Group behind controversial San Leandro dispensary is also looking at Hayward

HAYWARDWhen Stephen Cassidy was the mayor of San Leandro he believed the city's approval of medical cannabis dispensaries would put children at risk. As legend has it, Cassidy toured the nearby Harborside Health Center in Oakland and his views dramatically changed.He later tempered his stance by leading the San Leandro City Council to approve just … Continue reading Group behind controversial San Leandro dispensary is also looking at Hayward

San Leandro Dems deliver surprising rebuke to council incumbent up for re-election

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL--ELECTION 2018--It's still very early in San Leandro's campaign season, but an endorsement result last week might be signaling that District 2 Councilmember Deborah Cox is in for a tough re-election campaign this fall.The San Leandro Democratic Club voted last Thursday to endorse Cox's only current challenger, Ken Pon, a former two-term San … Continue reading San Leandro Dems deliver surprising rebuke to council incumbent up for re-election

5 MORE THINGS I THINK ABOUT EAST BAY POLITICS…

ELECTION 2018By the looks of it, Alameda Mayor Trishmight be running for re-election againstthe entire City Council.➤I think after what the East Bay Times and columnist Daniel Borenstein pulled with the Alameda City Council and city manager interference story, you should assume every story in that paper is Fake News or contains strains of lies and inaccuracies. … Continue reading 5 MORE THINGS I THINK ABOUT EAST BAY POLITICS…

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!’

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

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

San Leandro to swear-in four new City Council members

Mayor-elect Pauline Cutter will be sworn-inMonday, but won't assume office until Jan. 1.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | The largest class of new San Leandro council members in the city’s history will be sworn-in during a special meeting Monday night.Four of the seven seats on the City Council will have new members. In addition, to Mayor-elect … Continue reading San Leandro to swear-in four new City Council members

SAN LEANDRO ELECTION NOTES: RCV Isn’t Going Away; Mayor-Elect Cutter Won’t Be Like Cassidy

Mayor-elect Pauline Cutter will definitelybe a change of pace from her predecessor.SAN LEANDRO | There were no surprises in San Leandro’s moribund races last week. Mayor-elect Pauline Cutter came within two points of gaining a majority without the use of ranked choice voting tabulations over Diana Souza. Corina Lopez, Lee Thomas and Deborah Cox also … Continue reading SAN LEANDRO ELECTION NOTES: RCV Isn’t Going Away; Mayor-Elect Cutter Won’t Be Like Cassidy

SAN LEANDRO ELECTION PREVIEW: A New Hope?

San Leandro mayoral candidates Councilmember Pauline Cutter, Bal Theater owner Dan Dillman and Councilmember Diana Souza.THE CANDIDATES When Mayor Stephen Cassidy made the surprising announcement that he would not seek re-election after just one term; you would expect a series of musical chairs following the major recalculation of the city’s politics. But, this did not … Continue reading SAN LEANDRO ELECTION PREVIEW: A New Hope?

A Proxy War for Mayor in San Leandro

San Leandro mayoral candidates, Councilmember Diana Souza, Dan Dillman and Councilmember Pauline Cutter, at a forum Sept. 11 at the San Leandro Main Library. PHOTO/Steven TavaresSAN LEANDRO | MAYOR | San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy decided earlier this year that one term in office was enough, but that doesn’t mean his large frame isn’t casting … Continue reading A Proxy War for Mayor in San Leandro

Oakland Garbage Contract Hangs Over San Leandro Council, Elections

My story in this week’s East Bay Express on the fallout from Oakland’s garbage contract pinching into San Leandro’s general fund to the tune of around $500,000 annually is reverberating through the city administration and council. It may also end up being a major campaign talking point this fall. In addition to the mayor’s race, … Continue reading Oakland Garbage Contract Hangs Over San Leandro Council, Elections

Oakland’s New Garbage Contract Will Greatly Affect San Leandro

SAN LEANDRO | When the Oakland City Council awarded a garbage contract to locally owned recycling company California Waste Solutions earlier this month and passed over what seemed like a stronger competing bid from Waste Management, the effects of the decision appeared to be confined only to Oakland. But a closer examination of the deal … Continue reading Oakland’s New Garbage Contract Will Greatly Affect San Leandro

Is Khanna’s Political Consultant Taking Him For A Ride?

Over a year ago, news reports and various pundits attached words like “epic” and “grudge match” to the 17th Congressional District race between Rep. Mike Honda and Ro Khanna. On the heels of Eric Swalwell’s intra-party upset of Pete Stark and a vastly superior campaign war chest, the early romance with Khanna appeared warranted. Then … Continue reading Is Khanna’s Political Consultant Taking Him For A Ride?

Asian American Electorate May Decide Next San Leandro Mayor

Councilmember Benny Lee, second from left,is a byproduct of the new found strength inSan Leandro's Asian American populace.SAN LEANDRO | MAYOR | It would have been unthinkable a generation ago that any demographic in San Leandro other than Caucasians would be the voting bloc determining the makeup of its city officials.The U.S. Census in 1970 … Continue reading Asian American Electorate May Decide Next San Leandro Mayor