Here are some links to look at… like I mentioned in a recent comment, I’m off this week but I wanted to open up a new post for election commenting.
HUSD 2-year seat. Here’s our story.
Here’s the smartvoter information page on candidates. Candidate websites: Jesus Armas, Lawrence Fitzpatrick, Annette Walker.
HUSD 4 year seat. Here’s our story.
Here’s the smartvoter information page. Candidate websites: Audie Bock, Lisa Brunner, Sue Lafferty, William McGee, Sheila Sims.
We also had stories on the Eden Township Healthcare District race, Hayward Area Recreation and Park District, San Leandro school board, San Leandro mayor, San Leandro City Council, San Leandro ballot measures, more on San Leandro’s Measure Z, San Lorenzo school board, Fairview Fire Protection District, Castro Valley Sanitary District, and last but not least, the District 2 supervisor’s race.
Here’s the smartvoter Alameda County page, where you can find more information on many of those races.
The city of Hayward website has a page with links to videos of forums between the supervisors and Hayward school board candidates, but it doesn’t seem to be working for me. Might be my computer.
Catch you all next week!
Posted on Tuesday, October 19th, 2010
Under: Alameda County, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, Hayward, Other unincorporated areas, Politics, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Schools | 58 Comments »
So I’m off this week. Just got back from a short camping trip — don’t much care for publicly announcing when I won’t be home, so I didn’t. But I’m back in town now yet still not actively at work, although I’ll be attending tomorrow night’s forum to gather more thread for the school board candidate story. But I’m officially off until Monday.
Here’s the info on this week’s candidate forums, which ran as a brief in the Review:
CANDIDATE FORUMS: There will be a forum for Hayward Unified school board candidates from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in room 804 at Chabot College, 25555 Hesperian Blvd.
The event is sponsored by the college’s political science department and Chabot College Foundation.
Organizers said all candidates are expected to attend.
There will be another forum at 7 p.m. Friday at the Westminster Hills Presbyterian Church, 27287 Patrick Ave. That event, sponsored by the Hayward Demos Democratic Club, the Greater Hayward Democratic Club and GLOBE, will be followed by a forum for candidates running for the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District board.
Posted on Tuesday, September 28th, 2010
Under: Alameda County, Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, General, Hayward, Odds & Ends, Politics, San Lorenzo, Schools | 8 Comments »
Good news! We have some additional hands around here these days: Chris Metinko, who was covering Alameda County issues for the Oakland Tribune, joined us to take over the unincorporated areas beat.
That includes Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, Fairview, Ashland and Cherryland. Like the rest of us, he’ll tackle all aspects of the areas, including schools, crime and planning/land use/neighborhood issues. In addition, he’ll be taking on stories out of Cal State East Bay and Chabot College.
Chris is a very welcome addition. If you have stories out of our neck of unincorporated AlCo, let him know. He’s at 510-293-2479 or email@example.com.
Posted on Thursday, September 16th, 2010
Under: Alameda County, Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Crime, Development, Fairview, General, Odds & Ends, Other unincorporated areas, Politics, San Lorenzo, Schools | 3 Comments »
After looking at the “About The HayWord” page, it appears that it’s time to revisit all of that info. Still lists Kim Santos as editor (she’s now at the Valley Times/Tri-Valley Herald), Jason Sweeney covers San Leandro and Kris Noceda left us last week. To those not in the Twitterverse – that’s where news breaks these days — Kris left the Review to join an online news group.
Yeah, we’re already missing him — not just because he’s a good reporter and a positive newsroom presence, but also because now we have to cover his beats until a new reporter is hired. In a nutshell, that means I’ll pick up Castro Valley, Fairview, Cherryland, Cal State and Chabot College stories; Jason Sweeney is going to tackle unincorporated crime items, San Lorenzo and Ashland.
Now then, please read this official policy. We’re going to start enforcing it. I honestly don’t have much time to play comment police, so if you post something unacceptable, I will have to put you in the spam queue. Then, when I have a chance, I’ll look at the spam queue and see if there’s anything there to post. That means you will not have the instant gratification of seeing your comment go live when you hit the post button, and I can’t guarantee what kind of lag time there will be. Here’s that policy:
Blog policy: While The HayWord welcomes lively discussion and tough criticism, personal attacks on writers or other readers are not allowed. Spam, obscene language, personal attacks or abusive hate speech are not allowed. You may not pose as another person when posting. Violators are subject to a ban. We recommend that posters to The HayWord use their full names when posting, to keep this forum reliable and encourage constructive discussion.
Posted on Monday, August 9th, 2010
Under: Alameda County, Ashland, Blogroll, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Crime, Fairview, General, Hayward, Odds & Ends, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Schools | 19 Comments »
Information from the HUSD website:
May 18, 2010
Dear Hayward Community:
On Thursday night, June 3, 2010, from 7:00-8:30 pm, I will be holding a Community Outreach Meeting at Burbank Elementary School to get community input on the state of HUSD.
I highly encourage all interested parents and community members to attend. The purpose and agenda points are below.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH MEETING:
Thursday, June 3, 2010 / 7:00-8:30 pm / Burbank Elementary
· To reach out to the community to discuss the state of HUSD
· To answer questions regarding the fiscal crisis, high academic student achievement, & campus safety
· To seek assistance & continued support for Hayward Schools
· To listen to Hayward parents/community regarding their public schools
· To clarify that the school situation is of concern & the responsibility of all
· Welcome & Purpose of Community Outreach Meeting: Janis Duran, Superintendent HUSD
· Introductions: Maribel Heredia, Vice President of HUSD School Board
· Greetings from the City: Mayor Michael Sweeney
· Greetings from Alameda County Office of Education: Sheila Jordan, Superintendent ACOE
· Panel Moderator: Fran David, Hayward City Manager
· Questions from Audience / Panel Answers
· Ways You can Support HUSD, Students & Families
· Raffle—DONATED Prizes
· Child Care / Donated Refreshments
Posted on Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
Under: Cherryland, Fairview, Hayward, Schools | 17 Comments »
Longtime Daily Review reporter Karen Holzmeister (on the left, with Hayward Area Historical Society Vice President Gay Ostarello), who retired from the paper last summer, was one of the honorees at the HAHS awards dinner last week.
Karen was an institution in the newsroom, someone whose mind-vault contained a wealth of information about southern Alameda County that can’t be found in any google search. She remains sorely missed — not just by Review staff but by community members as well. Then again, she’s missed particularly by Review staff, who were treated to a delicious sherry cake when she was in the neighborhood and stopped by earlier this week.
Karen’s been busy in her retirement, having done some traveling including a trip to the Middle East.
Here’s an item in Carol Thornberry’s column about another recent honor Karen received.
And here’s the HAHS press release on their event, which included some other local notables: Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on Thursday, April 29th, 2010
Under: Alameda County, Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, General, Hayward, History, Odds & Ends, Other unincorporated areas | No Comments »
This broke late today. We’ll revisit the matter for a story early next week. Here’s the press release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Superintendent Jordan issues a statement regarding the certification of the provisional appointment of the Hayward School Board Trustee
The following letter was sent to Superintendent Janis Duran and the Hayward Unified School Board
April 23, 2010
Janis Duran, Interim Superintendent
Hayward Unified School District
24411 Amador Street
Hayward, CA 94544
Dear Superintendent Duran:
In accordance with California Education Code and advice of legal counsel, I certify that as of April 16, 2010, the provisional appointment of the Hayward School Board Trustee was made effective and that Jesus Armas will remain a board Trustee until the November 2, 2010 election. I have carefully stayed within my legal responsibilities to identify whether the required conditions to call for a special election have been met. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on Friday, April 23rd, 2010
Under: Alameda County, Cherryland, Fairview, Hayward, Politics, Schools | 33 Comments »
UPDATE 2/25: Survey has been updated so that it’s no longer confusing.
The Hayward Unified School District set up a special Web page that has a load of information regarding upcoming budget cuts. It has feedback from the community meetings held in recent months, and links to information about budget timeline, who is on the Budget Advisory Committee, statements from top HUSD officials and a feedback form, where you can rank priorities for cuts.
In addition for a chance to weigh in, it gives a good idea about how much can be saved by doing what. The format is a little confusing, however. From the survey:
Respond to the following questions by ranking each one on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being most important and 5 being least important.
Q4: Reduce or eliminate staff development for teachers (currently 3 days). Saves $400,000.
So what this means is, you’d rank it 1 if you consider it “most important.” That doesn’t mean you think staff development for teachers is a most important priority, but rather that you think it’s most important for the district to cut said development.
To see other savings, read on: Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on Wednesday, February 24th, 2010
Under: Alameda County, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, Hayward, Layoffs, Other unincorporated areas, Schools | 19 Comments »
UPDATE: Councilwoman Anna May announced that she is not running for re-election come June, instead setting her sights on the school board. She said she has some running mates but would not divulge names at this time. More in tomorrow’s story.
Sarah Gonzales handed in her letter of resignation today. The school board will begin the process to fill the vacancy by approving the procedure tomorrow at a special 1 p.m. meeting that also includes discussion of board goals and meeting protocol.
Gonzales said the resignation is due to health and family reasons. She and her partner are moving to Southern California to take care of an aging family member, and Gonzales is recovering from shoulder-replacement surgery.
She said the decision has little to do with the state of affairs on the school board, other than that she has a lot of work to do that makes it “impossible to do the hard work” required of a board member.
We’ll have a story in tomorrow’s paper.
Posted on Monday, February 22nd, 2010
Under: Cherryland, Fairview, Hayward, Politics, Schools | 3 Comments »
UPDATE: The video of the meeting is now available online. Recommended viewing times:
33:40 — Trustee Luis Reynoso’s first objection of the meeting to seating placement of superintendent.
41:20 — Cameo public comment appearance of frequent HayWord poster John Kyle.
1:41:45 — Restructuring item begins.
2:13:12 — Reynoso input begins. Conflict begins about 9 minutes later, ends with item moved over Reynoso objections.
2:42:20 — Reynoso input on next item begins. Conflict begins almost immediately, with request for round robin, rejection of request, accusation of superintendent giving direction. About 15 minutes later it again gets heated and ends in a brief recess before being moved.
There was a fair degree of dysfunction, which is touched on in today’s story about Harder and Longwood elementary schools facing restructuring. The video isn’t available yet on the district’s Web site, but it is recommended viewing for anyone who wants to see how trustees are getting along.
Just curious to hear comment from anyone who might have been at the meeting or seen it on television.
Posted on Friday, February 12th, 2010
Under: Cherryland, Fairview, Hayward, Schools | 17 Comments »