Sanitary district once embroiled in racial controversy, appoints first black woman

ORO LOMA SANITARY DISTRICT | Just over one year after the East Bay's Oro Loma Sanitary District was thrust into controversy following racial comments by one of its elected members, the 104-year-old municipality now has its first black board member.The five-member board appointed Rita Duncan to replace the retiring Howard Kerr on Tuesday following a … Continue reading Sanitary district once embroiled in racial controversy, appoints first black woman

Laython Landis, long-time, controversial San Leandro public official, has died

Laython Landis, in a photo from earlier this year,served 42 years in public office.SAN LEANDRO | OBIT | Layton Landis, the long-serving East Bay sanitary district member and former San Leandro City Councilman, who retired from public office earlier this year over controversial statements, has died. He was 89.After serving on the Oro Loma Sanitary … Continue reading Laython Landis, long-time, controversial San Leandro public official, has died

Another long-time Oro Loma Sanitary District member is retiring

Howard Kerr also served on the San LeandroCity Council.Howard Kerr announces retirement after 29 yearsORO LOMA SANITARY DISTRICT | Howard Kerr, the current longest-serving member of the Oro Loma Sanitary District is retiring after nearly three decades on the Southern Alameda County waste water board. He announced his retirement during a board meeting Tuesday afternoon.Kerr, … Continue reading Another long-time Oro Loma Sanitary District member is retiring

Five seek to replace Landis on Oro Loma board, including two African Americans

Former San Leandro Councilmember Surlene Grant is one of five applicants for the open seaton Oro Loma Sanitary District.ORO LOMA SANITARY DISTRICT | Five applicants to replace long-time Oro Loma Sanitary District member Laython Landis will make their case Tuesday to fill out the remainder of his term through November 2016.Landis officially retired Mar. 30 after a … Continue reading Five seek to replace Landis on Oro Loma board, including two African Americans

An idea for combating sea level rise at the Hayward Shoreline and beyond

Assemblymember Bill Quirk's involvement with the Oro Loma ecotone project goes back to his time as a Hayward council member. PHOTOS/Steven TavaresENVIRONMENT | Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk understood a rise in sea levels was impending way back in the 1970s. As a scientist at NASA's Goodard Institute of Space in New York City, Quirk built … Continue reading An idea for combating sea level rise at the Hayward Shoreline and beyond

Laython Landis, official under fire for boorish behavior, to attend final meeting

Laython Landis' last meeting is Tuesday.ORO LOMA SANITARY DISTRICT | Over the last decade, the Oro Loma Sanitary District has kept a low profile. Elected board members stayed out of trouble and, most importantly, kept sewer and recycling rates low.The five-member board representing San Lorenzo and parts of San Leandro and unincorporated Alameda County lost … Continue reading Laython Landis, official under fire for boorish behavior, to attend final meeting

Oro Loma board member Laython Landis opts for retirement after racist comments

With Landis' retirement next month, the Oro Lomaboard will begin searching for his replacement.ORO LOMA SANITARY DISTRICT | After repeated calls for his resignation following the use of a racial slur during a meeting last December, Oro Loma Sanitary District board member Laython Landis is instead choosing retirement, effective Mar. 30.The Oro Loma Sanitary District … Continue reading Oro Loma board member Laython Landis opts for retirement after racist comments

Oro Loma board seeks permission to sue for Landis’ removal over racial comments

Oro Loma Board Members Laython Landis,left, and Howard Kerr.ORO LOMA SANITARY DISTRICT | The Oro Loma Santitary District Board of Directors voted Wednesday to ask for permission from the State Attorney General's office to sue for the removal of long-time board member Laython Landis following his repeated use of a racial slur over the past … Continue reading Oro Loma board seeks permission to sue for Landis’ removal over racial comments

Alameda County Democrats call for Landis to resign; recall may be initiated

Oro Loma Sanitary District Board DirectorLaython Landis during public comment at meeting Tuesday afternoon.ORO LOMA SANITARY DISTRICT | The Alameda County Democratic Central Committee called for Oro Loma Sanitary District board member Laython Landis to resign this week following his use of a racial slur during a meeting in December.The sanitary district, which services customers in … Continue reading Alameda County Democrats call for Landis to resign; recall may be initiated

Sanitary district board member says he may still use n-word among friends

Laython Landis is resisting calls for hisresignation.ORO LOMA SANITARY DISTRICT | Oro Loma Sanitary District board member Laython Landis was censured by his colleagues for describing heavy rains in the area with an obscure racial slur.During a radio interview with KGO’s Brian Copeland, the embattled official said he won’t use the n-word in public, but might … Continue reading Sanitary district board member says he may still use n-word among friends

Former San Leandro Mayor Shelia Young is back in the game and making history

ORO LOMA SANITARY DISTRICT | It took two attempts, but former two-time San Leandro Mayor Shelia Young is again a public servant. On Tuesday, Young was sworn-in as the first female board member in the 103-year history of the Oro Loma Sanitary District.The five-person board, in fact, has been led by some of the same … Continue reading Former San Leandro Mayor Shelia Young is back in the game and making history

A Summer of Discontent in Oakland

Haggerty Slams Quan | Another Schaaf, Parker Connection | Talking Sh*t at Oro Loma | Siegel SingsWhen A’s co-owner Lew Wolff arrived at the Aug. 6 Coliseum Joint Powers Authority meeting approving the team's lease extension, one of the first people he saw was Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan. Wolff then offered a hearty congratulatory embrace. … Continue reading A Summer of Discontent in Oakland

Shelia Young Won’t Run for San Leandro Mayor; Will Seek Oro Loma Seat, Instead

SAN LEANDRO | MAYOR | Following San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy’s decision not to seek a re-election and an early list of unsatisfying candidate, Shelia Young, the city’s former mayor had been contemplating another run this year. However, she ruled against running for mayor Monday in favor of a third attempt at winning a seat … Continue reading Shelia Young Won’t Run for San Leandro Mayor; Will Seek Oro Loma Seat, Instead