San Leandro may place limits on proposed armored police vehicle

A Lenco Bearcat MedEvac on loan to the San Leandro Police Department on display for public viewing Thursday before a public meeting at the San Leandro Senior Community Center. PHOTOS/Steven TavaresA speaker addresses the city's police force and City Council Thursday evening.SAN LEANDRO | San Leandro residents and opponents of their police department’s decision to apply for … Continue reading San Leandro may place limits on proposed armored police vehicle

Lone white man named new vice mayor in San Leandro

WHITE MAN CAN JUMP: San Leandro's loneCaucasian council member is named vice mayor despite calls for diversity.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | In the past, San Leandro chose its largely ceremonial vice mayor every spring, but a low-level charter crisis last year led to a charter amendment on the November ballot moving it to the beginning of the … Continue reading Lone white man named new vice mayor in San Leandro

San Leandro to swear-in four new City Council members

Mayor-elect Pauline Cutter will be sworn-inMonday, but won't assume office until Jan. 1.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | The largest class of new San Leandro council members in the city’s history will be sworn-in during a special meeting Monday night.Four of the seven seats on the City Council will have new members. In addition, to Mayor-elect … Continue reading San Leandro to swear-in four new City Council members

CUTTER ELECTED SAN LEANDRO MAYOR; THREE NEWCOMERS ADDED TO NEXT CITY COUNCIL

San Leandro Mayor-elect Pauline Cutter.SAN LEANDRO | MAYOR | CITY COUNCIL | Councilmember Pauline Cutter will be the next mayor of San Leandro after ranked choice voting Wednesday morning built upon an 11-point lead over Councilmember Diana Souza.Cutter won 57 percent of the vote, followed by Souza's 43 percent after ranked choice voting tabulations. Early … Continue reading CUTTER ELECTED SAN LEANDRO MAYOR; THREE NEWCOMERS ADDED TO NEXT CITY COUNCIL

SAN LEANDRO ELECTION PREVIEW: A New Hope?

San Leandro mayoral candidates Councilmember Pauline Cutter, Bal Theater owner Dan Dillman and Councilmember Diana Souza.THE CANDIDATES When Mayor Stephen Cassidy made the surprising announcement that he would not seek re-election after just one term; you would expect a series of musical chairs following the major recalculation of the city’s politics. But, this did not … Continue reading SAN LEANDRO ELECTION PREVIEW: A New Hope?

Souza Says She’ll Take Credit for Cassidy Not Running for Mayor

San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy, Councilmember Diana Souza.SAN LEANDRO | MAYOR | Even before San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy took office in 2010 he had alienated the city’s police officers, city employees, progressives, and members of the Alameda County Democratic Party, just to name a few important constituencies.After moving into the mayor’s office—which he subsequently rarely … Continue reading Souza Says She’ll Take Credit for Cassidy Not Running for Mayor

A Proxy War for Mayor in San Leandro

San Leandro mayoral candidates, Councilmember Diana Souza, Dan Dillman and Councilmember Pauline Cutter, at a forum Sept. 11 at the San Leandro Main Library. PHOTO/Steven TavaresSAN LEANDRO | MAYOR | San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy decided earlier this year that one term in office was enough, but that doesn’t mean his large frame isn’t casting … Continue reading A Proxy War for Mayor in San Leandro

Three East Bay Races Where Candidates Need to Better Sing Their Songs

We are now less than two months away from Election Day. For some campaigns it’s put up or shut up. Aside from a bombshell that likely will not happen, narratives need to be developed not sooner than later, but now. Free of charge, here are some stories that some campaign's need to start telling:RO KHANNA … Continue reading Three East Bay Races Where Candidates Need to Better Sing Their Songs

Is Khanna’s Political Consultant Taking Him For A Ride?

Over a year ago, news reports and various pundits attached words like “epic” and “grudge match” to the 17th Congressional District race between Rep. Mike Honda and Ro Khanna. On the heels of Eric Swalwell’s intra-party upset of Pete Stark and a vastly superior campaign war chest, the early romance with Khanna appeared warranted. Then … Continue reading Is Khanna’s Political Consultant Taking Him For A Ride?

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

Early Crop of San Leandro Mayoral Candidates Failing to Excite, Leaving Others to Contemplate a Run

The lack of quality mayoral candidatesin San Leandro leads some to suggestEllen Corbett, left, should run in the fall.PHOTO/Steven TavaresSAN LEANDRO | MAYOR | When San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy said last month he would not seek re-election after just one term, it suddenly put the mayor’s race in play. Cassidy appeared headed for re-election … Continue reading Early Crop of San Leandro Mayoral Candidates Failing to Excite, Leaving Others to Contemplate a Run

San Leandro Councilmember Diana Souza to Run for Mayor

First in: Councilmember Diana SouzaSAN LEANDRO | MAYOR | After months of chatter speculating San Leandro Councilmember Diana Souza would run for mayor this year, the two-term District 3 representative officially filed papers for a bid to replace Mayor Stephen Cassidy. Souza filed to form a campaign committee just days before the surprise announcement by … Continue reading San Leandro Councilmember Diana Souza to Run for 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

San Leandro Mayor Will Not Seek Re-Election After One Term

Stephen CassidySAN LEANDRO | MAYOR | San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy announced late Sunday night he will not seek re-election later this year after serving just a single term in office."I have concluded it is in the best interests of our city and my family that I focus on serving as Mayor for the remainder … Continue reading San Leandro Mayor Will Not Seek Re-Election After One Term

The Skinny: San Leandro City Council Preview, Mar. 3, 2014

San Leandro City Council Preview835 East 14th Street, San LeandroMonday, Mar. 3, 2014, 7 p.m.[FULL AGENDA HERE]Twitter Hashtag: #slmtg>>> REASON TO FILL OUT A SPEAKER’S CARDReconstructed Burrell Field in San Leandro.PACIFIC SPORTS COMPLEX AGREEMENT Four years ago, San Leandro voters approved a $50 million school bond to reconstruct the notoriously decrepit Burrell Field (the sports complex … Continue reading The Skinny: San Leandro City Council Preview, Mar. 3, 2014