We ask you to please sign the petition to show your support for Hayward's 21st Century Library and Heritage Plaza Arboretum. This much-needed and long hoped-for project is under attack, and we need your help to save it!
Many people in Hayward have worked very hard over nearly 20 years to make this groundbreaking project a reality, including Friends of Hayward Library, Hayward City Council, and thousands of community-minded volunteers and neighbors like you.
Thanks to Hayward voters who in 2014 overwhelmingly approved Measure C by a 2-to-1 margin, the project is fully funded and we are poised to break ground on a beautiful, modern, environmentally sustainable new 21st Century Library and Heritage Plaza Arboretum for the entire Hayward community to enjoy for generations to come.
But now a small group of people have decided that they want the City Council to change the project at the last minute, essentially to cast aside and disregard the work done by thousands of Hayward residents who participated in the many public design workshops and surveys that were held over the past seven years.Read more
Mayor and City Council
Hayward City Hall
777 B Street
Hayward, California 94541
September 11, 2015
Dear Mayor and City Council,
We are writing to you as a coalition of Hayward community members and volunteers including Friends of Hayward Library and Committee to Protect Hayward's Future to ask you, the Mayor and City Council of Hayward, to approve the 21st Century Library and Heritage Plaza project and award the construction contract on September 15, 2015 with no last-minute changes to the design.
What we are asking you is very simple and straightforward.
We are asking you to honor the promises and commitments that were made to the Hayward community about the 21st Century Library and Heritage Plaza project.
We are asking you to uphold and affirm the contributions of thousands of Hayward residents who gave their time and effort to help create the 21st Century Library and Heritage Plaza project design.
We are asking you to follow through on the promise that was made to Hayward voters when they were asked to approve Measure C to, among other projects and services, help fund the construction of the 21st Century Library and Heritage Plaza project.Read more
"Measure L passes by a landslide"The Daily Review
November 4, 2014
With more than two-thirds of precincts reporting, Measure L appeared headed for a landslide victory in Hayward. Voters there were approving the $229 million bond measure to rebuild or replace four schools, construct science-technology centers at the high schools, renovate athletic fields, build a performing arts center and upgrade school buildings.Measure L needs 55 percent of the vote to win.
On June 3, 2014, Hayward voters overwhelmingly approved Measure C by a 2-to-1 margin. Measure C is projected to raise approximately $10 million per year for critical City facilities and services. This chart shows how Measure C funding is supposed to be spent. These funding priorities were discussed and approved by Council when they placed Measure C on the ballot by a unanimous vote on March 4, 2014. These priorities were confirmed by thousands of Hayward residents in multiple city-wide surveys, and again when the voters approved Measure C.