March 19, 2008

Ballot Statements for District 6 Candidates June 2008

San Leandro City Council candidates for District 6 Wafaa Aborashed, Hermy Almonte, Estelle Clemons, Jim Prola, and Mark Tichy submitted statements that will appear in printed material for the June 3, 2008, election. The cost of publishing the candidate statement is estimated at $1,200, which each candidate pays. Tichy requested a waiver of the $1,200 based on his income as a caregiver. San Leandro Bytes scanned in copies obtained from the San Leandro City Clerk. Any typographical errors in the statements are likely from optical character recognition used to convert the statements to text.

See below for the complete statements for each candidate.

Wafaa Aborashed

Graduate of California East Bay University in Sociology. A grassroots environmental advocate, plus President of the Davis West Neighborhood of San Leandro for the past 11 years and also I am working to protect the environment and reduce negative health impacts for San Leandro citizens.
I am a member of the San Leandro Chamber Leadership Program
and a Steering Committee member of the following environmental, political and social organizations:
Bay Area Health Collaborative,
Ditching Dirty Diesel,
Environmental Justice Air Quality Coalition,
Ambassadors for Peace,
Chairperson of Women's Interfaith Circle of Services,
Vice Chair of Peacemakers,
Board member of the United Nations East Bay.
I participate and encourage participation in bringing people together to explore and resolve everyday community concerns. www.wafaa4sanleandro

Hermy B. Almonte

My education and qualifications are: I am a graduate of Alameda County Leadership Academy and was appointed to serve in the Consumer Affairs Commission. I inherited the passion of public service from my grandfather, who was a former Councilman. The growing populations of Filipino and Asian communities have '"dreams", of equal representation of ALL in the City Council. Some areas in need of immediate attention are: community safety, wheel-chair accessibility, bus stops without waiting sheds, crosswalks for children and wheelchair-bound individuals, missing traffic and pedestrian signs, housing for seniors, teachers, working families, and people with medical challenges, and a sports complex and leagues.

My past and current community services prove my active involvement in the school district and community. Past Member, Disaster Action Team - San Francisco, American Red Cross Bay Area, Commissioner - Consumer Affairs Commission of Alameda County, President- English Learner Advisory Committee of San Leandro High School, Finance Chairman- Soccer and Scouting, Boy Scouts of America of San Leandro, Leo Advisor- Leo Club of San Leandro High School and California Notary Public- 2nd term. ALL residents of the City of San Leandro, I am willing to serve everyone and focus on all areas needing attention!

Vote Hermy B. Almonte on June 03, 2008!

Estelle E. Clemons

Educations and Qualifications:
San Leandro is a beautiful and diverse city with a landscape that spans from our golden waterfront to our rolling hills. In moving the City of San Leandro forward, we need effective leaders who can advance the priorities of the community and get the job done - I am that public servant.

I hold a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, a Masters Degree in Behavioral Science, and have over 10 years of practical work experience in local government. I've worked to bring millions of dollars in additional funding from local, state and federal resources to help local government meet the needs of the community by securing funding for infrastructure, parks and recreation, public safety, transit oriented development, waterfront dredging, and services for seniors and working families.

Serving as a San Leandro City councilmember takes leadership, vision and experience. I am that leader that will help move the City of San Leandro forward. With the support of the community, I am committed to 1) increasing public safety; 2) advocating for and ensuring quality education for all children; and 3) supporting smart growth in the area of community and economic development.

For leadership and experience that counts, on June 3, 2008 cast your vote for Estelle E. Clemons, San Leandro City Council.

Jim Prola

As your Council member, it has been a pleasure to serve you these past 15 months. San Leandro has been my home for more than 30 years, and my wife and I raised three children here. I have volunteered as a youth sports coach and as a leader on many community issues including cleaning up our shoreline and helping establish the city's first shelter for women and children. We've done a lot on the Council to move San Leandro forward, but there's more to be done, and that's why I'm running to retain my District 6 Council seat. I want to secure our future by creating more programs for children and young families, work with the school district to improve education, increase public safety to better protect our neighborhoods, continue to advocate for seniors, balance our budget in a tight economy, work with local businesses to ensure they thrive in our city, and preserve San Leandro's small-town atmosphere. I ask you to join with Mayor Tony Santos, County Supervisor Alice Lai-Bitker, and many other residents, and vote for me, Jim Prola, to elect a leader with vision and experience. For more information, please visit Thank you.

Mark Tichy

My education and qualifications are:

I've been a resident in San Leandro for 16 years now, and in that time I've noticed our City is taking a turn for the worst. Just recently, my wife and I opened Chicago Blues Cafe located on East 14th St.

Since opening we've been overwhelmed by all of the regulation that San Leandro imposes on the small business person. San Leandro is not small business friendly. Change is needed to address the concerns of the small business person. Our community will never change unless we can attract new business. Only then will our City thrive. Over the years many businesses have avoided San Leandro due to overregulation. The current Mayor and City Council members are more interested in filling in our Marina for development, rather then addressing the real issues our City faces. Make a difference and vote for a candidate that understands how to support and attract business back to San Leandro.

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