After Suspending Committees, San Leandro Makes Exception For School Relations Group

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | To ease a strain on city resources in San Leandro last fall, the City Council suspended its collection of standing committees, including two of which were related to the area's school districts. This week, however, it reversed course and approved considerations for creating a city and school board relations committee.Several councilmembers, including Mayor Stephen … Continue reading After Suspending Committees, San Leandro Makes Exception For School Relations Group

2012 Year In Lists: East Bay’s Top 5 Up-And-Coming Politicians

1. Ro Khanna – To focus of Khanna initial fundraising splash of over $1.2 million in just a month does a disservice to potentially a once-in-a-generation political mind in the East Bay. The former Obama commerce department official has the connections to the beltway, Silicon Valley interests and the future of manufacturing in the U.S. … Continue reading 2012 Year In Lists: East Bay’s Top 5 Up-And-Coming Politicians

Cassidy’s Minions Test The Limits Of Campaign Fair Play

ELECTION '12//SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL//ANALYSIS | Nearly two years to the day members of Stephen Cassidy’s political team were caught distributing campaign literature at San Leandro school events, one of his preferred candidates for the city council is attempting to the navigate the grey area between violating election law and shrewd politicking this year.Cassidy takes … Continue reading Cassidy’s Minions Test The Limits Of Campaign Fair Play

Assembly Candidates Bonta, Guillen Push Populist Streak At San Leandro Forum

Rob Bonta, Abel GuillenELECTION ‘12//ASSEMBLY 18 | With the days tumbling quickly towards election day, 18th Assembly District candidates Rob Bonta and Abel Guillen unfurled noticeable shades of populism during a forum Wednesday night in San Leandro. Both progressives stances came into sharp relief on the subject of Gov. Jerry Brown’s pension reform bill quickly passed … Continue reading Assembly Candidates Bonta, Guillen Push Populist Streak At San Leandro Forum

San Leandro’s Undercover Conservative Mayor Fights To Raise Taxes, Lower Wages

ANALYSISMar. 6, 2012 | San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy is battling schizophrenia when it comes to taxes. He supports them sometimes, protests them other times. That's the easy assessment. His uneven record on sales and parcel taxes are also exacerbated by a special knack for placing his chips on loser measures and a weird schadenfreude when it … Continue reading San Leandro’s Undercover Conservative Mayor Fights To Raise Taxes, Lower Wages

Cassidy’s Plan B for Cooperating With Colleagues: Replace Them

HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF AS RUMORS SWIRL OF SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT RUNNING FOR COUNCILBy Steven TavaresPresident Franklin D. Roosevelt tried to pack the U.S. Supreme Court. San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy may eventually attempt to pack the city council with like-minded patsies.San Leandro School BoardPresident Morgan Mack-RoseA rumor propagated by a talkative acolyte of Cassidy may set … Continue reading Cassidy’s Plan B for Cooperating With Colleagues: Replace Them

Katz’s Dragnet On The San Leandro Police

WHY IS A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER ASKING TO SEE RECORDS OF SLPD'S SWAT UNIT?By Steven TavaresMike Katz in the police hat?Is Mike Katz a community do-gooder or covert government hack? San Leandro’s dual school board trustee and wannabe investigative blogger filed a request last February in search of records detailing the city’s police records centering … Continue reading Katz’s Dragnet On The San Leandro Police

Cassidy Tried To Dismiss City Manager Early

EXCLUSIVE NEW MAYOR MET STERN RESISTANCE FROM SAN LEANDRO COUNCILMEMBERSBy Steven TavaresMayor Stephen Cassidy tried toremove Hollister with six monthsremaining on his contract.San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy attempted to remove the city’s lame-duck city manager Jan. 18, according to sources familiar with the closed session meeting that night. The council did not relent to Cassidy’s … Continue reading Cassidy Tried To Dismiss City Manager Early