SAN LEANDRO parcel tax takes initial step toward Nov. ballot

Parcel tax could raise $3-$6 per year for public safety Three of the last four San Leandro municipal elections have included at least one revenue-generating tax measure. On Monday, the San Leandro City Council set the initial stages for another. This time a potential parcel tax on the November ballot focused on public safety. The … Continue reading SAN LEANDRO parcel tax takes initial step toward Nov. ballot

San Leandro Councilmember Benny Lee is running for mayor

San Leandro Councilmember Benny Lee'smayoral campaign already has $63,000 incontributions built over the past few years.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL--ELECTION 2018--Backed by the city's burgeoning Asian American demographic and already stocked campaign cash reserves, San Leandro Councilmember Benny Lee said Monday that he's running for mayor this fall.Although Lee's interest in the mayor's office had been … Continue reading San Leandro Councilmember Benny Lee is running for mayor

San Leandro mayor’s state of the city details accomplishments, excludes city manager scandal

San Leandro Mayor Pauline Russo Cutterdelivering the state of the city address lastMonday at the Senior Community Center.SAN LEANDROSan Leandro Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter, during the annual state of the city address this week, said the city is becoming a regional leader in Smart City technology, spending more money on capital improvement project than any … Continue reading San Leandro mayor’s state of the city details accomplishments, excludes city manager scandal

San Leandro councilmember proposes lobbying ordinance

San Leandro Councilmember Lee ThomasSAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILWith a number of San Leandro housing projects in the pipeline and a potential push for retail cannabis permits in the near future, Councilmember Lee Thomas believes the city needs a lobbying ordinance in order for the council and public to distinguish whose interests are being served.Thomas proposed … Continue reading San Leandro councilmember proposes lobbying ordinance

5 MORE THINGS I THINK ABOUT EAST BAY POLITICS…

ELECTION 2018By the looks of it, Alameda Mayor Trishmight be running for re-election againstthe entire City Council.➤I think after what the East Bay Times and columnist Daniel Borenstein pulled with the Alameda City Council and city manager interference story, you should assume every story in that paper is Fake News or contains strains of lies and inaccuracies. … Continue reading 5 MORE THINGS I THINK ABOUT EAST BAY POLITICS…

San Leandro: BAL Theatre receives half million in city loans; Flavored tobacco ban finalized; Dispensary receives deadline extension

BAL Theatre owner Dan Dillman in front of the theater's marquee in 2014.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILThe BAL Theatre, San Leandro's last Art Deco performing arts building has proven scrappy in keeping its doors open while attracting former A-list Hip Hop and R&B acts from the 80s and 90s to an underutilized area strip of East 14th … Continue reading San Leandro: BAL Theatre receives half million in city loans; Flavored tobacco ban finalized; Dispensary receives deadline extension

San Leandro dispensary faces another hurdle as permit deadline extension nears

San Leandro Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter haspublicly opposed the proposed site of the Davis Street Wellness Center dispensary.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILSan Leandro city administration is standing firm in its stance against the conditional-use permit for a medical cannabis dispensary near a non-profit clinic and shelter for the poor, according to a staff report.Earlier this month, the … Continue reading San Leandro dispensary faces another hurdle as permit deadline extension nears

San Leandro bans flavored tobacco sales, passes for now on menthol cigarettes

An proponent of San Leandro's ban on flavoredtobacco sales address the City Council Mondaynight with supporters in the foreground.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILLike some of its neighboring cities, the San Leandro City Council approved Monday night a prohibition on the sale of flavored tobacco products. The council, however, diverged from Oakland and San Francisco, by sidestepping … Continue reading San Leandro bans flavored tobacco sales, passes for now on menthol cigarettes

Tenant relocation payments finally approved in San Leandro

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILA proposed tenant relocation payment program in San Leandro has for more than a year shuttled back and forth between the City Council and its rules committee without resolution, worrying tenants and angering landlords who have balked at added rent restrictions.Despite approving Tuesday night, what is now called the "Tenant Relocation Ordinance," … Continue reading Tenant relocation payments finally approved in San Leandro

San Leandro tenant relocation payment ordinance stymied, sent back to Rules Committee

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILFor the second time in as many weeks, a proposed tenant relocation payment program in San Leandro has failed to move forward. The San Leandro City Council sent back to committee, 5-2, Monday night a second iteration of the the program intended to compensate renters who are evicted through owner-initiated relocations.The council … Continue reading San Leandro tenant relocation payment ordinance stymied, sent back to Rules Committee

San Leandro looks to ban flavored tobacco products, but falls short on menthol cigarettes

San Leandro Councilmember Lee Thomaswants to ban the sale of menthol cigarettes within city limits.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILThe San Leandro City Council is set to take on the tobacco and vaping industries after its Rules Committee voted Monday to move legislation banning the sale of flavored tobacco products within city limits. The proposal includes flavored "juices" used … Continue reading San Leandro looks to ban flavored tobacco products, but falls short on menthol cigarettes

San Leandro picks lower than expected tax on medical cannabis

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILMany government entities are expected to take their own cut in the form of taxes from the burgeoning cannabis industry, but San Leandro is choosing to give businesses and patients a small break.The San Leandro City Council decided this week to start its cannabis business tax rate at a rate of 6 … Continue reading San Leandro picks lower than expected tax on medical cannabis

Despite threat of losing federal funding, San Leandro declares sanctuary city status

San Leandro recieves more than $9 millionin federal funding, but Trump's threat to defundsanctuary cities did not make the council pause.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILSan Leandro became the fifth sanctuary city in Alameda County and the third local municipality to embrace a bulwark against President Trump’s immigration policies in the past month. The San Leandro City … Continue reading Despite threat of losing federal funding, San Leandro declares sanctuary city status

San Leandro mayor is skipping Trump’s inauguration: I’ve got tickets to the African American Museum

San Leandro Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter hasother plans during Friday's inauguration.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL |San Leandro Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter, like other local city leaders is in Washington, D.C. this week for the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors. But unlike some, Cutter is not planning to attend President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration this Friday."So why not … Continue reading San Leandro mayor is skipping Trump’s inauguration: I’ve got tickets to the African American Museum

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL PREVIEW: Slim pickings across the board

Bryan Azevedo and Ed Hernandez face-off in the San Leandro City Council's District 2--the only contested race of three open seats this fall.MEET THE CANDIDATESIn San Leandro, just four candidates filed for three seats this fall. But it gets worse. Two of the races involved termed out councilmembers--Jim Prola and Ursula Reed. Be it apathy in … Continue reading SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL PREVIEW: Slim pickings across the board