November 27, 2006

Century 16 Bayfair New Owner Brings Commercials to Movies

Back in August 2006, Texas-based Cinemark bought Century Theatres, the owner of the Century 16 Bayfair movie theater at Bayfair Center.

Century Theatres was unique among most movie theater chains in not showing television-style commercials before the feature movie presentation. Alas, that time is gone. So now when you head to see a movie on the big screen, you get to pay $9.25 to see your movie with some commercials thrown in. It's too bad that Ray and Joe Syufy sold the San Rafael-based Century Theatres to a company that won't honor its tradition of not showing television-style commercials.

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November 21, 2006

The Best Kept Secret in San Leandro

Councilmember Joyce Starosciak presented the report below at the November 20, 2006, meeting of the San Leandro City Council:

Mayor Young and members of the City Council,

You have been aware of the concerns I’ve expressed about the negative financial situation due to our contract with the Alameda County Fire Department. In the Finance Committee and in session with the entire Council I have asked questions and given opinions that express my frustration with our existing contract terms and yearly budget increases. Earlier this month I spent time with the management of the Alameda County Fire Department to better understand our mutual responsibilities. The conclusion of that meeting clarified my frustration. The Alameda County Fire Department has become a public agency operating as a private monopoly with no accountability. Cost increases are unchecked and will continue to grow out of control to the detriment of the City of San Leandro.

It is time for us to do something. Until I spent the time researching this, I did not see the extent of this problem. It is likely you are not aware of all of the contract terms that put San Leandro in an egregious financial position. Here are some of the facts.

In the last 6 years, our fire contract has increased $5 M [million] dollars, going from $10 M in 2000 to $15M this year. That is almost $1M increase per year and a 50% increase over 6 years.

Each year the City Council is approached with an increase, but we are given no choice but to approve it.

Last fiscal year 05-06, in order to balance our budget, the Police department cut 8 police officers to save over $1 M . In the same year the County Fire Department asked for an $800k increase to their contract. The City Council pushed back resulting in authorization of a $600k increase. But by the end of the year, the actual overtime budget was predicted to come in at $200k over budget, which is why this fiscal year 06-07 they received more than $900k as an increase to their contract.

No matter what budget number is approved, the Alameda County Fire Department can invoice and will receive more money.

Over the last 5 years, the Year End actuals have exceeded the budget amount on average of $162k per year. The way our contract is written, we have to pay and then we have to go on to approve an increase to the contract for the next year.

For each of these overages, while the City is informed, there is no process to review and no process to refuse or reduce payments to overages of the contract. These amounts are regularly in excess of our City Manager’s signing authority, yet the Council never reviews nor approves these contract changes.

As a regular process, the County Fire Department invoices in advance for services. For example, we pay in February for services rendered in March. This creates an ongoing $1M in negative cash flow to the City Reserves.

The bargaining teams between the Firefighters and the County receive no input from any of the member agencies. San Leandro, Dublin, and Lawrence Berkeley Labs do not have a seat at the table and their Governing Bodies have no input or say in the final contract negotiations.

The most recent contract with the Firefighters was a 7 year Memorandum of Understanding with raises guaranteed each year. In the years that our own City Employees sacrificed their raises to help keep the Budget balanced, the Firefighters were not given the opportunity to help us with that sacrifice. The County held them bound to their contract.

This year we will pay $12.4M in salaries and benefits. And we will pay $1.5 M in overtime which is 10% of the total contract.

While our salary calculation is based upon the number field staff we employ, our overtime calculation is based upon the total overtime of the county. We pay about $24,000 per employee just in overtime.

In the last 3 years, the City of San Leandro has sacrificed our Planning Fire Inspector services to offset some of the increased costs. In fact, we are paying more money now for less front line staff than we have ever had.

In the last two years the Alameda County Fire Department has added a full time Public Information officer and a full time Emergency Services Manager. The County Fire Department has required us to increase our payment for these overhead services while back here in the City we still do not have our full time fire inspector and are struggling to find money to put more cops on the street.

This past year, we paid the County Fire Department over $90,000 for truck maintenance, a cost that used to be handled in-house with our own vehicle maintenance crew.

The County Fire Department intends to build and operate a Maintenance Facility using a lease/purchase program to pay for the capital improvements. They cannot guarantee that they won’t pass the capital costs on to us through their maintenance charge-out rates.

Our fire trucks and engine equipment have been sacrificed year after year to pay for the County overhead increases. We have equipment well past its useful life and the capital program reserves have been diverted to pay the additional operation expenses.

There is no expiration date for our contract. These terms will continue forever unless we, the San Leandro City Council, do something about it. The management of the County Fire Department has already told me to expect a $400 - $600k increase to their contract for next year. Half of this year’s Measure I Business License Fee revenue has already been absorbed by the County Fire Department $1M Contract increase. The rest of Measure I will be gone within two years, completely absorbed by the Alameda County Fire Department.

This is the Best Kept Secret in San Leandro. The Alameda County Fire Department is a publicly funded monopoly with no accountability. The costs for this program are growing unchecked and the impact to San Leandro’s structural deficit is detrimental.

I have spoken with Supervisor Alice Lai-Bitker about our respective roles in overseeing the County Fire Department Budget. She cannot make any decisions regarding the expansion of the Alameda County Fire Department because their budget is not part of the General Fund. It is a separate entity with their income and expenses independently managed. So if the County Supervisors and the City of San Leandro have no controls, then who does? There is no elected or appointed agency willing or able to provide control to this budget. The County Fire Department has become a privately managed monopoly off of public funds. And San Leandro has suffered long enough.

We receive services from the highest quality fire department in the area, there is no doubt about that. For our dollars, it had better be that good. However, it has come time to be much more vigilant in how we spend our money. This sounds odd, coming from me, since I’ve been pushing to spend more money for Cops and the Cherry Festival as quality-of-life issues ever since the day I was elected. However, this is very different. The Alameda County Fire Department is an agency that acts like a Contractor when budgeting time comes and they need more money. Then they act like a City Department when their costs come in higher and they need more money. They cannot and should not have it both ways.

Either they are part of our family and they celebrate with us and sacrifice with us. Or they are a contractor and will be treated as outsiders.

San Leandro has always been proud to be called a full-service City. Our employees go above and beyond the usual service expectations to make San Leandro the great City that it is. Our Firefighters have always been part of our family. They are heroes and they deserve the best equipment, training and support our City can give. All of our employees deserve the best resources we can give. None of them should be a pawn in the game of monopoly. We need to focus our resources to give them ALL the best. We need to bring the Fire Department back to the City of San Leandro.

Mayor Young, I would like to ask you to follow-up on my discussions during our Finance Committee meetings to research this further. I would like you to create a committee of the Council to quickly review this matter and consider bringing the Fire Department back into the City Family. At a minimum we should review the contract for this year’s budget cycle to create terms that are much more favorable to the City of San Leandro. I have a list of 7 items for a committee to consider in that regard.

1) Our contract with this vendor should be reviewed for renewal every 5 years.
2) Our contract increases should be capped at a limit not to exceed CPI [consumer price index] or other inflation factor.
3) The maintenance of our Fire Equipment should be brought back in house.
4) Invoicing for services should be after services are rendered by the contractor.
5) The City Council should have line item veto power of budget items we feel are not required for basic fire services.
6) Our City Manager should have a seat at the bargaining table.
7) There should be Formal Council approval when invoicing exceeds the annual contract amount by more than the City Manager’s signing authority.

These terms would create a much more favorable condition for the City of San Leandro. However, these terms treat the Fire Department as a Vendor. I want to have them back as part of our Family. A committee can better discuss all of our options.

The Firefighters that serve San Leandro deserve to be part of a family, the San Leandro Family. I ask for the City Council to help find ways to bring it back.

Thank you for your consideration.

Councilmember Joyce Starosciak
November 20, 2006

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Hormel Buys Saag's Specialty Meats

According to Meatingplace.com, Hormel Foods has purchased San Leandro's Saag's Specialty Meats. According to Hormel, the deal was for "$12 million cash plus the assumption of certain obligations."

Saag's products include rankfurters, traditional entrée sausages, gourmet poultry sausages, breakfast links, roast beef, roast turkey, hams, paté, sandwich meats, dry and semi-dry salamis, and snack meats.

Saag's was founded in Oakland in 1933 and had been owned by the Mosle family. According to Meatingplace.com, "Saag's recently completed a remodel and renovation of its San Leandro plant." Saag's is located at 1799 Factor Avenue in San Leandro.

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November 20, 2006

City Council Unanimously Adopts Homeless Plan

At its November 20, 2006, meeting, the San Leandro San Leandro City Council unanimously adopted the EveryOne Home, Alameda Countywide Homeless and Special Needs Housing Plan. The county-wide plans seeks to end homelessness in 15 years. The stated goals of the plan are:

  • Prevent homelessness and other housing crises

  • Increase housing for homeless, mentally ill, and HIV/AIDS

  • Provide support services to support independence

  • Measure success and report outcomes

  • Develop long-term leadership and community support

Councilmember Glenda Nardine asked about monitoring and staffing and staff responded that monitoring was part of the plan, but there wouldn't be any extra staff necessary. Councilmember Tony Santos expressed concern about reports that companies in Silicon Valley were laying off employees without paying their fair share for the extra burdens for the employees and support services. Councilmember Surlene Grant asked about funding and staffing, expressing skepticism that the plan would not require extra staff or funding, but was assured that they would not be needed. Grant also asked how the County would staff and fund the program and Alameda County Housing Director Linda Gardner responded that staff would consist of a combination of consultants and county staff. Councilmember Bill Stephens noted that the program was ambitious and long-term and express concern that the program be able to adapt over time. Councilmember OB Badger asked whether the City could exit the program if it wasn't working. Gardner responded that the program was flexible and that cities were free to withdraw from the program.

Speaking out in favor of the plan were Mike Katz, Elaine de Coligny, the Executive Director of Building Futures with Women and Children, Father Rob Droste of All Saints Episcopal Church, Tom Breckenridge, an officer with the Interfaith Homelessness Network, and Peggy Combs, also of Building Futures with Women and Children.

Mayor Shelia Young said that she thought that Alameda County may be the only county in California or the country that is working together on homelessness and that San Leandro has a "chance to show the rest of the county that we can do our part" in solving homelessness.

In a presentation by Matt Todd, a Senior Transportation Engineer at the Alameda County Congestion Management Agency, reported on the progress on a sound wall along Interstate 580 that has been in the works for neary 20 years. The wall would extend from 141st Avenue to Marlowe Avenue in Oakland. The estimated cost is $5.5 million. The wall would be 12-feet tall and up to 15- to 16-feet tall in places and 8,090 feet long.

Project studies for the wall are expected to be completed in May 2007, project design should be complete by September 2007, and construction should start in December 2007 and be completed by Summer 2009.

Todd noted that CYRO Paraglas Soundstop would be used on freeway bridges to reduce the weight of the sound wall and prevent extra costs from reinforcing the freeway supports. Although it's four times as expensive as masonry, using it on the freeway bridges would actually reduce total costs. A CalTrans engineer noted that sound walls are only considered in areas where they will reduce sound by 5 decibels.

Councilmember Grant noted that this was the first time in all of the meetings she's attended that she had heard of the Paraglas Soundstop material being used. Councilmember Joyce Starosciak expressed concern about whether the wall would block any residents' views. Todd noted that some people along Benedict Drive didnt want the wall to block their view and that is why there is no wall planned for the east side of I-580 in that area. Grant also asked about whether property owners had changed and whether CalTrans had been in contact with them. Todd responded that there will be more meetings and workshops for affected residents. Badger also asked about the problem of reflected noise into the Bay-O-Vista area but was assured that the problem was minimal.

Fred Reicker of the Bay-O-Vista Improvement Association expressed concern that the wall will aggravate sound since it will only be on the west side of I-580 in some areas. Reicker cited a CalTrans study in which an unopposed wall resulted in a small but measurable increase in sound. Reicker asked to meet with the City on an expedited basis and to consider the use of a new material. Former City Council member Linda Perry thanked the Mayor for the update and wanted to know when was the last time that sound readings were made and the process for community notification and input.

In closing comments, Starosciak reported about her research into the City's contract with the Alameda County Fire Department, which she described as a "public agency acting as a private monopoly." She said that the contract terms put the City in an egregious financial situation and noted that the contract has increased by $5 million or 50% in the last six years. Over the last six years, the contract has exceeded the budgeted amount by $162,000, which the contract requires the City to pay. She said that neither the City nor the County Supervisors have any oversight of the Alameda County Fire Department and there is no process to reduce or refuse the contract amounts. According to her estimates, the Alameda County Fire Department contract will absorb all of the funds provided by Measure I (the business license tax) in two years.

Councilmember Stephens said that he shared Starosciak's concerns about the City's contract with the Alameda County Fire Department. Stephens also said that the City should contact the two school boards and consider a truancy ordinance like the one introduced in Fremont to improve the Average Daily Attendance (ADA).

Mayor Young noted that the Alameda County Mayors Conference would be hosted at the Aquatics Center on December 13, 2006. Young also appointed Stephens and Starosciak to an ad-hoc committee to investigate and report on the City's contract with the Alameda County Fire Department.

The meeting was adjourned in the memory of Edward Jack Graves and Gladys Mary Tucknot.

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November 18, 2006

Tire Shop Owner Charged With Road Rage Shooting

Rafael Amezquita, owner of Savel Motorsports in San Leandro, was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon for the October 7, 2006, shooting of Daniel Ryan Hernandez. The incident occured at the intersection of Amador Valley Boulevard at Iron Horse Trail after Hernandez and Amezquita tailgated and exchanged words.

Amezquita was arrested on October 17, 2006, and his plea hearing has been delayed until January 9, 2007.

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November 16, 2006

Police Chief Joe Kitchen to Retire in January

According to an article published in the November 16, 2006, San Francisco Chronicle, San Leandro Police Chief Joe Kitchen will retire in January after serving with the San Leandro Police Department for 30 years.

Daily Review coverage.

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November 15, 2006

School Board Meeting Notes for November 7, 2006

San Leandro School Board president Pauline Cutter reported that no action was taken during its closed session on November 7, 2006. After approval of the agenda and a report from student representative Tiffany Corpuz, Dean Koenig reported that the date for the Cherry Festival is June 2, 2007, and it will be a one-day event. He also reported that there will be a dedication at the new Aquatic Center in Washington Manor at 10am on December 2, 2006.

Mary Camezon, a School Assistance and Intervention Team (SAIT) consultant who has worked with Washington Elementary School for the past two years, reported on progress made during that time. According to Camezon, teachers learned to react and adapt quickly to data indicating where additional work was needed. The Academic Performance Index (API) score at Washington has grown by 59 points in the past two years, enough to exit the SAIT program. Camezon said that the next steps are to continue to focus and be a "data-driven" school and support teachers with coaching and training. She congratulated the teachers and said that Principal Elvia Teixeira's leadership made these improvements possible. Superintendent Christine Lim noted that the staff of Washington Elementary had nominated Teixeira for Administrator of the Year.

During public comments, Pam Richards noted that John Muir Middle School was having a '50s Dance Fundraiser on November 17, 2006, and invited everyone to attend.

Gerald Shovlin reported that he attended a California Associated for the Gifted Parent Institute with 40 other parents in late October. Shovlin requested that a meeting of the GATE Committee be convened and that gifted education not be neglected.

Head Custodian Billy Campbell congratulated his staff for their performance in getting the new adult school ready in time for the dedication on October 26.

For her Superintendent's Report, Lim noted that there was a staff day on October 23 and that a free and reduced breakfast program opened at Roosevelt Elementary. A Day of Remembrance for victims of domestic violence was held at San Leandro High School on October 27 on the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of SLHS student Nayanci Gonzalez. San Leandro Unified School District Teacher of the Year Jill Synnott was honored at an event at Chabot College on October 25, 2006, that featured an inspirational video of Synnott in action. Lim also noted that the California School Board Association conference would be held in San Francisco from November 30 to December 2.

Trustee Stephen Cassidy asked if the video of Synnott could be shown at a future school board meeting.

The report from the Facility Committee noted that the proposal for security cameras at the high school was ongoing and that the Bancroft playing field is undergoing a cost analysis as to what surface should be installed. A project management request for qualifications is being prepared in anticipation of the passage of Measure B, the school facilities bond.

Trustee Rick Richards reported that the Eden Area ROP met on November 2, 2006, and two San Leandro students were honored as students of the month in marketing and welding.

The School Board cancelled the meeting normally scheduled for November 21, 2006, so the next meeting of the School Board is December 5, 2006.

Editor's Note: I left the meeting early, so these notes are incomplete.

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History of San Leandro City Council and Mayors

The first municipal election for the Board of Trustees of the Town of San Leandro was held in May 1872 and its first resignation came less than a month later. At that time, elections were held every year and the Board of Trustees consisted of five members who elected one of the members as Board President.

Familiar names like J.A. Estudillo, and Talcut P. Cary (who donated the land for the public library) were elected before 1892, when San Leandro began holding elections once every four years in April. C.L. Best was elected in 1904 and Allen E. Pelton was elected in 1916.

In 1927, the titles were changed from Board of Trustees to City Council and the Board President became the Mayor of the City.

In 1940, Helen L.C. Lawrence was elected to the City Council and in May 1941, she became the first Portuguese Mayor of a city in the United States.

Jack Maltester was first elected to the City Council in 1956 and became Mayor in 1958. In 1962, Maltester became the first Mayor elected directly by the residents of San Leandro instead of the City Council. Mario Polvorosa was appointed to the City Council in 1965. Maltester was re-elected in 1966, 1970, and 1974. Maltester was forced to leave office after term limits were enacted and he had served as Mayor for 20 years.

Former City Councilmembers have gone on to serve on the San Leandro School Board (Linda Perry), the San Leandro Personnel Relations Board (William Jardin and Kent Myers), San Leandro Mayor (Ellen Corbett, John Faria, Shelia Young, and Tony Santos), Oro Loma Sanitary District (Howard Kerr), California State Assembly (Johan Klehs and Ellen Corbett), and California State Senate (Ellen Corbett).

Below is a complete history of the City Council/Board of Trustees for the City/Town of San Leandro from 1872 to present:

BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE TOWN OF SAN LEANDRO
CHARTERED MARCH 21, 1872

Key
* Signifies person was ELECTED to office
+ Signifies person was APPOINTED to office to fill a vacancy between elections

May 13, 1872 – 1st General Municipal Election
* Ammerman, Isaac A. – 1st President elected by the Board
* Collingridge, Joseph
* Covell, A.T.
* Hazelhurst, William
* Huff, S.

Resigned
William Hazelhurst – June 10, 1872

Replaced
+ W.T. Thrasher – June 10, 1872 - replaced Hazelhurst


May 5, 1873 – 2nd General Municipal Election
* Baldwin, Alex
* Collingridge, Joseph – 2nd President elected by the Board
* Covell, A.T.
* LaGrange, M.C.
* Payne, George H.


May 4, 1874 – 3rd General Municipal Election
* Covell, A.T.
* Demont, Joseph – 3rd President elected by the Board
* LaGrange, M.C.
* Price, Jacob
* Reid, William W.


May 3, 1875 – 4th General Municipal Election
* Baldwin, Alex
* Covell, A.T. – 4th President elected by the Board
* Demont, Joseph
* Estudillo, J.A.
Smith, George – tie vote with S. Huff, installed but defeated in run-off election

Run-Off election
* S. Huff – May 29, 1875 - defeated George Smith in run-off election

Resigned
A.T. Covell – September 8, 1875

5th President elected by the Board
Joseph Demont – October 4, 1875

Resigned
Alex Baldwin – March 6, 1876

Replaced
+ William W. Reid – March 20, 1876 - replaced Covell


May 1, 1876 – 5th General Municipal Election
* Demont, Joseph – elected President by the Board
* Estudillo, J.A.
* Huff, S.
* LaGrange, M.C.
* Reid, William W.


May 7, 1877 – 6th General Municipal Election
* Demont, Joseph – elected President by the Board
* Estudillo, J.A.
* Huff, S.
* LaGrange, M.C.
* Reid, William W.


May 6, 1878 – 7th General Municipal Election
* Christie, O.H. – 6th President elected by the Board
* McIntyre, R.
* Meyer, Fred
* Powell, H.C.
* Stone, T.N.

May 5, 1879 – 8th General Municipal Election
* Christie, O.H. – elected President by the Board
* Dasher, Samuel
* Knowles, J.S., Sr.
* Morehouse, L.C.
* Smith, George


May 3, 1880 – 9th General Municipal Election
* Cary, Talcut P.
* Crane, H.F. – 7th President elected by the Board
* Knowles, J.S., Sr.
* Morehouse, L.C.
* Parker, R.


May 2, 1881 – 10th General Municipal Election
* Cary, Talcut P.
* Crane, H.F. – elected President by the Board
* Knowles, J.S., Sr.
* Quinn, J.E.
vacancy because of tie vote

Run-Off election
* Robert Parker – May 21, 1881 - won run-off election

Discharged
Robert Parker – September 20, 1881 - moved from Town and was discharged

Replacement
+ S. Huff – September 20, 1881 - replaced Parker

Deceased
J.S. Knowles, Sr. – November 15, 1881 - passed away

Replacement
+ O.H. Christie – December 5, 1881 - replaced Knowles


May 1, 1882 – 11th General Municipal Election
* Cary, Talcut P.
* Christie, O.H. – 8th President elected by the Board
* Dickenson, F.S.
* Kirkman, E. – elected but declined to serve
* Matz, Henry

Replacement
+ Thomas Goodman – May 15, 1882 - replaced Kirkman

Discharged
O.H. Christie – August 7, 1882 - moved from Town and was discharged

Replacement
+ M.L. Rawson – August 7, 1882 - replaced Christie

Elected
Talcut P. Cary – August 7, 1882 - 9th President elected by the Board

Discharged
Henry Matz – January 8, 1883 - moved from Town and was discharged

Replacement
+ Ira H. Bradshaw – February 5, 1883 - replaced Matz


May 7, 1883 – 12th General Municipal Election
* Crane, H.F.
* Eber, H.F.
* Goodman, Thomas
* Huff, S.
* Rawson, M.L. – 10th President elected by the Board

Resigned
S.Huff – November 12, 1883

Replacement
+ H.C. Powell – November 12, 1883 - replaced Huff


May 3, 1884 – 13th General Municipal Election
* Conner, F.C.
* Crane, H.F.
* Goodman, Thomas
* Powell, H.C. – 11th President elected by the Board
* Reid, William W.

May 4, 1885 – 14th General Municipal Election
* Collins, A.J.
* Garcia, M.J.
* Goodman, Thomas
* Knowles, J.S.
* Rawson, M.L. – 12th President elected by the Board


May 3, 1886 – 15th General Municipal Election
* Collins, A.J.
* Garcia, M.J.
* Goodman, Thomas – 13th President elected by the Board
* Hansen, N.L.
* Reid, William W.

Resigned
William W. Reid – March 7, 1887

Replacement
+ David Ury – March 7, 1887 – replaced Reid


May 2, 1887 – 16th General Municipal Election
* Bryant, F.
* Eber, H.F.
* Gallet, J.A.
* Rawson, M.L. – 14th President elected by the Board
vacancy because of a tie vote

Run-Off election
M.J. Garcia – May 23, 1887 - won run-off election

Elected
J.A. Gallet – November 7, 1887 - 15th President elected by the Board

Resigned
M.L. Rawson – November 7, 1887

Replacement
+ J.M.C. Platt – November 7, 1887 - replaced Rawson


May 7, 1888 – 17th General Municipal Election
* Bryant, Fred – 16th President elected by the Board
* Downie, George
* Peters, W.S.
* Price, J.
* Quinn, J.E.

Resigned
J. Price – December 17, 1888

Replacement
+ L.C. Morehouse – December 17, 1888 - replaced Price


May 6, 1889 – 18th General Municipal Election
* Cary, A.B.
* Estudillo, J.M.
* Garcia, M.J.
* Gray, B.D. – 17th President Elected by the Board
* Hawes, B.C.


May 5, 1890 – 19th General Municipal Election
* Cary, A.B.
* Eber, H.F.
* Estudillo, J.M.
* Gray, B.D. – reelected President by the Board
* Hawes, B.C.


May 4, 1891 – 20th General Municipal Election
* Bryant, Fred – 18th President elected by the Board
* Gray, B.D.
* Rideout, C.Q.
* Sturtevant, N.G.
vacancy because of a tie vote

Run-Off election
* W.H. Gray – May 16, 1891 - won run-off election


May 2, 1892 – 21st General Municipal Election
* Eber, H.F. – 19th President elected by the Board
* Goodman, Thomas
* Hansen, N.L.
* Quinn, J.E.
* Sturtevant, N.G.

November 8, 1892
Special Charter amendment election changed Town to CITY OF SAN LEANDRO and placed City election requirements under the General Laws of the State of California. Elections hereafter held every even-numbered year in April and the terms of office are four (4) years.


December 23, 1892 – 22nd General Municipal Election – all terms to April 1894
* Dawborn, C.A.
* Eber, H.F. – reelected President by the Board
* Estudillo, J.M.
* Goodman, Thomas
* Hansen, N.L.


April 9, 1894 – 23rd General Municipal Election
* Bettencourt, M. (4 year term by lot)
* Bilger, F.W. (2 year term by lot)
* Cary, Talcut P. (4 year term by lot)
* Eber, H.F. (2 year term by lot)
* Gray, B.D. – 20th President elected by the Board (2 year term by lot)

Resigned
F.W. Bilger – January 7, 1895

Replacement
+ George Downie – January 7, 1895 - replaced Bilger


April 15, 1896 – 24th General Municipal Election
Bettencourt, M.
Cary, Talcut P.
* Downie, George
* Eber, H.F.
* Gray, B.D. – reelected President by the Board


April 11, 1898 – 25th General Municipal Election
* Cary, A.B.
Downie, George
Eber, H.F.
* Gallet, J.A.
Gray, B.D. – reelected President by the Board


April 9, 1900 – 26th General Municipal Election
Cary, A.B.
* Eber, H.F.
Gallet, J.A. – 21st President elected by the Board
* Quinn, J.E.
* Ritter, M.V.

Resigned
M.V. Ritter – October 21, 1901

Replacement
+ John F. Hopper – October 25, 1901 - replaced Ritter


April 14, 1902 – 27th General Municipal Election
* Barbeiro, J.I.
Eber, H.F. – 22nd President elected by the Board
* Hopper, John F.
* Lynch, O.J.
Quinn, J.E.


April 11, 1904 – 28th General Municipal Election
Barbeiro, J.I.
* Best, C.L.
* Gill, John J.
* Hoerst, Ed
Lynch, O.J. – 23rd President elected by the Board


April 9, 1906 – 29th General Municipal Election
Best, C.L.
* Eber, F. Budd
Gill, John J. – 24th President elected by the Board
Hoerst, Ed
* Santana, John M.


April 13, 1908 – 30th General Municipal Election
Eber, F. Budd
* Gill, John J. – reelected Chairman by the Board (title changed to Chairman)
* Rideout, C.Q.
Santana, J.M.
* Toffelmier, L.J.

Resigned
C.Q. Rideout – September 14, 1909

Replacement
+ F.C. Stoakes – September 20, 1909 - replaced Rideout


April 12, 1910 – 31st General Municipal Election
* Andrade, M.J.
* Coleman, C.L.
Gill, John J. – reelected Chairman by the Board
* Schmidt, Fred
Toffelmier, L.


April 8, 1912 – 32nd General Municipal Election
Andrade, M.J.
Coleman, C.L.
* Gill, John J. – reelected Chairman by the Board
* Rogers, M.S.
* Schmidt, W.F.


April 8, 1914 – 33rd General Municipal Election
Gill, John J. – reelected Chairman by the Board
* Reichsroth, H.L.
Rogers, M.S.
Schmidt, W.F.
* Sehorn, W.A.

Resigned
W.F. Schmidt – August 31, 1915
W.A. Sehorn – August 31, 1915

Replacement
+ J.A. Gallet – August 31, 1915 - replaced Schmidt
1 vacancy existing (Sehorn)

Resigned
M.S. Rogers – September 2, 1915
Replacement
+ A.L. Rogers – September 2, 1915 - replaced Sehorn
1 vacancy existing (M.S. Rogers)

Resigned
John J. Gill – September 13, 1915

Replacement
+ John J. Gill – September 20, 1915 - replaced himself

Elected
J.A. Gallet – September 20, 1915 - 25th Chairman elected by the Board

Resigned
H.L. Reichsroth – October 12, 1915

Elected
John J.Gill – October 18, 1915 - 26th Chairman elected by the Board
2 vacancies existing (M.S. Rogers and Reichsroth)

Replacement
+ F. B. Granger – November 1, 1915 - replaced M.S. Rogers
1 vacancy existing (Reichsroth)


April 12, 1916 – 34th General Municipal Election
* Geisenhofer, Michael (4 year term)
* Granger, Farley B. (4 year term)
* Pelton, Allen E. – 27th Chairman elected by the Board (2 year term)
* Rideout, Charles, Q. (4 year term)
* Rodrigues, M.P. (2 year term)


April 8, 1918 – 35th General Municipal Election
Geisenhofer, Michael
Granger, Farley B.
* Pelton, Allen E. – reelected Chairman by the Board
Rideout, Charles Q.
* Toffelmier, L.J.


April 12, 1920 – 36th General Municipal Election
* Dalziel, Mrs. S.A.
* Granger, Farley B.
Pelton, Allen E. – reelected Chairman by the Board
* Reichsroth, H.L.
Toffelmier, L.J.

April 10, 1922 – 37th General Municipal Election
Dalziel, Mrs. S.A.
* Duck, Edwin
Granger, Farley B.
* Pelton, Allen E. – reelected Chairman by the Board
Reichsroth, H.L.

April 7, 1924 – 38th General Municipal Election
* Bronstein, Howard
* Davies, W.O.
Duck, Edwin – 28th Chairman elected by the Board
Pelton, Allen E.
* Reid, F.J.

Resigned
Allen E. Pelton, – April 17, 1924 - resigned effective April 21, 1924

Replacement
+ L.H. Bill – May 5, 1924 - replaced Pelton

Resigned
W.O. Davies – January 4, 1926

Replacement
+ Chester A. Gossett – January 4, 1926 - replaced Davies


April 12, 1926 – 39th General Municipal Election
Bronstein, Howard
* Hall, George, W.
* Landis, Herbert L.
Reid, F.J.
* Theyson, August C. – 29th Chairman elected by the Board

Resigned
Howard Bronstein – April 19, 1926
F.J. Reid – April 19, 1926

Replacement
+ Oscar F. Chichester – April 27, 1926 - replaced Bronstein
+ Andrew Miller – April 27, 1926 - replaced Reid

Resigned
August C. Theyson – September 7, 1926

Replacement
+ J. Dalziel – September 7, 1926 - replaced Theyson

Elected
Herbert L. Landis – September 7, 1926 - 30th Chairman elected by the Board

Resigned
Oscar F. Chichester – June 20, 1927

Replacement
A.P. Brown – July 11, 1927 - replaced Chichester


August 1, 1927
Titles changed from Board of Trustees to CITY COUNCIL and from Chairman of the Board of Trustees to MAYOR of the City. Mayor still chosen by members of the City Council from among their numbers.

Resigned
J. Dalziel – October 3, 1927

Replacement
+ William Richardson – October 17, 1927 - replaced Dalziel


April 9, 1928 – 40th General Municipal Election
* DeCou, Jerry W. – 31st Mayor elected by the City Council
* Gill, John J.
Hall, George W.
Landis, Herbert L.
* Miller, Andrew


April 13, 1930 – 41st General Municipal Election
DeCou, Jerry W. – reelected Mayor by City Council
Gill, John, J.
* Kientz, Edward B.
* Landis, Herbert L.
Miller, Andrew


August 31, 1931 – Special Election to Recall all Members of the City Council
* DeCou, Jerry W. – reelected Mayor by City Council
* Kientz, Edward B.
* Landis, Herbert L.
* Lee, W.B.
* Nashman, Albert

Recalled
John J. Gill
Andrew Miller

NOTE: This recall election resulted from an order by certain members of the City Council to have the activities of Marshall Joseph F. Peralta investigated.

Resigned
W.B. Lee – October 21, 1931

Replacement
+ Roland Esteves – November 4, 1931 - replaced Lee


April 11, 1932 – 42nd General Municipal Election
* Derry, Earl
* Holshauser, William
Kientz, Edward B.
Landis, Herbert L.
* Weldon, George – 32nd Mayor elected by the City Council


April 9, 1934 – 43rd General Municipal Election
* Billings, R.L.
Derry, Earl – 33rd Mayor elected by the City Council
Holshauser, William
* Thomas, A.B.
Weldon, George

Resigned
William Holshauser – October 7, 1935

Replacement
+ C.L. Orendorff – October 7, 1935 - replaced Holshauser

Resigned
George Weldon – November 4, 1935

Replacement
+ Helen L.C. Lawrence – December 2, 1935 - replaced Weldon

April 13, 1936 – 44th General Municipal Election
Billings, Raymond L. – 34th Mayor elected by the City Council
* Derry, Earl
* Groves, James F.
* Lawrence, Helen L.C.
Thomas, A.B.

Resigned
Raymond L. Billings – May 3, 1937 - resigned to accept appointment as City Manager

Replacement
+ C.L. Orendorff, – May 3, 1937 - replaced Billings

Elected
Earl Derry – May 3, 1937 - 35th Mayor elected by the City Council


April 11, 1938 – 45th General Municipal Election
Derry, Earl – reelected Mayor by the City Council
Groves, James F.
Lawrence, Helen L.C.
* Orendorff, C.L.
* Thomas, A.B.


April 8, 1940 – 46th General Municipal Election
* DuTiel, Mark – 36th Mayor elected by the City Council
* Groves, James F.
* Lawrence, Helen L.C.
Orendorff, C.L.
Thomas, A.B.

Resigned
Mark DuTiel – May 21, 1941

Elected
Helen L.C. Lawrence, – May 21, 1941 - 37th Mayor appointed by the City Council
1 vacancy existing

Replacement
+ Edwin L. Smith – June 2, 1941 - replaced DuTiel


April 14, 1942 – 47th General Municipal Election
* Dalton, Phil
Groves, James F.
* Knick, Thomas O.
Lawrence, Helen L.C. – reappointed Mayor by City Council
* Thomas, A.B.


April 11, 1944 – 48th General Municipal Election
* Groves, James F.
Knick, Thomas O. – 38th Mayor appointed by the City Council
* Lawrence, Helen L.C.
* Magnat, Ernest P.
Thomas, A.B.


April 9, 1946 – 49th General Municipal Election
Groves, James F.
* Knick, Thomas O. – reelected Mayor by City Council
Lawrence, Helen L.C.
Magnat, Ernest P.
* Musson, Richard H.

Resigned
James F. Groves – November 17, 1947

Replacement
+ William Swift – November 17, 1947 - replaced Groves

Resigned
Helen L.C. Lawrence – January 5, 1948

Replacement
+ Jack D. Maltester – January 5, 1948 - replaced Lawrence


April 13, 1948 – 50th General Municipal Election
* Bellini, Joseph O. – 39th Mayor elected by the City Council
* Dunnigan, Halsey E.
Knick, Thomas O.
Musson, Richard H.
* Seeley, Leonard – elected Vice Mayor by the City Council

December 16, 1949
Special Charter Amendment Election changed size of the City Council from five (5) members to seven (7) members.

Resigned
Joseph O. Bellini – December 19, 1949 - resigned from position of Mayor, not from City Council

Appointed
+ Kenneth A. Burge – December 19, 1949 - 6th member of City Council per Charter Amendment
+ William E. Dunning – December 19, 1949 - 7th member of City Council per Charter Amendment

Elected
Halsey E. Dunnigan – December 19, 1949 - elected Vice Mayor by City Council
Leonard Seeley – December 19, 1949 - 40th Mayor elected to City Council


April 4, 1950 – 51st General Municipal Election
Bellini, Jospeh O.
* Cannizzaro, Antone
Dunnigan, Halsey E. – reelected Vice Mayor by City Council
* Knick, Thomas O.
* Musson, Richard H.
Seeley, Leonard
* Swift, William – 41st Mayor elected by the City Council

Resigned
William Swift – April 16, 1951 - resigned from position of Mayor, not from City Council

Elected
Halsey E. Dunnigan – May 7, 1951 - reelected Vice Mayor by City Council
Thomas O. Knick – May 7, 1951 - 42nd Mayor elected by the City Council


April 8, 1952 – 52nd General Municipal Election
* Bellini, Joseph O.
Cannizzaro, Antone
* Dunnigan, Halsey E. – reelected Vice Mayor by the City Council
Knick, Thomas O. – reelected Mayor by the City Council
Musson, Richard H.
Swift, William
* Vlahos, Sam J.

August 11, 1952
Special Charter Amendment Election provided for creation of six (6) Councilmanic Districts to be as equal as possible in registered voters. Six (6) City Councilmen to be nominated from districts and one (1) to be nominated from the City at large. All to be elected by the electorate At Large. Nominees at large and nominees from
odd-numbered districts to be elected at next General Municipal Election. Nominees from even-numbered districts to be elected at next succeeding General Municipal Election.

Note: All names will be followed by a number in parentheses to designate the Councilmanic District from which that person was nominated. The letters ‘AL’ will designate the At Large position.


November 21, 1952
Ordinance No. 887 New Series established the 1st Councilmanic Districts


April 13, 1954 – 53rd General Municipal Election
Bellini, Joseph O. (2)
* Dunnigan, Halsey E. (3) – reelected Vice Mayor by the City Council
* Kant, Alvin W. (5)
* Knick, Thomas O. (AL) – reelected Mayor by the City Council
* Swift, William (1)
Vlahos, Sam J. (4)
vacancy (6)

Vacancy filled
+ James R. Frazier (6) – April 20, 1954 - filled vacancy caused by Councilmanic Districts


March 26, 1955
Ordinance No. 968 New Series changed Councilmanic District boundaries
because of Foothill Manor and Halcyon area annexations.

Resigned
Joseph O. Bellini (2) – July 11, 1955 - resigned but resolution not accepted

Resignation Declination
Joseph O. Bellini (2) – July 18, 1955 - resignation declined by resolution

Withdrawn Resignation
Joseph O. Bellini (2) – July 25, 1955 - withdrew resignation

Elected
Halsey E. Dunnigan (3) – August 1, 1955 - 43rd Mayor elected by the City
Council
Alvin W. Kant (5) – August 1, 1955 - elected Vice Mayor by the City Council

Resigned
Halsey E. Dunnigan (3) – February 6, 1956

Elected
Alvin W. Kant (5) – February 20, 1956 - 44th Mayor elected by the City Council
Sam J. Vlahos (4) – February 20, 1956 - elected Vice Mayor by the City Council
1 vacancy existing (3)


April 10, 1956 – 54th General Municipal Election
* Bellini, Joseph O. (2)
* Frazier, James R. (6)
* Gill, Valance (4)
Kant, Alvin W. (5)
Knick, Thoms O. (AL) – 45th Mayor elected by the City Council
* Maltester, Jack D. (3) – elected Vice Mayor by the City Council (see CC 1948,
* Swift, William (1) CSB 1954)


October 28, 1957
Ordinance No. 1093 New Series changed Councilmanic District boundaries
because of Washington Manor and Mulford Gardens annexations.


April 8, 1958 – 55th General Municipal Election
Bellini, Joseph O. (6)
Frazier, James R. (4)
Gill, Valance (2) – elected Vice Mayor by City Council
* Kant, Alvin W. (1)
* Maltester, Jack D. (AL) – 46th Mayor elected by the City Council
* Swift, William (5)
* Taylor, Robert J. (3)

Resigned
Joseph O. Bellini (6) – June 9, 1958

Replacement
+ Kenneth G. Cheatham (6) – June 30, 1958 - replaced Bellini (see BZA 1957)


April 12, 1960 – 56th General Municipal Election
* Cheatham, Kenneth G. (6)
* Gill, Valance (2) – reelected Vice Mayor by the City Council
Kant, Alvin W. (1)
Maltester, Jack D. (AL) – reelected Mayor by City Council
* Suerstedt, William F. (4) – (see P/C 1958 and BZA 1958)
Swift, William (5)
Taylor, Robert J. (3)

May 2, 1960
Ordinance No. 1265 New Series established new Councilmanic District boundaries per Charter requirement.


February 16, 1961
Special Charter Amendment Election provided for abolishment of At Large City Councilman position and created position of Mayor to be nominated and elected At Large at the same time as nominees for City Council from odd-numbered Councilmanic Districts.


April 10, 1962 – 57th General Municipal Election
Cheatham, Kenneth G. (6)
Gill, Valance (2) – reelected Vice Mayor by City Council
* Kant, Alvin W. (1)
* Maltester, Jack D. – 1st Mayor elected by electorate
Suerstedt, William F. (4)
* Swift, William (5)
* Taylor, Robert J. (3)


April 14, 1964 – 58th General Municipal Election
* Borre, Louis J. (6) - (see CSB 1955)
Kant, Alvin W. (1)
Maltester, Jack D. – Mayor
* Pomares, Gregory V. (2)
* Suerstedt, William F. (4)
Swift, William (5) – elected Vice Mayor by the City Council
Taylor, Robert J. (3)

Resigned
Louis J. Borre (6) – October 4, 1965 – moved from City

Replacement
+ Mario J. Polvorosa (6) – November 1, 1965 - replaced Borre


January 7, 1966
Ordinance No. 66-3 established new Councilmanic District boundaries per Charter requirement.


April 12, 1966 – 59th General Municipal Election
* Kant, Alvin W. (1) – elected Vice Mayor by the Council
* Maltester, Jack D. – Mayor
* Polvorosa, Mario J. (6)
Pomares, Gregory V. (2)
Suerstedt, William F. (4)
* Swift, William (5)
* Taylor, Robert J. (3)


April 9, 1968 – 60th General Municipal Election
Kant, Alvin W. – reelected Vice Mayor by the City Council
Maltester, Jack D. – Mayor
* Polvorosa, Mario J. (6)
* Pomares, Gregory V. (2)
* Suerstedt, William F. (4)
Swift, William (5)
Taylor, Robert J. (3)

Resigned
Robert J. Taylor (3) – November 4, 1968 - resigned at the request of the City Council

Replacement
+ Joseph F. Gancos (3) – December 2, 1968 - replaced Taylor

Deceased
William Swift (5) – February 6, 1969 - passed away

Replacement
+ LeRoy V. Woods (5) – March 17, 1969 - replaced Swift


April 14, 1970 – 61st General Municipal Election
* Coppa, Joseph J. (3)
* Kant, Alvin W. (1) – reelected Vice Mayor by the City Council
* Maltester, Jack D. – reelected Mayor by electorate
* Nahm, Al (5)
Polvorosa, Mario J. (6)
Pomares, Gregory V. (2)
Suerstedt, William F. (4)


January 10, 1972
Ordinance No 72-1 established new Councilmanic District boundaries per Charter requirement.


April 11, 1972 – 62nd General Municipal Election
Coppa, Joseph J. (3)
* Gill, Valance (2)
Kant, Alvin W. (1) – reelected Vice Mayor by the City Council
Maltester, Jack D. – Mayor
Nahm, Al (5)
* Polvorosa, Mario J. (6)
* Suerstedt, William F. (4)


September 10, 1973
Ordinance No. 73-59 established new Councilmanic District boundaries by population per Supreme Court decision.

Deceased
Alvin W. Kant – December 4, 1973 - passed away

Replacement
+ Myron E. Temple (1) – December 27, 1973 - appointed to replace Kant

Elected
William F. Suerstedt – December 27, 1973 - elected Vice Mayor by City Council


April 9, 1974 – 63rd General Municipal Election
* Coppa, Joseph J. (3)
* Frazier, Faith (1) (see Library 1962)
Gill, Valance (2)
* Maltester, Jack D. – reelected Mayor by electorate
Polvorosa, Mario J. (6)
* Seymon, Gunther (5)
Suerstedt, William F. (4)


April 9, 1974
Charter amendment adopted limiting City Council members to two consecutive terms.

Elected
Mario J. Polvorosa (6) – May 5, 1975 - elected Vice Mayor by the City Council.


April 13, 1976 – 64th General Municipal Election
Coppa, Joseph J. (3)
Frazier, Faith (1)
* Gill, Valance (2)
* Landis, L.N. “Judge” (4)
Maltester, Jack D. – Mayor
Seymon, Gunner (5)
* Soares, Richard D. (6)

Elected
Joseph J. Coppa (3) – April 20, 1976 - elected Vice Mayor by the City Council

Elected
Valance Gill (2) – April 11, 1977 - elected Vice Mayor by the City Council


April 11, 1978 – 65th General Municipal Election
* Frazier, Faith (1)
* Gill, Valance – 47th Mayor – 2nd Mayor elected by electorate
* Klehs, Johan (3)
Landis, L.N. (4)
* Seymon, Gunner (5) – elected Vice Mayor by the City Council
* Soares, Richard D. (6)
Vacancy (2) – [Gill resigned from District 2 seat]

Replacement
+ Donald W. McGue (2) – April 24, 1978 - appointed to replace Gill
(see CSB 1974)

Elected
Faith Frazier (1) – May 7, 1979 - appointed Vice Mayor by the City Council


April 8, 1980 – 66th General Municipal Election
Frazier, Faith (1)
Gill, Valance – Mayor
Klehs, Johan (3)
* Landis, L.N. (4)
* McGue, Donald W. (2)
Seymon, Gunner (5)
* Soares, Richard D. (6)

Elected
L.N. Landis (4) – May 19, 1980 - appointed Vice Mayor by the City Council

Designation
Richard Soares – May 4, 1981 - appointed Vice Mayor

April 13, 1982 – 67th General Municipal Election
* Gill, Valance – reelected Mayor by electorate
* Jardin, William F. “Bill” (5)
* Karp, David (1)
Landis, L.N. “Judge” (4)
McGue, Donald W. “Don” (2)
Soares, Richard D. “Rich” (6)
* Suchman, Edwin J. “Ed” (3)

Designation
Don McGue – May 3, 1982 - appointed Vice Mayor

Designation
Bill Jardin – May 2, 1983 - appointed Vice Mayor


April 10, 1984 – 68th General Municipal Election
Gill, Valance (Mayor)
* Glaze, Robert H. “Bob” (4)
Jardin, William F. “Bill” (5)
Karp, David (1)
* McGue, Donald W. (2)
* Santos, Anthony B. (6)
Suchman, Edwin J. “Ed” (3)

Designation
Dave Karp – May 7, 1984 - appointed Vice Mayor

Designation
Ed Suchman – May 6, 1985 - appointed Vice Mayor


April 8, 1986 – 69th General Municipal Election
* Faria, John E. (1)
Glaze, Robert H. “Bob” (4)
* Jardin, William F. “Bill” (5)
* Karp, David S. “Dave” – Mayor
McGue, Donald W. “Don” (2)
Santos, Anthony B. “Tony” (6)
* Suchman, Edwin J. “Ed” (3)

Elected
Robert H. Glaze (4) – May 5, 1986 - appointed Vice Mayor by the City Council

Elected
Anthony B. Santos (6) – May 4, 1987 - appointed Vice Mayor by the City Council

April 12, 1988 – 70th General Municipal Election
* Faria, John E. – Vice Mayor (1)
Glaze, Robert H. (4)
Jardin, William F. “Bill” (5)
Karp, Dave – Mayor (At Large) (1)
* Perry, Linda (2)
Santos, Anthony B. “Tony” (6)
Suchman, Edwin J. “Ed” (3)

Appointed
John E. Faria – May 2, 1988 - appointed Vice Mayor by the City Council.

Appointed
Linda Perry – May 15, 1989 - appointed Vice Mayor by the City Council.


April 10, 1990 – 71st General Municipal Election
* Corbett, Ellen M. (5)
Faria, John E. (1)
Glaze, Robert H. “Bob” (4)
* Karp, Dave - Mayor (At Large) (1)
Perry, Linda – Vice Mayor (2)
* Polvorosa, Julian P. (3)
Santos, Anthony B. “Tony” (6)

Appointed
Robert H. Glaze – May 7, 1990 - appointed Vice Mayor by the City Council.

Appointed
Robert H. Glaze – May 6, 1991 - appointed Vice Mayor by the City Council.


April 14, 1992 – 72nd General Municipal Election
Corbett, Ellen (5)
Faria, John E. (1)
Karp, Dave – Mayor (At Large) (1)
* Kerr, Howard (4)
* Myers, Kent W. (6)
* Perry, Linda (2)
Polvorosa, Julian P. (3)

Appointed
John Faria (1) – May 4, 1992 - appointed Vice Mayor by the City Council.

Appointed
Julian Polvorosa (3) – May 3, 1993 - appointed Vice Mayor by the City Council.

Deceased
Karp, Dave – May 30, 1993 - passed away.

Appointed
John Faria (1) – June 7, 1993 - appointed Mayor by the City Council through the next election (April 1994).

Appointed
Paul Nahm – June 28, 1993 - appointed to fill vacancy in District 1 (created by the appointment of John Faria to Mayor).


April 12, 1994 – 73rd General Municipal Election
* Corbett, Ellen M. – Mayor (At Large) (5)
* Galvan, Gordon A. (1)
Kerr, Howard (4)
* Loeffler, Garry A. (5)
Myers, Kent W. (6)
Perry, Linda (2)
* Polvorosa, Julian (3)

Appointed
Kent Myers – May 2, 1994 - appointed Vice Mayor by the City Council.

Appointed
Howard Kerr – May 1, 1995 - appointed Vice Mayor by the City Council.


March 26, 1996 – 74th General Municipal Election (first consolidated Election with Alameda County)
Corbett, Ellen M. – Mayor (At Large) (5)
Galvan, Gordon A. (1)
* Glaze, Bob (4)
Loeffler, Garry A. (5)
* Lothrop, Joanne M. (6)
Polvorosa, Julian (3)
* Young, Shelia (2)


June 3, 1997 – Special Municipal Election
Re: Special Tax for Emergency Medical Services – Measure “J”

“An Emergency Medical Services (EMS) tax approved to continue and fund emergency fire dispatch, fire apparatus based paramedics, and other EMS related programs which will support the delivery of emergency medical services requiring basic and advanced life support, in a yearly amount of $9.90 per family/benefit unit, with an annual adjustment based on the Consumer Price Index with total adjustments not to exceed $5.10.”

Approved by electorate.


June 3, 1998 – 75th General Municipal Election
Galvan, Gordon A. (1)
Glaze, Bob (4)
Loeffler, Garry A. (5)
Lothrop, Joanne M. (6)
* Nardine, Glenda (3)
Young, Shelia – Mayor (At Large)

Vacancy
Shelia Young elected Mayor, leaving District 2 seat vacant

Measure “H” – Gun Tax
Provides for a business license fee for firearms dealers based upon gross receipts. Approved by electorate.

Appointed
Gordon A. Galvan (1) – July 27, 1998 - appointed Vice Mayor by the City Council

Appointed
+ Surlene Grant – August 3, 1998 - appointed to fill vacancy in Council District 2 (created by election of Shelia Young to Mayor).

Appointed
Gordon A. Galvan (1) – May 3, 1999 – re-appointed Vice Mayor by the City Council


November 7, 2000 – 76th General Municipal Election
Galvan, Gordon A. (1)
* Glaze, Bob (4)
* Grant, Surlene G. (2)
Loeffler, Garry A. (5)
Nardine, Glenda (3)
* Santos, Anthony B. “Tony” (6)
Young, Shelia – Mayor (At Large)

Measure “F” – Run-Off Elections for City Council and Mayor
Requires the City to conduct run-off elections for the offices of Mayor and Council Member if candidates do not receive 50% plus one of the votes cast for that office. Approved by electorate.

Measure “G” – Repeal of Real Property Transfer Tax.
Not approved by electorate. (Real Property Transfer Tax was not repealed.)

Appointed
Bob Glaze (4) – May 1, 2000 - appointed Vice Mayor by the City Council

Appointed
Bob Glaze (4) – May 7, 2001 – re-appointed Vice Mayor by the City Council

Resigned
Gordon A. Galvan (1) – June 2, 2001 -- resigned from the City Council.

Appointed
Orval Badger (1) – July 23, 2001 -- appointed by City Council to replace Galvan.


March 4, 2002
Ordinance No 2002-03 established new Councilmanic District boundaries per Charter requirement.

Appointed
Bob Glaze (4) – May 6, 2002 – re-appointed Vice Mayor by the City Council.


November 5, 2002 – 77th General Municipal Election
* Badger, Orval “OB” (1)
Glaze, Bob (4)
Grant, Surlene G. (2)
* Stephens, Bill (5)
Santos, Anthony B. “Tony” (6)
* Nardine, Glenda (3)
* Young, Shelia – Mayor (At Large)

Appointed
Bob Glaze (4) – May 5, 2003 – re-appointed Vice Mayor by the City Council.

Appointed
Orval “OB” Badger (1) – May 17, 2004 – appointed Vice Mayor by the City Council.

November 2, 2004 – 78th General Municipal Election
Badger, Orval “OB” (1)
* Grant, Surlene G. (2)
Nardine, Glenda (3)
Stephens, Bill (5)
* Santos, Anthony B. “Tony” (6)
Young, Shelia – Mayor (At Large)

No candidate for the District 4 City Council seat received 50%+1 of the votes for that office as required by the Charter. A run-off election was scheduled between the two candidates with the highest number of votes for the District 4 Council race in the General Election.

February 8, 2005 – Special Run-off Election
Badger, Orval “OB” (1)
Grant, Surlene G. (2)
Nardine, Glenda (3)
*Joyce Rutledge Starosciak (4)
Stephens, Bill (5)
Santos, Anthony B. “Tony” (6)
Young, Shelia – Mayor (At Large)

Appointed
Orval “OB” Badger (1) – May 2, 2005 – re-appointed Vice Mayor by the City Council.

Appointed
Surlene G. Grant (2) – May 1, 2006 – appointed Vice Mayor by the City Council.

June 6, 206 - Primary election
Michael Gregory (1) elected to City Council
Bill Stephens (5) re-elected to City Council

November 7, 2006 - 79th General Municipal Election
* Gregory, Michael (1)
Grant, Surlene G. (2)
* Souza, Diana (3)
Starosciak, Joyce (4)
* Stephens, Bill (5)
* Santos, Anthony B. “Tony” – Mayor (At Large)

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November 14, 2006

50s Dance Party Fundraiser at John Muir Middle School

A '50s Dance Party Fundraiser will be held at John Muir Middle School on Friday, November 17, 2006, from 7pm to 11pm in the John Muir gym. If you buy tickets in advance, they are $10 per person and $15 per couple or $5 per person and $7.50 per couple for San Leandro High School students. Tickets at the door are $15 per adult and $7.50 per student.

Money raised will be used for:

  • Performing Arts

  • College scholarship for JMMS alumni graduating from SLHS

  • Assembly chairs

  • School mural

John Muir Middle School is located at 1444 Williams Street in San Leandro.

Click here to download a flyer.

To pay for advance tickets, send a check to Elizabeth Cardoso at 14735 Juniper Street, San Leandro CA 94579 or call (510) 667-3520.

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November 8, 2006

Measure B Passes with 68% of the Vote; Cutter and Katz Elected to School Board

With all precincts reporting, Measure B, the $109 million school facilities bond passed with 8601 votes or 67.66% of the vote. Updated results as of November 20 show that Measure B passed with 11,389 votes or 68.65% of the vote. The final vote count on November 30, 2006, showed that Measure B passed with 11,398 votes or 68.66% of the vote.

Click here for Daily Review coverage or here for official Alameda County Registrar of Voters results.

Pauline Cutter, an incumbent member of the San Leandro School Board, received 7248 votes or 68.69% of the vote to Vera Ayres' 3218 votes or 30.5% of the votes. This will be Cutter's third four-year term on the School Board. A November 20 update showed that Cutter received 9490 votes or 69.33% of the vote to Ayres' 4081 votes or 29.81 % of the votes. The final count on November 30, 2006, showed that Cutter received 9493 votes or 69.32% of the vote and Ayres receieved 4084 votes or 29.82% of the vote.

Click here for official results from the Alameda County Registrar of Voters.

Mike Katz (the author of this blog) received 6356 votes or 59.26% of the vote to Pete Lismer's 4285 votes or 39.95% of the vote. Katz takes over the seat vacated by Louis Heystek, who served two four-year terms. A November 20 update showed Katz received 8271 votes or 59.5% of the vote to Lismer's 5506 votes or 39.61% of the vote. The final count on November 30, 2006, showed that Katz received 8275 votes or 59.5% of the vote and Lismer received 5507 votes or 39.6% of the vote.

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Santos is the New Mayor and Souza Wins a City Council Seat

With all precincts reporting, Tony Santos has 9031 votes or 57.68% of the vote to OB Badger's 6553 votes or 41.85% of the vote. OB Badger was appointed to the City Council in 2001. Tony Santos has served on the City Council for 14 years. Updated results on November 20, 2006, showed that Santos received 11,553 votes or 56.94% of the vote to Badger's 8,640 votes or 42.58% of the vote. The final count on November 30, 2006, showed that Santos received 11,558 vtes or 56.94% of the vote and Badger received 8643 votes or 42.58% of the vote.

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Diana Souza wins the District 3 City Council seat with 7940 votes or 54.22% of the vote. Former City Council-member Julian Polvorosa got 6635 votes or 45.31% of the vote. Updated results as of November 20, 2006, showed that Souza received 10,332 votes or 54.63% of the vote to Polvorosa's 8,487 votes or 44.87% of the vote. The final count on November 30, 2006, showed that Souza received 10,336 votes or 54.63% of the vote and Polvorosa received 8,488 votes or 44.86% of the vote.

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November 7, 2006

Where to find local election results

The Alameda County Registrar of Voters website will begin publishing election results after the polls have closed at 8pm on Tuesday, November 7, 2006.

Election results are available as follows:

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Santos Gets $1,000 Late Contribution From Labor

On November 6, 2006, Tony Santos' campaign reported a contribution of $1,000 from the Construction & General Laborers Local Union 304 PAC in Sacramento.

Santos is competing against fellow San Leandro Councilman OB Badger for Mayor of San Leandro.

Campaign disclosure regulations require that contributions in excess of $1,000 from a single source received from October 22 to November 7 be disclosed within 24 hours.

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State Agency Declares Cleanup Complete at Cintas Site

In a press release issued on November 3, 2006, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control said that "all required hazardous substances cleanup activities have been completed for the [Cintas/Dedominico] site" at 777 139th Avenue in San Leandro.

According to the press release, Ross Rental Services used the property from 1971 to 1983 to clean clothes using tetrachloroethylene (PCE). PCE is commonly used for dry-cleaning and is a suspected carcinogen and can damage the liver, kidneys, and nervous system. PCE leaked from underground storage tanks into the soil and groundwater at the property and spread via groundwater to the Bonaire and Mulford Gardens neighborhoods. Cleanup activities included removal of underground storage tanks, removal of contaminated soil, and using wells to extract vapors of PCE and the breakdown products trichloroethene (TCE) and petroleum hydrocarbons.

In 1992, the DTSC ordered Cintas to begin an investigation and cleanup of the property. Cintas still operates a commercial laundry facility at the property.

Groundwater quality will continue to be monitored and a deed restriction has been put in place for the property.

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November 6, 2006

Council Votes to Extend Downtown Moratorium and ACI Asks for Rate Increase for More Pickups

The San Leandro City Council voted unanimously in its November 6, 2006, meeting to extend the moratorium on downtown development for another year or until the Transit-Oriented Development Strategy is completed, which is expected in July 2007. Council-member Bill Stephens was not present.

The moratorium affects 39 sites ranging in size from .2 to 11.6 acres and totaling 125 parcels and 73 acres. The moratorium does not change zoning or existing uses and does not preclude the issuance of building permits or business licenses. Applications for planning entitlements will be allowed to proceed, but the application will not allowed to become final.

Community Development Director Hanson Hom noted that the Executive Director of Building Futures with Women and Children sent a letter in support of the moratorium and other letters expressed opposition to the moratorium.

Priscilla Coluga of the Woodcreek Homeowners Association expressed support for the moratorium while Robert Fox asked the council to delay its vote until after the new City Council was seated.

Council-member Joyce Starosciak asked if the vote could be delayed. Hom replied that it could but City Attorney Jayne Williams quickly corrected him and stated that California code does not permit an additional 45-day extension.

During public comments, Harold Perez complained about the condition of streets in San Leandro and said that money should be spent on streets instead of being wasted on the Cherry Festival and the holiday lighting and banners.

In a presentation entitled "Special Rate Review for Alameda County Industries" Public Works Director Mike Bakaldin reported that Alameda County Industries (ACI) requested a special rate review on March 1, 2006. ACI has a contract with San Leandro through 2010 and serves about 60% of San Leandro's population. ACI proposes to increase collection of recyclable materials (paper, cans, glass and plastic) for single family homes to every week instead of every other week. In addition, ACI would begin pickup of recyclable and food wastes from commercial users. To pay for the increased service, ACI proposes a 2% rate increase in July 2007 and another 2% rate increase in July 2008, in addition to the normal annual rate adjustment.

Council-member OB Badger asked if the changes were need to meet the City's requirements for diverting waste from landfills and City Manager John Jermanis replied that it was, noting that nearby cities have gone to weekly service. Mayor Shelia Young asked if ACI had perfected a compost facility as she knew that Alameda County has been trying to find a suitable facility location.

Alexis Strauss, the director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Water Division for the Pacific Southwest region, presented the City of San Leandro with its second-place award for "outstanding and innovative achievements in wastewater treatment and pollution prevention." Click here for the US EPA press release. In March 2006, the City of San Leandro received a Water Quality Excellence Award from the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board.

Vice Mayor Surlene Grant made a plea for people to support Proposition 1C, noting that it would help programs such as one which recently lost funding that helps foster children after they are too old for the foster care program.

Mayor Young reported that a new map was presented at each monthly meeting of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission over the past year. The most recent meeting produced a map showing the condition of street in the nine Bay-Area counties. Currently, San Leandro is shown in green, indicating that the streets are in good condition.

The meeting was adjourned in the memory of Wayne Glaze, the brother of former Council-member Bob Glaze, Alvin Mertz, Floyd Dade, Jr., a member of the 761st tank battalion in World War II known as the Black Panthers, and Margarita Tapia, the mother of John Tapia, who works in the City's Information Services Department.

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November 4, 2006

A slate mailer by any other name?

The Daily Review published an article on November 4, 2006, discussing a controversy about how Julian Polvorosa's name appeared on a mailer from the Eden Area United Democratic Campaign. All of the other candidates appearing on the mailer were endorsed by the Alameda County Democratic Party, but Polvorosa was not endorsed by the Democrats nor was his opponent, Diana Souza. Polvorosa's campaign manager, Shawn Wilson, said, "It's a slate mailer....And by virtue of donations, they were able to get on." However, Robin Torello, chairwoman of the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee, said that candidates didn't pay to get on this particular mailer. One thing the article fails to note is that Polvorosa's campaign disclosures show a $500 payment to the Eden Area United Democratic Club for campaign literature.

On the same day, the Daily Review also published another article in which Senator Dianne Feinstein complained that Voter Information Guide for Democrats, a slate mailer, used her image without authorization on a slate mailer which endorses positions that she opposes.

Politics and money come together in slate mailers in a way that demonstrates that money trumps everything. For example, the The Early Voter features Republican candidates Tony Strickland, Steve Poizner, and Jill Buck and Democratic candidate Bill Lockyer -- all of whom paid for their listing. Ellen Corbett is also listed, but she didn't pay to be listed. Local candidate Tony Santos paid $1,300 for his listing while Julian Polvorosa paid $600 and School Board candidate Pete Lismer paid $175. The mailer notes "Candidates selected independent of party affiliation" which is another way of saying that the candidates were selected on the basis of who came up with money. Slate mailers take advantage of candidates' desperate need to get their name in front of voters. This slate mailer offers two examples where candidates paid for listing their name, office, occupation, and nothing else: Jill Buck and Julian Polvorosa. Not much there for a voter to use to make a decision.

This year, I paid to appear on a slate mailer as part of my attempt to get elected to the San Leandro School Board. My campaign paid $350 to appear on the Voter Information Guide for Democrats. I had no idea who else would appear on the slate mailer, but I was told it would only include Democrats. Since the slate mailer is not produced by the Democratic Party, any Democrat can pay to appear, so if I had not paid, then my opponent could have paid to appear. The same goes for Tony Santos, Julian Polvorosa, and Pauline Cutter, who also paid to be listed on the slate mailer.

However, the slate mailer also endorsed positions on some propositions with which I disagree. Oh well. But candidates, myself included, will continue to pay to appear on slate mailers, because we think (hope) it will improve our chance at getting elected - or at least reduce our opponent's chance at getting elect.

As a candidate, the biggest reason I can think of to pay for a slate mailer is solely to prevent your opponent from appearing on them. As a voter, slate mailers are pretty much useless - and often can be deceptive. It's yet another way that the current state of election politics is frustrating for candidate and voter alike.

For the record, City Council candidate Diana Souza paid $350 for the California Voter Guide and $1,250 for Your Ballot Guide, City Council candidate Julian Polvorosa paid $150 for the California Latino Voter Guide, $180 for the Asian American Voter slate mailer, and $750 for the Voter Information Guide. Mayoral candidate Tony Santos paid $180 for Asian American Voter Guide and $110 for the California Latino Voter Guide while Mayoral candidate OB Badger paid $555 for the COPS Voter Guide.

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November 1, 2006

Daily Review Endorses Cutter and Katz for San Leandro School Board

In an op-ed published on November 1, 2006, the Daily Review endorsed incumbent Pauline Cutter and Mike Katz for the San Leandro School Board. The Daily Review noted that Cutter "led the board through a period of infighting and a grueling round of teacher contract negotiations in the spring of 2005" and that Katz "has attended every school board meeting since May."

In the San Lorenzo School District, the Daily Review endorsed incumbents Isabel Polvorosa and Helen Randall, at least in part because the challengers failed to respond to a Daily Review questionnaire, were difficult to contact, and didn't pay for a candidate statement.

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Teen Shot and Killed When he Returns to Oakland Neighborhood

Eighteen-year-old Erik Torres of San Leandro was shot and killed on Friday, October 27, 2006, when he returned to the Oakland neighborhood where he had lived two years earlier. His mother, Karen Torres, had moved the family to San Leandro because four of his friends had been killed and she feared for their safety.

The shooting occured on 105th Avenue and also wounded a 17-year-old friend of Torres.

A fund has been establishd in Torres memory and donations can be made at any Wells Fargo branch to account No. 5559673750, the Memorial Fund for Erik Torres.

There is a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the killer. Call (510) 238-3821 if you have any information about this shooting.

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