July 17, 2012 > Hayward City Council
Hayward City Council
July 10, 2012
Hayward Police Department Color Guard Flag Ceremony by Police Officers Rodney Johnson, Robert Gonzalez, Mike Matthews and Tommie Clayton.
Star-Spangled Banner sung by members of the Mt. Eden High School Chamber Singers.
Acknowledged receipt of canvass of the General Municipal Election held on June 5, 2012 and declared results (Barbara Halliday: 8,464 votes. Greg Jones: 7,431 votes. Al Mendall: 7,312 votes. Francisco Zermeno: 7,131 votes). Resolution unanimously adopted by Mayor and Council, including outgoing Councilmen Henson and Quirk.
Special recognition for Councilmen Olden Henson and Bill Quirk.
Oath of Office and installation of re-elected Council members Barbara Halliday and Francisco Zermeno and newly-elected Council Members Greg Jones and Al Mendall.
Elected Councilman Marvin Peixoto as Mayor Pro-Tempore.
Council Reports, Referrals and Future Agenda Items
Council members Halliday, Jones, Mendall and Zermeno thanked their campaign teams.
Jones added that many sit on the sidelines and reminded everyone Mayor Sweeney has often said that democracy is not a spectator sport. People should not carp or moan; they earn the right to do so only through involvement. He encouraged those, who are not prepared to participate, who wish to remain on the sidelines and who are critical of elected officials and other community members about any matter, to either put their name in the public domain or desist. He lauded the courage of the eight other Council candidates, some of whom ran for office for the first time, and asked that everyone find some way to contribute positively to the Hayward community.
Merchants in the 2200-Block of Foothill Boulevard are suffering because of a lack of parking in front of their stores. Not all units have an entrance from the rear parking lot; unfortunately, some customers are unable to walk around to the front entrance. Parking should be restored on Foothill Boulevard once that section of the Route 238 Corridor Improvement Project is completed.
Linda Mandolini thanked Councilmen Henson and Quirk for their support of Eden Housing Inc.'s affordable housing projects, presented each with a plaque and looks forward to working with them and the new Council members in the future.
Charlie Peters, Clean Air Performance Professionals, has lobbied the state of California to raise smog check standards for 20 years in the hope that faults are properly identified and repaired. The Chief of the Bureau of Automotive Repair has agreed to a pilot study. According to Peters, the existing smog check program can be either improved or taken over by multi-nationals. The state Senate is also considering the use of corn ethanol in gasoline before the matter goes to the Assembly and, thence, to the Governor. An attendant issue being considered is genetically modified food which includes the corn used to produce the ethanol added to petroleum.
Community Services Commissioner Peggy Guernsey thanked Council for their work on the City's budget, Community Development Block Grant funding and Social Services Funding and for increasing funding for the Zucchini festival to $4,000. She thanked Councilman Henson for more than 25 years' service to the City, including 18 years as an elected official, and for his work and concern for young people.
A Watkins Street resident complained of the absence of No Parking signs in advance of street closures to accommodate community events in the vicinity of City Hall. Residents cannot use their vehicles once access is restricted. He requested 48 hours' notice in future. Mayor Sweeny suggested two months notice, followed by two weeks notice, then two days notice and directed the City Manager to assist.
Mayor Michael Sweeney - Yes
Barbara Halliday - Yes
Greg Jones - Yes
Al Mendall - Yes
Marvin Peixoto - Yes
Mark Salinas - Yes
Francisco Zermeno - Yes