Oakland council member says he feels safer walking his dogs in San Leandro

Councilmember Larry Reid has served Oakland'sDistrict since 1997.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Councilmember Larry Reid’s East Oakland district has long been riddled with violence and the longest-tenured council member routinely describes it as the “killing fields.” During a special City Council retreat Thursday afternoon, Reid said even he’s afraid to walk the streets of East Oakland.Reid … Continue reading Oakland council member says he feels safer walking his dogs in San Leandro

ON THE AGENDA: San Leandro eyes conservation, Davis Street Dumps

SLPD could be getting 15 new police cruiserscosting over $739,000 over three years.PHOTO/SLPDSan Leandro City Council Preview835 East 14th StreetMonday, Apr. 6, 2015, 7 p.m.[FULL AGENDA HERE] Twitter hashtag: #slmtgSAVING MONEY AND RESOURCES Last week, Gov. Jerry Brown called on California residents to significantly limit their consumption of water amid a worsening drought. The San Leandro … Continue reading ON THE AGENDA: San Leandro eyes conservation, Davis Street Dumps

Alameda’s interim city manager will earn more than her predecessor, John Russo

ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | Last month, Alameda City Manager John Russo's assistant, Liz Warmerdam, was tabbed by the City Council to replace him on interim basis.In March, Russo accepted a $295,000 contract to become the next city manager of Riverside, starting May 4. The opportunity was a significant boost in salary over his $215,000 contract in … Continue reading Alameda’s interim city manager will earn more than her predecessor, John Russo

Already the worst in Alameda County, will San Leandro’s roads improve with additional revenues?

San Leandro Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter saysthe city will keep its promise to fix its roads withadditional sales tax revenues.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | Last fall, San Leandro officials said the passage of Measure HH, a new 30-year, half-cent sales tax increase would, among other things, help fund the rehabilitation of its roads, already graded … Continue reading Already the worst in Alameda County, will San Leandro’s roads improve with additional revenues?

San Leandro talks of paying down unfunded debt with new revenues

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | The uncertain economic times of year’s past appear in the rearviewmirror in San Leandro. “Things are on a significant uptick in San Leandro,” said City Manager Chris Zapata during a budget work session Monday night. The city’s proposed two-year budget estimates a $6 million surplus during the next fiscal year … Continue reading San Leandro talks of paying down unfunded debt with new revenues

ON THE AGENDA: San Leandro has a positive budget outlook

San Leandro City Council Preview835 East 14th StreetMonday, Mar. 23, 2015, 7 p.m.[FULL AGENDA HERE] Twitter hashtag: #slmtgPOSITIVE ECONOMIC NEWS Monday's work session should likely set the tone for San Leandro's budget season and it appears good. Except, typically cautious finance directors will never be caught acting so ebullient. The biggest takeaway, according to San Leandro Finance … Continue reading ON THE AGENDA: San Leandro has a positive budget outlook

San Leandro takes stand against crude oil rail deliveries, but wavers over process

Some railway tanker lines are up to 1.5 mileslong and carry 2.5 million gallons of crude. SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | Elected officials in San Leandro have often been reticent about making public stands on somewhat ancillary issues. Four years ago, it updated its council member handbook to include language suggesting they not offer resolutions on … Continue reading San Leandro takes stand against crude oil rail deliveries, but wavers over process

Former mayoral candidate has video of UFO over San Leandro

Former San Leandro mayoral candidate Dan Dillman with video of a UFO last Friday. Click to full screen mode for a better view of the object.Dan Dillman, left, during a mayoral forum lastfall in San Leandro.SAN LEANDRO | San Leandro theater owner Dan Dillman believes he witnessed a UFO last Friday night and he has … Continue reading Former mayoral candidate has video of UFO over San Leandro

San Leandro city manager to sign five-year contract; receive $22,500 bonus

San Leandro City Manager Chris Zapata willcontinue to give $20,000 of his salary to the police chief and assistant city manager.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | San Leandro City Manager Chris Zapata is set to signed a new five-year contract worth $223,000 in annual salary. The San Leandro City Council is scheduled to approve the new contract … Continue reading San Leandro city manager to sign five-year contract; receive $22,500 bonus

Oro Loma board seeks permission to sue for Landis’ removal over racial comments

Oro Loma Board Members Laython Landis,left, and Howard Kerr.ORO LOMA SANITARY DISTRICT | The Oro Loma Santitary District Board of Directors voted Wednesday to ask for permission from the State Attorney General's office to sue for the removal of long-time board member Laython Landis following his repeated use of a racial slur over the past … Continue reading Oro Loma board seeks permission to sue for Landis’ removal over racial comments

San Leandro approves purchase of armored police vehicle

A LENCO Bearcat MedEvac on display last month in San Leandro.  SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | Despite concerns of many public speakers, the San Leandro City Council voted Monday night to accept a state homeland security grant for the purchase of a controversial armored personnel carrier.The vehicle, touted as the only armored vehicle in the region … Continue reading San Leandro approves purchase of armored police vehicle

In San Leandro, Tanksgiving is next Monday

A LENCO Bearcat MedEvac displayed at apublic meeting Jan. 7 in San Leandro.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | The fate of San Leandro Police Department’s controversial plan to purchase an armored personnel carrier dedicated for dangerous medical emergencies may be decided by the City Council Monday night.The police department’s application for state homeland security funds to … Continue reading In San Leandro, Tanksgiving is next Monday

San Leandro may seek short-term extension of city manager’s contract

San Leandro City Manager Chris Zapatatook a pay cut in 2012.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | City leaders want an extra six months to come to terms with its current city manager.Chris Zapata’s three-year contract expires at the end of January. A city staff reports recommends a six-month extension of the current agreement through July 30. … Continue reading San Leandro may seek short-term extension of city manager’s contract

Cassidy is no longer mayor, but he isn’t leaving San Leandro politics

Stephen Cassidy: Out of power, but notout of things to say.SAN LEANDRO | Stephen Cassidy left the mayor's office in San Leandro after just one term. There was no specific public reason for why he left thousands of his supporters in the lurch and bowed out of a likely successful re-election campaign.The reason is believed … Continue reading Cassidy is no longer mayor, but he isn’t leaving San Leandro politics

Sanitary district board member says he may still use n-word among friends

Laython Landis is resisting calls for hisresignation.ORO LOMA SANITARY DISTRICT | Oro Loma Sanitary District board member Laython Landis was censured by his colleagues for describing heavy rains in the area with an obscure racial slur.During a radio interview with KGO’s Brian Copeland, the embattled official said he won’t use the n-word in public, but might … Continue reading Sanitary district board member says he may still use n-word among friends