August 31, 2012

Twenty Former San Leandro Employees Get $100K Pensions; Former Mayors and Councilmembers Get Less

Last week, the Bay Area Newspaper Group published a database of public employee pensions as a pension reform proposal by California Governor Jerry Brown was under consideration by the Legislature. The proposed legislation would encourage, but not force city employees to contribute 50% of their pensions by 2018.

Pensions are one of the issues facing San Leandro City Council candidates this year. No candidate has suggested that employees receive a lower pension, but there are differences on whether the City should continue to pay the entire employee portion of the contribution. The current employee contracts were signed in 2010 and expire at the end of 2012.

In District 2, Dan Dillman says he supports moderate pension reform. Morgan Mack-Rose has stated she supports greater employees contributions to their own pensions in order to achieve pension sustainability. Incumbent Ursula Reed hasn't stated any position publicly and abstained from the vote on the current non-public safety employee contracts in December 2010.

In District 4, Darlene Daevu has stated she does not support any change to the existing structure. Chris Crow said he wants a change that is fair. Justin Hutchison has said he doesn't support any change to police pensions contributions, but is willing to consider having the non-public safety employees "pay their own share into the state's retirement fund." Benny Lee hasn't publicly stated his position on employee contributions to their pensions.

In District 6, challenger Hermy Almonte supports employees paying the employee portion of the retirement contribution. Incumbent Jim Prola is very supportive of city employees, but appears to recognize the need for changes in employee contributions to their pensions.

The pension database lists 20 former City of San Leandro employees with pensions of more than $100,000 with the top 10 listed below:

Name2011 Gross PensionPosition
Ian Willis$177,187.53Police Chief
Joseph Kitchen$173,527.12Police Chief
Dale Attarian$173,095.40Police Chief
David Bohne$158,232.08Library Director
Dennis Glover$149,939.52Police Officer
Robert Dekas$146,198.96Police Officer
Thomas Overton$136,233.60Police Officer
Robert Maginnis$126,743.60Police Chief
John Bischoff$120,406.48Police Officer
Louis Spirou$119,821.68Police Officer

However, the Bay Area Newspaper Group's pension database appears to be incomplete. California Pension Reform's “CalPERS 100K Club” lists former City Manager John Jermanis with an annual pension of $225,357, Marcelus DeCoulode, a former police officer, at $147,378.72, and James O'Meara, also a former police officer, at $129,006.48.

According to the database, there are 428 former employees receiving pensions totaling more than $17 million annually. While 20 former employees are receiving pensions of more than $100,000, most receive much less. Twenty former employees, which likely includes some part-time employees, receive annual pensions of less than $6,000. Overall, the average pension is $39,729.17 and the median pension is $32,605.70. This includes part-time employees and employees with just a few years of service.

Former City Councilmembers and Mayors also show up on the list of those receiving pensions from the City of San Leandro. Those combined pensions total more than $95,000 annually.

Name2011 Gross PensionPosition
Ruth Maltester (widow)$14,894.28Mayor and City Councilmember
Tony Santos$13,292.62Mayor and City Councilmember
Shelia Young$11,843.84Mayor and City Councilmember
Laython Landis$5,518.44City Councilmember
Glenda Nardine$4,934.76 City Councilmember
John Faria$2,994Mayor and City Councilmember

Faria is one of the applicants for the District 4 City Council appointment. Former Councilmember Laython Landis now serves on the Oro Loma Sanitary District Board.

The City of San Leandro currently pays the entire portion of the employee contribution to their pensions, at a cost of $3 million annually. Of 13 cities in Alameda County, the only other cities paying 100% of the employee retirement contribution are Livermore (fire and police), Pleasanton (fire and non-management/non-public safety employees) and Berkeley (non-public safety employees) pay the entire employee portion of the pension contribution. However, Pleasanton fire department employees will begin paying their portion of their pension contribution starting in July 2013. The City of San Leandro is scheduled to discuss new employee contracts in closed session at its next meeting on September 4, 2012.

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August 23, 2012

San Leandro District 4 Applicants on Why They Want to be Appointed

The deadline for applicants seeking to be appointed to the District 4 San Leandro City Council seat was Monday, August 20, 2012. The eight applications include information on education and training, previous City appointments, community group involvement and "why you want to be appointed to the City Council." Below are the reasons given by each of the candidates (in alphabetical order) followed by a link to the completed applications.

Dana Chohlis:

I have lived in San Leandro for over 30 years. For 15 years I lived in the Davis Street area and 15 years in Washington Manor. I am interested in this short-term assignment as a way to give back to San Leandro and help for a few months guide the city in the positive direction it has been aimed over the past few years. San Leandro has been a wonderful place to raise my family and I continue to live here and enjoy being a residence long after my children have graduated from college and started their own families.

Chris Crow:

I have a lot of pride in our city and our people. I want to help expand our business, improve city services, and champion a quality of second to none for San Leandrans.

Darlene Daevu:

Our City Hall is operating in the worst State budget crisis ever. Sacramento is raiding the budget ever. Sacramento is raiding the budget we count on for essential city services like police, fire, libraries, and services for senior citizens. I have learned a great deal as a San Leandro Senior Commissioner. I want to take my volunteer service to the next level and fight for the services our residents need during these recessionary times. Serving as a city council member will provide that opportunity. My promise to the City an its residents is to be a voice for open, transparent, responsive and accountable local government.

Thomas Dlugosh:

It would be an honor to serve on the City Council.

David Erlich:

To minimise public controversy and insure a smooth transition.

John Faria:

I am concerned that who is appointed has knowledge of the District and the whole city.

Charles Kane:

I have spent the major part of my adult life as resident and employee of the City of San Leandro The City has been good to me, I want to serve. I am well qualified because I know the City and its Government, and I know the people. I have the background and the skill to serve well.

Benny Lee:

To serve and represent the voters of San Leandro and to be both a listener and a voice for all San Leandro communities.

Here are links to each of the submitted applications:

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August 21, 2012

Eight Applicants Vie for Appointment to the District 4 San Leandro City Council Seat

On the last day for applications for the District 4 San Leandro City Council seat appointment, five more people submitted applications, bringing the total to eight.

The applicants include candidates Chris Crow, Darlene Daevu, and Benny Lee. Other applicants for the appointment are Dana Chohlis, a teacher in the Lafayette School District, Planning Commissioner Thomas Dlugosh, David Erlich, who withdrew his candidacy for the District 4 election, former San Leandro Mayor John Faria, and former City of San Leandro employee Charles Kane.

Dana Chohlis
Dana Chohlis
Chohlis teaches fourth grade at Lafayette School and previously taught for nine years at McKinley Elementary. She is an officer (Port Captain) and past Commodore of the Alameda Yacht Club, where former San Leandro Chamber CEOs Heidi Benson [Finberg] and Diana Gentry are Social Directors.

Dlugosh has served on the Planning Commission since 2005 and is a member of the Sentinels, a group of local business people that function as a political action committee and contribute money to local political campaigns.

Erlich moved to San Leandro from Lancaster, where he ran unsuccessfully for the Republican Central Committee in 2010. He has spoken at a few recent City Council meetings.

John Faria
John Faria
Faria was the District 1 City Councilmember from 1986 until he was appointed Mayor in June 1993 after the death of Mayor Dave Karp. As part of the appointment, Faria reportedly agreed not to run for Mayor, but changed his mind and finished third in the 1994 Mayoral race. Faria also unsuccessfully ran for the Oro Loma Sanitary District Board in 2006 and is a member of the Sentinels.

Kane has served on the Recreation and Parks Commission since 2011. He worked for the City of San Leandro for 35 years, including with the San Leandro Police Department for 28 years and is now retired.

The appointment to the District 4 City Council sear will be for a maximum of three and a half months, until December 31, 2012.

The City Council seat was vacated by Joyce Starosciak when she resigned on August 1, 2012. The City Charter mandates that the vacancy be filled by an appointment within 60 days.

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August 18, 2012

Just Three Applicants for City Council Appointment With Deadline Approaching

With the deadline a few days away, just three people have filed an application for the appointment to the District 4 San Leandro City Council seat. The last time the City Council appointed a member of the City Council, in 2007, there were 12 applicants, but that was for a two-year appointment and this appointment will be for a maximum of three and a half months.

San Leandro Bytes was able to confirm that two of the applicants are Chris Crow and Charles Kane. Crow is also a candidate for the seat in the November election, while Kane said that he does not want to run for elected office. Kane has lived in San Leandro since 1950 and worked for the City of San Leandro for 35 years. Although the third applicant is not known, Benny Lee, who is also running for the seat in November, informed San Leandro Bytes that he will submit his application for the appointment before the deadline.

The City Council seat was vacated by Joyce Starosciak when she resigned on August 1, 2012. The City Charter mandates that the vacancy be filled by an appointment within 60 days. The deadline to submit an application is August 20, 2012, at 5pm.

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August 13, 2012

Candidate Statements From 2012 District 6 San Leandro 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 $1,400 fee with the San Leandro City Clerk.

The deadline for the candidate statements was Friday, August 10, 2012, and candidates have until 5pm today to withdraw their statements:

Hermy Almonte, Vice-President, San Leandro School Board

We cannot continue to talk about pension reform yet do nothing. The City is spending $13 million annually, or nearly 20% of its revenue, on pensions. Funds to repair streets, maintain senior services, and keep libraries and pools open are instead being used to pay for employee pensions. As San Leandro School Board Vice President, I made hard choices to balance budgets and preserve student programs. I supported the successful bond to renovate school athletic fields and collaborated with my colleagues to complete construction of the ninth grade campus and Arts Center under budget and on time. As your Councilmember, I will bring real reform to City Hall. We must negotiate leaner retirement packages for city employees, and generate new revenue by helping existing businesses and attracting new ones. San Leandro averages two residential burglaries daily. This is unacceptable. We must hire more police officers and step up efforts to keep our neighborhoods safe. My goals include preserving the Marina and shoreline and creating job opportunities for youth and empowering them to become leaders. I pledge to listen to you, work hard, act with integrity, be responsive to the needs of our diverse community, and always put the people of San Leandro first.


Jim Prola, San Leandro City Councilmember

Serving the people of San Leandro as your Councilmember is an honor, My wife and I chose San Leandro to raise our family and it has been our home for 35 years. We raised three children here and take pride in being active parents, grandparents and citizens.

Preserving San Leandro's wonderful quality of life is important to all of us, Despite the economic downturn, I fought on the Council to save child care programs and branch libraries, keep San Leandro Hospital open, and move forward on constructing affordable housing for seniors.

Working together, we reduced city pension costs by $2.8 million, produced a balanced budget, opened a new senior center, brought Kaiser to San Leandro, secured "Safe Routes to Schools" funding, and saved money by making the city more energy efficient.

There is more work to be done, I will continue to take the lead in making public safety a priority and keeping our neighborhoods safe, bringing new business to our city, partnering with our schools for educational excellence, taking care of our seniors, and continuing on the path to fiscal stability.

I am proud to be supported by State Senator Ellen Corbett and would be honored to have your vote. www.JimProla.org


The election will be held on November 6, 2012. Since there are only two candidates for the seat, ranked choice voting (also known an instant runoff) will not be a factor in the election. The last day to register to vote is October 22, 2012.

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Candidate Statements From 2012 District 4 San Leandro 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 $1,400 fee with the San Leandro City Clerk.

After David Erlich notified the San Leandro City Clerk that he was withdrawing his candidacy on Friday, August 10, 2012, there are four candidates for the District 4 seat. The candidates are former Planning Commissioner Chris Crow, Senior Commissioner Darlene Daevu, Justin Hutchison, an Executive Team Leader at Target, and Personnel Relations Board Member Benny Lee.

The deadline for the candidate statements was Friday, August 10, 2012, and candidates have until 5pm today to withdraw their statements:

Chris Crow, Business Consultant

As the economy recovers, San Leandro continues to compete for jobs, revenue, and a better quality of life for its citizens. Our City Council needs fresh energy, innovative ideas, and a modern perspective to navigate the economic and social challenges of the 21st century.

I am a graduate of San Leandro's Leadership Program and serve in the San Leandro Education Foundation, the San Leandro Sports Foundation, Rotary Club of San Leandro, Relay for Life, and the Measure M School Bond campaign, in addition to volunteering countless hours in our public schools. These efforts have led to new funding, improved assets, and a better perception of our community. As a former member of the Planning Commission I have a keen understanding of the various processes that occur within our city and have experience collaborating with others to make tough and important decisions.

I have tremendous pride in our city and our people. Growing up and living most my life in San Leandro have shown me what great things our community can achieve. As your Council representative, I will work tirelessly to expand our business base, improve city services, and champion a quality of life for San Leandrans second to none. Please visit www.votechriscrow.com for more information.


Darlene Daevu, Business Professional

A homeowner with a vested interest and goals to keep San Leandro a nice place to live.

As a public servant since 1987, I have labored for public safety in Criminal Justice and I presently work in Public Health, Cultural Competency. Today's world demands representatives who value diversity and recognize its impact on strength based policy making. I possess inclusionary vision, dedication and work experiences to achieve our goals of safety, economic stability and affordability.

My private sector experience includes financial planning, private fiduciary and residential property landlord. Armed with graduate and undergraduate degrees in Business Administration, as well as public and private sector business experiences, I'm empowered and qualified to represent our community.

Since my appointment as Senior Commissioner, I have been working to develop a community driven strategy to prevent violence and increase safety. We have a moral obligation to assist seniors not only because it is the right thing to do, but also to demonstrate our gratitude for their civic engagement and tax contributions to our City.

In these recessionary times, we are in need of reasonable, reliable, hard working spokesperson to put forward our concerns. Therefore, I am humbly requesting your 1st or 2nd choice vote.


Justin Hutchison did not file a candidate statement.


Benny Lee, Statewide Non-Profit Technology and Financial Manager, City Commissioner, Homeowner's Association President

We can make San Leandro better and I will do my part to bring positive changes. My wife and I raised our child here and now that he's in college I have more time to give back to our community.

While serving as City of San Leandro Recreation and Parks Commissioner, Personnel Relations Board Member, Homeowner's Association President, Asian Community Cultural Association President, and volunteer I've spoken with many of you and share your concerns and hopes.

Public Safety is our top priority and above all else I will make sure that neighborhood policing and our firehouses remain fully staffed. With San Leandro leading the way in new technology, we can attract new businesses, increase shopping choices and bring good new jobs to San Leandro so we can turn commute time to family time.

The city runs on your tax dollars and with my financial expertise I will make sure your money is spent wisely. My long-term goals are to fully restore library cuts, fix our roads, and make sure city services are accessible to all community members. I support schools and will work to increase cooperation with our school districts.

Please vote Benny Lee for San Leandro City Council - District 4. www.ElectBennyLee.com


The election will be held on November 6, 2012. This will be the second San Leandro election to use ranked choice voting (also known an instant runoff). The last day to register to vote is October 22, 2012.

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Candidate Statements From 2012 District 2 San Leandro 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 $1,400 fee with the San Leandro City Clerk.

The deadline for the candidate statements was Friday, August 10, 2012, and candidates have until 5pm today to withdraw their statements:

Dan Dillman, Owner, Historic BAL Theatre

The status quo must go. The people of San Leandro need a true representative, a leader in the community who will serve as mediator, defender and Watcher over government, demanding accountability and transparency, protecting citizens and our tax dollars, while carefully guiding our city to success. This is how I will serve you on the City Council. We must erase the lines of division and clear a bright path to our future. I will fight for your rights and needs with the same passion I fight for Truth and Justice. Our city's future can be redefined with a strong, vibrant economy with thriving services, shopping, dining, schools and entertainment, while enjoying safe neighborhoods. Achieving this will make our City stronger and more desirable enhancing the quality of our lives. We must strengthen our business community while remaining a hometown in which your family, friends and you, can live and thrive. My experience, dedication, and passion for our community has prepared me to build better bridges to our city's future. Demand Change and Stand with me, Dan Dillman, this November. Dan Dillman, Xzault, The Historic BAL Theatre, 14808 East 14th Street, San Leandro CA 94578, 510-614-7700 office, dan@xzault.com, http://www.baltheatre.com


Morgan Mack-Rose, President, SLUSD Board of Trustees

I'm running for City Council because I care for our city and its future.

San Leandro is a diverse city with great possibilities, such as the new Fiber network and new Kaiser Hospital, but we're missing out. We need an active Council member who will pursue these opportunities. I bring the proven ability to make tough decisions, bring people together, and make progress despite hard times.

As a mother with daughters in San Leandro's public schools, I understand the critical role schools play and as School Board President, during one of our history's worst economies, I sought community input, prioritized accountability, and helped bring $200 million in construction projects on-time, under-budget, with union labor.

I will bring this same drive and leadership as your council member. We must have a cohesive vision and actively pursue opportunities; creating high-tech incubators, encouraging local business, and promoting our city's advantages. We must bring sustainability to our budget, prioritize libraries, parks, and community services which contribute to our daily quality of life, and fully staff our public safety departments .

I bring the leadership, focus, and drive to deliver real results for San Leandro. I would be honored to have your vote.

www.MorganForSanLeandro.com


Ursula Reed, San Leandro City Council Member

As your Councilmember these past four years, and as your former Vice-Mayor, I've made it my top priorities to listen, build consensus among diverse communities, and find workable solutions.

I've helped move San Leandro forward, with increased economic development, more job opportunities, and an improved quality of life. We've balanced our budget, opened our new Senior Center, moved forward with new developments that will create jobs and grow our economy like the Kaiser project and the Fiber Loop project, and we're reducing blight and improving our Downtown with the development at the old Albertsons site.

Going forward, you can count on me to focus on expanding economic opportunity, increasing public safety, and revitalizing our neighborhoods.

I'll pursue private/public partnerships to offset the lack of State funding, work towards a compatible shoreline development plan, and increase police technology, and I'm currently working to save San Leandro Hospital.

My past service includes work as a school teacher, principal, and Library Commissioner. I'm also Chair of the County Housing Commission and a County Fire Commissioner.

I'm supported by Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett, Mayor Emeritus Shelia Young, former Vice-Mayor Surlene Grant, and many more.

Contact me with questions, comments, solutions: ReElectReed@gmail.com, www.UrsulaReed.com.


The election will be held on November 6, 2012. This will be the second San Leandro election to use ranked choice voting (also known an instant runoff). The last day to register to vote is October 22, 2012.

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August 10, 2012

Justin Hutchison Fifth Candidate for San Leandro City Council District 4 Seat

The field of candidates for the San Leandro City Council District 4 seat increased to five as Justin Hutchison filed his nomination papers on August 9, 2012. The other candidates for the seat previously occupied by Joyce Starosciak are Chris Crow, Darlene Daevu, David Erlich, and Benny Lee.

Hutchison has lived in San Leandro since he was born. He is married with three children and works for Target as an Executive Team Leader in assets protection. He is a registered Democrat and has not held elective office previously.

When asked why he was running for City Council, Hutchison responded, “We have failed to maintain this city with constant change and growth. Our streets are old and unpaved, Our Law Enforcement is running at mid 90's staffing levels and our schools and sports facilities do not compete with what other cities are offering. We have failed to draw upscale restaurants, shopping and entertainment that our peer cities have drawn in. In my opinion, we can one day make San Leandro into a thriving vibrant safe city, but we need leadership with an outside perspective, not just more of the same......”

If elected, his three priorities are to increase the police force, improve schools, parks, and sporting facilities, and bring better restaurants, shopping, and entertainment to San Leandro.

All of the District 4 candidates have filed their nomination papers and only Hutchison and Lee have yet to be qualified as a candidate, according to the San Leandro City Clerk.

Previous City Council members from District 4:

  • Bob Glaze, 1984 - 1992
  • Howard Kerr, 1992 - 1996
  • Bob Glaze, 1996 - 2005
  • Joyce Starosciak 2005 - 2012

The City Council seats for Districts 2, 4, and 6 are up for election on November 6, 2012. This will be the second San Leandro election to use ranked choice voting (also known an instant runoff). The last day to register to vote is October 22, 2012.

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August 9, 2012

Bal Theatre Permit Pulled from Tonight's San Leandro BZA Agenda

Just hours before a scheduled San Leandro Board of Zoning Adjustments (BZA) meeting today, a proposed modification to the Bal Theatre's existing permit was removed from the agenda at the request of the applicant, according to an email sent by Elmer Penaranda, Senior Planner with the City of San Leandro.

Bal Theatre owner Dan Dillman says that he and city staff have not come to an agreement on a few items yet and he didn't want to waste the time of the Board or city staff. Dillman objects to Item IV B of the recommended conditions for approval, which states, in part, “Events or performances shall not utilize overhead curtains, drops, and scenery or stage effects other than lighting and sound.” Dillman wants the provision changed to state that any items on stage, such as scenery and props, shall comply with the Fire Code.

Dillman also objects to Item IV P, which states, “A condition for the annual renewal of the Business License for assembly use may be the inspection and clearance from the City Building and Safety Services Division.” Dillman says that this is unfair and that no other business in the city is subjected to a similar requirement.

Finally, Dillman also expressed objections about the staff report, which he says does not accurately portray the history of the theater, including its use for live musical performances.

The BZA was to have decided whether to approve modifications to the existing permit for the Bal Theatre. Those modifications included allowing up to 260 events/performances a year (no limits on movies), an increase from the 48 (four each month) currently permitted, and increased hours starting at 9am instead of 10am and ending at 1am on Friday and Saturday instead of 12am. According to the proposed changes, the Bal Theatre would also be allowed to serve alcohol by obtaining a license from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control instead of relying on a non-profit organization or caterer to obtain a license.

Since 2009, Dillman has objected to restrictions on use of the theatre for live performances, despite signing a conditional use permit that prohibited live performances. In 2011, Dillman negotiated a modification to the permit that allowed four live performances a month. However, at a BZA meeting in July 2011 at which the permit was subsequently approved, Dillman and supporter Chris Crow argued against any restrictions on dancing, hours of operation, the frequency of live performances, and the requirement to have changes reviewed by the Community Development Department or BZA. The proposed permit has eased up on most restrictions, but a six-month review is still included.

The proposed permit includes restrictions that the theater cannot be used as a dance hall or for adult cabaret, adult motion pictures, or adult theatre. Those terms are defined in the San Leandro Municipal Code and generally include a reference to “depiction or description of specified sexual activities or specified anatomical areas.”

At this time, there is no information on when modifications to the existing conditional use permit for the Bal Theatre will be discussed by the BZA.

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August 7, 2012

Slow Financial Start to San Leandro City Council Races

The San Leandro City Council races for November 2012 are off to a slow financial start, according to campaign finance reports for the first half of 2012 recently filed with the City Clerk. Semi-annual campaign statements for active campaign accounts were due August 1, 2012 and are summarized below.

District 2
In the District 2 race, all candidates didn't have any money as of June 30. Only incumbent Ursula Reed filed a financial report while opponents Morgan Mack-Rose and Dan Dillman didn't file, likely because no money had been raised as of June 30. Reed reported no contributions or expenses.



District 4
In District 4, Benny Lee leads the field with a $2,000 loan to his campaign from Rose Ng. Lee reported no campaign expenses. Chris Crow reported $800.31 in his campaign account, mostly from a $500 loan he made to his account last year. Crow reported no campaign expenses.

Benny Lee's Campaign Statement for January 1 to June 30, 2012
Chris Crow's Campaign Statement for January 1 to June 30, 2012

Darlene Daevu raised a total of $1,018 including $500 from Gloria Oliver, a co-worker at the City of San Francisco. Daevu also contributed $100 to her campaign. A single expense of $20 to Citibank was reported, leaving Daevu with $998 in her campaign account.

Darlene Daevu's Campaign Statement for January 1 to June 30, 2012


District 6

Incumbent Jim Prola made an $8,000 loan to his campaign to bring his campaign account to $11,778.45. That brings Prola's outstanding campaign debt to $12,000. Prola reported no contributions or expenses during the reporting period.

Jim Prola's Campaign Statement for January 1 to June 30, 2012

San Leandro School Board Trustee Hermy Almonte didn't file a financial report, likely because no money had been raised as of June 30.

The election will be held on November 6, 2012, and will be the second time that ranked choice voting is used in San Leandro elections. The last day to register to vote is October 22, 2012.

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August 4, 2012

Hermy Almonte to Run for District 6 San Leandro City Council Seat Against Prola

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Hermy Almonte
San Leandro School Board trustee Hermy Almonte announced on Friday that he will run against incumbent San Leandro City Councilmember Jim Prola for the District 6 City Council seat. Almonte pulled papers with the San Leandro City Clerk on Friday, indicating his intention to run. In his announcement on Facebook, Almonte wrote, “I am running for city council because there are community and public needs that have to be addressed.”

Almonte was elected to the Area 1 seat of the San Leandro School Board in 2008, defeating incumbent Rick Richards. Earlier in 2008, Almonte had an unsuccessful run for the District 6 City Council seat, in a race that included Jim Prola and three other candidates. Prola received nearly 58% of the vote, avoiding a run-off election.

Prola pulled papers to run for re-election on July 16, 2012. The deadline for filing is August 10, 2012, and will not be extended since Prola, the incumbent, is running.

The election will be held on November 6, 2012. The City Council seats for Districts 2, 4, and 6 are up for election. The last day to register to vote is October 22, 2012.

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