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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Skinny: Hayward City Council Preview, Jan. 28, 2014

Hayward City Council Preview
777 B Street
Tuesday, Jan. 28, 7 p.m.
[FULL AGENDA HERE]
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>>> REASON TO FILL OUT A SPEAKER’S CARD
GENERAL PLAN HOUSING ELEMENT Staff is recommending the City Council approve a modification to the General Plan Housing Element, including, specifically the South Hayward BART/Mission Boulevard Zoning Ordinance. The change includes adding a definition for transitional and supportive housing units, which the staff report stresses is not equivalent to emergency shelters or homeless day centers. Instead, they include provisions for housing to aid resident who may need short-term housing like victims of domestic violence, veterans and previously homeless individuals transitioning to permanent housing. Supportive housing may include, for instance, those with disabilities

WHAT IT MEANS If Hayward does not make the change, it puts itself in jeopardy of a legal challenge, or worse. State law calls for these provisions in the housing element. Therefore, the entire General Plan could be invalid because of the omission of transitional and supportive housing element. “In addition, if the City is sued,” says the staff report, “the courts could impose requirements for land use decisions until the General Plan and Housing Element are compliant. It should be noted that the requirements and penalties have increased in severity over the years.” If the resolution is passed Tuesday night, it will return to the City Council Feb. 4 for adoption.

>>> OTHER AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS
BE AWARE The City Council will formally order its general election be held June 3 for the election of a new mayor and two members of the council. Councilmember Marvin Peixoto is up for re-election and Councilmember Mark Salinas is running for mayor.

>>> FOR THEIR EYES ONLY
Once again the council was scheduled to meet with its labor negotiators in closed session. However, the closed session was canceled, according to a revised agenda. City employees have been without a contract for almost one year.

>>> POMP & CIRCUMSTANCE
The Beacon Award is presented by Pacific Gas & Electric to the City of Hayward for energy savings in city facilities.

>>> LAST TIME OUT
Jan. 14, Councilmember Al Mendall turned heads on the City Council when he advocated for Alameda County to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour. If they won’t do it, he said, then Hayward should take the lead…A 45-day moratorium was placed on the issuance of business licenses for tobacco stores, e-cig and hookah lounges in Hayward. The determination is needed for the city’s planning department to sort out the lack of zoning-specific language for such businesses in the municipal code. Some council members, though, also registered concern over the health of children.

NOW YOU CAN’T SAY YOU DIDN’T KNOW

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