IN TWO recent attempts to correspond with Hayward Unified School District (HUSD) trustees, written in late January in first instance, and at the end of the first week of February in the second, I attempted communicating that the money crisis, caused by the truancy problem, is solvable and that a "tough attitude" ought be exercised by an "attention getting" use of California's Senate Bill 1317.

That law, applicable to negligent parents, offers use of prison sentences of up to a year when parents persist in failure to assure attendance of their offspring in classrooms, as mandated by law.

The state does not forward to HUSD any average daily attendance money for days at which there is an absence by a student, and is almost as culpable when it keeps the money as a solution to its own need. Especially in view of the apparent neglect of an issue raised by HUSD Trustee Lisa Brunner, when she provided written reply to my letter dated Jan. 27.

I was surprised as well as pleased that Brunner took the time from her busy day to write a reply. It was the first written response to any of the many that I have placed before HUSD trustees.

Brunner indicates that use of SB1317 would be inappropriate in view of the efforts being made by HUSD to seek solutions less harsh then SB1317.


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Taxpayers, such as myself, are wondering how the time between passage of the law (early August 2010) and the date it was to become effective (Jan. 1, 2011), was spent if the required programs are yet to be devised, as stated in her January letter.

In my letter to trustees dated Feb. 8, I pointed to the culpability of the city of Hayward in its failure in dealing with scofflaws, who, when creating "improvements" to a home, fail to "pull a permit" from city hall. The purpose of avoiding that permit process is to avoid increase in real property taxes triggered by improvements, which add value, as allowed by Proposition 13.

The reality of the incredible numbers of scofflaw activity, which avoid county assessor's opportunity to add value additions, under the rules of Proposition 13, is that frequent use of inexperienced labor, using poor quality materials and ignorance of health and safety codes governing construction, results in undesired creation of additional low-income housing over and above the imposition of ABAG's low-income housing quotas.

The city of Hayward embraces ABAG quotas, while cities such as Pleasanton are villainous in their refusal to provide their fair share of such housing.

Incorporated in the early 1850s, the city of Oakland has more than it's fair share of old housing seen as being low-income type, while Hayward, a city since 1875, also has an ample share.

The consequence is that paroled felons, when released, with or without supervision, flock to our older cities and that has negative consequences at school classrooms. HUSD ought to demand of city and county rectification of the imbalance that is basic to the attendance problem.

John Kyle has lived in Hayward since early 1961. He is a retired real estate appraiser, and activist in many city and school district ad hoc groups and task forces as appointed by city, school district and parochial schools.