Oakland councilmembers propose to reduce violent crime with new city department

OAKLAND CITY COUNCILOakland's consistently high levels of violent crime need a noticeable jolt of improvement, said Oakland Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney Tuesday after proposing the creation of a new city Department of Violence Prevention.Oakland Council President Larry Reid is also a sponsor of the ordinance that began its path through the city government Tuesday at … Continue reading Oakland councilmembers propose to reduce violent crime with new city department

McElhaney, Reid propose Oakland city department to curb violence

Oakland Councilmember Lynette GibsonMcElhaney and Larry Reid, below, want tocreate a city department to stop homicides.OAKLAND CITY COUNCILWhile gun violence continues to be a perennial problem in Oakland, two councilmembers believe one solution is to create a city department dedicated to violence prevention and services for those affected by violent crime.Oakland Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney … Continue reading McElhaney, Reid propose Oakland city department to curb violence

San Leandro eyes potential ballot measure to tax cannabis, parking lots

San Leandro may ask voters to approve a ballotmeasure that would among other uses, replaceits police station.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL |Over the past three election cycles, San Leandro voters have helped the city bolster its treasury through various tax measures. It may ask for help again this fall through another tax-raising ballot measure.Although the city's … Continue reading San Leandro eyes potential ballot measure to tax cannabis, parking lots

City Hall Insider: agenda notes from around the East Bay, July 14-16

FREMONT/July 14, 7 p.m.All eyes on Fremont’s surveillance camerasSURVEILLANCE CAMERAS APPROVAL Oakland residents fought hard against the type of surveillance the Fremont City Council is set to approval Tuesday night. But this isn't Oakland. The council will be asked to approve the purchase of 10 high-resolution surveillance cameras for $299,000. The license plate reader cameras … Continue reading City Hall Insider: agenda notes from around the East Bay, July 14-16

Already the worst in Alameda County, will San Leandro’s roads improve with additional revenues?

San Leandro Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter saysthe city will keep its promise to fix its roads withadditional sales tax revenues.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | Last fall, San Leandro officials said the passage of Measure HH, a new 30-year, half-cent sales tax increase would, among other things, help fund the rehabilitation of its roads, already graded … Continue reading Already the worst in Alameda County, will San Leandro’s roads improve with additional revenues?

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

Former San Leandro Mayor Calls Out Current One for Stance on Tax Measure

San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidyand former Mayor Tony Santos are stillrivals four years later.SAN LEANDRO | Former San Leandro Mayor Tony Santos says the current mayor should apologize to residents for opposing a quarter percent sales tax increase four years ago that ultimately helped the city escape the Great Recession.This week, San Leandro Mayor Stephen … Continue reading Former San Leandro Mayor Calls Out Current One for Stance on Tax Measure

San Leandro Places 30-Year Sales Tax Extension on November Ballot

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | Nearly four years after voters in San Leandro approved a much-needed sales tax measure viewed by many to have helped the city escape the worst of the Great Recession, city leaders will again ask them to extend the half-cent increase next fall for another 30 years.The San Leandro City Council … Continue reading San Leandro Places 30-Year Sales Tax Extension on November Ballot

Cassidy Pads Resume with Falsehoods when Truth is more Compelling

CAMPAIGN 2014 | SAN LEANDRO | Politicians take credit for things. It’s a fact of life that becomes amplified during campaign season. So, it’s no surprise San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy is pumping up his resume over the last four years in office with accomplishments that may more credibly belong to others. The things is, … Continue reading Cassidy Pads Resume with Falsehoods when Truth is more Compelling

San Leandro May Spend $110k To Study Potential Tax Measure in 2014

San Leandro may eye a road improvement taxnext year. It has struggled in recent years to findmoney to repair its roads. SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | With the coming mid-term election season just around the corner, voters in Alameda County, including those in San Leandro, may be asked to pass another round of revenue-generating tax measures. … Continue reading San Leandro May Spend $110k To Study Potential Tax Measure in 2014

San Leandro’s Undercover Conservative Mayor Fights To Raise Taxes, Lower Wages

ANALYSISMar. 6, 2012 | San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy is battling schizophrenia when it comes to taxes. He supports them sometimes, protests them other times. That's the easy assessment. His uneven record on sales and parcel taxes are also exacerbated by a special knack for placing his chips on loser measures and a weird schadenfreude when it … Continue reading San Leandro’s Undercover Conservative Mayor Fights To Raise Taxes, Lower Wages

Cassidy’s Call For Sacrifice Does Not Jibe With His Reality

BREAKING THE UNION ONE BACK AT A TIME, BUT HOW DO YOU ATTRACT BUSINESS IF YOU SAY THE CITY IS NEAR BANKRUPTCY?By Steven Tavaressteven.tavares@eastbaycitizen.comFollow @eastbaycitizen on twitterAs far as ruses go, San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy’s ploy to bolster his sacrifice to the city’s budget perceived woes is one for the record books. Cassidy famously … Continue reading Cassidy’s Call For Sacrifice Does Not Jibe With His Reality

Cassidy Promises Balanced Budget For Coming Fiscal Year

DESPITE AURA OF ECONOMIC GOOD NEWS, MAYOR PUTS SPOTLIGHT ON CITY EMPLOYEES TO SACRIFICEBy Steven Tavares San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy promised during Monday night a balanced budget for the coming fiscal year without the use of reserves or other accounting gimmicks.“We must restore San Leandro to fiscal health,” said Cassidy during the annual State … Continue reading Cassidy Promises Balanced Budget For Coming Fiscal Year

New Year, New People In Charge of San Leandro

FIVE IMPORTANT NEW FACES WILL NEED TIME TO MESHBy Steven TavaresThese are either times of great upheaval calling for a new stewardship or a confluence of rough economic waters navigated by political novices. Either way, 2011 is shaping up as a year featuring the emergence of five new people in five of the city's most … Continue reading New Year, New People In Charge of San Leandro

‘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’