February 26, 2008

Tichy Brings District 6 City Council Race to Five

The field for the San Leandro District 6 City Council seat appears to have grown by one as perennial candidate Mark Tichy pulled papers for the seat on February 25, 2008.

Tichy was one of 12 applicants for the appointment to the District 6 City Council seat when Tony Santos was elected Mayor in November 2006. Despite Tichy's assertion at the February 5, 2007, City Council meeting that he was "here to claim this seat as is my right," he was not one of the six finalists interviewed by the City Council. Tichy ran for the seat unsuccessfully in 1996, 2000, and 2004. Tichy also lost his run for Mayor of San Leandro and a seat on the San Leandro School Board in 2002.

Other candidates who aspire to represent District 6 on the City Council include incumbent Jim Prola, Wafaa Aborashed, Estelle Clemons, and Hermy Almonte.

Prola was appointed to the District 6 City Council seat in February 2007 after Tony Santos cut short his term as Councilmember to become Mayor of San Leandro.

The filing period for candidates ends on March 7, 2008.

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February 22, 2008

Pee Wee's Starts Rebuilding

Pee Wee's Pizza, a fixture on E. 14th Street for more than 50 years, has started rebuilding after it was gutted by a fire on September 5, 2006. The owner, Eddie Tarin, didn't have fire insurance and Tommy T's helped raise some money with a fundraiser three weeks after the fire. Tarin had worked at Pee Wee's as a cook before he purchased the business from the Caselli family, which started Pee Wee's in 1953.

Pee Wee's Starts Rebuilding

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District 4 Race Gets Two Challengers

On February 21, 2008, Paul Gonzales pulled papers to run for the District 4 City Council seat currently held by Joyce Starosciak. The following day, perennial candidate Lou Filipovich also pulled papers for the District 4 seat. Filipovich has been a candidate for this seat in every election since 1992 and also runs for Mayor, the San Lorenzo School, the Oro Loma Sanitary District, and even the California State Senate. In 2006, Filipovich edged out Laura Riffle to become the Republican nominee for the California State Senate, which he lost to former San Leandro Mayor Ellen Corbett.

Starociak was elected in 2005 after a run-off with Mike Mahoney and is running for re-election.

The filing period for candidates ends on March 7, 2008.

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February 20, 2008

San Leandro Sailor May Play Role in Shooting Down Wayward Satellite

Fire Controlman 2nd Class John Whitby, from San Leandro, Calif.
PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 16, 2008) Fire Controlman 2nd Class John Whitby, from San Leandro, Calif., operates the radar system control in the combat information center during a ballistic missile defense drill aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70). Lake Erie is currently operation off the coast of Hawaii. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Hight. (Source: US Navy)

The USS Lake Erie is set to launch an SM-3 missle to shoot down a classified National Reconnaissance Office spy satellite that lost power shortly after it reached orbit on December 14, 2006.

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February 19, 2008

Suspect Arrested in Murder of San Leandro Girls

Oakland resident Gumaro Baez, 18, was arrested on February 6, 2008, and charged with the February 3 shooting deaths of San Leandro High School students Dominique Hoover-Brown, 15, and Melissa Jackson, 17, in Oakland. Baez was also charged with the attempted murder of two 23-year-old Oakland men that were with Jackson and Hoover-Brown.

Police allege that Devashawn L. Walker, 19, of Oakland, was with Baez at the time of the shootings and have charged him violating his probation.

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February 12, 2008

San Leandro Soldier Killed in Iraq

Michael T. ManibogSan Leandro resident and US Army Specialist Michael T. Manibog, 31, was killed on February 8, 2008, when his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in Taji, Iraq, according to a press release from the Department of Defense. Manibog was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, based at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii.

Manibog grew up in San Leandro and graduated from San Leandro High School in 1996. He leaves a nine-year-old son. Click here for Manibog's MySpace page.

San Francisco Chronicle and Daily Review coverage.

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2008 City Council Race Update

On the first day of the filing period, February 11, 2008, incumbent Jim Prola and challenger Estelle Clemons pulled papers for the District 6 City Council seat. In District 2, San Leandro School Board Trustee Linda Perry and Library-Historical Commissioner Ursula Reed pulled papers.

District 4 incumbent Joyce Starosciak, District 6 challengers Wafaa Aborashed and Hermy Almonte, and District 2 challenger Charles Gilcrest pulled papers on February 13, 2008.

Candidates must file their completed papers by March 7, 2008.

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February 10, 2008

Community Meeting on February 19, 2008, at San Leandro Library

A group called Quality of Life Services of San Leandro has organized a Community Open House partially in response to a meeting held on January 29, 2008, about crime in San Leandro. At that meeting, there was some confusion about whether the meeting was intended for all San Leandro residents, since maps of reported crimes on display at the meeting were only for Estudillo Estates and the area west of Estudillo Estates. The organizer of that meeting, Connie Stephens, indicated that the meeting was intended for all San Leandro residents.

Karen Fernandez was at that meeting and offered to hold another meeting, which has been scheduled for February 19, 2008. She intends to join efforts with HealthySanLeandro Environmental Collaborative to discuss the concerns of San Leandro residents from all neighborhoods.marc_decoulode.jpg

At the meeting, Lt. Marc DeCoulode of the San Leandro Police Department is scheduled to give an overview of crime definitions. Seventy minutes of the meeting will be allocated for residents to speak about any subject.

The group has started a mailing list, which can be found at http://groups.google.com/group/QualityLifeSL.

The Community Open House will be held on Tuesday, February, 19, 2008, from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the San Leandro Library Lecture Hall at 300 Estudillo Avenue. For more information, contact slcitizens@gmail.com.

Daily Review coverage.

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City Council to Focus on Housing on Monday, February 11, 2008

Overview of Affordable Housing and Housing Element Update is the topic for the San Leandro City Council work session on Monday, February 11, 2008. The meeting will start at 7pm and will be held at the Helen Lawrence South Offices Conference Room at 999 E. 14th Street.

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Local Man Wins $150,000 on Big Spin

San Leandro resident Aaron Chavez won $150,000 during the show "The Big Spin," which aired on Saturday, February 9, 2008. Chavez, a purchasing manager, had to play and win the game Aces High before spinning the Big Spin wheel.

The Big Spin is part of the California Lottery, which was authorized by voters in November 1984.

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February 8, 2008

Two San Leandro Students Shot and Killed in Oakland

Melissa JacksonDominique Hoover-Brown, 15, and Melissa Jackson, 17, were identified as the teenagers who were shot and killed on Sunday night, February 3, 2008, in Oakland. Two men, both 23, had been traveling with Hoover-Brown and Jackson and had been shot as well.

The girls, who were recent students at San Leandro High School, were found in a van that had crashed into several parked cars in the 6500 block of Outlook Avenue. Police believe that the incident may have started in the 1400 block of Havenscourt Boulevard, where one of the injured males was found.

Donations are being collected to help cover funeral expenses. Checks payable to San Leandro High School may be mailed to the school, attention Jack Nelson, at 2200 Bancroft Ave., San Leandro, CA 94577-6108.

There is a reward of up to $30,000 leading to the arrest of a suspect. If you have information about this crime, call Oakland Police at 510-238-3821 or Crime Stoppers at 510-238-6946.

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February 5, 2008

District 6 Race Grows to Four Possible Candidates

Estelle Clemons took the first step towards running for the District 6 City Council seat currently held by Jim Prola by filing a Candidate Intention Statement today. The Candidate Intention Statement is needed before Clemons can begin fundraising or paying candidate-related expenses. A quick phone call confirmed that Clemons is throwing her hat in the ring.

Clemons manages the Community Action Agency with the City of Oakland and competed against Prola in early 2007 for the appointment to the District 6 seat vacated when Tony Santos was elected Mayor. In that process, Clemons was one of six candidates interviewed for the appointment and she was one of the final four candidates. All six candidates who were interviewed said that they would run for the District 6 City Council seat in a contested election. So far, only three of those have taken steps towards becoming candidates.

Clemons joins incumbent Jim Prola, Hermy Almonte, and Wafaa Aborashed as the list of potential candidates for the District 6 City Council seat grows. The filing period begins on February 11, 2008 and closes on March 7, 2008. The election will be held on June 3, 2008.

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February 1, 2008

Community Open House at San Leandro High School

SLHS Open House poster - Feb. 7, 2008San Leandro High School will hold a Community Open House starting at 6pm on February 7, 2008. The open house will feature updates on projects funded by the $109 million Measure B Bond, including the ninth grade campus, arts education center, library expansion, and career technical education improvements in the library. Artwork by students in the Art Department and exhibits will be displayed in the cafeteria.

San Leandro High School is located at 2200 Bancroft Avenue. Click here for a map of the campus.

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Councilmember Starosciak Top Fundraiser in Second Half of 2007

The latest campaign finance disclosures were filed yesterday by candidates for the period from July 1 to December 31, 2007. Councilmember Joyce Starosciak was the top fundraiser with $14,405, followed by Councilmember Jim Prola with $10,100, and Mayor Tony Santos with $5,341. Starosciak is running for re-election to the District 2 City Council seat and Prola is running for the District 6 City Council seat to which he was appointed in February 2007. Santos is still paying off debt from his 2006 Mayoral campaign.

Prola had $10,063 in campaign funds as of December 31, 2007. Prola raised $10,100 and spent $36 during the reporting period. Significant contributions included $8,000 in loans to himself, $1,000 from the Northern California Carpenters Regional Council and $500 each from the International Union Painters and Allied Trades and the District Council of Iron Workers. Click here to see Prola's complete campaign finance disclosures for this period.

Wafaa Aborashed, a candidate for the District 6 City Council seat, had $2,043 in campaign funds at the end of 2007. Aborashed reported no contributions or expenses for the reporting period. Click here to see Aborashed's complete campaign finance disclosures for this period.

Starosciak had $12,201 in campaign funds as of December 31, 2007. Starosciak raised $14,405 and spent $3,027 during the reporting period. Significant contributions included $500 each from Laython "Judge" Landis, JB East Bay Development Corporation, Vasona Management, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 595, Galvan & Associates, Sprinkler Fitters Local 483, United Food & Commercial Workers Local 5, Tom Dlugosh, Deputy Sheriffs Association, the Teamster DRIVE Committee, and the California Real Estate Political Action Committee. Significant expenses included $1,532 to the Hilton Garden Inn for a fundraising event and $375 to Project Literacy for the Trivia Bee. Click here to see Starosciak's complete campaign finance disclosures for this period.

Santos reported $4,815 in campaign funds at the end of 2007. Santos raised $5,341 and spent $3,460 during the reporting period. Santos received contributions of $500 each from The Sentinels, Eden Realty, Gordon Galvan, Kent Myers, Bob Molinaro, and the Teamsters Campaign Committee. Expenditures included $2,100 for campaign consulting and $400 for a fundraising event to Charles Gilcrest, and $200 each to the Alameda County Labour Council for a candidate dinner and the United Democratic Election Committee for a dinner. Click here to see Santos' complete campaign finance disclosures for this period.

District 1 Councilmember Michael Gregory reported $1,613 in campaign funds as of December 31, 2007. Gregory reported no contributions and $50 in expenses for the reporting period. Click here to see Gregory's complete campaign finance disclosures for this period.

Bill Stephens, who is serving his last term as Councilmember for District 5, had $3,302 in his campaign account as of December 31, 2007, and received no contributions during the reporting period. Stephens spent $1,600 on "candidate" travel, $1,500 of which was to the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce for a visit to Yangchun, China. Click here to see Stephens' complete campaign finance disclosures for this period.

Surlene Grant, who will be termed out of her District 2 City Council seat this year, had $2,329 in campaign funds at the end of 2007. Grant reported no contributions and $41 in expenses for the reporting period. Click here to see Grant's complete campaign finance disclosures for this period.

Former Mayor Shelia Young had $11,174 in campaign funds as of December 31, 2007. Young reported no contributions and $715 in expenses during the reporting period. Expenses included contributions of $200 to Meals on Meals and $125 to the Chabot College Foundation and $140 to J&P Video Productions for photographic services. Click here to see Young's complete campaign finance disclosures for this period.

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