HOPES TO FIND EVIDENCE SANTOS USED CITY EMAIL FOR CAMPAIGN PURPOSES
By Steven Tavares
A former San Leandro resident and critic of Tony Santos has filed an official request for the archives of the mayor’s city email account from the past year.
A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request was made this week, according to the city, by a San Leandro property owner who says he hopes to find electronic correspondences between Santos and other parties that reference his campaign for mayor. The use of the city’s email delivery system for campaign-related work is prohibited, according to the Fair Political Practice Commission.
Frank Lynn, who is an out-spoken critic of Santos and supporter of mayoral candidate Stephen Cassidy, is best known for rallying opposition to the city’s plan to build the San Leandro Crossings housing development near East 14th and Davis Street. The project was held up earlier this year after the developer temporarily shelved its plans due to the poor economic environment.
Lynn says his interactions with Santos in the past along with rumors he is coordinating his campaign through his city email, gave him the impetus to request the documents which may contain thousands of potentially mundane emails. Lynn moved from San Leandro to Pleasanton, but says he still has interest in the future of the city since he still owns rental property here.
Santos said he is confident there is nothing illegal in the emails and says he routinely forwards campaign-related emails to his personal or campaign account for a response. The FOIA requests comes after a spate of accusations and attacks among Santos and his two main opponents, Cassidy and Councilwoman Joyce Starosciak.
UPDATE: Lynn said Thursday he has withdrawn his request to the city.