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May 28, 2008 > Steve Bristow - Candidate for 2-year term on Hayward City Council

Steve Bristow - Candidate for 2-year term on Hayward City Council

For the past 31 years Steve Bristow has been the person on the other side of the phone when you call 911. This Hayward resident says that this experience helps him realize how different each community can be and how Hayward needs change. After his many years of service to the community, he knows what it takes to make Hayward thrive.

One of Bristow's top priorities is community policing a concept in which police and other city staff (such as neighborhood preservation) are assigned to a geographical area for an extended time period.

He notes that many local streets are in deplorable condition. There are abandoned cars, boats, RV's parked for extended periods of time. This hinders the cleaning of the streets-the sweeper machines cannot get through. The amount of graffiti in some neighborhoods is frightening. He favors increasing staff assigned to towing cars - they are revenue generating - and deal with problems reported by citizens

Hayward can be revitalized by attracting new business. "Possibly introduce a campaign with literature focusing on the benefits of doing business here....include comments by the Mayor, and other key City staffers. Possibly get input from existing businesses as to what the City can do better to support them. We need to start enforcing existing laws, regarding litter, loitering, abandoned vehicles, etc. Improve our schools (via Measure I), which will affect homeowner's property values. Encourage absentee landlords to maintain property in the City."

Bristow is against the Loop, but understands that city traffic is approaching gridlock in some areas. "We need to be mindful of redirecting the flow from major streets into the surrounding neighborhoods. Residents need to feel safe in their homes without fear of speeding vehicles or their children being in danger."

He agrees with the City Councils opposition to Proposition 98. "I have recently been working with mobile homeowners who will be adversely affected if this were to pass. Many of these residents are on fixed incomes, and rely on rent control to help them live a quality standard of life."

When asked about the Power Plants in Hayward. He opposes them. "The power plants will have plumes that disturb the air. As pilots come into their landing pattern for the Hayward Airport, those air disturbances will make their descent more difficult. Picture an 18 wheel truck passing by your car - lots of wind and controlling your vehicle is tougher. It's the same type of thing in an airplane, but with stronger consequences if you lose a bit of control. I'm not in favor of either power plant. Hayward will not receive any more energy, or any other direct benefit from having either one in the area. However, the contract has been agreed upon, and litigation would be very costly to the City.....are their other avenues to review? Probably so, such as....could both parties jointly find a solution?"

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