April 24, 2012 > Peter Bufete
For Hayward City Council
My name is Peter Bufete and I am running for Hayward City Council. I have lived in the City of the Hayward almost my entire life and I am truly grateful and appreciative of the opportunities I have received here. I was educated here as I attended Treeview Elementary, Bret Harte Middle School and Hayward High School, respectively.
I graduated early from the University of California, Santa Barbara and ever since have been hoping to come back to my wonderful hometown. Today, I currently own a small business in Hayward as well as work part-time for the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (HARD). I am also a senior advisor for an elderly healthcare company while volunteering my time as an elderly caregiver.
I see myself as a well-rounded person that interacts with a wide range of individuals. I have been so blessed to meet so many wonderful people in Hayward who have inspired and encouraged me to take a more active role in our community. That is why I decided to run for local office, so that I could better represent the youth, the elderly and everyone in between.
My main goals are to direct our focus to Hayward Education, improve public safety and public health, Keep Hayward Clean & Green, and strive for sustainable economic growth and prosperity. An underlying theme throughout my platform is youth focus. I believe that our city could do a better job prioritizing our youth so that our children understand just how important we value their education and overall development. I have seen too many friends decide to not pursue their untouched potential or lose hope and give up on their own educational investment.
Our schools have been in trouble for while now and it hinders our ability to produce critical thinking citizens. I believe it's going to take the collaborative effort of the City of Hayward, HUSD, teachers, students, various agencies, and the community to improve our schools' performance. We all have to be on the same page in working towards "Building a Culture of Success." I don't think the City Council's role is to go beyond their jurisdiction on Hayward education but to serve as a support system for the youth of our city. When educational programs are cut by the school district, the city needs to counteract that with more programs offered through our Public Library. When sports are cut, we need to work with HARD to give kids alternatives for recreation and physical activity.
The longevity of our city lies in our ability to motivate our youth. That is why, if elected, I vow to take a 20 percent salary reduction in my first year to jump-start a City of Hayward Scholarship Fund. It will make room to create ten $500-scholarships for Hayward youth on the condition that they maintain a good academic record (testing and GPA), volunteer in the community and strive for higher education.
For more information, visit www.PeterBufete.com