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Hayward adds new city council members

Hayward adds new city council members

Maira Sanchez,
Contributor
February 1
Filed under Metro

The Hayward city council appointed four new members to the Personnel Commission on Jan. 17: Hayward natives Allen Zargar, Giancarlo Scalise, Jose Guadamuz and Rachel Lucas, who range in age from 26 to 40. The Personnel Commission handles the city’s employment lists, Affirmative Action plan and job d...

Hayward goes green: City aims to lower energy use by 2025

Hayward goes green: City aims to lower energy use by 2025

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor
January 18
Filed under Metro, Showcase

Over the next eight years, Hayward residents will see a lot more solar panels in their city — $15 million worth, to be exact — mounted on everything from fire stations to carports. On Dec. 6, the seven-member Hayward City Council voted unanimously to adopt a zero net energy goal for municipal faciliti...

Fremont city council to fill vacant seat

Thania Arce and Victoria Groenewold,
Contributors
January 11
Filed under Metro

The Fremont City Council held a meeting on Tuesday to interview applicants seeking to fill the City Council seat made vacant when Councilmember Lily Mei was elected to serve as Mayor. New candidates were introduced to the board as well as the community at the meeting. Out of 27 applicants, eight candidates were ...

Benicia city council votes unanimous ‘no’ on crude oil by rail

Benicia city council votes unanimous ‘no’ on crude oil by rail

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor
September 28
Filed under Metro, Showcase

On any given day, trains can be heard screeching throughout Benicia on the Union Pacific Railroad, transporting industrial materials and automotive parts. A unanimous vote by the city council guaranteed that crude oil will not be riding the rails into the city anytime soon. On Sept. 20, the Benicia City Council unanim...

Oakland: Council sends police oversight commission measure to voters

Oakland: Council sends police oversight commission measure to voters

David Debolt,
East Bay Times
July 27
Filed under Metro

A controversial measure to establish a civilian police commission is headed to the November ballot after a flurry of last-minute changes and objections from reformers over who gets to pick the members. The Oakland City Council’s unanimous vote Tuesday came with a sense of urgency as it was their...

Hayward citizens fight over chicken rights

Hayward citizens fight over chicken rights

Ian-James Vitaga,
Contributor
September 23
Filed under Metro, Showcase

Last month, Hayward City Council members met to discuss a proposed ordinance that would make it easier for residents to keep and maintain chickens and other livestock on their property. Raising backyard chickens is not entirely prohibited. It is something you can apply for if you can meet certain req...

New district plan shows potential for Hayward

New district plan shows potential for Hayward

Bryan Cordova,
Managing Editor
March 19
Filed under Metro, Showcase

After complaints from local property owners, the Hayward City Council voted in favor of an enabling ordinance with an amendment that could potentially create a Community Benefit District. Assistant City Manager Kelly McAdoo introduced the enabling ordinance, which provided guidelines for the creation...

Hayward re-evaluates their brand

Hayward re-evaluates their brand

Shannon Stroud,
Metro Editor
March 5
Filed under Metro, Showcase

From the newly installed traffic signs on Hayward Boulevard to the planning of the new library in downtown— the residents of Hayward are starting to see some changes to their city. For the last couple of years, Hayward has made citywide improvements such as road maintenance, mall upgrades, and a...

City of Hayward installs creative signs

City of Hayward installs creative signs

Shannon Stroud,
Metro Editor
February 20
Filed under Metro, Showcase

The City of Hayward has taken a different approach to get drivers to slow down and pedestrians to pay attention. Seven unorthodox traffic signs were installed in early February alongside Hayward Boulevard. The signs vary, one with a bright yellow background and the words, “Heads up! Cross the street. T...

San Jose seeks immigration office

San Jose seeks immigration office

Arjay Vitug,
Contributor
February 12
Filed under Politics

San Jose City Council members voted 9-2 last Tuesday to pass a motion that will establish an immigration office to provide guidance and support in preparing documents for work visas. The decision was in response to a meeting held two weeks prior, where both documented and undocumented residents voi...

Two massage businesses close

Ruoxi Bi,
Contributor
January 29
Filed under Metro

Hayward City Council unanimously passed a new ordinance to regulate massage therapy businesses on Jan. 16 to further bar sex activities at massage parlors. Assembly Bill 1147, authorized the “city, county, or city and county to adopt or enforce local ordinances that govern zoning, business licensing or ...

New project proposed for empty Mervyn’s site

New project proposed for empty Mervyn’s site

Yesenia Martinez,
Politics Editor
December 4
Filed under Metro, Showcase

Hayward’s city council is considering yet another plan to develop the empty 11-acre lot on Foothill Boulevard where Mervyn’s headquarters once stood. A preliminary review of the proposed project was presented last night to the city council to build new residential and commercial space at the site....

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