Thursday, July 10, 2014

Halliday Takes the Helm in Hayward

Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday takes
the oath of office Tuesday night.
HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | Hayward said goodbye to one mayor and welcomed a familiar face. Mayor Barbara Halliday took the oath of office Tuesday night and urged residents to join her in moving Hayward forward. “I’m ready to get to work and I hope everyone else is,” she said during her inaugural address.

Halliday, who topped a four-person field last June to replace the retiring Michael Sweeney, said, “My most important goal is to make this city a more nurturing and healthier place for children to grow up in.” She also vowed to boost Hayward’s moribund economy and improve its overall quality of life, including seeing through the new general plan sketched out over the past year.

Strengthening partnerships with the school district, Hayward's colleges, its business community and faith-based institutions will have be important to the city’s future, said Halliday. “None of us can do it alone. We have to work together.”

Civic participation in Hayward has been a lingering problem, as has voter apathy. Halliday notably challenged residents by evoking President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural speech to give back to their community. “We need to step it up and bring a lot of other people with us,” she said.

Outgoing mayor Michael Sweeney ended eight years at the helm in Hayward thanking residents for giving him his start in politics starting with his election to the City Council in 1982. “At the end of the day we serve you all and without you the City of Hayward doesn’t mean a whole heck of a lot,” Sweeney said, while addressing residents.

In addition to Sweeney, the Hayward City Council also said farewell, at least for the time being, to Councilmember Mark Salinas, who chose to run for mayor instead of defending his council seat this spring. Salinas, however, could be a strong front runner for appointment later this month to Halliday’s remaining two years of her council term. In fact, his final remarks sounded much like a pitch for a return to the City Council. “Our city’s future is based on much we invest in our city’s children, college students and our families. Hayward has all of the ingredients that some of our most developed cities in our area and the world has,” said Salinas, before adding, “Of course, I would have liked to have won, but I didn’t and when you lose, you have to say goodbye.”

New Councilmember Sara Lamnin, the top vote-getter last June in the City Council race, struck a positive note throughout her remarks and declared, “Together we will move Hayward forward.” In addition, Councilmember Marvin Peixoto was sworn-in for a second term and the new City Council voted to name Councilmember Greg Jones as mayor pro tempore (Hayward’s version of vice mayor) for the next year.

Meanwhile, the dais is still missing a seventh member. On Tuesday night, the new council agreed to a timeline for securing applications and determining an interview schedule that could fill out the council before the end of this month. The application is available on the city’s web site and due before the end of business hours next Wednesday, July 16.

Two days later each council member will choose up to five applicants and candidates named on at least three ballots will be interviewed during the July 22 council meeting. A new member could potentially be named that night. The approved timeline allows for the decision to be put before voters during the November General Election. However, there appears to be little support for leaving the council in flux for another four months.


Save Hayward from Barbara Halliday.She said being elected mayor was "awesome." If she keeps any of her campaign promises, she'll move us foward. That's only if Mikey let's her. She's a stooge's stooge. Even her husband pushes her around. Watch her being sworn in by the City Clerk on the City of Hayward website. Some legacy for the chikdren, a whopping debt from a 60 million dollar + library. Plus tons of empty buildings, not a lot of sales tax revenue to help pay for it. Still, all those empty buildings that have been empty since Barbara has been on Council. She needs to drop the JFK speech and tell us what she has done for Hayward! Better yet, she can do something good for Hayward-step down as Mayor.

Not a union whore--at this point.

Good for Hayward!

I think she said about her husband "he always tells me what to do". Some issues there.

Her husband should tell her to quit politics and can Fran.

So Anna May is mayor pro tempore? Maybe she'll have Greg vote no on the plans for The Green Shutter purchase & demolition., even though Marvin made it sound like that project was his baby. Perhaps only if the project causes more traffic on historic Prospect Street.

Just something to add to Hayward. The school district YEP lacks total disapline and he kids run amuck. I have seen more vandalism and yet the district will not back fill vacant maintenance positions.

Mayor Dingbat has said "It is all about the kids" so maybe she'll try and work with HUSD-work to screw things up more.

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