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May 28, 2008 > Francisco Zermeno - Candidate for 4-year term on Hayward City Council

Francisco Zermeno - Candidate for 4-year term on Hayward City Council

Francisco Zermeno has been a Hayward Resident for 20 years. He has been teaching at Chabot College for nearly 30 years and owns Video Z in downtown Hayward.

Zermeno's top priorities if elected to city council are public safety, economic vitality and improvement of the neighborhood. He said that economic vitality is not only about downtown, "Nothing works in a vacuum so for an adequate police force we would need a vital community. I would work on a marketing plan for the city, business retention, business attraction and making sure our city services are more receptive and friendly for residents and businesses."

He felt strongly that all areas of Hayward needs revitalization, not just in the downtown area. More policemen are necessary. "When our businesses and residents feel safer in Hayward, the city can grow."

When asked about the mini loop, he replied, "What I don't like about the mini loop is that it's going to get rid of two restaurants. We are trying to get folks to downtown to make our downtown a destination point not a drive through point.

When asked about the Power Plants he said, "In 2005 I was on the planning commission. When it came before the commission, we were dealing with a land use decision. Was this Plant (Russell City Energy Center) a manufacturing plant? And I felt it was. That's what I concentrated on. I don't want the plant any more then other Joe does. I don't want the pollution. I live two blocks away from Chabot that's why I can't be in favor for the power plants. The irony of the whole thing is we get the pollution but they get the power. I also dislike the fact that we are not making an effort to go solar. Solar Energy is the future. Could you imagine what Chabot could do with solar panels on their roof?"

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