Five of Hayward's nine mobile home parks will remain senior-only.

Applause broke out in the packed City Council chamber Tuesday after the council unanimously approved an ordinance that prohibits converting the parks to allow all ages to live there.

Before the vote, speaker after speaker said there is no place for children to play at the mobile home parks, which have no sidewalks.

"The parks were designed and constructed for older adults," said Kathy Morris, president of the Hayward Mobilehome Owners Association.

At one time, all of the parks were senior-only, but four have converted to allow all ages, Morris said. To qualify as a senior-only park, 80 percent of the homes in the parks must have at least one resident age 55 or older.

The parks that will remain senior-only are: New England Village, Georgian Manor, Hayward Mobile Country Club, Eden Gardens and Spanish Ranch II.

"It's very important we maintain this last piece of affordable housing for seniors. They really weren't designed for children," said Councilman Marvin Peixoto. "For safety reasons alone, I'm voting for this proposal."

The ordinance is scheduled to come back before the council for a second reading May 21.

San Leandro project to include local workers

City officials are eyeing local workers and parking issues in plans for the San Leandro Crossings affordable housing project to be built near the San Leandro BART station.


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At Monday night's city council meeting, members of a new consortium of local businesses and contractors called for a policy that would require builder BRIDGE Housing to include local workers in the multimillion-dollar project, a proposal the mayor and multiple council members supported.

"This is a great opportunity to make sure small businesses in our community get work," said Bernard Ashcraft, CEO of the Bay Area Business Roundtable and part of the consortium. Ashcraft urged the city to create "a policy that sends a message to developers that this is a city of inclusion."

Plans to share housing parking lots with BART patrons, and the number of parking spaces to be provided raised concern among multiple council members.

BRIDGE officials said each of the 115 family units will get a parking space, and parking will be available for 60 percent of the 85 senior units, a prospect that concerned 45-year resident Al Frates.

"I'm a senior and I still drive," Frates said.

Mayor Stephen Cassidy expressed optimism about the project, but cautioned that demands by the state Department of Finance for $3.9 million in old redevelopment housing funds committed to the project could impact plans. The city and redevelopment successor agency sued the state in February to preserve the funds.

"This is not a done deal yet. ... We are hopeful, but it is still not guaranteed," Cassidy said.

Newark elections in even-number years

The City Council has voted to hold elections in even-number years, which will save Newark about $115,000 per election.

Newark has held elections in odd-number years since 1981. Council members voted Thursday to make the change after Livermore and Emeryville recently switched to even-number years, leaving Newark as the last city in the county to cast a ballot in odd years.

Next, the city will submit the change to Alameda County supervisors, who are expected to approve it.

If approved, each council member's term will get an extra year. Terms for Mayor Alan Nagy, Vice Mayor Ana Apodaca and Councilman Bob Marshall will expire in late 2014, instead of 2013. Likewise, the terms for council members Sucy Collazo and Luis Freitas will expire in 2016, rather than 2015.

The biggest reason for the switch was the cost savings, Nagy said.

"It's hard to justify spending that kind of money given the financial condition we're in," he said. "It's important we save where we can."