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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Oakland's New Garbage Contract Will Greatly Affect San Leandro

SAN LEANDRO | When the Oakland City Council awarded a garbage contract to locally owned recycling company California Waste Solutions earlier this month and passed over what seemed like a stronger competing bid from Waste Management, the effects of the decision appeared to be confined only to Oakland. But a closer examination of the deal reveals that neighboring San Leandro stands to lose nearly $2 million in revenue next year because of the Oakland City Council's decision. Oakland's switch to California Waste Solutions means that San Leandro will miss out on fees it collects from Waste Management for its waste transfer station in that city.

Yet despite the fact that Oakland's decision to go with California Waste Solutions will have a substantial impact on San Leandro's budget, the city's officials failed to lobby the Oakland City Council to stick with Waste Management. Instead, San Leandro Vice Mayor Benny Lee urged the Oakland City Council on July 30 to choose California Waste Solutions — a move that went against his own city's financial best interests...

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Benny Lee screwed up big time on this one. Cost the City millions that they won't have for their revenue, not to mention jobs for San Leandro. What an idiot for Vicemayor! How dumb do you have to be to be this stupid.

Didn't know Benny Lee that powerful Oakland city council listened to Lee not Cassidy.

Why Mayor Cassidy and none of his puppets went or stood up for San Leandro in front of Oakland council meetings?

Seems Waste Management, Cassidy and city administrations were confident that smaller minority owned business automatically not qualify for much.

August 26, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Are we idiots or dumb stood up for "illegal immigrants" cost our country millions that we won't have, not to mention many of us are jobless, homeless?

I've heard that both the City Manager and the Mayor wrote to the Oakland City Council to keep the jobs and money from the waste disposal in San Leandro. This will rank up there with one of the dumbest things a Vice Mayor has done to his own city.

Benny Lee....you are the Vice Mayor of San Leandro NOT Oakland. You have cost San Leandro millions of dollars and hundreds of jobs. You should resign your Council seat.

Public record revealed city manager wrote his letter at last minute and admitted that "he could of and have of". Mayor wrote to Oakland city council after the meeting was OVER. Fact of matter, San Leandro lost many lawsuits cost San Leandro millions of dollars and hundred of jobs, which one of council persons should resign first.

Benny Lee should resign first. He had no right to go to Oakland and speak as the Vice Mayor like he was representing San Leandro. I listened to his speech. He never said he was speaking only for himself. He implied he was speaking for San Leandro which was wrong,wrong,wrong.

His actions directly led to San Leandro losing millions and millions over the 10 year life of the contract and will cost San Leandro jobs, jobs and more jobs. He did this to benefit his friends in Oakland, but he's supposed to care, and was elected to care about San Leandro.

This money could have been used to hire more police officers, improve fire protection, the parks, open library longer, help our schools, etc. Benny Lee basically screwed San Leandro to help his friends in Oakland. How dumb and deceitful is that? He should resign, but if he doesn't, I agree with the 6:44 post above.

Amen 8:56, amen;

Mr Lee, do the honorable thing and resign, or be recalled.

City manager Chris Zapata should resign or be fired, NOT Benny Lee. Zapata himself admitted the letter was "sent very late and that it could have been a MISSTEP on my part." The city manager should have told the entire city council not just Mayor Cassidy about the financial impact this could have had on our city. I believe it's called keeping everyone in the loop.

Waste Management rates always go up and the service is the pits. We are ALWAYS having to clean up, after they pick up. My neighbors and I are constantly picking up and sweeping glass, paper and food scrapes. We all call to complain and they apologize, but it continues. We have come to the conclusion they must hire drivers with poor vision.

If Waste Management is so great (not) why does the city of San Leandro use Waste Management and ACI? Makes one wonder if any greasing of the palm is going on.
Waste Management is based in Houston, Texas. Texas getting rich and we get screwed.

Nice try Marga, trying to blame Benny Lee. Marga should move to Texas.

Nobody is talking about this article.
Oakland Garbage Rates Could Jump 50 Percent Under New Contract. Would San Leandro allows Waste Managment increase 50% on us and let Waste Management get rid of other trash haulers like ACI currently servcing San Leandro too?

After reading this article, proud of Benny Lee.

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/05/30/oakland-garbage-rates-could-jump-50-percent-under-new-contract-trash-recycling-environment-waste-management-california-waste-solutions-bidding-process/

If a local and smaller company can do the job better and cheaper it's a good move. Local jobs and money stays here not going to Texas. Waste Management rates always going up and service is bad.
Benny Lee is a honest, good and smart man. He knows a 50% rate hike is too much. I like how he always cares about the little guy.

Did Mayor Cassidy the lame duck and the city manager really think they could write a letter telling the city of Oakland or any city how to do things? If Waste Management tries to raise fees 50% in Oakland, San Leandro could be next.

San Leandro wasn't worried when they continually raised fees on local businesses, which caused many businesses to move out of San Leandro. Then the city hires individual to tell them how to try to bring business back to San Leandro. Sounds like more of the left hand not knowing what right hand is doing.

Wonder how many letters San Leandro got from city of Oakland for this move? Cassidy is mayor of San Leandro not Oakland. So HAPPY he'll soon be gone. Time to start singing HAPPY song again.

Holly crap Benny Lee. What the hell were you thinking? San Leandro, the city you are supposed to represent will lose millions of dollars in permit fees and transfer fees. This is a big loss for our City of San Leandro. Oakland and Richmond gain, but San Leandro loses millions and jobs. What a stupid move you did to hurt our city and San Leandro's revenue stream. You live in San Leandro not Oakland. Having your friends write in and try to justify what you should have known as Vice Mayor will not get you off the hook. There is no justification for taking money and jobs away from San Leandro to give to your friends in Oakland. He's supposed to care about the little guy who works at the Waste Management Transfer Station in San Leandro. He's supposed to care about the millions San Leandro will lose in the City's general fund every year for 10 years. How many San Leandro workers will be laid off.?

Holy crap San Leandro's garbage fees could go up 50%. You must be stupid if that's okay with you. If waste management is so good, why does San Leandro use ACI too?
Don't know Benny Lee glad he thinks about the little guy. Nice try Marga.

Why should we care for the illegal immigrants at the border waiting in line coming to America there is no justification for talking money and jobs away from our taxpayers when we can used the money within , sound familiar, hypocrites or not?

Oakland City Council must have had a reason for not continuing to do business with Waste Management. Maybe they listened to their constituents that could not afford a 50% rate increase. A new company means new jobs.

That dump at the end of Davis Street is making good money. Dump fees have gone way up. That's why many people are doing illegal dumping. I am always seeing San Leandro city workers picking up the garbage from the illegal dumping.

Why does San Leandro use Waste Management and ACI? Is one better than the other? If Waste Management fees go up 50% the city workers will need bigger truck to pick up even more illegal dumping. Maybe the city will have to bring back the old garbage pick up service. That service was great.

Be careful Benny Lee there are old boys in the club are very jealous of you. They can't stand the fact they can't control you. Benny Lee ain't their tool and refuse letting them order him around. Heard this one old bitter dog is heading up to bit you. Benny Lee don't yield we like your honesty and braveness.

Waste Management based in Houston, Texas operates the Davis Street Transfer Station and are making very good money.
California Waste Solutions opening a new transfer station at the former Oakland Army Base will create new jobs. The city of Oakland will be able to collect much needed fees.
The city of San Leandro should be prepared, business comes and business goes. Wonder if there's some wheeling and dealing going on under the table between city of San Leandro and Waste Management? Maybe Mayor Cassidy and city manger should have written a letter to Waste Management telling them a 50% increase could be pricing them out of business. Not to worry the city of San Leandro will just raise taxes and fees again.

Our San Leadro Vice Mayor is not afraid speaking uprightness!
We see True Colors of those self claimed loving moral characters are slowly revealing on surface, they careless, all they want is bloody money from Oaklanders or their conclusion just want to get rid of Benny Lee!

Agree with 12;40 PM, Councilmember Benny Lee be very careful of the Good Ole Boy Club. Don't take their crap, but watch your back. Cassidy one of the leaders of the pack. He'll probably try to bite you for his being caught with his head up his fanny again.
Councilmember Lee, I wish I lived in your district. I admire your honesty and Compassion. Thank you for being a leader and not a follower. Glad I voted for you!

Benny Lee, we like the way you are, don't let them change you!
We will continue to support your honest, smart leadership!

Why is Cassidy and City Manager trying to tell city of Oakland what to do? Cassidy your mayor of San Leandro not GOD!
Like Cassidy would take orders from city of Oakland.

Cassidy I am counting the days till your gone, One term loser, always grandstanding, lying, overbearing, nauseating, idiot, looks like Larry Fine, worst Mayor we ever had. Good riddance.

Another article with further infomation

Oaklanders,Civicorop & EBMUD united behind California Waste Solutions (CWS) because Waste Management(WM) would not come to the table for Oaklanders, Civicorp, or EBMUD. CWS tried to come together with Wm for a split, Wm for trash and CWS for recycle but WM basically said 'No Way & High Way, it's all ours and no deal.

http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_26251808/oakland-garbage-scales-back-rate-increases

WM increase 50% at rate payers and from this 50% give 3% to City Hall to deceive good deed. Dummy Cassidy is in process drafting proclamation "today is WM day".

Waste Management won't come to the table and the San Leandro city manger and Mayor Cassidy don't have a problem with this.
No wonder the city of Oakland won't do business with them.
Wake up Cassidy, your making yourself look foolish and not very smart again.

Good people remember Cassidy will be gone soon. We can sing Happy song and do Happy dance. Worst Mayor we have ever had.

WM blood sucker. San Leandro should start looking for better, lower bid trash hauler soon.

All the last 12 or 13 e-mails and most on this string look like they are written by the same person with the exact same style and phrases. Benny Lee is your wife Rose sending these e-mails trying to protect you from your mistake, or is it just the same friend.

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.

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.

August 28, 2014 at 12:04 AM sounds like Marga the wanna be lawyer spewing her nasty poison again. Now she's trying to attack Benny Lee's wife. Not surprised, Benny's wife is beautiful and has a great personality. One look at Marga and it's easy to see why she's jealous of Mrs. Lee.
Thanks Benny Lee for not being part of the ole boy club. WM move to Texas.

Astonishing San Leandro Times article said Mayor Stephen Cassidy objects local business grassroots firm over giant Waste Management. As one of the small business owners myself I naturally prefer small local businesses provided they can do the job. You get better service from small businesses and using a local business puts money into the local economy.

City of San Leandro need to protect our rate payers that should be their priority overpriced WM garbage bully is not welcomed anywhere.

Seems San Leandro Mayor and his city manager are blood suckers too they do not care what or how it takes to generate funds into their city. Watch out San Leandro citizens are you paying high dumping fees too. Those programs and jobs that created by WM or your city are basically from your overrated garbage bills. People call that kiting or money floating.

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!

Wow good story California Waste Solutions the family came to San Francisco with just the shirts on their backs with limited English began with just collecting cardboard for living back in early '90. This family still fighting and pursing the American Dream the sky is the limit. Thank you America!

City of San Leandro defeated many lawsuits cost the city millions of dollars. How does our council hope to replace these millions, or do they propose to cut our already thin police and fire. 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

By MW:

In the last week or two I read an article, but don't remember in which newspaper (however I would assume a lot of Bay area residents read the same article I am referring to), that said Waste Management was suing Oakland in regard to the fact that it did not get the contract, and according to that article the primary point in WM's lawsuit was that it was alleging the decision to award the contract to California Waste Solutions: one, was the result of a prearranged backroom fix; two, supposedly the decision was made in advance and before the bids were even looked at; and three, however to make it look good and supposedly legitimate, therefore after the decision was made, and supposedly in advance, on which company would get the contract, the Oakland City Council then went through choreographed, scripted, and prearranged charades of pretending to consider the merits of each bid.

Having lived in the Bay area for a few decades, and also with the majority of that time in Alameda County, and therefore having become somewhat familiar with how things are done around here, I would be thoroughly and completely shocked if any major decision was made legitimately and not the result of a choreographed, scripted, and prearranged backroom fix.

In other words, most of the Bay area's public officials are the very best that money can buy.

Lets go way back and start investigate on who were those elected officials WM originally had/have backroom deals fix not just Oakland, should look in to San Leandro records as well and other cities.

Smart CWS family learned very quickly from WM. You learn fast when swimming with the sharks.

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.

As a homeowner I don't care much for Wall Street corporations who charge too much for a service and send huge profits to share holders...I would prefer the city to handle the trash, but that's not going to happen...Trash collection should be getting cheaper since we are so good at recycling. A lot less trash being hauled to the landfill...valuable materials being recycled.

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? Big corp fish swallowing little community owned company doesn't add up to 100 years of service. Service has been sub par under WM.

I voted Benny Lee before will vote for him again action proven Lee is not puppet of old boys club.

The truth is that Oakland Councilmember could care less that Vice Mayor Lee was there or that San Leandro city manager sent a letter to explain San Leandro' position. It did not matter.

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-

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.

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.

THOUSANDS OF SIGNATURES SAYING NO TO MARIJUANA DISPENSARY IN SAN LEANDRO. WILL NOT VOTE FOR ANY CANDIDATES SUPPORT IT.

Majority of voters in SAN LEADNRO disapprove of medical marijuana and it's distribution. You are in the minority.

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 this 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 again.
By the way, WM transfer station smell like dead fish every time drive by.

I agree that Benny Lee was supporting his friends and not looking out for the best interest of San Leandro. Before I even read this article and the comments I had a feeling that this company had to be Asian-owned because that's where I feel Lee's allegiance lies. Not to the city and not to the non-Asian community. The ironic thing is that we are constantly finding products that come from Asian countries don't have the same standards of safety and cleanliness that we do here in the U.S. They don't even have a waste facility in the area yet so I wouldn't be surprised if we find out in a couple of years that all that garbage is being mishandled or dumped in the Pacific somewhere. Just another nail in San Leandro's coffin. Thanks Benny Lee for your allegiance as well as Mayor Cassidy and Chris Zapata for being asleep on the job. We are always complaining about crime in San Leandro but it looks like the biggest criminals are the ones who are supposed to be protecting us.

Black, white, yellow, brown...what's your problem?

Not good enough for you, don't buy them, what's your issue Marga?

Mike Katz again have his crazy wife all over we get it attack council, police, too many Asian and what else?

August 29, 2014 at 8:42 PM whine to chief of USA that your undie updside down.

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.

San Leandro voters won't forget traitor Mike Katz against anyone disagree with his pretend human right lawyer wife.

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?

Some traitor went on TV gossip SLPD should we vote for you

Most of the money being discussed now is tied to expansion/construction fees for a larger plant on Davis, not ongoing operating fees. (no thanks) Great news though, good chance SL will continue to get back even a smaller return of the money WM gouged from her residents.

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.

By MW:

Some people in our area seem to \think that certain Oakland and San Leandro officials, and including those on the respective City Councils, make a lot of their decisions, and such as in regard to which company will get the contract for trash pickup, on the basis of which person or company recently gave them a one thousand dollar election campaign contribution.

If our local officials are really granting huge contracts on the basis of the small and lightly disguised bribes of only one thousand dollar election campaign contributions, then I think, and based on the "standards" of politics, and especially Bay area politics, what they did was disgusting.

In fact, some analysts have concluded that the contracts for the next several years of trash pickups in Oakland and San Leandro will be worth over one billion dollars in business, and that does not even count the fact that the recent actions by the Oakland and San Leandro City Councils will most likely lead to California Waste Solutions eventually being granted similar contracts from other cities and counties all over the United States. In other words, the actions of the Oakland and San Leandro in recently granting CWS these contracts will most likely eventually lead to tens of billions of dollars in additional business for CWS.

So if some of our local officials did sell out, and if so if they did sellout for only such small and measly things as one thousand dollar election campaign contributions, then I think what they did, and based on the "standards" of politics, and especially the "standards" of Bay area politics, was sickening and disgusting.

So as to uphold the "standards" of Bay area politics, they should have demanded hundreds of thousands of dollars in under the table bribes, also huge Swiss bank accounts, and still furthermore that some of their spouses and children would be given very high paying no work jobs.

They should have also demanded that when they themselves retired from their jobs as "public servants," they would then themselves also be given extremely high paying no work jobs with the winning bidder.

In fact, I am going to demand that the Alameda County DA's office do an investigation to determine why our local "public servants" may have very well sold out so cheaply. And in closing, let me comment how can Alameda County ever expect to get the respect it deserves if we allow our local paid off political hacks to sell themselves for not much more than nickels and dimes.

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.

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

China flag flap at white house. your underwear made in china. don't wear them.

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.

Most of the money being discussed now is tied to expansion/construction fees for a larger plant on Davis, not ongoing operating fees (no thanks) Great news though, good chance SL will continue to get back even a smaller return of the money WM gouged from residents

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.

It's obvious the poster above who keeps trying to defend the San Leandro traitors Benny Lee and Diana Souza 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 10:14. 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 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 recall Benny Lee.

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!

It's obvious the poster above who keeps trying to defend the San Leandro traitors Benny Lee and Diana Souza 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.

I think it's important that we take care of our garbage. It makes sense that we should try to manage our garbage by making bills and contracts. My neighborhood doesn't do a very good job at this. Our waste management people don't come very often and it's annoying. http://www.oscarsdisposals.ca/en/waste_management.html

It is sad that the decision was made for personal gains even though it affects another party’s prospects. They should have pursued on with the discussion to promote a mutual understanding and agree on a win-win situation. Nevertheless, as long as the residents’ lives are not affected in regards to daily garbage removal, then I guess there is still a positive outcome to this predicament.

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