December 25, 2009

Part-Time Rapper is Newest Rent Review Board Member

Sara Mestas At the December 21, 2009, meeting of the San Leandro City Council, Sara Mestas was unanimously appointed to the Rent Review Board. When she became aware in September 2009 that the City of San Leandro had cut the crossing guards from its budget, Mestas volunteered as a crossing guard, spoke at a City Council meeting, and organized a press conference at Corvallis Elementary School.

According to the City of San Leandro web site, the Rent Review Board provides a "forum for the hearing of rent disputes between landlords and tenants and to provide recommendations to the City Council regarding the settlement of those disputes." It is scheduled to meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month, but the last time it met was in September 2008.

Mestas had considered running for Mayor in 2010 before she was appointed to the Rent Review Board. Although she hadn't been registered to vote in recent elections, Mestas recently endorsed Mayor Tony Santos and Councilmembers Michael Gregory and Jim Prola, stating, "I endorse Tony Santos for Mayor, 2010-2012, also council persons Prola and Gregory." Santos and Gregory are running for re-election in 2010 while Prola is expected to run for re-election in 2012. Regarding the city's current fiscal situation, Mestas suggested that "the best thing that can be done is to cut spending," and also noted that "there are some council members and city employees who are spending money like they just won the lotto, some who would rather have a fancy hotel instead of affordable housing or a hospital." She also supports ranked choice voting and city ownership of an ethanol and hydrogen fueling station.

A mortgage company employee and aspiring rapper using the stage name Mo Wiley, Mestas was interviewed in November 2009 on Sacramento & Co., about her new album and her activism to get funding restored for school crossing guards.

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Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at December 25, 2009 4:36 PM | TrackBack

Interesting that she wants to cut spending, yet supports Tony Santos for mayor. Cassidy is the only candidate calling for spending cuts.

Posted by: Frank at December 31, 2009 7:17 AM
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