Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Hayward officials voice strong support for affordable housing; state concern over rising rents

A week after Hayward elected officials roundly turned away a developer's bid to build a slew of market-rate housing units on Mission Boulevard, councilmembers continued to voice a newfound pledge for more affordable housing in a city currently being racked by displacement and rising rents.

Every member of the City Council signaled to developers that new housing projects that exclude an affordable housing element will face difficulty in the approval process. Councilmembers Al Mendall and Elisa Marquez were unequivocal in their stance, with each saying they will not vote for any project that does not include affordable housing. Councilmember Francisco Zermeno agreed, in addition, to advocating for the city to study a proposal for a tiny homes village.

In recent months, Hayward renters have consistently raised alarms over large rent increases and evictions. Earlier this month, Zermeno raised the idea of reviewing the city's rent board rules. "There are no sacred cows," Councilmember Mark Salinas said, in reference to his belief the city should examine all types of remedies to combat displacement. "Rent control--it's on the table," Salinas declared, although, he later expressed doubt he could support such a measure.

Meanwhile, Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday said Tuesday night that voices in the community concerned with displacement are being heard by the council, along with anecdotal evidence that housing speculators are gobbling up properties and merely raising rents.

"You have to wonder about the intentions of those buying up houses and apartments and raising the rents," said Halliday, while adding, without any signs of improvements being made to the properties.

The breadth of the Hayward City Council's rejection last week of the development at the current Haymont Shopping Center on Mission Boulevard and across the street from the sprawling Holy Sepulchre Cemetery was certainly not typical, especially in an era when new housing of all types is greatly valued in the Bay Area.

The project proposed 35 market-rate town homes, roughly priced between $600,000 and $650,000, along with 39 market-rate apartments, priced as high as $2,200 for a one-bedroom unit. In addition, to the absence of affordable housing, the council also cited concerns over parking and open space in its denial of the project.


  1. In the last election, Salinas told me his solution to the housing crisis was “financial literacy courses,” as if the reason I can’t afford my rent is that I’m too stupid to manage my bank account. Wake up! Who is this guy fighting for? Not renters.

  2. Salinas fights for Salinas and the Developers.

  3. The city council belongs to United Nations. They are redeveloping to bring rich educated immigrants to work in the Tec and computer industries. It’s advantageous to get more property tax for the city union workers and to support the high wages of the city staff. The city manager makes $340,000 benefits included. Councils poison our water to reduce the population, sterilize us and reduce our IQs. Hayward schools suck and keep Hayward children from competing in the job market, while causing them brain damage through the water and vaccines. Landlords are so greedy to keep up, with the rents of the corporate housing projects. They raise the rents of the locals, who live in their buildings, so high original renters have to move. Gentrification is to get rid of us! Our councils are redeveloping for the rich new people, not the locals. City councils do nothing to protect the public from the homeless pooping on the streets. We can have an epidemic like San Diego’s Hepatitis scare. Why not more warming or cooling shelters? Libraries are getting bedbugs and lice from the homeless using them to stay in, during the day. Hayward has rent control but it isn’t enforced. The realtors control the council by donating for their campaigns. Didn’t the realtors give $90,000 for the three who ran for school board?
    Vote these council members out. Elect a council who works for us.
    Our council wasted millions on the loop and now have to fix it for millions more. The council does not keep up replacing the uneven sidewalks or the streets, where people are tripping on them. The council has never been able to balance a budget. The low IQ residents think the council is doing a great job and keep reelecting the problem; “The current council.”
    Retire the mayor. There must be someone in this city who can count.
    Salinas was paid $9,000 from the Hayward school district right before the city council election. The School Board members do not know what he did for that money. What class did he teach for the Hayward school district in 3 months, to make that money, when he teaches at Chabot College? Salinas’ wife quit working for the school district, why? Salinas doesn’t know how to count either. He has never balanced the budget since he was on the council.

  4. Kelly McAdoo earns less than her predecessor Fran David. Who earned more than Governor Jerry Brown. If McAdoo now makes $340,000 and can't afford to buy a house in Hayward, that tells you where Hayward is heading and who is in the drivers seat. Council approved a loan so McAdoo could buy a home in the city where she works.So you see, council is helping poor and disenfranchised managers who live in other cities, and don't want to suffer the long commute to get to their low paying triple digit salaried jobs.