Group behind controversial San Leandro dispensary is also looking at Hayward

HAYWARDWhen Stephen Cassidy was the mayor of San Leandro he believed the city's approval of medical cannabis dispensaries would put children at risk. As legend has it, Cassidy toured the nearby Harborside Health Center in Oakland and his views dramatically changed.He later tempered his stance by leading the San Leandro City Council to approve just … Continue reading Group behind controversial San Leandro dispensary is also looking at Hayward

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

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

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 discloses allegation of sexual misconduct reportedly made against him by local CEO

San Leandro Chris Zapata denied allegationsreportedly made by Davis Street Family Resource Center CEO Rose Johnson. EXCLUSIVE! SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILIn an apparent preemptive move, San Leandro City Manager Chris Zapata released a lengthy letter Tuesday that rebuts unspecified and, until now, not publicly known allegations of improper sexual conduct reportedly made against him by the CEO of a … Continue reading San Leandro city manager discloses allegation of sexual misconduct reportedly made against him by local CEO

Repayment of federal loan is hampering proposed San Leandro dispensary permit

SAN LEANDROThe fate of a San Leandro medical cannabis dispensary may hinge on the repayment of a federal loan previously used to purchase the building where the group intends to open its business sometime next year.The San Leandro Board of Zoning Adjustments reaffirmed its vote last Thursday to pave the way for the Davis Street … Continue reading Repayment of federal loan is hampering proposed San Leandro dispensary permit

San Leandro: BAL Theatre receives half million in city loans; Flavored tobacco ban finalized; Dispensary receives deadline extension

BAL Theatre owner Dan Dillman in front of the theater's marquee in 2014.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILThe BAL Theatre, San Leandro's last Art Deco performing arts building has proven scrappy in keeping its doors open while attracting former A-list Hip Hop and R&B acts from the 80s and 90s to an underutilized area strip of East 14th … Continue reading San Leandro: BAL Theatre receives half million in city loans; Flavored tobacco ban finalized; Dispensary receives deadline extension

San Leandro dispensary faces another hurdle as permit deadline extension nears

San Leandro Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter haspublicly opposed the proposed site of the Davis Street Wellness Center dispensary.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILSan Leandro city administration is standing firm in its stance against the conditional-use permit for a medical cannabis dispensary near a non-profit clinic and shelter for the poor, according to a staff report.Earlier this month, the … Continue reading San Leandro dispensary faces another hurdle as permit deadline extension nears

EBC AGENDA | OCT 13-19 | OAKLAND stocks new Police Commission; Another rent measure in ALAMEDA; television chopper problem in BERKELEY; Pot plans in HAYWARD

THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 13-19--OAKLAND-- Regular council meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 5:30 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--POLICE COMMISSION FILLS OUT-- Mayor Libby Schaaf' had her appointments to the Oakland Police Commission ready to go two weeks ago. They are Thomas Smith, Edwin Prather, and Regina Jackson. Picks from a separate selection panel will be nominated Tuesday … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | OCT 13-19 | OAKLAND stocks new Police Commission; Another rent measure in ALAMEDA; television chopper problem in BERKELEY; Pot plans in HAYWARD

San Leandro zoning board overturns city’s denial of medical cannabis dispensary use permit

A rendering of the Davis Street Wellness Centerretail area at its proposed dispensary onTeagarden Street. PHOTO/DSWCSAN LEANDROAfter several San Leandro zoning commissioners downplayed a city staff report opposing the issuance of a conditional-use permit for the Davis Street Wellness Center medical cannabis dispensary, the board voted, 6-1,Thursday night to overturn the city’s denial.What was before … Continue reading San Leandro zoning board overturns city’s denial of medical cannabis dispensary use permit

EBC AGENDA | SEPT 29-OCT 5 | BERKELEY, SAN LEANDRO to snuff out flavored tobacco; OAKLAND homeless havens; more market rate housing in HAYWARD

THE WEEK OF SEPT 29-OCT 5Before you know it, candidate for office next year will be meeting face-to-face in forums and community meetings, each making their case for their respective office. Last week, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley and her challenger Oakland civil rights attorney Pamela Price kicked off the season at a contentious … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | SEPT 29-OCT 5 | BERKELEY, SAN LEANDRO to snuff out flavored tobacco; OAKLAND homeless havens; more market rate housing in HAYWARD

San Leandro councilman says dispensary permit holder lobbied council colleague’s employer

San Leandro Councilmember Pete Ballewslammed the city's second dispensary permitholder for acting unethically.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILThe cross section of cannabis and politics clashed Monday night in San Leandro after one elected official said the group seeking to retain its previously approved dispensary permit has acted unethically in its zeal to protect their investment.San Leandro Councilmember … Continue reading San Leandro councilman says dispensary permit holder lobbied council colleague’s employer

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

San Leandro proposes tax rate on cannabis purchases

San Leandro's initial tax rate on cannabispurchases could start at 7 percent, accordingto a city staff report.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILSan Leandro city staff is proposing a tax rate on cannabis purchases that would exceed Oakland and Berkeley.Next week, the San Leandro City Council will be presented with a cannabis business tax that would begin at … Continue reading San Leandro proposes tax rate on cannabis purchases