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Monday, September 15, 2014

Souza Says She’ll Take Credit for Cassidy Not Running for Mayor

San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy, 
Councilmember Diana Souza.
SAN LEANDRO | MAYOR | Even before San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy took office in 2010 he had alienated the city’s police officers, city employees, progressives, and members of the Alameda County Democratic Party, just to name a few important constituencies.

After moving into the mayor’s office—which he subsequently rarely inhabited—there was no other member of the council who pushed back at Cassidy’ bullying ways than Councilmember Diana Souza, one of three candidates to replace him this November.

Last Thursday night, following a candidates forum at the San Leandro Library, Souza said numerous references to her ability to forge relationships is not a slight aimed at Cassidy, who is not seeking re-election. Souza said she was planning to run for mayor even before Cassidy’s announcement. “Stephen is not in the race. I’m running, because I was going to run, regardless.”

However, she suggested her campaign may have dissuaded him from running for re-election.

Souza, who is termed out this fall after eight years on the City Council said she was surprised by Cassidy’s announcement last May. “I had no clue, but I’ll take credit for him dropping out,” Souza said with a chuckle.

But, when asked to clarify, she became serious and added, “Because in his comments, he knew it was going to be a vigorous campaign. If he would have been unopposed, would he have stayed? I don’t know?”

74 comments :

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.

HELL NO TO WM. Bullies are not welcomed in SL. "Get the Facts" Oakland is fighting back. Kicking bully, liar WM back to TX out of sight out of mind.

http://www.truthaboutoaklandtrash.com/

We are voting Diana Souza for Mayor! She's not afraid of bullies like Cassidy and Waste Management!

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.

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 and Mike Katz-Lacabe!

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.

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.

that's the problem with only talking to the same people all the time...

Tony Santos admitted working with WM n left over Oakland Scavenger old timers then refuse to hire minorities now hoping expanding SL into a GIANT TRASH CAN. SL is not garbage or dumpster. WM save yourself a nickle move back to TX, or give that nickle to Santos and take him with you!

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

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

It's obvious the one poster in the above posts 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.

Souza does not have the ethics or smarts required for a good mayor. She tells lies without a second thought, doesn't read information she is given, and ruins good organizations out of spite. Don't forget that she was responsible for the closing of a major anti-poverty organization, ACAP, and that left tens of thousands of people without important services. Then she and the other no-show board members framed the ED with a bunch of lies. And what happened to ACAP's money? It went to the City of Oakland. Souza is a looza.

SL should moving forward in par with Silicon Valley. Stupid idiots prefer SL becoming BIGGER STINKY TOWN.

Souza for Mayor! Wise Benny Lee!

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.

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 you telling SL it's OK being garbage town.

I don't understand the comment about me and WM. WM has been in SL for many years and to best of my knowledge has hired minorities; also all of their drives are with Local 70 and others with local 6, so WM does participate in collective bargaining and I support every thing labor. I helped work out details with WM and local 70 on the lock out; both sides cooperated with me, as Mayor, and the PD; all was peaceful. WM is vital to the economy of SL as it produces over $1.5 million a year in revenue. VM Lee should never have gone to the City of Oakland in support of Calif. Waste Solutions without understanding he was going to cost the City millions of dollars and in all deference to Diana, it is believe it was Cassidy's employer who suggested he not run. This is understood. Tony Santos

Tony Santos read our lips SL is moving forward to 21st century hopefully in par with Silicon Valley NO ONE gave you permission or WM expanding City of SL into a GIANT GARBAGE DUMP.

Okay Cassidy, Lee, Souza and whole council couldn't survive without you or not. Happy now. Tony is fooling himself.

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.

My husband and I like Pauline Cutter. She does try and find solutions to problems that the majority of Council can agree with instead of being so dictatorial and rigid like Souza.

Pauline also has a better personality and has the ability to get along with more people, that Mayors need to be successful. Souza is too sour and seems to lack tact, which would make her a poor Mayor. Can't vote for Dilman, although even he has a better personality than Souza.

Tony Santos needs to lighten up. When Diana Souza said she had no clue why Cassidy dropped out of the Mayor race and that she'd take credit for it, "said with a chuckle." It is most obvious she was being funny. Souza became "serious" when she added according to Cassidy's comments he knew it would be a vigorous campaign.

I recall Cassidy said time with his family was the reason. Now Santos is saying "it was Cassidy's employer." How the hell does Santos know? Understand Cassidy is a partner in a law firm, that would mean he's part owner. Santos hated Cassidy for winning the election. Dumb ass Santos was Mayor pushing rank choice voting. Tony Santos get a life and leave Benny Lee alone. WM still greasing Santo's palms

According to news this morning Oakland and WM may have reached tentative agreement. WM gets Oakland garbage and green waste for entire city and California Waste Solutions would handle recycling. Feel better Tony?

Former Mayor Tony Santos should take a lesson from the ladies. Former Mayors Corbett and Young appear to be staying out of this. That is what a smart and classy former Mayor would do and should do.
Definition of FORMER occurring earlier in time. Relating to taking place in the past. Past, long past, ancient. No longer the Mayor.

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.

Here's my take on the situation:

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! Wise Benny Lee!

The Win Win Team!

SOUZA, SOUZA, SOUZA, SOUZA
for MAYOR. Souza's not Cassidy's "dried and wrinkled apple head doll" with strings. Not voting for any Cassidy puppets.

Tony Santos and Waste Management are disgusting! Tony isnt it funny. you pushed RCV. you Lost. Why... GOD want you OUT!

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/09/19/oakland-mayor-garbage-companies-reach-deal-waste-management-california-waste-solutions-trash-jean-quan/

Waste Management Accused of Bullying Its Way to Billion-Dollar Contract. Tony Santos is very PROUD.

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

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 does not have the ethics or smarts required for a good mayor. She tells lies without a second thought, doesn't read information she is given, and ruins good organizations out of spite. Don't forget that she was responsible for the closing of a major anti-poverty organization, ACAP, and that left tens of thousands of people without important services. Then she and the other no-show board members framed the ED with a bunch of lies. And what happened to ACAP's money? It went to the City of Oakland. Souza is a looza.

Dried Apple Face Cutter sold her vote to Oakland mj distributer Sara Ubelhart owner of SL Zocalo coffee house. No to Pauline Gutter!

Souza for Mayor!

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.

Dried Apple Face Cutter sold her vote to Oakland mj distributer Sara Ubelhart owner of SL Zocalo coffee house. No to Pauline Gutter!

Souza for Mayor!

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

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

Souza for Mayor! No vote to Pauline Gutter!

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.

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.

Does Diana Souza still live in her District? Or did she move to Benny Lee's District?

Marga is a degenerate. Anything that pertaisn to sexual perverts you know she will defend them. Homosexuals having anal sodomy and fellatio in a public restroom? Marga will defend them. She and her husband are disgusting pigs.

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

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

Can't vote for Souza the Looza who turned her back on our city and had the company that tried to take our money and jobs throw her a fundraiser.

Can't vote for Dillman who just got out of jail and doesn't seem to have a grasp of what our city is doing. It would take way to long to bring him up to speed on our issues.

That leaves Cutter as the only acceptable candidate in this race. She has the support of Cassidy, Gregory and Prola, plus the majority of both the San Leandro and San Lorenzo School Boards. I want to keep San Leandro going in the positive direction of the last three years!

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.

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! Not voting Pauline Gutter!

You don't have to, because it looks like everyone else is endorsing and voting for Pauline Cutter. Pauline is a lot smarter than Souza who has not done anything meaningful in her 8 years on the Council.

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.

Diana Souza for Mayor! Gutter Pauline 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 1:13.

Diana Souza for Mayor! Will not vote Pauline Gutter including a majority residents oppose MJ.

Can't vote for Souza who wanted to fly the Chinese flag over San Leandro City Hall which a huge majority of residents opposed. Can't vote for Souza who turned her back on our city and had the company that tried to take our money and jobs throw her a fundraiser. That's just stupid and arrogant.

Can't vote for Dillman who just got out of jail and doesn't seem to have a grasp of what our city is doing. It would take way to long to bring him up to speed on our issues. What a joker!!

That leaves Pauline Cutter as the only acceptable candidate in this race. She has the support of Cassidy, Gregory and Prola, plus the majority of both the San Leandro and San Lorenzo School Boards. I want to keep San Leandro going in the positive direction of the last three years! No other choice is acceptable.

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.

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

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.

By MW:

If the talents of Diane Souza are the real reason Cassady has decided to not run for re-election, then I think the US government should create a special position, and funded by federal tax money, for Souza in which her one and only job would be to try to get as many as possible of the present clowns and crooks in public office to leave.

Diana Souza is the biggest clown and crook, along with her puppet master Benny Lee, in San Leandro. Talk about stupid acts?

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 many great signs around town! Just that alone, good enough for many neighborhood and communities. We will vote for Diana. Many LIKES to our great SL police heros! Our super cute K9 was on national TV not too long ago!

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 support SLPD! Diana Souza speak for me! Great signs are up, love them!

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.

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

Thank you for the information. There're endorsors on this list ran against our friends. We will inform them who shouldn't they vote 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. Voting for Pauline Cutter, but even Dillman would be better than Souza and he just got out of prison.

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

Both Cassidy and Souza try to bully people, Cutter tries to find compromise like a leader should. That's why my family will be voting for Pauline. 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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