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

Husband and Wife May Run for Office in San Leandro

SAN LEANDRO  | They are well known to those who follow San Leandro politics and sometimes loathed by some of their outspoken activism. As San Leandro school board member Mike Katz-Lacabe seeks the open District 1 seat on the City Council, his outspoken partner, Margarita Lacabe took out nomination papers in July to run for … Continue reading Husband and Wife May Run for Office in San Leandro

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

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

2013 Year In Lists: Best/Worst Dressed East Bay Politicians

BESTRebecca Kaplan1. Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland councilmember>>> Who would have ever thought the East Bay politician who made the simple vest the rage of council couture could top herself, again? Gone is the vest, for the most part, and in is the backward baseball cap. An EBC fashion consultant remarked, “Damn, she does Bieber better than … Continue reading 2013 Year In Lists: Best/Worst Dressed East Bay Politicians

A TV Guide To San Leandro’s First-Ever City Council Broadcast

As a TV drama, Mayor Stephen Cassidywould be cast as the villain.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | Is the San Leandro City Council ready for its close up? One of the East Bay's last government bodies to offer residents the option to view meetings online or in the comfort of their home makes it broadcast premiere tonight. Here's a … Continue reading A TV Guide To San Leandro’s First-Ever City Council Broadcast

San Leandro Approves Draft Ordinance Allowing Two Dispensaries

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL//DISPENSARIES | After much advocacy and derision regarding one of San Leandro’s most controversial topics, the City Council passed a draft ordinance that could allow up to two medical cannabis dispensaries in city boundaries following over three years of debate. A large amount of medical cannabis supporters argued for the safe use of cannabis and its positive therapeutic … Continue reading San Leandro Approves Draft Ordinance Allowing Two Dispensaries

After Divisive Discussion, Chinese Flag Will Fly Over San Leandro City Hall Oct. 1

San Leandro Councilmember Benny LeeSAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | A foreign banner will fly over San Leandro next month. With the approval of a controversial plan to celebrate China’s national day by flying the country’s flag over San Leandro City Hall next month, a majority of the City Council said the decision is meant to honor the people … Continue reading After Divisive Discussion, Chinese Flag Will Fly Over San Leandro City Hall Oct. 1

San Leandro Inching Closer To Allowing Medical Cannabis Dispensaries

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | Nearly three years ago, the San Leandro City Council was in the midst of reefer madness. In late 2010, it nearly placed a 22-month moratorium on medical cannabis dispensaries--a potential death sentence possibly leading to an outright ban. Through a slick parliamentary maneuver by Councilmember Jim Prola, who argued for a shorter moratorium, instead … Continue reading San Leandro Inching Closer To Allowing Medical Cannabis Dispensaries

Prola Says He’s Not In The Mix For San Leandro Mayor

Councilmember Jim ProlaSAN LEANDRO//2014 ELECTION/MAYOR | San Leandro's most liberal city councilman says he is not interested in running for mayor next year. However, if the city's notorious Mayor Stephen Cassidy upsets him, he might change his mind."I have no intention to run," said Prola during a break in the action at Tuesday night's council … Continue reading Prola Says He’s Not In The Mix For San Leandro Mayor

In San Leandro, And Alameda County As A Whole, Homelessness Persists Without Resources

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | Homelessness is a topic commonly swept under the rug not only in America at-large, but all over Alameda County. The San Leandro City Council, this week, discussed those living in the shadows. Although no new plan was unveiled to tackle homelessness, Councilmember Ursula Reed, who had requested the item to be discussed … Continue reading In San Leandro, And Alameda County As A Whole, Homelessness Persists Without Resources

PROLA NAMED SAN LEANDRO’S VICE MAYOR; SOUZA FEELS SNUBBED

New Vice Mayor Jim ProlaSAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | San Leandro Councilmember Jim Prola was appointed vice mayor this week. The motion was made without discussion and passed, 4-3. Then there was a pause. Councilmembers detailed their mostly mundane past two weeks. Councilmember Michael Gregory rode his bike with the mayor. Prola attended every event in … Continue reading PROLA NAMED SAN LEANDRO’S VICE MAYOR; SOUZA FEELS SNUBBED

Citizens, Special Interests Grapple With San Leandro’s Proposed Pot Dispensary

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | The San Leandro city council hosted a work session for public input Tuesday night concerning the medical cannabis dispensary ordinance recently drafted by staff with a few hundred in attendance to speak on the controversial issue.Attendees were relatively split over marijuana dispensaries with some warning of an uptick in crime … Continue reading Citizens, Special Interests Grapple With San Leandro’s Proposed Pot Dispensary

2012 Year In Lists: Top 5 Best/Worst Dressed Politcians in the East Bay

 Best Dressed East Bay PoliticiansMary Hayashi in Oct. 2011.Mary Hayashi – No joke! Who, other than Hayashi, could have the balls to show up for her hearing for shoplifting from Neiman Marcus dressed to the nines while clutching a pricey Coach bag? Although, we noticed she was wearing some pantsuits more than once during the … Continue reading 2012 Year In Lists: Top 5 Best/Worst Dressed Politcians in the East Bay

Alameda County Medical Center Proposes To Operate San Leandro Hospital For Two Years

SAVE SAN LEANDRO HOSPITAL | Representatives from the Alameda County Medical Center will present a proposal Wednesday night to take over operations of San Leandro Hospital for, at least, the next two years.ACMC will unveil the plan at the monthly meeting of the Eden Township Healthcare District in Hayward, according to its agenda posted Monday. … Continue reading Alameda County Medical Center Proposes To Operate San Leandro Hospital For Two Years