San Leandro begins debate on whether to honor city’s first African American councilmember

Former San Leandro Councilmember Surlene Grant served from 1998-2008.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILNear the end of former San Leandro Councilmember Ursula Reed's second term in office, she began exploring ways to honor her predecessor in District 2, Surlene Grant, the city's first-ever African American councilmember.Reed first proposed renaming Joaquin Plaza, a modest courtyard located on East 14th Street … Continue reading San Leandro begins debate on whether to honor city’s first African American councilmember

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 councilman says dispensary permit holder lobbied council colleague’s employer

San Leandro Councilmember Pete Ballewslammed the city's second dispensary permitholder for acting unethically.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILThe cross section of cannabis and politics clashed Monday night in San Leandro after one elected official said the group seeking to retain its previously approved dispensary permit has acted unethically in its zeal to protect their investment.San Leandro Councilmember … Continue reading San Leandro councilman says dispensary permit holder lobbied council colleague’s employer

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 City Council adds landlord exemptions to proposed tenant relocation payments

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILIt’s taken more than a year for the San Leandro City Council to formulate a tenant relocation payments amendment to its existing rent review ordinance. But following a number of additions to the proposal, some that benefit small-time landlords in San Leandro, the amendments will have to wait another two weeks for … Continue reading San Leandro City Council adds landlord exemptions to proposed tenant relocation payments

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 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

San Leandro will have just one contested race on the entire ballot this November

San Leandro District 2 City Council race betweenBryan Azevedo and Ed Hernandez will take centerstage in November.SAN LEANDRO |ELECTION 2016Either San Leandrans are content with how their city government and school district is running or nobody is interested to bother with running for local office.Come November, just one race in the entire city will contested … Continue reading San Leandro will have just one contested race on the entire ballot this November

Crime rate drops 18% during first six months

CRIME FALLING DESPITE RECESSION THROUGHOUT COUNTRYSan Leandro has posted an 18 percent drop in crime through the first six months of this year. The numbers mimic a pleasantly surprising trend across many U.S. cities who have reported a drop in crime despite the long-held belief offenses rise during hard economic times."We're all scratching our heads … Continue reading Crime rate drops 18% during first six months