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January 31, 2012 > Hayward City Council

Hayward City Council

January 24, 2012

Special Joint City Council/Planning Commission Work Session
Reviewed revisions to the Alcohol Beverage Outlet Regulations in the Zoning Ordinance.

Considered alternative scenarios for the Regional Sustainable Communities Strategy.

Called for and ordered a General Municipal Election in the City of Hayward on June 5, 2012 and requested Alameda County Board of Supervisors to authorize reimbursable services from the Alameda County Registrar of Voters.

Authorized City Manager to execute the First Amendment to debt Service Reserve Forward Delivery Agreement in respect of the 2002 Association of Bay Area Governments' Lease Revenue Bonds issue.

Adopted revised Enforceable Obligations Payment Schedule (EOPS), per ABx1 26 (Redevelopment Dissolution Act).

Legislative Business
Authorized City Manager to negotiate and execute a ground lease for Phase I and an Option Agreement with Master Lease for Phases I-V with Hayward Airport Development, LLC on a parcel of land (part of the California Air National Guard site) at Hayward Executive Airport.

Public Comment
Ron Teague, Mimi's Cafe, spoke in favor of "happy hour" as a source of sales tax revenue and employment. Mimi's Cafe does not encourage intoxication and regards the serving of alcohol as a privilege which it takes seriously. Employees must take an alcohol-awareness course.

Representatives from the Elephant Bar echoed Ron Teague's sentiments and emphasized that the chain is first and foremost a restaurant.

Doug Ligibel spoke against extending "happy hour" to full-service restaurants. Public safety will not be improved. He brought the following issues to Council's attention: How will the Police Department's limited resources manage additional calls? How will an increase in "happy hour" events affect public health, crime and nuisance behavior? How will "happy hour" affect youth dining in such establishments? If those full-service restaurants, which do not currently serve alcohol, offer "happy hour," will there be potential for over-concentration of "on-sale" alcohol outlets? Will the choice of alcohol differ between spirits, beers and wines? Will customers be required to purchase food before buying alcohol during "happy Hour?" Researchers have found that consumption of alcohol without eating increases the likelihood of high blood pressure. Will "happy hour" be prohibited during certain hours? Ligibel expressed concern about Elephant Bar's "9 p.m. - Close Happy Hour" and also presented arrest statistics for the previous five days.

Kim Huggett, Hayward Chamber of Commerce, spoke against prohibition of "happy hour" because it leaves Hayward restaurants at a competitive disadvantage to establishments in neighboring cities. A ban affects sales tax and jobs because restaurants unable to offer a promotion do not need the staff to serve the greater number of customers. Chain restaurants may not take advantage of the national "happy hour" marketing promotions unless there is a disclaimer "Available everywhere, except in Hayward, California." A ban erroneously assumes that employers do not know how to train their staff to manage alcohol sales. According to Geoff Harries, owner of Buffalo Bill's, "Happy Hour customers are mature and drink no more than at any other time but appreciate the gesture of a more affordable price; happy hour helps business during the slowest times of the week."

Julie McKillop, Neumanali Restaurant, maintains that discount promotions attract clients and are good for business. She considers "happy hour" a very valuable marketing tool, regards restaurants in Hayward as being at a competitive disadvantage and would like to see some compromise.

Jesus Armas invited the community to attend the Fire & Salsa Game II, the second annual basketball event between Hayward Firefighters Local 1909 and community leaders, including Mayor Sweeney and Councilmen Mark Salinas and Francisco Zermeno, at the Matt Jimenez Community Center, 28200 Ruus Road, Hayward, on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at noon. The event is a fundraiser for the Hayward Youth Commission.

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

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