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Friday, August 29, 2014

Oakland Garbage Contract Hangs Over San Leandro Council, Elections

My story in this week’s East Bay Express on the fallout from Oakland’s garbage contract pinching into San Leandro’s general fund to the tune of around $500,000 annually is reverberating through the city administration and council. It may also end up being a major campaign talking point this fall. In addition to the mayor’s race, three council seats are open.

As far as Councilmember Benny Lee, who unwittingly lobbied Oakland against his own city’s best interests last month, there is some talk his colleagues, led by Mayor Stephen Cassidy, may attempt to reprimand him for actions. There is even talk of censure, but that would seem unlikely.  Instead, there may be a movement to strip Lee of his recently appointed role as vice mayor. Lee was picked just last May after a bit of controversy over potentially changing how and when the ceremonial position is chosen. If past alliances are taken into account, Lee, along with Councilmembers Diana Souza and Ursula Reed would likely block such a move and need just another colleague to gain a majority.

San Leandro council member could be 
in hot water with his colleagues.
A major reasons given for admonishing Lee is a quick listen of his public comments to the Oakland City Council last July 30 gave the impression he was speaking on behalf of San Leandro. Since the Oakland City Council may not have received the late letter from San Leandro's city manager describing support for Waste Management’s bid, it is plausible Oakland council members may have been under the impression Lee represented the city’s stance on the contract. Even before the story was published, some business interests in San Leandro already were livid with Lee for lobbying for Oakland-based California Waste Solutions over Waste Management, which processes Oakland waste at the Davis Street Transfer Station in San Leandro.

Meanwhile, San Leandro candidates running as outsiders this fall are salivating over the article revealing a City Hall in disarray and more than a bit of ineptitude to go around. None of the three contested council elections have incumbents. In fact, the list of officials caught asleep at the wheel goes further than Lee and City Manager Chris Zapata. As mayor, Cassidy provided no leadership. Councilmember Jim Prola did nothing even though the transfer station on Davis Street resides in his own district. Councilmember Pauline Cutter, who is running for mayor, sits on the intergovernmental agency involved in waste and recycling in Alameda County and did nothing while her opponent in the mayor’s race, Councilmember Diana Souza received a $1,000 contribution from a member of the family that owns California Waste Solutions, the company that pulled off the stunning upset bid to replace Waste Management in Oakland. Although the donation came two weeks after Oakland voted on the contract, it’s another link to how completely oblivious San Leandro officials were to this deal adversely affecting their own bottom line.

However, there could be significant blow back in the city’s Asian American community if it is perceived Cassidy is launching what the voting bloc, which is quickly gaining power in San Leandro, sees as another slight against them. First the Chinese flag flap at City Hall and now an attack against Lee, the first Asian American to sit on the San Leandro City Council.
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Desley Brooks at a candidates forum
Wednesday in Oakland
PHOTO/Steven Tavares
NEVER CAN BE TOO SAFE Despite a trio of surprising quality challenging Oakland Desley Brooks in her re-election bid this fall, she is still a prohibitive favorite to add a fourth term on the City Council. However, the sheer tenacity and grinding sound bites being volleyed by little-known candidate Michael Johnson, in particular, may be taking a toll on Brooks. During a candidates forum last month hosted by the Sierra Club, Johnson and two other challengers, Shereda Nosakhare and James Moore pounded away at Brooks for a perception she has done little to improve the struggling district. When Johnson said, “District 6 is the economic doughnut hole in Oakland,” it was not only one of the best lines this campaign season, but also a signal Brooks will have to employ far more than a perfunctory re-election campaign. To be sure, there are groups in Oakland that don’t like the irascible Brooks, but believe she is electorally untouchable. However, the onslaught against Brooks at the Sierra Club forum appeared to grab the attention of some rival labor groups and the East Bay Bike Coalition, in particular. Brooks seems to be acknowledging the level of competition in this race is greater than expected. There’s word she has hired a political consultant.
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Bryan Parker at a candidates forum
Thursday in Oakland.
PHOTO/Steven Tavares
HERE AND THERE Outspoken Oakland mayoral candidate Saied Karamooz has delivered quite a few zingers lately. Following a forum last Monday night at Oakland’s Temple Sinai, Karamooz said the one mayoral candidate who scares him the most is Bryan Parker. “He’s everything that is bad about the system,” said Karamooz. In particular, he blasted Parker for supporting Bitcoin as a method for Oaklanders rise up from poverty. Karamooz says he is not in the mayor's race to win because that would validate the system, but to instead highlight its hypocrisy…At the same forum, audience members were allowed to ask one question to any candidate. Most chose Jean Quan, Rebecca Kaplan and Libby Schaaf, in that order…Ro Khanna has repeatedly beat the drum over Rep. Mike Honda’s blank schedule for August. Honda, though, is in McAllen, Tex. for two days this week with a bipartisan congressional delegation taking a look at the growing immigration problem at the U.S.-Mexico border. The trip is similar to one taken by Rep. Eric Swalwell

Speaking of the freshman congressman, a few weeks back Swalwell painfully pointed to a Palestinian American in his district while identifying him as "that guy," and despite saying he didn't have a "dog in the fight" in the Israeli-Gaza conflict, he tweeted Thursday a photo of himself with Bibi Netanyahu...For a second time this November election season, GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari is appearing at a fundraiser in Fremont for State Senate 10th District candidate Peter Kuo, who is a clear underdog to Democratic Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski…The 10th State Senate District covers parts of San Jose all the way up to Castro Valley. There’s a growing concern that Kuo, who is from Santa Clara, is staying in his South Bay comfort zone too much and needs to show up in the northern parts of the district pronto…Why didn’t more San Leandro candidates come forward to run for mayor after the incumbent mayor surprised many by not running for re-election? One conspiracy theory says Cassidy and other qualified candidates know something bad is on the horizon in San Leandro government; therefore, they wanted no part of the effort to rebuild public confidence. Another theory says, c'mon bro, it's San Leandro.

62 comments :

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

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.

Pauline Cutter took $4900 from Oakland Marijuana distributer Sara Ubelhart, the new owner of Zocalo coffee shop in San Leandro. Tim Holmes was former owner of Zocalo 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 her $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-

Hey Marga pimping ponytails lately roaster Sara Zocalo buying.

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?

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.

Pauline Cutter took $4900 from Oakland Marijuana distributor that's how Pauline has the ability to get along with more people, we got it!

Steven, again you give yourself way too much credit and create a scenario you insist will come to pass. See you in a couple of years when everyone is happy with the new rates brought on by competition and waste ends up at a process center not on the corner.

Is everyone just assuming a larger plant on Davis is a Godsend of some sort ?

Oakland residents pay garbage bills through Waste Management of Alameda County "$29.80 a month for single family homes" and "$474.20 for 20-unit buildings"

We are being charged $40+ to $50+ in San Leandro. Wake up San Leandro we are being overcharged!

For those asking about my future plans, I have decided to accept an offer from Platinum Advisors in Sacramento. I'll be whoring for the unions; this is a natural fit for me since it's what I would have done had a miracle happened and I actually won the election. That was NEVER going to happen. I'm also going to accept Congressman Swalwell's generous offer to do an internship in his district office. This is about as close to congress as I will ever get. From what I understand one of my responsibilities will be baking cookies. The staffers works so very hard and deserve home-baked treats. Anyone know of any good cookbooks? I really need to bone up. That's the latest for now. I'll keep you updated from time to time.

Ellen

The one person defending Mike Katz's action, and there is only one, seems to forget Mike Katz was elected to represent San Leandro schools and our children. That was a reprehensible action on his part go on national television against our SLPD, the city, public safety.

Many care that Zocalo new owner Sara Ubelhart also a huge Oakland marijuana distributor gave money to Pauline Cutter because a majority of voters in San Leandro disapprove of medical marijuana and it's distribution. You are in the minority.

What they don't approve of is Mike Katz and Marga's disturbing opinions and telling San Leandro it's ok men having sex in the bathroom at Marina park What San Leandro voters don't approve Mike advocates that nothing wrong with adult having sex in a park bathroom that children use.

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.

I agree with anon 12:31 and will not vote for Benny Lee and Diana Souza ever again. They sold out out San Leandro for Oakland. Absolutely disgraceful!

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

Amen 2:14, Amen. You hit the nail on the head.

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

City of San Leandro need to answer and find out why WM charge Oakland single home only $28. BUT charge San Leandro at $55. ACI $44. Which era of council approved this deal with WM, and when is this agreement end! Please audit!

Agree, demand Alameda County DA's office perform an investigation, audit immediately on $1000 from garbage firm plus $4900 from a San Leandro business owner has a big Marijuana operation in Oakland. Important Note: San Leandro council is currently working on medical marijuana dispensary ordinance.

IMPORTANT VOTERS: 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

Many questions to city of San Leandro: WM lost their contract in Oakland cost city San Leandro $500k. WM charge Oaklanders at $28 a pop while San Leandran paying prices between $40 to $55 between ACI/WM (checked). Who is the real sucker here? The $500K operating fees from WM to city of San Leandro is not from Oakland is from San Leandro residents. I want refund.

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.

Pauline Cutter pocketed $4900 from a San Leandro business owner has a big Marijuana operation in Oakland. Important Note: San Leandro council is currently working on medical marijuana dispensary ordinance.

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

This news is waking up many San Leandro residents.

Questions to the city of San Leandro must answer why the hell WM and ACI charging us much higher than Oakland.

Some of us paying ACI $40 and up, WM around $54 & up, while Oaklanders are paying much less at $28 to $30s. We want names, who were the corrupted councils back then approved WM contract for San Leandro & when will this extorted agreement be expired.

To me, from day one San Leandrans have been paying $500,000 to city of San Leandro not WM transfer dump station.

In reality, Oakland is a lot smarter than us. some of the comments here are delighted to take or find any opportunities or reasons kicking people out from San Leandro to Oakland with regardless meaning of conforming to reality or fact.

11:22 are you really that stupid. I just got my bill from ACI and it was for THREE months at 61+ dollars or a little over $20/month. Both ACI and WM are on long term contracts with only small cost of living increases built in.

The point is San Leandro will be losing, because of permit fees of a building that won't be built, and transfer fees that are based on tonnage of garbage almost 2 MILLION dollars in general fund money because of what BENNY LEE did for his Oakland friends. He's supposed to care about San Leandro.

Because It's a 10 year contact this will amount to many millions of dollars over the term of the contract. This money that we lost pays for police, fire, roads, libraries, schools, etc.

Shame on Benny Lee for speaking on behalf of San Leandro when the Mayor and the City Manager are supposed to be the spoke persons for the city and shame on Diana Souza for taking money from Benny Lee's Oakland friends.

Will not vote for either one ever again and neither will my neighbors who are all talking about this loss of San Leandro revenue due to these San Leandro traitors.

Thank you Anon 12:44. When we read the times article we were flabbergasted that San Leandro Council people would support the loss of San Leandro City revenue. Oakland gains and our city loses because of these 2 idiots. Another e-mail said both Benny Lee and Diana Souza support flying the Chinese flag at City Hall. That's outrageous. These two lost my families votes forever. I'll spread the word when I talk to friends.

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.

The old racist boys of San Leandro are at it again. Take those who aren't white out of San Leandro and even take away their money by raising their garbage fees by 50%. Shame on you!

Clear picture city of San Leandro and some have no conscience, no moral standards to draw $500,000 from WM to the city general funds when they know the money is unethical. Go ahead spread the words about Benny Lee to your family and friends, We want to know who are those unethical people.

We know for fact Unethical number one is Mike Katz.

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. That comes to 6 MILLION dollars lost to San Leandro's general fund!

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. Move to Oakland where your friends are. Souza should go with you.

Clear picture city of San Leandro and some have no conscience, no moral standards to draw $500,000 from WM to the city general funds when they know the money is unethical. Go ahead spread the words about Benny Lee to your family and friends, We want to know who are those unethical people.

11:17pm we understand you're sour get over it you lost you are done blame yourself

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.

Benny Lee betrayed our city of San Leandro and he will never get elected here again. He had no right to speak against our city's best interest or speak as Vice Mayor of San Leandro. We voters will never forget or forgive he cost our city millions of dollars and hundreds of jobs.

August 31, 2014 at 11:17 PM It's you We are not your puppet.

August 31, 2014 at 11:40 PM Mike Katz will lose.

This was a big mistake by our Vice Mayor. He cost the city he was elected in millions of dollars in general fund revenue that we need for our police and fire services, not to mention schools, libraries, parks and roads. These millions from transfer and permit fees went directly into San Leandro coffers. How does our Vice Mayor hope to replace these millions, or does he propose to cut our already thin police and fire. Don't even pretend he didn't know how this would affect San Leandro as he said, because he was elected because of his budget and financial expertise. What a LIAR Benny Lee is!

San Leandro defeated many lawsuits cost the city millions of dollars. How does our council hope to replace these millions that we need for our police and fire services, not to mention schools, libraries, parks and roads. Don't even pretend they don't know how this would affect San Leandro as they said because they were elected because of their expertise. What a LIAR they are!

IMPORTANT NOTE TO VOTERS: 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.

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. That comes to 6 MILLION dollars lost to San Leandro's general fund!

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. Move to Oakland where your friends are. Souza should go with you.

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.

Absolutely agree with 10:13. 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.

justification insinuated it's okay or....not....Pauline Cutter should take $4900 from owner of Zocalo also a Oakland mj distributor ..... they wants to put in a bid for SL dispensary......

Steven Tavares, more stories for your next article.

If California Waste Solutions doesn't use the transfer station, how will garbage be sent to the dump? This company is said to be ill prepared for the task at hand. Maybe East Bay Citizen can do an article on the new company and its plans. That could be very interesting.

This was a big mistake by our Vice Mayor. He cost the city he was elected in millions of dollars in general fund revenue that we need for our police and fire services, not to mention schools, libraries, parks and roads. These millions from transfer and permit fees went directly into San Leandro coffers. How does our Vice Mayor hope to replace these millions, or does he propose to cut our already thin police and fire. Don't even pretend he didn't know how this would affect San Leandro as he said, because he was elected because of his budget and financial expertise. What a LIAR Benny Lee is!

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

California Waste Solutions is more than prepared for this, that is why WM is so concerned.
http://calwaste.com/

Still remember in year 2008 Waste Management locked out their employees for months.

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.

IMPORTANT NOTE TO VOTERS: 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 GUTTER.

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

Absolutely agree with above post. 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.

Many Thanks to CWS continue purchase trucks from our very best SL trucking companies and thank you for supporting Diana Souza for Mayor! When SL trash contract about due for renewal, San Leandro residents welcome CWS put in lowest price bid - WM better twice if they think they can steal from us!

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.

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. That comes to 6 MILLION dollars lost to San Leandro's general fund!

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. Move to Oakland where your friends are. Souza should go with you.

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