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Oct 032018
 

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, San Leandro Talk has, for a long time, covered politics in other parts of Alameda County.  Indeed, in the last few years, most of what we’ve written about has been about candidates and politics beyond San Leandro.  We hope to return to the real point of this blog, and thus we are migrating our political coverage to a new blog, California Politics.  This blog will cover politics in the whole state, but will concentrate on Alameda County.  Content exclusively about San Leandro will stay here. If you love politics as much as we do and [Continue Reading]

Sep 202016
 
City of Oakland Provides Free "Revenge Mail"  Service

The City of Oakland has set up a service to help Bay Area citizens get back at anyone (or at least, any male) whom they feel has done them wrong.   All they need to do is complete this form, entering the license plate number of their target’s car and make up a story as to how they were seen soliciting prostitution in some neighborhood known for such.   In response, “the Oakland Police Department will send a letter to the registered owner stating that the vehicle has been observed in an area known to have high incidences of sexual exploitation and [Continue Reading]

Jan 272016
 
Busting the Myths on Rent Control

This article has been contributed by Guillermo Elenes. With more and more cities in California grappling with displacement and rising rents, and with 45% of residents renting, it’s time to implement serious policy solutions to stabilize communities. The myths abound on rent control policy and prevent cities from pursuing what is really a moderate and reasonable regulation of the largely unregulated private rental market. Unless you think landlords should be able to raise rents however much they want, whenever they want, you believe in rent control and should consider adopting it in your community. Rent control is not a ceiling [Continue Reading]

Jan 212015
 
Prominent San Leandro Citizen Speaks Out Against BEARCAT

This is the letter that Tim Holmes, a prominent San Leandro citizen and community activist, sent the San Leandro City Council. You can also read my own message to the SLPD on this matter. To the members of the San Leandro City Council: I attended the recent community meeting regarding the plans to obtain a Bearcat, I wasn’t able to complete my comments in the time allotted, so I’m including them in full here. I am asking you vote no and to NOT accept this vehicle. Tools only seem neutral. You pick one up, you use it and put it [Continue Reading]