EBC AGENDA: May 25-31 — OAKLAND pension strategy; ACTransit supports unions ahead of SCOTUS ruling

Also: San Leandro's own city manager scandal could be heating up again on Tuesday night.

San Leandro Councilmember Benny Lee is running for mayor

San Leandro Councilmember Benny Lee'smayoral campaign already has $63,000 incontributions built over the past few years.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL--ELECTION 2018--Backed by the city's burgeoning Asian American demographic and already stocked campaign cash reserves, San Leandro Councilmember Benny Lee said Monday that he's running for mayor this fall.Although Lee's interest in the mayor's office had been … Continue reading San Leandro Councilmember Benny Lee is running for mayor

San Leandro mayor’s state of the city details accomplishments, excludes city manager scandal

San Leandro Mayor Pauline Russo Cutterdelivering the state of the city address lastMonday at the Senior Community Center.SAN LEANDROSan Leandro Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter, during the annual state of the city address this week, said the city is becoming a regional leader in Smart City technology, spending more money on capital improvement project than any … Continue reading San Leandro mayor’s state of the city details accomplishments, excludes city manager scandal

Alameda Labor Council asked to meet with investigator in San Leandro city manager probe

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILThe Alameda Labor Council, one of the most powerful political bodies in the East Bay, made an effort to speak with the independent investigator tapped by the city of San Leandro to look into the sexual misconduct allegations made against San Leandro City Manager Chris Zapata.Alameda Labor Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Josie Camacho … Continue reading Alameda Labor Council asked to meet with investigator in San Leandro city manager probe

EBC AGENDA | FEB 16-22 | ALAMEDA, BERKELEY eye ballot measures; ALCO DA candidates meet in SAN LEANDRO; HAYWARD mid-year budget

THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 16-22.--ALAMEDA-- Regular council meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--INFRASTRUCTURE BOND MEASURE-- A $95 million general obligation bond measure may be coming to the ballot in Alameda this June. Here is the proposal ballot language to be discussed Tuesday night. “Alameda Clean Water/Disaster-Emergency Preparedness/Pothole Repair Bond. To upgrade storm drains, keep … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | FEB 16-22 | ALAMEDA, BERKELEY eye ballot measures; ALCO DA candidates meet in SAN LEANDRO; HAYWARD mid-year budget

Disgraced Teamsters boss continued to be involved with San Leandro dispensary after two-year ban from union

Powerful Teamsters boss Rome Aloise wasbanned from the union in December followingcorruption charges.SAN LEANDRONearly a month after Rome Aliose, a powerful local Teamsters leader was banned by the union for two years following corruption charges, he attended a San Leandro City Council retreat, along with Davis Street Family Resource Center CEO Rose Padilla Johnson. Workers … Continue reading Disgraced Teamsters boss continued to be involved with San Leandro dispensary after two-year ban from union

San Leandro councilmember proposes lobbying ordinance

San Leandro Councilmember Lee ThomasSAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILWith a number of San Leandro housing projects in the pipeline and a potential push for retail cannabis permits in the near future, Councilmember Lee Thomas believes the city needs a lobbying ordinance in order for the council and public to distinguish whose interests are being served.Thomas proposed … Continue reading San Leandro councilmember proposes lobbying ordinance

Dispensary involved in San Leandro political scandal says they’ll repay loan before next week’s deadline, open 4/20

Rendering of the proposed Davis Street Wellness Center at 3081 Teagarden Street.SAN LEANDROIn response to allegations of sexual misconduct, San Leandro City Manager Chris Zapata denied the claims and, instead, asserted they were attempts by the accuser to aid final approval of a medical cannabis dispensary in the city, of which she has a financial interest.But … Continue reading Dispensary involved in San Leandro political scandal says they’ll repay loan before next week’s deadline, open 4/20

San Leandro City Council calls special meeting to discuss disciplining city manager

San Leandro City Council's special closedsession begins Tuesday, 6 p.m.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILSix days after the San Leandro City Manager Chris Zapata threw the doors open on the city's dirty laundry, including allegations of sexual misconduct against himself, city officials are likely to weigh-in on the burgeoning political scandal on Tuesday evening.The City Council scheduled … Continue reading San Leandro City Council calls special meeting to discuss disciplining city manager

San Leandro non-profit leader, who accused city manager of misconduct, will sue the city

SAN LEANDROThe leader of the local non-profit, who last week said San Leandro City Manager Chris Zapata attempted to offer a publicly-financed loan for the Davis Street Family Resource Center in exchange for an intimate relationship, says she plans to file a lawsuit.A lawsuit against Zapata and the city is pending, said Sam Singer, a … Continue reading San Leandro non-profit leader, who accused city manager of misconduct, will sue the city

San Leandro city manager’s accuser calls for his resignation after sexual misconduct allegations

Davis Street Family Resource Center CEORose Padilla Johnson filed a complaintagainst San Leandro City Manager ChrisZapata on Dec. 8.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL The CEO of a prominent San Leandro non-profit, who last month issued a complaint accusing City Manager Chris Zapata of sexual misconduct, is now calling for his dismissal.Rose Padilla Johnson, the CEO of … Continue reading San Leandro city manager’s accuser calls for his resignation after sexual misconduct allegations

Locally-based San Leandro dispensary, not yet in business, may lose permit

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILOver the past two years, San Leandro has approved three conditional-use permits for medical cannabis dispensaries. None, though, have yet to open for business. But now, the locally-backed group controversially approved by the city council last summer is at risk of losing its permit.In July 2016, the city council approved the dispensary … Continue reading Locally-based San Leandro dispensary, not yet in business, may lose permit

Despite threat of losing federal funding, San Leandro declares sanctuary city status

San Leandro recieves more than $9 millionin federal funding, but Trump's threat to defundsanctuary cities did not make the council pause.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILSan Leandro became the fifth sanctuary city in Alameda County and the third local municipality to embrace a bulwark against President Trump’s immigration policies in the past month. The San Leandro City … Continue reading Despite threat of losing federal funding, San Leandro declares sanctuary city status

Favorable polling for San Leandro cannabis tax, two other proposed revenue-generating measures

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | A lengthy November ballot could get longer in San Leandro. Three potential revenue-generating initiatives, including one for taxing cannabis, are popular with voters, according to a recent city survey.Two-thirds of likely San Leandro voters registered support for taxing cannabis sales in the city. San Leandro's first cannabis dispensary is due … Continue reading Favorable polling for San Leandro cannabis tax, two other proposed revenue-generating measures

San Leandro eyes potential ballot measure to tax cannabis, parking lots

San Leandro may ask voters to approve a ballotmeasure that would among other uses, replaceits police station.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL |Over the past three election cycles, San Leandro voters have helped the city bolster its treasury through various tax measures. It may ask for help again this fall through another tax-raising ballot measure.Although the city's … Continue reading San Leandro eyes potential ballot measure to tax cannabis, parking lots