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Yes On Measure I For San Leandro Schools

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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…

Endorsements for Stephen Cassidy For Eden Township Healthcare District Board

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I am proud to have the support of many progressive leaders in our community, including:
Wilma Chan, Alameda County SupervisorCarole Rogers, RN, Director, Desert Healthcare District and former President, Eden Township Healthcare DistrictKinkini Banerjee, Vice President, Alameda Health SystemElsa Ortiz, President, Alameda County Transit Board of DirectorsRebecca Saltzman, BART DirectorAisha Knowles, Trustee, Alameda County Board of EducationEvelyn Gonzalez, Trustee, San Leandro Unified School District Jim Prola, former Vice Mayor, City of San LeandroVictor Aguilar, Jr., Trustee, San Leandro Unified School District Diana Prola, Trustee, San Leandro Unified School District Hermy Almonte, former Trustee, San Leandro Unified School District Mike Katz-Lacabe, former Trustee, San Leandro Unified School District
Plus many nurses, physicians, and nonprofit organization and community leaders throughout the Eden Area. 
I welcome your endorsement.  Please leave a comment below.

Looking Back: Measure B Transformed San Leandro Public Schools

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Our tax dollars can make a real difference in the lives of our children and prosperity of a community. Twelve years ago San Leandro High School was grossly overcrowded leading to discipline problems and undermining academic performance, no theater in the school district existed for student performances, and many restrooms at schools were in such poor condition that the students would not use them. That all changed in August 2006 when the School Board voted to place Measure B on the ballot. The largest school construction bond in San Leandro’s history, Measure B received overwhelming support and led to the physical transformation of San Leandro public school (combined with the passage of two subsequent bond measures and one earlier measure). With better public schools, San Leandro has become a more desirable city to live, helping attract and retain families who previously would have never moved to San Leandro or moved away when the children were in middle school. Here is a link to an arti…

Stephen Cassidy For Eden Township Healthcare District Director 2018

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I am pleased to announce that I am a candidate for the Eden Healthcare District Board. I wish to expand access to health care to the People of Castro Valley, Hayward, San Lorenzo, Ashland, Cherryland, Fairview and San Leandro, as your representative on the Eden Board. Today, the Eden District funds health education programs. While useful, this is not why the District was established. I will refocus the District on its historic role of providing health care. We must keep St. Rose, a nonprofit, community hospital in Hayward, open and expand access to health care across the Eden Area. This photos is from the press conference announcing the saving of San Leandro Hospital from closure by Sutter Health and its transfer to public ownership under the Alameda Health System.  As Mayor of San Leandro I worked tirelessly to keep San Leandro Hospital open. In collaboration with the Alameda County Supervisors, and in particular Supervisor Wilma Chan, we kept the emergency room open and transferred…

Further Evidence San Leandro Should Authorize Sales of Cannabis To All Adults

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Below is a message I sent today to the San Leandro Mayor and City Council in my capacity as General Counsel for Bloom Innovations, an Oakland based company in the cannabis industry which through an affiliate will be opening a cannabis dispensary in San Leandro later this year.  Of note, San Leandro's cannabis ordinance only permits he sale of cannabis to persons holding medical marijuana cards. The sale of cannabis to adults 21 and older who do not have a medical marijuana card is prohibited even though such sales are legal under state law. I have previously advocated that the City Council change its ordinance to match state law. ----- Dear Mayor and City Council members, I wish to share with you two recent articles on the cannabis industry as they add further evidence as to why San Leandro should move to allow recreational/adult cannabis sales by its licenses dispensaries. First, the state cannabis regulatory agencies issued new permanent regulations last week.  Just as the regu…

San Leandro Pays Former City Manager $350,000 As He Leaves For New Job

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Within a month of reinstating him as City Manager, the City Council agreed to pay Chris Zapata $350,000 to leave San Leandro. Included in the separation agreement was a an anti-disparagement clause that is not limited by subject matter. Any criticism of Zapata for any reason by any city employee or any City Commissioner that could negatively impact his reputation is prohibited.Why would both parties want this? The Mayor and City Council do not want anyone to say anything critical of Zapata because that reflects negatively on their leadership as we head into elections. Likewise Zapata didn't want anyone connected to City Hall to criticize him as he had been looking for a new job during the period from his reinstatement as City Manager to his departure.Zapata has secured the position of City Manager of Anaheim where his total compensation (salary and benefits) will likely exceed $400,000 annually. The Anaheim City Council will vote on his new contract this week.
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San Leandro's Restriction On Speech Of City Commissioners Unprecedented And Wrong

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On July 6, 2018, the City mailed a legal document to all San Leandro commissioners requiring that they sign the document by July 13, 2018, attesting to their acknowledgement that they are contractually obligated to never "demean or besmirch the reputation" of Mr. Zapata.  Failure to sign this document will result in their "forfeiture" from office as a commissioner. The Mayor and City Council have made a serious mistake in placing a restriction on the speech of all City employees and City Commissioners in the course of reaching an agreement with former City Manager Chris Zapata for his departure in exchange for a payment of $350,000. Presumably the Mayor and City Council acted on the poor advice of the City Attorney.  But the decision is their responsibility. The Mayor and City Council have caused great stress and anxiety for all City Commissioners - who give freely of their time for the betterment of the community. [Disclosure: My wife is a commissioner. She refus…