New reporter at the Review!

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 cmetinko@bayareanewsgroup.com.


Jones, May decline to run for school board

Find a preview of tomorrow’s story below for the nitty-gritty on all the elections with extended filing periods.

Both former city officials said they have a lot of other community service opportunities, as well as professional and personal goals.

“I definitely believe in Hayward, and schools are a priority,” said Greg Jones. “I’m certainly interested in using leadership however I can. I thought this would be a good way to serve but it did not turn into that in my mind.”

Jones added that he is a flexible man, and has no regrets about leaving the city to pursue other goals. May said the same about her departure from the City Council, adding that the atmosphere could be “stifling.”

She quoted a line from her Facebook page: “The right team can make the most mundane task worthwhile. Similarly, the wrong team can make the most meaningful endeavor a complete waste of time.”

Here is the election update story:

 By Eric Kurhi and Jason Sweeney
Staff writers
ALAMEDA COUNTY — An anticipated run for the Hayward school board by former City Councilwoman Anna May and her fiance, former City Manager Greg Jones, did not materialize as the Wednesday deadline passed and they decided not to file.
In addition, two candidates for Hayward Unified — Sabrina Becerra and Gabriel Jimenez — withdrew from the race, leaving a field of Audie Bock, Lisa Brunner, Sue Lafferty, William McGee and incumbent Sheila Sims seeking two available seats. Continue Reading


HUSD elex update: 6 for 4, 3 for 2

UPDATE #2: May, Jones NOT running. New post to come.

UPDATE: Becerra, Jimenez have withdrawn. Will update after 5 p.m. with final list of candidates.

According to the Registrar’s list, we have a field of three for the two year term, six so far for the four. Deadline is up for the shorter term race, but because incumbent Paul Frumkin III did not file for the four the period  is extended until 5 p.m. Wednesday. Here’s that field right now:

Hayward Unified School District VOTE FOR: 2
Filing Agency: Alameda County
1 SABRINA BECERRA  Filing Completed
2 AUDIE BOCK  Filing Completed
3 LISA G. BRUNNER, Papers filed
4 GABRIEL A. JIMENEZ Filing Completed
5 WILLIAM L. MCGEE, Papers filed
6 SHEILA SIMS Incumbent, Filing Completed

For the two year term, vote for one:
1 JESUS ARMAS Incumbent  Filing Completed
3 ANNETTE WALKER, Papers filed

At this point, there is no sign of the Anna May-Greg Jones “MayJo” bill. And remember, they were talking about getting a third person on that slate. Suspense, you end on Wednesday.


HUSD board Prez Frumkin not running for re-election

UPDATE: According to the AlCo Registrar of Voters, if an incumbent does not file for re-election the deadline is extended by five calendar days. That would mean the filing for the four-year HUSD seat will be open until 5 p.m. Aug. 11. While filing is free, there is a cost for candidates to get their name and statement on the sample ballot, related to how many mailings must go out to registered voters in the area. According to the registrar, that will be $1536.00 for Hayward Unified races. It’s considerably higher than in years past because there are a lot more people registered to vote – the result of the very popular 2008 presidential election.

frumkinHayward Unified board President Paul Frumkin III announced he will not be running for re-election come November, in part because of the unpleasant tone that board meetings have taken.

“In the last 18 months, I have found myself becoming increasingly frustrated with the inappropriate behavior and antics (including some name calling) that occurs behind the dais during the board meetings,” he wrote in an e-mail. “This is no way to conduct business! … I am also disappointed that no one from the Hayward community has publicly come forward to challenge and denounce this behavior. What is conveyed to our children when ‘silence’ is the message?”

Read the full e-mail after the jump. There are two four-year seats and one two-year seat that will be available come November.  As of Tuesday morning, the field looks like this:

Four-year seat:

SABRINA BECERRA and GABRIEL A. JIMENEZ have filed papers as challengers to incumbent SHEILA SIMS.

Two-year seat: ANNETTE HOFFMAN-WALKER has taken out papers to run against appointed Trustee JESUS ARMAS. Friday is the filing deadline. Continue Reading

Hayward board and commission interviews this week

UPDATE #2: The official appointment and swearing-in ceremony for selected members will take place at the Sept. 14 City Council meeting.

UPDATE: Selections for the Planning Commission are Mariellen Faria, Sara Lamnin, Diane McDermott. For Personnel/Aff Action it’s Satinder Pal Singh and Gurjit Kaur. For Library, Kari McAllister. Keep Hayward Clean and Green, Monica Ruiz, Frances Sagapolu, Seleacia Taylor, Carol Baks Pecil and Werner Heisserer. Human Services, Diana Fagalde. Council Economic Development Committee, Terry Swartz, Chris Lam, Waseem Khan, Kanti Patel. DT Biz Improvement Area Advisory Board, Katherine Kelley, Beneba Thomas, Elie Goldstein, Benjamin Schweng. Citizen’s Advisory Committee: Rowena Gilmore, Ray Bonilla Jr., Flo Samuels, Allison McManus, Robert Leppert, Jim Todd and Julius Willis, Jr.

Hayward-City-Hall-2Hayward has a total of 44 applicants for posts on various boards and commissions. There are three vacancies on the Planning Commission, seven on the Citizen’s Advisory Commission, three on the Economic Development Committee, four on the Downtown Business Improvement Area Advisory Board, seven on the Keep Hayward Clean and Green Task Force and one each on the Human Services Commission, Library Commission and Personnel And Affirmative Action Commission. Applicants for the Planning Commission: Continue Reading


New Hayward City Council members seated tonight

UPDATE: Here’s the story about outgoing council members Anna May and Kevin Dowling.

There’s supposed to be a police color guard ceremony, Mt. Eden choir rendition of the Star Spangled Banner and more fun at tonight’s special City Council meeting to swear-in the new members.

Here’s our story with comments from incoming members Marvin Peixoto and Mark Salinas.

Any thoughts on what you hope to see and hear from your new representatives?


Nov. 2 election filing period opened today

Here’s where to go to see who has turned in papers.

So far all is quiet on the HUSD front, and there isn’t much activity in most of the other races either. Hayward Area Recreation District board President Paul Hodges is re-upping for another term, and former San Leandro Mayor Shelia Young tossed her hat into the ring for a spot on the Oro Loma Sanitary District board.

Aug. 6 is the close of the nomination period.


Centennial Hall update, and Hayward’s letter to Arizona governor

There’s some significant items of interest on the agenda for tonight’s City Council meeting. It looks like the Mika group has lost interest in turning Centennial Hall and Tower into a office tower/convention center/hotel/ housing development. The city is poised to break out of the exclusive negotiating agreement and start the process to demolish the current convention center. The tower, well, that’s another story. It’s estimated that it would cost about $1,870,000 to tear it down, and it’s owned by Mika.

Another item on the consent calendar has created a buzz. It’s a resolution to send a letter to the Arizona governor regarding the recent immigration law passed by that state. Had some e-mails in the inbox this morning about it — here’s an excerpt from one addressed to the mayor and council: Continue Reading


Peixoto has big lead for Hayward council

peixoto2Looks like it’s  Marvin Peixoto in these returns, which have stood still for the past hour. Check for updates at the AC Registrar’s site.

Members, City Council – Hayward
Vote for no more than Two (2)
Total Precincts:    64  Precincts Reported:    18  Percent Reported:    28.12
Contest  # of Votes  % of Total
Marvin Peixoto  2822 votes  31.10  percent
Mark Salinas  2067 votes  22.78  percent
Sara Lamnin  1831  votes 20.18  percent
Ralph R. Farias Jr.  893  votes 9.84  percent
Lawrence M. Fitzpatrick  716  votes 7.89  percent
Steve Oiwa  706 votes 7.78  percent
Write-in  38 votes 0.42 percent

UPDATE, more numbers in:

Members, City Council – Hayward
Vote for no more than Two (2)
Total Precincts:    64  Precincts Reported:    30  Percent Reported:    46.88
Contest  # of Votes  % of Total
Marvin Peixoto  3270 votes 30.50  percent
Mark Salinas  2587 votes 24.13  percent
Sara Lamnin  2138 votes 19.94  percent
Ralph R. Farias Jr.  1051 votes 9.80  percent
Steve Oiwa  828  votes 7.72  percent
Lawrence M. Fitzpatrick  806  votes 7.52  percent
Write-in  42 votes 0.39 percent

UPDATE: Almost done counting, looks like it’s Marvin and Mark:

Members, City Council – Hayward
Vote for no more than Two (2)
Total Precincts:    64  Precincts Reported:    51  Percent Reported:    79.69
Contest  # of Votes  % of Total
Marvin Peixoto  4034 votes 29.78  percent
Mark Salinas  3404 votes 25.13  percent
Sara Lamnin  2681 votes 19.79  percent
Ralph R. Farias Jr.  1347 votes 9.94  percent
Steve Oiwa  1036 votes 7.65  percent
Lawrence M. Fitzpatrick  988 votes 7.29  percent
Write-in  57 votes 0.42 percent


Members, City Council – Hayward
Vote for no more than Two (2)
Total Precincts:    64 Precincts Reported:    64 Percent Reported:    100.00
Contest # of Votes % of Total
Marvin Peixoto 4375 29.84
Mark Salinas 3717 25.35
Sara Lamnin 2901 19.79
Ralph R. Farias Jr. 1441 9.83
Steve Oiwa 1106 7.54
Lawrence M. Fitzpatrick 1060 7.23

Meeting recap, and HUSD declares impasse with union

Last night’s community meeting was well attended, I estimated the crowd at a little less than 200. You can get the presentation material here. The Q and A was a mixed bag — some people were there to vent, one to campaign, some asking how they can help, and many with good questions.

One thing that came up a number of times dealt with the feeling that the district is unresponsive to the concerns of parents, or doesn’t adequately let them know what’s going on. Audie Bock was there with a bilingual ”Down with Duran” sign, and Jim Drake was there to talk about the lack of fingerprinting of volunteers, as he has done repeatedly at board meetings. According to district staff, his points are misleading — all volunteers are fingerprinted except for when it’s a parent who volunteers in their own child’s classroom, and only when the teacher is present.

District presentation outlined priorities of academic achievement, fiscal solvency and campus safety — it was an abbreviated version of Superintendent Janis Duran’s action plan brought before the board earlier this year. She also said they will be taking a close look at the district’s real estate and its money making potential. And down the line, a parcel tax will be inevitable.

Here’s the superintendent’s recap, with some very important information toward the end. The district has declared an impasse in contract negotiations with the teacher’s union. Union officials say they were given about 15 minutes to look over the proposed contract before the district said they’re at an impasse.

What that means is now the Public Employment Relations Board mediators get involved, first to determine whether they’re truly at an impasse or if they should go back to the table for more talks. If the impasse is valid, they go to the “fact finding” process where they look at what’s going on and make recommendations on a mutual agreement. After that report comes out, the district could impose a contract on the union, as was done in Oakland last April, which in turn led to a teacher strike.

Keep in mind that the district has said they are counting on working with the employee groups to reach a balanced budget and avoid a state takeover.

Duran’s recap: Continue Reading