After the recent appointment of Catherine Vierra Houston as the District 4 representative on the San Leandro Board of Zoning Adustments (BZA), the BZA elected Charles Gilcrest as the new Chair at its October 1, 2009, meeting. Gilcrest ran unsuccessfully for the San Leandro District 2 City Council seat in November 2008 and is the campaign manager for Tony Santos' re-election campaign. Darryl Shields, who has been on the BZA since March 2007, was elected as Vice Chair.
The election of Chair and Vice-Chair is normally done in July, but was delayed until last night's meeting.
Houston replaced Frank Sidari, who has served on the BZA since June 1986. Houston is a representative of United Steelworkers Local 1304 in San Leandro. With much of organized labor throwing its support behind Santos' re-election, insiders have suggested that Councilmember Joyce Starosciak's selection of Houston was an attempt to garner some labor support. Starosciak was endorsed by the Alameda County Central Labor Council in 2004 and 2008 while Santos received the group's endorsement in 2006 and in previous City Council elections.Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at October 3, 2009 1:53 PM | TrackBack