San Leandro Council preview: A realignment toward NIMBYs

Before 2010, San Leandro voters had never seen a city council incumbent lose re-election. With the aid of ranked-choice voting that year, San Leandro Mayor Tony Santos was upset by Stephen Cassidy. Two years ago, Councilmember Lee Thomas was narrowly defeated by Victor Aguilar. Next week, there's a good possibility a third incumbent in the … Continue reading San Leandro Council preview: A realignment toward NIMBYs

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

San Leandro scuttles campaign finance reforms

Cities without campaign contribution limits, however, will be preempted by a new state law coming into effect in 2021.

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

ALCO to spend $23.7M on new voting system | City Hall Tip-Sheet: Dec. 14-20

>>Cost of new Alameda County voting system: $23.7M ALAMEDA COUNTY -- Regular board meeting, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 9:30 a.m. ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Jan. 8. --NEW COUNTY VOTING SYSTEM-- The useful life of Alameda County's voting system has run its course after 12 years. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors is set to approve … Continue reading ALCO to spend $23.7M on new voting system | City Hall Tip-Sheet: Dec. 14-20

FPPC won’t investigate litany of complaints against San Leandro slate

Former councilmember and top landlord had previously alleged 238 campaign finance violations

SAN LEANDRO: Fresh, Clean Slate push back; targets landlord with scathing ad

Slate responds to FPPC complaint with flyer depicting San Leandro landlord as Pinocchio's puppet master.

War! in San Leandro; Desley; Alameda is weird; Buffy Bunch; Interview with Union City Council candidate Jaime Patiño

The election season is nearing thr end. It's put up or shut up time for campaigns. If you have mud to sling, sling it now, and races in cities all over the East Bay are getting ugly just in the past few days. I'll break down one such race, give you a brief projection for … Continue reading War! in San Leandro; Desley; Alameda is weird; Buffy Bunch; Interview with Union City Council candidate Jaime Patiño

San Leandro slate accused of committing scores of campaign finance violations

Altogether, the number of alleged campaign finance violations is potentially more than 200.

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.

Hayward approves emergency moratoriums for renters, while landords fume

Hayward councilmembers unanimously approved moratoriums on vacancy decontrol and added just cause protection to nearly 15,000 rental units.