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May 28, 2008 > Barbara Halliday (Incumbent) - Candidate for 4-year term on Hayward City Council

Barbara Halliday (Incumbent) - Candidate for 4-year term on Hayward City Council

Barbara Halliday won her City Council Seat in 2004. Prior to her city council term, she served on the Planning Commission from 1996-2004.

If re-elected, Halliday's priorities include strengthening the ties between the city council and the neighborhoods, which she feels has already begun. "We have established a Neighborhood Partnerships Initiative and, with approval of the 2009-11 budget, we will be realigning staff to better serve neighborhoods. I will be monitoring this process and propose that the Council consider establishing a new committee or commission to deal with neighborhood issues."

Halliday also believes that it is important to maintain a close relationship with the school district and recreation district to increase recreational and civic engagement opportunities for young people. "I can help promote volunteerism in our schools and recreational programs for youth and will be working with our volunteer coordinator on a specific plan to do this. I am also a member of the Hayward Volunteer Dinner Committee and am working with them to identify better ways to honor our volunteers."

When asked how she feels Hayward can be revitalized, Halliday replies: "Despite the current economic downturn, we continue to see interest in development of our downtown. I believe the best approach toward getting a revitalized downtown lies in preserving the historic 'small town' ambience that exists now while modernizing the insides of the older buildings to attract new and popular businesses."

Regarding Downtowns Mini Loop, she said, "Had Hayward not met the regional agency's deadline for approving the project, funds would have been diverted elsewhere and Hayward would have been left without funding for any project. I therefore felt it was in Hayward's best interest to support the project. Hayward will have the added benefit of assuming control of Mission and Foothill from the state and will be able to regulate traffic flow through the manipulation of the traffic signals that will continue to operate at each intersection in the downtown. Pedestrians will have an easier time crossing the one-way streets, particularly at some intersections where the crossing distance will be shortened and the crossing time will be lengthened without causing undue delays to automobile traffic."

Halliday voted to oppose Prop 98. "It goes far beyond addressing the issue of using eminent domain to take private property and would abolish rent control laws such as the one Hayward uses to keep rents stable in our mobile home parks, where many residents are senior citizens living on fixed incomes. It could also impact Hayward's ability to provide affordable housing through our exclusionary zoning ordinance and to retain existing affordable housing through our condominium conversion ordinance."

Halliday voted against the East Shore Power Plant. "I strongly oppose East Shore and made the motion to oppose it. I have also testified in opposition to the plant at three hearings before the California Energy Commission, and I worked on bill, AB 1909 with Mary Hayashi, that would prohibit the approval of East Shore without the agreement of Hayward City Council." In 2005, sitting on the City Council, Halliday voted "yes" for the land trade between the city and Calpine, she says she regrets this decision now and feels the issue should be re-opened.

"I think that the Council should discuss the current status of the Calpine plant and its environmental impacts, and I have requested a discussion both at Council and at the Airport Committee, but my request was not supported by other Council members and no such discussion has occurred. The clear lesson from Russell City is that the process for approval of power plants in California is deeply flawed in that local governments are asked for input only at the beginning of the process, and their input is limited only to the matter of zoning consistency."

For More Information See: http://www.hallidayforhayward.com

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