May 27, 2008

City Council Election One Week Away

Ursula Reed campaign signCharlie Gilcrest campaign sign.jpgLinda Perry campaign sign
Estelle Clemons campaign signJim Prola campaign sign

In case you have missed the influx of campaign mail and sprouting of campaign signs, San Leandro voters will elect three Councilmembers on June 3, 2008. The field of candidates includes just two incumbents, because Surlene Grant is being forced out by term limits. San Leandro is unique because although each Councilmember represents a certain district, the entire city votes for one candidate in each district.

District 2 candidates Ursula Reed and Charles Gilcrest held fundraisers on May 10 and May 12, respectively, that featured high-profile guests. For Reed, it was actor Danny Glover while Assemblymember Alberto Torrico was a speaker at Gilcrest's fundraiser.

San Leandro City Council candidate Ursula Reed with Danny Glover on May 10, 2008Alberto Torrico at San Leandro City Council candidate Charles Gilcrest's fundraiser on May 12, 2008

All District 2 candidates and District 6 candidates Jim Prola and Estelle Clemons have sent out the first round of mail directed at absentee voters. Consistent or newly registered voters can expect more mail to arrive this week.

If you're unsatisfied with the information provided by the candidates' flyers, you can check out the candidates' answers (except for Wafaa Aborashed) to questions asked by the San Leandro Community Action Network. The candidate's web sites for Charles Gilcrest, Linda Perry, Ursula Reed, Joyce Starosciak, Wafaa Aborashed, Hermy Almonte, Estelle Clemons, and Jim Prola are generally light on specifics. Even less information is generally provided by the candidates at the respective sites for Ursula Reed, Joyce Starosciak, Hermy Almonte, and Jim Prola at

Previous articles showed the candidates describing their vision for San Leandro, what the candidates will do about the Marina, and the candidates describing specific issues on which the voters may base their decisions.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at May 27, 2008 11:35 PM | TrackBack

You are missing a candidate from District 6 - Mark Tichy. You should really try to be more careful when reporting.

Posted by: Marie at May 28, 2008 5:05 PM

While you are correct that Tichy is a candidate in District 6, he doesn't have a web site, which is why he wasn't included in the list of candidates with web sites.

Posted by: Mike Katz at May 28, 2008 9:08 PM

You seem to be suggesting that SLCAN should have endorsed Wafaa (not Waafa) solely on the basis of being a Middle Eastern woman. Wafaa has many qualifications that go beyond her ethnic origin.

SLCAN took a very careful approach to its endorsement. All candidates submitted written questionnaires (available online at, were interviewed individually and participated in a candidate's forum. After a careful analysis, SLCAN concluded that Jim Prola was the best candidate vis a vis our shared values, his record of working for the disadvantaged and the environment and his personal qualities. While we want to see more people of color represented on the City Council, sometimes a white male will be the best choice.

Posted by: Marga Lacabe at May 30, 2008 10:07 AM

On behalf of all white are so kind.

Posted by: Matt Rempel at June 3, 2008 6:20 PM
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