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Hayward born & raised. Corporate-free progressive.
Putting our community first.

Vote by November 8th!

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ISSUES & PRIORITIES

George's progressive blueprint for a better Hayward.
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HOUSING & HOMELESSNESS
THE RENT IS TOO DAMN HIGH!

We must end the injustices of gentrification and homelessness in our city and create pathways towards home-ownership for all Hayward people.

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  • Pass stronger rent stabilization & tenant protections to keep current working people housed.

  • Implement a corporate vacancy tax to ensure empty units are being put onto the market and driving down housing costs across the city.

  • Increase the required percentage of affordable units required by any new development.

  • Increase in-lieu of fees for developers to accelerate the creation of affordable units in Hayward.

  • Invest more dollars into navigation centers, wrap-around resources, and housing for our unhoused neighbors.

  • Partner with community land trusts & support tenant purchase opportunities to increase home-ownership.

  • Prioritize housing for Hayward employees to reduce commute times and deepen community ties.

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IMPROVING PUBLIC SAFETY
BETTER STAFFING
BETTER SERVICE

Police are overburdened. Services are underfunded. We must improve responsiveness while addressing the root causes of crime: poverty and desperation.

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  • Increase staffing for emergency services across the city to improve average response times and accommodate Hayward's growing population.

  • Assess which non-violent responsibilities can be safely transitioned away from officers so they can focus on responding more quickly to violent incidents.

  • Increase staffing at City Hall to ensure city services and code enforcement are delivered consistently.

  • Increase funding for mental health programs and other community services to help Hayward residents get back on their feet as we recover from a global pandemic

  • Develop strong, resident-led committees (such as a Rent Stabilization and Transit Advisory Boards) to make our city more responsive and accountable to our needs, together.

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PROTECTING WORKERS & SMALL BUSINESSES
WORKERS OF THE WORLD UNITE!

With rising inflation and a looming recession, it's critical that we protect the working families and small businesses who make life in Hayward possible.

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  • Pass commercial rent stabilization to help small businesses survive in Hayward.

  • Implement a commercial vacancy tax to help fill empty shops and storefronts across Hayward.

  • Support unionization efforts across the city, which provide workers with better benefits & improved working conditions.

  • Develop worker-cooperative friendly incentives to create more employee-ownership opportunities.

  • Participate in the creation of a Public Bank to generate more revenue and provide loans to local entrepreneurs.

  • Prioritize city contracts for businesses that hire locally.

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SAFER STREETS,
LESS TRAFFIC
FIX THE LOOP!

By making Hayward a safer, more enjoyable place for everyone to travel in, we can reach our climate goals and accommodate our growing population.

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  • Streamline neighborhood traffic-calming petitions to make road/street-safety improvements more responsive to resident needs.

  • Work with local mobility/transit experts to support the installation of bike lanes and “complete streets” and improve pedestrian safety/accessibility.

  • Create local hiring incentives for Hayward businesses to reduce daily traffic, commute times, and air pollution.

  • Push for more frequent, more affordable public transportation to reduce congestion.

  • Reduce illegal dumping by promoting and expanding bulk waste removal programs. 

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SUPPORTING OUR PARKS & SCHOOLS
SAVE OUR
SCHOOLS!

​Parks and schools contribute directly to the success of Hayward's youth, enable parents to participate in the workforce, and improve our quality of life.

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  • Partner with Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (H.A.R.D.) to renovate Hayward parks and increase programming for residents. 

  • Coordinate regular meetings with Hayward Unified School District (H.U.S.D.) Trustees to create more opportunities for public dialogue. 

  • Develop partnerships between H.U.S.D. and the Building & Construction Trades to create free education and union employment opportunities for our students.

  • Continue supporting partnerships between Hayward Libraries and H.U.S.D. to provide resources for students.

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RESPONDING TO CLIMATE CHANGE
LOCAL GREEN
NEW DEAL

​Every year will pose new challenges related to wildfires, sea-level rise, water availability and more. Hayward must be proactive about ensuring resident safety while reducing our CO2 footprint.

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  • Support transit-oriented development, upzoning, & densification, creating conditions for a thriving public transit network and walkable/accessible neighborhoods.

  • Collaborate with labor partners to develop a just transition plan for Hayward workers.​

  • Divest our tax dollars from Wall St. banks which currently invest heavily in fossil fuel extraction.

  • Promote climate emergency preparedness: such as regularly distributing masks and air filters, launching cooling centers for residents, & providing evacuation education.

 
 
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Hi, I’m George Syrop.

I was born, raised, and have lived in Hayward for over 20 years.

 

I’m an Asian-American, community organizer running for Hayward City Council because my neighbors are being forced out by rising costs and local businesses are shuttering. Nearly HALF of all Hayward residents are renters, and I would be the ONLY renter on council if elected. Hayward people deserve representation. And we deserve homegrown leaders in office who will fight for the solutions our city desperately needs.

 

After graduating from UC Berkeley, I helped build several small businesses from the ground up. Outside of work, I offered everything I could to support movements fighting for a more just world: 

  • During the George Floyd uprisings, I helped form and served as the founding Chair for the Hayward Community Coalition (HayCoCoa). HayCoCoa spurred a city-wide conversation around racial justice, public safety, and police spending which led to the creation of a mobile mental health crisis response team and the Hayward People’s Budget. Recently, we organized alongside teachers, parents, workers, and students to prevent several schools from being closed by the district.
     

  • I am an appointed Community Services Commissioner for the City of Hayward, where I work alongside city staff to decide how funding should be distributed to local non-profits providing essential services for Hayward residents.
     

  • I’ve served as a peer-counselor for the Berkeley Free Clinic, providing free mental health services to primarily low-income and/or unsheltered neighbors. 
     

  • I helped build tools for social workers assisting residents in food deserts and launched websites for organizations against child-trafficking and domestic abuse.
     

  • And as a founding Board member of the Friends of the Public Bank East Bay, I’m working to keep our tax dollars invested in our community instead of lining the pockets of private shareholders.
     

There is no excuse for letting corporations continue to devastate our communities through mass gentrification and the exploitation of working people. I love our city, our people, and what it means to be #HaywardMade.

 

When it comes to the health, happiness, and prosperity of our community, we do not have to settle for less.

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ENDORSEMENTS

Titles and organizations for identification purposes only.
ORGANIZATIONS
Alameda County Democratic Party
Alameda Labor Council 
California Working Families Party
Planned Parenthood Advocates Mar Monte
Sierra Club California
Building & Construction Trades Council of Alameda County
California Democratic Renters Council
Asian Pacific American Democratic Caucus
IFPTE Local 21
Sprinkler Fitters Local 483
Teamsters Joint Council 7
Our Revolution East Bay
Sheet Metal Workers Local 104
UA Local 342 Plumbers & Pipefitters
Run For Something
Ironworkers Local 378
Communication Workers of America Local 9412
Bay Rising Action
Nor Cal Carpenters Union 
IBEW Local 595
South Alameda County Young Democrats
Evolve California
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ELECTED OFFICIALS
Rob Bonta
Attorney General of California
Ro Khanna
U.S. Congressman
Bob Wieckowski
California State Senator
Alex Lee
California State Assemblymember
Richard Valle
Alameda County Supervisor
Aisha Wahab
Hayward City Councilmember
Sara Lamnin
Hayward City Councilmember
Sara Prada
Hayward Unified School District Trustee
Rick Hatcher
H.A.R.D. Vice President
Peter Rosen
H.A.R.D. Director
Phong La
Alameda County Assessor
Janevette Cole
Vice President, Alameda County Board of Education
Rigel Robinson
Berkeley City Councilmember
Sheng Thao
Oakland City Councilmember
Victor Aguilar Jr.
San Leandro City Councilmember
Corina Lopez
San Leandro City Councilmember
Jenny Kassan
Fremont City Councilmember
Hank Levy
Treasurer & Tax Collector, Alameda County
Gayle McLaughlin
Richmond City Councilmember, Prev. Mayor
Rita Duncan
President, Oro Loma Sanitary District
Roxann Lewis
Director, Eden Health District
Dennis Waespi
Director, East Bay Regional Park District
James Aguilar
San Leandro School Board President
Kevin Jenkins
Trustee, Peralta Community College District
Sarabjit Kaur Cheema
Trustee, New Haven Unified School District
Lance Nishihira
Trustee, New Haven Unified School District
Robert Raburn
Director, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)
Lavender Whitaker
Vice President, Castro Valley Unified School District
Dolly Adams
Trustee, Castro Valley Unified School District
Mike Kusiak
Trustee, Castro Valley Unified School District
Lisa Brunner
Former H.U.S.D. President
Vinnie Bacon
Former Fremont City Councilmember
Jim Prola
Former San Leandro City Councilmember
PRESS

"Candidate Spotlight: George Syrop, Hayward born and raised, hopes to be the city council's next progressive beacon." Read profile.

"George Syrop stopping by the IUG to tell us why local elections are important and why you should vote for him." Watch interview.

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LOCAL LEADERS
Liz Ortega
Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Alameda Labor Council
Zachariah Oquenda
Chair, Hayward Planning Commission
Artavia Berry
Chair, Hayward Community Services Commission
Mercedes Faraj
President, Hayward Education Association
Todd Davis
Director, Hayward NAACP South County
Diana Levy
African American Student Achievement Initiative
Deisy Bates
President, AEOTE
Sherman Lewis
President, Hayward Area Planning Assn. & City Council Candidate
Rocky Fernandez
Regional Director, CA Democratic Party
Jennifer Esteen, RN
Trustee, Alameda Health Systems
Lacei Amodei
Community Services Commissioner
Igor Tregub
Chair, Alameda County Democratic Party
Barisha Spriggs
California Democratic Party Exec. Board AD20
Daisy Maxion
Executive Director, Filipino Advocates for Justice
Maya Walker
Hayward Educator
Ruey Syrop
Board Member, Hayward Arts Council
Alexis Villalobos
Chair, Hayward Community Coalition
Austin Bruckner
Community Services Commissioner
Bob Swanson
Community Organizer
Nestor Castillo 
Lecturer, Cal State University East Bay
Heather Reyes
Educational Advocate
Collin Thormoto
Community Services Commissioner
Didacus Ramos
Board Member, Eden Community Land Trust
Carl Gorringe
Library Commissioner
Alfred Twu
Berkeley Planning Commissioner
Dave Campbell
Advocacy Director, Bike East Bay
Matt Turner
Chair, Alameda County Transportation Commission BPAC