San Leandro Talk (SLT) is  a space for sharing news and opinions about what’s going on in the city of San Leandro, California. It works in conjunction with the San Leandro Talk Facebook page and the @SanLeandroTalk twitter account.

I, Marga Lacabe, started this blog because I felt there was a real need for a place where San Leandro citizens could virtually meet to learn what’s going on in town and discuss the future of San Leandro, and because the existing media shows little inclination to dig below the surface of what’s happening in town.  While I’m the primary writer of this blog, everyone is invited to participate.  If you’d like to write a post for this blog, please contact me. You are also encouraged to friend/follow SLT on Facebook and twitter.

The rules for commenters on this blog and the associated Facebook page are pretty simple. I expect everyone to treat everyone else with respect, but I define that broadly. If you’re easily offended by people’s language or opinions, this is not the place for you.  However, personal attacks, hate speech, trolling and post/comment spamming will not be tolerated. People who are abusive, will be blocked.

Your first comment to the blog will be moderated, subsequent comments will not. Please don’t post anonymously unless you are in a situation where your comments would jeopardize your job or safety. If you do post anonymously, and it’s not obvious why, please e-mail me (from a throwaway account if needed) and let me know why you should be able to post anonymously.

As for me, my name is Margarita Lacabe.  I’m in my 40’s, I’m married to Mike Katz-Lacabe (editor of San Leandro Bytes) and we have two little girls that attend Bancroft Middle School and Roosevelt Elementary.  I have lived in San Leandro for 14 years. My personal website is at Marga.org.  My personal blog is at VoxPublica and my food blog here.I was a founding member of the San Leandro Community Action Network, I’m currently a member of the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee and I have worked on several campaigns for local office.  I’m an international human rights lawyer by training, an activist by vocation and a troublemaker by personality.  My  concerns at the local level are good governance, transparency, accountability and the protection of civil liberties.

  4 Responses to “About”

  1. I’m curious as to why you require posters to identify themselves but you do not disclose who you are – seems like a bit of a double-standard.

    • To tell you the truth, I hadn’t noticed I hadn’t given my name. It was just an oversight which I will fix now. I did give quite a bit of info about me, including links to my website and blog, the name of my husband, etc. – so believe me, I wasn’t trying to hide myself.

  2. Hi! I’m Katherine and somewhat Conservative.

    But I DO want to say THANK YOU for the time and effort you are putting into your blog! I only wish I had found it sooner!!!

    I truly believe that if only more people (no matter what their “political label”) would take the time to tell about what is happening in their own “back yard”, we would be in a much better position to stop “problems” before they even got a chance to start.

    Your statement about “existing media shows little inclination to dig below the surface of what’s happening in town” is so true. And it is especially frustrating when trying to “vet” candidates for positions like City Attorney, City Manager, Director of Public Works, etc.

    Our own little town is paying Meyers Nave thousands of dollars a month (that we really don’t have) for “legal services”: over $12,000 of which, in one month, was for “researching the history” of an empty bar’s Conditional Use Permit and Zoning.

    And yes…there is a lawsuit against the city in that case as well.

    So again, thank you. You have armed me with a wealth of information that I will be able to share at our next City Council Meeting.

  3. Hi! I am the publisher of Kid Scoop News, a newspaper for kids that goes to about 30 classrooms in San Leandro Elementary schools grace to the support of local business sponsors. I have written a press release about this, and have a lovely photo of David Irmer holding an amazing thank you poster from one of our classrooms. Could I submit these to you for consideration of being posted in your blog? Thank you!

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