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January 27, 2010 > City of Hayward

City of Hayward

January 19, 2010

Ed Faso, American Red Cross, accepted a proclamation declaring January 2010 as National Blood Donor Month.

Work Session
Assistant City Manager Fran David presented a review of the city's 2009 goals and objectives and sought Council direction on staff proposals for 2010. Staff will bring back an updated list for Council's discussion and approval.

Amended Hayward Municipal Code relating to curfew hours for minors to protect youth from victimization and engagement in criminal activity. The new Daytime and Night Time Curfew Ordinance holds parents and guardians accountable if they knowingly allow or exercise insufficient control over their minor to violate the daytime curfew section of the ordinance. The ordinance aligns enforcement processes and procedures with the city's administrative citation process.

Eliminated one vacant Programmer Analyst position, authorized one new Network Systems Specialist dedicated to Public Safety support and created a new Audio Visual Specialist position, as per Technology Services' recommendation. No impact to General Fund.

Public Hearing
Introduced an ordinance to add the City of Hayward Dental Amalgam Recovery Program Ordinance to regulations governing wastewater discharge.


Public Comment

Diane Fugalde and Karen Morell, Coordinator, Family Resource Center, invited Council to the third annual South Hayward Stroll, 1-4 p.m., Saturday, April 24 at Tennyson Park, Hayward. This is an information, resource and health fair. Exhibitors' booths are available. For more information, contact Dave McKeown at (510) 887-1146 or email execdir@edenfamilyservices.org or SouthHaywardStroll@att.net

Sara Lamnin, Program Director, Hayward Community Action Network (CAN), asserted that most city governments' response to homelessness is reactive and not pro-active. Council has the opportunity to be more strategic and she urges the formation of a task force of homeless members of the community, service professionals, city staff, commissioners and residents identified through an action plan that takes into account the city's commitment to the EveryOne Home Plan (Alameda County's strategy for ending homelessness) and Council's Priorities.

Strategic thinking could include a centralized resource center, affordable housing, a volunteer program for graffiti abatement, address other objectives and allow people to contribute to the community as they develop job skills. Lamnin explained Hayward's homeless do not seek services in San Francisco so a local resource center is unlikely to draw people from other areas.

Betty DeForest, Executive Director, South Hayward Parish, explained the question of how to eliminate homelessness has no simple answers. A task force should examine possibilities; many are concerned including police department representatives and the wider community. There is a need for action. Ignoring the problem does not make it go away.

Robert E. Shirley, Hayward CAN Advocate, reiterated the need for a shelter/drop-in center, a place where those without resources can rest, sleep, access services leading to employment and re-establish themselves.

Following Obama's decision not to prosecute users and suppliers of medical marijuana in states that permit its supply and use, local marijuana patients have tried to ascertain Council's position on and lobbied for dispensaries in Hayward. Approximately 16 speakers cited marijuana's benefits for a range of ailments and would like a dispensary in the city to avoid travel to Oakland or San Francisco.


Adjournment
Meeting adjourned in memory of Hayward resident Ernesto Nava, last son of Pancho Villa.

Mayor Michael Sweeney - Yes
Kevin Dowling - Yes
Barbara Halliday - Yes
Olden Henson - Yes
Anna Laveria May - Yes
Bill Quirk - Yes
Francisco Zermeno - Yes

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