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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on Friday, December 27th, 2013
Under: Alameda County, Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, General, Hayward, Health, Other unincorporated areas, Politics, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Schools, Transportation, Union City | No Comments »

‘Stuff the Bus’ to collect school supplies for Hayward students

WalMart is sponsoring a “Stuff the Bus” to collect school supplies for Hayward students this weekend, Aug. 17 and 18.

Residents may donate items bought at WalMart in Union Landing from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.

Volunteers from Lorin Eden Elementary PTA and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority will be present to encourage donations and distribute items to schools. Anyone interested is invited to stop by and help collect and sort donations.

Walmart is at 30600 Dyer St. in Union City.

Posted on Friday, August 16th, 2013
Under: Hayward, Schools | No Comments »

Hayward High band director steps down

HAYWARD — Bryan Holbrook, who has led the instrumental program at Hayward High School for several years, is stepping down and will instead teach elementary school music

Whoever takes over will have the proverbial big shoes to fill. Holbrook has built up the Hayward High music program and worked hard at community outreach, both within the district and the larger community. He has been tireless, working long hours and many weekends. The Hayward marching band has performed every summer at downtown’s last street fair of the season and at Light Up the Season. Holbrook has been recognized as Teacher of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce and has also received district honors.

In a Facebook post, Holbrook said he wanted to be able to spend more time with his family.

The Hayward school board restored funding for the elementary school music program earlier this year. For the past two years, Holbrook had run an after-school elementary music program at the high school. The first year, the instructors volunteered their time, but this past year, the district compensated them.

Posted on Tuesday, July 9th, 2013
Under: Arts, Hayward, Schools | No Comments »

Early campaigning

Hayward city and school candidates are starting to gear up for the 2014 elections.

Hayward school board President William McGee has had a website, www.williammcdgnee.com, set up for quite awhile. McGee has mostly used it to inform the community about school issues, but there has been some mention of fundraising events.

Hayward Councilman Mark Salinas has started hosting fundraisers, and Councilman Francisco Zermeno has announced his intent to run for mayor. The two councilmen mostly have been using Facebook to advance their campaigns.

Hayward Mayor Michael Sweeney said he would wait until the council’s summer recess before deciding if he will seek re-election. Zermeno has a “safe seat”: If he loses the mayoral race, he still would retain his council post, which is not up for re-election until 2016.

Still unannounced (at least to us): Hayward Councilman Marvin Peixoto and Hayward school Trustee Lisa Brunner. Both are up for re-election in 2014.

Posted on Tuesday, June 11th, 2013
Under: Hayward, Schools | No Comments »

Scholarship Inc. honors 14 students

HAYWARD — Scholarship Inc. handed out $33,050 in scholarships to 14 seniors from Hayward schools earlier this month.

The students include:

Clint Evangelista, Cristian Castello, Kathleen Parra (Moreau Catholic High);

Jessica Camacho, Dana Carter, Jing Liang (Hayward High);

Siyou Song, Maryell Abella, Cameron Clerkley (Mount Eden High);

Mendelssohn Vargas, Gerardo Duran, Dolores Vargas (Tennyson High);

Falconery Barba and Jonish Hudson (Brenkwitz High).

Posted on Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
Under: Alameda County, Hayward, Schools | No Comments »

Hayward foundation recognizes school heroes

HAYWARD — The Hayward Education Foundation is honoring school heroes at a dinner on April 23. Every school in Hayward, public and private, was asked to nominate one person as its hero, someone who had gone above and beyond to enrich students’ lives.

If you’d like to attend the 5:30 p.m. dinner at Golden Peacock Restaurant, 24989 Santa Clara St., tickets are $25 at the door. Call 510-881-0890 or email Admin@HaywardEd.og

Elementary school:

BOWMAN Patricia (Trisha) Garcia Attendance Clerk
BURBANK Jason Brown Playworks Recess Coach
CHERRYLAND Jason Arenas Project EAT Coordinator
EDEN GARDENS Thu Tran Volunteer
ELDRIDGE Martie Canterberry Teacher
FAIRVIEW Tina Lagdamen Teacher
FAITH RINGGOLD Jill Strother Office Manager
GLASSBROOK Maria Radilla Volunteer
HARDER Jean Hakanson Attendance Clerk
LONGWOOD Kim Turner Parent Volunteer
PALMA CEIA Dorothy Stredic Volunteer
PARK Linda Lanthier Teacher
RUUS Felecia Chapman Office Manager
SOUTHGATE Maggie Albarran Teacher
STONEBRAE Frankie Smith Noon Supervisor
STROBRIDGE Diana Ingalls Volunteer
TREEVIEW/
BIDWELL Linda Brune Breakfast & Noon Supervisor & Volunteer
TYRRELL Adam Boettcher Teacher

Middle School:
BRET HARTE Jorge Zarate Senior Custodian
M.L. KING JR Austin Bates MLKing Graduate/Mentor
OCHOA Russelle Obee Campus Supervisor
WINTON Erik Waite Teacher
High School:
BRENKWITZ Shan Chu Teacher
HAYWARD Rev. Dr. Arlene Nehring Community Volunteer
TENNYSON Melissa Morris Nutrition Educator
MOREAU CATHOLIC Petar Zegura Teacher
IMPACT ACADEMY Patricia Ramirez Volunteer

Posted on Friday, April 19th, 2013
Under: Castro Valley, Cherryland, Hayward, Schools | 1 Comment »

Hayward school board considers sending pink slips to all principals, vice principals

A proposal to send out potential layoff notices to all Hayward Unified principals and vice principals will be taken up by the district trustees on Wednesday, March 13, their last scheduled meeting before the state-mandated March 15 deadline.

Trustees talked about the idea for more than two hours this past Wednesday without taking action. But before they went into closed session, they got an earful from angry teachers who said the notices would be demoralizing. Several teachers spoke about how after years of high turnovers of principals, the district seemed to be moving forward and there was starting to be a sense of stability and team-building.

All of the principals and vice principals were evaluated, and the school board earlier approved dismissal notices for five principals and two vice principals. However, the notices discussed this past Wednesday would go to administrators who received good reviews. An email that was sent to administrators said the move would allow the superintendent more flexibility in any restructuring.

Several people said it appeared that the board had taken action of some form in closed session without reporting it, resulting in allegations of lack of transparency. Trustees are not allowed to disclose closed-session discussions.

Trustees only allowed 20 minutes for public comment, and limited each speaker to one minute at Wednesday’s meeting. Board president Will McGee, with the approval of the rest of the trustees, extended the comment period so that everyone who had asked to speak could.

The meeting was packed, with the conference room where trustees were meeting full and others in an overflow room.

Under the state Brown Act, trustees could not respond to comments made.

Sending out pink slips, as it is commonly referred to among educators, to all principals and vice principals in a school district appears to be an unusual move. It is true that Oakland did it a couple of years ago, but that district was having to close schools for financial reasons, and it didn’t have a plan in place by the March 15 deadline.

Those I spoke to at several state agencies and groups said sending out the notices was not something that they tracked, but many agreed informally that it seemed to be out of the ordinary. None would go on the record, because they didn’t have any data, but a spokesperson at one expressed surprise that pink slips would be sent out for reasons other than financial.

Hayward, like all school districts, is preparing its students for state standardized testing that will start soon. The district also has begun contract talks with its teachers union. Many of those who waited outside the more than two hours of closed session expressed concern that sending out the pink slips could disrupt things at an important time for Hayward schools.

Wednesday’s meeting begins at 5 p.m. at Hayward City Hall, 777 B St.

Posted on Friday, March 8th, 2013
Under: Alameda County, Cherryland, Fairview, Hayward, Layoffs, Schools, Union City | 9 Comments »

HAPA questionairre for Hayward City Council candidates

The Hayward Area Planning Association surveyed city council candidates on matters including development surrounding the South Hayward BART station, transit vs. car access to Cal State East Bay, and Bayview Village. Six of those surveyed responded, and you can find the results here.

Posted on Tuesday, May 8th, 2012
Under: Development, Environment, Hayward, Politics, Schools, Transportation, Uncategorized | 16 Comments »

Items from this week’s HUSD meeting

Here’s one on the budget.

Here’s a shorty on the big turnout in support of principals.

Education news column leads with item on changing school boundaries.

Posted on Thursday, March 22nd, 2012
Under: Demographics, Fairview, General, Hayward, Schools | No Comments »

Parents plan show of support for principals tonight

Here’s the story on the ouster of seven principals as part of Hayward Unified restructuring. A lot of parents are upset, and at least one of the fliers going around advises them to get to City Hall as early as 5 p.m. to make sure they get into the chamber. Could be a crowded house. Here’s the agenda.

Posted on Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
Under: Cherryland, Fairview, General, Hayward, Layoffs, Schools | 4 Comments »