Cassidy Upsets Santos Amid Status Quo in East Bay

YEAR-IN-REVIEW / OCTOBER-DECEMBER
Stephen Cassidy became the first person to unseat an incumbent mayor in San Leandro history.

LOCKYER WINS BIG; S.L. HIRES FIRST FEMALE POLICE CHIEF; TOWNSHIP LOSES COUNTERSUIT

OCTOBER
Nadia Lockyer easily crosses the $1 million mark in campaign fundraising. Nearly all of it comes from her husband. More is to come.

Retiring Alameda County Supervisor Gail Steele surprises everyone and makes an endorsement for her seat. It’s not Lockyer, but Figueroa she says, citing the obscene influx of campaign cash for the election.

Hayward bans Styrofoam containers from its local restaurants. San Leandro will likely follow suit in the coming year.

Santos misses a council meeting after going to the hospital. He is diagnosed with vertigo.

Santos supporters claim Cassidy broke election laws by campaigning at a school event. A complaint is sent to the Fair Political Practices Commission.

Ron Carey is appointed by the San Leandro school board to replace Trustee Lisa Hague.

The most repellent campaign mailer of the election season arrives in the mailboxes of District 2 residents. The mailer sent by the Lockyer campaign features a logo for Mercedes with the words, “Our advice to Liz Figueroa…Sell the Mercedes. Pay your taxes.”

NOVEMBER
A little late? On election day and with Nadia Lockyer close to raising $2 million, Supervisor Scott Haggerty pushes forward a county ordinance limiting campaign finance to $20,000.

Nadia Lockyer easily wins the District 2 supervisor seat with two-thirds of the vote; Victoria Kolakowski becomes the nation’s first transgender judge and Corbett, Hayashi and Stark win re-election in landslide victories.

By the end of election night, Stephen Cassidy leads Santos by just 66 votes. Once the final RCV algorithm is processed, Santos ends up winning the most first-place votes, but loses the election to Cassidy. Starosciak finishes third.

Santos vows to never concede the election to Cassidy and says he will stop ranked-choice voting from getting a foothold anywhere in the country. The world moves on. Don Perata, in the same boat as Santos, concedes to Jean Quan in Oakland.

An Alameda County Superior Court judge rules for Sutter Health in the Eden Township’s pivotal March countersuit alleging conflict-of-interest.

Chair Rogers says, “Damn the torpedoes!” and the Eden Township Board of Directors approves seeking an appeal of the Superior Court decision in favor of Sutter.

San Leandro approves a 10-month moratorium on medical marijuana grow facilities and dispensaries. The vote, though, appears to show elements of support in the future for the pot trade coming to the city.

Sandra Spagnoli is named the first female police chief in San Leandro history. She replaces retiring Chief Ian Willis. The naming of a female leader hopefully ends the department’s recent turmoil with sexual harassment claims within its ranks.

DECEMBER
New finance director says an additional $850,000 is needed to fund larger-than-expected funding for CalPERS.

Eden Township files appeal and offers revelations portraying the Eden CEO of gaming the negotiating process in 2008 in favor of Sutter.

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