San Leandro councilman wants to change odd Chinese translation of city’s name

San Leandro Councilman Benny Lee, second from left,wants a new Chinese translation of the city's name.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | To the ears of San Leandro's Chinese-speaking residents, the phonetic translation of the city's name doesn't quite make sense and its first-ever Chinese American council member wants to fix it.San Leandro Councilmember Benny Lee says … Continue reading San Leandro councilman wants to change odd Chinese translation of city’s name

San Leandro takes stand against crude oil rail deliveries, but wavers over process

Some railway tanker lines are up to 1.5 mileslong and carry 2.5 million gallons of crude. SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | Elected officials in San Leandro have often been reticent about making public stands on somewhat ancillary issues. Four years ago, it updated its council member handbook to include language suggesting they not offer resolutions on … Continue reading San Leandro takes stand against crude oil rail deliveries, but wavers over process

Asian American Electorate May Decide Next San Leandro Mayor

Councilmember Benny Lee, second from left,is a byproduct of the new found strength inSan Leandro's Asian American populace.SAN LEANDRO | MAYOR | It would have been unthinkable a generation ago that any demographic in San Leandro other than Caucasians would be the voting bloc determining the makeup of its city officials.The U.S. Census in 1970 … Continue reading Asian American Electorate May Decide Next San Leandro Mayor

No Mention of Mayor Cassidy Quitting; Squabble Over Naming Vice Mayor

First term Councilmember Benny Leeis San Leandro's next vice mayor.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | The level of quiet acrimony at the San Leandro City Council is beginning to bubble over. A day after Mayor Stephen Cassidy announced on Facebook he will not run for re-election, some of his council colleagues had not spoken to the … Continue reading No Mention of Mayor Cassidy Quitting; Squabble Over Naming Vice Mayor

After Dividing San Leandro over Fiscal Fears, Cassidy Now Exploiting Race

SAN LEANDRO | ANALYSIS | Last September, a group of Chinese Americans in San Leandro asked the city to fly the red and gold banner of their homeland at City Hall in honor of the country’s national day on Oct. 1. Initially, the request appeared perfunctory. Raise the flag in place of the San Leandro … Continue reading After Dividing San Leandro over Fiscal Fears, Cassidy Now Exploiting Race

The Skinny: San Leandro City Council Preview, Mar. 17, 2014

San Leandro City Council Preview835 East 14th StreetMonday, Mar. 17, 2014, 7 p.m.[FULL AGENDA HERE] Twitter Hashtag: #slmtg>>> REASON TO FILL OUT A SPEAKER’S CARDCouncilmember Benny Lee with membersof the city's Chinese American communityat a flag-raising at the San Leandro Marina.FOREIGN FLAGS OVER CITY HALL San Leandro’s flag flap, as it could be termed, returns to … Continue reading The Skinny: San Leandro City Council Preview, Mar. 17, 2014

2013 Year-In-Review, Part III: Sum Ting Wong, Indeed; Privacy Concerns Raised Over Surveillance Center

July 2013KTVU anchor Tori Campbell>>> The words are simply enough: "Captain Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo, Ho Lee Fuk and Dang Ding Ow.” KTVU takes considerable heat for allowing the erroneous names of four Asiana Airlines pilots to get on the air following the tragic plane crash at SFO. Heads roll, but anchor Tori … Continue reading 2013 Year-In-Review, Part III: Sum Ting Wong, Indeed; Privacy Concerns Raised Over Surveillance Center

San Leandro Creates Committee to Address Chinese Flag Raising

A memorial for Tibetans killed during the Chinese occupation of the country was placed outside San Leandro City Hall before Monday night's discussion of a controversial raising of the Chinese flag over its seat of government. PHOTO/Shane Bond SAN LEADNRO CITY COUNCIL//FLAG FLAP | San Leandro’s most ardent and emotionally boiling topic in recent years continued to stir angst Monday … Continue reading San Leandro Creates Committee to Address Chinese Flag Raising

Motion To Reconsider San Leandro Flag Flap Goes On Without Top Supporter

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL//FLAG FLAP | San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy will bring the controversial Chinese flag vote back the City Council Monday night, but the council member who first place the item on the agenda last month will not be there.With Councilmember Benny Lee away on business in China, the one-vote margin approving the … Continue reading Motion To Reconsider San Leandro Flag Flap Goes On Without Top Supporter

Chinese Flag Raised At San Leandro Marina; Protesters Scuttle Similar Ceremony In Alameda

San Leandro Councilmember Benny Lee addresses an audience at the city's marina following a flag-raising ceremony in honor of China's national day. PHOTO/Steven Tavares SAN LEANDRO//FLAG FLAP | They couldn’t fly the Chinese over San Leandro City Hall, so over 100 Chinese Americans in San Leandro, instead, moved it Tuesday to the city’s scenic marina. Meanwhile, pro-Tibetan … Continue reading Chinese Flag Raised At San Leandro Marina; Protesters Scuttle Similar Ceremony In Alameda

Flag Controversy In San Leandro Reveals A Mayor’s Re-Election Vulnerabilities

SAN LEANDRO//FLAG FLAP/ANALYSIS | There's reasons why residents in Oakland, San Francisco and Alameda are not up in arms about a Chinese flag being unfurled over their cities next week, while San Leandrans tears itself apart. It has little to do with geopolitical rivalries, the treatment of Tibetans or China’s awful civil rights records. In … Continue reading Flag Controversy In San Leandro Reveals A Mayor’s Re-Election Vulnerabilities

San Leandro Mayor Suspends Council Decision To Fly Chinese Flag At City Hall

Mayor Stephen Cassidy voted againstthe resolution on Monday.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL//FLAG FLAP | The Chinese flag won’t be flying over San Leandro City Hall after all. Three days after a contentious City Council meeting narrowly approved celebrating China’s national day on Oct. 1 with a ceremonial flag-raising of that nation’s banner, Mayor Stephen Cassidy is … Continue reading San Leandro Mayor Suspends Council Decision To Fly Chinese Flag At City Hall

After Divisive Discussion, Chinese Flag Will Fly Over San Leandro City Hall Oct. 1

San Leandro Councilmember Benny LeeSAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | A foreign banner will fly over San Leandro next month. With the approval of a controversial plan to celebrate China’s national day by flying the country’s flag over San Leandro City Hall next month, a majority of the City Council said the decision is meant to honor the people … Continue reading After Divisive Discussion, Chinese Flag Will Fly Over San Leandro City Hall Oct. 1