April 3, 2012 > Where do the candidates for Hayward City Council stand on the issues?
Where do the candidates for Hayward City Council stand on the issues?
By Simon Wong
Tri-City Voice Newspaper has given candidates running for four seats on Hayward City Council in the June 5, 2012 Municipal Election an opportunity to state their positions on four local issues. One question will be published per week with respondents' answers to enable readers/voters to compare and contrast. This week we publish the first in the series.
TCV: What is your position on a gang injunction program and cleanliness for the City of Hayward?
I am all for a well-designed gang injunction program that will identify gang members and bar them from designated public areas such as our schools and parks. It should also prohibit the advertisement of gang affiliation and prevent the active recruitment of new gang members. Simultaneously, I want to incorporate an "Off the Streets Initiative" that will put an end to the perpetual cycle of familial gang membership and the recruitment of misguided youth.
As for cleanliness in Hayward, our city needs to focus more on our littered, major traffic areas and combating blight in our neighborhoods.
I support the gang injunction program developed by Hayward City staff. Our City Attorney has been carefully following the effort by Oakland to obtain injunctions in its Fruitvale neighborhood and other areas and is working closely with Hayward Police Department to collect and evaluate information necessary to win approval by a judge of an injunction in Hayward.
On cleanliness, I support continuing monthly clean-ups, sponsored by the Keep Hayward Clean and Green Task Force, and use of new technology, such as Access Hayward, that have already shown remarkable success in reducing litter and graffiti in Hayward.
Both priorities determine our self-image and broader reputation.
On arrival as City Manager, I worked immediately with Council to establish two priorities: Public Safety and Cleanliness. I pushed to include implementation of a Gang Injunction Program within Public Safety. A 2009 federal grant funded nine sworn officer positions to support the effort. In the last two years, Council's commitment has waned and progress stalled. Less rhetoric and stronger leadership are needed to successfully realize established priorities.
Cleaning-up Hayward is vital. I initiated ACCESS HAYWARD as a facilitating tool and established our award-winning Mural Program/utility box-art to reduce graffiti and enhance aesthetics.
I support a gang injunction program to reduce crime in Hayward. We must implement it in a judicious and reasonable manner. We should use every available tool to make Hayward safer.
Making Hayward more attractive supports all of our City priorities. A more attractive Hayward will feel (and be) safer. It will attract new businesses and create jobs. It will attract young families and help strengthen our schools. It will attract more shoppers and increase tax revenues. It will increase civic pride and is something the City can do, even in challenging budget times.
We are studying whether we have a concentration of gang activity in certain areas of Hayward, by a certain number of individuals, as a city-wide injunction would not be practical. A gang injunction should include strong educational and preventive components, so it is not solely punitive; we should attempt to reach our youth before they become tempted by the gang way-of-life.
Cleanliness and greenness are of utmost importance; both are key in the attraction of homeowners and businesses, leading to satisfied proud residents who will shop, live, work and play in our city. These two aspects also reduce our city's carbon footprint.
[Candidates Shahla Azimi, Ralph Farias Jr., Olden Henson and Fahim A. Khan did not respond.]
Candidates for Hayward City Council (four seats)
Listed according to California Secretary of State's Randomized Alphabet Drawing
Fahim A. Khan
Ralph Farias Jr.
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