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Walker resurfaces as HUSD commissioner, and a possible troika in the works?

Annette Walker, who lost to Trustee Jesus Armas in a close race last November, said at the time that she intended to work in other capacities to help Hayward schools, and tomorrow she’s being sworn in on the district’s Personnel Commission after being appointed to the post last month by State Superintendent of Schools Tom Torlakson.

AnnetteWalkrt“I promised to keep a finger on the pulse of what’s going on with schools,” Walker said. “I didn’t immediately jump at this opportunity, but thought about it and decided I had to do it. There’s no way I could walk away from an opportunity to do greater service to the schools in this tough economy.”

According to a district document, the Personnel Commission is “charged with maintaining a merit system for classified employees of the school system and for fostering the advancement of a career service for such employees.” They hear appeals and protests of personnel matters concerning the district’s non-teaching workforce.

Walker pointed out that this is a six-month appointment, as she is filling in for someone who couldn’t complete the term. She will then be up for a three-year appointment … or might pursue other things, which “absolutely” includes the possibility of another school board run.

“What excites me is that I ran for wiping the slate clean,” Walker said. ”And that possibility may come up again, in a run with two other candidates.”

Wait… that word, “slate.” It rings a bell. Wasn’t there a high-profile couple talking about forming a slate for a school board run before deciding not to run? And who did they strongly back in the race? Ok ok, I’m not here to speculate, just to report. But those are the facts.

Terms for trustees Armas, Luis Reynoso and Maribel Heredia are up for election in November 2012.

Posted on Tuesday, May 17th, 2011
Under: Hayward, Politics, Schools | 4 Comments »

Volunteers honored, and shrinking CDGB funds at Hayward council

volunteersHayward had its annual proclamation ceremony honoring the various city volunteers on Tuesday. It also happens that National Volunteer Week is coming up, April 10-16. There’s been a “surge of volunteers,” said staff, with 630 names submitted for the honor this year compared with 520 last year. By the end of the ceremony, the front of the council chamber was packed with those receiving certificates for their good deeds.

 The council also received recommendations about how to divvy up federal Community Development Block Grant funds, which are given out by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department. Hayward received 29 applications this year, eight of them new, asking for a total of $2.4 million. Staff projects a decline in fed funding of 10 percent, which would bring available funds down to about $1.6 million. According to the staff report, “This projection is based on the information that is available at this time. It is unlikely the allocation will be increased; however, it is possible that the allocation could be reduced by an even greater percentage.”

Hayward’s Citizen’s Advisory Commission and staff made the recommendations to the City Council, which will come up for approval at a public hearing later this month.

Three of the applying organizations were considered ineligible for the CDBG funds because they didn’t meet certain criteria. For example, to get a federal Public Services grant, the city requires the service to be related to providing housing. While programs such as immigrant case management assistance, or a request for palette racks at a warehouse that distributes food to the needy, or an established child-care program may support residents find and keep housing, staff ruled the links were not clear and direct enough to qualify.

Three others were not recommended for various reasons, and the rest were recommended funding for the amount requested. The city’s Minor Home Repair Program, Animal Shelter and Small Business Revolving Loan Program were recommended to receive the most funding, the three accounting for over 40 percent of the total funds.

You can read the full staff report and see the recommendations here.

Posted on Thursday, April 7th, 2011
Under: Charity, General, Hayward, Politics | 12 Comments »

Text of Councilman Quirk’s slam on the Review

Boo the Review! Rejoice the Voice!

Boo the Review! Rejoice the Voice!

Councilman Bill Quirk had some strong words about the Daily Review at last week’s City Council meeting, starting exactly at the one hour, three minute mark. Piggybacking on comments made by a public speaker who said she hadn’t seen much information in the paper about the gang injunction ordinance that was on the agenda, Quirk advised the room and television audience to seek information elsewhere:

“First of all, anyone who’s waiting for the Daily Review to tell you what’s happening, that was 10 years ago. Do ask the City Clerk to send you our agendas regularly. They just come and you dont have to look if you don’t want to but she sends them out by email regularly.

“Second, start reading the Tri-City Voice. Simon Wong is back there, he’s there at all our meetings and he does a good job. So please start reading the Tri City Voice. Simon, put up your hand, there. Just to let us know. Ok. He’s here at every meeting. The Daily Review is not here.”

At this point, Mayor Mike Sweeney interrupted Quirk: “Actually, they are here.”

“Oh they are here. Oh good!” Quirk said. ”Eric, good to see you. Good to see you.”

Sweeney: “And Eric, that was Bill Quirk. By the way.”

Quirk: “Well, it’s not Eric’s fault, the problem is they won’t give him the column inches to ah, to ah, report that he would like to have and he has to cover the whole city which used to be covered by like four reporters. So it’s not his fault but it’s just — we don’t have the coverage we used to have.” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Tuesday, March 29th, 2011
Under: Hayward, Odds & Ends, Politics | 30 Comments »

Calendar for week of Feb. 28

 Here’s this week’s calendar. Just about to head to San Leandro to see what they say about options for a medical marijuana ordinance. Tomorrow, the Hayward City Council is poised to take steps to save redevelopment assets from a possible state take. And Wednesday’s Sustainability Committee meeting could be a big one, as they will be looking at the draft Residential Energy Conservation Ordinance. They moved that meeting into the main Council Chambers instead of the work session room, in case people turn out. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Monday, February 28th, 2011
Under: Alameda County, Business, Calendar, Castro Valley, Energy, Environment, General, Hayward, Politics, Real Estate, San Leandro | 5 Comments »

Faith Frazier, San Leandro councilmember and women’s advocate

From a April 13, 1974 story after Frazier was elected to the City Council.

From a April 13, 1974 story after Frazier was elected to the City Council.

We had a story in today’s paper about the passing of Faith Frazier. For space reasons, we couldn’t write more than that, but I received a lot of information that is included below. The bio is courtesy of former San Leandro Mayor Shelia Young.

“I’ll tell you something,” said her son, Carl. “My mom has devoted more years in San Leandro to civic issues, political issues than probably anyone else other than Jack Maltester. My mom goes back to before the city was really a city.”

“She passed away peacefully at Kaiser Hospital last Sunday, February 20, 2011, with her family by her side,” wrote Young in an e-mail.  “She was an incredibly gifted woman who helped numerous people throughout her lifetime learn things about government and how it affects us all. She will be missed by scores of electeds throughout the city of San Leandro and Alameda County. Clearly, she was a legend in her later life and accomplished much by way of leadership and knowledge sharing.” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Friday, February 25th, 2011
Under: History, Politics, San Leandro | No Comments »

Events for week of Jan. 31

Items of interest: If you have any acquaintances in the restaurant industry, the city is holding a “Survive to Thrive in the Restaurant Industry” event on Feb. 7. Talk about ways to evolve, such as using social media to promote your eatery.

Also, on Wednesday the Hayward Sustainability Committee is going to be talking about the Residential Energy Conversation Ordinance, something that has brought out the real estate community to speak against it at past meetings. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Monday, January 31st, 2011
Under: Alameda County, Castro Valley, Energy, Environment, Hayward, Odds & Ends, Politics | 1 Comment »

Crime, cleanliness remain top Hayward priorities

The City Council held the first of at least two priority-setting workshops last night. This one was a sort of brainstorming session, the City Manager will take input back to the drawing board and return with a revised version next month. In the end, it’s these priorities that are used to formulate where dollars will be spent when it comes time to create the budget for FY 2011-12.

Main goals carry over from last year. City Manager Fran David wanted to take the “Crime and Public Safety” and “Cleanliness” priorities from last year and also give a nod to the city’s work to be environmentally conscious, packaging it together into ”Safe, Clean, Green.”

Mayor Mike Sweeney, who was behind both the city’s Sustainability Committee and the Keep Hayward Clean and Green Task Force, objected.

“I’m very proud of our accomplishments, and we’ve done a lot of good things,” he said. “But I’m not sure I’m comfortable to say it’s an overriding priority.”

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, January 26th, 2011
Under: Development, Entertainment, Hayward, Politics | 2 Comments »

Calendar through Jan. 25

Hey, I really appreciate the feedback that came in, both in the comments and emails. I like Kelly’s idea about a place to put info regarding upcoming public events. Here’s what I can do — post what the Review has in the calendar section, looking forward about a week or so. Then everyone can use that post as a springboard to add events in the comments section. Let’s try it out, let me know what you think. You’ll find the community event calendar after the jump, followed by government listings. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Tuesday, January 18th, 2011
Under: Alameda County, Castro Valley, General, Hayward, Odds & Ends, Politics, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Schools, Transportation | 6 Comments »

Meanwhile, in San Leandro

Still waiting for a full-time San Leandro reporter to join us to replace our guy who got called up for a year of service in the National Guard.

There’s a lot going on in that city. New Mayor Stephen Cassidy was sworn in this week at a meeting that also saw two-year contracts approved. Pension reform was a big part of Cassidy’s campaign, and that last action by the old council makes it difficult. Cassidy was on NPR the other night talking about it.

There’s also a new police chief, the city’s first female police chief, who will be sworn in on Jan. 10.

And the City Manager announced his resignation following his performance review Monday although what happened in that closed session is not being talked about.

All this follows a close election that saw incumbent Mayor Tony Santos defeated, a loss that soured the once-ardent supporter of ranked-choice voting on that system, which was used for the first time in San Leandro in November. 

There are a couple of active blogs run by politically minded San Leandro residents, as well as an anonymous insider who tweets and facebooks, all worth keeping an eye on if you are San Leandro minded.

Posted on Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010
Under: Blogroll, General, Odds & Ends, Politics, San Leandro | 12 Comments »

New HUSD Board President: Lisa Brunner

UPDATE: Here is today’s story.

The two new incoming boardmembers took the top two officer positions, with Lisa Brunner as the new president backed by Vice President William McGee. The two voted for each other, with Luis Reynoso supporting, who in turn was elected secretary. Maribel Heredia and Jesus Armas supported each other for prez and veep respectively but were outvoted.

Brunner’s first action was to change the seating, moving Superintendent Janis Duran over to the dais where the student board members used to sit. She will have more admin staff at the same dais as well. Student members now on the dais to the other side.

Teachers union President Mercedes Faraj said she had heard rumors of something like that happening, and said the ascension of former VP Heredia to the president position would have been “the natural order of things,” but the new lineup “is indicative of a change.”

Former board President Paul Frumkin said it wasn’t that big a surprise, and added that he supported both McGee and Brunner in their election bids.

“Given the last year and a half, it’s natural that it happened this way,” he said.

I’ll be working on a story tomorrow, but I figured HayWord readers might want to discuss.

Posted on Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
Under: Hayward, Politics, Schools | 77 Comments »