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February 12, 2013 > Hayward City Council

Hayward City Council

February 5, 2013

Business Recognition Award for February 2013 presented to Hampton Inn.

Work Session
Route 238 Corridor Improvement Project temporary revisions to Downtown parking. Additional parking may be permitted along sections of the west side of Foothill Boulevard (between A and D streets), along the south side of A Street (between Foothill Boulevard and Main Street), on the west side of Foothill Boulevard (between City Center Drive South (Maple) and just north of A Street) and on both sides of Foothill Boulevard (between City Center Drive South and Grove Way) though parking will not be allowed in specific locations.

Council members generally supported staff recommendations but disagreed on whether the revisions should be temporary or permanent. There are also safety concerns associated with vehicles entering or leaving traffic and possible attempts by owners of parked vehicles to cross the roads without using crosswalks. Staff will bring the matter back to Council for formal direction about the permanence of the parking arrangements.

Authorized City Manager to apply for $230,000 from the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program 2012-13 and, if awarded, to execute an agreement.

Public Comment
Michael Emerson is interested in constructing a 9/11 memorial in Hayward. He has letters of support from Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle, Assemblyman Bill Quirk, Senator Ellen Corbett, Congressman Eric Swalwell and Congresswoman Barbara Lee, verbal commitments from Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern, East Bay Municipal Utility District's Frank Mellon, Supervisor Nate Miley, Hayward Fire Chief Garrett Contreras, Hayward Police Chief Diane Urban and Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (HARD) Director Dennis Waspei who will serve on the project's committee. HARD Parks Superintendent Larry Lepore will also play an active role in the project. Emerson is responsible for the Flight 93 memorial in Union City, helped build the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, PA and recently completed the Castro Valley Veterans' Memorial. He would like to build on land donated by the City and plans to fund construction privately.

HARD Director Dennis Waspei spoke in support of Michael Emerson and his delivery of the Castro Valley Veterans' Memorial, which is now the pride of Castro Valley and HARD.

Jim Drake hopes litter from the fast-food restaurant in his neighborhood will subside now that the business is required to have five refuse bins. He also reiterated his concern about drainage on Foothill Boulevard close to Pankey's Radiator Repair and is pleased that remedial work is underway. He would like to see the speed reduced to 25 mph until the work is completed.

Kim Huggett, Hayward Chamber of Commerce, invited the Mayor, Council members and community members to a luncheon with the Mexican Consul General Ambassador Carlos Felix Corona on February 21, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. the Golden Peacock Banquet Hall, 24989 Santa Clara Street, Hayward. For reservations, visit

Mike Francois from East Palo Alto spoke of the Glass-Steagall Act and its relevance to the banking industry, today. He also apologized to City Attorney Michael Lawson for directing past criticism at Lawson when he was with the City of East Palo Alto, given that policy is formulated collectively.

Mayor Michael Sweeney - Yes
Barbara Halliday - Yes
Greg Jones - Yes
Al Mendall - Yes
Marvin Peixoto - Yes
Mark Salinas - Yes
Francisco Zermeno - Yes

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