San Leandro Voters Issue A Stunning Rebuke To Cassidy’s Beliefs, Cantankerous Style

Stephen Cassidy: in the drink?SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | It appears San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy went to the well one too many times. The stubborn moderate conservative mayor surprised many in 2010 with his victory based upon fiscal responsibility and the demonization of public workers. However, what worked two years ago didn't catch lightning … Continue reading San Leandro Voters Issue A Stunning Rebuke To Cassidy’s Beliefs, Cantankerous Style

Benny Lee Becomes San Leandro’s First Asian American Councilmember

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 4 | San Leandro’s demographics of a generation ago is a well-known secret. In 1970, 99.9 percent of the East Bay city was white. Times have changed when it comes to its City Council, which has integrated both women and certain minority groups since, except in one glaring category. On … Continue reading Benny Lee Becomes San Leandro’s First Asian American Councilmember

Contributor Tied To Swalwell Pay-To-Play Allegation Making Moves In San Leandro, Too

Gordon GalvanELECTION '12//SAN LEANDRO | The East Bay political fixer involved in the Eric Swalwell Dublin pay-to-play allegations is also trying to make a mark in his old stomping grounds, San Leandro.Gordon Galvan has been busy writing checks, according to recent finance reports, while attaching himself personally and with other groups to races in San Leandro this fall, although recent … Continue reading Contributor Tied To Swalwell Pay-To-Play Allegation Making Moves In San Leandro, Too

Mack-Rose Called Reed Offering For A Clean Campaign Before Going Negative

ELECTION '12//SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL DIST 2 | As early as last July, there were rumors the campaign for San Leandro’s District 2 seat would get vicious. Candidate Dan Dillman faces the possibility of incarceration next year for obstruction of justice against two Alameda County sheriff’s deputies. San Leandro school board trustee Morgan Mack-Rose heard … Continue reading Mack-Rose Called Reed Offering For A Clean Campaign Before Going Negative

San Leandro Mayor Cassidy Aids Challengers In Effort To Stack The City Council

Stephen CassidyELECTION '12//SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | Mayor Stephen Cassidy of San Leandro donated money to political allies in all three open seats on the City Council up for re-election including Morgan Mack-Rose for District 2, Chris Crow for District 4 and Hermy Almonte for District 6.Cassidy gave $500 from his 2010 election committee to … Continue reading San Leandro Mayor Cassidy Aids Challengers In Effort To Stack The City Council

My Opponent Is Getting Help From Text Messages During Our Debate! OMG!

ELECTION ‘12//TEXT MESSAGING | Calling out your opponent for receiving help during candidate’s forums via text messages--it’s the campaign bombshell sweeping the nation! Well, at least, in our little corner of the East Bay. On at least four notable occasions this election season, local candidates have lobbed the specious, often times suspect, allegation against opponents … Continue reading My Opponent Is Getting Help From Text Messages During Our Debate! OMG!

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

iPadGate: Mack-Rose Says Reed Uses City-Bought iPad; But It’s Not True

ELECTION '12//SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL DIST 2 | San Leandro City Council candidate Morgan Mack-Rose accused her opponent Councilwoman Ursula Reed of misusing taxpayers’ dollars by pursuing a proposal earlier this year to purchase iPads for the council’s use. Mack-Rose also faulted Reed for accepting one of the city-issued iPads, but the incumbent Reed vehemently denied the assertion. … Continue reading iPadGate: Mack-Rose Says Reed Uses City-Bought iPad; But It’s Not True

Inside The Mind Of Democrats: Fremont Mayor, Oakland, San Leandro City Councils

ELECTION '12//DEMOCRATS | The blessing of the local Democratic Party is an important tool for any campaign, not only for the seal of approval it bestows, but access to the party's purse strings and significant electoral amenities. This weekend, comments by various party committee members, made during the deliberations for a slew of Alameda County races provided telling insights … Continue reading Inside The Mind Of Democrats: Fremont Mayor, Oakland, San Leandro City Councils

Theater Owner, Dillman, Runs for San Leandro City Council

Dan Dillman/PHOTO: SHANE BONDELECTION '12//SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL By SHANE BOND, The CitizenComing off the heels of the recent controversy with Alameda County Sheriff's Department, Dan Dillman, owner of San Leandro's Bal Theatre, launched his campaign last Saturday to a small crowd at the Bal Theatre to capture Councilwoman Ursula Reed’s District 2 seat on … Continue reading Theater Owner, Dillman, Runs for San Leandro City Council

Cassidy is Putting the Squeeze on Councilwoman Reed

REED'S SUGGESTION TO LOWER THE NUMBER OF COUNCIL SEATS TO FIVE CAME FROM TEAM CASSIDYBy Steven Tavaressteven.tavares@eastbaycitizen.comFollow @eastbaycitizen on twitter"Here's my thinking," San Leandro Councilwoman Ursula Reed said last week on the subject of lowering the number of representatives from seven to five.Councilwoman UrsulaReed is in a bind.The thing is, the idea to consolidate power … Continue reading Cassidy is Putting the Squeeze on Councilwoman Reed

Cassidy’s Plan B for Cooperating With Colleagues: Replace Them

HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF AS RUMORS SWIRL OF SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT RUNNING FOR COUNCILBy Steven TavaresPresident Franklin D. Roosevelt tried to pack the U.S. Supreme Court. San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy may eventually attempt to pack the city council with like-minded patsies.San Leandro School BoardPresident Morgan Mack-RoseA rumor propagated by a talkative acolyte of Cassidy may set … Continue reading Cassidy’s Plan B for Cooperating With Colleagues: Replace Them

In the Union’s Dog House

The silhouette of San Leandro School Board President Morgan Mack-Rose. Her comments Dec. 21 critical of the city employee contracts raised the eyebrows of some union members.SOME POLS DRAW LINE IN THE SAND WITH UNIONS; FREMONT'S NEW COUNCILMEMBER TO PROVIDE PUNCH AGAINST LABORBy Steven TavaresMembers of the San Leandro School Board like to preface their comments … Continue reading In the Union’s Dog House

San Leandro Approves Union Contracts Despite Cassidy’s Protest

COUNCIL, UNIONS DELIVER FIRST DEFEAT TO MAYOR-ELECTBy Steven TavaresDuring a combative, sometimes riveting, city council session Monday night, it was the union's who struck back after a long campaign season in which their service was often villified by candidates. The council approved, 5-0, two city employee contracts covering over 300 workers and containing no wage increases for a … Continue reading San Leandro Approves Union Contracts Despite Cassidy’s Protest

School Board Appoints Carey New Trustee

AREA 6 APPOINTMENT TO REPLACE HAGUE NEXT YEARBy Steven TavaresVery few seemed enthused to replace outgoing San Leandro School Trustee Lisa Hague during the campaign filing period forcing the board to appoint long-time resident Ron Carey to the seat beginning next year.The board unanimously approved Carey's appointment partly on the basis of his record of altrusim to local schools and his … Continue reading School Board Appoints Carey New Trustee