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to take a 10 percent pay cut. It seems like the liberal lion can't because he needs the money. Dellums took a similar hit to his checkbook earlier this year when it was reported he and his wife owe the Internal Revenue Services $252,000 in back taxes. Politicians taking a cut in pay in solidarity with city workers is nothing new. Stephen Cassidy has repeatedly asked the mayor to take a pay cut along with council and some members have voiced a willingness to go along, but the city attorney ruled in February any change in pay needed to be phased in as councilmember come and go. For his part, Cassidy says he will not accept a salary if elected mayor in November, that is, until the city's budget woes are cured.
LOOK BOTH WAYS, CHILDREN No other issue facing the city last year raised more hackles than the cutting of school crossing guards. Parents were outraged to arrive on the first day of school last August to find the guards missing from their street corner posts. Residents volunteered to help children get safely to school and others successfully lobbied the city and San Leandro Unified School District to split the roughly $50,000 cost of reinstituting the program for the 2009-10 school year. So, what about the next school year? Surprisingly, the hue and cry was not vociferous enough for the city. Early drafts of the city's budget for the next fiscal year allocate zero dollars to school crossing guards. Cassidy noted the lack of funding last week to a joint meeting of the council and school board wondering why such a small amount of funding could not be found in the $68 million budget. Santos told The Citizen the budget is still in the earlier stages and will appropriate funding to the program. But, time is running out.
Alameda's offer to the Golden gate Yacht Club to house boats and patrons for a possible defense of the America's Cup in the Bay? The competition for the world's oldest contested competition is still 3-4 years away, but think about the demographic of those who enjoy the sport. The amount of revenue from such an event would do more than "anchor" the city and do brisk business for retailers selling those white sailor's caps and monogrammed blue blazers. The competition not only encomposses the America's Cup, but also the challenger's series of which numerous syndicates from many countries will vie to race billionaire Larry Ellison's yacht for the Cup. Teams need a place to stage their operations, repair boats, practice navigating the Bay waters, restaurants to eat and lodging for the month-long competition. Although the East Bay could attract some business for a possible Super Bowl in Santa Clara, if a new stadium is approved, Oakland's chances to host possible World Cup games in 2020 were eliminated recently from the U.S. Soccer's bid to FIFA, making the America's Cup the most likely sporting opportunity for the city to reap revenue for years to come .Alameda has put a plan forward, it's time for San Leandro to get on board. -S.T.
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