For more than a year, San Leandro City Council candidate Bryan Azevedo has been doing good deeds around town. He’s received notoriety for organizing outings to pick up litter around the city, helped seniors during the pandemic, and delivered food supplies to the needy.
Within the last two months, Azevedo has taken it a step further by organizing campaign events at this home that involve the preparation of food items, such as barbecue, carne asada, and hot dogs. The events are widely publicized on social media, and hundreds line up at his driveway to receive a meal during the era of covid-19.
However, the health and safety of food preparation at these event was recently called into question after the Alameda County Department of Environmental Health was made aware of the unpermitted events, which have been staged over the past six weeks. On June 2, Azevedo received a cease and desist order from the county citing illegal food distribution at a private residence, along with concerns over the safe preparation of the food being served at the site.
The complaint and subsequent cease and desist letter immediately aroused Azevedo’s suspicions that supporters of his opponent this fall, Councilmember Ed Hernandez, was behind it. Azevedo, who lost a head-to-head match-up four years ago for the District 2 seat, lashed out against Hernandez with an ad hominem attack about his ties to real estate developers, and against Hernandez’s supporters, including former San Leandro Councilmember Lee Thomas, who backs Hernandez’s re-election.
Thomas operates a small barbecue catering business as a side job. After Azevedo alleged that Thomas was seen cooking with protective latex gloves, the gloves were off. “I find it disappointing in these times, as an African American business owner in San Leandro, that a political candidate chooses to target my business, when small businesses are already struggling. I had nothing to do with the candidate’s current county situation,” Thomas responded.
Bitterness between the candidates and their supporters was evident a few months ago after Azevedo was criticized by some, including Hernandez, his wife, and Thomas, for putting resident at risk by potentially spreading the coronavirus in San Leandro due to his large numbers of public interactions during the early goings of the pandemic. Azevedo routinely posted photos of himself helping seniors and others in need, and visiting hospitals, albeit while wearing gloves and a mask.
Alameda County sent the cease and desist order not any politician. Alameda County continually monitors the web for events that are not in compliance.
Lee Thomas NEVER built an illegal fence. He applied to, then withdrew his application. He then built a fence in compliance with the law. NEVER was he out of compliance with his fence.
When I asked Mr. Hernandez to help organize a meeting in one of the local parks to inform people, especially women, about some of the activities going on that might affect their personal safety, he initially was supportive, but when it came time to act, he did not follow-up. Several of us near this park had been followed after visiting there, but apparently this did not merit a public official’s attention. Never heard back from the police’s crime prevention area, either. And it seems the Parks Department leadership thought that some of what was reported was “in line with what was seen at other parks.” Maybe it is time for change.
As for feeding people, there are many many hungry people in our own country. Too bad someone feels politics is more important than that.
Personally I find critics like Lee Thomas completely lacking in credibility when he fought his neighbors about an illegal fence he erected when he was on the City Council. As for Hernandez, we could certainly do with someone who cares more about the citizens, than his own business.
WE DO NOT NEED TO BE HANDING OUT FOOD WE DO NOT NEED TO PUT PHOTO SHOOTS TOGETHER WE DONOT NEED TO BE BICKERING WHAT WE NEED IS A UNIFYING FORCE THAT CAN MAKE REAL CHANGES IN THIS CITY THAT OVER SPENDS IN AREAS THAT R JUST RIDICULOUS. TAX PAYERS MONEY SHOULD BE GOING TO FUND FIXING OUR CITYS INFRATRUCTURE. OUR SIDE WALKS OUR BRIDGES ON AND OFF RAMPS. THEY ALL AT THIS MOMENT LOOK LIKE DUMPS AND OVER GROWN WASTE LANDS. THE DOWNTOWN HAVEN LOOKS SO DILAPIDATED NOTHING IS COHESIVE. CLOSED DOWN RUN DOWN BUILDINGS THAT HAVE SAT VACANT FOR YEARS. SCHOOLS THAT SEEM TO BE PICK ONE OVER ANOTHER FOR REASONS I DONT UNDERSTAND. EG. ROOSEVELT ELEMENTARY HAS BEEN THE SAME AS WHEN MY KIDS WENT THERE. THEY R JUST NOW PUTTING IN A NEW POOL. WHY A NEW POOL WHY NOT A NEW OFFICE BUILDING ALONG W NEW CLASS ROOMS AND CAFATERIA THEY CURRENTLY HAVE PORTABLES OR LOOK LIKE PORTABLES THESE BUILDINGS WHERE SUPPOSEDLY RESTIFITED BUT THE STRUCTUREBIS STILL DATED AND DANGEROUS. I GUESS WE NEED A BIG QUAKE THAT WILL WAKE EVERY PARENT UP AND AKS WHY? MONEY WAS SPENT BY OUT MAYOR ON MUSICAL CHAIRS GO SEE THEM NOW THEY SERVE AS URINAL POST FOR DOGS AND TRANSIENTS. AND AND DONT FORGET THE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS SPENT ON PAINTTING OUR ELETRICAL BOXES GOODBJOB MAYOR UR EFFORTS OF OVERSPENDING R IN FULL VIEW. AND THEN U HAVE THE WHATER FOUNTAIN AT WHASHINGTON SQUARE. ITS A BATH AT NITE WHERE IF UR HOMELESS U CAN GO WAS UR PRIVATE PARTS.
LOL. What about the food violations of those unlicensed street vendors that pop up on every corner? When are they going to be criticized? I have no love for Bryan but find the whole situation hilarious.
It is easy for Bryan to blame Ed, then he does not have to take responsibility for knowing the laws and abiding by them.