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November 8, 2011 > Hayward City Council

Hayward City Council

November 1, 2011

Consent
Accepted resignation of Flo Samuels from the Community Services Commission.

Established the city's contribution for active and retirees' medical premiums set by the California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS) for calendar year 2012. This has seen a 39 percent increase since the start of 2007.

Legislative Business
Executed East Bay Regional Communications System Authority ((EBRCSA) project operating agreement; this constitutes the city's participation in the East Bay Regional Communications System (EBRCS) and satisfies the Federal Communications Commission's mandate to meet narrow banding requirements by January 1, 2013. Fully joining EBRCS would entail replacement of 600 radio units (500 for Fire and Police and 100 for Public Works and Maintenance Services) for a one-time investment cost of $3.4M plus a recurring annual fee of $288,000. The city will adopt a phased implementation starting in 2012.

Public Comment
Gloria Ortega, Hayward Redevelopment Agency, encouraged participation in the Santa Paws Pet Parade on December 3, 2011, at 10 p.m. in Downtown Hayward. For more details and to register for the parade, visit www.hayward-ca.gov/santapawsparade or call (510) 583-4262.

Jim Drake expressed concern about the rumored demolition of Hetch Hetchy Dam and queried why the City of Hayward sources its water from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) given that water rates have increased. Bob Bauman, Director of Public Works, confirmed there are no plans to demolish Hetch Hetchy Dam, so Hayward residents will continue to receive Hetch Hetchy water via the SFPUC which will progress with seismic improvements to its system whose costs are reflected by the higher water rates.

Kelly Greenne, Chair, Hayward Library Commission, expressed dismay that she and three commissioners might be removed from the Library Commission because of the requirement to take sexual harassment and ethics courses. She regards the requirement, per se, as unethical and feels such courses will not make incumbents better commissioners. Legal counsel advises that such training is required by AB 1825 which requires employers to provide training for employees but Greenne counters that commissioners are volunteers and she was not informed of the requirement when asked to continue to serve. She has attended library services workshops locally and in Sacramento, at her own expense, to inform herself and become an effective commissioner for Hayward. She requested exemptions for incumbents who were not originally informed of the need for classes when appointed.

Mayor Michael Sweeney - Yes
Barbara Halliday - Yes
Olden Henson - Yes
Marvin Peixoto - Yes
Bill Quirk - Yes
Mark Salinas - Yes
Francisco Zermeno - Yes

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