May 28, 2008 > Bill Quirk (incumbent) - Candidate for 4-year term on Hayward City Council
Bill Quirk (incumbent) - Candidate for 4-year term on Hayward City Council
Bill Quirk has called Hayward his home for over 20 years. He won his seat on the City Council in 2004. His professional career began as a research scientist with a PhD in Astrophysics from Columbia University He has also served as the President of the PTA.
Quirk's top priorities, if re-elected, are increasing neighborhood safety, eliminating drug houses and other problem residences in Hayward; cleaning and greening Hayward.
He feels that the City Council has already started increasing neighborhood safety when they hired the new city manager Greg Jones and new police Chief Ron Ace. Chief Ace initiated a community policing plan. The next step is to appoint area commanders for different areas of Hayward and to get beat cops to know the people on their beats. The number of people who enforce laws against graffiti and litter has increased. "We also started a Keep Hayward Clean and Green Committee that helps the Community clean up."
He opposes proposition 98. "Proposition 98 is supposed to be about protecting people's homes, but in fact it would make it nearly impossible for the City to protect homes owners against runaway development."
When asked about revitalizing Hayward, Quirk says "Downtown is being revitalized with the new theatre and the new businesses on 'B' St. between Harder and Industrial. We have changed the zoning to allow for denser development of high quality condominium projects and retail. We have similar planning along the rest of Mission and Foothill."
As for the mini loop downtown? Quirk explains he will continue to vote for it.
"The loop is the only alternative left to give real traffic relief along the Mission Foothill Corridor, much greater traffic over the next 20 years. The one-way street will halve the commute time during rush hour."
Bill Quirk opposes the East Shore Power Plant. He emphasizes that although the final decision goes to The California Energy Commission, he feels the city needs to fight the East Shore Power Plant which is just a few blocks away from The Russell City Energy Center.
In October 2005, Councilmember Quirk voted in favor of the land trade with Calpine that would give the city $10 million once concrete is poured for the foundation of The Russell City Energy turbines.
When asked if the city's agreement with Calpine should be reexamined because of misleading information, Quirk replied the courts will decide the information issue. He would later elaborate:
"We have made 20,000 phone calls. We have actually talked to maybe 4,000 people and if there were even a half dozen calls about the Power Plant I would be surprised, it's about the appearance of Hayward, it's about crime and dangerous driving. The number one priorities we have are the response to the neighborhoods and their concerns."