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Monday, September 22, 2014

Budget Crisis Averted in San Leandro After Oakland Garbage Compromise

San Leandro officials down in the dumps
about Oakland's garbage contract are now
relieved by news of a compromise.
SAN LEANDRO | CITY COUNCIL | The substantial $500,000 annual hit San Leandro's general fund would have suffered following Oakland's decision in July to exclude Waste Management's from its next zero waste contract appears to have been averted.

In an article, first reported Thursday by the East Bay Express, Oakland city officials are nearing a compromise solution to end the growing controversy that followed the City Council awarding Oakland-based California Waste Solutions (CWS) a 10-year, $1 billion bid over Waste Management, which, subsequently, filed a lawsuit against Oakland. If a new deal giving Waste Management the right to pick up Oakland's garbage and allowing CWS to be the city's sole recycler is approved, some in San Leandro city government will exhale a huge sigh of relief.

As reported last month, Oakland's decision inadvertently cost San Leandro fees paid by Waste Management to the city at its Davis Street Transfer Station. A portion of the fees, totaling around $500,000 annual could have been lost, along with over $1 million in permit fees San Leandro was expecting from a $100 million expansion of the transfer station. Infamously, San Leandro Vice Mayor Benny Lee unknowingly advocated against his city interest when he told Oakland city council members to select CWS, instead of Waste Management. In retrospect, many at San Leandro City Hall were unaware or unprepared for the potential loss of revenue.

In addition, the San Leandro City Council was again left in the dark earlier this week about the potential for a compromise in Oakland. San Leandro Councilmember Jim Prola advocated during a council meeting Monday night to schedule a resolution calling for the Oakland City Council to re-open negotiations with Waste Management. Prola suggested using language contained in a petition posted on Change.org.

"I don't think it's a good idea to fight with electeds in Oakland," countered Councilmember Pauline Cutter, who added, "although I think they were wrong." However, City Manager Chris Zapata, who, himself erred in sending a letter advocating for the city to Oakalnd officials just hours before it deliberated July 30, said he was scheduled to meet with Waste Management officials the next day.

"If you want to keep your powder dry for another meeting, that would be an advisable course of action," said Zapata and the resolution was moth-balled. By Thursday morning, a possible deal was announced potentially ending the trash talk in Oakland and neighboring San Leandro.

78 comments :

By MW:

Oakland's city officials did not really come to a compromise so much as they chickened out and/or came to a strategic decision.

More specifically since so much money was at stake, Waste Management was prepared to follow through on making a huge public stink in charging that the hearings that "determined" which company was the best qualified had been nothing more than scripted, choreographed, and prearranged charades, and that the decision on which company to award the contract to had already been made illegally and in advance before the hearings ever took place.

While lit is true that is the way a large percentage of decisions are made by government agencies, for instance look at the record of the totally corrupt CPUC,*** however it would have been far too damaging to the city of Oakland in its future decisions and announcements if WM had had had more opportunity to continue widely broadcasting statements that would have caused much more of the general public to realize that a high percentage of our local government officials are nothing more than a bunch of pathological liars and sleazy crooks,

So as a resident of Alameda County, I am very "proud" of Oakland's city officials in their "taking one for the team" so as to ensure that not just people all over the Bay area, but also to some degree all over the entire country, did not get more enlightened as to how extremely sleazy and totally corrupt so many of our public officials and government agencies are.

However the worst thing about Oakland's city officials chickening out on having a courtroom trial related to the allegations WM made of an illegal backroom fix is that we did not get to see and be entertained by the circus of: one, the sleazy professional pathological liars with law licenses Oakland city government would have undoubtedly hired to "prove" that there was no illegal backroom fix; and two, the long parade of high ranking city officials and their staff members who would have circled the wagons and engaged in nonstop lies, and undoubtedly also pretended to be outraged that anyone had dared to question their integrity.

(In fact if I had been on the jury, whenever one of the lawyers got into high gear with their lies, garbage, and nonsense I would have passed a note to the judge asking if we could have the lawyer tested for drugs.)


***NOTE: While in the last few days the outrageous actions of the totally corrupt PUC have been finally been getting considerable publicity, however the PUC's culture of sleaze and illegal backroom fixes goes back decades. For example, and going back many years, the PUC has often been caught printing transcripts of its hearings BEFORE the hearings ever took place, since the hearings and its decisions are normally scripted and prearranged before the hearings ever do take place.

What does a 100 million dollar expansion smell like on a bad day at the office? All those dollars for the thriving Marina development will just come sailing into San Leandro any time now.when investors hear the good news.

EBRPD can't say publicly what they say over coffee and donuts but I'm betting Oyster Bay just lost some votes too.

The last two posters really don't know what they are talking about. Maybe they need to do a little research and talk to people near the WM plant. I have friends that live near WM. They tell me that the air quality complaints are very rare since WM put in a new building that handles the wet waste.

Tony Santos how much WM still greasing your palms and lips.
That's how SL benefit $500k.

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/video/10604412-waste-management-accused-of-bullying-its-way-to-billion-dollar-contract/

W have friends that live near WM. They tell us WM ALWAYS STINK!!

By the way, their noise trucks damage our roads!! It costs more than $500,000 to fix our streets. Stupid old fool.

You are lying-----talk about a stupid fool-----It used to stink till they put in the wet waste building. Check public records and you will see very few complaints since.

Trucks pay much more in taxes and fees based on their size and weight. You really don't know what you are talking about.

Finally San Leandro is back to being only slightly worse off that they were when California Waste originally won the contract.

How can I say that? What about the $500 million? Once California Waste won the contract, one of the first things they did was call Waste Management and ask to negotiate a deal to continue bringing Oakland's garbage to the Davis Street Transfer Station. Waste Management refused. That is the point at which San Leandro became in jeapardy of losing the $500 k, when Waste Management showed they didn't give a damn about San Leandro, didn't give a dame about keeping a multi-million dollar revenue stream, they just wanted to fight California Waste.

Noone expected them to be so selfish. One Councilmember had been briefed on the Oakland Garbage situation ahead of time, Pauline. She is our rep on stopwaste.org, who had discussed the matter on their agenda. To Pauline, the Oakland situation wasn't important enough to report back to the council. Why? Because noone expected Waste Management to be such babies that they'd turn down good money just so they could fight.

City staff knew California Waste was real, the EBMUD Board had passed a resolution unanimously supporting California Waste for the contract. Yet city staff never brought it to the councils attention, never said "$500k a year may be at risk". Why? City staff didn't expect Waste Management to stab the city in the back the way they did.

We were all set to make money as a city. California Waste buys their trucks from two different San Leandro firms. California Waste gets their trucks serviced in San Leandro. We were about to get sales tax on another 120 trucks, and have no change in tipping fees. That would have been a win for San Leandro. Until Waste Management decided react in anger.

Come on Steve, do a follow up.

Waste Management are the villians, yet they're getting away with it.

Everyone needs to understand that, and write good faith language into future Waste Management contracts, or they'll stab us in the back again the next time they want to try and crush a competitor.

When we read the newspaper article we were flabbergasted that San Leandro Council people, Benny Lee and Diana Souza, would support the loss of San Leandro City revenue and jobs in our city. Oakland gains and our city loses because of these 2 idiots. Then I found out Diana Souza has taken thousands of dollars from a fundraiser thrown by this company. Shame on Souza! 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. We will spread the word when we talk to friends.

California Waste Solutions has been long time customer with SL truck company. Go ask Waste Management where they got their trucks. WM bully CWS, City of Oakland and threaten other trash companies.

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/video/10604412-waste-management-accused-of-bullying-its-way-to-billion-dollar-contract/

Steven Tavares, you need to write a thorough article of this bullying story. We believe you will report the truth regardless who and what involved!

The newspaper article got it wrong.

All Diana Souza has ever done is encourage all companies to do business in San Leandro.

The Oakland Council gave the contract to a firm who wanted to keep bringing their garbage to San Leandro. The operators of the San Leandro Transfer Station, Waste Management, said no. Pauline, Diana, Benny, none of them hurt San Leandro

Shame on twisted Tony Santos! You lost can't deal with it! Diana Souza's employer is long time customer with CWS and has been giving SL truck companies business!
Tony we want to know what happened to your grandson involved shooting in SL! Did you bully and cover it!

Souza betrayed San Leandro and wants to fly the Chinese Flag over City Hall. She took money from CWS to help out her campaign and didn't care if it hurt us. Very stupid and arrogant.

Here are some of Pauline's endorsements and why she will win. Pauline Cutter will be our next Mayor.

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

I also read that Souza and Lee tried to fly the Chinese flag over our City Hall. It looks like they are traitors to San Leandro. Souza will be gone soon, and Lee won't win election in two years if someone meaningful runs against him. Bye Bye Losers.

Finally San Leandro is back to being only slightly worse off that they were when California Waste originally won the contract.

How can I say that? What about the $500 million? Once California Waste won the contract, one of the first things they did was call Waste Management and ask to negotiate a deal to continue bringing Oakland's garbage to the Davis Street Transfer Station. Waste Management refused. That is the point at which San Leandro became in jeapardy of losing the $500 k, when Waste Management showed they didn't give a damn about San Leandro, didn't give a dame about keeping a multi-million dollar revenue stream, they just wanted to fight California Waste.

Noone expected them to be so selfish. One Councilmember had been briefed on the Oakland Garbage situation ahead of time, Pauline. She is our rep on stopwaste.org, who had discussed the matter on their agenda. To Pauline, the Oakland situation wasn't important enough to report back to the council. Why? Because noone expected Waste Management to be such babies that they'd turn down good money just so they could fight.

City staff knew California Waste was real, the EBMUD Board had passed a resolution unanimously supporting California Waste for the contract. Yet city staff never brought it to the councils attention, never said "$500k a year may be at risk". Why? City staff didn't expect Waste Management to stab the city in the back the way they did.

We were all set to make money as a city. California Waste buys their trucks from two different San Leandro firms. California Waste gets their trucks serviced in San Leandro. We were about to get sales tax on another 120 trucks, and have no change in tipping fees. That would have been a win for San Leandro. Until Waste Management decided react in anger.

Come on Steve, do a follow up.

Waste Management are the villians, yet they're getting away with it.

Everyone needs to understand that, and write good faith language into future Waste Management contracts, or they'll stab us in the back again the next time they want to try and crush a competitor.

Also let's get the record straight, Diana Souza's employer is one the SL truck companies has long good business relationship with CWS. Nothing wrong with Duong Family supports Diana for Mayor, WE THANK CWS spending money in SL. CWS would have ordered at least between $40 million to $60 million worth of trucks from us. Do the math, approx.10% sales taxes between $40M to $60M plus $500k/yr by using WM transfer station. It could have been Win-Win for us. Waste Management bullying its way to Fight with Greed and want it ALL . We, SL, must watch Waste Management like a HAWK!

These days, if you want change, you have to go for the talent. Souza has no talent whatsoever. There is no vision. There is no leadership. There is no statesmanship. Even if we have to write in another candidate to get what is good for SL, do it. The alternative of Souza is a losing proposition.

Shame on Mike Katz Lacabe and his sicko wife Marga Lacabe!

Mike Katz-Lacabe will come in forth!

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.

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

Live in San Leandro supporting Diana but it doesn't mean not respecting Pauline. Marga your copy N paste in between articles is not helping Mike at all. Unless that Pauline has requested for your assistance.

The most corrupted person running for Mayor is Diana Souza who has taken money from the Duong Family when they threw her a fundraiser that brought her thousands of dollars and they told Oakland they were going to take their trash to Richmond. The only thing that stopped them was the lawsuit filed by Waste Management. Diana Souza was a traitor to San Leandro along with Benny Lee. They put their political ambition ahead of what was best for our city. Shame on them!

Mike Katz-Lacabe will come in 4th! Anyone in D1 but you!

Some posts here insinuating Anti-Chinese, isn't It? CWS spending money in SL seems not good news for example with people like Marga, Mike Katz , Mayor Cassidy and Tony Santos. This picture becoming pretty clear.

I also read that Souza and Lee tried to fly the Chinese flag over our City Hall. It looks like they are traitors to San Leandro. Souza will be gone soon, and Lee won't win election in two years if someone meaningful runs against him. Bye Bye Losers.

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 even though you don't. Souza would just be a disaster for San Leandro.

Steve Tavares you need to do a follow up on how WM bullying minority family business. WM knows pending lawsuit that any banks wouldn't lend money to any business, including CWS. After WM refused CWS to use SL transfer station, CWS went to Richmond trash Co. they agreed to partner until WM threatened Richmond too.

Didn't want to believe in 2014 San Leandro still has quite of few vivid racists, especially this one person, his name is Tony Santos, he used the Chinese community in 2008 we donated so such money to his campaign, we walked for him and we even took him to China with us. Today we wake up and see the real Tony Santos, tell us why CWS money is not good enough for San Leandro!

Souza is just as bad as Cassidy when it comes to being a bully. The difference is she is not as smart as Cassidy. In fact, some in San Leandro think she is the least intelligent of all the council members. I don't know if that's true, but I have been to council meetings and she is the least prepared and obviously hasn't read her council material. I'd vote for anybody else before I'd vote for her. I may not agree with Cassidy's tactics but he pointed San Leandro in the right direction and got a lot of positive things done. Business and jobs are now coming to San Leandro.

CWS has been spending so much money in San Leandro and still continue giving business to our own San Leandro trucking companies, eventhough, now Mayor Stephen Cassidy and ex- mayor Tony Santos have been trashing them. Can anyone explain this to the Chinese & Vietnamese communities why (Chinese/Vietnames American) money not as good as WM?

Pauline Cutter objected grassroot CWS sided with gaintbully WM, see 9/2/2014 council meeting video, is she a bully too or a mouse?

The most corrupted person running for Mayor is Diana Souza who has taken money from the Duong Family when they threw her a fundraiser that brought her thousands of dollars and they told Oakland they were going to take their trash to Richmond. The only thing that stopped them was the lawsuit filed by Waste Management. Diana Souza was a traitor to San Leandro along with Benny Lee. They put their political ambition ahead of what was best for our city. Shame on them!

The one person trying to defend Benny Lee and Diana Souza's actions, and there is only one, seems to forget they were elected to represent San Leandro not Oakland.

That was a reprehensible action on his part, as San Leandro could have lost many millions over the life of the contract and hundreds of jobs. In other words ----he screwed the city he represents.

What San Leandro voters don't approve of is our Vice Mayor Benny Lee telling Oakland it's ok if they took millions of dollars and hundreds of 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 trying to take jobs and millions away from our city.

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

Diana~you're getting our 100% support. Be our voice, Diana Souza speak for us!

Many San Leandro voters will be voting for Diana!

Since I have a vote here's my take, Mayor Cassidy is a obvious bully, smarter, not his element, he gracefully resign. OTOH, Tony Santos lost to Cassidy blame everyone but himself pushed RCV is also a bully, less smart, now is clown of San Leandro.

Tony Santos unable to stand the fact Benny Lee is much smarter than him and not his puppet!

Steven Tavares did Tony Santos call you to remove some posts to cover his scandals? Knock on some doors near Santos' daughter house to verify those comments are true or false.

Souza is just as bad as Cassidy when it comes to being a bully. The difference is she is not as smart as Cassidy. In fact, some in San Leandro think she is the least intelligent of all the council members. I don't know if that's true, but I have been to council meetings and she is the least prepared and obviously hasn't read her council material. I'd vote for anybody else before I'd vote for her. I may not agree with Cassidy's tactics but he pointed San Leandro in the right direction and got a lot of positive things done. Business and jobs are now coming to San Leandro.

Souza stands tall to Cassidy bully. Many are voting for Diana.

Cassidy is giving up his seat, so and what direction.

Can't vote for Dillman the jailbird or Diana Souza who treated San Leandro like crap when she took large sums of money from the company that took jobs and revenue from our city. My only choice is Pauline Cutter who cares for our city and is endorsed by so many diverse organizations and people.

Visit www.paulinecutter.com to see her amazing list of endorsements.

The most corrupted person running for Mayor is Diana Souza who has taken money from the Duong Family when they threw her a fundraiser that brought her thousands of dollars and they told Oakland they were going to take their trash to Richmond. The only thing that stopped them was the lawsuit filed by Waste Management. Diana Souza was a traitor to San Leandro along with Benny Lee. They put their political ambition ahead of what was best for our city. Shame on them!

We like CWS and Diana. Diana Souza speak for me! Many San Leadro voters are voting for Diana. Diana keep it up!

We welcome CWS giving us more business and buying more trucks. Thank you for supporting Diana Souza!

Diana Souza and Benny Lee are the two most hated politicians in San Leandro right now and one person posting here will not save them from election embarrassment.

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!

We like CWS and supporting Diana Souza for Mayor! Diana Souza speak for me! We thank CWS still giving business to our SL trucking companies for not being narrow minded.

September 26, 2014 at 12:48 AM...Haha are you referring to Marga...? Diana Souza is currently working and she has a master degree...

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 would have cost San Leandro millions of dollars and hundreds of jobs. What a joke they both are. Souza might even come in third and Lee could easily lose in 2016 if someone credible runs against him.

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.

See many nice Diana Souza signs are up and some others. None of Mike Katz-Laacaabee.

Prediction: Pauline first, Dilman second, write in third, souza fourth.

Souza is just as bad as Cassidy when it comes to being a bully. The difference is she is not as smart as Cassidy. In fact, some in San Leandro think she is the least intelligent of all the council members. I don't know if that's true, but I have been to council meetings and she is the least prepared and obviously hasn't read her council material. I'd vote for anybody else before I'd vote for her. I may not agree with Cassidy's tactics but he pointed San Leandro in the right direction and got a lot of positive things done. Business and jobs are now coming to San Leandro.

Many in Town are talking, SL defeated mayor get can't over the lost his seat to Cassidy is getting %@%&@8#.

Here's my take on the situation:

Vice Mayor Benny Lee = San Leandro Traitor and Oakland puppet

Diana Souza, wanna be Mayor = Benny Lee Puppet and Oakland puppet

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

Marga why don't you draw some signs for Mike he needs them badly you still have time.

We like CWS and wise Benny Lee. We are 100% supporting Diana Souza. Diana Souza speak for me!

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 almost cost the city he lives in, San Leandro, millions of dollars and dozens of jobs. 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.

Marga go draw some signs for Mike you still have time.

Diana Souza and Benny Lee are the two most hated politicians in San Leandro right now and one person posting here will not save them from election embarrassment.

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!

Diana Souza speak for me! We are totally behind Diana! Diana's Great Signs are up, looking good! Diana is running a classy campaign proud of her! Welcome CWS to do business with our very best San Leandro trucking companies, way to go!

Pauline Cutter speaks for my husband and me! 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.

SLPD supports Diana Souza for Mayor, just that endorsement say a lot to many of us. We support SLPD! We support Diana Souza! When we oppose MJ, Diana heard our voices and concerns didn't back off from bullies! Diana Souza speak for us!

Fleas keeping Marga copy/paste between articles, very obvious!

Marga is too busy catching fleas right now. Unable to copy & paste her media posts of blame who, blame said, blame about, blame what, blame on fleas!

Oh Well... Blame on Mike Katz-Lacabe letting fleas into San Leandro schools. Costing school district millions of dollars killing fleas. Costing millions of dollars expense for our SL schools and our score still below state standard. Our children in San Leandro deserve more, shame on Mike Katz-Lacabe wannabe council.

Air quality complaints at WM according to some might be "low," but the dump does still smell at times. I have noticed this when shopping at Home Depot at the West Gate shopping center and at Costco.

I have asked people working at Home Depot and Costco what the foul smell is? They say it comes from the dump at the end of Davis St. The smell is rotten, foul and nauseating. I have had to hold my nose and cover my mouth when walking to the store or back to my car. I have never called to complain about the smell because honestly I don't know who to call. Don't tell me the dump doesn't smell.

I was shopping at West Gate shopping center when customers were asked to leave the area because of a strong foul smell. It was later reported by officials that the source of the smell was methyl mercaptan a flammable colorless gas being used at the Waste Management's facility 2615 Davis Street. The smell was reported nearly 2 miles from the WM site. Students at John Muir and Woodrow Wilson schools were moved to the back field near Cherry Grove Park. Say it again the dump does smell.

San Leandro Police endorse Diana Souza for Mayor that's good enough for me. STRONGLY support SLPD and SOUZA FOR MAYOR!

Some more Diana Souza for Mayor good looking signs are up! We support SLPD. We Support Diana. We Thank CWS to continue spending big money and buying more trucks from our very best SL trucking companies.

Souza doesn't take sh-t from Cassidy and he knows it. Cassidy is a control freak. He was the same way on school board. Cassidy's ego is so big that he seems to think he's the only one with ideas. Cassidy takes credit for everything, seems to forget he's part of a team. Always rude, always condescending.
Cassidy told lies saying city going bankrupt just to get his ass elected. Cassidy always disrespectful to women and disrespectful to San Leandro Police. What kind of Mayor doesn't support their city Police?
Cassidy has left a trail of puppets Mike Katz Lacabe, Marga Lacabe, Mack Rose, Almonte, Prola, and Cutter. Not voting for anyone endorsed by Cassidy. Voting NO to all Cassidy puppets.
Cassidy needs to do some soul-searching and should apologize to the many good people he's told lies about. Most embarrassing Mayor San Leandro has ever had.

Thank you for the information. There're endorsors on this list ran against our friends. We will inform them who shouldn't they be voting for mayor in San Leandro.

Diana Souza and Benny Lee are the two most hated politicians in San Leandro right now and one person posting here will not save them from election embarrassment.

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!

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.

Thank you because I live in Diana Souza's district and she is the worst and can't seem to help us......No vote Souza.

Anybody but Souza for Mayor. She does not have leadership skills. Even after eight years on the city council. She also lies a lot.

Thank God for the lawsuit by WM. It saved our city millions of dollars in fees and hundreds of jobs.

This was a big mistake by our Vice Mayor. He almost 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 did 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!

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