Show Me the Real Money

IS CUTTER LOSING THE MAYOR'S SUPPORT? CASSIDY, BROWN: LIKETHISBy Steven TavaresIs there a tangible difference between non-monetary contributions versus cold, hard cash? San Leandro mayoral candidate Stephen Cassidy says no. A press release Tuesday touted financial disclosures filings showing a considerable money advantage over the incumbent Mayor Tony Santos and Councilwoman Joyce Starosciak."Demonstrating strong momentum … Continue reading Show Me the Real Money

Fundraising Totals Indicate Mayoral Race Not Attracting Passion

CASSIDY'S FUNDRAISING TOTALS SURGE PASS STAROSCIAKBy Steven TavaresMaybe it is the sign of the times or a function of a rapidly growing field of candidates facing an incumbent for mayor of San Leandro, but money is barely trickling into the coffers of those vying for the city's top spot.  According to financial disclosures filed this week four of the five candidates … Continue reading Fundraising Totals Indicate Mayoral Race Not Attracting Passion

Is There Money to Operate Future Sports Facilities? N-O Spells No

SCHOOL DISTRICT SAYS OPERATING DOLLARS ARE UNAVAILABLE IF $50 MILLION BOND PASSES IN NOV.By Steven Tavares"No" was the response Thursday from San Leandro School Superintendent Cindy Cathey when asked if the school district had financial resources to operate revamped sports facilities across the city, including a new Burrell Fied, if the $50 million bond measure recently added to the … Continue reading Is There Money to Operate Future Sports Facilities? N-O Spells No

Funding for Crossing Guards Again Absent from Budgets

PROGRAM NOT FUNDED FOR THE START OF SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR; SCHOOL STARTS AUG. 25By Steven TavaresWith less than a month before the start of school San Leandro students may be without crossing guards at the start of the school for a second consecutive year. The city, already decimated by cuts to its workforce and services, did not allocate funding … Continue reading Funding for Crossing Guards Again Absent from Budgets

San Leandro’s Quarter Cent Solution (Dilemma)

SAN LEANDRO APPROVES PLACING SALES TAX MEASURE ON NOV. BALLOT; WOULD RAISE TAX TO THE HIGHEST IN BAY AREABy Steven TavaresAfter nearly a year of discussion and unofficial campaigning, San Leandro will place its near-term fiscal health on a ballot measure slated for the November ballot. The San Leandro City Council approved the placement of the … Continue reading San Leandro’s Quarter Cent Solution (Dilemma)

Did Santos Snuff Out the Pot Debate Before it Begins?

CITY COUNCIL DOES NOT HAVE THE POLITICAL COURAGE TO APPROVE POT IN SAN LEANDROBy Steven TavaresAs opposed to Oakland, where the city council is moving forward with studying an ordinance that would allow industrial-sized, indoor growing facilities to go along with the city's successful dispensary industry, the political landscape in San Leandro is far more pristine without … Continue reading Did Santos Snuff Out the Pot Debate Before it Begins?

San Leandro Drawing Interest of Local Cannabis Club

CITY HAS MORATORIUM ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA CLUBSBy Steven TavaresAn Oakland medical marijuana dispensary is showing interest in expanding its operations in San Leandro, The Citizen has learned, although the city has a moratorium on the clubs in place since 2005.According to San Leandro Mayor Tony Santos, a dispensary currently operating in Oakland is interested in making … Continue reading San Leandro Drawing Interest of Local Cannabis Club

The Myth of the Scheming Public Employee

POOR LEGISLATIVE JUDGMENT, NOT RISING PENSION COSTS ARE INFLATING BUDGETSBy Steven TavaresGov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said last April, the state has slugged through an Internet and housing bubble and now faces a looming public pensions bubble. All were caused by economic hubris and greed and inflicted financial harm on most of those with no part in its … Continue reading The Myth of the Scheming Public Employee

The Council’s Seven-Year Itch

San Leandro takes step closer to Nov. sales tax measure, but disagrees on length By Steven Tavares The San Leandro City Council is supporting a bid to place a quarter-cent sales tax measure on the November ballot, but how long it should be maintained appears open for debate. The council approved 6-1 Monday to direct city … Continue reading The Council’s Seven-Year Itch

Raising the Sales Tax While People are Short of Cash

Might 'experts' be wrong again? Are we heading towards dreaded 'double-dip'?If there is a go-to-guy for making sense of the country's wretched economy, it has been former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich. A year ago, he maintained the Obama stimulus plan was not large enough when others said the opposite and he is now one of … Continue reading Raising the Sales Tax While People are Short of Cash

Economy, Sales Tax to Highlight Mayor’s Race

Plenty of 'what-ifs' built into city's budget forecast By Steven TavaresYou don't need the Ragin' Cajun James Carville to tell you, "It's the economy, stupid!" but with five months before San Leandro decides whether to give Mayor Tony Santos four more years or give someone else a chance, some are running from the issue, leaving the … Continue reading Economy, Sales Tax to Highlight Mayor’s Race

Council Gladly Pays For Budget Monday For A Hamburger Today

San Leandro approves $69.6 million budget; closes deficit with dwindling reserves for 4th straight year By Steven Tavares"I hate this budget," motioned San Leandro Councilman Jim Prola. "I hate this budget, too," seconded Councilman Bill Stephens as the council unanimously approved a $69.6 million budget for the coming fiscal year."This is a very painful budget to have … Continue reading Council Gladly Pays For Budget Monday For A Hamburger Today

Less Than Superlative Week for Lockyer

Rapper's Delight | Katz of Many Hats | Free Press Coverage | Training Video for Mayor's Re-ElectionThis has definitely not been a good week for Nadia Lockyer. She allowed The Chronicle to join the fray when she couldn't get her facts straight on whether she was a deputy district attorney for the county and exactly when … Continue reading Less Than Superlative Week for Lockyer

Corbett Denies Lockyer’s Endorsement Boast

District 2 Supervisor hopeful falsely tells Fremont seniors she has senator's backing By Steven TavaresOn a day when two local media outlets published scathing articles about the honesty and political motivations of Alameda County supervisor candidate Nadia Lockyer, she told a group of seniors in Fremont she had obtained the endorsement of state Sen. Ellen Corbett, but the East Bay … Continue reading Corbett Denies Lockyer’s Endorsement Boast

Ms. Mestas Goes to City Hall

Mo Wiley, Sara Mestas' musical alter-ego in a video for her single, "You Can't Touch It".How one candidate's rap identity is too provocative for San Leandro officials to Touch by Steven TavaresSara Mestas can't walk on water. She says she's no saint, but her rap persona Mo Wiley can. In a recent video for her … Continue reading Ms. Mestas Goes to City Hall