August 31, 2009

Fire Dept. Community Forum Tonight

On Monday, August 31, 2009, the Alameda County Fire Department, which serves San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Castro Valley and Dublin, will hold a community forum at the San Leandro Library.

The Fire Department is asking for your input on what should be the department's priorities, what services are important, your expectations, etc. The Fire Department is developing a five-year plan for how it serves its communities.

The forum will be held from 7pm to 9pm at the San Leandro Library, 300 Estudillo Avenue in San Leandro.

For more information, call Sue Beville at (510) 618-3475 or email sue.beville@acgov.org.

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August 25, 2009

San Leandro Resident Publishes Childrens Book

six_oclock_in_sf_cover_small.jpg Local San Leandro resident and former Roosevelt PTA President Cynthia Jaynes Omololu recently published her first book, "When It's Six O'Clock in San Francisco." The children's book shows what children living in time zones across the world are doing throughout the day.

Jaynes Omololu is currently working on her next book, Dirty Little Secrets.

When It's Six O'Clock in San Francisco is available at Diesel Bookstore in Oakland and online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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August 19, 2009

Healthcare District Votes Against Sutter Purchasing San Leandro Hospital

The Eden Township Healthcare District voted against Sutter Health's purchase option of San Leandro Hospital at its meeting on Tuesday, August 18, 2009.

Board members Vin Sawhney, Carole Rogers, and Harry S. Dvorsky voted against Sutter Health's purchase option. The Board of Directors also voted to seek legal counsel on possible options. The Board action gives opponents more time in their fight to keep San Leandro Hospital open.

Further discussion of San Leandro Hospital's future will happen at Senator Ellen Corbett's town hall meeting on Thursday, August 27, 2009, at the San Leandro Library. The meeting will start at 6pm. The San Leandro Library is located at 300 Estudillo Avenue.

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August 17, 2009

Starosicak and Cutter File to Run in 2010

starosciak_small.jpg Joyce Starosciak, the current San Leandro City Councilmember for District 4, and Pauline Cutter, the current San Leandro School Board member for Area 2, filed papers recently to run for office in 2010.

San Leandro Bytes has obtained copies of Cutter's filing and Starosciak's filing from the San Leandro City Clerk's office.

Starosciak will be running for Mayor of San Leandro against incumbent Tony Santos. Other possible candidates include former Mayor Shelia Young and former School Board member Stephen Cassidy. Starosciak served on Recreation and Parks Commission from 1993 to 1994 and the San Leandro School Board for one term from 1994 to 1998. In 2005, Starosciak defeated Mike Mahoney in a run-off election for City Council and successfully ran for re-election in 2008. Her current term ends in 2012.

cutter_small.jpgCutter will be running for the San Leandro City Council seat currently held by Bill Stephens, who is being termed out after serving two full terms on the City Council. Cutter was first elected to the San Leandro School Board when she defeated Stephens in 1998.

In addition to the District 5 City Council seat and the Mayor, District 3 Councilmember Diana Souza and District 1 Councilmember Michael Gregory are up for re-election in 2010.

The election is currently scheduled for June 2010, but the City Council is considering instant runoff voting (IRV), which would likely move the election to November 2010.

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August 15, 2009

Hundreds Line Up for Stark Town Hall

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More than 300 people lined up for Congressman Pete Stark's town hall meeting today at San Leandro's City Hall. People started lining up at 9am for the 10:30am meeting and those arriving by 10am were unable to get in. Stark's town hall in Fremont was held earlier in the morning with more than 500 people trying to get one of about 250 seats.

Supporters of health care reform appeared to be successful in getting people to the meeting as supporters substantially outnumbered opponents. Questions from the audience were selected randomly, however, and presented more of a balance between supporters and opponents.

Stark's email to constituents about the town hall meetings on August 12, 2009, covered health care reform, protecting the environment, improving mental heath care for young adults, helping working families, and opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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August 12, 2009

Pete Stark Town Hall Meeting on August 15, 2009

Pete Stark, San Leandro's Member of Congress, will hold a town hall meeting on August 15, 2009, at San Leandro City Hall from 10:30am to 11:30am.

San Leandro City Hall is located at 835 E. 14th Street in San Leandro.

Other town hall meetings will be held at the Fremont Senior Center at 40086 Paseo Padre Pkwy at 9am and Alameda City Hall at 2263 Santa Clara Ave at noon.

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Last Family Night at Farrelly Pool Thursday August 13

The last Family Nights at Farrelly Pool of the summer is this Thursday and features Jimmy and the Wave Runners. The group plays its own flavor of Jimmy Buffet tunes, which sounds appropriate for a pool party.

Family nights have been organized by supporters of Farrelly Pool to encourage attendance at the pool and to help keep the pool open next year. The pool had been slated to close for the season as a result of City budget cuts, but supporters lobbied City Hall and managed to keep the pool open, but with reduced hours and increased fees.

Farrelly has grills for barbecues and you are encouraged to bring a picnic and family games.

For more information about Farrelly Pool, see the web site from the campaign to save Farrelly.

Admission is $5 (music included). Farrelly Pool is located next to Roosevelt Elementary at 864 Dutton Avenue in San Leandro.

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August 7, 2009

Ian Willis Appointed San Leandro Police Chief

i_willis_small.jpg According to a press release issued August 7, 2009, Interim San Leandro Police Chief Ian Willis was appointed San Leandro Police Chief on August 6, 2009. Willis had served as Interim Police Chief since former Police Chief Dale Attarian retired in December 2008.

One of the reasons cited by Attarian when he retired was "the important goal that the City’s Chief live in town" and he had been unable to sell the house where he lived. Willis also does not live in San Leandro.

Willis has served for 25 years in the San Leandro Police Department in various capacities and was selected after a nation-wide search narrowed the field of candidates to five finalists.

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August 6, 2009

2010 Candidates Begin Fundraising

While the date of the next election for the City Council and Mayor hasn't been decided yet, Mayor Tony Santos has started fundraising for his re-election campaign. However, City Councilmember and likely mayoral candidate Joyce Starosciak out-raised Santos in the first six months of 2009 and has nearly $17,000 more in her campaign account than Santos.

The semi-annual campaign statements for current or former candidates were due last week and are summarized below.

District 2 Councilmember Ursula Reed had no expenses and raised no money during the first six months of 2009 and ended the reporting period with no campaign debt and an empty campaign account.

Reed's Campaign Statement for January 1 to June 30, 2009.

Former Councilmember Surlene Grant spent a total of $320, including $150 to the 100 Club of Alameda County and $140 to the Black Elected Officials of the East Bay during the first six months of 2009. Grant did not raise any money and had $272 in her campaign account as of June 30, 2009. Grant was termed out of office in 2008 and was succeeded by Ursula Reed.

Grant's Campaign Statement for January 1 to June 30, 2009.

Former City Council candidate Linda Perry had no expenses and raised no money during the first six months of 2009. Perry ended the reporting period with $1,542 in her campaign account and $11,250 in campaign debt.

Perry's Campaign Statement for January 1 to June 30, 2009.

The financial statement for former City Council candidate Charles Gilcrest was not available as of August 5, 2009.

During the first six months of 2009, District 4 Councilmember Starosciak spent $1,511, including expenditures of $198 to CITIPAC, a political action committee of the League of California Cities, and $150 each to Christine Wise and Girls, Inc. Starosciak raised $2,553, including a contribution of $1,000 from the California Apartment Association Political Action Committee, $500 each from Eden Realty and consulting company Quadric Group, and $250 from John Sullivan. As of June 30, 2009, Starosciak had $21,589 in her campaign account and no outstanding debt.

Starosciak's Campaign Statement for January 1 to June 30, 2009.

District 6 City Councilmember Jim Prola's only expense during the reporting period was a $100 contribution to the AFL-CIO. Prola raised no money and as of June 30, 2009, had $4,637 in his campaign account and $4,000 in outstanding debt.

Prola's Campaign Statement for January 1 to June 30, 2009.

Former City Council candidate Estelle Clemons had a single expense of $800 to repay part of her campaign debt during the reporting period. Clemons received a $500 contribution from John Gooding of the Quadric Group and ended the reporting period with $85 in her campaign account and $1,900 in campaign debt.

Clemons' Campaign Statement for January 1 to June 30, 2009.

The financial statement for former City Council candidate Wafaa Aborashed was not available as of August 5, 2009.

Mayor Santos spent $400 during the first six months of 2009 for a fundraiser for the Alameda County Labor Council. Santos raised $1,750, including a contribution of $1,000 from the California Apartment Association Political Action Committee, $500 from Eden Realty and $250 from John Sullivan. As of June 30, 2009, Santos had $4,625 in his campaign account and more than $27,500 in outstanding campaign debt.

Santos' Campaign Statement for January 1 to June 30, 2009.

Councilmember Bill Stephens, who will be termed out in 2010, spent $518 during the first six months of 2009, including expenditures of $150 to the Martin C. Kaufmann 100 Club of Alameda County, $130 to the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce, and $100 to the San Leandro Boys and Girls Club. Stephens had $2,115 in his campaign account as of June 30, 2009 and no campaign debt.

Stephens' Campaign Statement for January 1 to June 30, 2009.

Councilmember Michael Gregory didn't spend or raise any money during the first six months of 2009. Gregory had $1,613 in his campaign account and $7,222 in outstanding campaign debt.

Gregory's Campaign Statement for January 1 to June 30, 2009.

Former Mayor Shelia Young, who has also been mentioned as a potential mayoral candidate, spent $440 during the first six months of the year, including $250 to the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame and$100 to Eden Housing. As of June 30, 2009, Young had $8,799 in her campaign account.

Young's Campaign Statement for January 1 to June 30, 2009.

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