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San Leandro Pays Former City Manager $350,000 As He Leaves For New Job
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. It often takes months from initial application, to interview stage, to final interview and background check to secure an open position as a City Manager in California. Anaheim spent months trying to find a new City Manager according to the document I linked above. It is likely that Mayor Cutter and members of the San Leandro City Council were contacted by representatives of the City of Anaheim for answers on background questions about Zapata and to vouch for Zapata's leadership while they were negotiating Zapata's departure from San Leandro. If Zapata wanted to leave San Leandro right after he was reinstated, that was his choice, but Zapata was not entitled to any payment under his contract for his voluntary departure. The Mayor and City Council need to explain themselves for giving away $350,000 of our money while seeking to gag everyone at City Hall and all City Commissioners from criticizing Zapata's tenure.
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…
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…
I am proud to have the support of many accomplished leaders in our community, including: Wilma Chan, Alameda County SupervisorPauline Cutter, San Leandro MayorCarole Rogers, RN, Director, Desert Healthcare District and former President, Eden Township Healthcare DistrictAisha Knowles, Trustee, Alameda County Board of Education Kinkini Banerjee, Vice President, Alameda Health SystemElsa Ortiz, President, Alameda County Transit Board of Directors Hermy Almonte, former Trustee, San Leandro Unified School District Rebecca Saltzman, BART DirectorEvelyn 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 Leo Sheridan, Trustee, San Leandro Unified School District Mike Katz-Lacabe, former Trustee, San Leandro Unified School DistrictOur Revolution San Leandro (progressive Democrats based in San Leandro) Plus many nurses, phys…