SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL PREVIEW: Slim pickings across the board

Bryan Azevedo and Ed Hernandez face-off in the San Leandro City Council's District 2--the only contested race of three open seats this fall.MEET THE CANDIDATESIn San Leandro, just four candidates filed for three seats this fall. But it gets worse. Two of the races involved termed out councilmembers--Jim Prola and Ursula Reed. Be it apathy in … Continue reading SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL PREVIEW: Slim pickings across the board

San Leandro sets the stage for third dispensary, without open bidding process

San Leandro Mayor Pauline Cutter already hasa operator in mind for the city's potential third dispensary.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL |San Leandro’s medical marijuana dispensary ordinance was amended Monday to include a possible third permit. The San Leandro City Council only recently awarded a second permit in July, and now with its latest action, is setting the stage … Continue reading San Leandro sets the stage for third dispensary, without open bidding process

San Leandro approves $15 minimum wage ordinance without small biz exemption

Union members and small business owners packedthe San Leandro City Council chambers Tuesdaynight to discuss raising the minimum wage.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL |Union members gathered for a group photo in front of the council dais and chanted si se puede following the San Leandro City Council’s approval Tuesday night of an ordinance that will raise … Continue reading San Leandro approves $15 minimum wage ordinance without small biz exemption

San Leandro City Council rolls back minimum wage carveouts for small biz; approves original $15 wage by 2020

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | The San Leandro City Council reaffirmed its goal of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020 Monday night, but in a reversal, removed a previously approved one-year exemption for small businesses.The council voted, 6-1, to adopt the original proposal that begins to raise the city’s minimum wage … Continue reading San Leandro City Council rolls back minimum wage carveouts for small biz; approves original $15 wage by 2020

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’s push for $15 minimum wage will cost city $460,000 through 2020

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | San Leandro's push to accelerate its path to a $15 an hour minimum wage quicker than the state's mandate is also going to give a boost to its own city employees.The San Leandro City Council will discuss a proposal to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020 … Continue reading San Leandro’s push for $15 minimum wage will cost city $460,000 through 2020

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

Support builds for comprehensive review of San Leandro’s ‘archaic’ city charter

San Leandro Councilmember Ursula Reed advocatedfor extending council term limits, but discussionturned toward revamping the city charter.SAN LEADNRO CITY COUNCIL | San Leandro’s city charter, its guiding document for governance, is archaic and need wholesale changes, said several councilmembers last week.The issue of San Leandro’s city charter was introduced last week after termed out Councilmember … Continue reading Support builds for comprehensive review of San Leandro’s ‘archaic’ city charter

San Leandro’s push for minimum wage boost continues despite state legislation

San Leandro Councilmember Jim Prola wants thecity's minimum wage to rise to $12 by 2017.SAN LEANDRO | California's minimum wage could rise to $10.50 by the end of this year, if a bill backed by Gov. Jerry Brown is approved by the state legislature, and jump to $15 an hour by 2022. But in more … Continue reading San Leandro’s push for minimum wage boost continues despite state legislation

CADEM16 NOTEBOOK: SD9 candidate Nancy Skinner sings!

SD9 | Nancy Skinner is apparently a very accomplished singer. Walking across the concourse at the San Jose Convention Center Friday afternoon, the Ninth State Senate District candidate broke into song.In fact, Skinner cut her own record in the early 1980s, including a tracked titled, “Can You See A City.” Without warming up, Skinner’s pitch … Continue reading CADEM16 NOTEBOOK: SD9 candidate Nancy Skinner sings!

Palpable fears of rising rents and evictions move to San Leandro

San Leandro Mayor Pauline Cutter is skepticalabout rent control despite a chorus of speakersMonday advocating for greater protections.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | After months of public comment and vetting, the San Leandro City Council approved this week new regulations for its Rent Review Board. The changes include lowering the threshold for tenants to protest rent … Continue reading Palpable fears of rising rents and evictions move to San Leandro

San Leandro unanimously approves first dispensary; angles for pot tax initiative

Harborside founder Steve DeAngelo was disparagedduring Tuesday night's council meeting.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | The long road toward medical cannabis in San Leandro ended after the city council on Tuesday night unanimously approved a permit for Oakland-based Harborside to become the city’s first-ever dispensary. In addition to the approval, the council also voiced strong support … Continue reading San Leandro unanimously approves first dispensary; angles for pot tax initiative

Eden Township eyes potential parcel tax to prop up struggling hospitals

A potential parcel tax might split revenuesbetween St. Rose and San Leandro Hospitals.Healthcare district looked at parcel tax in 2012EDEN TOWNSHIP | Two struggling East Bay hospitals may need the help of voters next year with a parcel tax. The embattled Eden Township Healthcare District is taking the first steps toward exploring whether a district-wide … Continue reading Eden Township eyes potential parcel tax to prop up struggling hospitals

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