Experienced Leadership in Hayward
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Hayward City Council (2012 - Present)
Mayor Pro Tem (July 2015 - Present)
During my time on the Council, I have served on a number of subcommittees and regional bodies.
Hayward Planning Commissioner (2006 - 2012)
Hayward Planning Commission Chair (2009 - 2010)
As a Planning Commissioner, I fought for high standards for developments in our city. Hayward clearly needs new development, but we do not want to settle -- we want high quality projects that enhance the city. I also pushed the City to be more proactive in seeking input from the community about future development projects. We should be more collaborative with the community as we plan Hayward’s future.
As a Planning Commissioner, I worked directly with many current and prospective business owners, so I have an understanding of what attracts -- or doesn’t attract -- businesses to Hayward. On the Planning Commission I also stood up for our environment. I voted against a new peaker power plant because one power plant in Hayward is more than enough. I fought for smart, transit-oriented development around our BART station, and pushed for adequate parks and open space as part of all residential neighborhoods. And I fought to make sure that new developments, especially residential developments, are a sufficient distance away from our shoreline to protect them from future sea level rise.
Hayward Sustainability Committee Member (2007 - Present)
Sustainability Committee Chairperson (2013-present)
As a member of the Hayward Sustainability Committee, I help to shape policies that make our city more environmentally sustainable. My efforts have helped lead to the adoption of a citywide climate action plan to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions over the next 40 years, a strong green building ordinance, a Styrofoam ban for restaurants, a plastic ban bag for supermarkets, a Bay-friendly landscape ordinance, a net-zero energy Water Pollution Control Facility, and other pro-environment policies. These are strong initiatives that make Hayward a leader in combating Climate change and can serve as models for other cities.
Hayward Citizens Advisory Commissioner (2001 - 2006)
On the Citizens Advisory Commission, I advised the City Council on spending Hayward's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. I was twice elected chairperson; and I documented the commission’s best practices in a manual which became part of the commissioner handbook.
Campaign $olutions for Hayward Co-Chair (2001 - 2005)
As Co-Chair of Campaign $olutions for Hayward (CA$H), I helped lead the effort to reform our local campaign finance system, to keep big moneyed special interest out of Hayward elections. The City Council ultimately implemented a $50,000 voluntary spending limit for city elections and a $1,000 contribution limit (indexed to inflation). After the implementation of campaign finance reform, I led the post-passage enforcement monitoring effort.
Twin Bridges HOA President (2002 - 2004)
As President of my Homeowners Association, I led an effort to clean-up and beautify our neighborhood. We encouraged every homeowner to maintain their property and preserved the neighborhood as the attractive community it remains to this day.
Mission Hills of Hayward Neighborhood Committee Member
As a member of the Mission Hills of Hayward Neighborhood Committee, I helped organized our community to oppose some of the new developments proposed in the South Hayward Hills. I fought against developing sites that were too close to the Hayward fault, on unstable soil, on hillsides that are too steep, or on highly visible hillsides.
Neighborhood Alert Block Captain (2003 - Present)
Graduate, Hayward Police Department’s Citizen Academy
As a Neighborhood Alert Block Captain, and a graduate of the Hayward Police Department’s Citizen Academy, I have direct experience working to coordinate crime prevention activities in Hayward. In my own community, I helped organize residents to ensure our streets and our neighborhood park remained a safe and inviting place for our families.
A Little About Myself
For seventeen years, I have been working for the betterment of Hayward. My wife Kindra and I love living here. We bought our first home in Hayward, and chose to raise our two kids here. We appreciate what a diverse community Hayward has to offer, and we are deeply committed to this city.
My public service in Hayward began as president of my homeowner’s association. I also successfully worked to help pass Hayward’s local campaign finance law, which keeps big special interest money out of our local politics. Prior to my election to Council in 2012, I served on the Hayward Citizens Advisory Committee, Sustainability Committee, and Planning Commission. Professionally, I have a BS in Computer Science and Engineering from UCLA and work as a Software Solutions Architect for a technology company here in Hayward.
I have spent my first term on the City Council working to make our city safer, bring more jobs and shopping opportunities here, make our city more attractive, put us on a more sustainable path economically and environmentally, and to make Hayward a more youth-friendly city. I hope you will join me in this effort.
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