SAN LEANDRO parcel tax takes initial step toward Nov. ballot

Parcel tax could raise $3-$6 per year for public safety Three of the last four San Leandro municipal elections have included at least one revenue-generating tax measure. On Monday, the San Leandro City Council set the initial stages for another. This time a potential parcel tax on the November ballot focused on public safety. The … Continue reading SAN LEANDRO parcel tax takes initial step toward Nov. ballot

San Leandro councilmember opposed sending its armored police vehicle to U.C. protests

San Leandro's Lenco Bearcat MedEvac ondisplay at a community meeting in 2015.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILAs the threat of violent protests at U.C. Berkeley this year escalated, San Leandro Police allowed the university police to twice borrow its armored emergency vehicle. It's a decision that at least one San Leandro elected official criticized Monday night."We have … Continue reading San Leandro councilmember opposed sending its armored police vehicle to U.C. protests

San Leandro tenant relocation payment ordinance stymied, sent back to Rules Committee

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILFor the second time in as many weeks, a proposed tenant relocation payment program in San Leandro has failed to move forward. The San Leandro City Council sent back to committee, 5-2, Monday night a second iteration of the the program intended to compensate renters who are evicted through owner-initiated relocations.The council … Continue reading San Leandro tenant relocation payment ordinance stymied, sent back to Rules Committee

Recent FCC ruling may undermine San Leandro’s WiFi network

San Leandro's public WiFi network, part ofLit San Leandro, could be affected by theFCC's ruling in February.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILSan Leandro’s downtown fiber-optics loop, known as Lit San Leandro, is often viewed as the catalyst for the city’s transformation from factory town to burgeoning tech manufacturing hub. It’s no wonder city officials are concerned over … Continue reading Recent FCC ruling may undermine San Leandro’s WiFi network

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

San Leandro gifts $800,000 loan for child care center

SAN LEANDROAccess to affordable child care has been on San Leandro’s radar for years. On Monday, the San Leandro City Council backed it up with approval of an $800,000 loan for a 4,850 square foot child care center and adjacent playground at the Marea Alta affordable housing development, near the San Leandro BART station. However, … Continue reading San Leandro gifts $800,000 loan for child care center

San Leandro may ‘pump the brakes’ on dispensaries, but only after three

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL |  A third dispensary permit in San Leandro in just over a year was formally approved Monday night, but it may be the last for some time after a councilmember raised the possibility of moratorium on any further dispensaries. The San Leandro City Council moved to schedule later this month a … Continue reading San Leandro may ‘pump the brakes’ on dispensaries, but only after three

San Leandro minimum wage ordinance now includes one-year delay for small biz

San Leandro Mayor Pauline Cutter's substitutemotion will push passage of the city's minimumwage ordinance to next September.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL |A successful substitute motion offered by San Leandro Mayor Pauline Cutter will give some small businesses an extra year to comply with the city's proposed ordinance raising the minimum wage to $15 an year by … Continue reading San Leandro minimum wage ordinance now includes one-year delay for small biz

San Leandro may raise its city wide minimum wage to $15 by 2020

Councilmember Jim Prola proposes raising SanLeandro's minimum wage to $15 by 2020.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL |The minimum wage in San Leandro could reach $15 an hour by 2020, the city council proposed Monday night. If approved at the July 5 council meeting, San Leandro's minimum wage would increase to $12 an hour starting in mid-2017 … Continue reading San Leandro may raise its city wide minimum wage to $15 by 2020

Newly-elected East Bay officials get their first six-month review

SIX-MONTH REVIEW | A new crop of East Bay officials recently finished their first six months in office. Their probation period is officially over. But while nobody is getting let go--voters would have to mount a recall campaign--most have met expectations. A few less have room for improvement and just one has exceeded expectations...Exceeds ExpectationsPauline … Continue reading Newly-elected East Bay officials get their first six-month review

San Leandro approves workforce agreement long sought by progressives

San Leandro Councilmember Jim Prola soughta community workforce agreement during his firstterm, but the proposal failed by one vote.Pact sets $1 mil threshold for construction projects.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | For years, progressive members of the San Leandro City Council had sought a Community Workforce Agreement (CWA) with the area’s building trades union. On Monday, … Continue reading San Leandro approves workforce agreement long sought by progressives

No longer a reason for East Bay pols to fear pension-buster Daniel Borenstein; he was wrong, you were right

BANG editorial writer Daniel Borenstein led the pension reform debate for years, but it failed to scare East Bay officials to join his calls for austerity.Prola: 'I don't respect him. I don't respect his paper'By Darwin BondGraham and Steven TavaresPENSION REFORM DEBATE | "Dan needs no introduction," said Richmond Mayor Tom Butt at an April city council meeting, as … Continue reading No longer a reason for East Bay pols to fear pension-buster Daniel Borenstein; he was wrong, you were right

AGENDA NOTES: San Leandro to increase cost of some fees

San Leandro City Council Preview835 East 14th StreetMonday, May 4, 2015, 7 p.m.[FULL AGENDA HERE] Twitter hashtag: #slmtgINCREASED FEES FOR SERVICES It may not be the most eventful San Leandro City Council meeting ever and likely will not be one of the longest, but those who do business with the city might be interested in … Continue reading AGENDA NOTES: San Leandro to increase cost of some fees

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

San Leandro approves purchase of armored police vehicle

A LENCO Bearcat MedEvac on display last month in San Leandro.  SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | Despite concerns of many public speakers, the San Leandro City Council voted Monday night to accept a state homeland security grant for the purchase of a controversial armored personnel carrier.The vehicle, touted as the only armored vehicle in the region … Continue reading San Leandro approves purchase of armored police vehicle