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December 12, 2006 > Mayor wants to clean house

Mayor wants to clean house

by Steve Warga

Hayward Mayor Mike Sweeney spoke of it after his July swearing-in; he mentioned it countless times before then and he’s spoken of it often since. Over and over again, citizens complain to him and other city leaders about Hayward’s many untidy, unkempt or downright derelict properties and facades. Well, Sweeney’s ready to tackle the problem.

He proposes formation of a “Keep Hayward Clean and Green Task Force,” composed of 30 community members who will “lead by example” in Sweeney’s vision. “We want people who are not afraid to get their hands dirty by pulling weeds or cutting lawns and painting out graffiti. And we want them as organizers too. If 30 people each go out and recruit three others, that’s 90 individuals pitching in to clean up Hayward.”

The concept of clean and green projects isn’t new, either to Sweeney or the city. However, most past attempts were limited to one-day affairs, similar to October’s Make a Difference Day. While Sweeney applauds these efforts, he’d like to see something more consistent and ongoing.

In addition, the mayor feels it’s important to give the task force a forum to “critique the city’s performance.” He adds, “We want to ask these citizens how to improve Hayward. They’ll be involved directly and their opinions will be valued.”

Sweeney is encouraged by the response so far. There’s still room for more applicants, however, so drop by the city clerk’s office and apply. Hayward residents are encouraged, but any person with interests in the city may apply. Deadline is Wednesday, December 20.

This is a chance to make a real difference in your community, one you can directly appreciate along with your neighbors.

Keep Hayward Clean and Green Task Force
Apply by December 20
City Clerk’s office
777 ‘B’ Street
Hayward, 94541
(510) 583-4400
cityclerk@hayward.ca.gov

 
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