Real Progressive Change in San Leandro Starts With Campaign Finance Reform

Isn't it time we advocated for the San Leandro City Council to adopt a campaign finance reform measure capping the amount of money a person or business can donate to political campaign committees?
Is it any wonder why we don't have any form of rent control in San Leandro when the number one person over the past several years in terms of total donations to the City Council has been the developer/landlord Tom Silva who is a leader in the California Apartment Owners Association?
We are not going to see the progressive change we want in San Leandro as long as developers, landlords and others with tremendous financial resources can write checks in the thousands to tens of thousands of dollars to elected officials.
Where do we start? My suggestion is come to the City Council goal setting and planning session this Saturday, Feb. 2nd (details below on time and location). The planning session provides an opportunity for the community to comment on the direction of San Leandro. Specif…

Need For Meaningful Public Input On Proposed 1388 Bancroft Development

Landlord Tom Silva is the owner of 1388 Bancroft Avenue and has submitted plans to tear down the two buildings at the site and construct a 45-unit apartment complex at the site. The complex will contain 43 two-bedroom, two bath units and 2 three-bedroom units. 47 parking spaces are planned for residents with 8 additional spaces for visitors. Current zoning code regulations - which were put in place just two years ago after extensive community input - require that all new multi-family residential developments provide adequate on-site parking, defined as 1.5 spaces for each one-bedroom and studio unit, 2.25 spaces for each two-bedroom unit, and 2.5 spaces for each three-bedroom unit. Moreover, the number of units planned at the site - 45 - is approximately 50% greater than allowed under the zoning code (again just updated in 2016). Silva is seeking an exemption from these requirements, and has the support of City staff. Finally, Silva's development plan does not contain any m…

Message on November 2018 Local Election Results

Dear Friends and Neighbors: Congratulations to Mariellen Faria, Gordon Galvan and Roxann Lewis for their winning campaigns for the Eden Healthcare District Board. I wish you the best of success in meeting the healthcare needs of the residents of the Eden Area and specifically keeping St. Rose Hospital in Hayward open. I offer my deepest thanks to my supporters across the Eden Area. I appreciate your encouragement and kind words over the course of the campaign. I wish the outcome could have been different so I could have served you on the District Board.  However, I am hopeful for the future of the District under the leadership of the newly elected Directors. In particular, I am excited for the victory of Gordon Galvan who shares with me the vision that the Eden District needs to return to its original mission of providing, directly or indirectly, healthcare services. I  believe I played a positive role in shaping the discussion of the issues for the Eden District candidates in this ele…

Why Leadership on Eden Health Board is Important

I am running for the Eden Healthcare District Board to expand access for healthcare in the Eden Area (Hayward, San Leandro, Castro Valley and San Lorenzo) and to keep St. Rose Hospital in Hayward open for decades to come. As Mayor of San Leandro, I helped prevent the planned closure of San Leandro Hospital. Today, St. Rose Hospital is in a financially dangerous position. The closure of St. Rose would be devastating for the 160,000 residents of Hayward. St. Rose is the only acute care general hospital in Hayward. Losing St. Rose would also have negatively impact patients using hospitals in San Leandro and Castro Valley. St. Rose receives over 40,000 patient visits to its emergency room each year. The current members of the Eden Health Board fail to appreciate the importance of saving St. Rose. If elected, I will dedicate myself to keeping St. Rose open. Please complete your election ballot and vote for Stephen Cassidy for Eden Health District Board. Respectfully, Stephen Cassidy, Atto…

Keep St. Rose Hospital in Hayward Open - Stephen Cassidy For Eden Health District Board

Preventing the closure of St. Rose Hospital is one of the principal reasons why I am running for the Eden Heath District Board.  Let me explain why this is a pressing issue for the community:
Only one acute care general hospital serves the 160,000 residents of Hayward: St. Rose Hospital. Located next to Highway 880 at Tennyson Road, St. Rose is the second largest safety net hospital in Alameda County, receiving over 40,000 emergency room visits annually. In addition to an emergency room, the hospital has an intensive care unit, surgery rooms, labor and delivery rooms, women’s health center and cardiac receiving center.
Every second counts in an emergency. The loss of St. Rose would be devastating for Hayward resident. Furthermore, residents of Castro Valley and San Leandro would see emergency response times and waiting periods at acute care hospitals in their cities due to the spillover effect of patients previously seen at St. Rose being sent to Eden, San Leandro and Kaiser San Leandro…

Yes On Measure I For San Leandro Schools

It is my honor to serve as co-chair of the Yes on Measure I campaign for San Leandro public schools. This November please vote Yes on Measure I to ensure our schools continue their dynamic and exciting growth. Measure I extends the parcel tax adopted by the voters in 2012 at same $39 per year rate.

Measure I directly benefits our students. Funds will be dedicated to: Supporting high quality programs in math, science, technology, arts, and skilled trades that prepare students for success in college or career.Attracting and retaining highly qualified teachers.All money raised by Measure I will stay in San Leandro and cannot be taken away by the State. None of the funds can be used for school administrator salaries.
San Leandro schools are making huge progress and have received numerous awards and national recognition. Let’s continue the positive momentum in our schools. We all know good schools improve the quality of life in our community and protect the value of our homes. Measure I provi…