At its meeting on December 7, 2009, the San Leandro City Council voted to delay any decisions on whether to use instant runoff (or ranked choice voting) until it meets again in January 2010. This will allow staff to see how the City of Oakland proceeds when it meets to consider instant runoff in early January.
Councilmember Jim Prola offered a motion to table discussion on ranked choice voting (RCV) until January 2010 and to direct staff to find ways to reduce the first time costs associated with RCV. Vice Mayor Joyce Starosciak offered a substitute motion to go with the staff recommendation, which would mean that RCV would not be implemented for the 2010 elections. Starosciak's motion was defeated 4-3, with Councilmembers Prola, Michael Gregory, Ursula Reed, and Mayor Tony Santos voting against it. Prola's motion prevailed, with only Starosciak and Councilmember Diana Souza voting against it.
In other actions, the City Council appointed former City Councilmember and former Mayoral candidate Orval "OB" Badger to the Personnel Relations Board. Badger fills the position vacated by Bill Jardin, who died earlier this year. Badger was appointed to the San Leandro City Council in 2001 to replace Gordon Galvan and was unopposed when he ran for re-election in 2002. In 2006, he ran for Mayor and was defeated by Santos.
The City Council also voted to tighten restrictions on smoking in public places, work places, recreational areas and athletic facilities in the city. This was partly in response to the 2009 State of Tobacco Control report issued by the American Lung Association of California in January 2009, which awarded the City of San Leandro a "F" for its efforts to discourage smoking.