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February 1, 2011 > Hayward City Council

Hayward City Council

January 25, 2011

Proclaimed January 2011 as American Red Cross National Blood Donor Month. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS to find the next/nearest blood donation event.

Work Session
Discussed Council Priorities for FY 2011-12.

Received update on improvements to Permit Center and Development Review Process.

Appointed Councilwoman Barbara Halliday as the city's representative at the Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District.

Legislative Business
Adopted a resolution to support reform of the state budget and oppose the dissolution of local redevelopment agencies (RDAs).

Authorized negotiation and execution of Cooperation and Loan agreements between the city and RDA.

Authorized negotiation and execution of Cooperation Agreement between the RDA and Hayward Housing Authority.

Public Comment

John Moran would like to develop a three-lot sub-division on Campus Drive and, three years ago, was granted a variance to do so at a future date. He is unhappy with the city's change of mind and feels that the original decision should remain in effect. According to the city, there has been disagreement of events and responses to events. The city feels an agreement has been reached and regrets the difference of opinion.

Jesus Armas complimented staff on the improvements to Permit Center and Development Review Process and referred Council to items in the staff report.

Sara Lamnin, Hayward Community Action Network, introduced Project Homeless Connect which has been identified as an effective way to return homeless members of the community to housing and stability. Project Homeless is a one-day event bringing together all the services and agencies needed to achieve this goal for many who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. According to Lamnin, who suggests utilizing the city's non-profits, faith-based organizations and existing resources, this will contribute to Council priorities and Alameda County's Everyone Home Plan. She suggested an event be held by Thanksgiving 2011.

Kate Stein, Family Emergency Shelter Coalition, notes that Council's priorities do not mention safety net services and suggested Cleanliness might be better described as Community Health which would include safety net programs. She would also like Council to adopt a regional view, the basis on which resources are allocated. Stein would also like to see investment in disaster preparedness, especially for safety net agencies, which are critical in the aftermath of a catastrophe.

Doug Ligibel referred to the disturbance outside Club ME and solicits the property owner's support to avoid future incidents. He feels B St. has become a problem area. The preceding weekend saw trouble at a pizza parlor. Drawing available police resources to a single location creates potential problems for the remainder of the community. He thanked Neighborhood Partnership Manager Stacey Sorensen and his wife, Dede, for their collaboration on the Grand Terrace mural project.

Jim Drake reminded Council the Noise Ordinance in its current form achieves the desired goal of immediate noise abatement. He feels the proposed changes and wording create uncertainty, requiring officers to use their discretion. A public hearing is scheduled for March 1, 2011.

Mayor Michael Sweeney - Yes
Barbara Halliday - Yes
Olden Henson - Yes
Marvin Peixoto - Yes
Bill Quirk - Yes
Mark Salinas - Yes
Francisco Zermeno - Yes

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