August 30, 2011 > Letter to the editor: Clear priorities and resolve needed
Letter to the editor: Clear priorities and resolve needed
Recently the issue of accountability surrounding Measure A, which Hayward voters approved in 2009, was raised. It is my understanding the City of Hayward will provide the community a report on the revenues and expenditures in September 2011. Thank you, Council and Staff. I look forward to seeing it.
When Measure A was passed, it was with the understanding Council's top priorities were Public Safety and Cleanliness. The community supported the measure, in large part, because these priorities are essential, fundamental public services for a city's residents. Interestingly, several months ago, the Council added "Green" as a top priority, creating a third "top priority." Council members did not support this change unanimously but Council's clear (and voter-validated) priorities, previously established, were modified.
If crime and cleanliness issues in our community are resolved satisfactorily, I can understand advancing additional program priorities in which the community might consider investing. We are not there yet. Crime, graffiti and uncleanliness persist, daily. Just ask any resident, business owner, student or visitor; we have some way to go to reduce crime and keep our community clean. Public Safety and Cleanliness leave any other issues "in the dust" until a significant and lasting improvement in conditions is both felt and seen. Stay true to the intent of voters who approved Measure A. Stay the course, Hayward, and stay focused.
Dee Dee Ligibel
President, Grand Terrace Home Owners Association