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Proposed housing development in Hayward combines new homes with affordable housing ADUs

Refugio Garcia

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Proposed Hayward development combines new homes and ADUs

A proposed housing development in Hayward would pair accessory dwelling units and market-rate homes with the goal of providing more housing for low-income residents and students, East Bay Times reports.

The site of the new development would be located above Mission Boulevard and downhill from Cal State East Bay on a 37-acre lot owned by the city. The plan was approved by the Planning Commission in a 4-3 vote last month.

The ADUs would be reserved for area residents who earn $47,950 a year or less for an individual or $54,800 or less a year for a two-person household. The ADUs would also be marketed to local college students.

Plans for the development call for the construction of 74 new homes with 18 of them to be paired with ADUs. Homeowners would be penalized if they rented the ADUs to renters who are not low-income but what those penalties would entail has not been decided, according to city staff reports.

Plans for the new housing development will go before the Hayward City Council Tuesday. If approved, construction of the new development is expected to start as soon as 2023, according to staff reports.

Dublin City Council votes to give councilmembers pay raises

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The Dublin city council, along with the mayor, voted to give itself a 10% raise following the general election following an unanimous vote on April 5, East Bay Times reports.

Each councilmember is currently paid $1,285 per month with the mayor receiving an additional $100. The pay increase would bump each councilmember’s pay up to $1,416.82 per month and Dublin Mayor Melissa Hernandez would be paid $1,927.65 per month – about 50% more than what each councilmember receives.

The city council and mayor said that Hernandez’s pay increase is warranted due to the amount of responsibilities and demands on her time when compared to other city councilmembers.

“People expect the mayor to be there,” said Councilmember Shawn Kumagai during the April 5 meeting, adding “There are the ribbon cuttings and all of the community events, and the things that the mayor has to present on behalf of the city.”

The Dublin City Council previously approved pay increases of about 10% in 2016, 2018, and 2020. A 5% pay increase is permitted each calendar year, according to the state code.

The city council is expected to finalize their decision during a council meeting slated for Tuesday.

With a population of approximately 72,000 residents, Dublin’s mayor and city council members are paid more than those in Livermore with a population of 87,000 or Pleasanton with a population of 80,000.

Berkeley High student dies after falling from parking garage

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A student from Berkeley High died Monday after falling from a parking garage located near the school, according to Berkeley Police, East Bay Times reports.

The incident took place at a parking garage about a block from the school campus in the 2000 block of Center Street at approximately 12:40 p.m.

“At this time, there does not appear to be any signs of foul play,” wrote Berkeley police spokesperson Officer Byron White in an email.

Berkeley High Principal Juan Raygoza reached out to students and their families via email to notify them that grief counselors will be on campus Tuesday.

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is available 24 hours a day for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis. They can be reached at 1-800-273-8255 or by texting HELLO to 741741. The hotline also has a special option for veterans or active military personnel experiencing mental health crises.

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