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May 18, 2010 > Candidates for Hayward City Council

Candidates for Hayward City Council

Candidates for Mayor of Hayward

Michael Sweeney - unopposed

Candidates for Hayward City Council (two seats)

Ralph Farias Jr.
My visions for Hayward are simple - bridge the gap between Hayward Unified School District and city government; keep Hayward money local; create community solidarity. Achieving these goals will make Hayward one of the Bay Area's greatest cities.

I bring a resident's perspective and a business background and an unmatched energy and passion for Hayward to succeed. I've lived in the same neighborhood for more than 17 years, witnessed its rise and fall and my city's decline, the increase in violence and fewer businesses prospering. This must stop.

My stance is heartfelt, drawn from my experience of growing up in Hayward. I graduated from Hayward High School in 2000, attended La Vista/Chavez Intermediate, Harder Elementary, Chabot College and Michigan State University.

The city has forgotten its commitment to its residents; we lack top notch amenities. Despite a $25M-movie complex, we still lose revenue to neighboring cities. Our children's education suffers and our community is not cohesive.

In my father's youth, Dr Martin Luther King Jr., President John F. Kennedy, Caesar Chavez and many more inspirational leaders stood up for their beliefs. Many now take a back seat; we no longer have enough leaders. I am prepared to speak for the people.

I shall make Hayward shine - a desirable place to live and declare proudly "My kids attend a Hayward school!"

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Lawrence M. Fitzpatrick
I am thinking of solutions. For example, 260,000 people use Jackson Street to reach cities east of Hayward. Every bridge from the west connects to a freeway but the Hayward-San Mateo Bridge directs traffic into our city, leading to congestion and street repairs. A toll booth on Foothill Boulevard, collecting a dollar from each vehicle passing through Hayward, would raise $80M annually for road maintenance.

California faces financial distress. Appropriating our property taxes necessitates re-balancing the municipal budget. Toll revenue would allow the city to help our struggling school district without relying on increases in property taxes and give the police resources they need to combat gang activity, plus all the other benefits of adequate funding. As a life-long resident, I want Hayward to be regarded as the most beautiful city in the Bay Area. Hayward residents and those who work here would be exempt from the toll.

Recent homicides highlight the need to reach out to our troubled youth. Hayward PD has counseling services. Toll revenues would facilitate outreach and youth violence prevention and intervention programs, after school and at weekends, run by caring administrators who engender a sense of belonging and good citizenship.

I will stand with citizens' groups which demand ammonia slip from the proposed Calpine power plant be subject to Best Available Control Technology testing.

Sara Lamnin
Sara Lamnin has lived, worked and volunteered in Hayward for the past 16 years. She manages the Hayward Community Action Network, bringing together homeless individuals, government officials and members of the faith, business, and social service communities to develop sustainable solutions to improve the quality of life for long-term Hayward residents and businesses.

A community activist, past Rotary Club President and Hayward's Citizen's Advisory Commission Chair, Sara has led local, collaborative events including the South Hayward Stroll, Heart of the Bay Summit and Kinship Advocacy BBQ. She graduated with honors from San Francisco State and Cal State East Bay for her Bachelors and Masters degrees. Sara also graduated from the Emerge California and Leadership Hayward training programs.

"Since the mid-1990's, I've led advocacy efforts regarding parks, healthcare and families, with people of all ages in California and Washington, D.C.", says Sara. "It's equally important to have more elected officials who know how to listen and involve constituents in decisions and planning. I have the experience and commitment to revitalize Hayward."

Sara founded the Alameda County Tools 4 School Collaborative, which provided 11,000 backpacks filled with school supplies for students in need and raised nearly $300,000 in goods and in-kind services. As manager of southern Alameda County Kinship program, Sara ensured the money reached clients through efficient and effective services.

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Steve Ohiwa
This is what I believe:

1. Tell the truth.

2. Listen to the people.

3. Do the right thing for the majority of people.

4. Study the problems and check and see with your eyes.

For more information, call (510) 889-7570

Marvin Peixoto
My investment and roots in this community run deep. The Peixoto family has lived in Hayward for four generations beginning with my great grandparents. Born in Hayward, I've lived in the city for 38 years and spent my adult working life here. I'm a Vietnam-era Veteran, having served in the United States Navy. I gained my Bachelors in History and Masters in Public Administration from Cal State Hayward.

Community service is important. I am a Planning Commissioner (past six years) and on the City Council Sustainability Committee, a past Chair of the Citizens Advisory Commission and past VP of my homeowners' association. I've volunteered for many local causes including development of DeAnza Park to honor Hayward's centenary and the creation of Portuguese Centennial Park.

I have reached a point in life when I can put my time, skills and commitment to work for my community. I will work for solutions to Hayward's most urgent problems - crime, blight, illegal dumping and littering, struggling neighborhoods, improving our schools, traffic and the need for jobs and economic development to stimulate our local economy.

As a former Budget Analyst, I'm deeply concerned the State continues to appropriate monies that rightfully belong to our city. I will provide leadership to fight this disturbing trend.

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Mark Salinas
I was born, raised and educated in Hayward. My wife and I are proud to call Downtown Hayward our home. I am a professor at Chabot College and also serve our community as Executive Director of The Kids' Breakfast Club, a group that has provided over 100,000 free meals to deserving Hayward kids and their families while teaching them about health and nutrition.

I helped found Hayward's Latino Business Roundtable to promote and assist local businesses and encourage their involvement in our community. I now serve on the Measure I [School Safety and Construction Bond 2008] Oversight Committee, ensuring your tax dollars are spent appropriately.

I'm concerned about what has happened to Hayward since I was a child and have set myself four goals as your Councilmember: ensure Fire and Police are fully funded; continue investment in cleaning up our neighborhoods and parks and keep them safe; focus on economic development to bring jobs to our city; build a stronger partnership with our schools and integrate the University into the community.

I am proud to have the support of law enforcement, seniors, teachers, students and community leaders and would be honored to have your vote. Together we can make a difference for Hayward!

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