Laython Landis, in a photo from earlier this year,
served 42 years in public office.

SAN LEANDRO | OBIT | Layton Landis, the long-serving East Bay sanitary district member and former San Leandro City Councilman, who retired from public office earlier this year over controversial statements, has died. He was 89.

After serving on the Oro Loma Sanitary District for 42 years Landis choose to retire last March amid calls for him to resign his seat following a meeting in which he used a racial epithet.

However, his comments may have overshadowed a long and successful life in public service. An avowed conservative, Landis had a hand in keeping down costs at the sanitary district and maintaining low sewer rates for customers in San Leandro, San Lorenzo and unincorporated Alameda County.

Known as “Judge,” Landis was elected to the San Leandro City Council in 1976 and won a second term four years later. Although, he did not possess any legal training, Landis borrowed the nickname from his famous uncle, former Major League Baseball Commissioner Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis.

Up until his passing, Landis kept connected to the city’s politics while contributing to the campaigns of several council candidates.

Former San Leandro Mayor Tony Santos credits Landis as being part of the group that help deed Washington Manor Park from the homeowners association to the city.

“I know he got himself into hot water with that inopportune comment,” said Santos, “but you can’t forget the good that he did, too.”