February 11, 2009 > Hayward City Council
Hayward City Council
Nothing to report following closed sessions for:
1. Negotiations with State of California and related parties, concerning outstanding issues with State-owned parcels within Hayward.
2. Conference with legal counsel regarding existing litigation Averiett v Hayward, Alameda County Superior Court Case No. HG 07356121.
Adopt Resolution to support principles put forward by California Alliance for Leadership in Mobility for re-authorization of Federal Transportation Authorization for 2009. The Alliance believes Federal legislators should consider these principles so that re-authorization of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible and Efficient Transportation Equity Act: a Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) at the end of September 2009 meets the needs of California. Alliance has asked local stakeholders to support these principles.
Adopt Resolution to introduce revisions to Hayward Community Preservation and Improvement Ordinance (Chapter 5, Article 7 - Hayward Municipal Code) and to Residential Rental Inspection ordinance (Chapter 9, Article 5 - Hayward Municipal Code) to enhance Community Code Enforcement Policies and Procedures and make improvements to City's Administrative Hearing and Lien Hearing Processes. Revisions mean that hearings will be conducted by a Hearing Officer as frequently as twice a month rather than by the Council annually and enable the City to recover costs more quickly.
Mayor Michael Sweeney - Yes
Kevin Dowling - Yes
Barbara Halliday - Yes
Olden Henson - Yes
Anna Laveria May - Yes
Bill Quirk - Yes
Francisco Zermeno - Yes
John Kyle alerted Council to the City's liability regarding property located at 22640 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward. He complained about its condition several years ago but no action was taken. Recently the property was foreclosed and vacated. On closer inspection, he noticed many code violations. He inspected FHA properties in 1970s. He complained again; although City representatives visited the address, they felt unable to inspect the property. It has since been sold and is now available to rent. The City is exposed should anything untoward arise as a result of not enforcing code. Mayor reminded staff that they had discussed the property before and that dialogue should resume.
Jessica Holten-Fields, a Hayward educator, urged the City not to close Hayward Public Library during the holiday period in 2009. Many users only became aware of the two-week closure during Christmas 2008 when they arrived to find it closed. Even the book return was unavailable. Holten-Fields received phone calls from dismayed community members, some of whom rely upon the Library's facilities to prepare resumes and search for jobs. She reminded Council not everyone can purchase their own books and PCs.