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September 3, 2013 > City Manager Report

City Manager Report

Submitted By Joanne Burkman

Cook-Off Challenge:
The City of Hayward was invited and Councilmember Mark Salinas accepted the challenge on behalf of Mayor Sweeney to represent the City of Hayward at the Healthy Cook-Off Challenge held on July 25 at the City of Dublin's Farmers' Market. Contestants were asked to bring a chef from their city to participate and collaborate with their elected city representative. Councilmember Salinas chose Chef Tony Solorio, owner of Tacos Uruapan on Industrial Blvd.

Following the example of the "Iron Chef" television show, cook-off organizers provided the teams with fresh chicken, whole grain, vegetables and fruits at the start of the competition. Contestants had to bring their own cooking equipment and utensils, seasoning, dishes, and linen's.

Each team had two hours to plan and prepare a meal for a panel of 10 judges. They were judged on presentation, taste, and creativity.

We are proud to announce that the City of Hayward placed second and has been invited to compete against the winning teams from Contra Costa County this fall. Congratulations to Councilmember Salinas and Chef Solorio of Tacos Uruapan.

Homework Centers:
On August 21, the Hayward Unified School District Board (HUSD) of Education voted unanimously in favor of funding an agreement with the City of Hayward to operate four Homework Tutoring Centers during school year 2013-14. The Homework Tutoring Centers are effective at improving student performance on standardized tests. Participating schools include Longwood Elementary, now entering its third year of operation, and new sites at Lorin Eden Elementary, Southgate Elementary, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School.

Under the terms of the agreement, the City of Hayward Library & Community Services Department will deliver after school homework tutoring program services to students at those schools, and HUSD will fund the program costs. This brings to eight the total number of City-operated homework tutoring sites that will be operational during school year 2013-14. Included are the aforementioned schools plus Park and Harder Elementary Schools, now entering their second year of operations, the Hayward Downtown Main Library and Weekes Branch Library homework centers, now entering their fifth year of operations.

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