HAYWARD — Come the end of the day Tuesday, after a City Hall ceremony involving no small amount of fanfare, the latest council members will assume posts won in last month's election.
Mark Salinas said he's "excited and enthusiastic" and ready to hit the ground running with ideas that were gleaned while pounding the pavement during his campaign.
"One of the main things that came out of talking to residents and families is that they want to eat, drink and party in Hayward," Salinas said. "They don't want to go to San Leandro or San Francisco or San Jose and Fremont. They want to do what they do there in Hayward, and we should deliver."
He added that campaigning around Fairway Park brought up the need for a supermarket in the area — residents currently drive a couple miles down Mission Boulevard to the Food Source or do their business out of town, at the Safeway in Union City.
"I don't know where the city is with that right now. I know there was some talk about it," he said. "But that's something that the people really want."
His soon-to-be council colleague Marvin Peixoto said he's looking forward to taking his seat and is confident that his past experience on the Planning Commission and other city boards will give him a jump-start.
"It will be a challenging experience, but at the same time it's not something I'm unfamiliar with," he said. "I don't think it will be as difficult as for somebody coming in fresh."
He said the most pressing issue is replacing departing planners — in addition to his own vacancy, Chris Thnay and Julie McKillop are leaving the commission.
"That will be my first concern," he said. "It's very important to find people who are in agreement for the vision for the city, my vision and that of the rest of the council."
Salinas and Peixoto replace council members Kevin Dowling and Anna May. Dowling didn't seek re-election, instead opting to make a failed run for Alameda County supervisor. May left to seek a spot on the Hayward Unified School District board.
May and her running mate and fiance former City Manager Greg Jones both said they still intend to run for the school board, although they are keeping a close eye on whether the district goes into state receivership. In such a case, an administrator would run Hayward schools, making the school board an advisory body.
The special City Council meeting and swearing-in ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 777 B St., Hayward.
Eric Kurhi covers Hayward. Contact him at 510-293-2473.