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Hayward councilman snubs former colleague

HAYWARD — The City Council weighed in this week on their top candidates to fill a vacancy on the council, and one councilman did not endorse allowing a former colleague to advance to the interview stage in the process.

Eighteen people applied to fill the vacancy created when Councilwoman Barbara Halliday was elected mayor in June. Each council member was allowed to select up to five candidates for the post.

Among those applying was former councilman Mark Salinas, who did not seek re-election to the council, instead running against Halliday and Councilman Francisco Zermeno. Salinas was chosen to be among candidates interviewed for the vacant seat by all council members — except Zermeno.

Zermeno only used four of his five votes, endorsing Rocky Fernandez and Planning Commission members Elisa Marquez, Rodney Loche and Vishal Trivedi.

Zermeno previously snubbed another colleague, not endorsing Councilman Marvin Peixoto, who won re-election in the June election. Zermeno instead endorsed Fernandez and Sara Lamnin, who was elected to the council. Both Fernandez and Lamnin received large financial contributions from SEIU Local 1021, which has been in a protracted contract dispute with the city.

Peixoto did not endorse any candidate for mayor in June’s election, saying he could work with any of his colleagues who were seeking the office.

Halliday, unlike Zermeno, did vote to consider Salinas’ application, even though they also were competitors in the mayoral race. Salinas lost by 735 votes, according to the county registrar. Zermeno came in third, trailing Salinas by 1,220 votes.

Five candidates will be interviewed for the vacancy at Tuesday’s council meeting: Marquez, Loche, Trivedi, Salinas, and businessman and community leader Brian Schott.

The council is scheduled to fill the vacancy Tuesday. The meeting should be interesting for those who follow Hayward politics. It starts at 7 p.m. in council chambers, second floor at City Hall, 777 B St.

 

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San Leandro mayor will not seek second term

This from San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy’s Facebook page:

I have concluded it is in the best interests of our city and my family that I focus on serving as Mayor for the remainder of my term, which expires at the end of the year.

When I originally ran for office, I did not have the responsibility of governing. I have come to the realization that adding campaigning to my list of duties would mean the compromise of too many important existing responsibilities. I wish this was the not case. But I see no way I can meet my obligations as Mayor at a high level, as well as my work duties and be present for my young daughters, while also running a vigorous campaign for re-election.

I am proud of the renaissance that is occurring in San Leandro. The San Francisco Business Times recently reported that our city is “buzzing with a fresh technology focus.” In five weeks, the state-of-the-art San Leandro Kaiser hospital will open. Last month, the City Council unanimously approved construction of a commercial district for tech firms and other companies at the forefront of today’s innovation economy. Three, Class A office buildings will be built on the vacant lot next to the San Leandro BART station, creating nearly 2,000 quality jobs.

Much more can be accomplished this year. Again, I will complete my term as Mayor.

I look forward to working with the community and my colleagues on the City Council to place a revenue measure on the November ballot to repair our deteriorating neighborhood streets, create a commission of residents to foster and support the arts and culture in our city, and extend Lit San Leandro, our ultra high speed broadband network, to our schools.

It has been a privilege to serve you and the people of San Leandro as Mayor, and previously as a school board trustee. Thank you for enabling me to have such honors.

After my term as Mayor end on December 31, 2014, I will remain active in our community. I love San Leandro and look forward to continuing to make a positive difference for our city.

Stephen

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Zermeno snubs fellow Hayward councilman in endorsements

HAYWARD — City Councilman Francisco Zermeno, who is running for mayor, has endorsed Sara Lamnin and Rocky Fernandez for the two council posts up in the June election.

Fellow Hayward Councilman Marvin Peixoto is running for a second term. Zermeno is competing against Councilwoman Barbara Halliday and Councilman Mark Salinas in the mayoral race. Peixoto earlier had declined to endorse anyone for mayor, saying he could work with any of the three.

Both Lamnin and Fernandez have been endorsed by SEIU Local 1021, which is locked in a labor dispute with the city.

Rakesh Kumar Christian is the fourth candidate in the mayor’s race; he also has filed for governor.

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Election season is already here

Hi. Sorry to be away for so long. Illness plus technical difficulties were not a good combination.

A few updates: Two candidates in the Hayward mayor’s race — Mark Salinas and Francisco Zermeno — both have been busy, hosting community events, raising money, attending just about every local gathering. I haven’t seen as much from Barbara Halliday, but that doesn’t mean she’s not connecting with voters; she doesn’t seem to use social media as much as the other two. All three have a lot of connections in the community.

I have been hearing rumors that two others will enter the race to replace longtime Mayor Michael Sweeney, who has announced his retirement at the end of June. But no names have been attached.

One guy did stop  by the Daily Review office and said he was running for mayor. I won’t give his name, because he didn’t speak to me; I only overheard him as he was flirting with our office manager. We do get some interesting characters wandering in off Foothill.

Salinas’ council seat will be up for grabs. Councilman Marvin Peixoto has announced he plans to run for re-election.

Meanwhile, Hayward Unified Trustee William McGee has set up a website for his re-election and to keep the community informed. His and Trustee Lisa Brunner’s terms expire next year; Brunner has not announced whether she will seek re-election.

The city of Hayward also is looking at a ballot measure to pay for a new main library and two fire stations, and possibly more upgrades and services. A series of meetings and outreach are planned, beginning next month.

The Hayward school district is talking about another bond measure to replace more of the district’s aging schools, but no date has been set.

Alameda County is looking at asking voters to extend Measure A, a half-cent sales tax set to expire in 2019. It helps fund medical services to the county’s low-income residents, but some have complained that too much of the money currently goes to Highland Hospital or is at the discretion of the county Board of Supervisors and subject to political maneuverings. Without it, services will be drastically cut, advocates say. But it was approved in much better economic times, 2004.

Oh, and remember Measure B-1, the proposal that would double the county sales tax for transportation from a half-cent to a full cent that was narrowly defeated in 2012? It will be back on the ballot in November, though with a 30-year time limit (the previous proposal had no time limit).

These are just a few local measures being considered; statewide ones could also be on the ballot. With all the competing interests asking voters to open their wallets, there is concern it will be overwhelming and voters will just say no to all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sen. Corbett to address Latino Business Roundtable

HAYWARD — Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett will be speaking Friday at the Hayward Chamber of Commerce Latino Business Roundtable.

Corbett’s district includes Hayward, Union City, Castro Valley, Pleasanton, part of San Leandro and a northern portion of Santa Clara County. She is serving her second term in the state Senate.

Among the legislation she has passed are laws to provide students with more information regarding student loan options and risks, give car buyers additional safeguards, and protecting homeowners that have suffered during California’s housing crisis.

The meeting begins at 8:15 a.m. at St. Rose Hospital Balch Pavilion, 27200 Calaroga Ave.

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Hayward City Council candidate forum Tuesday night

UPDATE: Story on forum.

Tomorrow’s brief, today: The League of Women Voters-Eden Area will host a pair of nonpartisan political forums Tuesday night, one for Hayward City Council candidates and the other for contenders in the 15th Congressional District.

For Hayward City Council, nine candidates are vying for four seats that are up in June. Incumbents Barbara Halliday, Olden Henson and Francisco Zermeno are facing challengers Shahla Azimi, Peter Bufete, Ralph Farias Jr., Greg Jones, Fahim Khan and Al Mendall.

It will be followed by candidates in District 15, where incumbent Pete Stark is up against challengers Chris Pareja and Eric Swallwell.

The City Council forum starts at 6:30 p.m., District 15 at 8 p.m. at Hayward City Hall, 777 B St.

Judging from various candidate statements, there’s sure to be talk about economic revitalization and bringing businesses to Hayward. Other possible hot topics (and new territory for HayWord commenters as well) include a contested Walmart Neighborhood Market in south Hayward, and the reuse of the former Mervyn’s headquarters site as upscale housing. And there’s always gang injunctions or even happy hour restrictions/alcohol policy.

Take a gander at political reporter Josh Richman’s blog for the latest word on the District 15 race.

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More info on Hayward City Council candidates

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.

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Occupy protest coming to San Leandro on Friday

By now you’ve probably heard about the various “Occupy Wall Street” protests that started on the East Coast and are now taking root in cities across the nation. They’ve garnered support from a lot of our local U.S. reps, saw an Oakland councilwoman join them in their tent city and are starting to pop up in places that usually don’t see very many demonstrations: San Ramon on Tuesday, Walnut Creek on Wednesday and on Friday, MoveOn.org will bring it to the Bank of America near Bayfair Mall in San Leandro. Find the press release after the jump. Continue Reading

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Mt. Eden student’s work on display in Washington D.C.

Jared Gochuico, a senior at Mt. Eden High School, earned high honors over the summer when his mixed-media work titled “Examination” was selected as winner of the 30th Annual Congressional Arts Competition. The piece is on display at the Capitol, along with other winners from across the nation.

Jared Gochuico said his work, "Examination," represents adolescence (done in grayscale) combined with the "childish, playful" colors of a Rubik's cube.

“As you can imagine, winning this award was no small accomplishment,” wrote his art teacher, Carrie King, in an email. “The competition was intense with only the very best work from the students from all over the East Bay on display. I’ve taught art at Mt. Eden for the past 19 years and I know that in that time no student from Mt. Eden has won this award. I am unaware of the last time (if ever) a student from HUSD has won. I’m very proud to be his teacher.”

She said on Tuesday that Jared is extremely talented but is also very disciplined and doesn’t coast on his skills. “He absolutely works harder than any other student I have had,” she said. “He won’t just put in partial effort and still get an A. So much of it is sweat.”

Jared and his family were flown to Washington DC courtesy of Southwest airlines in late June to view his artwork, which will remain on display in the Cannon Tunnel in the capitol building for the next year. Jared and over 430 winners from other districts, about 50 from CA, were in Washington DC to celebrate this national competition.

Read Rep. Pete Stark’s release after the jump. Continue Reading