October 30, 2006

Stolen Almonds Recovered from San Leandro Warehouse

A trailer containing 44,000 pounds of stolen almonds was recovered from a San Leandro warehouse on Friday, October 27, 2006. According to the Fresno Bee, "The nut thieves hit Fresno County the night of Oct. 1, stealing a semi-truck carrying a container of almonds from the Devine Intermodal yard...The truck was attached to a 40-foot container filled with 44,000 pounds of blanched, sliced and diced almonds packed by Campos Brothers in Caruthers."

The almonds, which were ready to be shipped to Spain, were worth an estimated $135,000. Authorities were alerted to the stolen almonds when the person storing the almonds shopped them around and the almond board was contacted. No arrests have been made in the case.

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San Leandro Police Officer Charged With False Imprisonment

Veteran San Leandro Police Officer Greg Cannedy was charged with two counts of felony false imprisonment, one count of misdemeanor sexual battery and three counts of battery on Friday, October 27, 2006. Cannedy was placed on paid administrative leave in mid-September, when the incidents were reported.

Cannedy allegedly detained and inappropriately touched two women while on the job, according to a police department spokesman.

Cannedy has been with the San Leandro Police Department for five years. On Monday, October 30, 2006, Cannedy turned himself in at the Hayward Hall of Justice and was released on $27,000 bail.

According to a statement from San Leandro police Sgt. Rick DeCosta, in one incident on September 12, 2006, Cannedy allegedly grabbed a woman's hand and placed it between his legs and then rubbed her hand over his clothes after kissing her neck. In another incident between May and December 2005, Cannedy was alleged to have pulled a motorist towards him to kiss her neck as she got back into her car.

Click here for Daily Review coverage or here for San Francisco Chronicle coverage.

Update: On November 7, 2006, Cannedy pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of false imprisonment, three misdemeanor battery counts and a misdemeanor charge of sexual battery by restraint at the Hayward Hall of Justice.

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October 29, 2006

City Council District 3 Campaign Finances from October 1 to October 21, 2006

In the race for the District 3 City Council seat, Diana Souza raised $6,784 between October 1, 2006, and October 21, 2006, including a $6,000 loan to herself and $500 from Christina Robertson. Souza has raised $16,595.30 since January 1, 2006.

Souza's campaign expenditures included $2,012.16 to Handled with Care, $882.51 to Adept Printing, and $350 to the San Leandro Public Library Foundation for the Trivia Bee. As of October 21, 2006, Souza had spent $13,549.74 since the beginning of the year and had $3,045.56 on hand.

Click here to see Souza's complete campaign finance disclosures for this period.

According to campaign disclosure statements, Former City Councilmember Julian Polvorosa raised $13,134 between October 1, 2006 and October 21, 2006. The Sentinels contributed $1,500 and contributions of $1,250 each were received from Jerry Finch Glen Britton Evans of developer EF Communities. Dan Gray of developer Reynolds and Brown and the Rental Housing Owners Association of Southern Alameda County each contributed $1,000. Anthony Batarse, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of Lloyd A. Wise Inc. and owner of Marina Media Vision, contributed $500.

Polvorosa's campaign spent $2,544 for the services of Handled With Care and $1,953 for the services of Shawn Wilson, a campaign consultant and staffer for Alice Lai-Bitker. Polvorosa paid $750 for the Voter Information Guide slate mailer, $180 for the Asian American Voter slate mailer, and $150 for the California Latino Voter Guide. As of October 21, 2006, Polvorosa had spent $22,459 since the beginning of the year and had $11,488 on hand.

Click here to see Polvorosa's complete campaign finance disclosures for this period.

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Mayoral Race Campaign Finances from October 1 to October 21, 2006

Mayoral candidate OB Badger raised $2,667 from October 1 through October 21, 2006, bringing his total raised to $54,991.50 since the beginning of the year. Contributions of $500 were received from International Association of Firefighters Local 55 and Carol Romero and $250 each from Waste Management and Paul Tucker of Clear Vision Windows and Doors.

Expenditures included $1,893.93 to Handled With Care, $810 to Minit Printing, and $251.92 to AT&T for office expenses. As of September 30, 2006, Badger had spent $95,500.05 since the beginning of the year and had $7,972.23 on hand as of October 21, 2006.

Click here to see the complete disclosures for OB Badger for this period.

During the same period, his opponent, Tony Santos, raised $14,370, bringing his total raised since the beginning of the year to $64,428. Anthony Batarse, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of Lloyd A. Wise Inc. and owner of Marina Media Vision and Dover Investments each contributed $2,500. Contributions of $1,000 each were received from Dan Gray of developer Reynolds and Gray, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 870, and the Rental Housing Owners Association of Southern Alameda County. Contributions of $500 each were received from Craig Bettencourt, Quadric Group of Emeryville, Madison Marquette (owner of Bayfair Center), Bob Molinaro of Pleasanton Garbage Service, and Painters and Allied Trades.

Santos' campaign expenditures included $2,987 to Suburban Press, $2,544 to Handled With Care, $1088 to BelAire Displays and $1,500 to Charles Gilcrest for campaign consulting. Santos has spent $58,026 since the beginning of the year and had $12,066 on hand as of October 21, 2006.

Click here to see the complete disclosures for Tony Santos for this period.

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October 26, 2006

Jill Synnott, SLUSD Teacher of the Year Honored at Annual Event

Jill Synnott, San Leandro Unified School District Teacher of the Year for 2005-2006, was honored at an annual ceremony held on October 25, 2006, at the Chabot College Performing Arts Theater. Synnott was one of 15 teachers in Alameda County honored by their school district and each received an award of $200 and a $25 gift card to Gray Wolf Books in San Leandro.

Synnott has taught English at San Leandro High School for six years and was recognized as San Leandro Unified School District Teacher of the Year at the June 6, 2006, meeting of the School Board.

Brian Ladd of Amador Valley High and Charles Reynes of the Castro Valley school district were selected as the Alameda County Teachers of the Year and now are eligible to be selected as California Teacher of the Year.

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October 24, 2006

Daily Review Endorses Measure B

In an op-ed published on October 20, 2006, the Daily Review endorsed Measure B, the $109 million school facilities bond that appears on the November ballot.

From the op-ed:

It's true that money can't solve every problem, but it's the only answer to this one. Most San Leandro school buildings are between 50 and 90 years old and they simply must be upgraded or replaced. Meanwhile, state law forbids lottery funds from being used for school construction.
It doesn't make sense to punish future students for the perceived past sins of the district.
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Report on Homelessness in San Leandro

The San Leandro City Council held a special meeting on Monday, October 23, 2006, to receive a presentation about the Homeless Report prepared by the Recreation and Human Services Department, CDD Housing Services Division, Alameda County Housing and Community Development Department, Continuum of Care Council, and Building Futures with Women and Children. All members of the City Council were present except for Mayor Shelia Young.

According to a 2004 & 2005 Homeless Survey by Alameda County Continuum of Care, San Leandro has the third-largest number of homeless behind Oakland and Berkeley, as represented by the users of homeless services. This same survey also estimated the number of home children and youth attending San Leandro schools at 270.

A 2004 survey by Alameda County Behavorial Health Care Services estimated the number of homeless in San Leandro at 624.

City Manager John Jermanis noted that San Leandro provides about $300,000 per year to community groups that provide services to the homeless, including Davis Street Family Resource Center and Building Futures with Women and Children.

The presentation noted that the focus on service provided to the homeless has shifted from providing emergency shelter in the 1980s to providing transitional housing in the 1990s and focuses on providing supporting housing and preventing homelessness.

At the end of the presentation, the city was asked to adopt the Alameda County-wide Homeless and Special Needs Housing Plan, a recomendation which Alice Sarafaian, Chair of the Human Services Commission, said that the Human Services Commission unanimously supported.

Councilman Bill Stephens asked how many people had ever been homeless. Two people, including Stephens, raised their hand. Stephens then said that he had been homeless many years ago in Sacramento, where trucks cames to pick up the homeless each day to pick fruit in the fields. Stephens expressed concern that giving people a home won't solve the homeless problem for people he described as "out-of-control." After a brief interruption, Stephens said that he wanted to be realistic and that there will always be people who are homeless.

Council member Joyce Starosciak reiterated that discharge planning was a big concern for people in programs such as foster care.

Vice Mayor Surlene Grant asked about the next steps and Jermanis said that more information will be brought before the City Council and a resolution will be introduced at a future date.

Speakers making public comments included Tom Breckenridge of the Interfaith Homelessness Network, Rick Crispino, Executive Director of Bonita House, and Cynthia Eaton the Alameda County Office of Education.

Daily Review coverage from when the report was presented at the October 2006 meeting of the San Leandro Recreation and Parks Commission.

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October 21, 2006

Alameda County Firefighters Local 55 Wins 13th Annual Trivia Bee

The Alameda County Firefighters Local 55 team won Project Literacy's 13th Annual Trivia Bee held on Friday, October 20, 2006, at the Marina Community Center in San Leandro.

Second and third place were determined by a series of sudden death questions including which cola company owns Quaker Oats (Pepsi), which actor played the tutor in the movie Akeelah and the Bee (Laurence Fishburne), and what cereal was created in 1892 by W.L. Judson (shredded wheat).

The Friends of the Library 1 team took second place and the Julian Polvorosa for San Leandro City Council team came in third.

Normally, ANG newspaper columnist Ray Orrock reads the first two round of questions, but this year Alameda County Superior Court Judge Robert Kurtz did double duty reading the first round of questions in addition to being the official Trivia Bee judge for disputes. Former Jeopardy champion Leslie Frates read the second and third rounds of questions, including a question in which the answer was the movie Groundog Day, which she appeared in for less than four seconds. Kathy Kurtz served as the official time keeper.

In addition to the Trivia Bee, a raffle featured prizes supplied by local businesses and individuals including a Garmin StreetPilot Car Navigation System, a 1GB Apple iPod Nano and $100 Wal-Mart gift certificate. Funds raised by the Trivia Bee help Project Literacy to provide literacy services to 200 adults and 1,500 kids each year.

Pictured below is the winning team, shortly after receiving their medals from members of the San Leandro City Council, including Mayor Shelia Young:

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October 18, 2006

Brian Copeland off to the big screen

Brian Copeland has been cast as Morgan Freeman's son in Rob Reiner's new film THE BUCKET LIST. The film, starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, is about two terminally ill men who escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die. Brian will start three weeks of shooting at the end of November.

Brian's show, Not a genuine black man, continues drawing crowds at the Marsh Theater. The show's run at the Marsh was supposed to end in October, but has now been extended until November 25th - right before Brian heads to Hollywood. Tickets for October are sold out, so get your November tickets early!

Brian's book "Not a genuine black man" continues to be a Bay Area bestseller and has recently been profiled in Ebony Magazine as a "must read".

Brian will be talking at the San Leandro Main Library on Thursday, October 26, 2006 at 7:00 PM. He will read from, discuss, and sign copies of his new book Not a Genuine Black Man. Refreshments will be served, and copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event. For more information call (510) 577-3971.

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October 17, 2006

Otis Spunkmeyer Sold to Irish Food Company

In a press release dated October 16, 2006, IAWS Group Plc, an Irish food company, announced that it had purchased Otis Spunkmeyer from Code Hennessy & Simmons LLC for an estimated $365 million.

The IAWS Group web site also has a PowerPoint presentation summarizing details of the purchase.

On June 20, 2006, Otis Spunkmeyer had filed papers for an initial public offering to raise up to $230 million.

According to its web site, Otis Spunkmeyer sells "frozen gourmet cookie dough, ready-baked muffins, and a variety of other premium bakery products..." Otis Spunkmeyer made news in 2005 by becoming one of the first US cookie makers to eliminate trans fats from its frozen cookie dough.

Otis Spunkmeyer's corporate headquarters is located at 14490 Catalina Street, San Leandro, California.

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Trivia Bee

The 17th Annual Trivia Bee, to benefit Project Literacy
will take place on Friday, October 20, 2006 at the Marina Community Center - 15301 Wicks Blvd. Dinner is at 6 PM, the raffle drawing will take place at 7 PM and the Trivia Bee itself starts at 7:30 PM. You can buy the tickets at the library ($25) or at the door ($30).

The Trivia Bee is a lot of fun and Mike has been participating in it for the last 5 years. He's gotten very close to the top, but he is still vying to finish first. This year, Diana Prola, a new member of the team, will join Mike Katz and Ethan Klos on the path to victory.

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October 16, 2006

Amnesty International Write-a-thon at Zocalo on Saturday October 21

Amnesty International is a group that works to prevent and stop human rights abuses, and works for freedom of conscience and expression and freedom from discrimination.

One of the ways that they do this is simply by writing letters to officials of governments to ask that the governments release prisoners or stop abusing them. On Saturday, October 21, 2006, a local Amnesty International group will hold a write-a-thon at Zocalo Coffeehouse from 10am to 4pm to write letters on behalf of Petros Solomon and 10 others unjustly imprisoned in Eritrea.

Petros Solomon is a former minister in the Eritrean government and a member of the Group of 15 ("G15"), a group of politicians who signed a letter criticizing the President of Eritrea. He and ten other signers were arrested in September 2001 and have been held incommunicado, without charge or trial, ever since. Petros' wife, Aster Yohannes, has also been arrested. Amnesty International considers Petros and the other G15 to be prisoners of conscience, and calls for their immediate and unconditional release.

To learn more about Petros, the G15, and human rights in Eritrea, and to write letters to advocate for their freedom, stop by Zocalo on Saturday, October 21.

The event is free and writing supplies will be provided. Zocalo Coffehouse is located at 645 Bancroft Avenue (near the intersection with Dutton) in San Leandro.

For more info, email aiusa612@aivol.org

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Early voting comes to Bayfair on Tuesday, October 17, 2006

On Tuesday, October 17, 2006, Alameda County's Registrar of Voters will bring its mobile voting unit to Bayfair Center for those voters who want to get their voting done early. Normally, early voting is available at government buildings and city halls, but acting registrar of voters Dave Macdonald wants to make voting even more convenient. Early voting will be available at the Fremont and MacArthur BART stations on Friday and California State University East Bay (CSU Hayward) and UC Berkeley in the near future. For more information, call the Alameda County Registrar of Voters at (510) 272-6961.

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October 13, 2006

Daily Review Endorses Ellen Corbett for State Senate

The Daily Review, in an op-ed in the October 13, 2006, edition, endorsed Ellen Corbett for the 10th State Senate District seat being vacated by Liz Figueroa.

Noting that Corbett's opponent is Republican nominee Lou Filipovich, the op-ed described the endorsement as "probably the easiest choice The Daily Review will make this election season."

Corbett served on the San Leandro City Council from 1991 to 1995, as Mayor of San Leandro from 1995 to 1998, and as a member of the California State Assembly from 1998 to 2004.

Filopovich ran for the offices of San Leandro Mayor, Alameda County Supervisor, and California State Senator in the June primary. He won the Republican primary and is also running for a seat on the Oro Loma Sanitary District Board in the November election. Filipovich has run for numerous offices over the years and frequently attends San Leandro City Council and other public meetings.

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District 3 City Council Candidates Profiled in Daily Review

The October 13, 2006, edition of the Daily Review features a profile of Julian Polvorosa and Diana Souza, candidates for the District 3 San Leandro City Council seat.

Souza and Polvorosa will also be featured at a San Leandro Community Action Network Candidate Forum at 7pm on Tuesday, October 17, 2006, at Zocalo Coffeehouse. The forum will be moderated the Eden Area League of Women Voters.

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October 10, 2006

Bancroft Art and Wine Festival Benefits Davis Street

On Sunday, October 8, 2006, Paradiso and Zocalo Coffeehouse became home to wine tasting and an art auction. According to a Daily Review article, more than 200 people joined in the benefit for the Davis Street Family Resource Center that featured paintings, glass work, sculpture, photographs, and a raffle. City officials included Mayor Shelia Young, Vice Mayor Surlene Grant, Council Member-Elect Michael Gregory, and City Council candidate Diana Souza. The event was intended for a wider audience than Davis Street's Opera Night fundraiser, and it was successful in attracting a larger and more diverse crowd.

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October 8, 2006

City Council District 3 Campaign Finances from July to September 2006

In the race for the District 3 City Council seat, former City Councilmember Julian Polvorosa and former Recreation and Parks Commissioner Diana Souza are competing in a runoff election on November 7. In the June 2006 primary, neither candidate garnered more than 50% of the vote -- Souza received 5399 votes (41.39%) and Polvorosa received 5196 votes (39.83%).

According to campaign disclosure statements, Polvorosa raised $3,799 between July 1, 2006 and September 30, 2006. The Sentinels contributed $2,500 and contributions of $500 each were received from Charles Kline Management, Inc. and Charles Kline.

Polvorosa's campaign spent $600 for the Early Voter slate mailer and $350 for the Trivia Bee. As of September 30, 2006, Polvorosa had spent $13,903 since the beginning of the year and had $6,910 on hand.

Click here to see Polvorosa's complete campaign finance disclosures for this period.

Souza raised $2,215 between July 1, 2006, and September 30, 2006. Souza's campaign received contributions of $500 from Hanson, Bridgett, Marcus, Vlahos & Rudy, LLP and $200 from BearWare, Inc. Souza also loaned her campaign $1,300.

Souza's campaign expenditures included $1,250 to Your Ballot Guide (a slate mailer), $603.56 to BelAire Displays, $350 to the California Voter Guide (a slate mailer), and $275 to the Estudillo Homeowner's Association. As of September 30, 2006, Souza had spent $9,780.07 since the beginning of the year and had $31.23 on hand.

Click here to see Souza's complete campaign finance disclosures for this period.

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October 7, 2006

Mayoral Race Campaign Finances from July to September 2006

Mayoral candidate OB Badger raised $12,537 from July 1 through September 30, 2006, bringing his total raised to $52,324.50 since the beginning of the year. Contributions of $1,000 were received from Applied Fusion, Frank Ghiglione, Inc., and Hayward attorney John K. Smith and contributions of $500 were received from Robert Molinaro, owner of Pleasanton Garbage Service, Sunol Valley Golf Club, Jack Maltester, Thomas & Judy Dlugosh, Robert Maginnis, and Aladdin Depot. Badger is a former member of The Sentinels, and members of The Sentinels and companies associated with their members collectively contributed $3,500 to Badger's campaign.

Expenditures included $10,548.75 to Adept Printing (of which only $1,000 was paid), $1,820 to Suzanne Pershing, $1,598 to Linda Kittlitz & Associates, and $1,199.83 to AT&T for office expenses. As of September 30, 2006, Badger had spent $92,540.20 since the beginning of the year and had $8,265.08 on hand.

Click here to see the complete disclosures for OB Badger for this period.

During the same period, his opponent, Tony Santos, raised $13,050, including an $8,000 loan to himself, bringing his total raised since the beginning of the year to $50,058. Anthony Batarse, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of Lloyd A. Wise Inc. and owner of Marina Media Vision, contributed $2,500. Contributions of $500 each were received from Eden Realty, Newport Apartments, and the law firm Furtado, Jaspovice & Simons.

Santos' campaign spent $1,800 on slate mailers from Early Voter Guide and California Voter Guide, and $5,000 to Charles Gilcrest for campaign consulting. Santos has spent $48,601 since the beginning of the year and had $8,621 on hand as of September 30, 2006.

Click here to see the complete disclosures for Tony Santos for this period.

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Reception for Mike Katz

Tony Santos, Surlene Grant, Stephen Cassidy, Louis Heystek, Linda Perry, Peggy Combs, Brian Copeland, Gordon Galvan, Tim Holmes, Mitch Huitema, Charles Lowder, Morgan Mack-Rose, Michael Pretto, Jim Prola, Diana Prola,
Roxanne Ansolabehere
Head Librarian, San Leandro High School
and 2002-03 San Leandro Unified School District Teacher of the Year
and
Sabrina Ramirez
Teacher, McKinley Elementary School and
President, San Leandro Teachers Association

Invite you to a reception for Mike Katz, candidate for the San Leandro School Board, District 4.

Thursday, October 12th
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Zocalo Coffeehouse
645 Bancroft Ave. (at Dutton)

Mike Katz has a personal stake in the success of our local schools. He and his wife Margarita are the parents to two young girls that will soon be entering public school. Mike Katz has already shown his dedication to the children of San Leandro by volunteering on the Measure A and B campaigns.

Mike Katz possesses a strong background in science and technology that will be a real asset to our school district.

Committee to Elect Mike Katz • 46 Estabrook Street • San Leandro, CA 94577-5908
www.electmikekatz.com • mike@electmikekatz.com
FPPC No. 1289674

Contributions to Mike Katz’s campaign are welcome but not required.

The first $100 raised will be donated to the Yes on Measure B campaign.

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City Council Candidate Forum with Souza and Polvorosa

San Leandro Community Action Network's City Council Candidate Forum will be held on Tuesday, October 17, 2006, at 7pm at Zocalo Coffeehouse.

The candidates for District 3 City Council are Julian Polvorosa and Diana Souza. In the June 2006 primary, Souza received 5399 votes (41.39%) and Polvorosa received 5916 votes (39.83%). Since neither managed to garner 50% of the vote, they are facing a runoff election on November 7, 2006.

This may be your only opportunity to see the candidates together and have an opportunity to ask both of them the questions that are important to you.

Zocalo Coffeehouse is located at 645 Bancroft Ave. at Dutton.

The forum will be moderated by: The Eden Area League of Women Voters.

The forum is free and open to the public.

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October 3, 2006

City Council Votes for Development Moratorium and to Fund the Cherry Festival and Sunday Library Hours

With Council Member Glenda Nardine absent, the San Leandro City Council unanimously approved a 45-day moratorium on development at 39 downtown "opportunity" sites at its October 2, 2006, meeting.

The moratorium can be extended for up to two years and the Council is tentatively scheduled to review a possible extension of the moratorium at its November 6, 2006, meeting. The moratorim could be extended until July 2007, when the work of the Downtown Transit-Oriented Development Strategy is expected to be completed. The 39 sites include the Red Mountain property on E. 14th Street where an Albertsons supermarket was previously located. Grocery Outlet currently has an incomplete application on file for use of the former Albertsons site. The moratorium will not affect existing businesses or building permits that have already been approved.

The City Council also approved a $390,500 amendment to the 2006-2007 budget to fund the Cherry Festival ($90K), restore Sunday library hours ($63K), hire a police officer for the schools ($160K), put up holiday lighting and signs ($36K), and restore full funding to community groups ($41.5K). Council Member Bill Stephens made a passionate argument against the budget amendment, noting that there is still a $4.5 million shortfall for capitol improvements, no money has been put in reserve for the past three years, and the budget is still not balanced. Council Member Surlene Grant said she felt the Council was "robbing Peter to pay Paul." Council Member Joyce Starosciak noted that her runoff election cost as much as the Cherry Festival and Sunday library hours combined. She described the budget amendment as having "minimal costs and huge benefits to our community." Council Member Santos express support for the amendment and reported that the San Leandro Police Officers Association says that, based on its size, San Leandro should have 100 police officers. Stephens said that as an Assistant Superintendent for Business with the Fremont Unified School District, he understands that police officers for the schools are important but suggested that the School District should be paying for them since the School District's budget is in better shape. Council Member OB Badger said that while he would like to have the Cherry Festival, he was concerned about the lack of funding for the pavement management program. When it came time to vote, only Stephens voted against the budget amendment.

Kathleen Livermore, Senior Planner and TOD Project Manager for the City of San Leandro, summarized the results of the September 30, 2006, TOD meeting, noting that 98 people attended. Initial results showed that participants favored a creek-side civic park/plaza that could close down Hays Street, improved lighting, mixed-use, smaller scale office, retail, and residential development.

City Council Member-Elect Michael Gregory was present at the City Council meeting and spoke in favor of the moratorium, noting that he had visited two other cities to look at their developments. Toni Mobley, a member of the TOD Citizen Advisory Committee, also spoke in favor of the moratorium.

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SLCAN Wants Candidates to Complete Questionnaires

In a letter to the editor published in the Daily Review on October 1, 2006, the San Leandro Community Action Network complained that San Leandro School Board candidates Vera Ayres, Lisa Hague, and Pete Lismer failed to complete its questionnaire. SLCAN noted that the Mayoral, City Council, and other School Board candidates completed its questionnaire and the answers are posted at the SLCAN web site.

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Police Sued Over Taser Death

The family of Jose Maravilla Perez Jr. has filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco against the San Leandro Police alleging excessive use of force, according to an article in the October 3, 2006, San Francisco Chronicle.

Perez died on October 20, 2005, after police were called to investigate him for possible violation of a restraining order at his girlfriend's apartment complex at 540 Callan Avenue. According to the results of an autopsy by the Alameda County Coroner, Perez suffered a broken neck and received 21 Taser applications. One of the Taser shots was received at the San Leandro jail after he was released from a restraining device.

The lawsuit was filed was well-known attorney John Burris on behalf of Perez' parents and children and seeks $10 million in damages. Burris has previously worked on the Rodney King and Oakland Riders cases.

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October 2, 2006

Daily Review Coverage of School Board Area 2 Race

An article in the October 2, 2006, edition of the Daily Review focuses on the race for San Leandro School Board Area 2 between incumbent Pauline Cutter and challenger Vera Ayres. Cutter was first elected in 1988 and is running for her third term. Ayres says she decided to run because Cutter had no challenger. Ayres accuses the school district of wasteful spending, opposed Measure A, and is opposed to Measure B. Cutter said that her goals are to "create equity among the schools in the district; provide safe, clean and attractive facilities; and to make sure the struggling students as well as the honors students are given what they need to be successful."

At the end of the article, Ayres reportedly became defensive and angry when reporter Katy Murphy asked her about her children and Ayres said "BACK OFF with your attack dogs," she wrote. "You will absolutely NOT allow your stooge reporter ... to write that I was reluctant to initially reveal where my son went to school."

Let's hope that the voters are wise enough to re-elect Pauline Cutter on November 7, 2006.

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