San Leandro begins debate on whether to honor city’s first African American councilmember

Former San Leandro Councilmember Surlene Grant served from 1998-2008.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILNear the end of former San Leandro Councilmember Ursula Reed's second term in office, she began exploring ways to honor her predecessor in District 2, Surlene Grant, the city's first-ever African American councilmember.Reed first proposed renaming Joaquin Plaza, a modest courtyard located on East 14th Street … Continue reading San Leandro begins debate on whether to honor city’s first African American councilmember

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!’

Laython Landis, long-time, controversial San Leandro public official, has died

Laython Landis, in a photo from earlier this year,served 42 years in public office.SAN LEANDRO | OBIT | Layton Landis, the long-serving East Bay sanitary district member and former San Leandro City Councilman, who retired from public office earlier this year over controversial statements, has died. He was 89.After serving on the Oro Loma Sanitary … Continue reading Laython Landis, long-time, controversial San Leandro public official, has died

Oro Loma board member Laython Landis opts for retirement after racist comments

With Landis' retirement next month, the Oro Lomaboard will begin searching for his replacement.ORO LOMA SANITARY DISTRICT | After repeated calls for his resignation following the use of a racial slur during a meeting last December, Oro Loma Sanitary District board member Laython Landis is instead choosing retirement, effective Mar. 30.The Oro Loma Sanitary District … Continue reading Oro Loma board member Laython Landis opts for retirement after racist comments

Former San Leandro Mayor Calls Out Current One for Stance on Tax Measure

San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidyand former Mayor Tony Santos are stillrivals four years later.SAN LEANDRO | Former San Leandro Mayor Tony Santos says the current mayor should apologize to residents for opposing a quarter percent sales tax increase four years ago that ultimately helped the city escape the Great Recession.This week, San Leandro Mayor Stephen … Continue reading Former San Leandro Mayor Calls Out Current One for Stance on Tax Measure

Early Crop of San Leandro Mayoral Candidates Failing to Excite, Leaving Others to Contemplate a Run

The lack of quality mayoral candidatesin San Leandro leads some to suggestEllen Corbett, left, should run in the fall.PHOTO/Steven TavaresSAN LEANDRO | MAYOR | When San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy said last month he would not seek re-election after just one term, it suddenly put the mayor’s race in play. Cassidy appeared headed for re-election … Continue reading Early Crop of San Leandro Mayoral Candidates Failing to Excite, Leaving Others to Contemplate a Run

San Leandro Mayor Will Not Seek Re-Election After One Term

Stephen CassidySAN LEANDRO | MAYOR | San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy announced late Sunday night he will not seek re-election later this year after serving just a single term in office."I have concluded it is in the best interests of our city and my family that I focus on serving as Mayor for the remainder … Continue reading San Leandro Mayor Will Not Seek Re-Election After One Term

Amid Scandal, A Conversation Changed in the 17th Congressional District

Hayward Mayoral Candidates Face Labor | Mr. Know-It-All | Guillen is a Lock | Forum ScheduleCHAPTER 9 | Sometimes all a campaign needs is a little luck. Just as pressure was renewed for Rep. Mike Honda to debate his fellow Democratic challenger Ro Khanna, comes help from an unlikely source—the Republican Party. Honda desperately needed … Continue reading Amid Scandal, A Conversation Changed in the 17th Congressional District

The Case for Candidates Avoiding The Bay Area News Group Editorial Board

Bonta's Fundraising Drive | Nobody Wants To Run For Mayor In San Leandro | Swalwell OK With His EthicsCHAPTER 7 | In the fall of 2012, San Leandro Councilmember Jim Prola was gearing up for a likely winning re-election campaign against a relatively unknown and unremarkable member of the city's school board when he received … Continue reading The Case for Candidates Avoiding The Bay Area News Group Editorial Board

Mayor Cassidy Hints He Knows Council Colleagues Don’t Like Him

Mayor Cassidy in 2010. How many of his colleagues would like to take a shot at the dunking booth today?SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | Did San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy make light of his apparent unpopularity among council colleagues this week? Near the end of Monday’s night’s meeting regarding possible changes to how the council … Continue reading Mayor Cassidy Hints He Knows Council Colleagues Don’t Like Him

Chinese Flag Raised At San Leandro Marina; Protesters Scuttle Similar Ceremony In Alameda

San Leandro Councilmember Benny Lee addresses an audience at the city's marina following a flag-raising ceremony in honor of China's national day. PHOTO/Steven Tavares SAN LEANDRO//FLAG FLAP | They couldn’t fly the Chinese over San Leandro City Hall, so over 100 Chinese Americans in San Leandro, instead, moved it Tuesday to the city’s scenic marina. Meanwhile, pro-Tibetan … Continue reading Chinese Flag Raised At San Leandro Marina; Protesters Scuttle Similar Ceremony In Alameda

Prola Says He’s Not In The Mix For San Leandro Mayor

Councilmember Jim ProlaSAN LEANDRO//2014 ELECTION/MAYOR | San Leandro's most liberal city councilman says he is not interested in running for mayor next year. However, if the city's notorious Mayor Stephen Cassidy upsets him, he might change his mind."I have no intention to run," said Prola during a break in the action at Tuesday night's council … Continue reading Prola Says He’s Not In The Mix For San Leandro Mayor

Cassidy’s Metamorphosis In San Leandro Continues

To show how public employees were livinghigh off the hog, Cassidy slyly took no salaryduring the first six months in office.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | Just a few months ago, San Leandro’s Stephen Cassidy was known across the East Bay as the gruff, often arrogant, anti-union mayor. Times have changed, indeed. Off went the pounds … Continue reading Cassidy’s Metamorphosis In San Leandro Continues

San Leandro Mayor Pushes For Dropping Long-Time Attorney Firm Meyers Nave

Man on an island: Mayor Stephen Cassidy, left. PHOTO/Natalia AldanaSAN LEANDRO | The San Leandro City Council looked over a legal services analysis report last Tuesday that reviewed the financial costs and drafted options to either stay or not stay with the city’s long term contract with the Meyers Nave, firm that supplies San Leandro … Continue reading San Leandro Mayor Pushes For Dropping Long-Time Attorney Firm Meyers Nave

Starosciak Resigns From Council; Says Heartbreak Over Mayoral Defeat Lingers

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | San Leandro Councilwoman Joyce Starosciak is resigning from the City Council. The long-time public servant read a farewell letter near the conclusion of Monday night's meeting citing the residual heartbreak over her stinging mayoral defeat in 2010 as a main reason for her decision. Starosciak said she will be moving to the Roseville … Continue reading Starosciak Resigns From Council; Says Heartbreak Over Mayoral Defeat Lingers