March 26, 2010

Former Oakland School Board Member to Run for San Leandro City Council

Former Oakland School Board member David Anderson filed paperwork on Tuesday, March 23, 2010, indicating his intention to run for the District 1 San Leandro City Council seat currently held by Michael Gregory. Gregory was elected in 2006 and is up for re-election this year.

Anderson, a retired sheet metal worker, says that elected representatives must get out and talk to their constituents. He wants to be the "magnet that brings people together" to solve many of the City's problems. He also highlighted the importance of keeping the Boys and Girls Club pool open for the city's senior citizens. San Leandro Bytes asked Anderson about the city's financial situation, transit-oriented development, and other issues, but Anderson has not yet responded.

Anderson grew up in Oakland, graduating from McClymonds High School. From 1987 until 1992, Anderson served on the Oakland School Board, including as School Board President in 1991. In 1992, after Anderson lost his bid for re-election, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that "police are investigating accusations that Anderson offered to vote in favor of renewing the $ 92,500-a-year contract of [Oakland Unified School District] general counsel Dan Siegel if Siegel would help to arrange for Anderson to get a consultant's job with the district." According to the article, Anderson denied the charges and "accused Siegel and Superintendent Pete Mesa of suggesting that he could have the consulting job and retire his campaign debts if he supported Siegel." Siegel handed a tape to police that he claimed substantiated his allegations, but the Alameda County district attorney's office that there wasn't enough information to file any charges.

During a telephone conversation, Anderson referred to the accusations as baseless innuendos and said that when he left the Oakland School Board, the District had a multimillion dollar surplus. Ten years later, the state of California took over the Oakland Unified School District and provided a $100 million loan to help resolve the district's fiscal crisis.

In 2000, Anderson ran again for the Oakland School Board, losing the race and finishing fourth out of five candidates.

In 2005, Anderson moved to San Leandro, but registered to vote in San Leandro just within the past six months. When asked about this discrepancy, Anderson replied that he owned a house in Oakland on 30th Street.

San Leandro's District 1 includes some of the central downtown area up to and including the San Leandro Hills, where Bay-O-Vista is located.

The City Council election will be held in November 2010.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at March 26, 2010 8:55 PM | TrackBack

I don't know Mr. Anderson, but he's not using the word "innuendo" correctly. Advanced Oxford Learner's Dictionary, for instance, defines it as "an indirect remark about somebody or something, usually suggesting something bad, mean or rude"

This wasn't indirect or suggestive, it was direct accusation with a claim of proof that DA said wasn't enough information to file charges.

According the Chronicle in 1998, at the time Anderson claimed the reverse, that it was the other guys, Siegel and Mesa, who tried to bribe him. See: It seems inconsistent for him to now claim it was all just some innuendo...

Whatever the truth is, the issue deserves more than a blow off answer.

Posted by: Tim at March 27, 2010 9:38 AM

He may be a crook; but even a crook is an improvement over Michael Faggory.

Posted by: Frank at March 27, 2010 4:48 PM


I had intended to upload it with the article, but I have modified the article to include a link to the candidate intention statement.

Posted by: Mike Katz-Lacabe at March 29, 2010 1:08 PM

He is not a crook! My personal experience with
Mr. David Anderson has been very positive. Several years ago, Mr. Anderson helped me and my sister to prepare for college. I am proud to say that Mr. Anderson made a difference in my education. Mr. Anderson guided young adults in getting on the right track. He taught us that in order to be successful in life, we need to go to college. He also helped many young adults financially so that they could go to school. He is well respected by the Senior Citizens in his neighborhood.

Posted by: Judith at April 19, 2010 8:15 PM
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