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May 28, 2008 > Linda Bennett - Candidate for 4-year term on Hayward City Council

Linda Bennett - Candidate for 4-year term on Hayward City Council

Linda Bennett is hoping that the third time is a charm. This is her third time running for City Council. She ran in 1994 and lost by about 300 votes. Having decided to campaign again in 2000, her mother fell ill and Linda was unable to focus her energy on politics.

Bennett says that a lifetime of community service makes her an ideal candidate for City Council. She grew up in Hayward and graduated from CSUEB. She served as a Planning Commissioner from 1992-2000 and currently sits on the Library Commission and the Alameda County San Lorenzo Creek Watershed Task Force. When Bennett isn't serving the community, she is working as a Marriage/Family Therapist in her "B" St. office.

If elected this time around, Linda's top priorities are to elevate the business climate in Hayward and expand community policing. She also thinks that the city and the school district need to work together more,

"We are all in the same community and we all need to work together to benefit each other. I think it's important that we look at the community as a whole. Sometimes neighborhoods feel left out and we need to take that into consideration and look for balance. You can't just focus on one neighborhood; it's like sweeping crime to another city. When what we need to do is find a way to stop crime."

Here we are getting a new theatre and we won't even be able to get to it," she says on her opposition of the Mini Loop. "I think we can use the money to improve roads along the Foothill/Mission corridor, but I would improve them by narrowing them and adding more head-in street parking. The more parking you have along an area, the more people are enticed to stop at the businesses. I would reconfigure Jackson, Foothill and Mission; it's a dangerous intersection and really needs to be reconfigured. And I think there is a way we can do that without taking out businesses. Even if you are going to take out a business, you need to put it somewhere else, helping with relocation. A lot of people don't think of that."

If elected to City Council she would want the power plant issue brought back for reexamination. She is also willing to take on the fight against both power plants if elected. She admits that although money promised from Calpine to the library makes this almost a conflict of interest for her, she believes the Russell City Energy Center needs to be re-evaluated.

"It starts with each one of us, and I think as a City Council member I will be given the chance to do things that I wouldn't normally be able to do as a private citizen.

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