San Leandro approves 42-unit housing project that angered NIMBYs

The San Leandro City Council approved one of the city’s most contentious housing projects in years on Monday night amid continuing concerns from neighbors over parking and traffic.  The project, referred to as the 1388 Bancroft Apartments, is a three-story, 42-unit, multi-family residential development initially proposed to include more than 70 units. The higher density … Continue reading San Leandro approves 42-unit housing project that angered NIMBYs

Charles Gilcrest, San Leandro politico known for his advocacy and kindness, dies

Charles Gilcrest, the long-time political consultant and local insider who helped start the political careers of many San Leandro elected officials, and later served as informal advisors for several mayors and councilmembers, died on Monday. He was 64. Gilcrest was serving the last year of his first term as a board director on the Eden … Continue reading Charles Gilcrest, San Leandro politico known for his advocacy and kindness, dies

San Leandro mayor is asking for a pay raise

San Leandro Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter wants a pay increase equal to three times that of her council colleagues. Cutter, who is in her second term as mayor, wrote a letter to the city highlighting in great detail why the council should raise her annual salary from $30,240 to $45,360 at its meeting on Nov. … Continue reading San Leandro mayor is asking for a pay raise

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.

ELECTIONLINE: Polling in AD15; union’s love affair with Abel Guillen is over; Alameda candidate’s past conviction; healthcare district coup

15TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT While Buffy Wicks' assembly campaign, as far as we know, has not yet poll-tested whether its staff should order Chinese, Thai, or Vietnamese for dinner, there are indications the poll-obsessed, and well-funded campaign is again compiling data in advance of their fall campaign against Richmond Councilmember Jovanka Beckles. Wicks' camp has sent … Continue reading ELECTIONLINE: Polling in AD15; union’s love affair with Abel Guillen is over; Alameda candidate’s past conviction; healthcare district coup

ELECTIONLINE: Cassidy watch in San Leandro; Beckles endorsement; AD18 candidate wants to shrink Alameda Fire

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL D1 For the better part of the last year, San Leandro political parlor talk has been constantly included speculation over whether San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy is interested in running for office this November. Any office, actually. Cassidy, whether intentional or not, has politlcal watchers in The 'Dro so off-balance that … Continue reading ELECTIONLINE: Cassidy watch in San Leandro; Beckles endorsement; AD18 candidate wants to shrink Alameda Fire

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.