San Leandro Mayor Cassidy Aids Challengers In Effort To Stack The City Council

Stephen Cassidy

ELECTION ’12//SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | Mayor Stephen Cassidy of San Leandro donated money to political allies in all three open seats on the City Council up for re-election including Morgan Mack-Rose for District 2, Chris Crow for District 4 and Hermy Almonte for District 6.

Cassidy gave $500 from his 2010 election committee to Crow and Almonte and $1,000 to Mack-Rose. Two of the candidates receiving contributions from Cassidy, Mack-Rose and Almonte, are running against incumbents, Ursula Reed in District 2 and Jim Prola in District 6, which Cassidy has lent no money.

What the contributions reveal, though, is a sitting mayor, often criticized for his failure to compromise with members of the current City Council, attempting to stack the board by financially supporting candidates, two of which have recently been caught in blatant campaign lies.

Mack-Rose recently accused Reed at a candidate forum and via mailers last month of accepting an iPad on taxpayers’ money, but proved to be false according to the City’s IT department.

As for Crow, he was denied a ride along with the police due to an unpaid ticket concerning marijuana possession that turned into a warrant. Crow denied these allegations that proved to be true. He also has touted the endorsement of Supervisor Wilma Chan whose office recently told The Citizen she hasn’t endorsed anyone in San Leandro for district 4. Crow later denied this truth as well. Both lies came to light after controversy stunted his campaign concerning a comment about Chinese Olympic athletes that some from the Asian population in San Leandro considered racist although Crow says his comment was solely about the Chinese comments about American athletes and not their race.

As for Almonte, he hasn’t performed well against Prola; a well polished and most battle-tested San Leandro politician. Almonte commonly reads off notes perched before his bespectacled eyes at forums while Prola speaks more confidently in his experience as councilmember. Almonte has attempted to lash out at Prola on financial issues at the tail end of forums which Prola has pushed back against by denouncing financial decisions made by Almonte as vice president of the San Leandro school board.

Although, Prola has greatly outraised Almonte with a total of $34,230 raised thus far but ending with $21,123 with expenditures included. Much of Prola’s support comes from labor because of his long association as a union man. Sharon Cornu, Pete Stark’s campaign manager also donated to Prola’s campaign. Almonte on the other hand only managed to raise $4,505 while ending with only a mere $1,185 made up of small individual contributions from San Leandro residents other than Cassidy.

Chris Crow, who although has raised more money than competitors for District 4, trails behind financially due to his competitors significant loans to their own campaigns. Chris Crow has a total monetary contribution of $5,682 but ending with $4,293, Darlene Daevu with $10,800 but ending with $11,166 overall, Benny Lee with $12,441 and ending with $5,473. Dan Dillman, candidate for District 2, gave $125 to Crow as well.

Mack-Rose leads District 2 with $26,150 raised but ending in $10,822, Dillman raised $3,107 but ending with $624 and Reed, the incumbent, trails behind Mack-Rose with a total of $9,100 raised but ending with $8,189. Reed has received support from the Teamsters Union and SEIU with Mack-Rose receiving some union support from Electrical Workers Local 595 but also the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce. Furthermore, Tim Holmes, Mack-Rose’s campaign manager, gave $1,000 to Mack-Rose’s campaign and $250 to Crow.



Categories: Chris Crow, Hermy Almonte, iPad, Jim Prola, Morgan Mack-Rose, S.L. City Council, SLD2, SLD4, Wilma Chan

73 replies

  1. **Should “not” consider Chris Crow, questionable behavior**

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  2. Big mouth San Leandro Talk forgot to mention both Dan Dillman & Chris Crow's latest fundraising 2nd pre-election statements haven't turn in with SL City Clerk – pastdue, reflecting these two candidates are irresponsible & nonaccountable.

    Marga Lacabe is clearly bias! No wonder < 5 readers in your circle!

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  3. She is a petty blogger, kept contradicting herself miserably

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  4. Crow and Dillman overdue on their 2nd pre-election statements?

    Are they really that ready for office if they can't file a simple pre-election statement?

    Absolutely not ready for office. Cheap talk to sway voters but no real action and follow up.

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  5. Attached is a post by Flip-Flop, Marga Lacabe, on Cassidy just recently she adores:

    “Mayor Stephen Cassidy: From Lawyer to Law Breaker in Just One Day?

    http://sanleandrotalk.voxpublica.org/2012/03/19/mayor-stephen-cassidy-from-lawyer-to-law-breaker-in-just-one-day/

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  6. EBC readers & SL Voters, Below is a comment from Patch stated by CHRIS CROW'S CAMPAIGN MANAGER, ONCE AGAIN, INSULTING AND BELITTLING ASIAN-AMERICAN'S INTELLIGENT ON RANKED CHOICE VOTING!

    Marga Lacabe
    11:11 am on Monday, September 3, 2012

    Well, according to Benny Lee, RCV is too confusing for Asians and Lee is banking on the Asian vote. Then again, so was Tony Santos. When Lee couldn't deliver it, it was RCV's fault.

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  7. 1:57 Here's the link to verify truely from these racist idiots.

    http://sanleandro.patch.com/blog_posts/our-economic-tune-up

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  8. Marga has a double standard, she can not be wrong eventhough she contradicts herself.

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  9. Loser always a LOSER, about negative in his campaign account, what happened to your so smart business ideas… Go get a job…Loser Crow!

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  10. Say What, Marga Lacabe is confused with Ranked Choice Voting, and what… she called Registrar of Voters like 3 times…and still confuse.. So, it was convenient for her to laugh or insult Asian-Americanw on Sept 3rd, 2012

    Marga Lacabe
    11:11 am on Monday, September 3, 2012

    Well, according to Benny Lee, RCV is too confusing for Asians and Lee is banking on the Asian vote. Then again, so was Tony Santos. When Lee couldn't deliver it, it was RCV's fault.

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  11. Benny Lee is very intelligent; he knew RCV is very confusing and it is not a true 50% + 1 system.

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  12. My family of eight just dropped off ballots @ registrar's ofc, 1st choice is Lee, 2nd Hutch, 3rd Daevu.

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  13. LOL, Crow couldn't deliver it, Marga Lacabe blames was RCV's fault.

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  14. “pretend lawyer” is confused with ranked choice voting, having the nerve to post article demonstrating how/who should we vote for!

    Stupidity always stay Stupidity like her candidates!

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  15. Marga needs to stop belittling everyone out of one side of her mouth and then calling herself progressive from the other side

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  16. No Shi@t, Loser Crow borrowed $1500 from Marga for his campaign debts.. What a loser, get a job, your ideas are no good!

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  17. after i saw justin's sign at the englander i too voted for him!!!! ………NOT!! DAVAEU – LEE and OBAMA….no one else!!!!

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  18. Heron Bay voted LEE and HUTCH 2nd – those love windmills, not listening to the residents, are going down!!

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  19. We do not support pot dispensaries!!

    Another NO to Crow!!

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  20. 1139 is clearly the same douche who removed the sign see you November 7th when your still sittin on the sidelines

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  21. I dont care if LEE, HUTCH, or Deavu wins – as long NO CROW – that's fine with me.

    He's shameless!

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  22. Marga is a hypocrite and deceiver!

    Deliberate misrepresentation, pretend know it all!

    You are a sad 300lbs loser!

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  23. Marga Lacabe contradicts herself like the offspring of a zebra and a donkey

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