Mar 022012
Wanna have fun? Tell me how and win 2 tickets to "Salmon Fishing in Yemen"

Share your best ideas for entertainment venues in San Leandro. There is no doubt that San Leandro leaves much to be desired when it comes to entertainment.  We have a multiplex showing new releases, the quaint Bal Theater showing old movies and hosting special events, plays at the Conservatory Theater and comedy nights at The Englander.  And that’s pretty much it, unless you count high school sports & shows and the occasional political fundraiser.  No wonder San Leandro cops spend so much time busting people for selling dope – there isn’t much for young people to do in town other [Continue Reading]

Feb 212012
City Council Moves to Ban Entertainment in Most of San Leandro

It’s an Acknowledgement that they Violated Faith Fellowship’s Constitutional Rights but… is it good Public Policy? Unfortunately it seems that most of my analysis below was right.  Read this short update about the Tuesday night City Council meeting. Do you want to open a wrestling venue in the industrial area of San Leandro?  How about a comedy club, a lecture hall, a dance school offering recitals, a skating ring, something new and fun and family friendly? Right now, all you have to do is get a conditional use permit and you’re free to go.   But if you want to open [Continue Reading]

Jan 062012
Is Wal-Mart coming to Downtown San Leandro?

Despite community opposition, the San Leandro City Council is set to approve the development of the old-Albertson’s property downtown into yet another strip mall, euphemistically dubbed “Village Marketplace“.  The anchor of the mall, occupying slightly less than half the total space, is supposed to be a branch of the “Fresh & Easy” grocery stores – but it’s just as likely that it will actually be a Wal-Mart, San Leandro’s third. Fresh & Easy is a chain of small grocery stores, mostly located in California.  It was started in 2007 by British supermarket giant Tesco as a daring attempt to break [Continue Reading]

Nov 152011
Halloween in San Leandro: "You are Going to Hell!"

San Leandro has some wonderful holiday traditions.  Some, like the Christmas tree lighting downtown, were sponsored by the city and have pretty much disappeared in this age of budget cuts.  Others, sponsored by private businesses, are alive and well.  My favorite is Safe Streets Safe Tricks Halloween, organized by the merchants on the Bancroft/Dutton area.  For two hours on Halloween afternoon, kids can go trick or treating to most of the businesses there (Safeway, as you would expect from a big, greedy corporation, does not participate).  Every merchant gives the kids candy, but Dutton Ace Hardware goes the “extra mile”: [Continue Reading]

Jul 262011

I got the following e-mail from a reader. I’m posting it because I think it serves as a useful warning to anyone shopping in that area. “Saturday 7/23/11, my wife went shopping in and around this little strip mall Guadalajara Meat Market and Taqueria on 14327 E 14th St., San Leandro (between 143rd Ave & 144th Ave). She parked the car in the lot then stepped across into the Asian store next door but not in the Guadalajara lot intending to continue shopping in Guadalajara stores. In less than 20 minutes the over zealous security had her car towed costing [Continue Reading]