But will the Council and City Manager let her get away with it?
Tuesday night, San Leandro Police Chief Sandra Spagnoli was caught lying to the San Leandro City Council several times.
Two lies are so blatant, that there can be now wiggle room around them.
1 – She told the City Council that the SLPD only has one police car equipped with license plate scanners mounted on them. But as Mike Katz-Lacabe, my husband pointed out, it has 3. He’s taken pictures of them, in case there are any questions.
2- She told the Council that license plate scanners only get the “photo of the license plate”. Again, a lie, as the license plate picture below shows.
Now, these are by no means the first lies the Chief tells the Council. She’s lied about the effects of marijuana dispensary on crime and she lied about how long license plate information is kept for, for example.
And as Councilmember Jim Prola pointed out when I brought this matter up to him, last night she repeatedly tried to mislead the Council (Prola wouldn’t commit to using the word “lie”) when she claimed that license plate data had to be retained for a year because they are sharing it with the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center (everyone who drives in San Leandro is a suspected terrorist, it would seem). Under questioning by Prola, the representative from the Center reluctantly admitted the Council could set whatever term in wanted for keeping the data.
And she’s lied directly to the community about things such as how realignment works.
But the thing about these two lies last night is that there is no room for ambiguity. Either license scanners only take pictures of the license plates as she claims or they don’t, as the picture shows. Either there is one car with a scanner or there are three, as the other photos we have show.
The City Council knows now without a shadow of a doubt the the Chief of Police has so little respect for them that she will lie and lie to their faces. Meanwhile, she asks them to “trust her”.
Mayor Cassidy wanted to see one of the “audits” on the Police Department, done after an SLPD narcotics officer was convicted of selling drugs to an informer. The Chief denied him access to it, claiming it has sensitive information. “You have to trust on your Chief of Police” she said. But how can the Council – and the citizens of San Leandro – trust a Chief who has repeatedly been caught lying?
I don’t have much admiration four our City Council. But do any of them have any self-respect? They must know the Chief doesn’t have any for them – otherwise she wouldn’t lie – and yet they let her get away with this type of behavior.
I have a call to the office of City Manager Chris Zapata for comments. Zapata is ultimately her boss. Is she lying with his knowledge? His approval? Is she completely insubordinate?
I have also contacted the Mayor and City Council for comment. I will update this article if I hear back.