Not A Bargain, But A Market-Rate New City Manager

Fifty+One BLOGJan. 11, 2012 | Some in San Leandro will issue protest over Chris Zapata’s pending contract to become their next city manager. A staff report released today reveals the former National City city manager will receive a three-year, $223,000 contract. Also included is a lump sum payment of $16,500 for relocating to the East … Continue reading Not A Bargain, But A Market-Rate New City Manager

San Leandro Names Chris Zapata Its Next City Manager

Chris ZapataJan 6, 2012 | After a year since the job became available, San Leandro unanimously named Chris Zapata its next city manager. The announcement was made Thursday evening after a special closed session.The new city manager has held the same position in National City, Calif. since 2004. The coastal city of 60,000 located in San Diego … Continue reading San Leandro Names Chris Zapata Its Next City Manager

San Leandro Mayor’s Unholy Alliance With Business Interests

ANALYSISNov. 21, 2011 | Oh, what happened to the Stephen Cassidy who horded up all the Scrabble letters for “leadership” and “transparency” during last year’s mayoral campaign?The truth is, he never existed and if not for the inherently wacky twists and turns of ranked-choice voting, San Leandrans would have never known his rhetoric turned empty … Continue reading San Leandro Mayor’s Unholy Alliance With Business Interests

Second Search For San Leandro City Manager Begins

SAN LEANDRO | Sept. 7, 2011 | San Leandro is targeting the end of the year for hiring a new city manager. If successful, the occasion will mark nearly a year since the former city manager announced his retirement last Dec. 21. The recruiter tabbed by the city this summer to find a replacement for Stephen Hollister told the City Council she is hopeful … Continue reading Second Search For San Leandro City Manager Begins

San Leandro Approves Balanced Budget With Very Little Leeway

$128 MILLION BUDGET BUOYED BY SALES TAX INCREASE COULD 'TIP OUT OF BALANCE EASILY' SAYS DIRECTORBy Steven Tavaressteven.tavares@eastbaycitizen.comFollow @eastbaycitizen on twitterSan Leandro will operate without the use of reserves for the first time since the 2006-07 fiscal budget, said Finance Director Tracy Vesely.The state of the city's economy is anything but healthy, though. "It's a … Continue reading San Leandro Approves Balanced Budget With Very Little Leeway

Top Candidate For San Leandro City Manager Declines Offer

WITHOUT UNANIMOUS APPROVAL FROM CITY COUNCIL, CANDIDATE DECLINES POSITIONBy Steven Tavaressteven.tavares@eastbaycitizen.comFollow @eastbaycitizen on twitterSan Leandro's search for a city manager has become far more complicated in the past two weeks, according to a source familiar with the city council's deliberations.The council met in a special closed session meeting May 21 not to finalize an agreement … Continue reading Top Candidate For San Leandro City Manager Declines Offer

Coming to San Leandro, A Balanced Budget With Few Cuts

$72 MILLION BUDGET BUOYED BY SALES TAX MEASURE; CASSIDY TO TAKE SALARY, PAY MORE FOR HIS PENSIONBy Steven Tavaressteven.tavares@eastbaycitizen.com@eastbaycitizen on twitterSan Leandro is slated to pass its first fiscal budget in four years featuring very few cuts to staff and services, said city officials.Although the city’s budget is bound to be balanced every year according … Continue reading Coming to San Leandro, A Balanced Budget With Few Cuts

Dissolution of ACAP Could Cost County Cities $1.9 Million

WHO’S PAYING FOR THIS? SAN LEADNRO SET TO CONTRIBUTE $122,000 TO ACAP FIASCOBy Steven TavaresThe San Leandro City Council will need to do something nearly every city in Alameda County is grappling with—how to pay for the rapid and controversial fall of a three-decades-old program designed to help those in poverty, but now nears dissolution … Continue reading Dissolution of ACAP Could Cost County Cities $1.9 Million

Is Cassidy Attempting To Hand-Pick The New City Manager?

DESPITE CALL FOR TRANSPARENCY, THE POWER OF CHOOSING SAN LEANDRO’S MOST IMPORTANT HIRE IS CONCENTRATED AMONG THREE PEOPLEBy Steven TavaresGovernment transparency for San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy usually means recording city hearings for broadcast on the web. Increasingly, though, it is not what is occurring at these meetings that is worrying some city officials and employees, it’s … Continue reading Is Cassidy Attempting To Hand-Pick The New City Manager?

Hayward Renews City Manager’s Contract

DAVID TO PAY MORE FOR CITY PENSION IN ONE-YEAR EXTENSION; WHAT IT MEANS FOR SAN LEANDROBy Steven TavaresFran David replacedGreg Jones in May 2010.Hayward will extend the contract of current City Manager Fran David until 2012, pending approval by the City Councl Tuesday night. The renewal of David’s contract for another year is similar to … Continue reading Hayward Renews City Manager’s Contract

Cassidy Tried To Dismiss City Manager Early

EXCLUSIVE NEW MAYOR MET STERN RESISTANCE FROM SAN LEANDRO COUNCILMEMBERSBy Steven TavaresMayor Stephen Cassidy tried toremove Hollister with six monthsremaining on his contract.San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy attempted to remove the city’s lame-duck city manager Jan. 18, according to sources familiar with the closed session meeting that night. The council did not relent to Cassidy’s … Continue reading Cassidy Tried To Dismiss City Manager Early

San Leandro Police Enter A New Day

SPAGNOLI BECOMES SAN LEANDRO'S POLICE CHIEF; FIRST WOMAN IN CITY HISTORYBy Steven TavaresNew San Leandro Police ChiefSandra SpagnoliSandra Spagnoli's first day at the helm of the San Leandro Police Department started at 6:30 a.m. this morning. It was another in a series of bitterly chilly morning that have recently stalked the East Bay. While there … Continue reading San Leandro Police Enter A New Day

New Year, New People In Charge of San Leandro

FIVE IMPORTANT NEW FACES WILL NEED TIME TO MESHBy Steven TavaresThese are either times of great upheaval calling for a new stewardship or a confluence of rough economic waters navigated by political novices. Either way, 2011 is shaping up as a year featuring the emergence of five new people in five of the city's most … Continue reading New Year, New People In Charge of San Leandro

Mayor Charity

Brother, can you spare Mayor-elect Stephen Cassidy a dime? San Leandro's new top man will not take a salary until June 2011, at the earliest.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL WILL VOTE NEXT MONTH TO HAVE A MAYOR FOR FREEBy Steven TavaresMayor-elect Stephen Cassidy's bargain basement pledge to run San Leandro for free could come to fruition … Continue reading Mayor Charity

San Leandro City Manager’s Surprise Resignation

APPEARS COUNCIL SUPPORT IN CLOSED SESSION WAS QUICKLY WANING FOR HOLLISTERSteven TavaresS.L.City ManagerStephen Hollister resignsAs a wave of uncertainty continued to flow into San Leandro at rate unexpected only a month ago, Mayor Stephen Cassidy was sworn-in Monday night in council chambers. In past weeks, changes were already moving towards San Leandro. City Manager Stephen Hollister … Continue reading San Leandro City Manager’s Surprise Resignation