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Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Proxy War for Mayor in San Leandro

San Leandro mayoral candidates, Councilmember Diana Souza, Dan Dillman and Councilmember Pauline Cutter, at a forum Sept. 11 at the San Leandro Main Library. PHOTO/Steven Tavares
SAN LEANDRO | MAYOR | San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy decided earlier this year that one term in office was enough, but that doesn’t mean his large frame isn’t casting a shadow over the campaign to replace him

San Leandro mayoral candidates Diana Souza and Dan Dillman say the city needs a change in direction. Both make sly references to Cassidy’s complicated four years of corrosive division and rampant absenteeism at City Hall. However, almost like the de facto incumbent, another candidate, Pauline Cutter wants to build upon the last four years of growth in San Leandro, in a race likely to be more of referendum on Cassidy’s leadership than the qualifications of the three candidates.

Councilmember Pauline Cutter addressing a
candidates forum last week in San Leandro.
PHOTO/Steven Tavares
“The mayor should be the voice of the city," Councilmember Souza said at a candidates forum Sept. 11, “the first among the leaders of the city.” She added, the mayor should collaborate with colleagues and members of the community and "not be exclusive of anybody in the conversation.”

The comments appeared to be a direct indictment of Cassidy. No council member publicly sparred with Cassidy more than Souza, who often charged him with belittling council members and talking over their individual concerns. However, afterwards, Souza said repeated references Thursday night to building relationship had nothing to do with Cassidy. Earlier, she had credited her election to the City Council in 2006 as the result of decades of building relationships in San Leandro.

Dillman, the charismatic owner of San Leandro’s Bal Theater, followed Souza with a similar tone. “I think we need leadership that is proactive and promoting the city,” he said, while proclaiming, “You have a friend at City Hall” and “If you elect Dan Dillman as your mayor, that’s real change. That’s when you know something magical has happened in this city.”

Dillman said he would reverse two council decision made during Cassidy’s term that limits access to government and transparency by reinstituting council committee hearings and more expansive descriptions of public meeting transcripts. “You’re option to advocate for your position is in the committee,” said Dillman. “With those gone, your only option is to go to a City Council meeting when they’re about to vote.”

Councilmember Cutter, who, like Souza, approved the discontinuation of committees and reduced minute two years ago, said Thursday, she agrees with Dillman. “I don’t think it works as well,” said Cutter. “We need to vet things out in committee, you need to be able to talk things over and get input from the community.”

Cutter, a preschool teacher who spent 12 years on the San Leandro school board before winning election to the council in 2010, wants to build upon the quick rise from the Great Recession to a city whose technology credentials, primarily with its downtown fiber-optic loop, has become the envy of its neighbors in the East Bay. In addition, Cutter views the downtrodden areas in and around Bayfair Mall as an opportunity to build upon. San Leandro also needs to take advantage of development at the Marina and decide whether a portion of the city’s industrial areas can be transformed into destination areas for workers and residents.

52 comments :

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 vote Diana Souza for mayor!

Hey Anonymous! Don't you have a name? Or are you a coward like Souza who sells out San Leandro for campaign funds from a waste management company?

PS: see the new "Save our City" website? Interesting comments; I would say biggest issue in town is going to be Oakland's agreement with California-personally I think Council/City Manager derelict in not noting its interest in what Oakland will do with its waste-it is a big loss to us; I was working with WM in developing a "waste to energy" facility at the site of the transfer station; could produce enough power to provide energy either ot Mulford Gardens or our industry on the West side of town--Tony Santos

Dans got my vote I'm sure with many others!

It's a dump Tony at the end of the "gateway to San Leandro" and it stinks. When WM leaves someone new will come along. Reminder Tony your no longer Mayor. How much has WM paid or given to you? Your done Tony ride off to the dump your trying to save.

Only "industry on the West side of town" getting energy from WM transfer station. There are other areas in San Leandro besides Mulford Gardens, are they going to get energy too? Is WM just going to raise their rates and city raise every ones taxes to pay for this? Wonder how much MW plans to make off this and wonder how much MW is paying Tony Santos.

Tony Santos very much admires WM suing City of Oakland. Tony Santos supports WM to do the same to City of San Leandro. Tony Santos is paid each time he speaks in favor of WM.

Tony Santos doesn't give a damn how sickening WM is behaving/why/because they are same kind of animals belong together.

http://www.truthaboutoaklandtrash.com/

City of SL aint GOD to Oakland. Remember Tony aint mayor dont pretend one.

Tony how much WM is paying you being a fool?

http://postnewsgroup.com/blog/2014/09/12/new-jobs-layoffs-new-cws-trash-contract/

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.

Here's one of Marga and Mike Katz-Lacabe's disturbing opinions. For example, when the police conducted a sting on men that were having sex in the bathrooms at Marina park. Marga spoke during public comments at a City Council meeting stating that gay men needed places to have sex since there were no more "Tea rooms" available to them. Mike was there with her videotaping her every word. Disturbing! Our children need advocates that would see something wrong with adults having sex in a park bathroom that children use. It is about values and safety for our children and our City. Gay or straight- rent a hotel room.

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.

Marga Lacabe Katz should have to pay all legal costs for the Central Democratic Committee since she made the allegations. Both Marga the wannabe lawyer and her husband the wannabe council member are LIARS and BULLIES. They have proven over and over that they both lack smarts and class.

Souza can't win in our city after what she Benny Lee did to us.
Not in San Leandro after taking money and having a fundraiser thrown for her by Benny Lee and his Oakland friends who will cost San Leandro millions of dollars and hundreds of jobs. What a joke they both are!

She might win if she moved to Oakland and ran for Mayor there. Take Benny "the traitor" Lee with you. Shame on you both. Don't know which is dumber, or which is dumbest.

The Central Democratic Committee should of taken a stand when Marga Lacabe Katz lied to voters claiming she was a lawyer. They should have seen the writing on the wall that more lies would follow. Mike Katz-Lacabe pushed his wife's lies.

Souza for Mayor of Oakland because a majority of San Leandro voters will turn their back on her, just like she turned her back us.
Benny Lee is washed up too. I expect to see a good candidate run against him when his turn is up. He might be recalled sooner than that. Talk around town doesn't look good for either as far as their electability goes.

Souza for Mayor! Cassidy resign now! Tony Santos is washed up defeated poor loser!

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.

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

SOUZA for MAYOR! NOT CASSIDY PUPPET! WILL NOT LET WM BULLY US LIKE THEY BULLY OAKLAND!


Cutter being described as looking like she had a "weird default face that looks like a doll made from dried, wrinkled apples," (end of article titled Three East Bay Races Where Candidates Need to Better Sing Their Songs) was funny.
Cutter is Cassidy's "dried, wrinkled apple doll with strings and Cassidy the puppet master. Always has been, always will be.

Interesting comment from ex Oakland Council member Nancy Nadel to the "positive CWS article"

nancy nadel
September 13, 2014 at 8:08 am

Unfortunately 3 important issurs are not even mentioned in this article that result from the CWS contract:
All the garbage from the entire city will go through West Oakland 800 feet from where people live
The CWS contract doesn’t meet the city’s zero wasge goals
The more existing employees are accomodated by CWS, the fewer jobs for West Oakland residents which is supposedly the benefit in exchange for the stench.

No thanks. The CWS contract adds insult to injury in West Oakland. Council should have split the contract recycling to CWS and garbage to WM. West Oakland peiple are tired of being sacrificed for other’s “greater good”.

So everybody posting here that CWS is the good to WM bad might want to educate themselves.

Since all the positive comments are anonymous I imagine they are all Benny Lee supporters who arent smart enough to realize Benny gave Oakland council members political cover to screw San Leandro.

So when we cut more police because of budget issues, when our roads fall into even worse shape because of budget issues, when many other city services are cut I hope all you idiots railing against WM, against politicians you don't like, I hope you all stand up and cheer Benny Lee, the guy who fucked San Leandro!

How much WM paying EX Oakland councilmember vs. EX Fmr mayor? You ain't smart enough to realize or play WIN WIN situation. Go enroll Business 101 pass your GED first.

September 15, 2014 at 6:02 PM...re-read what you wrote...very confusing...were you one of WM petition signers hired by WM on CBS news? Go get a real job.

Souza can't win in our city after what she Benny Lee did to us.
Not in San Leandro after taking money and having a fundraiser thrown for her by Benny Lee and his Oakland friends who will cost San Leandro millions of dollars and hundreds of jobs. What a joke they both are!

She might win if she moved to Oakland and ran for Mayor there. Take Benny "the traitor" Lee with you. Shame on you both. Don't know which is dumber, or which is dumbest.

HELL NO TO WM. Bullies are not welcomed in SL. "Get the Facts" Oakland is fighting back WM's bullying and lying. Kick WM back to TX out of sight out of mind.

http://www.truthaboutoaklandtrash.com/

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.

Shame on Marga Lacabe should have to pay all legal costs for the Central Democratic Committee since she made the allegations. Both Marga the wannabe lawyer and her husband the wannabe council member Mike Katz-Lacabe are LIARS and BULLIES. They have proven over and over that they both lack smarts and class.

Saw a man yesterday in front of CVS at Washington Plaza. He was asking people if they lived in Oakland. When people said yes he asked them to sign petition to save Waste Management. He was wearing a badge indicating he was being paid to get signatures. WM spending big bucks to be king of the hill.

WM house boyTony Santos is in charge SL

http://www.truthaboutoaklandtrash.com/

Diana Souza is the single most unenlightened person that I have ever met. She is highly destructive. She is under educated and she can't hold a job. Not a good choice.

September 17, 2014 at 9:56 PM ...Not a good choice, Can't hold a job let start with Mike Katz-Lacabe...

Souza can't win in our city after what she Benny Lee did to us.
Not in San Leandro after taking money and having a fundraiser thrown for her by Benny Lee and his Oakland friends who will cost San Leandro millions of dollars and hundreds of jobs. What a joke they both are!

She might win if she moved to Oakland and ran for Mayor there. Take Benny "the traitor" Lee with you. Shame on you both. Don't know which is dumber, or which is dumbest.

hame on Marga Lacabe should have to pay all legal costs for the Central Democratic Committee since she made the allegations. Both Marga the wannabe lawyer and her husband the wannabe council member Mike Katz-Lacabe are LIARS and BULLIES. They have proven over and over that they both lack smarts and class.

Souza can't win in our city after what she Benny Lee did to us.
Not in San Leandro after taking money and having a fundraiser thrown for her by Benny Lee and his Oakland friends who will cost San Leandro millions of dollars and hundreds of jobs. What a joke they both are!

She might win if she moved to Oakland and ran for Mayor there. Take Benny "the traitor" Lee with you. Shame on you both. Don't know which is dumber, or which is dumbest.

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.

Went to the website--------Pauline got my vote

Pauline Cutter is proud to receive endorsements from a broad base of San Leandro elected officials and commissioners, community and business leaders, labor organizations and residents:

Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan

Alameda County Firefighters, IAFF Local 55
Building & Construction Trades Council of Alameda County
Central Labor Council of Alameda County
AFSCME District 57
Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local 3
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 595
International Union of Elevator Constructors Local 8
Northern California District Council ILWU
Operating Engineers Local 3
Durant Area Task Force
National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC-AN)
Political Action Committee for Excellence (P.A.C.E.)
San Leandro Chamber of Commerce PAC
San Leandro Teachers Association
Sierra Club

San Leandro City Council
Mayor Stephen H. Cassidy
Councilmember Jim Prola
Councilmember Michael Gregory
Councilmember Garry Loeffler (Fmr.)
Councilmember Gordon Galvan (Fmr.)
Councilmember Howard Kerr (Fmr.)
Councilmember Laython "Judge" Landis (Fmr.)
Councilmember Linda Perry (Fmr.)

San Leandro School Board
Board Trustee Diana Prola
Board Trustee Ron Carey
Board Trustee Lance James
Board Trustee Mike Katz-Lacabe
Board Trustee Carmen Ward-Sullivan (Fmr.)
Board Trustee Jason Toro (Fmr.)
Board Trustee Kenneth Pon (Fmr.)

San Lorenzo School Board
Board Trustee Norman Fobert
Board Trustee Penny Peck
Board Trustee Isabel Polvorosa

Diana Souza for Mayor! Pauline Gutter has no brain!

Looks to me like Pauline Cutter received endorsements from a broad base of San Leandro elected officials and commissioners, community and business leaders, labor organizations and residents including a majority of both school boards. That's good enough for this San Leandro voter and family. We will vote for Pauline. Thanks for the information 3:56.

Diana Souza has absolutely zero leadership ability and no ethics at all. San Leandro needs someone better and that would be anyone else. She is not well thought of by leaders in San Leandro or other cities in the Bay Area. Would make a horrible Mayor and we would suffer because of her incompetence.

Diana Souza for Mayor! Pauline Cutter useless Gutter brain!

Souza can't win in our city after what she and Benny Lee did to us.
Not in San Leandro after taking money and having a fundraiser thrown for her by Benny Lee and his Oakland friends who will cost San Leandro millions of dollars and hundreds of jobs. What a joke they both are!

She might win if she moved to Oakland and ran for Mayor there. Take Benny "the traitor" Lee with you. Shame on you both. Don't know which is dumber, or which is dumbest.

Pauline Cutter is endorsed by Firefighters, Labor Unions plus the Chamber of Commerce, Teachers and the Sierra Club. It looks to me like she has a majority of both school boards and City Council. It also looks like she has dozens of supporters on the different San Leandro Commissions. These are the people who know San Leandro Council members best and they choose Pauline Cutter for Mayor. That's good enough to get my vote.

I have listened to and watched Council meetings and Souza is definitely the least intelligent Council person. She has taken the lead on, and done very little in her two terms. Souza would be a disaster for San Leandro!

Fleas keeping Marga busy unable to copy/paste between articles at this time.

Both Cassidy and Souza try to bully people, Cutter tries to find compromise like a leader should. Bullies always seem to have courage but that just leads to division. To be a leader you also have to have brains and a good heart. Souza is brainless and heartless, will say anything to get elected, but she has done nothing meaningful in her eight years on the city council. She is not a leader or an innovator and most of the city sees that. Souza would just be a disaster for San Leandro.

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