Souza Says She’ll Take Credit for Cassidy Not Running for Mayor

San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy, 
Councilmember Diana Souza.

SAN LEANDRO | MAYOR | Even before San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy took office in 2010 he had alienated the city’s police officers, city employees, progressives, and members of the Alameda County Democratic Party, just to name a few important constituencies.

After moving into the mayor’s office—which he subsequently rarely inhabited—there was no other member of the council who pushed back at Cassidy’ bullying ways than Councilmember Diana Souza, one of three candidates to replace him this November.

Last Thursday night, following a candidates forum at the San Leandro Library, Souza said numerous references to her ability to forge relationships is not a slight aimed at Cassidy, who is not seeking re-election. Souza said she was planning to run for mayor even before Cassidy’s announcement. “Stephen is not in the race. I’m running, because I was going to run, regardless.”

However, she suggested her campaign may have dissuaded him from running for re-election.

Souza, who is termed out this fall after eight years on the City Council said she was surprised by Cassidy’s announcement last May. “I had no clue, but I’ll take credit for him dropping out,” Souza said with a chuckle.

But, when asked to clarify, she became serious and added, “Because in his comments, he knew it was going to be a vigorous campaign. If he would have been unopposed, would he have stayed? I don’t know?”



Categories: Diana Souza, re-election, S.L. City Council, san leandro, San Leandro mayor

74 replies

  1. You don't have to, because it looks like everyone else is endorsing and voting for Pauline Cutter. Pauline is a lot smarter than Souza who has not done anything meaningful in her 8 years on the Council.

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  2. Diana Souza is the single most unenlightened person that I have ever met. She is highly destructive. She is under educated and she can't hold a job. Not a good choice.

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  3. Diana Souza for Mayor! Gutter Pauline has no brain!

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  4. Looks to me like Pauline Cutter received endorsements from a broad base of San Leandro elected officials and commissioners, community and business leaders, labor organizations and residents including a majority of both school boards. That's good enough for this San Leandro voter and family. We will vote for Pauline. Thanks for the information 1:13.

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  5. Diana Souza for Mayor! Will not vote Pauline Gutter including a majority residents oppose MJ.

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  6. Can't vote for Souza who wanted to fly the Chinese flag over San Leandro City Hall which a huge majority of residents opposed. Can't vote for Souza who turned her back on our city and had the company that tried to take our money and jobs throw her a fundraiser. That's just stupid and arrogant.

    Can't vote for Dillman who just got out of jail and doesn't seem to have a grasp of what our city is doing. It would take way to long to bring him up to speed on our issues. What a joker!!

    That leaves Pauline Cutter as the only acceptable candidate in this race. She has the support of Cassidy, Gregory and Prola, plus the majority of both the San Leandro and San Lorenzo School Boards. I want to keep San Leandro going in the positive direction of the last three years! No other choice is acceptable.

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  7. Diana Souza has absolutely zero leadership ability and no ethics at all. San Leandro needs someone better and that would be anyone else. She is not well thought of by leaders in San Leandro or other cities in the Bay Area. Would make a horrible Mayor and we would suffer because of her incompetence.

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  8. No vote Dumb Dumb Pauline Cutter!

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  9. The dumbest of all is Souza! Even Dillman is smarter and he just got out of jail. Cutter is a lot smarter than Souza. Cassidy and Souza are both bullies and like to boss people around. Cutter seems to get along with most of San Leandro and that's why she seems to have a broad range of support. Look at her website and see all the diverse groups and people that support her. Pauline Cutter definitely has this long time San Leandro family's support.

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  10. Pauline Cutter is endorsed by Firefighters, Labor Unions plus the Chamber of Commerce, Teachers and the Sierra Club. It looks to me like she has a majority of both school boards and City Council. It also looks like she has dozens of supporters on the different San Leandro Commissions. These are the people who know San Leandro Council members best and they choose Pauline Cutter for Mayor. That's good enough to get my vote.

    I have listened to and watched Council meetings and Souza is definitely the least intelligent Council person. She has taken the lead on, and done very little in her two terms. Souza would be a disaster for San Leandro!

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  11. Diana Souza has absolutely zero leadership ability and no ethics at all. San Leandro needs someone better and that would be anyone else. She is not well thought of by leaders in San Leandro or other cities in the Bay Area. Would make a horrible Mayor and we would suffer because of her incompetence.

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  12. By MW:

    If the talents of Diane Souza are the real reason Cassady has decided to not run for re-election, then I think the US government should create a special position, and funded by federal tax money, for Souza in which her one and only job would be to try to get as many as possible of the present clowns and crooks in public office to leave.

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  13. Diana Souza is the biggest clown and crook, along with her puppet master Benny Lee, in San Leandro. Talk about stupid acts?

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  14. Looks to me like Pauline Cutter received endorsements from a broad base of San Leandro elected officials and commissioners, community and business leaders, labor organizations and residents including a majority of both school boards. That's good enough for this San Leandro voter and family. We will vote for Pauline. Thanks for the information.

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  15. SLPD supports Diana Souza many great signs around town! Just that alone, good enough for many neighborhood and communities. We will vote for Diana. Many LIKES to our great SL police heros! Our super cute K9 was on national TV not too long ago!

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  16. Pauline Cutter is endorsed by Firefighters, Labor Unions plus the Chamber of Commerce, Teachers and the Sierra Club. It looks to me like she has a majority of both school boards and City Council. It also looks like she has dozens of supporters on the different San Leandro Commissions. These are the people who know San Leandro Council members best and they choose Pauline Cutter for Mayor. That's good enough to get my vote.

    I have listened to and watched Council meetings and Souza is definitely the least intelligent Council person. She has taken the lead on, and done very little in her two terms. Souza would be a disaster for San Leandro!

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  17. We support SLPD! Diana Souza speak for me! Great signs are up, love them!

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  18. Looks to me like Pauline Cutter received endorsements from a broad base of San Leandro elected officials and commissioners, community and business leaders, labor organizations and residents including a majority of both school boards. That's good enough for this San Leandro voter and family. We will vote for Pauline. Thanks for the information.

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  19. Fleas keeping Marga copy/paste in between articles, very obvious!

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  20. Thank you for the information. There're endorsors on this list ran against our friends. We will inform them who shouldn't they vote for mayor in San Leandro.

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  21. Diana Souza and Benny Lee are the two most hated politicians in San Leandro right now and one person posting here will not save them from election embarrassment.

    Pauline Cutter is endorsed by Firefighters, Labor Unions plus the Chamber of Commerce, Teachers and the Sierra Club. It looks to me like she has a majority of both school boards and City Council. It also looks like she has dozens of supporters on the different San Leandro Commissions. These are the people who know San Leandro Council members best and they choose Pauline Cutter for Mayor. That's good enough to get my vote.

    I have listened to and watched Council meetings and Souza is definitely the least intelligent Council person. She has taken the lead on, and done very little in her two terms. Souza would be a disaster for San Leandro!

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  22. Diana Souza has absolutely zero leadership ability and no ethics at all. San Leandro needs someone better and that would be anyone else. She is not well thought of by leaders in San Leandro or other cities in the Bay Area. Would make a horrible Mayor and we would suffer because of her incompetence. Voting for Pauline Cutter, but even Dillman would be better than Souza and he just got out of prison.

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  23. Anybody but Souza for Mayor. She does not have leadership skills. Even after eight years on the city council. She also lies a lot.

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  24. Both Cassidy and Souza try to bully people, Cutter tries to find compromise like a leader should. That's why my family will be voting for Pauline. Bullies always seem to have courage but that just leads to division. To be a leader you also have to have brains and a good heart. Souza is brainless and heartless, will say anything to get elected, but she has done nothing meaningful in her eight years on the city council. She is not a leader or an innovator and most of the city sees that. Souza would just be a disaster for San Leandro.

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