August 30, 2010

Wimax Wireless Broadband Coming to San Leandro?

Wimax wireless broadband is set to come to San Leandro with the installation of an antenna on the top of the Foursquare Church at 525 Manor Boulevard. Wimax stands for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access and provides mobile broadband service and an alternative to cable and DSL for residential broadband service.

The Foursquare Church lost a lawsuit against the City of San Leandro in 2008 after claiming that the City of San Leandro violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) by not agreeing to change the zoning of an industrial-area property that the church wanted to use for a new location.

According to the conditional use permit application, which will be considered by the Board of Zoning Adjustments on September 2, 2010, the antenna will be operated by Clearwire. Clearwire, which offers Wimax service as Clear, has merged its wireless spectrum with Sprint Nextel, Google, Intel, Comcast, Bright House, and Time Warner.

Currently, Clear only offers coverage in Merced, Modesto, Stockton, and Visalia, but is expected to make an announcement today about additional service areas. Clear's prices ranges from $44 per month for mobile broadband to $64 per month for mobile and home broadband.

Clearwire has not yet responded to a request for additional information.

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August 20, 2010

Vida Blue Pitches for San Leandro City Council Candidate

San Leandro District 1 City Council candidate David Anderson's campaign kickoff will feature former Oakland A's pitcher Vida Blue. Blue played with the A's when they won the World Series in 1972, 1973, and 1974.

Anderson is a retired sheet metal worker and former member of the Oakland School Board. He is challenging incumbent Michael Gregory for the District 1 City Council seat. Gregory was elected in 2006 after opponent Frank Lynn moved out of the District 1 area.

Blue isn't the first celebrity to make an appearance in support of a San Leandro City Council candidate. In 2008, actor Danny Glover appeared at a campaign fundraiser for Ursula Reed. Reed went on to win the District 2 City Council race over veteran Linda Perry in a run-off election.

Anderson's campaign kickoff will be held from 1 to 4pm on August 21, 2010, at the Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall at 1700 Marina Boulevard in San Leandro.

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August 14, 2010

Human Remains Uncovered at Site of New Kaiser Hospital

San Leandro Police were called to the site of the new Kaiser Hospital in San Leandro this morning after "workers discovered a human skull and bones approximately 11ft under a slab of cement."

The Coroner's Office was called and stated that the remains are likely from the Ohlone Tribe, a group of Native Americans that lived in the area. According to the police report, the California Native American Heritage Commission will take over the investigation.

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Meeting on San Leandro Creek Tree Removal August 25

According to a notice from the Alameda County Public Works Agency, a public workshop on removing hazardous trees from San Leandro Creek will be held on August 25, 2010.

This is the fifth meeting focusing on the proposed removal of trees considered hazardous from three areas of San Leandro Creek near Huff Avenue, Cary Drive, and St. Marys Avenue. Workshops were previously held on June 22, June 29, and July 13, 2010, after an initial meeting at the San Leandro Library on May 20, 2010.

A specifications document (Specification No. FC 13-37) that was part of a bid proposal for the project stated that a total of 46 trees would be removed: 10 trees from location 1 near Huff Avenue, 11 trees from location 2 near Cary Drive, Haas Avenue and Bancroft Middle School, and 25 from location 3 near St. Marys Avenue.

More information about the project is available from the Alameda County Public Works Agency, including:

The meeting will be held on August 25, 2010, from 6:30 to 8pm in the Karp Room of the San Leandro Public Library. The San Leandro Public Library is located at 300 Estudillo Avenue in San Leandro.

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August 13, 2010

State Water Board Lists Lower San Leandro Creek as Impaired

The 9.3 miles of San Leandro Creek closest to the San Francisco Bay were recently listed by the State Water Resources Control Board as impaired because of trash and the chemical diazinon. Lower San Leandro Creek had already been listed as impaired because of diazinon, but the update to the Clean Water Act now includes trash as a determining factor in whether a waterway is impaired. The trash in Lower San Leandro Creek was attributed to illegal dumping and urban runoff carried by storm sewers. Diazinon is an organophosphate insecticide that was used to control insects such as cockroaches and fleas and was used on golf courses.

Upper San Leandro Creek, on the other hand, supports a cold freshwater habitat and was listed as supporting some beneficial uses. It was not listed as impaired.

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August 12, 2010

No Candidates File for Hague's Seat on the San Leandro School Board

At the close of the extended filing period at 5pm on August 11, 2010, no candidates had filed for the Area 6 seat on the San Leandro School Board. As a result, the School Board will have to decide whether to hold a special election or make an appointment by the end of January 2011.

Lisa Hague, the current Area 6 trustee, announced at the August 3 School Board meeting that she would not seek re-election. Hague was appointed to the seat in 2005 after Kimberly Wilson was removed from the School Board for moving out of the trustee area.

According to the Board's bylaws, "If a vacancy occurs four or more months before the end of a Board member’s term, the Board shall, within 60 days of the date of the vacancy or the filing of the member’s deferred resignation, either order an election or make a provisional appointment.... (Education Code 5091)"

In the Area 2 School Board race, Lance James and Victoria Wang are vying to replace Pauline Cutter, who is campaigning for the San Leandro City Council District 5 seat. Cutter was first elected to the School Board in 1998, when she defeated Bill Stephens, who she is now running to replace.

In Area 4, San Leandro School Board incumbent Mike Katz (that's me) faces a challenge from Latrina Dumas. Katz defeated opponent Pete Lismer in 2006 to replace Louis Heystek.

The election will be held on November 2, 2010.

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August 11, 2010

Economic Interests of the San Leandro Candidates

In order to run for Mayor or the City Council, candidates must submit a Statement of Economic Interests (Fair Political Practices Commission Form 700) as part of the required paperwork. This purpose of this form is to disclose financial interests that could lead to a conflict-of-interest by elected officials.

These disclosures are public documents and any member of the public can inspect and obtain copies ($0.10 each page) of these disclosures.

Statement of Economic Interests for Mayoral Candidates

Statement of Economic Interests for City Council Candidates

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Candidate Statements from San Leandro Mayoral Candidates

San Leandro Mayoral candidates may submit a 200-word candidate statement that will be mailed to voters with the sample ballot. In order to submit a statement, the candidate must submit the estimated $1,200 fee with the San Leandro City Clerk.

Below are the candidate statements for San Leandro Mayoral candidates. Tony Santos, the incumbent was elected in 2006. City Councilmember Joyce Starosciak was elected in 2004 and re-elected in 2008. Stephen Cassidy served on the San Leandro School Board from 2004 to 2008. Sara Mestas was appointed to the Rent Review Board in December 2009. No information was available about John Palau and he did not submit a candidate statement.

Stephen H. Cassidy:

I'm running for Mayor because I care deeply for San Leandro. I bring new leadership, a willingness to listen, and solutions to our challenges. Our gem of a city is threatened by record deficits, crime, and cuts to vital services. As Mayor, I will restore fiscal discipline to City Hall. I will lead by example, refusing a salary until the budget is balanced. Instead of last resort tax hikes, we must reform pensions by asking employees to contribute their share, enact structural changes, and eliminate excessive.overtime. I'll use my experience as a business owner and attorney to attract businesses, grocery stores, and restaurants. This will create jobs and fund our police, senior center, libraries, and pools. Imagine San Leandro a prosperous, thriving community. Our hospital is critical to San Leandro's well-being; I'll fight to keep it. My wife is a former public school teacher. We are raising and educating our daughters here. As School Board trustee, I proposed the Ninth grade campus, championed the Performing Arts Theater, and will collaborate with our schools, supporting student programs from a balanced budget. Elected officials, commissioners, school board trustees, community leaders across San Leandro support me. Working together, let's make San Leandro a safe, vibrant, sustainable city.

Sara M. Mestas:

My name is Sara M. Mestas and I'm running for Mayor of San Leandro because it is time for us to get back to the good old days of education, safety, community, and caring. As someone who has a track record of breaking the mold, overcoming many challenges, and seizing great opportunities, rest assured I am capable of tackling big issues, offering bold ideas and solutions. I will stand my ground and answer first to the Citizens of San Leandro. I promise to track my success by delivering real results. I will be a hands on Mayor who is actively engaged 24-7. I attended Cal State East Bay with a Major in Bio-chemistry. I have held many high profile positions, Executive Marketing Director 6 years, Unix Systems Administrator Electronic Arts, EMT Children's Hospital Austin, volunteer Fire Fighter Austin, and I am currently self-employed. I am dedicated to seniors, public safety & fire, education, jobs, closing our budget deficit and creating a prosperous economy in San Leandro. I have a plan to cut spending, increase revenue, engage citizens, support education, and keep our streets safe all while keeping our small town feel. "Save the View, Save the Bay" 510-355-2789

Anthony B. "Tony" Santos

Serving the people of San Leandro, as Councilmember and now Mayor, has been my greatest honor.

We have achieved a special quality of life in our city, expanding and preserving open space, strengthening public safety, and keeping our city's financial base strong while other communities struggle.

Even in these tough economic times, San Leandro is moving forward. Under my leadership, we broke ground on the new Kaiser building, built the 9th Grade Academy, constructed affordable housing for our seniors, and preserved child care for our families.

I've taken the lead in preserving our quality of life, authoring neighborhood preservation and noise ordinances and establishing a neighborhood park.

We made San Leandro a "green" city, taking the lead in energy conservation and green building, expanding bike lanes, fighting airport noise pollution, and opening the Bill Lockyer Bridge to connect the bay trails.

With continued prudent management, San Leandro will go on delivering quality services. We will continue to create jobs, fight to keep San Leandro Hospital open, and make public safety our top concern.

Please join our Firefighters and State Senator Ellen Corbett and re-elect me as your Mayor to keep San Leandro the great place it is to live, work, and raise a family.

Joyce Rutledge Starosciak:

As your Councilmember I have been working hard to make San Leandro a better city. However, the Mayor sets the vision and agenda. Our city faces a severe budget crisis and tough choices need to be made. A fresh, positive change in leadership is needed in San Leandro. I am well-qualified to be Mayor, having served this city in public office for 10 years. I grew up in San Leandro and own a San Leandro business. Because of my work on public safety issues, I received the endorsement of the San Leandro Police Officers Association. Because of my work with the schools, I am endorsed by parents and teachers throughout our community. Over the past year I have walked every neighborhood in San Leandro. Citizens tell me they want quality shopping, restaurants, and development. They want streets repaired, ordinances against speeding and panhandling enforced, the senior center opened, schools improved, businesses thriving, and a police department that is fully staffed. These will be my priorities. I would appreciate your vote for Joyce Starosciak for Mayor of San Leandro. Working together to get it done, we'll make San Leandro a place we're proud to call home.

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Candidate Statements from San Leandro City Council District 1 Candidates

San Leandro City Council candidates may submit a 200-word candidate statement that will be mailed to voters with the sample ballot. In order to submit a statement, the candidate must submit the estimated $1,200 fee with the San Leandro City Clerk.

Below are the candidate statements for San Leandro City Council District 1 candidates. Michael Gregory, the incumbent, was elected in 2006. David Anderson is a former member of the Oakland School Board.

David L. Anderson, Sr.:

I am a Candidate for San Leandro City Council, District 1. I am committed to making the City of San Leandro a better place today and tomorrow!

I have gone door-to-door and spoke to businesses, community members about issues and concerns and get their views on San Leandro. I have been hearing that we need a local hospital with emergency room; we need to repair our streets and need to support our youth to excel in school and more after school programs, ie. tutoring programs, sports & other extra-curricular activities, and a healthy environment. I will also advocate for the needs of our senior citizens.

I will bring a practical and analytical approach to develop and implement policies that gets to the heart of what is needed to protect and restore the City's revenue and fiscal stability.

It is time to turn our attention to the "Real Business" of protecting vital services by working in partnership with police, businesses, labor unions, Professional Organizations, and Government Agencies.

Tough times require community leaders with the courage to introduce new approach. I will work in collaboration with the community to develop our Marina and bring additional revenue, improve our schools and make our community safe.

Michael J. Gregory:

My wife and I have been your neighbors in this community for nearly 25 years. Our family is proud to call San Leandro home and it has been a privilege serving you on the City Council.

As your Councilmember, I advocated strongly for our schools, initiated the Safe Routes to Schools program, worked for affordable housing for seniors and working families, fought to preserve police and fire services, led the effort to save San Leandro Hospital, championed transit-oriented development and created a more environmentally sustainable San Leandro.

These are challenging times for cities, including our own, but we will weather the storm. We broke ground on the new Kaiser Hospital, recruited new jobs and businesses, mitigated traffic, and envisioned new ideas for the Shoreline.

I am running for re-election to preserve the qualities that make San Leandro special. We need to make our downtown a destination, expand economic development, improve the partnership with our schools, commit to public safety, and continue to deliver quality City services.

I have a vision for a better San Leandro and I want to continue to work with you to achieve it. It would be an honor to have your vote for re-election.

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Candidate Statements from San Leandro District 5 City Council Candidates

San Leandro City Council candidates may submit a 200-word candidate statement that will be mailed to voters with the sample ballot. In order to submit a statement, the candidate must submit the estimated $1,200 fee with the San Leandro City Clerk.

Below are the candidate statements for San Leandro City Council District 5 candidates. Pauline Cutter was elected to the San Leandro School Board in 1998 and has served 12 years. Corina Lopez was appointed to the Human Services Commission in July 2009.

Pauline Russo Cutter:

San Leandro faces tremendous challenges right now. Our local economy, businesses, schools and families are feeling the stress of reduced revenues and budget cuts. During these difficult times, we need proven leadership we can trust on the City Council. Through my work as a preschool director and a School Board Trustee, I have made tough decisions to protect critical programs and have achieved results. I have helped balance multi-year budgets, pass two school bonds, and build new facilities. With both bonds, we have secured millions in matching funds, ensured projects are finished on time and under budget, and put people to work in San Leandro. As a parent of three and a 30-year resident, I am invested in the future of our city and want to make sure it remains a great place to Iive, work and raise a family. As your Council representative, I will work tirelessly to restore and expand services for children and seniors, create jobs, and preserve essential police and fire services. I offer a common-sense approach to problem solving and the leadership skills needed to achieve our goals. I will bring a fresh perspective to city government. Please visit for more information. Thank you.

Corina N. Lopez:

Throughout my life, I have dedicated myself to public service and giving back to the community. I have spent my time listening and working with my neighbors for a better San Leandro while serving as a City Human Services Commissioner, President of the Best Manor Homeowners Association, and Co-Chair of the Latino Business Council. My academic background and professional experience in these tough fiscal times is critical. I have a strong financial background with experience both on Wall Street and as a business owner and investor. We must focus on the financial viability of our city, making sound financial decisions in order to provide needed services to our community from youth to seniors alike. I am running for City Council to bring a fresh perspective to our city and to ensure that our neighborhoods continue to have a strong voice. As your Councilmember, I will make public safety our top priority; promote economic development and create jobs; build a better partnership with our schools; invest in infrastructure like roads and parks; and exercise fiscal responsibility and accountability. San Leandro is a special place. We can do more and we can do better. I would be honored to have your vote.

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August 10, 2010

Starosciak Gets Police Endorsement; Santos Gets Fire

San Leandro Mayoral candidate and Councilmember Joyce Starosciak received the endorsement of the San Leandro Police Officers Association (POA) for the November 2010 election while the International Association of Firefighters Local 55 endorsed incumbent Mayor Tony Santos.

The San Leandro POA gave Starosciak $500 in November 2004, $100, in May 2007, and $300 in May 2008. Starosciak, whose husband works with the Alameda County Sheriff's Department, also received $1,000 from the Peace Officers Research Association in October 2004 and January 2005 and another $500 in May 2008.

The firefighters contributed $500 to Santos in June 2005 and another $500 in February 2006. They also made contributions in the same amounts to OB Badger, Santos' opponent in the 2006 election.

Since 2004, the POA has not contributed to Santos and the firefighters have not contributed to Starosciak.

Although endorsements from the public safety organizations have historically been highly sought after, it's unclear how much impact they have. Charles Gilcrest had the endorsements of both groups when he came in third for the District 2 San Leandro City Council race in June 2008 and Rick Richards had the endorsement of the police when he lost his bid for re-election to the San Leandro School Board in 2008.

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August 9, 2010

Field Set for San Leandro City Council and Mayor Races

With the deadline for filing passed, the field of candidates for San Leandro Mayor and City Council is now set.

Incumbent San Leandro Mayor Tony Santos faces a challenge from former San Leandro School Board trustee Stephen Cassidy, Sara Mestas, John Palau, and San Leandro Councilmember Joyce Starosciak. Perennial candidate Lou Filipovich had taken out papers to run but failed to submit them before the deadline.

Palau is a newcomer to the race, having taken out papers to run just two days before the filing deadline. Santos was elected in 2006 after defeating OB Badger in a run-off election.

In District 1, incumbent Michael Gregory faces a challenge from former Oakland School Board member David Anderson. Gregory was first elected in 2006.

District 3 incumbent Diana Souza will not face an opponent and will not appear on the November ballot. Souza was elected in 2006 after a run-off election with Julian Polvorosa.

In District 5, where two-term Councilmember Bill Stephens is termed out, San Leandro School Board member Pauline Cutter will face off against Human Services Commissioner Corina Lopez. Ted Kai, who had previously taken out papers to run, did not complete his filing by the deadline. Stephens did not face an opponent in 2002 or 2006.

The election will be held on November 2, 2010, and will be the first time that ranked choice voting (aka instant runoff voting) will be used in the City of San Leandro. The deadline to register to vote for the November election is October 18, 2010.

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Field of Candidates Nearly Set for November Races

In AC Transit Ward 4, which includes part of San Leandro, Board President Ryan "Rocky" Fernandez did not file to run for re-election and may be replaced by Gavin Wilgus, who was an intern at the Castro Valley Sanitary District. In a statement, Fernandez said, "I feel this is the right time to step aside and, among other things, further my education." Wilgus is the only candidate to have completed his filing at this time.

In AC Transit Ward 3, which includes part of San Leandro, incumbent Elsa Ortiz faces a challenge from Dollene Jones and Nancy Skowbo.

Isobel Dvorsky will automatically get the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District, Trustee Area 2 seat as no challenger submitted paperwork to run for the office. Her name will not appear on the November ballot. The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District is governed by a seven-member board of trustees representing Castro Valley, Dublin, Hayward, Livermore, Pleasanton, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Sunol and Union City.

For East Bay Municipal Utility District Ward 7, Incumbent Frank Mellon is being challenged by Matt Turner. EBMUD is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors representing Alamo, Blackhawk, Danville, Diablo, Pleasant Hill, San Ramon, Walnut Creek, Oakland, Pinole, Richmond, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, El Cerrito, Alameda, San Lorenzo, San Leandro, Crockett, Hercules, Rodeo, Pinole, San Pablo, Hayward, San Ramon, and Castro Valley.

Incumbent Eden Township Healthcare District Director Carole Rogers and at least three challengers will vie for three seats in the November election. The challengers so far are Les Friedman, Susan Reisz, and William West. The five-member at-large Eden Township Healthcare District Board of Directors serves on the governing Board of Directors of Eden Medical Center, which includes San Leandro Hospital, and disperses grants through the Community Health Fund.

Oro Loma Sanitary District Board incumbents Timothy Becker, Howard Kerr, and Frank Sidari face a challenge from former San Leandro Mayor Shelia Young and Larry Johnson. The Oro Loma Sanitary District provides sewage treatment, solid waste, and recycling services to an area of San Leandro and San Lorenzo. The five-member Board of Directors is elected at-large.

The San Lorenzo School Board race will see incumbents Isabel Polvorosa and Helen Randall face challenges from Stacy Santos Blom, Rebecca Olivera, Elliot Schneider, and former San Lorenzo School Board member Gene Judson. The five members of the San Lorenzo School Board are elected at-large.

Former San Leandro Mayor and incumbent State Senator Ellen Corbett faces certain victory in November against Republican/Tea Party candidate Rob Maffit and American Independent candidate Ivan Chou.

Likewise incumbent State Assembly Member Mary Hayashi will handily prevail over Republican college student challenger Michael Havig.

Would-be Pete Stark challenger and Tea Party candidate Chris Pareja did not submit enough signatures to qualify as an independent candidate for the 13th Congressional District seat. Stark, who has held the seat since 1973, will likely be re-elected easily in the heavily Democratic district over Republican challenger Forest Baker.

Note: Updated on August 9 to reflect that the deadline to file for some seats has been extended until August 11 since the incumbent did not file for re-election.

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August 6, 2010

Drink at Drakes to Support Education on Friday, August 6

This month, Friday Night tastings at Drakes Brewing on Friday August 6 will help raise money for the San Leandro Education Foundation.

Each Friday Night, Drake's supports a local school or non-profit. Children may accompany their parents. A $5 donation is request and for $15, you get a Drakes glass and three full pours.

Drakes is located at West Gate Center in the area between Wal-Mart and Sports Authority. For more information, see

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August 5, 2010

Cutter Leads Fundraising Among All City Council Candidates

District 5 City Council candidate and San Leandro School Board member Pauline Cutter led all San Leandro City Council candidates by raising $4,712 during the first half of 2010. One of her opponents, Corina Lopez, raised $3,067 during the same period, but it came in the form of a loan from Lopez to her own campaign. Ted Kai did not file a financial statement. District 1 City Council incumbent Michael Gregory didn't raise any money during the first half of 2010, while his opponent David Anderson raised $1,319, all but $100 of which was a loan to his own campaign. District 3 incumbent Diana Souza doesn't have an opponent and doesn't have an active campaign committee.

Cutter had $6,469 in her account at the end of the reporting period. Significant contributions included $500 each from Evelyn Gonzalez, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 595, Operating Engineers Local 3, and Sheet Metal Workers Local 104. Former California State Assemblyman John Dutra contributed $250, and former opponent Peggy Combs contributed $100.

Cutter's expenses included $440 to the Postmaster for postage, $345 to In & Out Printing for office expenses, and $306 to Ken Pon for services.

Cutter's Campaign Statement for January 1 to June 30, 2010.

Lopez reported $242 in her campaign account as of June 30, 2010. Her sole contribution came from a $3,067 loan she made to her campaign.

Lopez' expenses included $2,091 to Community Outreach Associates for email services, $431 to Van Austin Creative for graphics and web site development, and $150 to Jerry Hamilton Photography for photography services.

Lopez' Campaign Statement for January 1 to June 30, 2010.

In the District 1 race, Gregory had $1,613 in his account despite raising no money in the first half of 2010. He had no expenses and $7,223 in outstanding debt.

Gregory's Campaign Statement for January 1 to June 30, 2010.

Former Oakland School Board member Anderson had $1,319 in his campaign account. Anderson received a $100 contribution from Sal Diaz and a $1,219 loan to his own account. Anderson did report any campaign expenses.

Anderson's Campaign Statement for January 1 to June 30, 2010.

Other officials and former candidates with campaign accounts that are still
active are summarized below:

Councilmember Bill Stephens, who will be termed out this year, continued to deplete his campaign account. Stephens had $1,169 in his campaign account after contributing $200 to the San Leandro Boys and Girls Club, $160 to the San Leandro High School Boosters, and $150 to the Martin C. Kaufmann 100 Club of Alameda County.

Stephens' Campaign Statement for January 1 to June 30, 2010.

District 2 Councilmember Ursula Reed had no expenses and raised no money during the first half of 2010 and ended the reporting period with no campaign debt and an empty campaign account.

Reed's Campaign Statement for January 1 to June 30, 2010.

Former District 2 City Council candidate Linda Perry had no expenses and raised no money during the first half of 2010. 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, 2010.

District 6 City Councilmember Jim Prola contributed $200 to the Alameda Labor Coundil in the first half of 2010. Prola raised no money and reported $4,168 in his campaign account and $4,000 in outstanding debt.

Prola's Campaign Statement for January 1 to June 30, 2010.

Former District 6 City Council candidate Estelle Clemons reported $84.82 in her campaign account with $1,900 in debt. Clemons didn't raise any during the first half of 2010.

Clemons Campaign Statement for January 1 to June 30, 2010.

Former Mayor Shelia Young, who was recently elected to the Alameda County Central Democratic Committee and is running for Oro Loma Sanitary District, did not raise any money in the first half of 2010. Young contributed $100 to Wilma Chan's campaign and $100 to the San Leandro Players. As of June 30, 2010, Young had $7,778 in her campaign account and no campaign debt.

Young's Campaign Statement for January 1 to June 30, 2010.

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August 4, 2010

Santos and Cassidy Lead Mayoral Fundraising

San Leandro's incumbent mayor Tony Santos raised $20,402 and challenger Stephen Cassidy raised $10,705 during the first half of 2010 to lead the field of mayoral candidates. Councilmember Joyce Starosciak raised $9,333 and Sara Mestas raised $1,285. Lou Filipovich is not required to file paperwork because he does not expect to raise or spend more than $1,000.

There are no campaign contribution limits in San Leandro, so individuals and businesses may contribute any amount of money to local campaigns. Donations of $99 or less do not have to be itemized, but candidates are required to report the source of any donation of $100 or greater. Future financial statements are due on October 5, and October 21 in 2010 and January 31, 2011. The election will be held on November 2, 2010.

Semi-annual campaign statements for active campaign accounts were due August 2, 2010, and are summarized below.

Tony Santos, Incumbent

Santos' contributions included $2,500 from Electrical Workers Local 595, $1,500 each from Manuel Vieira and the California Apartment Association, and $1,000 each from UA Local 342, District Council of Iron Workers, East Bay Leasing Co., Charles and Wanda Bray, and Steven Leung. Other notable contributions included $750 from former Councilmember Kent Myers, $500 from car dealership owner Anthony Batarse, $250 from his wife Melitta Santos, and $250 from former Councilmember Gordon Galvan.

Santos' expenses included $15,627 to Community Outreach Services for various campaign services, $4,000 to Alliance Campaign Consultants [sic] for campaign consulting, and $960 to Vo's Restaurant for a fundraiser held in January.

The statement indicated that $4,081 was still owed to Community Outreach Services, so while Santos reported an ending cash balance of $23,943, it would actually be $19,862 if that debt was paid.

Santos' Campaign Statement for January 1 to June 30, 2010.

Stephen Cassidy, former member of the San Leandro School Board

Cassidy had $20,346 at the end of the reporting period with $8,830 in debt. The campaign received contributions of $1,050 from Tim Holmes, $1,000 each from fellow attorney Elizabeth Cabraser and Juan and Evelyn Gonzalez, and $500 each from Ron Musgrove and John and Mary Sullivan.

Cassidy's expenses included $746 to Costco for campaign literature, $269 to In & Out Printing for campaign literature, and $253 to the T-Shirt Factory for campaign paraphernalia.

The total raised for the period rises by $7,560 when including the loan made to the campaign by Cassidy.

Cassidy's Campaign Statement for January 1 to June 30, 2010.

Joyce Starosciak, San Leandro City Councilmember, District 4

Starosciak reported campaign funds of $6,324 at the end of June and no campaign debt. Significant contributions included $500 each from Southern California Assemblymember Anthony Portantino's (D-Pasadena) campaign committee, Pacific HVAC Depot, Robert Molinaro, owner of Alameda County Industries, and PAM Companies. Other contributions included $300 each from Creekside Associates and Windsor Partners, $150 from EMS Management, $100 from Innisfree Ventures, and $100 from Oakland Supervisor Nate Miley's campaign committee.

Starosciak's largest expense was $10,200 to Tramutola for campaign consulting, followed by $3,857 to Print Pro for campaign literature, and $606 to Marcy Ramsey for a fundraiser.

Starosciak's Campaign Statement for January 1 to June 30, 2010.

Sara Mestas, Member of the Rent Review Board

Mestas reported $263 in her campaign account after raising $1,285 during the first half of 2010. Contributions included $1,060 from Mestas to her own campaign and $100 each from Litvinchuck [sic] Realty and Clancy's Ice Cream.

Expenses included $740 to Chad Pennebaker for an office, $124 to Office Depot for toner and ink, and $120 to FX Dream for photos at a press conference.

Mestas' Campaign Statement for January 1 to June 30, 2010.

Campaign Consultants Reap $40,000 So Far

Campaign consultant Tramutola has received $20,217 from Starosciak's campaign, while Community Outreach Services has received $15,627 from Santos' campaign. Santos also paid $4,000 to Alliance Campaign Consultants (actually Alliance Campaign Strategies) for campaign consulting.

Oakland-based Tramutola also manages campaigns for Alameda County Supervisor-elect Wilma Chan, Alameda County Supervisor candidate Nadia Lockyer, and Oakland mayoral candidate Don Perata. San Leandro Bytes could not find any information about Hayward-based Community Outreach Services, but it has the same address as Eden Realty, a local real estate company run by Tom Silva. Alliance Campaign Strategies is run by Alice Lai-Bitker Chief of Staff Shawn Wilson, Alameda County Democratic Party Central Committee Vice Chair Royce Kelley, and Angela Ramirez Holmes.

Cassidy's campaign is managed by volunteer Tim Holmes, who has contributed more than $1,000 to the campaign while Mestas is managing her own campaign. Filipovich is not expected to campaign at all.

Note: Full disclosure: the author, Mike Katz-Lacabe, is on Stephen Cassidy's campaign committee.

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August 1, 2010

Local Author and Solo Performer Brian Copeland Gets a TV Show

Local San Leandro writer, comedian, and star of the auto-biographical solo show "Not a Genuine Black Man," Brian Copeland debuts a new weekday television show on September 13, 2010. The one-hour show, "7Live" will air on 3pm and replaces "View From the Bay."

The show will feature a live audience and Copeland says he aims to combine "classic TV [including live commercials] with cutting-edge technology.

Copeland also hosts a weekly radio show on KGO 810 and is approaching his 500th performance of "Not a Genuine Black Man," based on his memoir of the same name.

Upcoming performances of his solo show are scheduled at Altarena Playhouse in Alameda on August 14, 2010, San Francisco State University on September 17, 2010, and the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek on September 11, September 25, and October 2, 2010.

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