October 31, 2012

Heron Bay Homeowners Association Threatens to Sue San Leandro Over Wind Turbine

Vestas V17 wind turbine
Halus' Proposed Wind Turbine (not the actual location)
In a letter dated July 31, 2012, the lawyer for the Heron Bay Homeowners Association threatened to sue the City of San Leandro unless it required an environmental impact report for a proposed wind turbine that Halus Power Systems wants to install at its facility. The letter was one of about 25 comments the City of San Leandro received in response to a comment period for a mitigated negative declaration for the proposed wind turbine.

The Heron Bay Homeowners Association, through its attorney, A. Alan Berger, stated that “the Association and its owner/members strongly object to the proposed adopted [sic] of a mitigated negative declaration and will take this matter to the City Council and the appropriate Courts should this MND be approved. The Association demands that an EIR be required for this project.”

Halus Power Systems, owned by Louis Rigaud, refurbishes wind turbines at its facility on Grant Avenue in San Leandro for installation at client locations. The facility is located across San Lorenzo Creek from the Heron Bay housing development.

The proposed wind turbine has become an issue in the San Leandro District 4 City Council race in part because Benny Lee, one of the candidates, is President of the Heron Bay Homeowners Association. Chris Crow, another candidate for the District 4 seat, reported a $500 contribution to his campaign from Halus. At a candidate forum, District 4 candidate Darlene Daevu said that Halus Wind Turbines was one of the two most important issues facing San Leandro and said we can't “afford to let innovative businesses with the potential to create local jobs slip through our fingers.” Justin Hutchison, also a District 4 candidate, wrote on Facebook, “They want to place a bunch of these refurbs [wind turbines] on the san leandro shoreline. Not only will it make it look like crap, there has been no enviromental [sic] study.”

Just days before the end of a 30-day public comment period on a Mitigated Negative Declaration by the City of San Leandro, Lee joined other Heron Bay residents in requesting an extension of the public comment period at the June 18, 2012, City Council meeting. On June 28, 2012, the City extended the comment period by 40 days to July 31, 2012.

Other commenters included the California Department of Fish and Game and East Bay Regional Parks District.

The California Department of Fish and Game, in a letter dated June 29, 2012, had no objections to the wind turbine, but recommended eight “measures to minimize the potential for avian mortalities.” The East Bay Regional Parks District, in its response dated June 21, 2012, said that the Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration prematurely discounted risks to the California clapper rail and California black rail, failed “to analyze or discuss what potential strikes would occur at the proposed projects height,” and didn't provide “supporting information concerning sensitive receptors or where measurements were taken was included” for its statement that noise levels wouldn't exceed 55 decibels.

Of the 22 letters and emails received from individuals during the extended comment period, 16 were identified as being from Heron Bay residents, including San Leandro City Council District 4 candidate and Heron Bay Homeowners Association President Benny Lee. All but one of the letters and emails were opposed to the proposed wind turbine. Concerns raised included the potential for bird kills, effect on recreation activities, effect on property values, visual blight, potential health impacts, and catastrophic failures such as fires and explosions.

Although Lee said in the September 5 edition of the San Leandro Times that he didn't want to share his personal opinion about the wind turbine, his email to the City on July 29 clearly states his opposition to the proposed wind turbine. In his email, Lee cites six reasons for his opposition: 1) Financial hardships for homeowners from declining property values while Halus is consistently profitable year after year in worst economy of last 70 years; 2) Real health issues severely taking away quality of life; 3) Adversely impacting bay shoreline natural aesthetic view with first of kind installation by bay shoreline which may set precedence inviting others to do the same and thereby removing it's natural beauty; 4) Imposes a new unnatural view to homeowners which would have altered their original purchase decision; 5) No defined wind turbine policies in City of San Leandro with public input since this wind turbine is directly adjacent to homes and a natural estuary; and 6) Halus' underlying purpose and intent.

Many of these concerns have been the subject of published studies, a few of which are detailed below.

In December 2009, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory published a study entitled, “The Impact of Wind Power Projects on Residential Property Values in the United States.” Using data from nearly 7,500 single-family home sales, the study concluded, “Based on the data and analysis presented in this report, no evidence is found that home prices surrounding wind facilities are consistently, measurably, and significantly affected by either the view of wind facilities or the distance of the home to those facilities.”

To address potential health concerns about wind turbines, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and Massachusetts Department of Public Health commissioned a study by an independent panel. That report, entitled “Wind Turbine Health Impact Study,” was published in January 2012, and concluded, “The strongest epidemiological study suggests that there is not an association between noise from wind turbines and measures of psychological distress or mental health problems.”

Photo simulations prepared by Halus show the proposed wind turbine from a variety of angles. In most of the simulations, the electrical transmission towers are the dominant visual feature. Environmental Science Associates prepared a report for Halus with diagrams showing the shadow cast by the wind turbine. The report concludes, “Using the most stringent criterion for possible shadow effect, the study determined that the proposed project would cast no shadows on the residences from one hour after sunrise to one hour before sunset throughout the year.”

Concerns about bird kills have probably been one of the most well-known criticisms of wind turbines, especially of the turbines that line Altamont Pass. However, this is a single wind turbine and there are hundreds of wind turbines at Altamont Pass. A May 2007 report entitled “Environmental Impacts of Wind-Energy Projects” by the National Research Council addressed the issue of human-caused bird kills, including those by wind turbines. The report stated, “Collisions with buildings kill 97 to 976 million birds annually; collisions with high-tension lines kill at least 130 million birds, perhaps more than one billion; collisions with communications towers kill between 4 and 5 million based on "conservative estimates," but could be as high as 50 million; cars may kill 80 million birds per year; and collisions with wind turbines killed an estimated at 20,000 to 37,000 birds per year in 2003, with all but 9,200 of those deaths occurring in California. Toxic chemicals, including pesticides, kill more than 72 million birds each year, while domestic cats are estimated to kill hundreds of millions of songbirds and other species each year.”

Halus plans to use the wind turbine for research and development and provide renewable energy for operations at its facility, which is located south of San Lorenzo Creek from Heron Bay.

The Heron Bay housing development is bordered on the east by a railroad track, to the north by wetlands, to the west by wetlands and 120-foot-tall electrical transmission towers, and to the south by San Lorenzo Creek and a commercial/light industrial area. Halus is zoned as an Industrial General District.

The issue will be taken up at meeting of the Board of Zoning adjustments on December 6, 2012. A second comment period on the Mitigated Negative Declaration opened on October 12 and will end on November 13, 2012, at 4pm. Comments may be submitted by email to epenaranda@sanleandro.org or in writing to San Leandro Community Development Department, 835 East 14th Street, San Leandro, CA 94577.

Relevant documents:

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Ursula Reed Reports $2,500 Late Contribution in District 2 San Leandro City Council Race

On October 29, 2012, San Leandro District 2 City Council candidate Ursula Reed reported a $2,500 contribution to her campaign from David Greenberg, a nurse at Lifelong Medical Clinic.

That brings Reed's campaign contributions up to $15,497, not including a $2,400 loan.

Contributions of more than $1,000 are required to be reported within 24 hours in the weeks leading up to the election. The election will be held on November 6, 2012.

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October 26, 2012

Lee Leads Latest Fundraising Round in San Leandro District 4 Race

San Leandro City Council candidate Benny Lee raised the most of the District 4 candidates, reporting contributions of $3,625 during the most recent reporting period. Most of that total, $2,500, came from a single contribution from the San Leandro Police Officers Association. Chris Crow reported $2,215 in contributions and Darlene Daevu reported $1,650 in contributions from two sources.

To date, Crow has the fundraising lead with $6,720 in contributions, followed by Daevu with $5,948 and Lee with $5,913. However, after adding in the loans to each of the campaigns, Lee ($12,000 loan) leads the field over Daevu ($7,500 loan) and Crow ($3,177 in loans).

Justin Hutchison has filed a form stating that he will not raise nor spend more than $1,000 during the campaign and therefore does not have to file campaign finance disclosure reports.

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 more.

Pre-election campaign statements for current City Council candidates were due October 25, 2012, for the reporting period October 1 to October 20 and are summarized below. This is the last reporting deadline prior to the election. Only contributions of $1,000 of more are required to be reported between October 21 and the November 6 election.


Benny Lee

Lee reported $6,248 in his campaign account from $3,625 in contributions. Lee reported $12,000 in outstanding campaign debt.

Significant contributions to Lee's campaign included:

Lee's expenses included:

  • $2,164 to Belaire for campaign literature
  • $666 to to Chris Gray for campaign literature

Benny Lee's Campaign Statement for October 1 to October 20, 2012


Chris Crow

Crow reported $883 in his campaign account from $2,215 in contributions and a $1,500 loan from Margarita Lacabe [Full disclosure: Margarita is the author's wife]. Crow reported $3,177 in outstanding campaign debt.

Significant contributions to Crow's campaign included:

Crow's expenses included:

Chris Crow's Campaign Statement for October 1 to October 20, 2012


Darlene Daevu

Daevu reported $12,521 in her campaign account from $1,650 in contributions. Daevu reported $7,500 in outstanding campaign debt.

Contributions to Daevu included:

Daevu's campaign expenses included $285 to Statewide Information Systems for campaign literature.

Darlene Daevu's Campaign Statement for October 1 to October 20, 2012

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.

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Prola Dominates Fundraising in San Leandro City Council District 6 Race

In the District 6 San Leandro City Council race, incumbent Jim Prola raised $10,209 during the most recent reporting period, nearly 10 times the $2,290 raised by challenger Hermy Almonte. For this campaign, Prola has raised $31,063, the most of any candidate in the 2012 election. District 2 candidate Mack-Rose follows with $26,366.

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 more.

Pre-election campaign statements for current City Council candidates were due October 25, 2012, for the reporting period October 1 to October 20 and are summarized below. This is the last reporting deadline prior to the election. Only contributions of $1,000 of more are required to be reported between October 21 and the election.


Jim Prola

Prola reported $23,516 in his campaign account from $10,209 in contributions. Prola reported $12,000 in outstanding campaign debt.

Significant contributions to Prola included:

  • $2,500 from the San Leandro Police Officers Association
  • $1,500 from UNITY PAC
  • $1,000 from the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce PAC
  • $1,000 from IFPTE, Local 21 PAC, which represents city employees
  • $500 from MAPA PAC, AFSCME Local 1001
  • $500 from AMSCME District Council 36 PAC
  • $500 from Construction and General Laborers Local 304 PAC
  • $500 from Northern California Carpenters Regional Council
  • $100 from Assemblymember Bob Weickowski
  • $100 from Hayward City Council candidate Al Mendall

Prola's expenses included:

Jim Prola's Campaign Statement for October 1 to October 20, 2012


Hermy Almonte

Almonte reported $3,033 in his campaign account from $2,290 in contributions and a $3,100 personal loan to his campaign from his wife Maria. Almonte reported $4,500 in outstanding campaign debt.

Significant contributions to Almonte included:

  • $500 from Rodolfo and Paraluman Almonte
  • $500 from Joseph Daluraya

Almonte's campaign expenses included $1,490 to Handled With Care Mailing Service for postage and delivery and $632 to Akido Printing for campaign flyers.

Hermy Almonte's Campaign Statement for October 1 to October 20, 2012

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.

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District 2 Incumbent Reed Edges Out Mack-Rose in Latest Fundraising Totals for San Leandro City Council Race

San Leandro City Council District 2 incumbent Ursula Reed edged out challenger Morgan Mack-Rose in contributions during the most recent reporting period with $6,297 in contributions to $5,254 to Mack-Rose. To date, Mack-Rose has raised $26,366, more than double the $12,997 raised by Reed. Dan Dillman had not submitted a financial report by the October 25, 2012, deadline.

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 more.

Pre-election campaign statements for current City Council candidates were due October 25, 2012, for the reporting period October 1 to October 20 and are summarized below. This is the last reporting deadline prior to the election. Only contributions of $1,000 of more are required to be reported between October 21 and the election.


Ursula Reed
Incumbent Reed reported $10,776 in her campaign account from $6,297 in contributions. A $2,405 personal loan to her campaign reported in the previous statement was not listed.

Significant contributions to Reed included:

  • $2,500 from the San Leandro Police Officers Association
  • $500 from the Alameda County Firefighters Association
  • $500 from David Irmer of Innisfree, the developer of Village Marketplace
  • $500 from Daniel Boggan

Reed's campaign expenses included:

  • $2,039 to The Next Generation for campaign consulting
  • $525 to Democratic Voters Choice for a slate mailer
  • $500 to Election Digest 2012 for a slate mailer
  • $500 to Michael Buehler for information technology costs

Ursula Reed's Campaign Statement for October 1 to October 20, 2012

Morgan Mack-Rose
Mack-Rose reported $6,395 in her campaign account from $5,254 in contributions and a $5,000 loan to her campaign. That brings her total campaign debt to $9,000.

Significant contributions to Mack-Rose included:

  • $2,500 from the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce PAC
  • $500 from Evelyn and Juan Gonzalez
  • $250 from Michael Minnis
  • $200 from San Leandro School Board trustee Carmen Ward-Sullivan

Mack-Rose's expenses included:

Morgan Mack-Rose's Campaign Statement for October 1 to October 20, 2012

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

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October 20, 2012

Project Literacy Tutors and Learners Team Wins Trivia Bee

Project Literacy Tutors and Learners Team
Project Literacy Tutors and Learners Team with Project Literacy's Cinda Mariscal in foreground

Last year's Trivia Bee Winners, Friends of the Library Gift Shop, lost out to the Project Literacy Tutors and Learners team after nine sudden death question to break a tie at Project Literacy's 19th Annual Trivia Bee. Project Literacy Tutors and Learners came up with World War I as the answer to a question about which war poet Joyce Kilmer died in. Kilmer is best known for the first line of his poem Trees, which begins, “I think that I shall never see / A poem lovely as a tree.”

The Mayor and City Council team came in third place after prevailing in sudden death over the San Leandro Players and San Leandro Education Foundation teams.

As in past years, retired Alameda County Superior Court Judge Robert Kurtz and Leslie Frates, a San Leandro resident and former professor at Cal State East Bay who has appeared on the television quiz show Jeopardy 14 times, read questions. Students from San Leandro High School acted as scorekeepers for each of the teams.

The only controversy of the evening came in response to a question about the name of Neptune's largest moon. After initially stating the correct answer was Titan (which is actually the largest of Saturn's moons), Trivia Bee officials stated that the correct answer was Triton after objections by numerous teams.

The Trivia Bee also featured a raffle with an iPad, Disneyland tickets, gift certificates, Ghirardelli chocolate, 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.

Twenty-four teams competed in the annual fundraiser that brings in more than $10,000 each year for Project Literacy. Although this is an election year, the only political team was Morgan for City Council. Teams included businesses like State Roofing Systems, San Leandro Times, and organizations such as San Leandro Rotary, San Leandro Players, Arts Council of San Leandro, Alameda County Firefighters, the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce, and the San Leandro Police Officers Association.

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October 16, 2012

San Leandro City Council Candidates' Responses to Political Questionnaire

Each election, candidates for office answer questionnaires from organizations in order to gain their endorsement. Those endorsements can mean financial contributions to the candidate's campaign and the support of the members of that organization.

For most organizations, like the Alameda Labor Council and Sierra Club, those questionnaires are never released to the public. However, the Asian Pacific American Democratic Caucus of Alameda County has made candidates' questionnaires public and are available below.

For each candidate questionnaire, please click on the candidate's name.

Candidate questionnaires not listed above were not submitted by the candidate. On September 23, 2012, the Asian Pacific American Democratic Caucus of Alameda County endorsed Ursula Reed in District 2 and Benny Lee in District 4.

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October 12, 2012

San Leandro Residents Tell Their Stories as Part of Library Project

At the Day at the Casa event at Casa Peralta on September 22, 2012, a packed room watched six San Leandro residents tell their stories and the stories of their families. They were produced by the San Leandro Public Library in conjunction with the Media Arts Center of San Diego.

If you weren't able to make the event, you can now view each of the stories online at the City of San Leandro's YouTube channel.

In one video, Yuriko Yokota tells the story of her San Leandro flower nursery, M Yokota Nursery Inc., located where the San Leandro Volvo dealership is currently located on Marina Boulevard. Yokota had been in a Japanese American internment camp for three years before moving to San Leandro after World War II and her battle over eminent domain with the City of San Leandro was detailed in the San Francisco Chronicle. Yokota also tells the story her internment at Topaz Relocation Center in Utah during World War II when she was 27 at http://blip.tv/san-leandro-stories/the-sting-of-prejudice-by-yuriko-yokota-3759224

Brian Copeland moved to San Leandro as a young boy and chronicled his experience growing up in San Leandro's Washington Manor neighborhood in the one-man show “Not a Genuine Black Man,” which provided the genesis for a book of the same name.

Life-long San Leandro resident Marcia Cronin recalls growing up in San Leandro.

Joe Borelli tells his story of working at the cannery in San Leandro and living in employee housing with his mother as a young boy.

Links to additional videos after the break.

Pearl Hernandez Johnston tells the story of her Spanish parent's immigration to the US and life in San Leandro.

Life-long San Leandro resident Paul Moura shares his family story about his father, who emigrated from the Portuguese Madeira Islands to San Leandro, California and owned Housewives Fish Market in Oakland, California.

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October 11, 2012

San Leandro's New Parking Garage Could be $800K Under Budget

Rendering of Estudillo Parking Garage
Rendering of completed parking garage

At the October 10, 2012, meeting of San Leandro's Facilities and Transportation Committee, city staff reported that the new parking garage could be as much as $800,000 under budget. The now-defunct City of San Leandro Redevelopment Agency funded the garage and appropriated $12 million for the project.

According to city staff, “We have a little extra money....The garage came in at a little over, well, like $11.2 million, $11.3 maybe by the time we're all done. So we have some extra money and decided to do some enhancements to the garage – security cameras we're going to install first.” Pay stations that accept credit cards for payment will be installed. “The [parking] enforcement's going to involve a license plate reader, which is a camera that can check your license plate as an officer drives by, compare it to a database, see if you've been paid, see if the space has been paid for, and alert the officer if it hasn't been. Solar panels will also be installed on the roof, but will cover less than half of the roof.

The first floor of the garage is designated for free short-term parking of two hours, the second and third floors are for permit parking and the top floor is for all-day paid parking. The garage will have a total of 380 parking spaces.

Work is expected to be complete by November 7 and the garage should be open a week later.

In addition to the 2,000-square-foot office space created on the first floor for the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce, the garage will include two electric vehicle charging stations.

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Lit San Leandro Brings High-Speed Internet to San Leandro Library

The City of San Leandro celebrated the connection of the Main Library to the new fiber-optic loop at ceremony on September 24, 2012. The ceremony featured speeches by Acting Library Director Theresa Mallon, Business Analyst Jeff Kay, OSIsoft founder and Lit San Leandro-owner Patrick Kennedy, and San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy.

The internet connection at the Main Library had previously been limited to 10 megabits per second (Mbps), which was shared between employees and the public. With the new connection, the wireless network used by library patrons will have its own 100 Mbps connection and employees will have a separate 100 Mbps connection. A speed test at the end of the speeches showed a download speed of almost 380 Mbps, but Kay acknowledged that the network was configured in a way to demonstrate the speed of the fiber-optic connection and did not reflect speeds that will be experienced by library patrons.

San Leandro Bytes tested the library connection on the weekend prior to the Monday ceremony and observed a download speed of more than 18 Mbps, nearly twice the speed of the library's previous connection.

The wireless network at the Main Library is free for any library patrons to use with a laptop, tablet, smart phone, or other wireless device.

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October 9, 2012

Incumbent Prola Leads Fundraising in District 6 San Leandro City Council Race

In the District 6 San Leandro City Council race, incumbent Jim Prola raised $20,854 as of September 30, 2012, more than 10 times the $2,072 raised by challenger Hermy Almonte.

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 more.

Pre-election campaign statements for current City Council candidates were due October 5, 2012, and are summarized below.


Jim Prola

Prola reported $21,123 in his campaign account from $20,854 in contributions. Prola reported $12,000 in outstanding campaign debt.

Significant contributions to Prola included:

Prola's expenses included:

  • $4,500 to Alliance Campaign Strategies for campaign consulting
  • $1,668.59 to Autumn Press for campaign literature
  • $1,408.84 to Impact Signs for campaign paraphernalia
  • $700 to Election Digest for a slate mailer
  • $650 to Your Ballot Guide for a slate mailer

Jim Prola's Campaign Statement for July 1 to September 30, 2012


Hermy Almonte

Almonte reported $1,185 in his campaign account from $2,072 in contributions and a $1,400 personal loan to his campaign from his wife Maria. Almonte reported $1,400 in outstanding campaign debt.

Significant contributions to Almonte included:

  • $600 from Stewart Chen, a chiropractor
  • $500 from Cassidy for Mayor 2010
  • $250 from Nestor Almonte, a supervisor with G2 Secure

Almonte's campaign expenses included $710.28 to Staples, FedEx Kinkos, Costco and Office Depot for campaign flyers, business cards, office supplies, and magnet signs.

Hermy Almonte's Campaign Statement for July 1 to September 30, 2012

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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October 8, 2012

Crow Leads Fundraising in District 4 San Leandro City Council Race

In the District 4 San Leandro City Council race, Chris Crow narrowly out-raised his opponents, reporting $4,505 in contributions. Darlene Daevu reported raising $3,300 and Benny Lee reported raising $2,288. Justin Hutchison had not filed a statement as of October 8, 2012. However, Daevu and Lee ended the reporting period with more cash on hand because of personal loans that each made to their campaigns.

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 more.

Pre-election campaign statements for current City Council candidates were due October 5, 2012, and are summarized below.


Chris Crow

Crow reported $4,293 in his campaign account from $4,505 in contributions and $1,177 in personal loans to his campaign. Crow reported $1,677 in outstanding campaign debt.

Significant contributions to Crow included:

Crow's expenses included $316 to In and Out Printing.

Chris Crow's Campaign Statement for July 1 to September 30, 2012


Darlene Daevu

Daevu reported $11,167 in her campaign account from $3,300 in contributions and a $7,500 personal loan to her campaign. Daevu reported $7,500 in outstanding campaign debt.

Significant contributions to Daevu included:

  • $1,000 from former San Leandro City Councilmember Howard Kerr
  • $500 from Political Action Committee for Excellence, a local women's political group
  • $500 from SEIU Local 1021
  • $250 from former San Leandro City Councilmember and lobbyist Johan Klehs
  • $150 from former San Leandro City Councilmember Surlene Grant

Daevu's campaign expenses included:

Darlene Daevu's Campaign Statement for July 1 to September 30, 2012


Benny Lee

Benny Lee reported $5,473.94 in his campaign account from contributions totaling $2,288 and $10,000 in personal loans to his campaign. Lee reported $12,000 in outstanding campaign debt.

Significant contributions to Lee's campaign included:

  • $250 from Tom Silva of Eden Realty
  • $200 from former San Leandro Tony Santos and his wife
  • $200 from Derrick Gee
  • $100 from Mike & Susan Mahoney
  • $100 from Alameda City Councilmember Lena Tam

Lee's campaign expenses included:

  • $2,500 to Charles Gilcrest for campaign consulting
  • $1,452 to Autumn Press from campaign literature
  • $500 to Jamie McNeeley Consulting for information technology costs
  • $500 to Budget Watchdogs Newsletter, a slate mailer
  • $225 to the Alameda County Democrat Party for candidate travel, lodging, and meals

Benny Lee's Campaign Statement for July 1 to September 30, 2012

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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Mack-Rose Outraises Opponents in District 2 San Leandro City Council Race

In the 2012 San Leandro City Council races, District 2 challenger Morgan Mack-Rose leads her opponents with $21,112 in contributions, more than three times the $6,700 raised by incumbent Ursula Reed. Dan Dillman was a distant third, raising $1,524.

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 more.

Pre-election campaign statements for current City Council candidates were due October 5, 2012, and are summarized below.


Morgan Mack-Rose

In District 2, Mack-Rose reported $10,822 in her campaign account from $21,112 in contributions and a $4,000 personal loan to her campaign.

Significant contributions to Mack-Rose included:

  • $3,000 from Margaret Walker, a retired doctor
  • $2,500 from the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce PAC
  • $2,500 from The Sentinels, a local political group
  • $2,250 from Galvan & Associates
  • $1,000 from Daniel Grace, owner of Dark Star Industries
  • $1,000 from Tim Holmes, owner of Zocalo Coffeehouse
  • $1,000 from Quadric Group
  • $1,000 from Innisfree Ventures, David Irmer's development firm
  • $1,000 from Political Action Committee for Excellence, a local women's political group
  • $1,000 from Cassidy for Mayor 2010
  • $256 from San Leandro School Board trustee Lance James
  • $100 from San Leandro School Board trustee Ron Carey

Mack-Rose's expenses included:

Morgan Mack-Rose's Campaign Statement for July 1 to September 30, 2012


Ursula Reed

Incumbent Reed reported $8,189 in her campaign account from $6,700 in contributions and a $2,405 personal loan to her campaign.

Significant contributions to Reed included:

  • $1,000 from Political Action Committee for Excellence, a local women's political group
  • $1,000 from Vernell Reed
  • $500 from California Real Estate PAC
  • $500 from Teamsters #853 PAC Fund
  • $500 from SEIU Local 1021
  • $500 from Electrical Workers Local #595
  • $400 from former San Leandro City Councilmember Surlene Grant
  • $250 from former San Leandro School Board Trustee Ken Pon

Reed's campaign expenses included:

Ursula Reed's Campaign Statement for July 1 to September 30, 2012


Dan Dillman

Dillman reported $624 in his campaign account from contributions totaling $1,524 and a $1,583 personal loan to his campaign.

Significant contributions to Dillman's campaign included:

  • $1,000 from Cindy Colindres, a software engineer
  • $100 from Pat Vadnais, an advertising manager for the San Leandro Times

Dillman's campaign expenses included $967 to Signs on the Cheap for campaign signs and VictoryStore for campaign sign wires.

Dan Dillman's Campaign Statement for July 1 to September 30, 2012

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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