Dec 172014

mikenewsThe City of San Leandro has declared December 18th, 2014 to be “Mike Katz-Lacabe day“.  We agree that Mike Katz-Lacabe – not only an outgoing School Board member, but a champion of civil liberties in San Leandro – deserves to be honored.  And what better way to do it than with a Free Speech Fest!

Please join us for an afternoon/evening of, well, speech.  All speech. Any speech.  Your speech. (Can’t come? See below)

Come and tell us:

  • what you think
  • what you want
  • what you hope
  • what you are thankful for
  • what you are fearful
  • a story
  • a poem
  • a song
  • a haiku
  • an anecdote
  • an experience
  • an opinion
  • an idea
  • a recipe
  • a helpful hint
  • your analysis of the current political situation and what can we do to reach the liberty, equality and justice we all deserve.

Tell us with words, with music, with signs.

Tell me, tell a new found friend, tell the police (you know they’ll come by) and/or tell our camera so others can see it later.

But speak. Speak here, in San Leandro, while we still have that right.  They have taken so many other rights away from us, let’s exercise those we have left while we still have them.

This last-minute Free Speech Fest will take place on Thursday, Dec. 18th – Mike Katz-Lacabe’s day – between 3:30 PM and 8:30 PM.  Stop by whenever you can, we can’t promise there will be more than one person there, but that’s all you need to have a conversation.  We know you are busy – yes, there are lots of protests, rallies and meetings to attend, but we really hope to see you here.

As a location, we have decided in the area around the beautiful Holiday tree in the patio between City Hall and the Police Department here in San Leandro.  You can’t miss it, it’s really tall.

Bring your friends, your children, your parents, your neighbors, your students.  Grab your coats and scarfs and Guy Fawkes masks.  Come!

Mike Katz-Lacabe Day Free Speech Fest

Thursday, Dec. 18th, 2014
3:30 – 8:30 PM
Around the Holiday Tree outside San Leandro City Hall

Can’t come? Don’t worry. Just e-mail me a video, or something you want me to read and we’ll make sure to share it during the event.

Dec 162014

giveupdemotivatorI give up.  Local democracy does not work at any level. Tonight, a plethora of mostly white, middle-class, middle-aged parents told the San Leandro City Council: “This is where we draw the line. Don’t spy on our kids, don’t criminalize them from kindergarten on”.  In essence they said: “this is your chance to release some steam, show that you are something other than a rubber stamp for the police, show that citizens have a chance to have their voices heard”.

The arguments were intelligent, well-reasoned and researched and made politely.  They came from a law professor, a poverty expert, a public health researcher, a former School Board member who had just been recognized with his own day (Dec. 18th), two respected community leaders.  They came from parents.  They all fell in deaf ears.  “We know you are moving your lips but even if we could hear you, we would disagree with you on principle” dead ears.

If there was any doubt that there is nothing that anyone can say or do that would ever influence the San Leandro City Council to vote against anything proposed by the police department, that doubt went away tonight  – and with that, any incentive for anyone that has any concerns about the police department to dialogue with city authorities.

If you have a City Council which is institutionally unable to respond to public concerns, then social change cannot be accomplished using the extant political system.  I am not suggesting any alternatives right now, but I’m willing to listen to suggestions.


Dec 152014
San Leandro City Council To Vote Tonight to Spy on School Children

SAFE Asks City Council to Vote Against COPS Grant Update: The City Council voted to accept the COPS grant.  All but one of the speakers spoke against having SROs in Schools. Last week, Students And Families for Education (SAFE) helped defeat the proposal to spend $1.7 of the San Leandro School District’s education fund on police in schools. Tonight, the San Leandro City Council votes on accepting the COPS Grant. In addition to requiring the city spend money on new police positions, the grant proposal lays out Police Chief Sandra Spagnoli‘s plan to use the grant money to start a [Continue Reading]

Dec 112014
Information from the SLPD Forum on Broadmoor Ave. Shooting

On Thursday, Dec. 11, the San Leandro Police Department had an hour-long community meeting to address the shooting that took place on Broadmoor Ave.  Mike Katz-Lacabe attended, filmed and tweeted from the meeting.  The SLPD did not call on him, so he was unable to ask any questions.  The following are his tweets, in chronological order followed by the video of the meeting. The meeting concerns the December 4 shooting in San Leandro’s Broadmoor neighborhood. In response to a question from the audience, SLPD Officer Robert McManus says Oct. 5 Woodland Ave. officer-involved shooting is not related. San Leandro police [Continue Reading]

Dec 112014
SLT Facebook Page Has Moved

If you are one of our faithful Facebook friends, you may have noticed that the San Leandro Talk account has disappeared off the face of the earth – or at least off Facebook. For years, people who objected to the views I express there, have complained to Facebook about the name of the account.  Facebook requires real names of people to have a usual “friends” account, and requires that organizations, companies or even artists who perform under a pseudonym, set up a “page” or a “group” instead of a regular account.  When I first set up SLT’s FB account there [Continue Reading]