|Hayward City Council chambers. Which two of the seven candidates will take a seat at the dais this summer?|
MAIN BEEF The main objects of contention in this race mimics the mayoral race. In fact, absolutely no distinction can be draw between the two other than the appearance of two union candidates in this council race, whereas, none exist in the mayoral campaign. Billboards and mailers sent by SEIU Local 1021 ask voters to help “Heal the Heart of Hayward.” The choice here is whether traditionally labor-friendly Hayward voters were significantly embarrassed by the City Council’s swift anti-worker move to warrant the addition of two union-backed members to the council of seven or not
QUOTABLE “I’ve come from the freeway to get to D Street and taken my life into my hand,” Lamnin said of the Hayward Loop.
BY THE NUMBERS Voter Registration: Democratic 59.0%; No Party Preference 19.2%; Republicans 12.2%.
2010 Election Results: *Peixoto 29.5%; *Mark Salinas 25.6%; Sara Lamnin 20.6%; Ralph Farias, Jr. 9.7%; Steve Oiwa 7.3%; Lawrence Fitzpatrick 6.8%.
PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH 1. Fernandez 2. Peixoto 3. Lamnin 4. McKillop 5. Loche 6. Farias 7. Gallegos.
AFTERMATH Labor and management will need to pause and reexamine the new political landscape when it comes to the composition of the new Hayward City Council. Even if Fernandez and Lamnin win seats, the anti-worker bloc will still hold a comfortable 5-2 majority. However, the message will have been sent to incumbents in the future that a similar stance against public employees will result in you being run out of office. Rhetoric between the union and the city needs to be quelled, so here’s a proposal: If Halliday or Zermeno becomes mayor and either Fernandez or Lamnin fail to win a seat on the council, how about appointing one of them to fill out the remaining two years of the mayor-elect’s term? The council’s new math will not change the city’s stance against workers and it’s an olive branch to labor that says, “How about we start working together?”