The first candidate forum happens Saturday morning in the Linekin Building, one of the historic houses that make the Prospect Hill neighborhood unique. The debate ends at noon, leaving candidates just an hour to gather their thoughts and zoom about six miles southwest to the opposite end of town.
The second debate happens at the Georgian Manor Mobile Home Community, a 55-plus senior park known for its high voter turnout at election time.
Both events are expected to reflect some of the political concerns of the local constituencies.
"We've got a couple really important issues up on the hill," said Frank Goulart, host and moderator of the Prospect Hill forum. "The miniloop is a really, really big concern."
Along with the controversial "loop" part of a council-approved road plan that would create one-way streets downtown the Prospect Hill debate is expected to touch on a number of other downtown topics.
Goulart said another "lightning rod" issue in Prospect Hill is the proposal by owners of the Palace Card Club to relocate and expand their poker club from Mission Boulevard to the Kumbala Club building on Foothill Boulevard.
Meanwhile, candidates visiting Georgian Manor are likely to field questions from Hayward mobile-home owners worried about park owners trying to convert their properties into residential ownership.
Bob Billmire, one of the event organizers, said a residents committee will withdraw from the hall after the debate, vote by secret ballot for their recommended candidates and later deliver their recommendations to the more than 2,000 who live in Hayward's nine mobile-home parks.
All nine candidates have indicated they will attend both events. Both events are open to the public. The election is June 3.
For a map of where the nine candidates live and a list of questions they may face Saturday, visit The Daily Review's blog, The HayWord, at http://www.ibabuzz.com/hayword.
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