San Leandro Mayor Suspends Council Decision To Fly Chinese Flag At City Hall

Mayor Stephen Cassidy voted against
the resolution on Monday.

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL//FLAG FLAP | The Chinese flag won’t be flying over San Leandro City Hall after all. Three days after a contentious City Council meeting narrowly approved celebrating China’s national day on Oct. 1 with a ceremonial flag-raising of that nation’s banner, Mayor Stephen Cassidy is suspending the decision.

“San Leandro does not fly the flags of other nations at our City Hall. We need to call a time-out and allow the community to weigh in on whether or not we should raise the flags of other governments before jumping ahead of ourselves and hosting the flag of a specific government at City Hall,” Cassidy said in a statement Thursday afternoon.

The resolution led by Councilmember Benny Lee, the city’s first-ever Asian American member of the City Council, was met with resistance from the some in the community and strong opposition from Bay Area leaders in the Tibetan independence movement. Lee said the gesture was only meant to honor the Chinese people and not their government. It would also signal to Chinese investors abroad that San Leandro is open for business, he said.

The 4-3 vote last Monday night was opposed by Cassidy and Councilmembers Michael Gregory, Pauline Cutter for the apparently divisiveness the issue had conjured in the community. The power to suspend the council’s decision is found in the City Charter.

Some San Leandro residents had vowed to protest the flying of the Chinese flag on Oct. 1 and the San Leandro Board of Education, which also holds its meetings at City Hall, voted last Tuesday to boycott the ceremony by moving their meeting that week to another location. The Chinese flag would have replaced San Leandro’s city flag, not the state or U.S. flag.

“I recognize this decision will disappoint many in our Chinese-American community,” said Cassidy. “I greatly value and am tremendously thankful to our Chinese-American community for its many and significant contributions to the welfare of the people and economy of San Leandro. We are proud that San Leandro today is one of the most diverse cities in California and the U.S.”

Those in our community wishing to celebrate the founding of the People’s Republic of China are welcome to use one of our parks, as are other groups celebrating key dates and events of the nation of their origin.”



Categories: asians, Benny Lee, chinese, Chinese flag, city charter, flag, S.L. City Council, san leandro, Tibet

142 replies

  1. Dear Council Daysog, you see, San Leandro currently has a WEAK mayor BULLYING the Chinese people in his town over some folks do not even live in his city. Our mayor Cassidy “never” show up on any of the Chinese event invites. We agree, and should always respect the proper flag protocol . San Leandro Chinese people/residents appreciate your courage to lay out the flag protocol procedures to our weak/bully mayor. Council Daysog is as brave as our council members Lee, Prola, Souza and Reed.

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  2. Show unity behind Cassidy and Lacabe partnership against Chinese people.

    Smash and burn all products you bought that are manufactured by Chinese people in China.

    Don't talk bad about China or Chinese people if you are unwilling hypocrite.

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  3. FB, Facebook, to open up new areas in China, Lacabes & Cassidy should stop using FB since they consider any relationships with China as condoning human rights violations. If Lacabes and Cassidy continue to use FB they are hypocrites.

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  4. Former San Leandro Santos did the right thing, damage control for that stupid Cassidy, By appeared and interviewed on one of the popular Chinese channels in the bay areas last night's 7pm news.

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  5. Marga Lacabe, what are you waiting, China is friends with FB, did you invite your out of the world friends to give up yours/theirs Facebook accounts? If you haven't, your hypocrite.

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  6. This is nothing more than 3 really stupid people trying to get attention. We already know Mike Katz's and Marga Lacabe are stupid. They accused San Leandro teachers of teaching religion, when children sang a religious Christmas Carol at an evening Christmas program. Raised such a stink and got their kids moved to Roosevelt school. Which was all they really wanted. All they do is bully, lie, harass and bitch!
    I can remember going to visit John Muir Middle School and always seeing the flags of different countries hanging in the main hall. I was told the flags respresented the countries that the students attending that school were from. What a great way for children to learn.
    Are Cassidy, Katz and Lacabe going go to that school and make sure the Chinese flag is taken down?
    The school board needs to stay out of this. Mike Katz your not on the city council and there are many children of Chinese ancestry living here and attending our public schools. Mike Katz needs to spend time trying to figure out how to raise test scores and pay back all the money this school district is going to owe at tax payers expense.
    Cassidy has proven his stupidity many times. OK to have one flag at city hall, but not another. He's so busy having to be the center of attention, that it's nauseating. He gets off on bullying and belittling people. If I ever hear and see you doing this to any one in public again Cassidy, I will call you out on it!
    These 3 people are an example of dirty politics.
    Sorry for venting, but it's getting old!

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  7. Mayor Cassidy you made a huge mistake in promoting racism and hate speech from our community. It's years past all over again, that we hoped San Leandro had left behind.

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  8. I read Steve's comments on twitter today; he quoted me as saying City raised wrong flag in 1988-I apologize, but the city did fly the correct flag in 1988. I was wrong. I learned today that the flag will be raised Tuesday Oct. 1 at Root Park at 4pm. I will attend. Tony Santos

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  9. Thanks Tony Santos for the heads up. I assume your referring to the Chinese flag. Why at 4:00 pm? It will get dark in a couple of hours and will have to be taken down. Root Park is close, but still not City Hall.
    This proves Cassidy is really is Tweedle Dumb. If he thinks this is going to make things better, it won't. He has offended too many people. Cassidy has always been reactive and never proactive. I also assume Cassidy will be there, I'm sure he won't miss a photo opt. Guess he couldn't stand the all heat. He truly is the dumbest mayor we've ever had. Will he be dumb enough to invite his pal Marga Lacabe, so she can bring all her protesters that don't live in San Leandro? Cassidy is a jerk!!

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  10. Root Park might not be the right place to do this. That park always has dog poop on the grass from people who walk their dogs and never clean it up. City better clean it!
    Cassidy gonna be in deep shit for his big dumb mistake for a long time. Cassidy gonna be one term mayor!

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  11. Cassidy the bully, trying to suspend decision to fly Chinese flag at city hall was very bad move. Now he must eat crow and looks like fool. Benny Lee is a good man. Benny Lee is much smarter than Cassidy. BENNY LEE FOR MAYOR 2014.

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  12. If Cassidy has the nerve to show up at Root Park carrying an olive branch, people need to tell him where to stick it!
    Since the school board decided to move their meeting out of city hall, they should not attend the flag raising.
    Yes, Benny Lee for Mayor.

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  13. Because Cassidy, Gregory and Cutter voted No to flag raising they should not attend. Just say NO to all HYPOCRITES that lack leadership and have no vision.
    Vote Benny Lee for Mayor!!

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  14. To those hypocrites, especially Marga Lacabe, close your Facebook accounts; Facebook eventually will lead the internet communication around/connect the world, shouldn't these hypocrites shut down their computers.

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  15. China lifts ban on Facebook in Shanghai.

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  16. Do you think Marga Lacabe has the nerve to accuse and condemn facebook is condoning human right violations and connecting Asia invasions to USA? Her last defend as always, create accusation.

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  17. Just don't get how hypocrite and stupid Cassidy can be, condemning China on Facebook, dumb dumb, Facebook is friends with China, their COO just came back from China.

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  18. The horror! 94% of American flags are from China. Cassidy and Lacabes condemn these American flags!

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/03/american-flags-china_n_3540287.html

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  19. How come our letters to San Leandro Times favor in flying Chinese flag to honor the Chinese people are not posted, where's the freedom of speech and democracy in San Leandro?

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  20. Don't you know that dictator, Cassidy, not just suspended democratic process of 4 to 3 votes not in his favor to raise the Chinese flag just for one day, below the American flag, but also suspended the freedom of speech for those favor flying the flag in San Leandro and let outsiders do not live in his town to make hate speeches to his council colleague and his constituents. This is what this mayor about.

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  21. He's the dumbest mayor ever, he interrupted democratic vote with his sole authority and posting on Fackbook why he against it… IS HE CONDEMNING OTHER CITIES RAISING THE CHINESE FLAG ON OCT 1.??

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  22. Which Chinese flag are we talking about? If any are raised the ROC (Republic of China, e.g. Taiwan) flag should be raised side by side with the PRC flag. After all this was to celebrate Chinese culture, not a particular country, right? 😉

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  23. We are talking about the flag that has been flown in Milpitas, Oakland, Alameda and San Francisco many times. Now we find out it has been flown in San Leandro before at City Hall. This is racism raising it's ugly head again in San Leandro. Just saying

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  24. 2:37pm Did you tell Marga Lacabe, to cancel all her FB accounts? FB is friends with China.

    Same flag fly along with San Francisco, Oakland, Alameda and Milpitas that is.

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  25. Hear Marga Lacabe about to purchase some FB stocks using some of her Chinese currency hidden inside her rice barrel.

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  26. Chinese flag had flown in city hall in the past. Cassidy doesn't know his left hand from his right hand!

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  27. Did you read the FB post from our bully Cassidy openly anti-China? Governor Brown needs to slap his mouth loud and hard, our president should call Cassidy to shut up. Crazy Cassidy as twisted as Marga Lacabe. Governor just voiced on an article that we don't need help from Washington because we are in good relationship with China!
    Man, I am speechless with our bully, without vision mayor!

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  28. 815, I read it too; it was on the Chronicle Sunday paper.

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  29. Its kinda funny…3 out of the 4 people they asked if they minded said no they didn't mind. (these are random people)Yet all of the letters were negative and were against the flying of the flag as well as very critical of Mr.Lee.

    I will tell you what I am going to do… I am going to write my own letter and personally drop it off to the office. I encourage everyone else to do the same. If my letter should happen to not show up in the times then we are going to have a whole other issue when I picket right in front of their office and hand out flyers with a flow chart of the corruptness. You hear me Amy Sylvestri:-)

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  30. True that, my neighbors said they don't mind as long we fellow the proper flag protocol. US flag highest, California flag little lower and Chinese flag lower than California flag, a day to honor our Chinese-American friends and neighbors. We welcome all Chinese investors from China, Chinese-American investors currently living in America, and all Chinese investors around the world come to San Leandro . The whole world will be connected and be friends regardless Bully Cassidy and Lacabes like it or not.

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  31. Like to know, why and since when our San Leandro school board should be invading and involving political issues? Your job is to provide the best of our schools and children with harmony, not teaching them hates. Are you going to teach our kids to anti-America of KKK, anti-Germany of Nazi?!!

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  32. You guys should know Marga Lacabe's husband is Mike Katz,
    he 's currently in our school board like to pretend council like his wife pretends lawyer.

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  33. Other countries flags have flown at City Hall before. Why not now? Fly the flag!

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  34. The chinese PRC flag flew at city hall in 1988. The only reason why the PRC flag won't fly is because of Cassidy. Council voted 4-3 to fly for one day to honor the many chinese who contributed to America. Cassidy used his wild card for the first time to stop the honoring of chinese.

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  35. Cassidy tries to bully people. That's what he is and that's what he does and that's why he will be a one term mayor.

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  36. The portugese flag has flown at city hall on many occasions.

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  37. The Free Tibet Flag was flown at City Hall in 1992. The Flag of the Sudan was flown many times as well. And the Mexican Flag has also flown at San Leandro City Hall. 🙂

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  38. Other flags have flown many times at City Hall.
    The Chinese, Free Tibet, Sudanese, Portugese,
    LGBT and Mexican to name a few. Some of these
    more than once. Huge mistake by Cassidy the dictator.

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  39. The horror! Article shows picture that China raised the US Flag in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 2009 alongside the Chinese Flag.

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2009/11/obama-china-townhall-text.html

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  40. Will not vote for Cassidy because he does not respect the Chinese people.

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