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May 28, 2008 > Marvin Peixoto - Candidate for 4-year term on Hayward City Council

Marvin Peixoto - Candidate for 4-year term on Hayward City Council

TCV was unable to meet with Marvin Peixoto but was able to ask questions via email and include biographical information through a variety of sources. A life-long citizen of Hayward, Peixoto received his Bachelor of Arts in History and Masters in Public Administration at Cal State East Bay.

Marvin Peixoto currently is the Chair of Hayward's Planning Commission. In 2005 he voted for the land trade agreement between Calpine. At a recent debate he said he regretted this decision. "I regret it, now that I see how the California Energy Commission functions, I think it's a flawed process and it needs to be improved."

TCV: What are you top three priorities if you are elected to City Council?

Peixoto: Crime, image, no loop.

TCV: How do you plan to execute these priorities once you are elected?

Peixoto: A. Through an increased police presence in the neighborhoods.
B.Tougher code enforcement. Ensuring that absentee landlords maintain their properties.
C. Working with Council to reverse the decision allowing a "loop" of one way streets circulating through the downtown.

TCV: How do you feel Hayward can be revitalized? What redevelopment ideas would you suggest for Hayward?

Peixoto: For years Hayward has concentrated on downtown revitalization hoping that the economic benefits would trickle out to the rest of the community. While the downtown has improved structurally, the business environment remains fragile. Businesses are reluctant to locate in Hayward because 1) Its image is not attractive to their customer base and 2) They feel that Hayward does not provide a safe environment for their customers.

To revitalize Hayward I propose that we get back to fundamentals. First, we need to make this city a safe place to live by increasing the police presence in neighborhoods. Secondly, we need to change the city's image by cleaning up the blight that is ever present along our major streets and boulevards.

TCV: How do you feel about the loop in Downtown Hayward?

Peixoto: I am opposed to any version or modification of the loop.

TCV: What would you to promote this idea if you agree with it? If you oppose the loop what alternatives do you offer to the people of Hayward?
Peixoto: I propose using the Measure B funds for mid county projects that offer region wide traffic relief.

TCV: The City Council recently announced that it was opposed to Proposition 98? Where do you stand with this proposal?

Peixoto: I am opposed to Proposition 98.

TCV: What about Proposition 99?

Peixoto: I am in favor of Proposition 99.

TCV: What is your position the East Shore Power Plant?

Peixoto: Opposed.

TCV: What are your thoughts on the Russell City Energy Center? A few candidates had mentioned at the Debate on Wednesday the 7th that when they had voted yes on the RCEC they did not have all the current information. Do you feel this agreement should be reevaluated based on a lack of information?

Peixoto: Yes.

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