San Leandro may ‘pump the brakes’ on dispensaries, but only after three

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL |  A third dispensary permit in San Leandro in just over a year was formally approved Monday night, but it may be the last for some time after a councilmember raised the possibility of moratorium on any further dispensaries. The San Leandro City Council moved to schedule later this month a … Continue reading San Leandro may ‘pump the brakes’ on dispensaries, but only after three

San Leandro sets the stage for third dispensary, without open bidding process

San Leandro Mayor Pauline Cutter already hasa operator in mind for the city's potential third dispensary.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL |San Leandro’s medical marijuana dispensary ordinance was amended Monday to include a possible third permit. The San Leandro City Council only recently awarded a second permit in July, and now with its latest action, is setting the stage … Continue reading San Leandro sets the stage for third dispensary, without open bidding process

San Leandro candidate says opponent literally didn’t stand up for workers

San Leandro council candidate Bryan Azevedo holds aunion placard, while his opponent Ed Hernandez sits.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL |ELECTION 2016 |Josie Camacho, the leader of the powerful Alameda Labor Council, asked fellow union members to rise in support of San Leandro's proposed minimum wage increase during a council meeting last week.Dozens of supporters for raising … Continue reading San Leandro candidate says opponent literally didn’t stand up for workers

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

San Leandro approves $15 minimum wage ordinance without small biz exemption

Union members and small business owners packedthe San Leandro City Council chambers Tuesdaynight to discuss raising the minimum wage.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL |Union members gathered for a group photo in front of the council dais and chanted si se puede following the San Leandro City Council’s approval Tuesday night of an ordinance that will raise … Continue reading San Leandro approves $15 minimum wage ordinance without small biz exemption

Three ex-San Leandro mayors clash: Cassidy calls himself city’s best mayor; Santos says, ‘He’s full of sh*t!’

Clockwise: Former San Leandro Mayors StephenCassidy, Tony Santos and Shelia Young.SAN LEANDRO | Former San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy believes he's one of the most effective leaders the city has ever had. "I was most progressive mayor San Leandro has had and did more in four years, including setting a new vision for San Leandro, … Continue reading Three ex-San Leandro mayors clash: Cassidy calls himself city’s best mayor; Santos says, ‘He’s full of sh*t!’

Ellen Corbett is running for East Bay Regional Park District board

Ellen CorbettEBRPD BOARD OF DIRECTORS |Coming up on two years out of elected office, former state Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett is running this fall for a seat on the East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors.Corbett filed papers on Tuesday for the park district board. She will be seeking to replace long-time board … Continue reading Ellen Corbett is running for East Bay Regional Park District board

San Leandro City Council rolls back minimum wage carveouts for small biz; approves original $15 wage by 2020

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | The San Leandro City Council reaffirmed its goal of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020 Monday night, but in a reversal, removed a previously approved one-year exemption for small businesses.The council voted, 6-1, to adopt the original proposal that begins to raise the city’s minimum wage … Continue reading San Leandro City Council rolls back minimum wage carveouts for small biz; approves original $15 wage by 2020

Favorable polling for San Leandro cannabis tax, two other proposed revenue-generating measures

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | A lengthy November ballot could get longer in San Leandro. Three potential revenue-generating initiatives, including one for taxing cannabis, are popular with voters, according to a recent city survey.Two-thirds of likely San Leandro voters registered support for taxing cannabis sales in the city. San Leandro's first cannabis dispensary is due … Continue reading Favorable polling for San Leandro cannabis tax, two other proposed revenue-generating measures

Alameda may soon begin conversation of raising its minimum wage

Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer may kick start theminimum wage conversation on the island.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | Oakland and Emeryville have moved to raise its citywide minimum wage in recent years. In addition, increases are expected soon for low-wage earners in Berkeley and San Leandro. Next up: Alameda?Mayor Trish Spencer is asking the City Council to … Continue reading Alameda may soon begin conversation of raising its minimum wage

San Leandro minimum wage ordinance now includes one-year delay for small biz

San Leandro Mayor Pauline Cutter's substitutemotion will push passage of the city's minimumwage ordinance to next September.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL |A successful substitute motion offered by San Leandro Mayor Pauline Cutter will give some small businesses an extra year to comply with the city's proposed ordinance raising the minimum wage to $15 an year by … Continue reading San Leandro minimum wage ordinance now includes one-year delay for small biz

San Leandro’s push for $15 minimum wage will cost city $460,000 through 2020

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | San Leandro's push to accelerate its path to a $15 an hour minimum wage quicker than the state's mandate is also going to give a boost to its own city employees.The San Leandro City Council will discuss a proposal to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020 … Continue reading San Leandro’s push for $15 minimum wage will cost city $460,000 through 2020

San Leandro eyes potential ballot measure to tax cannabis, parking lots

San Leandro may ask voters to approve a ballotmeasure that would among other uses, replaceits police station.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL |Over the past three election cycles, San Leandro voters have helped the city bolster its treasury through various tax measures. It may ask for help again this fall through another tax-raising ballot measure.Although the city's … Continue reading San Leandro eyes potential ballot measure to tax cannabis, parking lots

San Leandro may raise its city wide minimum wage to $15 by 2020

Councilmember Jim Prola proposes raising SanLeandro's minimum wage to $15 by 2020.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL |The minimum wage in San Leandro could reach $15 an hour by 2020, the city council proposed Monday night. If approved at the July 5 council meeting, San Leandro's minimum wage would increase to $12 an hour starting in mid-2017 … Continue reading San Leandro may raise its city wide minimum wage to $15 by 2020

Support builds for comprehensive review of San Leandro’s ‘archaic’ city charter

San Leandro Councilmember Ursula Reed advocatedfor extending council term limits, but discussionturned toward revamping the city charter.SAN LEADNRO CITY COUNCIL | San Leandro’s city charter, its guiding document for governance, is archaic and need wholesale changes, said several councilmembers last week.The issue of San Leandro’s city charter was introduced last week after termed out Councilmember … Continue reading Support builds for comprehensive review of San Leandro’s ‘archaic’ city charter