HAYWARD — Residents with an interest in being advisers to the City Council can learn about current opportunities on the city's various boards and commissions at an open house event Monday.

There are numerous vacancies, including at least one and possibly as many as three on the Planning Commission, which not only makes recommendations to the council but also often decides on proposals.

Other panels that have open seats include the Citizens Advisory Commission, Library Commission, Economic Development Committee, Downtown Business Improvement Area Advisory Board, Keep Hayward Clean & Green Task Force, Personnel and Affirmative Action Commission, and possibly the Human Services Commission.

In addition, the city's Youth Commission is looking for applicants ages 13-20.

City Clerk Miriam Lens said the city decided to host the first such open house so people can better learn what to expect if they choose to serve.

"We want to inform people that these opportunities are there and tell them what it will entail," Lens said.

There will be representatives from all the boards to answer questions at Monday's event, which will run from 6 to 9 p.m. at City Hall, 777 B St.

The deadline to apply for the Youth Commission is 5 p.m. May 27. The deadline for the other commissions is 5 p.m. July 16. The City Council appoints commissioners. Interviews are tentatively scheduled for July 27.


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For more information or an application, visit www.hayward-ca.gov or the City Clerk's Office at City Hall.

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