Tuesday, January 23, 2018

San Leandro City Council calls special meeting to discuss disciplining city manager

San Leandro City Council's special closed
session begins Tuesday, 6 p.m.
Six days after the San Leandro City Manager Chris Zapata threw the doors open on the city's dirty laundry, including allegations of sexual misconduct against himself, city officials are likely to weigh-in on the burgeoning political scandal on Tuesday evening.

The City Council scheduled a special closed session meeting for Tuesday at 6 p.m. The only topic on the agenda is an item titled, "public employee discipline."

Rose Johnson Padilla, the CEO of the San Leandro Family Resource Center, alleged in a letter to the council, dated Dec. 8, that Zapata had engaged in a years-long series of inappropriate comments toward her. Zapata's alleged misconduct included suggestive comments, explicit music lyrics, said Johnson, along with his insistence they privately discuss city business in parked cars.

Late, when it came to an extension of a $1.5 million city loan to the Davis Street Family Resource Center, Johnson alleged Zapata suggested a romantic relationship in exchange for the extension.

At the center of San Leandro's growing political
scandal: Davis Street CEO Rose Padilla
 Johnson and City Manager Chris Zapata.
In his own letter sent hours before the San Leandro City Council meeting on Jan. 16, Zapata denied the allegations, and made the initial public disclosure that there was in fact an investigation into Johnson's complaint.

The City Council made no mention of the growing scandal last Tuesday, nor was there an official announcement from the city attorney about an investigation into Johnson's claims.

One possibility Tuesday night could result in Zapata's termination, although there are indications he may still have strong supporters among some councilmembers, especially those who believe Johnson's complaint is timed to aid final approval of the conditional-use permit still pending for the Davis Street Wellness Center medical cannabis dispensary, which Johnson has financial interests.

 Another more likely scenario is the council votes to place Zapata on paid administrative leave, a scenario that is common when a city official is under investigation for misconduct.


  1. BY MW:

    It is an extremely minor point as to whether or not Zapata and/or Rose Johnson-Padilla and/or anyone else engaged in improper conduct.

    The main issue is they allowed a lot of dirty laundry to be aired in public, and which will therefore make it much harder for the big boys in high office to get public support the next time they come up with one of their scams, and especially a scam that requires higher taxes.

    1. True, but we still have to be thankful when one of these little scandals makes into the news. While I am not (thank God) an eyewitness to any of the alleged transactions, I suspect the entire affair might be placed into the “see all the things people will do when a dollar bill is at stake” genre of “bread and circuses” occasionally allowed us plebs.

  2. Is the local #MeToo chapter gearing up or just cringing at the thought of this one?

  3. #MeToo is not stupid, where's the evidence? all heresay at this moment.