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

San Leandro rules committee nixes extending council term limits; ban on flavored cigarillos proposed

San Leandro Councilmember Ursula Reed's bidto lengthen term limits is falling flat.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL |Using the same rationale that led to the extension of term limits to 12 years in the state Legislature, San Leandro Councilmember Ursula Reed believed by the time the city’s elected officials became proficient in their jobs, they were ready … Continue reading San Leandro rules committee nixes extending council term limits; ban on flavored cigarillos proposed

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL PREVIEW: Slim pickings across the board

Bryan Azevedo and Ed Hernandez face-off in the San Leandro City Council's District 2--the only contested race of three open seats this fall.MEET THE CANDIDATESIn San Leandro, just four candidates filed for three seats this fall. But it gets worse. Two of the races involved termed out councilmembers--Jim Prola and Ursula Reed. Be it apathy in … Continue reading SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL PREVIEW: Slim pickings across the board

San Leandro candidate says opponent literally didn’t stand up for workers

San Leandro council candidate Bryan Azevedo holds aunion placard, while his opponent Ed Hernandez sits.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL |ELECTION 2016 |Josie Camacho, the leader of the powerful Alameda Labor Council, asked fellow union members to rise in support of San Leandro's proposed minimum wage increase during a council meeting last week.Dozens of supporters for raising … Continue reading San Leandro candidate says opponent literally didn’t stand up for workers

San Leandro will have just one contested race on the entire ballot this November

San Leandro District 2 City Council race betweenBryan Azevedo and Ed Hernandez will take centerstage in November.SAN LEANDRO |ELECTION 2016Either San Leandrans are content with how their city government and school district is running or nobody is interested to bother with running for local office.Come November, just one race in the entire city will contested … Continue reading San Leandro will have just one contested race on the entire ballot this November

San Leandro may raise its city wide minimum wage to $15 by 2020

Councilmember Jim Prola proposes raising SanLeandro's minimum wage to $15 by 2020.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL |The minimum wage in San Leandro could reach $15 an hour by 2020, the city council proposed Monday night. If approved at the July 5 council meeting, San Leandro's minimum wage would increase to $12 an hour starting in mid-2017 … Continue reading San Leandro may raise its city wide minimum wage to $15 by 2020

Support builds for comprehensive review of San Leandro’s ‘archaic’ city charter

San Leandro Councilmember Ursula Reed advocatedfor extending council term limits, but discussionturned toward revamping the city charter.SAN LEADNRO CITY COUNCIL | San Leandro’s city charter, its guiding document for governance, is archaic and need wholesale changes, said several councilmembers last week.The issue of San Leandro’s city charter was introduced last week after termed out Councilmember … Continue reading Support builds for comprehensive review of San Leandro’s ‘archaic’ city charter

Palpable fears of rising rents and evictions move to San Leandro

San Leandro Mayor Pauline Cutter is skepticalabout rent control despite a chorus of speakersMonday advocating for greater protections.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | After months of public comment and vetting, the San Leandro City Council approved this week new regulations for its Rent Review Board. The changes include lowering the threshold for tenants to protest rent … Continue reading Palpable fears of rising rents and evictions move to San Leandro

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

Down Ballot, May 21, 2014; 13 Days to Election Day

CONGRESS DISTRICT 17 Which number will be higher? The number of votes Joel Vanlandingham receives or the number of words allotted to him by the corporate press? On Tuesday, Vanlandingham told the San Jose Mercury News he will move within the current 17th District boundaries, whether he fails to advance to the November election or not. … Continue reading Down Ballot, May 21, 2014; 13 Days to Election Day

Sheila Jordan’s Legacy Poses a Challenge for her Hand-Picked Successor

Candidates to replace retiring Alameda County Superintendent of Schools Sheila Jordan at a forum Wednesday in Hayward. Left to right, Jeff Bowser, Helen Foster, Karen Monroe and Ursula Reed. PHOTO/Steven TavaresCAMPAIGN 2014 | ALCO SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS |There has long been a sense the queen of Alameda County education, Sheila Jordan, has become unresponsive to … Continue reading Sheila Jordan’s Legacy Poses a Challenge for her Hand-Picked Successor

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

Cassidy’s Quandary: Juggling Work Demands With His Duties As Mayor

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | In San Leandro, being mayor is not a full-time job, at least, financially. Earlier this month, San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy offered another in a long line of proposals that appear more suited to molding the official business of the city to his own personal work schedule than his stated goals of … Continue reading Cassidy’s Quandary: Juggling Work Demands With His Duties As Mayor

San Leandro Approves Draft Ordinance Allowing Two Dispensaries

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL//DISPENSARIES | After much advocacy and derision regarding one of San Leandro’s most controversial topics, the City Council passed a draft ordinance that could allow up to two medical cannabis dispensaries in city boundaries following over three years of debate. A large amount of medical cannabis supporters argued for the safe use of cannabis and its positive therapeutic … Continue reading San Leandro Approves Draft Ordinance Allowing Two Dispensaries

San Leandro Inching Closer To Allowing Medical Cannabis Dispensaries

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | Nearly three years ago, the San Leandro City Council was in the midst of reefer madness. In late 2010, it nearly placed a 22-month moratorium on medical cannabis dispensaries--a potential death sentence possibly leading to an outright ban. Through a slick parliamentary maneuver by Councilmember Jim Prola, who argued for a shorter moratorium, instead … Continue reading San Leandro Inching Closer To Allowing Medical Cannabis Dispensaries