San Leandro Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter has
other plans during Friday’s inauguration.

San Leandro Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter, like other local city leaders is in Washington, D.C. this week for the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors. But unlike some, Cutter is not planning to attend President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration this Friday.

“So why not attend the inauguration since my goal as mayor has always been to bring people together and look for common issues so we can work together on them?” Cutter wrote in an email Thursday.

“The dilemma is I also believe in standing up for issues I firmly believe in and I want our new President to hear that some of his actions and campaign promises are offensive to me and are contrary to my values.”

Does Cutter have more important things to do while in the capitol?

“I also have tickets for the African American Museum and the restrictions around attending the inauguration make it impossible to go to both,” said Cutter.

On Saturday, however, Cutter plans to participate in the Women’s March with East Bay Rep. Barbara Lee. “I want him to actually see that there are people who are very uneasy about his tenure and that he needs to be President to all of us,” Cutter added.