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January 24, 2012 > Hayward City Council

Hayward City Council

January 17, 2012

Business Recognition Award for January 2012 presented to Columbus Foods, Inc. Ken Neishi, VP Operations, accepted the award.

Work Session
Discussed proposed FY 2013 Council Priorities.

Designated Mission Boulevard Corridor as a Priority Development Area (a locally-identified, infill development opportunity area within existing communities), as part of the FOCUS program which is a partnership between the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission. Such designation will enable the Mission Boulevard Corridor to be included in ABAG's Sustainable Communities Strategy and be eligible for grant funding for streetscape improvements, such as paving, bike and pedestrian facilities.

Public Hearing
Draft Hayward Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan

Legislative Business
Approved acquisition and disposition of Caltrans parcels next to the South Hayward BART Transit-Oriented Development.

Transmittal of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for year-ended June 30, 2011 and of the Memorandum on Internal Control and Required Communications.

Public Comment
Monty Stump, Obray van Buren, Andreas Cluver, Peter Garza and Salvador Alzate wish to see a city-wide Project Labor Agreement (PLA) as one of the Council's FY 2013 Priorities.

Agustin Ramirez spoke on behalf of the 30 Waste Management employees who live in Hayward. He asked Council to include local hiring, reduce outsourcing and consider increased salaries and wages, as part of renegotiation of the current contract which expires in 2015. He believes Waste Management could provide better terms for their employees.

Simone Williams spoke about Walmart's proposed expansion which will use the former Circuit City site as a grocery store. She maintains Union City residents would be the main beneficiaries while Hayward would have to bear the cost of increased public safety. She anticipates increased crime because of easy access to I-880. Moreover, grocery sales are not taxable though Circuit City's transactions were. She and Dsirae Schmidt would like an ordinance to distinguish between "grocery retail" and "other retail." Mindy Davis also supports a Planning initiative to attract and retain full-service grocery stores to the areas that need them.

Bonnie Peyton would like Council to prioritize a speedy completion of the Route 238 Corridor Improvement Project.

John and Gay Ostarello advised that crime prevention is cheaper than solving crimes and would like the city to be more pro-active in areas such as residential burglary, gang injunctions, civil rights violations, abuse of police powers. Good policing and training should overcome problems that might exist and prevent their recurrence. He also favors predictive policing as a crime-prevention tool to utilize resources more efficiently. Bud Eckert wishes to see a gang-abatement program for youth.

Veronica Curley expressed concern over the Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan's limiting effect on potential development of the former Marie Callender site and the Convenience Center at Southland Mall.

Ray Baker fears traffic congestion on A Street will worsen when the Mini Loop is implemented. He wishes Foothill Boulevard to remain as a six-lane road and to leave two-way traffic on A Street and Mission Boulevard.

Robert Goodwill supports the Draft of the Council's 2013 Priorities and offered his services and Hayward Community Action Network as a resource and proffered ideas for Downtown Hayward.

Sara Lamnin would like development of Council's priorities to be a more open process involving community meetings to garner support for the priorities and identify the community resources that can help implement them. The focus should be on outcomes rather than problems. She supports Economic Development activities.

Bryan Chan spoke for a second time about the 100 ft.-high cell phone tower being erected near Stonebrae Elementary School. Most of the residents and parents, who send their children to the school, oppose the facility for aesthetic reasons, negative impact on property values and health concerns.

Jim Drake complained about the removal of healthy trees without permits.

Doug Ligibel, a child advocate, has seen increasing numbers of children in trouble and wants a gang injunction program. He will submit a detailed public records request to assess what has been done about such a program and who is involved.

Doris Rodriguez pointed out that not all seniors are alike; needs vary. Transportation and isolation are issues that need to be ameliorated and noted that seniors account for a significant proportion of voter turn-out.

Betty DeForest spoke about the politically sensitive issues of poverty and hunger, often referred to abstrusely as "food and security." According to Census 2010, 88 percent of children younger than 18, live at or below the poverty line in Hayward. These children have families which increases the number of citizens in such circumstances. Fighting poverty and hunger is a conundrum but the Council's priorities will drive the city's budget. Council was urged to retain funding for safety net programs.

Carol Morgan acknowledged Council's past support of the arts and that they do not have the same urgency as public safety and other priorities; she hopes the arts will not be impacted adversely or and that Council's support will not disappear.

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

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