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?

Hat in Hand, Katz-Lacabe’s Council Campaign is Politically Couch-Surfing

San Leandro District 1 candidates Deborah Cox and Mike Katz-Lacabe, at a forum last August, differ in many ways, including the amount of campaign contributions they have received this election cycle. PHOTO/Steven TavaresSAN LEANDRO | CITY COUNCIL | San Leandro City Council candidate Mike Katz-Lacabe is a two-term school board member and one of the city's … Continue reading Hat in Hand, Katz-Lacabe’s Council Campaign is Politically Couch-Surfing

‘Till Death Do You Cost Me My San Leandro City Council Race

SAN LEANDRO | CITY COUNCIL | Four years ago, there was chatter--maybe call it fear--among San Leandro’s political establishment about the rise of “newcomers” in the city seeking to gain power through its school board. First, there was school board member Mike Katz-Lacabe and then the election of Stephen Cassidy as mayor. However, Cassidy’s brand … Continue reading ‘Till Death Do You Cost Me My San Leandro City Council Race

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

FPPC Clears Alameda County Democratic Central Committee of Wrongdoing

ALAMEDA COUNTY | The California Fair Political Practices Commission, the government body that oversees campaign ethics, cleared the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee of violating the state's Political Reform Act.“After completing our investigation, we found insufficient evidence of a violation of the Act, and we are closing our file on this matter,” said a letter … Continue reading FPPC Clears Alameda County Democratic Central Committee of Wrongdoing

Sleeping with the Enemy

Payback Is A… | San Leandro Mayoral Candidates | Could AD16 Be Flipped?CHAPTER 16 | How often do you see a Republican operative with a passion to help a Democrat win re-election? A few week’s back, I asked an East Bay Democratic congressional candidate whether they employ any Republicans on their campaign team. They looked … Continue reading Sleeping with the Enemy

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

Motion To Reconsider San Leandro Flag Flap Goes On Without Top Supporter

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL//FLAG FLAP | San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy will bring the controversial Chinese flag vote back the City Council Monday night, but the council member who first place the item on the agenda last month will not be there.With Councilmember Benny Lee away on business in China, the one-vote margin approving the … Continue reading Motion To Reconsider San Leandro Flag Flap Goes On Without Top Supporter

Flag Controversy In San Leandro Reveals A Mayor’s Re-Election Vulnerabilities

SAN LEANDRO//FLAG FLAP/ANALYSIS | There's reasons why residents in Oakland, San Francisco and Alameda are not up in arms about a Chinese flag being unfurled over their cities next week, while San Leandrans tears itself apart. It has little to do with geopolitical rivalries, the treatment of Tibetans or China’s awful civil rights records. In … Continue reading Flag Controversy In San Leandro Reveals A Mayor’s Re-Election Vulnerabilities

San Leandro Considering License Plate Readers In Public Places

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL//PRVACY | The use of license plate readers by police in the name of public protection has been debated before in San Leandro. Now, its police chief wants to install the controversial plate readers in two undisclosed locations around the city. The City Council will begin discussion on whether to expand the use … Continue reading San Leandro Considering License Plate Readers In Public Places

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

The Truth Gets In The Way Of Chris Crow’s Once-Promising Campaign For City Council

ELECTION '12//SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL DIST 4 | When San Leandro District 4 City Council candidate Chris Crow isn’t pacing and pontificating, patting himself on the back or practicing his Zig Ziglar business seminar shtick, the 28-year-old is exhibiting a glaring disregard and pique when it comes to owning up to the truth during this campaign season. … Continue reading The Truth Gets In The Way Of Chris Crow’s Once-Promising Campaign For City Council

Cassidy’s Minions Test The Limits Of Campaign Fair Play

ELECTION '12//SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL//ANALYSIS | Nearly two years to the day members of Stephen Cassidy’s political team were caught distributing campaign literature at San Leandro school events, one of his preferred candidates for the city council is attempting to the navigate the grey area between violating election law and shrewd politicking this year.Cassidy takes … Continue reading Cassidy’s Minions Test The Limits Of Campaign Fair Play

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