October 31, 2008

Mack-Rose and Richards Lead Fundraising in San Leandro School Board Races

In the race for the San Leandro School Board Area 1 seat, incumbent Rick Richards continues to lead in fundraising, reporting another $2,874 in contributions between October 1 and October 18, 2008. That brings Richards' total to $11,935 since July. Recent contributions included $2,000 from The Sentinels, a group of local business owners and $500 from Teamsters Local 853.

Richards' expenses included $4,893.57 to Handled With Care Mailing Services for campaign literature and mailings, $1,381.13 to In and Out Printing for campaign literature, $480 to KLS Productions to send email, and $305 to Alliance Campaign Strategies, a campaign consulting firm.

As of October 18, 2008, Richards had $1,290.61 in his campaign account and $4,000 in outstanding debt.

Hermy Almonte raised $2,520 between October 1 and October 18, 2008, just a few hundred less than Richards. Contributions included $2,000 from STAND, $200 from Elmer Embry and $100 from School Board trustee Stephen Cassidy.

Almonte's campaign spent $2,057.56 on mailing services from Handled With Care Mailing Services and $1,536.93 on campaign literature from Autumn Press.

At the end of the reporting period, Almonte had $559.88 in his campaign account and $500 in outstanding debt.

San Leandro School Board At-Large candidate Morgan Mack-Rose raised $4,185 between October 1 and October 18, 2008. Contributions to Mack-Rose's campaign included $800 from P.A.C.E., $500 each from Evelyn Gonzalez and Gordon Galvan, $300 from Isaac Medical, and $250 from Donna Reed.

Mack-Rose's campaign expenses included $3,550 for campaign literature from Autumn Press and $2,709 for mailing services from Handled With Care.

As of October 18, 2008, Mack-Rose had $4,923 in her campaign account and an outstanding debt of $550.

No financial disclosure for Ray Davis was on file for the most recent reporting period.

As of September 30, 2008, Davis had $422 in his campaign account and $695.73 in outstanding debt.

At-Large candidates for the San Leandro School Board Davis, Don Grundmann and Mark Tichy all filed paperwork indicating that they would neither raise nor spend more than $1,000. Tichy and Grundmann did not file financial disclosures since they have remained under the $1,000 limit.

The four candidates for the At-Large school board seat are vying to replace Stephen Cassidy, who is not seeking re-election. Cassidy has endorsed Mack-Rose to replace him.

The election will be held on November 4, 2008.

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October 30, 2008

Reed Gets Late $1,000 Contribution for City Council Race

According to a disclosure filed on October 29, 2008, San Leandro City Council candidate Ursula Reed received a $1,000 contribution from a family member in Kentucky on October 28, 2008. So far, Reed has raised a total of $32,416, not including non-monetary contributions, in her race for the District 2 City Council seat. Her opponent, Linda Perry has raised a total of $17,364.

Contributions of more than $1,000 that are received from October 19 until election day are required to be reported within 24 hours. All other contributions will be reported in January 2009.

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October 25, 2008

Reed Continues to Outpace Perry in Campaign Fundraising

According to financial disclosures filed on October 23, 2008, District 2 San Leandro City Council candidate Ursula Reed continued to outpace opponent Linda Perry by raising $5,685 between October 1 and October 18, 2008. Contributions to Reed's campaign included $2,500 from SEIU Local 1021, $800 from PACE, and $500 each from the San Leandro Police Officers Association and Isaac Medical.

Reed's campaign spent $3,000 on door hangers from Pacific Print Resources, $562 on graphic design from Mikko Design, and $100 to on tickets for the Trivia Bee from Project Literacy.

As of October 18, 2008, Reed had $13,629 in her campaign account.

Click here to download Reed's latest financial disclosure.

Linda Perry raised $4,199 between October 1 and October 18, 2008. Contributions to Perry's campaign included $2,000 from Electrical Workers Local 595, $1,000 from the California Apartment Association, and $800 from UA Local 342.

Perry's campaign spent $850 to be included on the Voter Information Guide slate mailer, $422.40 on ads in the San Leandro Times, and $201.19 to In and Out Printing for campaign literature..

As of October 18, 2008, Perry had $7,384.91 in her campaign account and $11,250 in outstanding debt.

Click here to download Perry's latest financial disclosure.

Perry and Reed are vying to replace Surlene Grant who cannot for re-election because of term limits. Grant has endorsed Reed to replace her.

In the June 2008 election, Perry received 41.52% of the vote, Reed received 31.12% of the vote and Charles Gilcrest received 26.82% of the vote. A run-off election is being held in November because no candidate received more than 50% of the vote. The November election is expected to bring out many more voters than the 10,587 who voted in June.

The election will be held on November 4, 2008.

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October 24, 2008

Police Fund Campaign for City Tax Measures

According to the most recent financial disclosures from the "Yes for Public Safety" campaign to pass San Leandro tax measures RR, SS, and TT, the San Leandro Police Officers Association has contributed $10,000 of the $13,000 raised so far. The disclosures cover the period from October 1 to October 18, 2008. Measures RR, SS, and TT are on the ballot for the November 4, 2008, election and are for a utility user tax, 911 tax, and police services parcel tax, respectively. The parcel tax would raise money to maintain police services and would expire after four years.

Other contributions to the "Yes for Public Safety" campaign included $2,000 from campaign treasurer and former San Leandro City Manager John Jermanis and $1,000 from Meyers, Nave, Riback, Silver & Wilson, the law firm that represents the City of San Leandro.

Expenses included $3,131.75 to Handled With Care for mailing literature to absentee voters and $1,016.41 to the San Leandro Times for an advertisement.

As of October 18, 2008, the "Yes on Public Safety" campaign had $7,851.54 remaining in its campaign account.

In addition to former San Leandro City Manager John Jermanis, the "Yes for Public Safety" campaign has former San Leandro Mayor Shelia Young as its Chair.

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October 23, 2008

San Leandro School Board Candidates Sound Off at Candidate Forum

As a candidate forum held at All Saints Church on October 19, 2008, Hermy Almonte and Rick Richards, candidates for the San Leandro School Board Area 1 seat, provided the sharpest contrast, with Almonte criticizing Richards for the School District's legal fees and Richards defending his decisions in a difficult year.

In the At-Large seat, former Presidential candidate Don Grundmann faced off against Morgan Mack-Rose's representative, Andy Kopp. Candidates Mark Tichy and Ray Davis did not attend, despite telling organizers that they would attend.

The forum was captured on video and here are the School Board candidates' opening statements:

Hermy Almonte:

Rick Richards:

Don Grundmann:

Morgan Mack-Rose:

For more video of the San Leandro School Board candidates answering questions and their closing statements, see below:

The School Board candidates on their qualifications:

The School Board candidates on their top priority:

The School Board candidates on the Transit-Oriented Development Strategy and San Leandro Crossings:

The School Board candidates on why the School Board instead of City Council:

The School Board candidates on finances, morale and teacher salaries:

The School Board candidates' closing statements:

Morgan Mack-Rose
Don Grundmann
Rick Richards
Hermy Almonte

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October 22, 2008

San Leandro Police Web Site Goes Live

The San Leandro Police Department's new web site at http://www.slpdinfo.org/ was live as of October 22, 2008, although the official kickoff seems to be scheduled for October 24, 2008.

San Leandro Police Chief Dale Attarian plans to publish crime alerts, statistics, and other useful information for San Leandro residents.

For now, the site has little information and is difficult to read because of the background graphics that are used. Clicking on Crime Statistics gets you a "Coming Soon" page while Crime Alerts gets you what appears to be a test entry for someone wandering aimlessly at City Hall.

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October 20, 2008

Work Begins on New High School Parking Lot

Construction begins at new high school parking lot

Although the official groundbreaking won't happen until Thursday, work has already started on transforming an undeveloped field into parking spaces for San Leandro High School. The parking lot is a key part of the new construction funded by Measure B, a $109 million bond passed in November 2006. In order to make room for an arts education center with a 550-seat theater, the current high school parking lot is being moved to an adjacent lot south of the high school. The site of the new parking lot is currently vacant except for towers used to carry high-voltage power lines for Pacific Gas & Electric.

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24 Lost Desperate Heros Wins Trivia Bee Again

24 Desperate Lost Heros made it two in-a-row by winning Project Literacy's 15th Annual Trivia Bee on Friday, October 17, 2008. One of the San Leandro Library teams took second and Katz for Morgan took third, nearly a repeat of last year's result, in which the Katz Team tied with the San Leandro Police Officers Association.

With the passing of Daily Review columnist Ray Orrock in March 2008, question reading was handled by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Robert Kurtz and Leslie Frates, a San Leandro resident and professor who has appeared on the television quiz show Jeopardy 14 times. Kathy Kurtz served as the official time keeper and Sue Kleebauer was the emcee. There were 30 questions in the first round, 20 in the second round and 10 in the last round.

In addition to the Trivia Bee, a raffle featured a flat-screen television, a GPS system, tickets for Disneyland and dozens of other prizes from local businesses and individuals. Funds raised by the Trivia Bee help Project Literacy to provide literacy services to more than 200 adults and 1,500 kids each year.

Thirty teams competed in the annual fundraiser that brings in more than $10,000 each year for Project Literacy. Teams included businesses like State Roofing Systems, candidates (Ursula Reed and Katz for Morgan Mack-Rose), the San Leandro Library, Project Literacy, Alameda County Firefighters, the Kaplan Family, the San Leandro City Council, the Pontificators, and the San Leandro Police Officers Association.

Mayor Santos and the San Leandro City Council were on-hand to present trophies and medals to the top three teams. Also on hand were California State Senator and former San Leandro Mayor Ellen Corbett and California State Assemblymember Mary Hayashi.

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October 18, 2008

Brian Copeland Hits 500 Performances for "Not a Genuine Black Man"

Local San Leandro author, comedian, radio and TV host and performer Brian Copeland will mark another milestone next week when his solo show "Not a Genuine Black Man" has its 500th performance.

That show will take place at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek on Friday, October 24, 2008. "Not a Genuine Black Man" is scheduled to run through November 30, 2008.

Copeland is offering San Leandro residents and their guests tickets for half price when they identify themselves as San Leandro residents when they call 925-943-SHOW (7469) to order tickets.

The show will also benefit the CaroLena Foundation, a non-profit Copeland founded to promote diversity through art, performance, and scholarship. The foundation will award scholarships to help students pay for tuition and books and fund artists doing similar work.

Six shows are scheduled for the Hudson Theatres in Hollywood on Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning November 11, 2008. Tickets are available by calling 323-965-9996 or from www.plays411.net.

Copeland's solo show began at The Marsh in San Francisco more than four years ago. It tells the story of growing up black in San Leandro and its poignant story is familiar to anyone who has felt like an outsider. Copeland has performed the show throughout California and even off-Broadway in New York.

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October 17, 2008

Mack-Rose Top Fundraiser in San Leandro School Board Races

Political newcomer Morgan Mack-Rose was the top fundraiser in all of the San Leandro School Board races, according to financial disclosures filed on October 6, 2008. At-Large candidate Mack-Rose's total of $9,123 was slightly more than the $8,561 raised by Area 1 incumbent Rick Richards. Mack-Rose faces a field of three other candidates while Richards faces a single opponent.

In the race for the San Leandro School Board Area 1 seat, incumbent Rick Richards raised $8,561 between July 1, 2008, and September 30, 2008, including a loan of $4,000 from his wife Pam Richards. Contributions included $500 each from David Irmer of Creekside Associates and Gordon Galvan of Galvan & Associates, $200 each from Tom Silva of Eden Realty, former Muir Middle School Principal Vince Matthews, and Esther Collier of Holcomb's Home Repair, and $100 from San Leandro Mayor Tony Santos.

Richards' expenses included $910 to Bel Aire Displays for lawn signs, $864 to In and Out Printing for campaign literature, $275 to California Voters Guide for a slate mailer, $150 to the Englander Sports Pub for a fundraiser, and $332 for three other slate mailers.

As of September 30, 2008, Richards had $5,696 in his campaign account and $4,000 in outstanding debt.

Hermy Almonte raised $4,399 during the reporting period, including a loan of $500 from his wife Maria Almonte. Contributions included $2,000 from STAND, $200 each from the Hayward Demos Democratic Club and Rodolfo Almonte, and $150 from School Board trustee Stephen Cassidy.

Almonte's campaign spent $989 on campaign literature from APS, $896 on lawn signs from Bel Aire Displays, and $450 on a filing fee to the SLUSD.

At the end of the reporting period, Almonte had $1,634 in his campaign account and $500 in outstanding debt.

San Leandro School Board At-Large candidate Morgan Mack-Rose raised $9,123 between July 1 and September 30, 2008, including $550 that Mack-Rose loaned to her own campaign. Contributions to Mack-Rose's campaign included $2,000 from San Leandro Teachers Advocating New Directions (STAND), $1,000 from Margaret Walker, $500 from Tim Holmes, $400 from L. Kent Rose, and $300 from Jill Quaye.

Mack-Rose's campaign spent $1,186 on lawn signs from Bel Aire Displays, $450 for a filing fee, and $212 to In and Out Printing for campaign literature.

As of September 30, 2008, Mack-Rose had $7,095 in her campaign account and an outstanding debt of $550.

Ray Davis raised $1,068 between July 1 and September 30, 2008. Contributions to Davis' campaign included $695.73 that Davis loaned to his campaign. Additional contributions of $372 were not accounted for in the disclosure.

Davis' campaign spent $450 on a filing fee to the San Leandro Unified School District and $195.73 to In and Out Printing for campaign literature.

As of September 30, 2008, Davis had $422 in his campaign account and $695.73 in outstanding debt.

At-Large candidates for the San Leandro School Board Davis, Don Grundmann and Mark Tichy all filed paperwork indicating that they would neither raise nor spend more than $1,000. Tichy and Grundmann did not file financial disclosures since they have remained under the $1,000 limit.

The four candidates for the At-Large school board seat are vying to replace Stephen Cassidy, who is not seeking re-election. Cassidy has endorsed Mack-Rose to replace him.

The election will be held on November 4, 2008. The deadline to register to vote is October 20, 2008.

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October 15, 2008

San Leandro Crossings Meeting on Monday October 20, 2008

Here's the text of the invitation from Westlake:

Westlake Development Partners, BRIDGE Housing Corporation and BUILD, LLC cordially invite you to attend a community meeting to discuss the proposed San Leandro Crossings Project. This meeting will be the fourth and final of four community meetings designed to present the development concept and to seek input from the community.

The project includes two sites located in the City’s Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Strategy Area and is being designed to be fully consistent with the City’s recently approved TOD Area requirements.

- Site 1, located at the northeast corner of San Leandro Blvd and Juana Street (site of the current BART East Parking Lot) will include 200 market rate residential units, 5,000 square feet of retail space and 290 associated parking spaces. The residential units will include a mix of studios, one and two bedroom units. The project architect is Thomas P. Cox Architects, Inc.

- Site 2a, 100% of the existing public BART East Parking Lot spaces will be relocated to a new parking structure to be constructed on property owned by Westlake on the west side of the BART station.

- Site 2b, located on the west side of the BART station, will include 100 affordable residential units with a mix of one, two and three bedroom units and 100 associated parking spaces. The project architect is David Baker + Partners Architects.

For further information, please call Gaye Quinn at 415.970.9821.

Click here for a copy of the invitation.

The meeting will be held at 6:30pm on Monday, October 20, 2008, at the San Leandro Library. The San Leandro Library is located at 300 Estudillo Avenue in San Leandro.

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October 14, 2008

Forum for San Leandro City Council and School Board on October 19, 2008

All Saints Episcopal Church will hold a candidate forum on Sunday, October 19, 2008, for San Leandro City Council and San Leandro School Board candidates. The candidates for San Leandro City Council District 2 are Linda Perry and Ursula Reed and the San Leandro School Board candidates are Hermy Almonte and Rick Richards for the Area 1 seat and Ray Davis, Don Grundmann, Morgan Mack-Rose, and Mark Tichy for the At-Large seat.

The forum will start with City Council candidates Reed and Perry, followed by the School Board candidates for the At-Large and Area 1 seats. Candidates will have an opportunity to make an opening statement, answer questions from the audience, and make a closing statement.

Although the Hayward Demos Democratic Club held a candidate forum for Democratic School Board candidates on September 20, 2008, this will be the first forum at which voters will have the opportunity to question all candidates for the San Leandro School Board and City Council.

The forum begins at 6pm. All Saints Episcopal Church is located at 911 Dowling Blvd. in San Leandro, CA, across the street from Roosevelt Elementary.

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Reed Files Amended Financial Disclosure

San Leandro City Council District 2 candidate Ursula Reed was asked by San Leandro City Clerk Marian Handa to refile her financial disclosure because of missing information when it was originally submitted on October 6, 2008. That missing information included the addresses, occupations, and employers of people who had contributed $100 or more to her campaign.

Reed submitted an amended disclosure form on October 13, 2008, showing that her campaign raised $8,168 between July 1 and September 30, 2008, an increase of $1,300 from what was originally reported. Additional contributions to Reed's campaign included $500 each from Bayfair Center owner Madison Marquette and the Quadric Group, and $100 each from Carla Butler, Mynette Theard, and Friends of Shelia Young.

Reed's campaign spent a total of $4,323 during the reporting period, which was unchanged from the amount previously reported.

As of September 30, 2008, Reed had $6,062 in her campaign account, a decrease of $3,077 from the amount previously reported. Reed has raised a total of $19,762 in her bid for the District 2 San Leandro City Council seat since January 1, 2008.

Click here to download Reed's amended disclosure for the reporting period from July 1 to September 30, 2008.

The election will be held on November 4, 2008. The deadline to register to vote is October 20, 2008.

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October 7, 2008

Reed Brings in Most Money for District 2 City Council Race

According to financial disclosures filed on October 6, 2008, District 2 San Leandro City Council candidate Ursula Reed raised $6,868 between July 1 and September 30, 2008. Contributions to Reed's campaign included $2,000 from the Firefighters Local 55 Union, $500 from Laython "Judge" Landis, and $400 from Vernell Reed. Reed also had a non-monetary contribution of $1,494 from American Litho in Hayward for campaign flyers.

Reed's campaign spent $2,500 on campaign consultants The Next Generation, $1200 on a filing fee to the City of San Leandro, and $300 to Project Literacy for the Trivia Bee.

As of September 30, 2008, Reed had $9,139 in her campaign account.

Click here to download Reed's disclosure for the reporting period from July 1 to September 30, 2008.

Linda Perry raised $5,345 between July 1 and September 30, 2008. Contributions to Perry's campaign included a $5,000 loan from Jeanne Perry (her mother) and $200 from former School Board trustee Esther Collier.

Perry's campaign spent $1,200 on a filing fee to the City of San Leandro and $150 to the Washington Homeowner's Association for a print ad.

As of September 30, 2008, Perry had $5,004 in her campaign account and $11,250 in outstanding debt.

Click here to download Perry's disclosure for the reporting period from July 1 to September 30, 2008.

Perry and Reed are vying to replace Surlene Grant who cannot for re-election because of term limits. Grant has endorsed Reed to replace her.

In the June 2008 election, Perry received 41.52% of the vote, Reed received 31.12% of the vote and Charles Gilcrest received 26.82% of the vote. A run-off election is being held in November because no candidate received more than 50% of the vote. The November election is expected to bring out many more voters than the 10,587 who voted in June.

The election will be held on November 4, 2008. The deadline to register to vote is October 20, 2008.

Click here to see coverage in the Daily Review.

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October 6, 2008

Local Election Endorsement Wrap-Up

With less than a month to go, candidates for the San Leandro City Council and San Leandro School Board have been working to obtain the endorsements of local groups to enhance their chances of success on election day.

In the run-off for the District 2 City Council seat, Ursula Reed has picked up endorsements from the San Leandro Community Action Network (SLCAN), Alameda County Firefighters, San Leandro Police Officer's Association, and the Sierra Club. Linda Perry has the Alameda County Democratic Party endorsement, but it came only after a second meeting when a vote at the initial meeting failed to produce an endorsement. The Alameda County Central Labor Council, a prized endorsement for most local candidates, did not endorse either candidate.

The race for the Area 1 San Leandro School Board seat is between incumbent Rick Richards and Hermy Almonte. The San Leandro Teachers' Association and the local chapter of the California State Employees Association endorsed Almonte while the Alameda County Central Labor Council endorsed both candidates. The Hayward Demos endorsed Almonte, but the Alameda County Democratic Party didn't endorse either candidate. SLCAN recommended Almonte in the Area 1 race.

While there are four candidates for the At-Large San Leandro School Board seat, only Ray Davis and Morgan Mack-Rose seem to be actively campaigning. Mack-Rose has the endorsements of the San Leandro Teachers' Association, the local chapter of the California State Employees Association, the Alameda County Democratic Party, the Hayward Demos, the Alameda County Central Labor Council, and SLCAN. The Sentinels did not endorse either candidate. San Leandro Bytes was unable to find any organizations that endorsed Davis or the other two candidates.

Absentee ballots will start arriving in the next few days, along with a flood of campaign mail. The deadline to register to vote is Monday, October 20, 2008. Voter registration forms are available from the City Clerk at San Leandro City Hall, public libraries, post offices, and DMV offices. Forms can be mailed directly to you by calling the Registrar of Voters at 510-267-8683 or the Secretary of State at 1-800-345-VOTE.

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Drake's Sold to Triple Rock

San Leandro's Drake's Brewing Co. was sold to Berkeley's Triple Rock Brewery on Monday, October 6, 2008, according to published reports.

Roger Lind started Drakes as Lind Brewing in San Leandro in 1989. The Rogers Co. has operated the company since it purchased it in 1999 until its sale to Triple Rock.

In the past few years, Drakes has held a "Beer Festival and Washoes Tournament" that raised funds for Jefferson and Roosevelt Elementary Schools in San Leandro.

Triple Rock proprietor John Martin says that Drake's won't change with the change in ownership. Drake's Brewery is located at 1933 Davis St., Suite 177, in San Leandro.

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October 1, 2008

Videos of San Leandro Crossings Presentation

On September 22, 2008, the San Leandro City Council held a work session where the San Leandro Crossings partners presented information about the transit-oriented development project.

A copy of the presentation is available from the City of San Leandro web site.

Videos of the presentation have also been posted to YouTube.

First, Kathleen Livermore's summary:

Livermore's summary was followed by a presentation by Westlake, Bridge Housing, Thomas Cox Architects, and David Baker Partners:


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