Showing posts from August, 2017

Come To San Leandro For The Best Craft Beer in America

Love craft beer? There is a small but mighty city in the East Bay I want to introduce you to. It's called San Leandro. 

You have to come visit us this weekend (Sat. Aug. 26th). Both Drake's & 21st Amendment are hosting celebrations.  

For details visit

And while you are in town, also stop by Cleophus Quealy.

San Leandro Should Honor Former City Council Member Surlene Grant

The national news can be so disheartening. Hatred and prejudice against African Americans, Muslims, Jews, immigrants and transgender persons (to name but a few groups), while always present, are like types of cancers that have metastasized across America this year.
Let’s act, right here in San Leandro, to change this storyline. Specifically, I support the effort to name a public plaza or other location in honor of former City Council member Surlene Grant. This proposal was first raised by community leader Bernard Ashcraft and advocated by former City Council member Ursula Reed at several City Council meetings in 2016.

The first African American elected to the San Leandro City Council, Grant’s election set an important precedent, opening the doors of City Hall to persons historically disenfranchised. Today, the majority of City Council members are persons of color. Grant spearheaded the city’s first ordinance requiring affordable housing in the construction of new, for-sale residentia…

Contradictions in San Leandro's Medical Marijuana Dispensary Licensing Process

The San Leandro City Council imposed a requirement on the Davis Street Wellness Center, one of the successful applicants to open a medical marijuana dispensary in San Leandro, to have its plans to open a dispensary approved the Board of Zoning Adjustments within a year of receiving its license. This made no sense, particularly because the same requirement was not imposed on the two other entities that received dispensary licenses. Davis Street has been diligently looking at potential sites for the dispensary and submitted its plans to the City months ago. Finding an appropriate site given limitations under the City zoning code is not a straightforward process. Plus the review process takes time particularly if the Mayor and City Council members seek to influence the process. If there should be any time limit, it should apply once a dispensary's plans to operate are approved. At that point, the opening of the facility is within the control of the operator. And it is in the City…

Recreational Cannabis Should Be Legal Under Federal Law

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker is proposing a far-reaching bill that would both legalize marijuana at the federal level and encourage states to legalize it locally through incentives.Adult recreational marijuana use will be legal in California next January, and a majority of states permit use of medical marijuana. Over 30 million Americans regularly use cannabis. 

Why are we still criminalizing its use at the federal level? 

I support this new legislation.

Transgender Rights: No One Gets Left Behind On The Path To Equal Rights

Flags are deeply powerful symbols. I flew the LGBT Pride Flag at San Leandro City Hall during the US Supreme Court arguments over marriage equality to show San Leandro's support for the full recognition of the rights of LGBT persons. Our action led Oakland, Berkeley and other cities to follow San Leandro's lead. 

Today, transgender persons are under attack by President Trump. To show solidarity with the transgender community the Dolan Law Firm, the law firm that I work at, is displaying the Transgender Pride Flags. Far too many transgender persons have suffered pain and emotional turmoil from being marginalized and treated unfairly because of their gender identity.

Why I'm supporting San Leandro Schools Measure B

Here is a message I sent to friends and neighbors on why I'm supporting Measure B and request that they do so too: I have always believed that strong schools make for a strong city. But from serving as Mayor of San Leandro, I came to appreciate fully that the safety, prosperity and quality of life in San Leandro are firmly linked to the quality of our public schools. San Leandrans have benefitted tremendously by financially supporting our local schools. Overcrowding at thehigh school was eliminated, a beautiful theater used by students and the community was opened, and necessary seismic upgrades were completed. School bond measures, however, can only be used for the construction, renovation and modernization of school facilities. To generate local funds to attract and retain quality teachers, support core academic programs and reduce class sizes, school districts in California have only one option: a parcel tax. That is what San Leandro has done. Our local parcel tax, however, is …

Developer Again Attempting To Circumvent San Leandro Zoning Code

This message was posted on by Lindsay White on August, 1, 2017:

The proposed 73-unit apartment complex is 5 stories tall, has parking for 146 vehicles and includes 64 car stackers. It seriously violates the existing zoning code. This message is from Lindsay White and Dave Ruedi on Joaquin Avenue and Debbie and Evan Adams on Estudillo Avenue. We are the homeowners next to the property located at 1388 Bancroft Avenue, which is across Estudillo from Bancroft Middle School.

In 2016, a developer proposed building a 50-foot (think 5 stories) apartment complex with 51 units on this site. The proposal was opposed by many in the community. This year, the same developer has submitted a new proposal for an even bigger, denser complex, featuring 73 units and car stackers for parking. The City’s zoning code only permits a maximum of 31 units at the site.

The proposed complex towers over Bancroft Middle School and would be, by far, the tallest building in San Leandro between Bancroft Ave…