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May 28, 2008 > Rob Simpson - Candidate for 4-year term on Hayward City Council

Rob Simpson - Candidate for 4-year term on Hayward City Council

Rob Simpson serves as a founding member of the City of Hayward's Clean and Green Task Force.

"My first priority will be correcting the mistakes of the past including ignoring the will of the people, approving the power plant, the loop, and allowing our City to decay. I will make it clear to those who would prey on this community, whether they are major polluters or criminals on our streets, we the people of Hayward do not accept being victims."

He feels that by listening to what Hayward wants he can help make this city better. "Representation is more than just listening; it's actually taking the action that the people want. People should feel welcome, feel that the City government is working in the people's best interest and is striving to make the city better for everyone."

When asked how he will revitalize Hayward he states, "We can spur new businesses in our vacant buildings by a city program to pay the interest on SBA loans for two years up to $5,000 per year per business. The government block on Winton by the old Police Department, County Buildings Post Office and School District building can be transformed into our new Central Business District with a new police department, library and civic area at no cost to the city creating vitality, jobs and tax revenue "

Simpson strongly opposes the loop and feels he has some very good alternatives for the money including: "A new BART station at Harder and Mission by Kmart to revitalize the neighborhood and better connect the university and community. We need improved freeway ramps to access the mall and creation of a retail auto mall at Industrial Parkway and 880 at the site of Bay Cities Wholesale Auto Mall. Advanced traffic signals will improve circulation."

Simpson will be voting "no" on Prop 98, he feels it doesn't adequately address the real issues with eminent domain and will be voting for Prop 99 instead.

When asked about the Power Plants in Hayward, the very reason he chose to run he states, "I am the plaintiff. I have been an active litigant in the East Shore proceedings. I recently filed an injunction against the proposal that should stop the process for some time. The City Council inadvertently opened up our zoning to an unlimited number of these atrocities when they unanimously approved Calpine AKA Russell City in 42 minutes on October 11, 2005 and again on May 5, 2006.

I have repeatedly informed the Council how to do this. Statistically it's like 600,000 cars running on our shoreline. It will kill people and endangered species and decimate property values in Hayward. I have filed an appeal with the EPA that has stopped them for the last 6 months. I have proved that it was processed illegally and I will stop them."

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