September 30, 2008

City Council Candidates in Their Own Words

These are the statements from San Leandro City Council candidates Ursula Reed and Linda Perry that appear in the voter information pamphlet:

Occupation: Educator Age: 44
My education and qualifications are: San Leandro faces big challenges: local businesses moving away, declining property values, a budget deficit, an understaffed police force, and a City Council and School Board struggling to work together. We can overcome these challenges, with a new generation of leadership, that has new energy, and fresh ideas and solutions. I haven't been a politician before, but I've been an active community leader for 14 years. I've been a teacher, school principal, Library Commissioner, member of Citizens for a Safe San Leandro, church volunteer, and non-profit leader, keeping kids in school and off the streets. I know how to listen, build consensus among diverse communities, and find solutions that work. As your Councilmember, I'll find the resources to hire more police, and give them the tools they need to make our city safer. I'll help repair the relationship between the Council and the School Board, to get our schools and city back on track. I'll work with local businesses towards community-oriented economic development. I'll make sure youth and senior services are a priority. I'm supported by San Leandro Police Officer's Association, Firefighters Local 55, San Leandro Teacher's Association President, Jonathan Sherr, and the current Council Two member, Surlene Grant.

Occupation: Public Policy Consultant
My education and qualifications are: Involvement, experience, leadership and vision. I know the job. I was Councilmember and Vice-Mayor from 1988-1996, representing San Leandro on numerous local and regional committees. I have been involved in improving San Leandro for 39 years, appointed to the first San Leandro Youth Advisory Committee at age 16. First elected in 1996, I currently serve on the San Leandro Unified School Board and Alameda County School Boards Association I see first-hand the diverse needs of our young families and children. As Halcyon-Foothill Neighborhood Association President, I am a vocal advocate for my neighborhood. I served on the South Area Corridor Plan. Upcoming District Issues include BART Transit-Oriented Development; Senior Center; San Leandro Hospital's future; 9th Grade Campus; sound-walls. The next Council will decide on revitalizing Downtown, the Marina/Shoreline and Kaiser developments. Impacts must be addressed. I will demand neighborhood input. I listen. I am an independent voice. My priorities are increasing economic development and jobs; working closely with schools: expanding public safety/crime prevention; improving quality of life and neighborhoods: affordable housing, childcare, senior needs, green space, recreation opportunities, transportation; fixing infrastructure, and government responsiveness. Visit Together we can make a better San Leandro. I ask for your support.

Reed's campaign kickoff is Tuesday, September 30, 2008, at Ricky's Sports Theatre & Grill, 15028 Hesperian Boulevard in San Leandro.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at September 30, 2008 9:05 AM | TrackBack

Re: Perry -- what a crock! Alot of "I served on", "I was elected to" but not one "I was responsible for" or "I fought for" or "I accomplished".

Posted by: Brian Murrell at September 30, 2008 2:03 PM

RE: Perry - She says she has been working to improve San Leandro for over 20 years, well I must say by looking around that she is an absolute failure then, and the prior poster is right, all she talks about is "what she has served on".

Posted by: Barry K at October 3, 2008 9:10 PM

Perry is obese, ignorant, incompetent and self-aggrandizing. She's part of the old guard who want to keep San Leandro uneducated with poor schools, so the people aren't smart enough to vote people like her out of office. I don't know as much about Reed as I'd like to, but at least she's a change--which is what we need!

Posted by: Frank Lynn at October 3, 2008 11:11 PM
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