Cassidy is no longer mayor, but he isn’t leaving San Leandro politics

Stephen Cassidy: Out of power, but notout of things to say.SAN LEANDRO | Stephen Cassidy left the mayor's office in San Leandro after just one term. There was no specific public reason for why he left thousands of his supporters in the lurch and bowed out of a likely successful re-election campaign.The reason is believed … Continue reading Cassidy is no longer mayor, but he isn’t leaving San Leandro politics

San Leandro Mayor Dropped Excessive Pounds Through The Oprah Diet

Cassidy: many cheeseburgers ago.PHOTO/Shane BondSAN LEANDRO | Mayor Stephen Cassidy was once one of those fat guys who drank Diet Coke during San Leandro City Council meetings. Now he drinks what The Citizen’s Shane Bond reported was “green sludge” at a meeting last July. An “investigation” in May questioned how Cassidy had transformed himself from a rotund … Continue reading San Leandro Mayor Dropped Excessive Pounds Through The Oprah Diet

Sutter Health’s Epic Fail

HEALTH CARE | It seems San Leandro Hospital got out from under the thumb of Sutter Health in the nick of time. The California Nurses Association on Tuesday harshly criticized the hospital provider for potentially putting patients at risk when its $1 billion records keeping computer program went dark for most of the day on … Continue reading Sutter Health’s Epic Fail

How Alameda Health System Is Going All-In With Deals In Alameda, San Leandro

ALAMEDA COUNTY//HEALTH CARE | The fall and potential renaissance of two East Bay health care facilities in San Leandro and Alameda share similar qualities, they reportedly bleed money and struggle to compete in a market dominated by big players in the health care industry. However, while Alameda resident’s took control of their stand-alone hospital years … Continue reading How Alameda Health System Is Going All-In With Deals In Alameda, San Leandro

The Lengths Non-Profit Hospitals Go To Scam Taxpayers On Charity Care

SUNDAY COLUMN | As the Legislature made a mad dash this week to clear its calendar of bills from its houses of origin, one specific floor debate in the Assembly showed why many distrust government and unfortunately assume their hands are tied by the sheer volume of corruption to do anything about it.Non-profit hospitals, which … Continue reading The Lengths Non-Profit Hospitals Go To Scam Taxpayers On Charity Care

Alameda County Official Says Sutter Will Not Close San Leandro Hospital Until 2014, At Earliest

HEALTH CARE | Sutter Health's long-held intention to shut down San Leandro Hospital will not happen this year, says the director of the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency, but as early as spring 2014.The reason for the delay, says Alex Briscoe, is not due to Sutter’s indecision over shuttering the hospital and its much-needed emergency room, … Continue reading Alameda County Official Says Sutter Will Not Close San Leandro Hospital Until 2014, At Earliest

Hayward’s St. Rose Hospital Faces $3M Funding Gap By Sept. 30

Supervisors Wilma Chan and Richard Valle, St. Rose interimCEO Mak Nakayama/Photo Shane BondALAMEDA COUNTY//HEALTH CARE | Hayward's perennially cash-strapped St. Rose Hospital faces a projected $3 million hole by Sept. 30, according to county officials. In addition, another $3 million in cash flow issues by next January will require the hospital to seek $6 million in funds to help … Continue reading Hayward’s St. Rose Hospital Faces $3M Funding Gap By Sept. 30

Mahoney Takes Proposal To Save San Leandro Hospital To The Community

SUPPORTERS URGED RESIDENTS TO ATTEND MAY 17 TOWN HALL; APPEAL TO SUTTERBy Steven Tavaressteven.tavares@eastbaycitizen.com@eastbaycitizen on twitterIn his first public appearance on the newest proposal to save San Leandro Hospital, the CEO of Hayward’s St. Rose added details to the plan San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy called a “win-win situation” for the community.Michael Mahoney began what … Continue reading Mahoney Takes Proposal To Save San Leandro Hospital To The Community

Stark: Sutter Marches To Their Own Tune

HE SAYS THERE IS LITTLE HE CAN DO TO HELP SAN LEANDRO HOSPITALBy Steven TavaresSupporters of keeping the doors open at San Leandro Hospital, don’t expect help from the federal government. Rep. Pete Stark said during a town hall last weekend he cannot pick and choose which hospitals he helps and described himself powerless against … Continue reading Stark: Sutter Marches To Their Own Tune

‘A Little Better Than We Expected’

LOW BUDGET FORECASTS AND $1.7 MILLION IN UNEXPECTED REVENUE PERKS UP CITY FINANCIAL OUTLOOKBy Steven TavaresSan Leandro's climb back to financial stability, these days, is measured in hope as much as it is in dollars and cents. The city's new finance director brought a glimmer of cautious cheer to the city's outlook. Conservative budget projections and fortuitous injections … Continue reading ‘A Little Better Than We Expected’

Money was the Message for the Lockyers

YEAR-IN-REVIEW / APRIL-JUNEThe will of Bill Lockyer to fund his wife, Nadia Lockyer's campaign for county supervisor kicks into high gear before the June primary.SANTOS BRINGS RCV BACK; CHAN BECOMES SUPERVISOR; S.L. SCHOOL DISTRICT LOSES $1.6 MILLIONAPRILFran David becomes Interim City Manager of Hayward after Greg Jones quits among rumors he will run for the school … Continue reading Money was the Message for the Lockyers

San Leandro Easily Passes Two Funding Measures

CITY FOLLOWS LOCAL TREND OF VOTERS APPROVING MEASURES WITH SIMPLE MAJORITYBy Steven TavaresSan Leandro High will benefit from improvements to Burrell Field.In times of economic uncertainty, San Leandro voters easily approved a bump in the local sales tax to 10 percent, while giving the go-ahead to significantly upgrade its school sports facilities.Tax and bond measures entailing a super … Continue reading San Leandro Easily Passes Two Funding Measures

The Times’ Anti-Union Stance Against City Workers

KAISER STOPS PAYING PROPERTY TAX AROUND '14; TIMES DOESN'T THINK ECONOMY WILL IMPROVE?SL TIMES POST-PRODUCTION MEETING San Leandro Times Editor Jim Knowles is not present, nor is his reporter or the lady who answers phones. I brought Krispy Kremes. We'll start the meeting without them.You don't have to look much further than read the San … Continue reading The Times’ Anti-Union Stance Against City Workers

Largest Project in San Leandro History Approved

KAISER/MIXED-USE RETAIL PROJECT PASSED BY COUNCIL; WILL ADD 2,000 NEW JOBSBy STEVEN TAVARESThe CitizenThe San Leandro City Council approved construction of the Kaiser Permanente San Leandro Medical Center Monday night--the largest construction project in the city's history.San Leandro Mayor Tony Santos labeled the vote historic and called it "the largest creation of jobs by council … Continue reading Largest Project in San Leandro History Approved

Prime Healthcare is not the Solution to Hospital Woes

FOR-PROFIT OWNER FAVORS HEALTH CARE IF YOU HAVE THE MONEYThe inclusion of Prime Healthcare into the San Leandro Hospital equation may have larger ramification on the sick and infirm than the loss of the hospital.The for-profit health care provider located in Southern California and owned by an eccentric cardiologist named Dr. Prem Reddy seems intent … Continue reading Prime Healthcare is not the Solution to Hospital Woes