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

Alameda Labor Council asked to meet with investigator in San Leandro city manager probe

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILThe Alameda Labor Council, one of the most powerful political bodies in the East Bay, made an effort to speak with the independent investigator tapped by the city of San Leandro to look into the sexual misconduct allegations made against San Leandro City Manager Chris Zapata.Alameda Labor Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Josie Camacho … Continue reading Alameda Labor Council asked to meet with investigator in San Leandro city manager probe

Disgraced Teamsters boss continued to be involved with San Leandro dispensary after two-year ban from union

Powerful Teamsters boss Rome Aloise wasbanned from the union in December followingcorruption charges.SAN LEANDRONearly a month after Rome Aliose, a powerful local Teamsters leader was banned by the union for two years following corruption charges, he attended a San Leandro City Council retreat, along with Davis Street Family Resource Center CEO Rose Padilla Johnson. Workers … Continue reading Disgraced Teamsters boss continued to be involved with San Leandro dispensary after two-year ban from union

Dispensary involved in San Leandro political scandal says they’ll repay loan before next week’s deadline, open 4/20

Rendering of the proposed Davis Street Wellness Center at 3081 Teagarden Street.SAN LEANDROIn response to allegations of sexual misconduct, San Leandro City Manager Chris Zapata denied the claims and, instead, asserted they were attempts by the accuser to aid final approval of a medical cannabis dispensary in the city, of which she has a financial interest.But … Continue reading Dispensary involved in San Leandro political scandal says they’ll repay loan before next week’s deadline, open 4/20

San Leandro City Council calls special meeting to discuss disciplining city manager

San Leandro City Council's special closedsession begins Tuesday, 6 p.m.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILSix days after the San Leandro City Manager Chris Zapata threw the doors open on the city's dirty laundry, including allegations of sexual misconduct against himself, city officials are likely to weigh-in on the burgeoning political scandal on Tuesday evening.The City Council scheduled … Continue reading San Leandro City Council calls special meeting to discuss disciplining city manager

San Leandro non-profit leader, who accused city manager of misconduct, will sue the city

SAN LEANDROThe leader of the local non-profit, who last week said San Leandro City Manager Chris Zapata attempted to offer a publicly-financed loan for the Davis Street Family Resource Center in exchange for an intimate relationship, says she plans to file a lawsuit.A lawsuit against Zapata and the city is pending, said Sam Singer, a … Continue reading San Leandro non-profit leader, who accused city manager of misconduct, will sue the city

San Leandro city manager’s accuser calls for his resignation after sexual misconduct allegations

Davis Street Family Resource Center CEORose Padilla Johnson filed a complaintagainst San Leandro City Manager ChrisZapata on Dec. 8.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL The CEO of a prominent San Leandro non-profit, who last month issued a complaint accusing City Manager Chris Zapata of sexual misconduct, is now calling for his dismissal.Rose Padilla Johnson, the CEO of … Continue reading San Leandro city manager’s accuser calls for his resignation after sexual misconduct allegations

San Leandro city manager discloses allegation of sexual misconduct reportedly made against him by local CEO

San Leandro Chris Zapata denied allegationsreportedly made by Davis Street Family Resource Center CEO Rose Johnson. EXCLUSIVE! SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILIn an apparent preemptive move, San Leandro City Manager Chris Zapata released a lengthy letter Tuesday that rebuts unspecified and, until now, not publicly known allegations of improper sexual conduct reportedly made against him by the CEO of a … Continue reading San Leandro city manager discloses allegation of sexual misconduct reportedly made against him by local CEO

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

Locally-based San Leandro dispensary, not yet in business, may lose permit

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILOver the past two years, San Leandro has approved three conditional-use permits for medical cannabis dispensaries. None, though, have yet to open for business. But now, the locally-backed group controversially approved by the city council last summer is at risk of losing its permit.In July 2016, the city council approved the dispensary … Continue reading Locally-based San Leandro dispensary, not yet in business, may lose permit

San Leandro gifts $800,000 loan for child care center

SAN LEANDROAccess to affordable child care has been on San Leandro’s radar for years. On Monday, the San Leandro City Council backed it up with approval of an $800,000 loan for a 4,850 square foot child care center and adjacent playground at the Marea Alta affordable housing development, near the San Leandro BART station. However, … Continue reading San Leandro gifts $800,000 loan for child care center

San Leandro could be moving quickly toward a third cannabis dispensary

San Leandro quickly approved a second medicalcannabis dispensary in July.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL |When the San Leandro City Council approved a second medical cannabis dispensary in July, its swiftness, coming just after awarding its first-ever permit to Harborside in 2015, was notable given the excruciatingly difficult path it endured to get even a single dispensary … Continue reading San Leandro could be moving quickly toward a third cannabis dispensary

Bill McCammon, former Alameda County Fire Chief, dies

McCammon's 2006 Assembly race againstMary Hayashi was notable for its vitriol.ALAMEDA COUNTY | Bill McCammon, a former Alameda County fire chief and head of the the East Bay Regional Communication System Authority, died in his sleep Monday morning from an apparent heart attack. He was 61.In addition to leading the Alameda County Fire Department for … Continue reading Bill McCammon, former Alameda County Fire Chief, dies

Middle-Aged White Males: Homeless and Nowhere to Go

SAN LEANDRO | HOMELESSNESS | Rose Padilla Johnson, the executive director of San Leandro’s Davis Street Family Resource Center, says there may be over 500 people in the city lacking suitable shelter. The typical profile of the homeless is San Leandro also reveals a dirty little secret. The homeless are not young, nor are they … Continue reading Middle-Aged White Males: Homeless and Nowhere to Go

Fend for Yourself, Kid

Stephens abstains from backing council resolution against state cuts to child care servicesHey kids, don't ask San Leandro Councilman Bill Stephens for sympathy when the governor cuts funding for child care because you won't get it from Mr. Conservative.The city council voted 6-0 to back a resolution Monday night against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed cuts … Continue reading Fend for Yourself, Kid