Souza Says She’ll Take Credit for Cassidy Not Running for Mayor

San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy, Councilmember Diana Souza.SAN LEANDRO | MAYOR | Even before San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy took office in 2010 he had alienated the city’s police officers, city employees, progressives, and members of the Alameda County Democratic Party, just to name a few important constituencies.After moving into the mayor’s office—which he subsequently rarely … Continue reading Souza Says She’ll Take Credit for Cassidy Not Running for Mayor

A Proxy War for Mayor in San Leandro

San Leandro mayoral candidates, Councilmember Diana Souza, Dan Dillman and Councilmember Pauline Cutter, at a forum Sept. 11 at the San Leandro Main Library. PHOTO/Steven TavaresSAN LEANDRO | MAYOR | San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy decided earlier this year that one term in office was enough, but that doesn’t mean his large frame isn’t casting … Continue reading A Proxy War for Mayor in San Leandro

Oakland Garbage Contract Hangs Over San Leandro Council, Elections

My story in this week’s East Bay Express on the fallout from Oakland’s garbage contract pinching into San Leandro’s general fund to the tune of around $500,000 annually is reverberating through the city administration and council. It may also end up being a major campaign talking point this fall. In addition to the mayor’s race, … Continue reading Oakland Garbage Contract Hangs Over San Leandro Council, Elections

Asian American Electorate May Decide Next San Leandro Mayor

Councilmember Benny Lee, second from left,is a byproduct of the new found strength inSan Leandro's Asian American populace.SAN LEANDRO | MAYOR | It would have been unthinkable a generation ago that any demographic in San Leandro other than Caucasians would be the voting bloc determining the makeup of its city officials.The U.S. Census in 1970 … Continue reading Asian American Electorate May Decide Next San Leandro Mayor

No Mention of Mayor Cassidy Quitting; Squabble Over Naming Vice Mayor

First term Councilmember Benny Leeis San Leandro's next vice mayor.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | The level of quiet acrimony at the San Leandro City Council is beginning to bubble over. A day after Mayor Stephen Cassidy announced on Facebook he will not run for re-election, some of his council colleagues had not spoken to the … Continue reading No Mention of Mayor Cassidy Quitting; Squabble Over Naming Vice Mayor

The Skinny: San Leandro City Council Preview, Mar. 17, 2014

San Leandro City Council Preview835 East 14th StreetMonday, Mar. 17, 2014, 7 p.m.[FULL AGENDA HERE] Twitter Hashtag: #slmtg>>> REASON TO FILL OUT A SPEAKER’S CARDCouncilmember Benny Lee with membersof the city's Chinese American communityat a flag-raising at the San Leandro Marina.FOREIGN FLAGS OVER CITY HALL San Leandro’s flag flap, as it could be termed, returns to … Continue reading The Skinny: San Leandro City Council Preview, Mar. 17, 2014

The Skinny: San Leandro City Council Preview, Mar. 3, 2014

San Leandro City Council Preview835 East 14th Street, San LeandroMonday, Mar. 3, 2014, 7 p.m.[FULL AGENDA HERE]Twitter Hashtag: #slmtg>>> REASON TO FILL OUT A SPEAKER’S CARDReconstructed Burrell Field in San Leandro.PACIFIC SPORTS COMPLEX AGREEMENT Four years ago, San Leandro voters approved a $50 million school bond to reconstruct the notoriously decrepit Burrell Field (the sports complex … Continue reading The Skinny: San Leandro City Council Preview, Mar. 3, 2014

David Erlich: Assemblyman Rob Bonta’s Challenge From the Right

ELECTION 2014 | ASSEMBLY | 18TH DISTRICT | After just a year in Sacramento, Assemblymember Rob Bonta is firmly entrenched within the Democratic leadership. In fact, a few tweaks here and a few arm pulls here and Bonta could have been in the conversation to become the next speaker. That job went to Southern California … Continue reading David Erlich: Assemblyman Rob Bonta’s Challenge From the Right

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

The Skinny: San Leandro City Council Meeting, Jan. 6, 2014

San Leandro City Council Meeting, Jan. 6, 2014835 E. 14th Street, San LeandroMonday, Jan. 6, 2014, 7 p.m.[FULL AGENDA HERE] >>> REASON TO FILL OUT A SPEAKER’S CARDWISHLIST FOR FEDERAL PROJECTS (Item 10D) Proposals include seeking a COPS grant for up to five additional officers in the Fiscal Year 2015 federal budget; grants for funding the … Continue reading The Skinny: San Leandro City Council Meeting, Jan. 6, 2014

Final Word On 2013: Too Many East Bay Politicians Failed Us

2013 YEAR-IN-REVIEW | Boy, was it a boring night. After hundreds of meetings over the past few years, the Bay Area's housing and transportation leaders were poised to approve Plan Bay Area, a far-reaching 30-year plan that would prepare the region for likely changes in where its residents live and how they live in an … Continue reading Final Word On 2013: Too Many East Bay Politicians Failed Us

San Leandro May Air Specifics Of City’s Recent Police Discrimination Settlement

San Leandro Police Chief Sandra SpagnoliSAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | The annual public review of the San Leandro Police Department next week may be less about the successes and future plans for the city’s law enforcement and more about a controversial arrest last year of two gay men arrested in a public bathroom for lewd … Continue reading San Leandro May Air Specifics Of City’s Recent Police Discrimination Settlement

San Leandro May Spend $110k To Study Potential Tax Measure in 2014

San Leandro may eye a road improvement taxnext year. It has struggled in recent years to findmoney to repair its roads. SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | With the coming mid-term election season just around the corner, voters in Alameda County, including those in San Leandro, may be asked to pass another round of revenue-generating tax measures. … Continue reading San Leandro May Spend $110k To Study Potential Tax Measure in 2014

Mayor Cassidy Hints He Knows Council Colleagues Don’t Like Him

Mayor Cassidy in 2010. How many of his colleagues would like to take a shot at the dunking booth today?SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | Did San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy make light of his apparent unpopularity among council colleagues this week? Near the end of Monday’s night’s meeting regarding possible changes to how the council … Continue reading Mayor Cassidy Hints He Knows Council Colleagues Don’t Like Him

Cassidy’s Quandary: Juggling Work Demands With His Duties As Mayor

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | In San Leandro, being mayor is not a full-time job, at least, financially. Earlier this month, San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy offered another in a long line of proposals that appear more suited to molding the official business of the city to his own personal work schedule than his stated goals of … Continue reading Cassidy’s Quandary: Juggling Work Demands With His Duties As Mayor