August 13, 2012

Candidate Statements From 2012 District 6 San Leandro City Council Candidates

San Leandro City Council candidates may submit a 200-word candidate statement that will be mailed to voters with the sample ballot. In order to submit a statement, the candidate must submit the estimated $1,400 fee with the San Leandro City Clerk.

The deadline for the candidate statements was Friday, August 10, 2012, and candidates have until 5pm today to withdraw their statements:

Hermy Almonte, Vice-President, San Leandro School Board

We cannot continue to talk about pension reform yet do nothing. The City is spending $13 million annually, or nearly 20% of its revenue, on pensions. Funds to repair streets, maintain senior services, and keep libraries and pools open are instead being used to pay for employee pensions. As San Leandro School Board Vice President, I made hard choices to balance budgets and preserve student programs. I supported the successful bond to renovate school athletic fields and collaborated with my colleagues to complete construction of the ninth grade campus and Arts Center under budget and on time. As your Councilmember, I will bring real reform to City Hall. We must negotiate leaner retirement packages for city employees, and generate new revenue by helping existing businesses and attracting new ones. San Leandro averages two residential burglaries daily. This is unacceptable. We must hire more police officers and step up efforts to keep our neighborhoods safe. My goals include preserving the Marina and shoreline and creating job opportunities for youth and empowering them to become leaders. I pledge to listen to you, work hard, act with integrity, be responsive to the needs of our diverse community, and always put the people of San Leandro first.

Jim Prola, San Leandro City Councilmember

Serving the people of San Leandro as your Councilmember is an honor, My wife and I chose San Leandro to raise our family and it has been our home for 35 years. We raised three children here and take pride in being active parents, grandparents and citizens.

Preserving San Leandro's wonderful quality of life is important to all of us, Despite the economic downturn, I fought on the Council to save child care programs and branch libraries, keep San Leandro Hospital open, and move forward on constructing affordable housing for seniors.

Working together, we reduced city pension costs by $2.8 million, produced a balanced budget, opened a new senior center, brought Kaiser to San Leandro, secured "Safe Routes to Schools" funding, and saved money by making the city more energy efficient.

There is more work to be done, I will continue to take the lead in making public safety a priority and keeping our neighborhoods safe, bringing new business to our city, partnering with our schools for educational excellence, taking care of our seniors, and continuing on the path to fiscal stability.

I am proud to be supported by State Senator Ellen Corbett and would be honored to have your vote.

The election will be held on November 6, 2012. Since there are only two candidates for the seat, ranked choice voting (also known an instant runoff) will not be a factor in the election. The last day to register to vote is October 22, 2012.

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