The Most Interesting Man in the East Bay

Not far from where this photo was taken, San Leandro mayoral candidate Dan Dillman confronted Alameda County Sherrif’s deputies in 2010. He spent over two month in jail for the act this summer. 
PHOTO/Steven Tavares

SAN LEANDRO | MAYOR | Dan Dillman is one of San Leandro’s most charismatic businessmen. In recent years, he has reinvigorated the crumbling Bal Theater on East 14th Street with live shows and quirky film festivals. R&B headliner Bobby Brown played the Bal last New Year’s Eve, and comedians George Lopez and Dana Carvey have performed at the theater as well. Dillman, however, is also interested in politics, and is running for the open mayor’s seat in San Leandro this fall. Yet despite his entertainment business successes, he faces an uphill battle: While his opponents were readying their mayoral campaigns this summer, Dillman was serving 69 days in Santa Rita Jail for assaulting two plain-clothed Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies in front of his theater in 2010.

Although Dillman is considered a long shot this November, he nonetheless may become an important player in the mayor’s race because of ranked-choice voting. Dillman’s supporters could end up deciding San Leandro’s next mayor, depending on whom they list second and third on their ballots. “It is going to have an effect on the race,” said Pauline Cutter, a San Leandro councilmember, who is also a candidate for mayor. “Dan is going to get those who are dissatisfied with how things are going in San Leandro.”

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Categories: Alameda County Sheriff, Bal Theatre, Dan Dillman, East Bay Express, san leandro, San Leandro mayor, Santa Rita Jail

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  1. Can't vote Pauline Gutter took large sums of money from MJ distributor think they can sell MJ to SL children. No to Pauline Gutter, Butler of Cassidy!

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  2. The most corrupted person running for Mayor is Diana Souza who has taken money from the Duong Family when they threw her a fundraiser that brought her thousands of dollars and they told Oakland they were going to take their trash to Richmond. The only thing that stopped them was the lawsuit filed by Waste Management. Diana Souza was a traitor to San Leandro along with Benny Lee. They put their political ambition ahead of what was best for our city. Shame on them!

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  3. Would you please respect one another? All of this name calling is not needed. You don't want to vote for Diana or Pauline or Dan, fine! Do you have to be so rude? Let us remember we are one City. We are all in this together. Vote for who you want first, then who you don't want, then who you really don't want as third. I care about all of you. You are my neighbors, my family and some of you are my friends. I have been to your home, had dinner with you. Our kids play together. If you are angry, take it to the City Council and the Mayor. You want things to be different, GET INVOLVED! Stop bitching and get in action!

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  4. Don't all write-in votes have to be recorded and reported… have a little fun, get in the history books, and flip the bird at RCV. Some candidates don't deserve votes regardless of rank, and there are at least two in this race that are rank.

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  5. Does Wilma Chan know Pauline running a negative campaign?

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  6. wake up, the north end wing nuts are counting on ranked choice voting to get either cutter or dillman as mayor and then by some strange chance katz-lacabe and owsley get in there we will have 4 more years of the same garbage
    for some reason there is a faction of people who live east of bancroft avenue and north of estudillo who think they should make decisions for the rest of us because they are so very enlightened
    thanks but no thanks i have seen how elitist they are from what they blog, how they portray themselves in campaign literature, how they act at public events and the sense that they should be entitled to more access at city hall than the rest of us
    not interested in another 4 years of the cassidy cronies

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  7. The most corrupted person running for Mayor is Diana Souza who has taken money from the Duong Family when they threw her a fundraiser that brought her thousands of dollars and they told Oakland they were going to take their trash to Richmond. The only thing that stopped them was the lawsuit filed by Waste Management. Diana Souza was a traitor to San Leandro along with Benny Lee. They put their political ambition ahead of what was best for our city. Shame on them!

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  8. Both vacationed in Santa Rita?

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  9. Steven Tavares did Tony Santos call you to remove some posts to cover his scandals? Knock on some doors near Santos' daughter house to verify those comments are true or false.

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  10. Can't vote for Dillman the jailbird or Diana Souza who treated San Leandro like crap when she took large sums of money from the company that took jobs and revenue from our city. My only choice is Pauline Cutter who cares for our city and is endorsed by so many diverse organizations and people.

    Visit http://www.paulinecutter.com to see her amazing list of endorsements.

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  11. We like Diana and CWS, read many bay area articles and CBS news beside SL Times.

    Diana Souza speak for me!

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  12. The most corrupted person running for Mayor is Diana Souza who has taken money from the Duong Family when they threw her a fundraiser that brought her thousands of dollars and they told Oakland they were going to take their trash to Richmond. The only thing that stopped them was the lawsuit filed by Waste Management. Diana Souza was a traitor to San Leandro along with Benny Lee. They put their political ambition ahead of what was best for our city. Shame on both.

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  13. Prediction in 2014 Mayor's race. Cutter=first, Dilman=second, Souza=third.

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  14. Diana Souza speak for me! Diana we are totally behind you! We see you signs are up! We like CWS still giving us business. Thank Diana for maintaining CWS relationship with SL! Buy more trucks please!

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  15. Even Dillman is better than Souza! Souza has the worst personalty of any of the three candidates, dresses terribly, and would have a hard time keeping San Leandro going forward because she is not well thought of by business interests. That's why the Chamber of Commerce has endorsed Pauline Cutter. Businesses believe Pauline is the one to keep San Leandro going forward like they have in the last 3 years.

    Oh, and Labor endorses her too. Do you know how hard it is to bring these two groups together? Pauline also has the endorsement of the teachers and the majority of both school boards. Two groups that are usually at each others throats. She also has developer and environmental endorsements.

    The reason Pauline Cutter is endorsed by by so many diverse groups is she works to bring people together to keep our city moving forward. Souza is divisive and tries to bully people which is not a good quality for our next Mayor to have. I believe most San Leandro voters will vote for Pauline because of her ability to find solutions by bringing people together. Souza is too dictatorial which pushes people apart. My family will be voting for Pauline Cutter because of her ability to work with all the different factions that make up San Leandro.

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  16. Diana Souza speak for us! We will be voting for you, see more and more Diana's good looking sign around town! Proud of Diana never back off from bullies!

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  17. The most corrupted person running for Mayor is Diana Souza who has taken money from the Duong Family when they threw her a fundraiser that brought her thousands of dollars and they told Oakland they were going to take their trash to Richmond. The only thing that stopped them was the lawsuit filed by Waste Management. Diana Souza was a traitor to San Leandro along with Benny Lee. They put their political ambition ahead of what was best for our city. Shame on both.

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  18. Steven…can''t find crunchable numbers on the WM expansion details, you got anything? thanks

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  19. Go ask Tony, isn't he WM buddy?

    Come on…Steven do a follow up story on WM vs. CWS …to be fair…contact them direct…no heresay from third party cheerleader.

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  20. Fleas keeping Marga away from copy/paste between articles, very obvious!

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  21. By MW:

    As a followup to my previous post of 11:58PM, since Holder will be leaving soon, & supposedly Kamala Harris, in other words Willie Brown's former girlfriend, supposedly is not interested in replacing Holder as AG, Obama should make Bill Lockyer the new AG.

    More specifically, for decades the SF area has been even far more organized crime infested than Chicago ever was (although here we do with a lot more finesse & sophistication, & including through crooked lawyers, & who wear suits & ties, carry briefcases, & pretend to be legitimate & also pretend to be gentlemen, & rather than mainly through Al Capone style people who looked like obvious thugs), but if there was ever a real, full, & thoro investigation of Bay area corruption, it would basically be the end of the DP, & including since for decades the extremely “liberal” Bay area, & not Sacramento & not WDC, has been the real capital of both CA & the US.

    For example, Feinstein is far & away the most powerful person in the entire US Senate. Pelosi is far & away the most powerful Democrat in the entire House, & for a time was even the Speaker.

    Until his death, Phil Burton, a San Franciscan, basically ran the US Congress in WDC.

    Earl Warren, a Bay area person (in fact, he was the former DA of AC), for many years was the Chief Justice of the USSC.

    For decades SF's Willie Brown was California's real governor, & after Willie semi retired, SF's John Burton became far & away the most powerful person in Sacramento. And then after JB retired from the state legislature, the Bay area's Bill Lockyer in other words Willie's close buddy, stooge, & puppet on a string, for a time basically ran the state government in Sacramento. And over the last several decades CA's governors have included such SF area people as Jerry Brown & his father Pat Brown. And all of this is in spite of the fact that most of CA's population is in the southern part of the state & LA has a population of 3M & SF's pop is only about 800K.

    Q: So how did SF, & which has only about one fourth the population of LA & only about one tenth the population of NYC, become so extremely powerful!!!

    A: For a variety of reasons, & including since SF: one, has most of the very sleaziest lawyers & politicians in the entire country; two, is the world's center for organized crime & international organized crime money laundering; & three, has no major newspaper that is willing to regularly run exposes on SF area corruption. (For instance, Al Capone was largely brought down by the fact that certain major Chicago area newspapers were horrified by his blatant & flagrant criminal activities & the extreme very negative publicity he was bringing to Chicago.)

    However WB, Burton, & Feinstein are all in their eighties, Pelosi, Jerry Brown, & Feinstein associate Barbara Boxer (Congress's number one proponent for free & easy abortions) are in their seventies, & therefore the question is whether SF & also the SF area will much longer be able to keep its extremely politically protected position as the world's capital for organized crime, international money laundering, & illegal backroom fixes.

    To summarize, if SF & the SF area is to stay politically protected & virtually immune from any serious investigations into the money laundering & other white collar criminal activity that basically runs the Bay area, it is essential that Obama appoint Bill Lockyer as Eric Holder's replacement.

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  22. Mike Katz-Lacabe endorses Pauline Cutter then we'll vote for Diana Souza.

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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. This guy is in no way interesting compared to this mayoral candidate for Oakland.

    http://www.oakmayor2014.com/candidates/peter-y-liu/

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  27. On Facebook

    Write in Gregg Daly for San Leandro Mayor

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  28. 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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  29. 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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