Last week, Councilwoman Joyce Starosciak held at fundraiser in San Leandro to help retire her debt from her unsuccessful campaign for mayor last year. Along with Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, who was one of the co-hosts for the party? None other than Mayor Stephen Cassidy. It is not know whether the man Starosciak said had a bad reputation in labor relations at the school district stiffed the working staff at Mon Café last Friday, but it gives a strong indication, some say, that Cassidy is having a hard time counting to four—meaning, nothing gets done at City Hall without four votes on the council. So far, he can count on council newbie Pauline Cutter and possibly Vice Mayor Ursula Reed, but the road to an elusive fourth vote on any issue could be treacherous and problematic in its complexity for Mr. 35 Percent.

BACK FROM THE WILDERNESS When Al Gore lost the bitter recount for president in 2000, he retreated from public life, grew a bushy beard, got fat and tidied up his PowerPoint presentation on global warming. Former San Leandro mayoral candidate Sara Mestas has done nothing of the sort since garnering over 5 percent of the vote last November. Instead, she has worked on her real estate business and been heard preaching the Word on Facebook. The rapper turned local activist, though, may be readying an encore performance next year for city council. Mestas lives in Washington Manor, which is represented by Starosiciak, who is termed-out in 2012. Mo Wiley, as Mestas calls her musical alter-ego has been hinting strongly she will join a still unformed group for District 4 that may include resident Benny Lee. In the meantime, get ready for a new campaign song from Mestas. What rhymes with Cassidy? Tragedy? Malady? Catastrophe? We’ll leave the composing to Mestas