Question 6: What about that South Hayward thing?

Here we go:

What is your position on the stalled redevelopment plans for the South Hayward BART / Mission Boulevard corridor? What would you do about those plans and proposed development projects there?

LINDA BENNETT: I like the idea of a transit-oriented development but the one that was proposed was entirely too massive for the location. It is my understanding that the city is working on reevaluating these plans to make them more suitable for the area. Many people below the Mission Boulevard area have over the years expressed wanting a view of the hills preserved.

BARBARA HALLIDAY: Plans for development around South Hayward BART have been approved, and several developers have submitted applications or expressed interest. I will look carefully at each project to make sure it protects surrounding uses and makes a positive contribution to the area. I would like to see much-needed retail development built before more housing is approved.

OLDEN HENSON: I support the South Hayward BART Village Plan. It can be revised to include more open space. The plan calls for high-density residential in close proximity to BART station. It would allow transformation of Dixon Street into residential and shops. This plan is the principal reason Joe Montana invested in the old Perry and Key site. With appropriate site review, I would likely support forthcoming projects.

MARVIN PEIXOTO: The South Hayward BART plan is incomplete and neglects many important considerations that were voiced during the public hearings such as the lack of adequate open space and parks. But perhaps more important, there has never been a long term fiscal analysis to determine the huge increase in service demand for the project. Property tax alone won’t do it.

BILL QUIRK: We need to reexamine the corridor plan. I voted against the plan, because of faults in the plan and the failure to include much of the community in the planning. We need to determine what density will allow for walkable neighborhoods and then zone at that density. We also need more park space, and a plan to fund public services.

ROB SIMPSON: There’s great opportunity. Present plans lack imagination emphasizing housing not community. The area needs variety of services and amenities like the Bowling alley, Security and Green development. Politicians listen but they need to actually take some action on what they’re told from the community, not just developers/contributors. I’ll strive to revitalize Hayward for Hayward. Let’s do it together. www.redwoodrob.com

FRANCISCO ZERMEÑO: The Redevelopment of South Hayward BART/Mission needs to be revisited, tweaked, implemented. The idea of transit and pedestrian-oriented housing and retail is excellent. Needed are a grocery store, community center, restaurants. I would like to see a Senior Center, bowling alley, baseball batting cages, skating rink, adequate green space. We shouldn’t create a Mission Boulevard Canyon of tall buildings.


Question 5: Hayward schools

Here’s a bonus question — a blog exclusive!

Will you vote for or against Measure I (the School Safety and Construction Bond Measure) on June 3? Also, describe what role city council members could or should have in improving Hayward schools.

LINDA BENNETT: I will be voting for Measure I. I believe it is the responsibility of our entire community to do what we can to encourage our young people to be responsible members of our community. The city council doesn’t have authority over the schools but must work with the school board, businesses, HARD, Hayward teachers, and agencies to determine what needs to be done in order to improve the Hayward Schools.

BARBARA HALLIDAY: I support Measure I, but other efforts are needed as well. Council members should work collaboratively with the schools, recreation district, and non-profit groups to support Hayward youth and give them high quality educational and recreational opportunities. We should also promote volunteerism among recent retirees to mentor youth and get them involved in volunteering and helping the community.

OLDEN HENSON: I strongly support Measure I and urge others to do so. The council can support a public/private partnership between business, the city and school district. The model is used in the Silicon Valley. Business employees should be a part of school projects and work with students. The council can budget a small amount of funding to reestablish the Schools to Career Program.

MARVIN PEIXOTO: I have endorsed Measure I and fully support it. While the city council does not exercise direct authority over the school district, it is in the best interest of the city to ensure that our children receive the best possible education in a safe environment. The council needs to work collaboratively and constructively with the school board to ensure that this happens.

BILL QUIRK: I have voted for I. I have included support for Measure I in two of my mailers. The main role the City has had in Hayward schools is in providing the funding for two new schools, Stonebrae and Burbank, and providing 6 officers to patrol the High Schools and Middle Schools. The City is looking at funding after school programs

ROB SIMPSON: I’m an advocate for the Bond. I have 3 school age children in public schools, one was adopted in Africa as a baby. Hayward schools demonstrate great diversity and acceptance. Even People without children will benefit by the social and economic advantages of a community with better schools. Our City Council should actualize its potential to improve education. See www.redwoodrob.com

FRANCISCO ZERMEÑO: I fully support Measure I, as an endorser and contributor. As HUSD and the City Council are two different entities, they need to work in partnership, collaboratively figuring out how to best serve our residents with top-notch educational systems. As Hayward grows, so will our schools. As schools improve, so will our city. Quality of life is encompassing, education included.


Question 4: Hayward power plants?

Please note that most of these questions and answers will also appear in the newspaper on Saturday. Next …

What is your position on the two different power plants proposed for Hayward? What would you do about each of them?

LINDA BENNETT: I oppose the first power plant because Hayward should not bear the burden for the Peninsula. I am concerned about the information citizens were not privy to about the negative effects of the plant. I see the need for energy but believe there are newer technologies less detrimental to our community. I oppose the second power plant because enough is enough.

BARBARA HALLIDAY: I strongly opposed the Eastshore Energy Center and testified against it at hearings in Hayward and Sacramento. With my support, the city has taken legal action to stop the plant. Regarding Calpine, which has been approved by the state, I believe Council should have a full opportunity to review and comment on the environmental impacts that have been identified.

OLDEN HENSON: I returned early from a lobby trip to vote against the Eastshore plant land use plan due to its lack of emissions control, proximity to schools and residential areas and the fact that it is not needed. I supported only the consistency of land use and the eventual contract with Calpine on the Russell City plant. The California Energy Commission has the authority to approve or disapprove, not the city.

MARVIN PEIXOTO: I oppose the building of both plants and support Assemblymember Mary Hayashi’s bill AB 1909 to prevent the building of a second power plant in Hayward. Regarding the Calpine plant, I would support exploring all legal remedies available, both public and private, to ensure that this plant never gets built.

BILL QUIRK: The City Council, myself included unanimously opposes the East Shore Energy Plant because it can be seen from homes and schools. Unfortunately, the final decision will be made by the California Energy Commission and not the City. The Russell City Plant has already been approved by the California Energy Commission and that decision cannot be changed.

ROB SIMPSON: They’d kill people polluting 2,000,000,000 tons annually. I’m helping to stop them. With comprehensive understanding of the health threat, environmental degradation and loss of property value, I’m an active litigant fighting both plants. I personally filed an EPA appeal that has stopped Calpine and the City Council for six months now. I filed an injunction regarding Eastshore. www.redwoodrob.com volunteer 510-909-1800

FRANCISCO ZERMEÑO: Calpine was born out of feared and unwanted blackouts. The peninsula receives the energy, we the dust particles, and the possible airplane problems. The other plant presents the same situation, but on smaller scale. Actually, I believe that they will never be built, at least here in Hayward. I don’t favor either one of them and signed petition against them.


Hayward candidates answer questions: Part 1 of 8

It’s crunch time for the June 3 election. We asked the seven candidates running for 4-year seats on the Hayward City Council to answer a series of eight questions. We’ll post all the answers on this blog.

The candidates all were asked to limit their responses to 60 words, and we used our discretion to edit down the entries that did not comply with those directions.

If blog readers feel they have a better answer to the questions, let’s hear them. And if the candidates want to join in, be our guest.

FIRST QUESTION: The city says it faces a deficit of more than $10 million. What steps would you take in the short and long term to protect the city services you think are most important? What would you cut, what would you save?

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Hayward candidates $$$$ report

Wondering who helped pay for all those glossy campaign mailers that will be inundating your mailboxes in the coming days?

Campaign contributions to the nine candidates for Hayward City Council, as well as information on how they spend that money, is now available here. (The disclosures only cover up to March 17. The next cycle of expenditures won’t be made public until the end of May).

Or, you can click directly on Linda Bennett, Barbara Halliday, Olden Henson, Marvin Peixoto, Bill Quirk, Rob Simpson, Francisco Zermeño, Steve Bristow, Anna May

Let us know if you find anything interesting.


What others are saying

In what may be a recent record, the San Francisco Chronicle has published two Hayward-centric stories within a matter of weeks that are not about crime or carnivores.

The first was by architecture critic John King, who had one take on downtown (“half-inch-thin brick is pasted … alongside brick-red stucco”) last year and a bit of a new take (“fragrant wisteria bloom(s)”) this year.

The other was by golf writer Roy Kroichick, who revealed today that the Stonebrae Country Club golf course has a new name and new affiliation with the PGA Tour. Jane Sacco, vice president of Vox Populi, Stonebrae’s PR consultant, said this insider golfball scoop was the result of her firm being “under non-disclosure” with the bigger paper.

And in what other others are saying about others, our cutthroat rivals at the Fremont Argus point out that the Chronicle also made a springtime visit to Lake Elizabeth.