San Leandro police chief announces retirement

Tudor San Leandro Police Chief Jeff Tudor announced Wednesday that he will retire, effective June 23. Tudor has served 25 years at the police department and the past four years as police chief. He is also a San Leandro native. “It has been an honor and a privilege to be the Chief of Police in … Continue reading San Leandro police chief announces retirement

San Leandro city manager is leaving for Healdsburg

San Leandro City Manager Jeff Kay said on Monday night that he has accepted a similar position in Healdsburg. Kay made the announcement at Monday night's San Leandro City Council meeting. He will continue serving as San Leandro city manager through the end of this year. Kay has been a fixture at San Leandro City … Continue reading San Leandro city manager is leaving for Healdsburg

Nancy O’Malley finally charges a police officer for manslaughter

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley charged a San Leandro police officer who fatally shot Steven Taylor, a Black man inside a Walmart last April, with voluntary manslaughter. It is the first time O'Malley's office has filed such charges against a police officer in Alameda County since becoming district attorney in 2010. San Leandro police … Continue reading Nancy O’Malley finally charges a police officer for manslaughter

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: AG will not investigate Steven Taylor police shooting

The California Attorney General's office declined a request by San Leandro officials to launch an independent investigation in the fatal shooting by a San Leandro police officer last April of Steven Taylor, a 33-year-old black man, who was, at the time, experiencing a mental illness crisis. State Attorney General Xavier Beccerra's office notified the city … Continue reading San Leandro: AG will not investigate Steven Taylor police shooting

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 woman distributed anti-Asian screed in Heron Bay neighborhood

A San Leandro woman was arrested by police on May 22 after posting anti-Asian literature on homes in the city's Heron Bay neighborhood. Nancy Arechiga, 52, was taken into custoday and booked at Santa Rita Jail. She was later released on bail due to a county policy that aims to limit the jail population due … Continue reading San Leandro woman distributed anti-Asian screed in Heron Bay neighborhood

Alameda County Dems ask AG to investigate fatal shooting by San Leandro Police

Alameda County Democratic Party leaders approved a resolution to urge the state attorney general to investigate the April 18 fatal shooting of Steven Taylor by San Leandro Police. The resolution was conceived by Pamela Price, a member of the committee and former candidate for Alameda County district attorney two years ago. Price believes the San … Continue reading Alameda County Dems ask AG to investigate fatal shooting by San Leandro Police

San Leandro: Mayor takes heat for saying man killed by police ‘passed away’

As San Leandro remains stunned by the shooting of 33-year-old Steven Taylor by police  inside a Walmart store last Saturday afternoon, a statement by the mayor on Monday night, is attracting additional criticism after it failed to mention the decedent's name. In addition, the prepared statement read at the beginning of Monday night's council meeting … Continue reading San Leandro: Mayor takes heat for saying man killed by police ‘passed away’

Power shut-offs also impacted San Leandro with police overtime costs

San Leandro's response to two power shut-offs by Pacific Gas & Electric last October was suboptimal, but the city ultimately learned from its early mistakes, city officials said. The pair of power shut-offs, which occurred in the northeastern area of San Leandro, came with a price tag to the city of at least $15,000 in … Continue reading Power shut-offs also impacted San Leandro with police overtime costs

San Leandro accepts federal grant for drone without specific policy for its use

San Leandro accepted a nearly $32,000 federal grant that will allow its police department to purchase a drone. The San Leandro City Council, however, did so despite the city not having a specific drone policy. The lack of a policy for local law enforcement to use drones has drawn concerns from privacy advocates in the … Continue reading San Leandro accepts federal grant for drone without specific policy for its use