Forget the red and blue states.
How about the red and green precincts?
Lakes of red in seas of green — that just about sums up the precinct picture for Measure F, the unincorporated areas’ utility tax, in the June 3 primary election.
The Alameda County Registrar of Voters’ Web site maps precinct votes for the measure. Voters throughout the county cast ballots to extend and increase the tax, which is paid only in unincorporated areas such as Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, San Lorenzo and Sunol.
The results: widespread approval, with more than 65 percent of the voters countywide approving Measure F. Support was heavy in the cities, indicated in green on the registrar’s map.
Where did it fail? Check out the red zones: Castro Valley, Ashland, San Lorenzo and eastern Alameda County predominate.
Opponents of Measure F, mostly from unincorporated areas, said voting should be limited to communities where residents, property owners and business operators pay the tax.
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Forget the red and blue states.
Hayward City Councilman Kevin Dowling is going to San Leandro.
Relax, San Leandro politicians, he’s not after your jobs. He’s going to work in July as development director of the San Leandro Boys & Girls Club.
June 27 is Dowling’s last day as an aide to Alameda County Supervisor Alice Lai-Bitker. For seven years, he’s worked in Lai-Bitker’s San Lorenzo district office, tackling such youth-related projects as the San Lorenzo skate park, Youth Collaborative, and Team Up For Youth.
With the school year coming to an end, here’s one last final assignment.
Please take some time to evaluate your school district superintendent’s performance over this past year. To keep it simple, let’s limit the grading scale to satisfactory and unsatisfactory, and explain why.
Also include some highlights, lowlights, and some suggestions for improvement. Be sure to identify yourself as a student, teacher, parent, resident, etc.
Here are the list of area superintendents covered by the Review:
Jim Fitzpatrick, Castro Valley Unified School District
Dale Vigil, Hayward Unified School District
Dennis Byas, San Lorenzo Unified School District
Christine Lim, San Leandro Unified School District
The Day of the Teacher is approaching and educators from Castro Valley, Hayward, San Lorenzo, New Haven and Newark Unified School Districts will meet from 3 to 6 p.m. that Wednesday, May 14, at the Five Flags area in Hayward (corner of Jackson, Mission and Foothill) to protest possible cuts imposed by the state.
Teachers are asking you to join the rally to help air your concerns about the state budget and how it relates to public education.
I spent much of today at a Cherryland “charette” attended by a couple hundred residents of the unincorporated communities most conveniently known as the Eden Area, which in this case (but not all cases) includes Castro Valley.
The unincorporated areas are confusing enough already, as people who live there will tell you. But no sooner did I file my story when a copy editor called me up and said, “Hey, what is a charette? It’s not in the dictionary.”
And no, it is not in our dictionary. But it is in some others. The exercise had some of the atmosphere of the town meetings I’ve witnessed in New England. The big difference is that while a true town meeting turns the local citizenry into lawmakers, Cherryland’s charette electorate made symbolic votes and now will have to hope the real lawmakers listen to their non-binding suggestions.
But anyway, there was a charette and lots of people voted for lots of different things and here, in a HayWord exclusive, is the Read the rest of this entry »
San Leandro educators began informational picketing this week to raise awareness of failed contract negotiations. San Lorenzo teachers are also working on a new working agreement, while Hayward Unified’s contract with its teachers expire this summer.
With the governor proposing across-the-board cuts, including in education, school districts are preparing for big losses in revenue.
So how can financially strapped districts fairly compensate arguably its most important employees? Remember, California already ranks among the bottom in per-pupil spending when compared with the rest of the nation.
School officials may look to you for the answer. Districts are warming to the idea of placing a parcel tax before voters to help compensate teachers.
Are you willing to support such a cause by paying higher taxes? Why or why not?
Posted on Thursday, March 20th, 2008
Under: Alameda County, Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, General, Hayward, Other unincorporated areas, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Schools | 25 Comments »
Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley raised $71,000 in campaign contributions last year, according to his most recent financial statement, and it’s not all going to this year’s re-election campaign.
The Alameda County Labor Council’s Hardship Fund, and the Black Adoption Placement and Research Center are only the few of the charities to which Miley donated, using campaign funds.
However, working outside of office hours, Miley’s county staffers also earned salaries from these funds as campaign workers or consultants. Bob Swanson, an aide in Miley’s Castro Valley district office, was paid $980. Anna Gee, who works in both the Oakland main office and Castro Valley office, received $1,800. Robyn Hodges, who formerly worked in Castro Valley and now is in Oakland, made $1,200, as did Oakland aide Darryl Stewart.
Miley previously has said he has no problem hiring his county assistants to work on campaigns, since they separate the government duties from political work.
Miley’s son, Chris, who works for United Seniors of Oakland and Alameda County, an Oakland-based senior citizen organization, netted $2,500. Nate Miley also donated more than $1,300 in cash or advertising revenue to United Seniors, and forgave thousands of dollars in loans from other campaign funds.
Miley, in addition to his job as a county supervisor, is United Seniors’ executive director. Chris Miley is the agency’s project coordinator.
Hi ho, bloggers! Got a cool holiday light display, or know someone else who does? Post the location on our new interactive holiday lights map. You can put anything on there, from local houses to big commercial or public displays.
The site also contains listings of holiday events around the Bay Area, and other fun holiday-related things. Have I used the word holiday enough yet?
Holiday. Holiday. There, that should do it.
Posted on Thursday, November 29th, 2007
Under: Alameda County, Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, General, Hayward, Odds & Ends, Other unincorporated areas, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Union City | No Comments »
Do you use a park to walk, run, bike or play? Have any good stories about parkland or jogging/biking experiences in Hayward, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo or San Leandro?
Let us know. And if you’ve got a particularly good story, e-mail it to one of us and maybe we can start a blog post of your own.
FYI: Tomorrow, at 8 p.m., the Hayward City Council is voting to update its decade-old Bicycle Master Plan and also voting to appropriate about $95,000 to create some new bike lanes, including one connecting downtown BART to the Amtrak station.
(Photo by Mike Lucia of Fernando Delgado, 14, at the Eden Greenway in Hayward)
Posted on Monday, November 19th, 2007
Under: Ashland, Castro Valley, Development, Environment, Fairview, General, Hayward, Other unincorporated areas, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Union City | No Comments »
It only mentions Hayward twice, and once incorrectly (no, the Coyote Hills are not here), but a 69-page report released today by the Golden Gate School of Law raises intriguing questions about flatlander access to parks in the East Bay.
Anyone ever try to take a bus to Garin Park?
Posted on Wednesday, October 17th, 2007
Under: Alameda County, Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Environment, Fairview, Hayward, Other unincorporated areas, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Transportation | 1 Comment »