LISTEN! East Bay Citizen Podcast with guest San Leandro Mayor Pauline Cutter

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San Leandro’s push for minimum wage boost continues despite state legislation

San Leandro Councilmember Jim Prola wants thecity's minimum wage to rise to $12 by 2017.SAN LEANDRO | California's minimum wage could rise to $10.50 by the end of this year, if a bill backed by Gov. Jerry Brown is approved by the state legislature, and jump to $15 an hour by 2022. But in more … Continue reading San Leandro’s push for minimum wage boost continues despite state legislation

San Leandro mayor highlights city’s rapid rebirth while grappling with growing pains

San Leandro Mayor Pauline Cutter following herstate of the city address Monday.SAN LEANDRO | It could be argued that San Leandro, Oakland's often overlooked neighbor to the south, is in the midst of prosperity and excitement not seen in generations. At least, San Leandro Mayor Pauline Cutter made the argument Monday evening during her State … Continue reading San Leandro mayor highlights city’s rapid rebirth while grappling with growing pains

CADEM16 NOTEBOOK: SD9 candidate Nancy Skinner sings!

SD9 | Nancy Skinner is apparently a very accomplished singer. Walking across the concourse at the San Jose Convention Center Friday afternoon, the Ninth State Senate District candidate broke into song.In fact, Skinner cut her own record in the early 1980s, including a tracked titled, “Can You See A City.” Without warming up, Skinner’s pitch … Continue reading CADEM16 NOTEBOOK: SD9 candidate Nancy Skinner sings!

San Leandro’s top cop is leaving for Beverly Hills

San Leandro Police Chief Sandra Spagnoli's last day on duty is Mar. 13.SAN LEANDRO | San Leandro Police Chief Sandra Spagnoli is leaving for the cement ponds of Beverly Hills, the city announced Thursday. Spagnoli has served as police chief since January 2011. Her last day on duty is Mar. 13."I will miss the people the … Continue reading San Leandro’s top cop is leaving for Beverly Hills

Oakland Airport expects 500 private jets clogging East Bay skies for Super Bowl

Traffic in and around the Oakland Airport during Super Bowl 50 may be equal to Thanksgiving.OAKLAND AIRPORT | For NFL teams competing for a spot in the Super Bowl, success usually comes through the air. It’s the same for some of the richest people in the world arriving, game tickets in hand, through Bay Area airports … Continue reading Oakland Airport expects 500 private jets clogging East Bay skies for Super Bowl

San Leandro councilman wants to change odd Chinese translation of city’s name

San Leandro Councilman Benny Lee, second from left,wants a new Chinese translation of the city's name.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | To the ears of San Leandro's Chinese-speaking residents, the phonetic translation of the city's name doesn't quite make sense and its first-ever Chinese American council member wants to fix it.San Leandro Councilmember Benny Lee says … Continue reading San Leandro councilman wants to change odd Chinese translation of city’s name

Palpable fears of rising rents and evictions move to San Leandro

San Leandro Mayor Pauline Cutter is skepticalabout rent control despite a chorus of speakersMonday advocating for greater protections.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | After months of public comment and vetting, the San Leandro City Council approved this week new regulations for its Rent Review Board. The changes include lowering the threshold for tenants to protest rent … Continue reading Palpable fears of rising rents and evictions move to San Leandro

City Hall Insider: agenda notes from around the East Bay, Oct. 27-29

OAKLAND/Oct. 27-28Open house at City Hall; sparse committee scheduleSTATE OF THE CITY Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf will give a 2015 State of the City address (starts at 5:45 p.m.) as part of a City Hall Open House that begins at 4-7 p.m. In a short video, Schaaf says you can tour City Hall, get acquainted … Continue reading City Hall Insider: agenda notes from around the East Bay, Oct. 27-29

City Hall Insider: agenda notes from around the East Bay, Oct. 19-20

OAKLAND/Oct. 20, 5:30 p.m.Coal update; Schaaf's State of the City Oct. 28COAL’S SLOW BURN The promised Oct. 20 update on the lengthy list of questions and comments posed by residents will likely include something to effect of “We’re working on it.” Recall, nearly 700 speaker cards were turned in for the Sept. 21 special Oakland … Continue reading City Hall Insider: agenda notes from around the East Bay, Oct. 19-20

San Leandro council seeks five-year pension strategy

San Leandro Mayor Pauline Cutters says setting aside $5 million over 5 years for pensions is doable.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | Last year, San Leandro's tab for unfunded liabilities over the next 30 years was $158 million. The City Council Monday night moved forward a strategy directing more of its growing revenues over the next five years … Continue reading San Leandro council seeks five-year pension strategy

LISTEN! East Bay Citizen Show with special guest Brian Copeland

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City Hall Insider: agenda notes from around the East Bay, Sept. 21-22

OAKLAND/Sept 21, 4 p.m.Major hearing on coal transport in West OaklandCOAL TRAIN This may be one of the most important Oakland City Council meetings of the year and policy-wise very interesting. Start with the Oakland Army Base restoration which was built in large part with a $252 million state transportation grant. Recall, there was some fear … Continue reading City Hall Insider: agenda notes from around the East Bay, Sept. 21-22

San Leandro unanimously approves first dispensary; angles for pot tax initiative

Harborside founder Steve DeAngelo was disparagedduring Tuesday night's council meeting.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | The long road toward medical cannabis in San Leandro ended after the city council on Tuesday night unanimously approved a permit for Oakland-based Harborside to become the city’s first-ever dispensary. In addition to the approval, the council also voiced strong support … Continue reading San Leandro unanimously approves first dispensary; angles for pot tax initiative

City Hall Insider: agenda notes from around the East Bay, Sept. 8

SAN LEANDRO/Sept 8, 7 p.m.Road to dispensary ends; road building beginsPOT DISPENSARY PERMIT San Leandro's first-ever medical cannabis dispensary faces its likely final hurdle Tuesday nigh. If the City Council approves its staff recommendation, the city's lone dispensary operator will be Oakland-based dispensary Harborside, the nation's largest collective. According to the city staff report, Harborside … Continue reading City Hall Insider: agenda notes from around the East Bay, Sept. 8