San Leandro: Council reinstates homeless task force previously cut from police budget

A narrow vote last month by the San Leandro City Council to pursue $1.7 million in cuts to its police department, in part, through the elimination of its lauded homeless task force, led to what some councilmembers deemed "buyer's remorse" by colleagues who successfully moved to reinstate the program last week. "I don't want to … Continue reading San Leandro: Council reinstates homeless task force previously cut from police budget

San Leandro approves budget, sets aside $1.7m that could be reallocated from SLPD

Facing a hard deadline to put forth a balanced city budget by the end of the month, the San Leandro City Council closed a $7 million budget shortfall that includes the potential for later shifting more than $1.7 million from its police department to bolster various community services. Monday's council meeting featured over three hours … Continue reading San Leandro approves budget, sets aside $1.7m that could be reallocated from SLPD

San Leandro asks AG to investigate killing of Steven Taylor by police

San Leandro councilmembers voted in closed session on Monday night to request an independent investigation by the state attorney general's office into the fatal shooting of Steven Taylor, an African American resident, by police on April 18. The move comes amid the backdrop of the killing by Minneapolis Police of George Floyd, which has roiled … Continue reading San Leandro asks AG to investigate killing of Steven Taylor by police

San Leandro approves Monarch Bay agreement, but officials voice displeasure with developer

After yet another series of setbacks, San Leandro's long-anticipated development of its marina appears back on track. The San Leandro City Council approved a development agreement with Cal-Coast Companies, LLC on Monday night, but not without a number of councilmembers admonishing the developer for making a late revision to the proposed deal. San Leandro officials … Continue reading San Leandro approves Monarch Bay agreement, but officials voice displeasure with developer

How he became San Leandro’s Vice Mayor Pete

Like vice-president and lieutenant governor, the honorific of vice mayor sounds important. But it's not. The ceremonial title's job prescription is solely to be a stand-in for the mayor at ribbon-cuttings and sometimes preside over a council meeting when the mayor is away. But most local voters don't readily know this, and come election time … Continue reading How he became San Leandro’s Vice Mayor Pete

San Leandro council committee to seek ways to honor former Mayor Santos

Just hours after receiving news of the passing of former San Leandro Mayor Tony Santos Monday night, the City Council took the first step toward finding a suitable way to honor him for posterity. "We are grateful for his legacy. His commitment to public service and, most importantly, his contribution to San Leandro. I'm positive … Continue reading San Leandro council committee to seek ways to honor former Mayor Santos

San Leandro questions whether its red-light camera contract is a good deal

In the run up to the San Leandro City Council's decision Monday night to renew a 14-year-old contract for red-light camera services, a few elected officials were alerted to the website HighwayRobbery.net. The no-frills site created by an activist who opposes red-light cameras, is a treasure-trove of data covering the entire state, in addition, to helpful … Continue reading San Leandro questions whether its red-light camera contract is a good deal

San Leandro: Unopened dispensaries get deadline; council moves toward allowing adult use cannabis

San Leandro dispensaries say medical cannabis-only sales put them at a serious economic disadvantage against adult use stores.

San Leandro moves to reduce density on proposed 45-unit green building near transit

At the same time acknowledging the need to diversify its mix of new housing, the San Leandro City Council, nonetheless, told the developer of a 45-unit green, multi-family apartment building on Bancroft Avenue that the project would not be approved unless he lowered its density from 45 units to 39 units or less, citing strong … Continue reading San Leandro moves to reduce density on proposed 45-unit green building near transit

San Leandro mobile home park rep says evicted elderly renter who was arrested wants to be a martyr

John Busch, the 82-year-old San Leandran who was evicted last year from his space at the Bayshore Commons mobile home park following his refusal to pay a large rent increase, has been a cause celebre for renters' rights advocates in the city. When Busch did not leave the space, Alameda County sheriff's deputy were summoned. … Continue reading San Leandro mobile home park rep says evicted elderly renter who was arrested wants to be a martyr

SAN LEANDRO: Benny Lee holds large early fundraising advantage over incumbent Mayor Cutter

San Leandro Councilmember Benny Lee's ever-growing city council campaign coffers is coming in handy for his mayoral campaign this fall against first-term Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter. Lee transferred $50,000 from his council committee to his mayoral campaign last March—an already sizable amount for most San Leandro political races. Lee raised an additional $27,714 in contributions … Continue reading SAN LEANDRO: Benny Lee holds large early fundraising advantage over incumbent Mayor Cutter

Hinting at San Leandro scandal, council calls for ordinance to track lobbyists

Proposed ordinance would track interactions between paid lobbyists and city officials, but there were many hints as to why it's needed.