HAYWARD — With the city of Hayward lagging behind its neighbors, particularly in terms of economic growth, the City Council needs an urgent overhaul, council candidate Attorney Crispin Lozano told residents in a candidates’ forum last Oct. 21.
The forum was sponsored by Hayward Collective, Hayward NAACP Youth & College Division, and Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA) Hayward/South County Chapter.
Lozano, a Filipino American who has lived in the city for 15 years, said the city of Hayward is facing a litany of crises – financial, safety, housing, unemployment and inequality – that the current city council has failed to solve.
“If elected my top priorities are creating more jobs, more affordable housing, a safer community and equity for all,” Lozano said.
Lozano, who is also a Certified Public Accountant and a businessman for more than 23 years, said the City Council needs a member who has the education, professional experience and the commitment to help the city tackle its numerous problems.
He asked the audience if they have noticed the many vacant store fronts and office buildings in the city, which he said could be an indicator of a failing economy. On the other hand, he said, neighboring cities like Fremont, Union City and Oakland have made considerable progress in terms of the economy, unlike Hayward which has been left behind.
“Do you feel safe walking at night?” he asked.
“This election is about the city’s future, our future. The question is: Do you want to maintain the status quo in the City Council? Or do you want to move our city to economic progress, to more safety and more equality?” Lozano asked.
Lozano said the city council needs an attorney who can protect the people’s rights, an accountant to examine the health of the city, and an experienced businessman who has a vision to develop Hayward into a prosperous and sustainable city.
“I have the education, commitment and professional experience to accomplish my platform for effective governance,” Lozano said. “I will invite companies from San Francisco and nearby cities to set up offices and facilities in Hayward to create jobs. I will fight for a 20% growth in affordable housing. I will fight for community policing and police reforms. I will fight for equality for all and eliminate discrimination.”
In his final appeal to Hayward voters, Lozano said:
“For all of us who want change, who want to move Hayward to progress, who want to have more jobs, more safety and more equality, we have the power to achieve it by sending Chris Caday Lozano to Hayward City Council.
“We built this nation as immigrants. This is the moment in history to assert our rights to be considered equal as citizens of the United States of America. This is the perfect storm that we need to stand up to protect our rights.”
Lozano, who is the first Filipino-American to run for the Hayward City Council, is being endorsed by several public officials and community leaders, among them State Assemblyman Rob Bonta, Union City Council Member Pat Gacoscos, former Milpitas Mayor Jose Esteves, Daly City Vice Mayor Juslyn Manalo, San Leandro Council Member Benny Lee and former Alameda Council Member Dr. Stewart Chen.