Platform  Summary

Why I'm Running...

Hayward needs new voices and perspectives on our City Council that know firsthand the struggles of working families. 

Only together can we meet the serious and real challenges of today. 

What I'm Fighting for...

  • Safer communities and accountable policing so that shoppers, pedestrians, and all residents feel safe

  • Fair & affordable housing for all Hayward residents

  • Homelessness prevention and graduated housing approach with partnerships with service providers

  • Living wage for all Hayward workers

  • Local small business and new small business support programs

  • Better quality of life for our Seniors, Veterans, the Disabled, and Students.

  • Meaningful government accountability for Hayward taxpayers to ensure we have a balanced budget and regrow our reserves for emergencies.

  • Shoreline protection and environmental stewardship as we live in a flood zone and earthquake zone.

  • Revitalizing Hayward’s aging infrastructure with sustainable vanguard technologies.

  • Early education programs for all Hayward children.

  • Transit improvements that integrates smarts growth solutions

 

Housing At All Income Levels (for renters & buyers)

  1. Increase the affordable housing percentage for all new development (currently 7-10% while San Francisco just increased theirs to 20%). 

    • In fact, Hayward has approved a project with ZERO Affordable Housing assigned to it. We can do better. We need to do better.

  2. Down Payment Assistance Programs for First Time Home Buyers

    • The hardest part of buying a home for working people is the down-payment. We can partner to provide a down-payment assistance program for Hayward residents as a priority to house Hayward residents. 

  3. Re-Establishing Rent Control (30 years ago Hayward had 22,000 rent controlled units, today less than 1,600 units or less than 1% of the population)

    • Hayward is 1 of 15 cities in California with Rent Control. We have a population size of over 160,000 people. Safety nets are just another way to tackle the housing crisis in the Bay and in Hayward. 

  4. Smart Development to address traffic, protect our environment, preserve our neighborhood character. 

    • Many Hayward developments have bypassed an Environmental Impact Report. In fact, Hayward City Council approved a new development when the entire Planning Commission VOTED NO. We can't just build to build. We need to be intentional with our development, use of land, and impact to our city. 

    • We must ensure all new developments complete an Environmental Impact Report (land, trees, shoreline, creek), and a Community Impact Report (traffic, schools, population, etc.). 

Contrary to a lot of rumors, none of these points reduce equity in one's home, cost the city nor any resident any expense or additional tax, and these are simple policy changes that can be done immediately. 

 

Economic Development For All (small businesses, job seekers, shopper, student)

  1. Fill vacant storefronts & properties 

    • We must ensure shared work spaces in our empty buildings, in downtown and all of Hayward.

    • We must promote small businesses get a shot at a launch of their business.

    • We must work with all community groups to ensure a strong and comprehensive business community. Currently, we have the Chamber of Commerce, Asian Business Alliance and the Downtown Business groups, we need to come together.

  2. Spend within the City’s means to balance our budget and raise our emergency reserves.

    • Currently, our City Reserves are at 14% but required to be at 20% of the City’s Budget.

    • Even in Fiscal Year 19, we are estimated to use almost $6 million when the economy is moving in an upward trend.

    • We must increase our revenues, ease permitting for new businesses, and encourage businesses to move into Hayward

  3. Fair & Living Wage for workers

    • One full-time job should be enough

    • K-College/Trade Schools must be a priority for Hayward to embrace being an Education City.

    • The City needs to form stronger bonds with the local school board and the multiple colleges.

      • This has not been the case for today’s City Council.  

  4. Expand business focus to ALL of Hayward 

    • With a diverse community, we can partner with other organizations to create an incubator program

      • East permitting process

      • Reduce fees

      • Provide small business loans with 0% interest for the first year.

    • Ensure the focus for business is not just in the Downtown but for all of Hayward.

    We are in the 21st Century, we need to stop delaying business growth and promote a proactive approach to business. We took nearly 2 years to award permits for the cannabis industry (it is the law of the land) yet we have had a budget deficit for years. We delayed granting a contract to create and expand our broadband network, wasting time and opportunity to encourage 21st Century Businesses to come to Hayward. We need to do better and we can do better.

 

Public Safety For All

  1. Improve Response Times

    • The number one complaint amongst Hayward residents was the slow response times.

    • We need to increase support to public safety officers to ensure they improve their response times.

    • We need to audit and make improvements to all the calls that are received based on the data for the past 2 years.

  2. Strategic policing based on data and community input 

    • Data is being collected daily, we need to ensure we expand bike patrols throughout the city.

    • We need to see the most common types of crimes and ensure we protect our residents and shoppers.

  3. Increased training for public safety officers

    • Additional training to Peace Officers in the areas of mental health, de-escalation, communication & other social responses

    • Our police force are not only their to enforce the law but they are a part of this community. Additional training is valuable.

  4. Develop a Chief Advisory Panel

  • Regularly held Chief Advisory Panel made up of citizens and open to the public.

  • The Chief of Police and Fire should hear directly from the public what is happening in their neighborhoods.

  • In certain parts of the city, crime is not reported, we need to change the idea that people aren’t listening.

 

Regional Leadership

  1. Partner with Other Agencies

    • Hayward can not move forward alone, we need to partner with others.

      • Banking institutions for home/business loans

      • Transit Organizations for increased pedestrian accessibility throughout the city (seniors and students would benefit most)

      • Housing Organizations to ensure subject matter experts house our homeless

      • Much more to increase funds for infrastructure projects and business opportunities.

  2. Partner with our local schools (ensure pathway from K-College/Trade School) 

    • We need to embrace that we are an Education City

    • We need to partner with labor organizations to ensure we have a skilled workforce.

    • We need to partner with our schools to ensure an easy admission policy for Hayward students.

Hayward can be much more than any other city in the Bay Area. We just need to pursue this vision and not let uncertainty stop us.