Zermeño 14 points ahead of Henson

This is starting to look like a sports blog. The latest results don’t change the outcome, but Zermeño has climbed a step up on the totem pole since this morning.

Barbara Halliday: 7,705 votes (18.62)
Bill Quirk: 6,598 (15.94)
Francisco Zermeño: 6,216 (15.02)
Olden Henson: 6,202 (14.99)
Marvin Peixoto: 6,007 (14.51)
Linda Bennett: 5,564 (13.44)
Rob Simpson: 2,956 (7.14)
Write-in: 138 (0.33)


Zermeño ahead by 144 votes … for now, at least

The numbers of votes counted for the Hayward City Council race have gone up quite a bit since our last post, but the percentages remain largely the same. The difference between fourth and fifth place (which is the difference between being elected and not being elected) is just 144 votes.

Barbara Halliday: 7,263 votes (18.69 percent)
Bill Quirk: 6,226 (16.02)
Olden Henson: 5,840 (15.03)
Francisco Zermeño: 5,803 (14.93)
Marvin Peixoto: 5,659 (14.56)
Linda Bennett: 5,224 (13.44)
Rob Simpson: 2,736 (7.04)
Write-in: 115 (0.30)

Guy Ashley of the county registrar’s office adds:

Our staff is counting vote-by-mail ballots as we speak. We expect to get through the remainder of these ballots today. We will update the results this afternoon, as soon as we can.

The provisional ballots are still being processed. That process will NOT be completed today and most likely will stretch into mid-week next week.


Update on uncounted votes

To summarize: There are lots of them.

Here’s a note sent this afternoon from Guy Ashley, spokesman for the Alameda County Registrar of Voters:

We are counting absentees that were turned in on election day at polling places. Also processing provisionals. Current countywide estimates: about 30,000 absentees and about 6500 provisionals.


Too close to call

Disclaimer: While all precincts have been counted, the tallies are not really “final” in any of the races because there are still thousands of vote-by-mail and provisional ballots throughout the county that have not been counted yet. For a race as close as the Hayward City Council, it really is too close to call right now.


Final tally for Hayward council

Barbara Halliday: 6,749 (18.69 percent)
Bill Quirk: 5,799 (16.06)
Olden Henson: 5,412 (14.99)
Francisco Zermeño: 5,401 (14.96)
Marvin Peixoto: 5,265 (14.58)
Linda Bennett: 4,839 (13.40)
Rob Simpson: 2,540 (7.03)
Write-in: 104 (0.29)


Battle of the o’s: Zermeño v. Peixoto

While most sane people slept, the Hayward City Council vote count continued to shift early Wednesday morning, booting Peixoto from an early-count third place ranking down to fifth, further securing Henson’s position (though he’s third by just half a dozen votes) and putting Zermeño back in the running.

With 101 out of 120 precincts counted:

Barbara Halliday: 6,067 votes (18.84%)
Bill Quirk: 5,234 (16.25)
Olden Henson: 4,802 (14.91)
Francisco Zermeño: 4,778 (14.84)
Marvin Peixoto: 4,726 (14.67)
Linda Bennett: 4,335 (13.46)
Rob Simpson: 2,172 (6.74)
Write-in: 92 (0.29)


School bond looks to win, so do Hayward incumbents

Just before 11 p.m., the Measure I school bond in Hayward was winning with 7,819 yes votes, or 71.77 percent of the total. That’s with 115 out of 151 precincts counted. The $205 million school bond needs 55 percent to pass.

The Hayward City Council race was not quite so certain. Four 4-year seats are up for grabs so the top four vote-getters out of seven candidates win. Here are the results with 89 of 120 precincts counted:

Barbara Halliday: 5,531 votes (18.91 percent)
Bill Quirk: 4,764 votes (16.29 percent)
Olden Henson: 4,363 votes (14.92 percent)
Marvin Peixoto: 4,310 votes (14.74 percent)
Francisco Zermeño: 4,292 votes (14.68 percent)
Linda Bennett: 3,940 (13.47 percent)
Rob Simpson: 1,960 (6.70 percent)
Write-in: 86 votes (0.29 percent)

For the 2-year race, which has two candidates, here are the results with 89 of 120 precincts counted:

Anna May: 5,011 votes (58.09 percent)
Steve Bristow: 3,593 votes (41.65 percent)
Write-in: 22 votes (0.26 percent)


Last question: What the Hayward candidates have done already

And finally, giving them 80 words instead of just 60, we ask the candidates for 4-year seats on the Hayward City Council:

What were your top three community accomplishments in the past four years?

LINDA BENNETT: 1.) As chairperson for the Library Commission I have worked on beginning plans for a new downtown library. 2.) Going with a neighbor and speaking with a business owner that wasn’t keeping up his building and business area. He has since been very good about keeping the building free of graffiti and nuisances. 3.) The third is a tie between being on the Alameda County San Lorenzo Creek Watershed Task Force and collecting signatures on a petition to avoid overdevelopment of Caltrans property.

BARBARA HALLIDAY: 1) Strengthening the ties between the city and neighborhoods by promoting partnerships between staff and neighborhood residents to focus on reducing crime and eliminating blight; 2) promoting new shopping and dining opportunities throughout the city, including new restaurants at Southland, renovation of Bedford Plaza and other centers, and Cinema Place theater and shops that will open soon downtown; 3) completing land acquisition and financing for the new Burbank Elementary School and expanded Cannery Park that will open this fall.

OLDEN HENSON: 1.) Going into the South Garden area, organizing the church and community to the point where a grant was received to provide community services including health services. 2.) Championed the dire need of police personnel in the 2005 budget, which led to full-blown discussion and commitment to provide more police. 3.) Worked to get a hotel and other economic development by way of biotech, retail, and others into Hayward. The hotel, regional retail and other opportunities are in the pipeline.

MARVIN PEIXOTO: As a planning commissioner I voted to shut down a bar located on Grand Street for its numerous violations. I opposed the use permit for the crematorium in the downtown because I thought it was an inappropriate land use and would change the character of adjacent neighborhoods. I voted in favor of the ordinance eliminating further conditional use permits for tattoo parlors downtown.

BILL QUIRK: 1.) Making Citizen input a cornerstone of my public service efforts—responding to calls within 24 hours and solving many problems for residents. My home phone number and email are 581-5498, BillQuirkForHayward@Comcast.net 2.) Actively supporting Michael Sweeney for Mayor—the Council and City are far more responsive to Hayward residents under Mayor Sweeney’s leadership. 3.) Supporting meetings between the City Council and staff with citizens in Fairway Park, Schafer Park, and other neighborhoods—and successfully resolving many of their problems.

ROB SIMPSON: We all share in community accomplishments, particularly those financed by our tax dollars. I’ve taken significant action, dedicating extensive personal resources, demonstrating unrelenting determination and commitment to the community in the following: Stopping the polluting power plants, investing nearly 1000 hours of my personal time and resources. I’ve given away 30,000 trees. 6,000 in the last four years. I’ve planned and sold the most environmentally sensitive, green development in Hayward. Vote Simpson for logic and action to move Hayward forward. Rob@redwoodrob.com

FRANCISCO ZERMEÑO: 1.) Founding and leading the Latino Business Roundtable. I saw a need to reach out to small business owners, seeing them as being the backbone of a strong local economy. 2.) Founding and leading the Chabot Green Team to begin educating our local community about an eco-friendly living style. 3.) Continuing our Cinco de Mayo Festival in City Hall Plaza. People who had never been Downtown were glad to have visited, with their children performing ballet folklorico or playing mariachi music.


Question 7: “WORST” Hayward decision!

What was the worst decision the Hayward City Council made in the last four years and how would you do things differently?

LINDA BENNETT: This is a difficult question to answer. The city council has had to make a number of difficult decisions in the past four years. I believe my least favorite decision was the Loop in the downtown area. Traffic is a city/regional issue and this does nothing to remedy traffic problems in any affected areas in the rest of the city.

BARBARA HALLIDAY: I opposed the Council decision to approve the Garin Vista housing project on steep slopes above an old quarry in the Hayward Hills. Grading operations, begun last year, resulted in slope failure during the winter rains, and costly repairs are now needed to protect homes downhill from potential damage. I would prohibit housing on unstable land.

OLDEN HENSON: The approval of the mini loop and disallowing the name change of fire station one to the Matt Jimenez Station one while he was alive to enjoy the honor as he wished.

MARVIN PEIXOTO: The loop. This crazy scheme will absolutely destroy the downtown and everything we’ve tried to do to bring new business to our city. The fact that we are using someone else’s money to do it is hardly comforting. Our through traffic problem should be addressed at the 238 connector so that the freeways can be used the way they were intended. Don’t get me started.

BILL QUIRK: Rushing to approve a plan for the South Hayward BART corridor before it was ready. The result was such a bad plan that even City Council members who supported the plan voted against the first proposed project. I wish the other Council members had like me voted to wait until the problems I refer to above were addressed.

ROB SIMPSON: 10/11/2005 unanimously approving the fifth biggest polluter in the Bay Area on city property in 42 minutes without environmental review. Presently claiming irresponsibility for their own actions and impotence. Declaring championship by timidly fighting Eastshore, the direct result of inadvertently opening our zoning and 1/5 the size of the one they approved. Please Elect me and We’ll stop both. www.redwoodrob.com

FRANCISCO ZERMEÑO: Our City Council’s worst decision has been not acting to dispel the perception that we are a city unfriendly to businesses. I keep hearing ‘they haven’t visited our business,’ ‘they took too long,’ and ‘they make it too hard to do business here.’ How much is true? I don’t know. However, we must do our utmost to rid ourselves of this perception.