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

City Hall Insider: City Council agenda notes from around the East Bay, June 8-11

ALAMEDA COUNTY/June 9, 9:30 a.m.County eyes $65m deficit; Santa Rita fills its cellsBALANCING THE BUDGET Alameda County Administrator Susan Muranishi will present the board with a budget proposing to balance a $65 million budget shortfall reported last April. While daunting, the gap is the lowest in Alameda County since before the onset of the Great … Continue reading City Hall Insider: City Council agenda notes from around the East Bay, June 8-11

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

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

San Leandro may place limits on proposed armored police vehicle

A Lenco Bearcat MedEvac on loan to the San Leandro Police Department on display for public viewing Thursday before a public meeting at the San Leandro Senior Community Center. PHOTOS/Steven TavaresA speaker addresses the city's police force and City Council Thursday evening.SAN LEANDRO | San Leandro residents and opponents of their police department’s decision to apply for … Continue reading San Leandro may place limits on proposed armored police vehicle

San Leandro to discuss militarization of its police department

The Lenco Bearcat MedEvac is really aheavily-fortified Ford F-550.SAN LEANDRO | When it comes to armored personnel carriers, San Leandro is one of few East Bay jurisdictions without the controversial vehicles, which some opponents charge overtly militarizes small local police departments like San Leandro. The city submitted a joint state grant last fall to fund … Continue reading San Leandro to discuss militarization of its police department

The Skinny: San Leandro City Council Meeting, Jan. 6, 2014

San Leandro City Council Meeting, Jan. 6, 2014835 E. 14th Street, San LeandroMonday, Jan. 6, 2014, 7 p.m.[FULL AGENDA HERE] >>> REASON TO FILL OUT A SPEAKER’S CARDWISHLIST FOR FEDERAL PROJECTS (Item 10D) Proposals include seeking a COPS grant for up to five additional officers in the Fiscal Year 2015 federal budget; grants for funding the … Continue reading The Skinny: San Leandro City Council Meeting, Jan. 6, 2014

San Leandro May Air Specifics Of City’s Recent Police Discrimination Settlement

San Leandro Police Chief Sandra SpagnoliSAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | The annual public review of the San Leandro Police Department next week may be less about the successes and future plans for the city’s law enforcement and more about a controversial arrest last year of two gay men arrested in a public bathroom for lewd … Continue reading San Leandro May Air Specifics Of City’s Recent Police Discrimination Settlement

San Leandro Moves Ahead With More Security Cameras; Hints At Limiting Data Retention

SAN LEANDRO//PRIVACY | San Leandro City Council approved to move ahead with expanding its video surveillance system, however, with hesitation over the one-year retention period of information collected by the cameras. The council approved, 5-2, directing staff to formulate a plan for additional cameras at two undetermined location. Mayor Stephen Cassidy and Councilmember Ursula Reed both dissented.The city currently maintains … Continue reading San Leandro Moves Ahead With More Security Cameras; Hints At Limiting Data Retention

San Leandro Considering License Plate Readers In Public Places

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL//PRVACY | The use of license plate readers by police in the name of public protection has been debated before in San Leandro. Now, its police chief wants to install the controversial plate readers in two undisclosed locations around the city. The City Council will begin discussion on whether to expand the use … Continue reading San Leandro Considering License Plate Readers In Public Places

San Leandro Mayor Delivers A More Upbeat State Of The City Address

San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy, Mar. 28, at the annual State of the City address.PHOTO/Shane BondSAN LEANDRO | San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy’s State of the City Address departed from last year’s grim outlook for the city and made an effort to focus on positive aspects of the city’s developments with Lit San Leandro and … Continue reading San Leandro Mayor Delivers A More Upbeat State Of The City Address

Citizens, Special Interests Grapple With San Leandro’s Proposed Pot Dispensary

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | The San Leandro city council hosted a work session for public input Tuesday night concerning the medical cannabis dispensary ordinance recently drafted by staff with a few hundred in attendance to speak on the controversial issue.Attendees were relatively split over marijuana dispensaries with some warning of an uptick in crime … Continue reading Citizens, Special Interests Grapple With San Leandro’s Proposed Pot Dispensary

San Leandro Police Hope To Dramatically Increase Personnel

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | San Leandro is looking to dramatically increase its police force by 18 officers in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting. The funding depends greatly on the federal budget, which is a hot topic right now in Washington, but gives no guarantee for San Leandro to acquire funding for officers outside … Continue reading San Leandro Police Hope To Dramatically Increase Personnel

San Leandro City Manager Takes Cut To Offer Lucrative Five-Year Agreement For Two Top City Officials

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | The San Leandro City Council adopted a new five-year agreement starting next year increasing compensation and benefit packages for two top level executives in San Leandro, Police Chief Sandra Spagnoli and Assistant City Manager, Lianne Marshall, as incentive for them to stay with the city. San Leandro has had trouble … Continue reading San Leandro City Manager Takes Cut To Offer Lucrative Five-Year Agreement For Two Top City Officials

Police Chief Says Diverse Applicant Pool For New Cops Can’t Pass Background Checks

SAN LEANDRO | Nov. 30, 2011 | Change at the San Leandro Police Department comes at a torpid pace, it seems, especially when it comes to transforming the makeup of the police force to more closely match the faces of one of the most diverse cities in the country.Just how the police department and its chief, … Continue reading Police Chief Says Diverse Applicant Pool For New Cops Can’t Pass Background Checks