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Monday, August 18, 2014

Asian American Electorate May Decide Next San Leandro Mayor

Councilmember Benny Lee, second from left,
is a byproduct of the new found strength in
San Leandro's Asian American populace.
SAN LEANDRO | MAYOR | It would have been unthinkable a generation ago that any demographic in San Leandro other than Caucasians would be the voting bloc determining the makeup of its city officials.

The U.S. Census in 1970 infamously reported San Leandro was nearly 100 percent white—give or take a few black families that somehow infiltrated the city’s notorious redlining of homes from outsiders. Today, San Leandro’s largest demographic is not white or black, but Asian Americans, who incidentally, have recently shown a willingness to stand and be heard at City Hall.

Two years ago, Benny Lee became the city’s first Asian American council member, but his election underlined a series of seemingly innocuous events that showed the demographic had become not only more vocal than other groups in the city, but better organized. First, came a proposal by a local businessman to erect a wind turbine on his property near the predominately Asian Heron Bay housing development.

Councilmember Pauline Cutter
Residents turned out in droves to protest the wind turbine, but ultimately the City Council and mayor sided with business interests. The permit to raise the turbine is currently mired in litigation, but anger toward the Mayor Stephen Cassidy, who is not running for re-election, later spilled over again following his unilateral decision to reverse a council vote that would have allowed the Chinese flag to be raised over City Hall in honor of its national day.

The decision further raised a furor within the Asian Americans in San Leandro who viewed the flag-raising not as a symbol of Chinese oppression, as critics had argued, but as a celebration of their culture.

Councilmember Diana Souza
Despite the rancor, Cassidy did little to mend the rift within the city and that decision may go far in deciding who will be the next mayor. Councilmembers Pauline Cutter and Diana Souza are both seeking the office, as is local theater owner Dan Dillman.

Although Cutter attempted to act a mediator on the council during the Chinese flag fiasco, it may not matter to Asian groups in the city who tend to firmly stand against anybody viewed as too closely aligned to Cassidy. Dillman, a dark horse candidate who could greatly benefit in the ranked choice voting race with just three candidates, also leveled strong criticism against the flag-raising last year. At one point, he asserted having foreign flag flown over City Hall amounts to a military occupation.

Meanwhile, it is Souza, the two-term council member, who has steadily courted the growing Asian American demographic over the past few years. While her consistent opposition of cannabis dispensaries in San Leandro may not jibe with the entire city, it does with Asian American groups, who tend to be more socially conservative. In addition, Souza has a strong working relationship with Lee and supported the Chinese flag resolution.

And here’s another sign both Cutter and Souza see the Asian Americans as the key to victory: each requested their ballot statements include their names in Chinese characters.

60 comments :

With that strength I wonder why this group has not put a name on the ballot?

They are scared of us...very afraid...that's why Dan Dillman is on the ballot...he represents San Leandro from Santa Rita Jail.

Diana Souza has absolutely zero leadership ability and no ethics at all. San Leandro needs someone better and that would be anyone else.

Diana Souza as a city council member has always been very respectful and most helpful. She listens to concerns and has been great at helping to get problems solved. To say she has done nothing while on the city council is a brainless statement. Check her voting record, better yet get to know her. She has always been honest and hard working.
I like that she is not endorsed by Cassidy. I will never vote for any candidate he is backing.
Cassidy is not a good mayor! He is always rude, over bearing and self serving. He was the same while on the school board.
Cassidy has endorsed Katz, Crow, Almonte, Mack- Rose and Cutter (twice now, once for city council and now for mayor.)
Cutter was quick to use his endorsement when she announced in SL Times she has now decided to run for mayor, since Cassidy backed out. Not an endorsement to be proud of. Not voting for Cassidy's puppets.

Diana Souza has done nothing in her 8 years on the City Council. Her fellow Council members never voted her Vice Mayor under 2 different Mayors and Councils. They knew her best and never respected her. She is not well thought of in most of the city. Not voting for Benny Lee's puppets. He talks a lot but says nothing meaningful.

Marga Lacabe and Mike Katz both are restlessly working on getting rid of SLPD chief, Benny Lee and anyone disagreed with them.

Our super K-9 officer, Rohan, was on national TV recently, way to go, good job!

San Leandro police endorses Diana Souza won't endorse Pauline Cutter, anyone know why?

Souza is too incompetent to be San Leandro's Mayor. In all her years on the Council she has never had any original idea that the city has adopted. She has proposed nothing, done nothing, and is a follower, not a leader. We can do better and we will.

SL police endorsed Diana Souza over Pauline Cutter, anyone know the reason?

Is the writer here an idiot? Oh Yes, Tavares is an idiot. The 1970 census? Get real you moron.

Police choice is Diana Souza not Pauline Cutter, what's Cutter lack of?

Thanks Tavares, your recent article explained why Pauline Cutter not police's choice. Cutter told San Leandro Police POA she's running for mayor because Cassidy told her to. Cutter totally admitted she's one of Cassidy's puppets on record!

Sorry 6:50 but:

Souza is too incompetent to be San Leandro's Mayor. In all her years on the Council she has never had any original idea that the city has adopted. She has proposed nothing, done nothing, and is a follower, not a leader. We can do better and we will.

Sorry 11:35 but:
Pauline Cutter is not police's choice. We trust our police and love, love, love Rohan.

What's up with San Leandro... Mayor Cassidy chickened out and asked Cutter to run for mayor for him...so that he can remote control Cutter...

Diana Souza has absolutely zero leadership ability and no ethics at all. San Leandro needs someone better and that would be anyone else.

That anyone else is either "Cassidy told to me to run for mayor", or "I just got out from Santa Rita County jail".

Diana Souza was never elected by her fellow Council to be Vice Mayor under two different Mayors and four different Councils. That tells you she was not respected at all by the people who knew her best. I wish Gregory or Prola had run, but they didn't, so I'll vote for Cutter. Souza had her chance for eight years and did zero.

Didn't plan to vote in the mayoral race but will now. None of those two did much during their terms thought at least they tried. No to Clown Dillman just got out from jail. Can't believe Cutter publicly announces she gave up her useless brain to Stephen Cassidy. So my vote to Souza, trying better than not trying.

Jim Prola strongly endorses Pauline Cutter, the dumbest idiot who's admittedly a puppet of Cassidy. Jimmy, you're a dumb idiot too!

I'll be voting for Cutter because Souza is the dumbest Council person I've ever watched. Cassidy, Prola and Gregory have all endorsed Cutter, and to my knowledge only Reed has endorsed Souza. Reed barely won re-election as she has done very little in her 6 years, but more than Nothing Souza in 8.

Under our current leadership San Leandro is the talk of other cities as the city has accomplished so much and is going in the right direction. Souza with her sour contrarian personality and lack of acumen, would set San Leandro back many years. Cutter has most of my neighborhood's votes because she seems able to compromise, while Souza is too stubborn to be an effective Mayor.

The deal is when times Cassidy too busy at work giving out orders, Prola gladly giving commend to dumdum Cutter, Gregory is listed for emergency only.

Cutter is a lot smarter than Souza. Cassidy and Souza are both bullies and like to boss people around. Cutter seems to get along with most of San Leandro and that's why she seems to have a broad range of support. Look at her website and see all the diverse groups and people that support her. She definitely has this long time San Leandro family's support.

10:22pm re-read what you wrote:

Cassidy is a bully....Cutter is a lot smarter... Pauline Cutter openly admitted CASSIDY TOLD ME TO RUN FOR MAYOR. Cutter let Cassidy bully her around, guess you call that smart.

A majority of the Council told her to run. A majority of both the San Leandro and San Lorenzo school boards told her to run. A majority of San Leandro residents will vote for her. Smart people don't run against incumbents, but do run when the incumbent steps aside. Cassidy and Souza are both bullies! We don't need another bully for Mayor. We need Cutter.

My husband and I like Pauline Cutter. She does try and find solutions to problems that the majority of Council can agree with instead of being so dictatorial and rigid like Souza. Pauline also has a better personality and has the ability to get along with more people, that Mayors need to be successful. Souza is too sour and seems to lack tact, which would make her a poor Mayor. Can't vote for Dilman, although even he has a better personality than Souza.

Smart people don't run against incumbents, but do run when the incumbent steps aside...THAT EXPLAINS CUTTER SCARE EASILY.

Cutter has ALWAYS kissed Cassidy's bottom and it shows. Cassidy gave her money to run for city council the first time and endorsed her. Cutter has admitted Cassidy told her to run for Mayor. Cutter can't even make a decision on her own. She's the puppet and Cassidy the puppet master. ALWAYS HAS BEEN. Cutter often looks like a deer caught in the headlights when speaking and seems to have problems expressing her point.
Diana Souza has always answered our questions and is most helpful at getting problems solved. Souza won't let Cassidy control her and he knows it. A woman isn't "sour or lacking tack" if she speaks out and stands up for herself and others. It's about time that smart women can stand up to an over bearing dumb (man) mayor. SL Police have endorsed Souza for Mayor. SLPD didn't endorse Cutter when she ran for city council either. PROUD TO BE VOTING SOUZA FOR MAYOR!!

Just read in the San Leandro Times that Souza has taken $1000 from California Waste Solutions director Andy Duong who threw a fundraiser for her.

For those who don't know the Duong family are the ones who run CWS and are friends of San Leandro Vice Mayor Benny Lee who appeared before the Oakland City Council, introduced himself as our Vice Mayor, and told them to give their garbage contract to CWS even though it would cost San Leandro millions of dollars in transfer and permit fees and cost San Leandro hundreds of jobs.

Shame on our Councilman Lee and shame on Councilwomen Souza for having them throw a fundraiser for her and take their money. This San Leandro voter will never vote for either of them again and I'm sure there are many others who feel the same way in our city. No Benny Lee puppet for Mayor.

Proud to be voting for Cutter our next San Leandro Mayor for sure! Can't take anymore of Lee and Souza mistakes that take millions from San Leandro's general fund and lose hunded's of San Leandro jobs.

it's necessary to investigate on elected officials and their relatives WM originally had/have backroom deals fix not just Oakland, should look in to San Leandro records as well.
Prior to the late 1980's the only company hauling trash there was the Oakland Scavangers. How in the hell has WM been Oakland's garbage hauling company?

WM has no friends didn't talk to anyone just came right in took over Oakland Scavangers. Brainless as always.

Pauline Cutter took $4900 from Oakland Marijuana distributer Sara Ubelhart, the new owner of Zocalo coffee house in San Leadro, previously owned by Tim Holmes also Cassidy's 2010
campaign manager.

Sara Ubelhart and Dan Grace, who own Dark Heart Nursery which grows cannabis in Oakland recently took over San Leandro Zocalo coffee house with Mayor Cassidy pressured and pushed landlord to continue lease.

Zocalo new owner Sara Ubelhart host many campaign functions for Pauline Cutter and other candidates support Marijuana.

Cutter's campaign report on official site Sanleandro.org stated Sara Ubelhart gave Cutter $2450 in Cash $2450 provide space
and refreshment.

Here Contra Costa Times article, read for yourself:

http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_24117535/medical-marijuana-shops-moving-

ahead-san-leandro

The one person defending Benny Lee's action, and there is only one, seems to forget Benny Lee was elected to represent San Leandro not Oakland. That was a reprehensible action on his part, as San Leandro lost many millions over the life of the contract and hundreds of jobs. In other words ----he screwed the city he represents.

Very few care that Sara Ubelhart gave money to Pauline Cutter because a majority of voters in California approve of medical marijuana and it's distribution. You are in the minority.

What they don't approve of is our Vice Mayor Benny Lee telling Oakland it's ok if they take MILLIONS of dollars and jobs away from San Leandro. What San Leandro voters don't approve of this same company's director threw a fundraiser for Diana Souza after taking jobs and millions away from our city.

For those don't know Duong family they are minority family owned business they fought back when bully WM want them out of Oakland. We believe there are many genuine caring not bias people can see the principle behind it. I live in San Leandro I think WM charging too much I want city of San Leandro find a lower bid with more services like Oakland did. Thank you for protecting rate payers. The lost of millions that you claimed is from our over priced WM garbage bills. How bias you are. Benny Lee is not your puppet and I will vote for him again. By the Way WM transfer station smell like dead fish every time drive by.

Benny Lee should move to Oakland where his friends are. He could run for Council there. I voted for him in the 2012 and never will again. He's the Vice Mayor of San Leandro and his actions took millions of dollars of San Leandro money and gave it to Oakland. Horrible decision by a Vice Mayor who forgot where his voters live and what city he owes his allegiance to. San Leandro voters won't forget traitor.

If Mayor Cassidy plans on going after Benny Lee for the "fallout" from Oakland's garbage contract he'd better make sure to include the very well paid SL city manager Chris Zapata for his admitted "misstep" on his part, sending the Oakland City Council a letter "very late."

Councilmember Jim 'always talks, says nothing' Prola transfer station in his district and as usual he does and says nothing.

Councilmember Pauline 'appears she doesn't get it' Cutter. She is a member Board of Directors Alameda Waste Management Authority and she too says and does nothing. Cutter's campaign report shows Sara Ubelhart owner of Zocalo coffee house and Dark Heart Nursery which grows cannabis in Oakland gave Cutter $2,450. cash and $2,450.provided space and refreshments. Maybe Cutter inhales before attending meetings which explain why she often appears clueless and looks lost.

Mayor Cassidy will try to go after Benny Lee cause he gets off on bulling good people when he can't control the strings Maybe if Cassidy attended city council meetings rather then calling in, he might have an idea of what is going on. Cassidy should do us a favor and resign. Cassidy is the worst Mayor San Leandro ever had. He has always been divisive and lacks leadership

Mike Katz will lose blame on your hypocrite wife Marga Lacabe.

The one person defending Benny Lee's action, and there is only one, seems to forget Benny Lee was elected to represent San Leandro not Oakland. That was a reprehensible action on his part, as San Leandro lost many millions over the life of the contract and hundreds of jobs. In other words ----he screwed the city he represents.

Very few care that Sara Ubelhart gave money to Pauline Cutter because a majority of voters in California approve of medical marijuana and it's distribution. You are in the minority.

What they don't approve of is our Vice Mayor Benny Lee telling Oakland it's ok if they take MILLIONS of dollars and jobs away from San Leandro. What San Leandro voters don't approve of this same company's director threw a fundraiser for Diana Souza after taking jobs and millions away from our city.

What San Leandro voters don't approve of is flying the Chinese flag over city hall. Recall Benny Lee and don't vote for Souza for Mayor.

Marga Lacabe told lies to voters and said she was a international human rights lawyer to get elected to the Central Democratic Committee. Hyprocrite Marga talking out of her ass as though she's not a liar?

Don't vote for Mike Katz payback to Marga.

It's obvious the poster above who keeps trying to defend the San Leandro traitor Benny Lee doesn't understand the harm San Leandro will suffer and why. It's not just the expansion fee San Leandro lost which is over 1 million, but San Leandro gets over 500,000 thousand per year in transfer fees from Waste Management from the Oakland garbage that is brought to Davis Street. This goes into the general fund of the city that helps keep our police, fire, public works going. The contract was a 10 year contract. You do the math!

The fact is even though WM is based in Texas, the Transfer Station is based in San Leandro and the garbage that is brought into San Leandro by other cities generates millions of dollars for San Leandro and hundreds of jobs. Oakland garbage will now be brought to Richmond and San Leandro will lose millions in fees and permits and many jobs will be lost in San Leandro. Shame on the Vice Mayor. Resign Benny Lee and do the honorable thing.

Waste management has positioned itself to be the only game in town. In every aspect of managing the waste Dump sites, pick up, everything. As In a monopoly of the waste industry and they are the big bully everywhere. you see what they will do if they don't get their way. Does garbage mafia sound about right?

Waste Management wanted to be the town monopoly pushing out every bit player. They control waste dump sites, refuse pickups, and fees. Oakland was smart not to let this trash mafia put a 50% fee hike with less services on their people. The ol' boys club here in San Leandro are now pissed off that they can't steal money from the people of Oakland.

Diana Souza has done nothing in her 8 years on the City Council. Her fellow Council members never voted her Vice Mayor under 2 different Mayors and Councils. They knew her best and never respected her. She is not well thought of in most of the city. Not voting for Benny Lee's puppets. He talks a lot but says nothing meaningful. When he does say something he cost the city he lives in, San Leandro, millions of dollars. Move to Oakland with your friends the Duong family. Take Souza with you.

Traiter Marga Lacabe lied about us move to TX with your buddy WM. Take Mike Katz with you.

Everything she wrote and said are lies.

http://sanleandrotalk.voxpublica.org/2011/05/31/a-short-look-back-in-time-when-san-leandro-tried-to-censor-its-own-history/

Here's my take on the situation which hurts San Leandro:

Vice Mayor Benny Lee = San Leandro Traitor

Diana Souza, wanna be Mayor = Benny Lee Puppet

No wonder they want to fly communist China flag at City Hall

Here's my take, biggest San Leandro Traitor number one in line= Marga Lacabe. Mike Katz=Marga Lacabe puppet.

IMPORTANT VOTERS: PAULINE CUTTER RUNNING FOR MAYOR TOOK $4900 POT MONEY FROM OWNER ZOCALO COFFEE HOUSE IN SAN LEANDRO. NEW OWNER OF ZOCAL SARA UBELHART IS MARRIED TO GIANT DAN GRACE MAFIA MARIJUANA DISTRIBUTOR FROM OAKLAND. NO TO MARIJUANA. NO TO PAULINE CUTTER

The one person defending Benny Lee's action, and there is only one, seems to forget Benny Lee was elected to represent San Leandro not Oakland. That was a reprehensible action on his part, as San Leandro lost many millions over the life of the contract and hundreds of jobs. In other words ----he screwed the city he represents.

Very few care that Sara Ubelhart gave money to Pauline Cutter because a majority of voters in California approve of medical marijuana and it's distribution. You are in the minority.

What they don't approve of is our Vice Mayor Benny Lee telling Oakland it's ok if they take MILLIONS of dollars and jobs away from San Leandro. What San Leandro voters don't approve of this same company's director threw a fundraiser for Diana Souza after taking jobs and millions away from our city.

What San Leandro voters don't approve of is flying the Chinese flag over city hall. Recall Benny Lee and don't vote for Souza for Mayor.

By MW:

I will be extremely disappointed if San Leandro's next mayor is determined on the basis of ethnic bloc voting.

As to which candidate wins an election, that is not supposed to be determined by ethnicity and ethnic bloc voting, but instead by such things as: one, which candidate is the best at engaging in non-stop lying; two, which candidate is also the best at keeping a straight face and looking extremely sincere while engaging in those non-stop lies; three, which candidate makes all sorts of promises as to all of the things he will do to improve things if he gets elected, promises he knows he cannot possibly keep, and in most cases actually has absolutely no intention whatsoever of even trying to keep if he gets elected, and are made as nothing but sleazy and misleading campaign promises; four, which candidate is the most talented at sliming his opponents and misrepresenting his opponents' positions; five, which candidate is the very best at being a demagogue and a charlatan; and six, which candidate is the very best at selling his soul, in other words selling himself to the devil, to those who are willing to provide large election campaign contributions.

Since I am a traditionalist and firmly believe in traditional "values," please, I beg of you all San Leandro voters, do not allow yourself to be influenced to vote for a particular candidate because the candidate is of the same ethnicity as yourself, instead decide which candidate to vote for based on, and only based on, the six items I have listed above.

CURRENTLY SAN LEANDRO IS WORKING ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA ORDINANCE. PAULINE CUTTER RUNNING FOR MAYOR TOOK $4900 POT MONEY FROM OWNER ZOCALO COFFEE HOUSE IN SAN LEANDRO. NEW OWNER OF ZOCALO SARA UBELHART IS MARRIED TO GIANT DAN GRACE MAFIA MARIJUANA DISTRIBUTOR FROM OAKLAND. NO TO MARIJUANA. NO TO PAULINE CUTTER.

The one person defending Benny Lee's action, and there is only one, seems to forget Benny Lee was elected to represent San Leandro not Oakland. That was a reprehensible action on his part, as San Leandro lost many millions over the life of the contract and hundreds of jobs. In other words ----he screwed the city he represents.

Very few care that Sara Ubelhart gave money to Pauline Cutter because a majority of voters in California approve of medical marijuana and it's distribution. You are in the minority.

What they don't approve of is our Vice Mayor Benny Lee telling Oakland it's ok if they take MILLIONS of dollars and jobs away from San Leandro. What San Leandro voters don't approve of this same company's director threw a fundraiser for Diana Souza after taking jobs and millions away from our city.

What San Leandro voters don't approve of is flying the Chinese flag over city hall. Recall Benny Lee and don't vote for Souza for Mayor.

Diana Souza has done nothing in her 8 years on the City Council. Her fellow Council members never voted her Vice Mayor under 2 different Mayors and Councils. They knew her best and never respected her. She is not well thought of in most of the city. Not voting for Benny Lee's puppets. He talks a lot but says nothing meaningful. When he does say something he cost the city he lives in, San Leandro, millions of dollars. Move to Oakland with your friends the Duong family. Take Souza with you.

Absolutely agree with 8:28. BTW the medical mmj ordinance already passed the city council by a 5-1 vote. Benny Lee was the only no vote and Diana Souza recused herself because her son works in a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland. This dispensary wants to put in a bid for San Leandro's dispensary.

Diana Souza has done nothing in her 8 years on the City Council. Her fellow Council members never voted her Vice Mayor under 2 different Mayors and Councils. They knew her best and never respected her. She is not well thought of in most of the city. Not voting for Benny Lee's puppets. He talks a lot but says nothing meaningful. When he does say something he cost the city he lives in, San Leandro, millions of dollars. Move to Oakland with your friends the Duong family. Take Souza with you.

Shame on our Vice Mayor Benny Lee telling Oakland it's OK if they take MILLIONS of dollars and hundreds of JOBS away from San Leandro.

Shame on Diana Souza for allowing this same company's director to throw a fundraiser for her after taking jobs and millions away from our city.

Shame on Diana Souza and Benny Lee for wanting to fly the Chinese flag over city hall. Don't vote for Souza for Mayor and Benny Lee should dishonorably resign.

My husband and I like Pauline Cutter. She does try and find solutions to problems that the majority of Council can agree with instead of being so dictatorial and rigid like Souza. Pauline also has a better personality and has the ability to get along with more people, that Mayors need to be successful. Souza is too sour and seems to lack tact, which would make her a poor Mayor. Can't vote for Dilman, although even he has a better personality than Souza.

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