HAYWARD — What do you get when you put two school board trustees, a seasoned federal agent and the winner of "Survivor: Marquesas" in a room together?

You get the beginning of the final membership roster of the city's new Keep Hayward Clean and Green Task Force.

After interviewing 47 people in a marathon Saturday session, Mayor Mike Sweeney and City Council members nominated 30 people they want to make up the new task force.

Members of the new committee, a sort of citizen "Dream Team," will be responsible for organizing Hayward's citizens to help clean up the community.

Task force members will include Vecepia Towery Robinson, winner of the fourth season of the CBS reality show Survivor and a resident of the Santa Clara neighborhood; current school board members Paul Frumkin and Myrna Truehill; ex-councilman and former Hayward High School principal Larry Ratto; and Lloyd Clifton, an ex-supervising agent for the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

"I'm just a citizen. I'm retired. And I've got a little bit of time on my hands," said Clifton, who worked for the Justice Department from 1970 to 1999. "I feel like maybe I might be an asset on a task force like this."

Sweeney proposed forming the new task force shortly after he was elected to office in June 2006.


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Sweeney, who also served as mayor from 1990 to 1994, formed task forces at that time as well.

At least one of the new Clean and Green task force members — former school board member Gloria Grant-Wilson — also was a member of Sweeney's early-1990s task force that was created for the purpose of improving the schools.

The rest of the Clean and Green task force nominees are:

-Maria Adas, an Eden Shores resident and retired county employee.

-Leticia Arteaga, a Castro Valley resident andRealtor for Fidelity Brokers in Hayward.

-Pravin Balram, a Hayward Highlands resident and Intel Corp. engineer.

-Joaquin Chavez, a Mt. Eden resident, student and Eagle Scout.

-Pauline Craft, a Westwood Manor resident, retiree and former member of the Mt. Eden Task Force.

-Samuel Fuenzalida, a Glen Eden resident, life insurance representative and vice president of the Latino Business Roundtable.

-Marilyn Gise, a Fairway Greens resident and retired educator.

-Frank Goulart, a Prospect Hill resident and lawyer.

-John Hazatone, a resident of the Whitman/Mocine area and principal of Ruus Elementary School.

-Chuck Horner, a pastor and Tennyson-Alquire area resident who unsuccessfully ran for the school board in 2005.

-Minane Jameson, a Fairway Park resident, president of the Hayward Area Park and Recreation Board and homemaker.

-Cora Johnson, a nurse and Wimbledon Woods resident.

-Phyllis Medina, a resident of the Hayward-Tennyson area and sheriff's technician at the Santa Rita Jail.

-Kindra Mendall, a Twin Bridges resident and former environmental consultant.

-Laura Oliva, a Tennyson-Alquire area resident and landscape architecture student.

-George Pacheco, owner of Pacheco Bros. Gardening.

-Rob Simpson, a Hayward Highlands resident and real estate broker.

-Richard Sims, a Glen Eden resident and operations manager for Pacheco Bros.

-Gary Steinberger, an unsuccessful candidate for the City Council in 2006.

-Laura Swan, a Hayward Highlands resident and self-employed telecom project manager.

-Jennifer Swarr, a downtown resident and college student at San Francisco State University.

-Xiomara Tapia, a Burbank neighborhood resident and financial screener for the Tennyson Health Center.

-John D. White Jr., a Hayward Highlands resident and retired PG&E employee.

The 30th position has been reserved for a member of the Hayward Youth Commission. The council has not yet made the appointments official, but is expected to before the task force meets in February.

Matt O'Brien can be reached at (510) 293-2473 or mattobrien@dailyreviewonline.com.