Appointed San Leandro planning commissioner asked to step down after anti-cop tweets

Last week, the San Leandro City Council approved the appointment of Guillermo Elenes to its planning and zoning adjustment commission. But after dozens of social media posts by Elenes using an acronym for the phrase "All Cops Are Bastards" later emerged, he was asked to step down on Wednesday. Elenes had not yet been sworn-in … Continue reading Appointed San Leandro planning commissioner asked to step down after anti-cop tweets

San Leandro police chief announces retirement

Tudor San Leandro Police Chief Jeff Tudor announced Wednesday that he will retire, effective June 23. Tudor has served 25 years at the police department and the past four years as police chief. He is also a San Leandro native. “It has been an honor and a privilege to be the Chief of Police in … Continue reading San Leandro police chief announces retirement

San Leandro planning commission appointee often used acronym for ‘All Cops Are Bastards’

An potential appointee to the influential San Leandro Planning Commission Board of Adjustment used the derogatory acronym ACAB, or "All Cops Are Bastards." in dozens of social media responses to articles and comments about law enforcement in recent months. The San Leandro City Council is scheduled to formally approve 16 appointments to various boards and … Continue reading San Leandro planning commission appointee often used acronym for ‘All Cops Are Bastards’

San Leandro names interim city manager

San Leandro named Fran Robustelli as interim city manager. The San Leandro City Council unanimously approved her appointment on Monday night. Robustelli replaces Jeff Kay, who announced in October that he will become city manager in Healdsburg. "I'm very thrilled to be joining the city team," Robustelli told councilmember at the end of lengthy meeting … Continue reading San Leandro names interim city manager

San Leandro Council preview: A realignment toward NIMBYs

Before 2010, San Leandro voters had never seen a city council incumbent lose re-election. With the aid of ranked-choice voting that year, San Leandro Mayor Tony Santos was upset by Stephen Cassidy. Two years ago, Councilmember Lee Thomas was narrowly defeated by Victor Aguilar. Next week, there's a good possibility a third incumbent in the … Continue reading San Leandro Council preview: A realignment toward NIMBYs

San Leandro city manager is leaving for Healdsburg

San Leandro City Manager Jeff Kay said on Monday night that he has accepted a similar position in Healdsburg. Kay made the announcement at Monday night's San Leandro City Council meeting. He will continue serving as San Leandro city manager through the end of this year. Kay has been a fixture at San Leandro City … Continue reading San Leandro city manager is leaving for Healdsburg

San Leandro approves 42-unit housing project that angered NIMBYs

The San Leandro City Council approved one of the city’s most contentious housing projects in years on Monday night amid continuing concerns from neighbors over parking and traffic.  The project, referred to as the 1388 Bancroft Apartments, is a three-story, 42-unit, multi-family residential development initially proposed to include more than 70 units. The higher density … Continue reading San Leandro approves 42-unit housing project that angered NIMBYs

San Leandro: Council reinstates homeless task force previously cut from police budget

A narrow vote last month by the San Leandro City Council to pursue $1.7 million in cuts to its police department, in part, through the elimination of its lauded homeless task force, led to what some councilmembers deemed "buyer's remorse" by colleagues who successfully moved to reinstate the program last week. "I don't want to … Continue reading San Leandro: Council reinstates homeless task force previously cut from police budget

San Leandro: AG will not investigate Steven Taylor police shooting

The California Attorney General's office declined a request by San Leandro officials to launch an independent investigation in the fatal shooting by a San Leandro police officer last April of Steven Taylor, a 33-year-old black man, who was, at the time, experiencing a mental illness crisis. State Attorney General Xavier Beccerra's office notified the city … Continue reading San Leandro: AG will not investigate Steven Taylor police shooting

San Leandro approves budget, sets aside $1.7m that could be reallocated from SLPD

Facing a hard deadline to put forth a balanced city budget by the end of the month, the San Leandro City Council closed a $7 million budget shortfall that includes the potential for later shifting more than $1.7 million from its police department to bolster various community services. Monday's council meeting featured over three hours … Continue reading San Leandro approves budget, sets aside $1.7m that could be reallocated from SLPD

San Leandro candidate admonished by county for food service violations at campaign events

For more than a  year, San Leandro City Council candidate Bryan Azevedo has been doing good deeds around town. He’s received notoriety for organizing outings to pick up litter around the city, helped seniors during the pandemic, and delivered food supplies to the needy.  Within the last two months, Azevedo has taken it a step … Continue reading San Leandro candidate admonished by county for food service violations at campaign events

San Leandro asks AG to investigate killing of Steven Taylor by police

San Leandro councilmembers voted in closed session on Monday night to request an independent investigation by the state attorney general's office into the fatal shooting of Steven Taylor, an African American resident, by police on April 18. The move comes amid the backdrop of the killing by Minneapolis Police of George Floyd, which has roiled … Continue reading San Leandro asks AG to investigate killing of Steven Taylor by police

Former San Leandro city manager ousted in Anaheim and his fall seems familiar

Former San Leandro City Manager Chris Zapata's departure two years ago ended one of the strangest periods in the city's political history. He was accused of sexual harassment by the head of a well-known local profits that included, depending on the point of view, romantic texts, and featuring multiple rendezvous for ice cream at the … Continue reading Former San Leandro city manager ousted in Anaheim and his fall seems familiar

San Leandro: Mayor takes heat for saying man killed by police ‘passed away’

As San Leandro remains stunned by the shooting of 33-year-old Steven Taylor by police  inside a Walmart store last Saturday afternoon, a statement by the mayor on Monday night, is attracting additional criticism after it failed to mention the decedent's name. In addition, the prepared statement read at the beginning of Monday night's council meeting … Continue reading San Leandro: Mayor takes heat for saying man killed by police ‘passed away’

Deborah Cox on November ballot measures

I think we're going to have to find revenue without dipping into people's pockets.-San Leandro Councilmember Deborah Cox on how voters, because of covid-19, may not be interested in approving tax measures this November.