comes in the form of the new real property tax that our esteemed trustees plan to impose as a means of offsetting the losses occurring to ADA money now withheld by the State of California, as a penalty for failing to correct our truancy problem.
    Ask yourself what the State presently does with that withheld penalty money…. Does it return any sum to those whose homes or earnings were already taxed to support schools?
    Looks to me as though an indefensible ‘double whammy’ will soon occur, simply because HUSD Trustees presently refuse to recognize the solution laid out in SB 1317. That law, which became effective on January 1, 2011, permits prosecution of the parents who neglect their flagrant truants ! One or two publicized lawsuits’ filed by the District Attorney upon formal complaint of HUSD, following the rules laid out in SB 1317, makes unnecessary the HUSD Trustees plan to impose an assessment on homes of presently overburdened taxpayers; especially those who are unemployed at present!
    Using the data for the last full year statistical report ( 2010 – 2011) 60.2% of the total enrollment, (11,21 students out of a total enrollment of 18,641) were absent without an acceptable excuse offered by parents or guardians, for a day or more!
    The following was published in the weekly bulletin handed out to those All Saints Church paerishoners, attending the evening Mass on March 3rd and the Sunday gatherings of March 4, 2012.
    • Of the 280 students who graduated from Hayward High in 2011, only 80 were prepared for college.
    • Across Hayward Unified, there were more high school dropouts than college ready graduates in 2011.
    • In 2011, only 34% of schools met their target API ( a state standardized test that gauges student’s real educational level vs. grade level expectations).
    • In the last 5 years HUSD has lost over one hundred teachers, while class sizes are increasing.
    Is it not time for those living in HUSD areas of The City and County, make some personal, physical effort at creat- ing solutions rather than sit back and do nothing but ‘blog lamentations’?

  • John Kyle

    Teresa and Sherry

    Would you please offer comment to item #31 above

  • Christine J.

    Good to see we have some serious candidates. While I admire the drive of the younger ones I don’t think Mr. Farias or Mr. Bufete have the background or education I’m looking for.

  • Teresa Conti

    I am not sure what to answer, John. The schools will be the same until the surrounding mentality changes. I went to private schools, which I do know are not the end all to everything. I do realize that these schools can pick and choose their attendees. However, so can the public schools if they wish. Students can be expelled; and they can be assigned to continuation school as a last ditch effort. Perhaps more students need to be sent to juvenile hall if they are not attending school.

    Part of the problem is that school’s do not discipline what they teach. If my kid at charter school does not do his homework, gets poor grades or misses classes, he has participate in reparation at school. He gets stuff at home too, but when he was in public school, there were no consequences. Not passing classes was the norm in the public schools, while at the charter school it is looked down upon by everyone there.

    While funding the district per student seems logical, this makes little sense. This method encourages schools to hang on to every student including those who can’t really function in the classroom and need other kinds of help.

    It may be time to fund by the size of the community and let the school board have more flexibility where the money is spent. Schools need to be encouraged to hold students back, maybe by semester instead of the whole school year.

    I still don’t understand why scores are so low. Clearly, these kids are not at a reasonable level. Maybe it is time to start holding back kids who cant score at least an average score on these tests.

    I do believe this is the method used in other countries and it does seem to work.

  • John Kyle

    Teresa

    Upon treading your number 34 above, I come to the conclusion that like many others in the district, you might accept this simplistic description in the manner of funding by the state to the schools.
    School funding is directly related to the attendance rate and is basically based upon the enrollment as of October of the school year. My explanation is based ly upon the example of the Middle schools which are five (5 ) in number which added up to 3,090 students enrolled on Octovber 1, 2010. the 2010 – 2011 experience is the latest full year experience available and is perovided on request to any residential Taxpayet within the HUSD district.

    The budget is predicated upon the full amount of money to be received if every student attends each and every school day of the year commencing with October 1, Problems develop when the ADA ( average daily attendance,) money is not delivered in the full amount. The State ‘holds back’ ,in the current scheme of things, $29.10 per day for each act of truancy. Expressed another way, we are probably ‘on track’ to lose another $9.000,000. . I BASE THAT estimate ON THE AMOUNT THAT husd TRUSTEES INCLUDE IN THE NEW PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT.

    I am told that the sum used currently is $29.10 per student, per day of actual attendance….. the natural tendency is to plan a budget on the assumption that all who register by October first are included in the count and in the current fiscal year that sum adds up to $29.10 per student. What it was in year 2009 – through 2011 may have been provided me but I seem to have lost that bit of data. Year 2011- 2012, the current year, is not germane to this explanation for the simple reason that the year is not yet near to being concluded.
    So here are the facts relating to our current year predicament as well as the describing the predicament of previous years….HUSD Board of Trustees is slow to adjust IT’S ATTITUDE AND EFFECTIVENESS ON LOSS OF MONEY PAID BY THE STATE WHICH IS WITHELD FOR EVERY DAY THAT A TRUANT FAILS TO PROVIDE A VALID EXCUSE FOR HIS/HER ABSENCE.
    PRESENTLY, i AM TOLD THE RATE IS $29.10 PER STUDENT FOR EVERY DAY THAT THE STUDENT FAILS TO PROVIDE AN ACCEPTABLE EXCUSE FOR HIS/HER ABSENCE…

    I DO NOT HAVE A ‘HANDLE’ ON THE CURRENT YEAR TRUANCY RATE. I do have in my possession, as I write this item, a copy of the experience for year 2010-2011.
    We had enrolled on October 1, 2010 , 18,641 students of which number 11,181 had a record of truancy sufficient to be classified as truants. The average truancy rate for k-6 schools was 42.05%; for middle schools it was 77.12% and for our High Schools 87.08 % expressed another way 60.2% committed acts of truancy which cost the district about $9,000,000. Which is rationalized by the board of trustees as being a ‘need of taxpayers’ to toss a few bucks more into the pot.
    $58 dollars per year for each property on the asswessment rolls at the county may not seem worth arguing about…. What p…… me off is the fact that the board fails to recognize the tool which is available to them to have the parents of the truants pay the entire bill!
    I refer of course to Calif. State Senate bill #1317 which was authored by J.Leno and which became effective on January 1, 2011. That senate bill goes to the real heart of the money problem as well as it does to the facts surrounding truancy. Our esteemed Board of Trustees has not employed SB 1317 for which fact I hold them all responsible as an act of negligence. I like them all as individuals but collectively there seems to be a major problem in performance of duty to the taxpayers.

    Invoking senate Bill 1317 in each case of truancy goes to the heart of the problem which is…. ‘Parents who do not perform the duties required of them, under the laws of California, from the moment they become ‘parents’. That law, when invoked, requires the District Atty. to file charges of parental neglect in a court of law. If found guilty the court may require payment of monetary damjages and the limit on Jail time is ‘only’ one year! Not much…. But my bet is that purposeful publicity or one or two parents brought into court under terms of SB 1317 will be enough to cure our $9,000,000 hooky problem which is being unfairly laid upon Lawful residents of the school district.
    Up to a year in ‘the cooler’ is an alternative punishment for parents who would in all probability attempt to assure correction of their child’s (children’s ?) unexcused absence from school.

  • John Kyle

    Theresa,
    Upon treading your number 34 above, I come to the conclusion that like many others in the district, you might accept this simplistic description in the manner of funding by the state to the schools.
    School funding is directly related to the attendance rate and is basically based upon the enrollment as of October of the school year. My explanation is based ly upon the example ofthe Middle schools which are five (5 ) in number whicyh added up to 3,090 students enrolled on Octovber 1, 2010. the 2010 – 2011 experience is the latwest fulol year experience available and is perovided on request to any residential Taxpayet within the HUSD district.

    The budget is predicated upon the full amount of money to be received if every student attends each and every school day of the year commencing with October 1, Problems develop when the ADA ( average daily attendance,) money is not delivered in the full amount. The State ‘holds back’ ,in the current scheme of things, $29.10 per day for each act of truancy. Expressed another way, we are probably ‘on track’ to lose another $9.000,000. . I BASE THAT estimate ON THE AMOUNT THAT husd TRUSTEES INCLUDE IN THE NEW PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT.

    I am told that the sum used currently is $29.10 per student, per day of actual attendance….. the natural tendency is to plan a budget on the assumption that all who register by October first are included in the count and in the current fiscal year that sum adds up to $29.10 per student. What it was in year 2009 – through 2011 may have been provided me but I seem to have lost that bit of data. Year 2011- 2012, the current year, is not germane to this explanation for the simple reason that the year is not yet near to being concluded.
    So here are the facts relating to our current year predicament as well as the describing the predicament of previous years….HUSD Board of Trustees is slow to adjust IT’S ATTITUDE AND EFFECTIVENESS ON LOSS OF MONEY PAID BY THE STATE WHICH IS WITHELD FOR EVERY DAY THAT A TRUANT FAILS TO PROVIDE A VALID EXCUSE FOR HIS/HER ABSENCE.
    PRESENTLY, i AM TOLD HE RATE IS $29.10 PER STUDENT FOR EVERY DAY THAT THE STUDENT FAILS TO PROVIDE AN ACCEPTABLE EXCUSE FOR HIS/HER ABSENCE…

    I DO NOT HAVE A ‘HANDLE’ ON THE CURRENT YEAR TRUANCY RATE. I do have in my possession, as I write this item, a copy of the experience for year 2010-2011.
    We had enrolled on October 1, 2010 , 18,641 students of which number 11,181 had a record of truancy sufficient to be classified as truants. The average truancy rate for k-6 schools was 42.05%; for middle schools it was 77.12% and for our High Schools 87.08 % expressed another way 60.2% committed acts of truancy which cost the district about $9,000,000. Which is rationalized by the board of trustees as being a ‘need of taxpayers’ to toss a few bucks more into the pot.
    $58 dollars per year for each property on the asswessment rolls at the county may not seem worth arguing about…. What p…… me off is the fact that the board fails to recognize the tool which is available to them to have the patrents of the truants pay the entire bill!
    I refer of course to Calif. State Senate bill #1317 which was authored by J.Leno and which became effective on January 1, 2011. That senate bill goes to the real heart of the money problem as well as it does to the facts surrounding truancy. Our esteemed Board of Trustees has not employed SB 1317 for which fact I hold them all responsible as an act of negligence. I like them all as individuals but collectively there seems to be a major problem in performance of duty to the taxpayers.

    Invoking senate Bill 1317 in each case of truancy goes to the heart of the problem which is…. ‘Parents who do not perform the duties required of them, under the laws of California, from the moment they become ‘parents’. That law, when invoked, requires the District Atty. to file charges of parental neglect in a court of law. If found guilty the court may require payment of monetary damjages and the limit on Jail time is ‘only’ one year! Not much…. But my bet is that purposeful publicity or one or two parents brought into court under terms of SB 1317 will be enough to cure our $9,000,000 hooky problem which is being unfairly laid upon Lawful residents of the school district.
    Up to a year in ‘the cooler’ is an alternative punishment for parents who would in all probability attempt to assure correction of their child’s (children’s ?) unexcused absence from school.

  • Teresa Conti

    Saw something that showed school registration was up slightly this year over last as well. Will try to remember where I saw this.

    Noted at the HUSD meeting the leaders insisted that the number of students had dropped again.

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I found school mostly pretty boring. Oh well, so are many things in life unless you make them fun.

  • Teresa Conti

    Re cameras for lights: I believe that Hayward makes a $10,000 profit out of the deal. Yes there is a payment, but the city still comes out ahead.

  • Sherry Blair

    John, I thought your comparison in #31 of the amount of money lost through truancy with the money the district wants us to fork out was interesting.

    I have not commented before about your issue with truancy, because I see it from a different point of view than you do and didn’t feel up to the argument.

    But since you asked, first of all, and you may agree with this, I do believe in laws. Laws, however are just wishful thinking if they aren’t known, followed and enforced. I too have been trying to get HUSD to obey the laws. My issue is the law regarding not discriminating against poor children. It’s the law, but I have never noticed you supporting obeying that law.

    Recently, you told me about your experience with truancy as a child. My experience with truancy (except for one day in the 5th or 6th grade when I played hooky in the woods near my elementary school just to find out what it would be like) was as a parent.

    When my children were in school in the seventies and eighties, many parents were upset because the schools didn’t meet their responsibility to advise parents when their children didn’t show up. I met with parents who had no idea their children had not arrived at school. If you don’t believe it, you underestimate the cleverness of children in outwitting their parents, especially working parents. It wasn’t like when you went to school and moms stayed home for the most part.

    Not notifying parents was a terrible neglect of responsibility on the part of the schools. Then they started automated calls to homes that didn’t solve the problem either for a lot of reasons – like kids would erase the messages before their parents got home from work. I find it absurd to blame parents alone and threaten them with imprisonment while the schools fail to meet their responsibilities. It would be no more absurd to threaten school attendance officers with imprisonment for not doing their jobs! Good grief, what was needed was real communication and collaboration!

    Of course that was then. I have no idea of what the problem is now, but, I see no reason to blame parents any more than the schools.

    Furthermore, I think the flight of both parents and students from our schools cannot be solved by locking people up.

    Parents who take flight from a district they perceive as underachieving usually do so to give their children a better education somewhere else. Parents sometimes do this at a great sacrifice, selling their family homes and moving etc. Those parents should be commended. If the district wants families back, they’ll have to earn them!

    When it comes to student truancy, there are many causes and until parents, schools and the community are willing to take the time and spend the money to awaken to the individual needs of students, I see no reason to villify our children either. This is a complex world. I think our children need our help. Frankly I don’t have the answer, but I believe it must have to do with treating each other as equally valuable and individual human beings. Maybe we just need to remember the Golden Rule.

  • http://na Kathi Booth

    Sherry,
    So very well put…but I am sure that Mr. Kyle will not appreciate your words nor your heartfelt beliefs.

  • The Silent Observer

    Ms.Blair,

    As of this year, individual student attendance records are available online through the HUSD parent portal (at least at the high school level, not sure about middle school). In addition to receiving an automated call regarding an absence, parents may check their student’s daily attendance record online using a computer or smart phone to do so. While not every household has a computer a large percentage of families have smart phones. (It amazes me how many kids at the elementary level have internet access on their phones!) Between the closed campuses and the parent portal, it has become very difficult for students to get away with the things that used to go on in my day (the 70′s, Sunset High School).

    Your entry has may valid points, the last paragraph is beautifully said.

  • John Kyle

    Ms. Blair;
    In response to #39 : Please provide further explanation of your contention that HUSD discriminates against poor children.
    I should not be accused of supporting discrimination against poor children by HUSD unless you enlighten me as to how that discrimination has occurred. I am at a loss position when attempting to understand that remark ! It does not aid matters when Mrs Booth ‘jumps in’ with another inane remark typical of her contributor type!
    If you are aware of a specific situation in which prejudice has occurred against children, especially if they are seen as being members of a racial minority then, I would think, that the present board as well as top administrators, now well composed with members of the ‘racial minorities’ … are in a position to correct the problems which you believe presently exist.
    I suggest you put your complaints to paper and sent a ‘registered’ letter with return receipt requested.
    There was a time when the Irish were at the bottom of the heap. If you read an early history of The City of Chicago you will learn that before the civil war, black folks moved out of areas in South Chicago when the Irish laborers, having finished digging the Erie Canal, ( with picks and shovels,) moved into the so called Negro neighborhood… where Black folks abandoned the area because of the behaviors of drunken Irish laborers, who were largely unemployed after the completion of the Erie Canal. Seems that the lads had left the colleens behind, did not know how to write and thus lost out on marriageable women! Not like Boston where the Irish simply learned the ‘quick way to the top’ by the simple act of stealing City Hall.
    What I attempt to suggest to you if you have a real beef with HUSD and the way the treat children….. gather your facts with as much detail that canbe supported by physical evidence and collaborative individuals and put an end the abuse you seem to think exists
    My beef with parents of children who are chronic truants lays with the fact that it is virtually impossible for an intelligent parent to be misguided by a student’s attempt to conceal truancy!
    One of the factors which influences my rationale for immediate use of SB 1317 is the fact that Hayward zip code area 9454 alone provides housing for something near 4,500 parolees, probationers and recently released unsupervised felons…. While Pleasanton, which recently lost a lawsuit for not providing low income housing….. ‘suffers’ with the presence of just 5 or 6 such individuals not penned up in the County Jail!
    Parents are responsible for providing housing, clothing, food and education…it is the law and failure to do so imposes consequences which lead to new parcel taxes which I resent considering that an alternative was available to our do nothing Board of Trustees!

  • Sherry Blair

    Kathy, I think your comment about Mr. Kyle is the same kind of personal attack that I was referring to in regard to Mr. Kyle’s personal attack on Mr. Moore.

    Thank you Silent Observer. Times change.

    John, Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately, the issue is more complex than that – you know, like the truancy issue. It’s interesting how other people’s issues always seem less important, less difficult to solve than our own.

    I agree with you about the inequity of prisoner release into communities. Poor communities have always been further disadvantaged in that way. I would go even further and say that we wouldn’t have so many prisoners in the first place if we didn’t make life so difficult for those on the bottom. How many of those prisoners were drop outs and push outs from our schools? Now you want to lock up the parents too?

    And if we start locking up parents, who will feed and care for the children? Have you ever studied the foster care system?

    What about all the highly educated and paid people who are supposed to be accountable? Why is there a difference in penalties between white collar and blue collar crime?

    Just asking.

  • Michael Moore

    The reason that probationers and ex-convicts end up in Hayward and the Unincorporated areas and not in Pleasanton is because the housing costs are significantly lower than in Pleasanton.

  • John Kyle

    Mr. Moore;

    I am composing a lengthy submission on the subject…of housing in Pleasanton and Hayward or Oakland

    I have retired from my employment as a real estate appraiser….. I spent 30 of my 40 years in the Banking Business as a real estate appraiser … I have stirred up the parole officers to the poinjt that I have some incredible statistics to share…..

    I spent the weekenjd going door to door in support of Mr. Quirk’s candidacy for the asembly so I am behind in my home/yard chores as well as fact that I have not yet started my income tax returns…

    I do think that I will complete the self imposed chore of enlightening folks on the underlying cause of recidivism and truancy!

  • John Kyle

    Moore;
    Let us take the issue a bit farther.
    As a result of my having become something of an annoyance to local parole officers in Alameda County, the folks in charge of those offices dealing with Probationers and Parolees, provided some uncorroborated information, to something called “Urban Strategies Council”. That group issued a county wide map showing the relative concentrations of parolees living within zip code areas ; it was done in conjunction with a color coded, approximate count of the number of parolees and probationers in each zip code area of the county.
    ABAG sued and won a case in the courts over the fact that Pleasanton simply ignores the socially acceptable thing that occurs in Oakland and Hayward. Which is to say that those two cities meet the overload resulting from Pleasanton’s denial of goals deteremined by ABAG (Association of Bay Area Governments) which has imposed goals and or ‘quotas’ on new housing tract creation in SF Bay area cities; the purpose being that we provide housing for low wage income earners, who in all fairness deserve that consideration for many well known reasons.
    ABAG sued and won but since then not much in the way of housing has been added to Pleasanton. Gail Steele, a retired County Supervisor, had advocated a project which would have been incorporated low icome housing into into Pleasanton…. but get this… it was a proposal for low income senior citizens…. whose kids if they had any, are largely found in low income areas of Oakland and Hayward.
    Which is not to say that members of minority groups are totally shut out in Pleasanton. They do live in Pleasanton…. but they are limited in numbers by the fact that those who do have children in Pleasanton schools, are success stories who, if denied entry to existent housing in Pleasanton would bring hell down upon the involved realtors. The point is that Pleasanton’s actions involve just ‘low income’ housing of the type seeing approval of low income folks such as are accommodated in Hayward and Oakland. That particular set of circumstances makes HUSD schools difficult to administer and provide with finance!

    In my possession ARE THE PAROLEE AND PROBATIONER COUNTS. THERE IS A COLOR CODED Map showing the estimated number of parolees and probationer counts, DISPLAYING THE RESIDENCE LOCATIONS for paroled individuals, at each and every Zip code in Alameda County……. (a result of my constant letter writing effort ) !
    I am providing exhibits to Mr. Kurhi, pick them up at his place of business. Allow time for mail delivery….Wednesday at the earliest

  • John Kyle

    All;

    What is needed is public clamor overthe unfair distibution of ADA money!

    If Pleasanton gets the same ration of ADA MONMEY AS DOES husd, WHILE DENYING abag’S GOALS FOR LOW INCOME HOUSING, WHY SHOULD THEY RECEIVE THE SAME DOLLAR AMOUNT IN TYHE DISRIBUTION OF ada MONEY.

    iT IS A SIMPLE MATTER OF justice AND YOU THE TAXPAYER ARE AT FAULT FOR NOT PAYING ATTENTION ! WORSE YET, HEA… IS MUTE ON THE SUBJECT!

  • Sherry Blair

    John, you raised more questions than answers!

    Have you investigated how the developer’s fees for low income housing is being used in Hayward? Have we built more for the seniors than the young?

    Also, I have heard, but not investigated,that the city is being forced to build housing. How much development can we handle? Is the housing being evenly distrubted among the neigbhorhoods? Are we allowed any open space?

    Why would families want to buy houses when there is no room at the neighborhood school and the kids would get split up and bussed around town?

    I’ve got more…

  • Michael Moore

    All of these boil down to a simple decision in the election. It is time to vote out of office every single incumbent in every elective office in June and again in November.

    Vote no on all spending increases and all taxes as well as parcel assessments and fees. It is time to demand more of what we already are stuck with than to solve problems by spending more money on the problem while running away from the solution which is management of the results.

    There is no need for professional politicians. They merely run from one job to the other. As soon as they get PAC money, Union endorsements and special interst dollars you have the beginning of the insoluble problem. Out with the Rascals.

  • http://na Kathi Booth

    There is a formula for determining how many low income housing units should be set aside in a new development.

    As I understand it these units do not necessarily have to be withing the actual development site. Developers can set aside money to be used for low income housing at a different site. This was done on Saklin Road; in conjuction with Eden Housing, a low income complex was built with “set aside” developer money…keeping the housing far away from the actual development. It is my belief that the children who now reside in this Saklin Rd housing were assigned to Longwood Elementary..requiring them to cross Winton Ave and Hesperian to get to their school.

    Truancy has multiple causes. I am not sure that arresting parents and putting them in jail, even if it is only one or two to make an example of, will have any positive effect on reducing truancy. In fact, I think such a move will only cause a new set of problems that will fall squarely on the shoulders of the children.