elections

Nov 132014
 

The following is a list of the candidates that won competitive races in Alameda County, where either I or the Democratic party made an endorsement. I tried to endorse the most liberal candidate, except in the case of agencies where I went for technical competence as well. Neither I nor the Democratic party endorsed in every race. As you can see, we have not fared very well.

* I endorsed/recommended

Δ Democratic Party endorsed

[i] Incumbent

ALAMEDA

Mayor: * Trish Spencer (lost Δ Mary Gilmore [i])
City Council: Frank Matarrese & Jim Oddie (lost Δ Stewart Chen [i])
School Board: Δ Solana Henneberry & Gary Lym (lost: Δ Michael McMahon [i])
Healthcare District: Δ Tracy Jensen [i], Robert Deutsch [i] & Δ Jim Meyers (lost Lynn Mark Bratchett [i])

ALBANY

School Board: *Charles Blanchard, *Paul Black [i] & Ross Stapleton-Gray (lost: Eliott Chin)

BERKELEY

City Council District 1: Δ Linda Maio [i] (lost: *Alejandro Soto-Vigil & Merrilie Mitchell)
City Council District 7: *Kriss Worthington [i] (lost: Sean Barry)
City Council District 8: Δ Lori Droste (lost: * George Beier, Mike Alvarez Cohen & Jacquelyn McCormick)
School Board: *Ty Alper, *Δ Josh Daniels [i] & Δ Karen Hemphill [i] (lost: Δ Julie Sinai [i] & Norma JF Harrison)

CASTRO VALLEY

School Board: Δ Gary C. Howard [i] & *Dorothy Theodore (lost: Δ Janice Friesen [i])

DUBLIN

Mayor: David G. Haubert (lost: Kevin E. Hart, Δ Kasie Hildenbrand & Shawn Costello)
City Council: Δ Abe Gupta [i] & Δ Don Biddle [i] (lost: Sue Wakamoto-Lee)

EMERYVILLE

City Council: Δ Dianne Martinez & Δ Scott Donahue (lost: John J. Bauters & Ken Bukowski)
School Board: *Δ John Affeldt [i], Δ Christian Robin Patz [i] & Donn Lee Merriam (lost: Δ Miguel Dwin [i])

FREMONT

City Council: Lily Mei & Rick Jones (lost: *Δ Raj Salwan [i], Dirk R. Lorenz, *Δ David Paul Bonaccorsi, Rakesh Sharma, Nancy Liu, Marty Froomin & Syed Iqbal Ahmed)
School Board: Larry Sweeney [i] & Yang Shao (lost: Δ Moina Shaiq, *Δ Dax Choksi & Hiu Ng)

HAYWARD

School Board: Δ Lisa Brunner [i] & Δ William L. McGee [i] (lost: Marita Cheng)

NEWARK

Mayor: Δ Alan L. Nagy [i] (lost: Ray J. Rodriguez)
City Council: Mike Hannon & Δ Mike Bucci (lost: Δ Francisco Preciado Jr., Elisabeth Reid-Gonzalez, Mark Gonzales, Jack Dane & David Rogowski)
School Board: Δ Nancy Thomas [i] & Tom Huynh (lost: Δ Christopher Wecks [i] & Elizabeth Brazil)

OAKLAND

Mayor: Libby Schaaf (lost: Jean Quan [i], Rebecca Kaplan, *Dan Siegel, Joe Tuman, Bryan Parker, Courtney Ruby et al)
City Council District 2: Δ Abel Guillen lost: Dana King, Andrew Park et al)
City Council District 4: *Δ Annie Campbell Washington (lost: Jill Broadhurst & Paul Lim)
City Council District 6: *Desley Brooks [i] (lost: Shereda F. Nosakhare, Michael V. Johnson et al)
School Board District 2: *Aimee Eng (lost: William ”Bo” Ghirardelli)
School Board District 4: Nina Senn (lost: *Δ Karl Debro, Saleem Shakir-Gilmore & Cheri Spigner)
School Board District 6: *Δ Shanthi Gonzales (lost: Renato Almanzor)
Auditor: Δ Brenda Roberts (lost: *Len Raphael)

PLEASANTON

Mayor: Jerry Thorne [i] (lost: *Matt Morrison)
City Council: Kathy Narum [i] & Arne Olson (lost: *Δ Olivia Sanwong & George Bowen)
School Board: Δ Joan Laursen [i] & *Mark R. Miller (lost: Paige Wright & Δ Jeff Bowser [i])

SAN LEANDRO

Mayor: ΔPauline Russo Cutter (lost: Diana Souza, Dan Dillman & *Gregg Daly)
City Council District 1: Deborah Cox (lost: *Mike Katz-Lacabe, Ken Pon, David Anderson)
City Council District 3: Lee Thomas (lost: *Δ Victor Aguilar, Allen Schoenfeld)
City Council District 5: Δ Corina Lopez (lost: Leah Hall, *Mia Ousley)
School Board At-Large: *Δ Evelyn Gonzalez (lost: Jean Kinkella, Peter Oshinski, Monique Tate)
School Board Area 4: Δ Leo Sheridan (lost: Chike Udemezue, *Latrina Dumas)

SAN LORENZO

School Board: Helen T. Randall [i] & *Δ Janet Zamudio (lost: *Δ Steven Kirk, Isabel Polvorosa [i] et al)

UNION CITY

City Council: Δ Emily Duncan [i], Δ Pat D. Gacoscos [i] & Lorrin Ellis [i] (lost: Kashmir Singh Shahi, Amit Salwan)
New Haven School Board: Linda Canlas [i] & Δ Sarabjit Kaur Cheema [i] (lost: Gwen Estes & Δ Lance Nishihira)

EDUCATION

Alameda County Superintendent of Schools: Δ Karen Monroe (lost: Helen Foster)

Chabot-Las Positas District: *Δ Isobel Dvorsky [i] (lost: Gene Judson)
Ohlone Area 2: Garrett Yee [i] & Δ Jan Giovannini-Hill [i] (lost: Joe Lonsdale)
Peralta, Area 5: ΔWilliam Riley [i] (lost: *David Ralston)
Peralta, Area 7: Julina Bonilla (lost: *Richard Fuentes)

TRANSIT

AC Transit At-Large: Joel B. Young [i] (lost: *Dollene C. Jones & Adrienne C. Andrews)
AC Transit Ward 4: Δ Mark Williams [i] (lost: *Murphy McCalley)
AC Transit Ward 5: *Jeff Davis [i] (lost: Δ Kewal Singh)
Bart District 4: Robert Raburn [i] (lost: Δ Lena Tam & Larry Lionel Young Jr.)

OTHER AGENCIES

Alameda County Water District:  *Δ Paul Sethy [i] & Judy C. Huang [i] (lost: Eric Tsai)
EBMUD Ward 3:Marguerite Young (lost: Katy Foulkes [i])
Castro Valley Sanitary Board: Melody Appleton [i] & Ralph Johnson [i] (lost: Kunio Okui, Δ John Maher & Marc Crawford)
Oro Loma Sanitary District: Howard W. Kerr [i], Timothy P. Becker [i] & Δ Shelia Young (lost: *Dan Walters & Chike C. Udemezue)
East Bay Regional Park Ward 5: Δ Ayn Wieskamp (lost: Dev Gandhi)

Oct 232014
 

Dax Choksi

My last written recommendation for this election goes to Dax Choksi who is running for Fremont City Council.  This is based on his answers to the questionnaire I sent to him.  The Fremont School Board was mired in controversy earlier this year after they approved a sex education textbook that was too graphic for some puritanical parents, though it had the overwhelming support of health education teachers.  The Board voted to go back and use the previous textbook, which contained inaccurate information.

Dax is an involved parent in Fremont schools and a man with common sense.

1) What do you think is the biggest challenge facing your School District and how would you tackle it?

The following are the biggest challenges for the Fremont Unified School District:

* Facilities – our facilities are in dire need of repair and upgrade. In several schools the infrastructure is not adequate to provide an environment where students can thrive and receive education effectively. In addition to this, we have schools with huge waiting lists and this problem is persisting.

* Overcrowding – the class sizes are under pressure. This is not going to be an easy problem to solve but I would work to constantly strive to reduce the class sizes.

* Technology – We need to work to bring Fremont schools to the 21st century. Thy are currently lacking in several technology areas including computers, desktops and communication devices.

* Academics – We need to work on successful implementation of common core and ensure that there is equity in education.

2) Do you believe there are systemic problems with racial/sexual/gender-based or other discrimination in your district’s schools? How would you tackle them?

* I do not believe that there is a systemic problem with racial/sexual/gender discrimination. However, the problem could exist without a lot of people knowing about it. We need to take steps to ensure that this is prevented proactively:

* I would prevent this by continuing to enforce the existing regulations prohibiting discrimination and recommend disciplinary action against any person who is found to be violating the regulation.

* I would also seek to educate the youth about the negative impact of discrimination and how it could create a severe blow to the self-confidence of the victim of this injustice.

3) Do you support school dress codes? Specify.

We live in a democratic country thereby providing the right to people to dress as they please. However, there are certain guidelines essential in a school environment to ensure that there is no provocative dressing and the that the dressing adheres to a certain common decorum. There are existing dress code guidelines in FUSD and I would ensure that the guidelines are enforced in all the schools without exceptions.

4) What’s your position on the controversy over the health education books thought to be too risque by some?

I am strongly in favor of the textbook. I believe our first and foremost responsibility is to protect our youth. We can only do so by educating them. If we don’t educate them, we are leaving them ignorant and vulnerable to getting false/erroneous information from secondary unreliable sources. In the interest of the well being of our youth, I strongly support the book.

5) Do you believe religious texts, practices or songs should be part of the school’s curricula? If yes, please specify how.

No. Religion has no place in the school curricula. I believe in separation of church and state

See also: David Bonaccorsi & Raj Salwan best Choices for City Council

See Marga’s 2014 Voter Guide for recommendations on propositions and other local endorsements.

Oct 192014
 
Victor Aguilar

Victor Aguilar

In order to better get to know the candidates for San Leandro offices, I sent out a questionnaire with questions provided by San Leandro residents and relevant to San Leandro. These are Victor Aguilar’s answers.

PERSONAL INFORMATION

1- Do you have a website, Facebook Smart Voter page with more information about you and your platform?

My Facebook page can be found at www.facebook.com/victoraguilarforsanleandrocitycouncil

2- What is your political philosophy?

My political philosophy is to protect our environment, provide quality public safety, support a strong positive relationship between the City, and schools, place San Leandro on a substantial foundation for fiscal responsibility, promote economic development, create jobs and housing opportunities, and transform San Leandro into a center for innovation.

3- How do you evaluate when to stick by your principles and when to compromise?

There’s a saying, “that’s not the point, it’s the principle”, I stand by principle. I do what’s right. I compromise when principle is questionable and not concrete.

4- How often have you attended City Council meetings in the last year and what, if any, issues have you spoken out about in such meetings?

I have attended many City council meeting. I’ve checked out the Rent Review meeting and met Mia Ousley. I have not spoken out at any City Council meetings.

GOOD GOVERNANCE

5- The San Leandro City Council is no longer producing full minutes of its meetings, and instead produces an audio/video recording and a record of its votes (but not comments/discussions). Would you restore full minutes?

I am a firm believer that all meetings should be recorded. Just like a deposition, the City Council needs to be documents. I would restore full minutes.

6- Do you support a sunshine ordinance in San Leandro? Be specific as to terms.

I support a sunshine ordinance. I believe that the city needs to be informed as to the decisions that are being made by our city manager and officials.

7- Do you believe the City Council should censure Vice-Mayor Benny Lee for lobbying the Oakland City Council against renewing its $1Billion garbage contract with Waste Management? San Leandro collects $500K in taxes annually from WM’s transfer station.

Members of the city council need to remember what the principle is and when to compromise. I believe that the Vice-Mayor Benny Lee should be reprimanded.

REVENUE

8- What’s your position on measure HH?

I support Measure HH. I think the 30 year life is steep. This measure will help the aid public programs and revitalize San Leandro.

9- Do you support continuing or making permanent the business license fee holiday for new businesses? Why or why not?

In order to attract business in San Leandro I support the business license fee holiday for new business. This is attractive to bring business to our vibrant city. We need to make sure that we are attracting the right businesses for our community.

10- Do you support pension reform in San Leandro? Be specific.

I support pension reform. We as taxpayers should not have to pay.

11- What are your plans for increasing revenue and/or cutting costs in San Leandro? Be specific.

My plan to increase revenue is the bring in the Tech Campus and revitalize the Marina. As for cutting costs, we need to address the police armored vehicle. This is going to be expensive to maintain.

12- San Leandro is about to lose millions of dollars in taxes and development fees, due to Waste Management losing its garbage contract with the City of Oakland. What would you have done to prevent that situation from occurring and what will you do in the future to support San Leandro businesses?

I want to make the right choice for our community and support any local business. I would have made sure that the decision that we are making as a city is approved by our council before speaking on behalf of San Leandro. I fully support San Leandro businesses, especially Waste Management.

13- San Leandro has invested on creating a fiber loop and is trying to market itself to high tech manufacturing. What would you do to promote these efforts?

I support LIT San Leandro http://litsanleandro.com/ We need to attract a new generation of business. This is the age we live in and what better place that to promote San Leandro to house these tech companies within our fiber optic loop. I would work with our Chief Innovator to help promote these efforts.

DEVELOPMENT

14- What are your thoughts on redevelopment in general? What should the City do to spruce up downtown and the South part of town?

I support redevelopment. We need to make sure that San Leandro is pedestrian, bicycle and commuter friendly. The City is on the right track towards sprucing up downtown, we need to do a better job on attracting quality businesses and limit monopolization. The South part of town needs a facelift. We need to bring back life into our industrial are and fix our streets.

15- What are your plans for the development of the Marina? If they include dredging, who should pay for it? Be specific as to what you will work to see happen.

Since the Federal funding has ended and San Leandro has vied to get funds, out dredging option seems bleak. I will work to revitalize the Marina to make it a vibrant attractive and money generating spot. We also need to make sure that we are considerate of our environment.

16- What type of affordable housing requirements do you support for new developments?

We need to make sure that local housing authorities offer rents affordable to low-income households. I support various types of new housing developments.

17- How should the City and the School District collaborate regarding any new housing developments?

The city and the school district need to work closely to mitigate the future of school enrollment. We need to make sure that we closely look at how new developments will impact our schools for San Leandro and San Lorenzo Unified.

18- What is your specific plan for repairing streets and sidewalks in San Leandro?

We need to address the street and sidewalk situation, specifically the streets. San Leandro has the worst streets in the county. I will ensure that partial funds from Measure HH (if passed) will be used to fix our streets in conjunction with Measure BB.

19- Global warming threatens to raise sea levels. What should the City be doing to help prevent rising bay waters from damaging property?

We need to education our community about global warming. This is a national issue and needs to be addressed at a local level.

20- What’s your position on a “tree preservation ordinance”? Please be specific as to any ordinance that you would support.

Our environment is not getting any better. We need all the trees that we can get in San Leandro. Trees produce oxygen and we need that to sustain us. I think the city need to plant more trees. I think that the tree preservation ordinance is valid and I support it, specifically Section 5-2-200 of the San Leandro Municipal Code states that it is unlawful for any person other than the City or its contractors to remove, prune, injure or destroy a City street tree.

21- Should the City offer incentives to encourage property owners to install solar systems or other alternative energy sources? Be specific.

We need a GREEN San Leandro. The city needs to encourage property owners to install solar systems and/or other alternative energy sources. I would love to install solar panels on my house, but the reality is they’re too expensive and quite frankly I can’t afford to install without some sort of incentive.

22- What will you do to make San Leandro friendlier for pedestrians and cyclists?

I support measure BB. If this measure passes it will make San Leandro a friendlier place for pedestrians and cyclist. http://www.yesonbb.org/

SURVEILLANCE & LAW ENFORCEMENT

23- What’s your position on red light cameras and why?

I oppose red light cameras. I am also opposed to the non San Leandro business that runs these cameras.

24- What is your position on public/police operated public surveillance cameras?

This is a violation of our 4th amendment right. I oppose public surveillance and police cameras.
http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/fourth_amendment
I support private surveillance that monitor private property.

25- SLPD operates several mobile and static license place readers which photograph millions of license plates and cars. Do you support an ordinance that will restrict how long these records are kept and who they are shared with? Be specific as to terms.

I will support an ordinance that will restrict the time that this information is withheld and archived. Again, this is a violation of our fourth amendment right. Not only do the readers capture license plate info, but it records the public.

26- How would you tackle the increasing militarization of the SLPD? Do you believe that the SLPD should continue to operate its SWAT team?

I oppose the militarization of police, but I do believe in a SWAT team. This team is specialized in confronting heavily armed criminals; performing hostage rescue and counter-terrorism operations; high risk arrests; and entering armored or barricaded buildings.

27- What are your public safety priorities?

My public safety priorities are to keep San Leandro safe. I believe that a neighborhood watch is a great and free way to monitor our communities. I also believe in adding a few more police officers to our force if our budget allows.

28- When the City Council passed an ordinance allowing citizens to keep bees with a permit, it provided that in order to get that permit citizens had to agree to waive their 4th amendment right to warrantless searches of their properties. What’s your position on this type of requirements? What will you do specifically with the requirement in the “chicken & bee” ordinance?

The chicken and bee ordinance is set in place to monitor those that want to turn their backyard into an urban barnyard. We need to make sure that our neighbors are not being disturbed. I believe that we have to plan for the worst and have a plan in place that will prevent an abundance of animals residing in one space. I belive there needs to be a warrant for a search. I don’t believe in warrant less searches. All searches have to be valid with probable cause.

SOCIAL WELFARE

29- What do you think are the City’s responsibilities vis a vis ensuring that everyone in San Leandro has access to food, housing, health care and other necessities of life? How will you meet such responsibilities?

San Leandro needs to be a proponent in taking care of our community. We need to make sure that we have programs to help aid our community and the local, state and federal level. I belive that we need to make information about such programs are availiable to the community as a source. I will make sure that this information is available and accessible for our constituents.

30- How should the Council promote community health in San Leandro?

San Leandro needs to work with health care organization to promote health screenings and/or free examinations at little or no cost to our community. The welfare of community is my concern. We need a happy and healthy San Leandro.

31- Will you support an ordinance to increase the minimum wage in San Leandro? If so, to what amount.

I would support an ordinance for a living wage.

32- Do you support reducing development fees, zoning entitlements and construction permits in order to make housing more affordable?

I believe we need to make an exception in the aspect and reduce permits, zoning entitlements and construction permits. We need more affordable housing in San Leandro. We need to give businesses like this a break.

33- What should San Leandro do to aid its homeless population?

Homelessness is an issue with every city. San Leandro needs to provide aid to those that need assistance. We need to provide a program that helps those get back on their feet.

34- Do you support an ordinance that would stabilize rents and impose just cause requirement for evictions? Be specific as to what proposals you would support/oppose.

I would impose an ordinance to stabilize rents. I will not impose a just cause requirement for eviction.

35- What’s your position on having medical marijuana dispensaries in San Leandro?

I am PRO medical marijuana and support the dispensary. Just like prescription drugs, I am a firm believer that our constituents should have easy access to their medication.

BONUS Question

If you are elected, will you vote to stop the SLPD from obtaining an armored vehicle?

I do not support militarization of police and do not support a military type armored vehicle. If this vehicle’s purpose is going to be use as a military type vehicle, I will oppose this. I believe in protecting our city, but not with a military tank style vehicle. We also need to understand the operating costs.

Oct 122014
 
Evelyn Gonzalez

Evelyn Gonzalez

The San Leandro School Board has two seats open this November.  The election is by plurality vote – whoever gets the most votes wins, even if they get under 50% of the total vote -, and all registered voters who live within the boundaries of the San Leandro School District can vote in both races.

The race for Area 4 is between three parents: Latrina Dumas, Chike Udemezue and Leo Sheridan.  Parents Evelyn Gonzalez and Monique Taste, retired New Haven teacher Jean Kinkella, and  Peter Oshinski, who runs Hayward Unified’s school lunch program, are contesting for the At-Large seat.

Among these candidates, Latrina Dumas and Evelyn Gonzalez are the clear choice: they have the most experience with our schools, a far better understanding of the challenges facing the School district and have demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to improve not just specific schools, but the district as a whole.

There are great similarities between Dumas and Gonzalez and, indeed, they have worked together over the years.  They both have children that have made their way through San Leandro public schools from elementary onwards (Duma’s youngest daughter is in 5th grade).  They both have been extremely involved in their kids’ schools as class parents, PTA presidents, Site Council members and more.  They’ve even helped other schools with fundraising and other issues – when McKinley Elementary needed to get a computer lab, it was Gonzalez who lined up the donors and made the lab a reality.

As parents of a special needs child, they’ve both experienced the disfunctions of the special education department at the school district.  They understand how it needs to be reformed to serve what is a growing population.  And as parents of children of color, they’ve seen the challenges that minority children face in schools that have a mostly white faculty.

Serving in the School Board requires more than just knowing how a school works. You need to understand budgets, funding sources, state policies and the competing interests of different stakeholders.  Dumas and Gonzalez, alone among the candidates, have been attending School Board meetings for a decade, reading the materials, engaging with Board members and administrators, helping craft policy and advocating on specific issues.  If they are elected, they’ll be able to hit the ground running, rather than spend years trying to get up to speed.

Neither Gonzalez nor Dumas are very political, but they are both personally committed to social justice.  They both volunteer with different organizations helping those in need, and they stand up for the rights of the marginalized.  Finally, they are both caring and non-judgmental people.  They see the potential in children, what they can do, rather than what they can’t.  They believe in instilling personal responsibility, but also offering support to kids that are struggling.  They will bring a sense of humanity and compassion into the School Board that is, frankly, missing.

I know less about the other candidates, in part because they haven’t been as involved in the school district.  Udemezue, Sheridan and Tate are active parents in their children’s schools, but they’ve shown little interest in reaching out to the community as a whole and no desire to learn the actual mechanics of the district and the issues it faces.   I don’t think Kinkella and Oshinski have had any relationship with the schools or the district.  In any case, given the vast experience, knowledge and commitment that Gonzalez and Dumas have demonstrated, they are the obvious choice for School Board.

More info on Latrina Dumas: Smart Voter

More info on Evelyn Gonzalez: Voter’s Questionnaire, Candidate Statement, Smart Voter, Website, Facebook 

More info on Chike Udemezue: Smart Voter, Website

More info on Leo Sheridan: Candidate Statement, Smart VoterWebsite, Facebook, Twitter: @voteleosheridan

More info on Peter Oshinski: Candidate Statement, Smart VoterFacebook

More info on Monique Tate: Smart VoterWebsite,

More info on Jean Kinkella: Smart VoterWebsite,

Oct 122014
 

In order to better get to know the candidates for San Leandro offices, I sent out a questionnaire with questions provided by San Leandro residents and relevant to San Leandro.  Allen Schoenfeld has answered all the questions.

PERSONAL INFORMATION

1- Do you have a website, Facebor Smart Voter page with more information about you and your platform?

Yes, I have a smart voter page however you can email me personally at Grandpaal369@aol.com and I will be happy to answer any and all questions.

2- What is your political philosophy?

My political philosophy is I love my city and want a safe place to raise your family. I have lived in San Leandro for 45 years and know how they city functions. I would also like to save the marina with a boat harbor as well as hotels and restaurants. I would also like to fix all the pot holes in the roads around town.

3- How do you evaluate when to stick by your principles and when to compromise?

I always stick to my principles unless the other guy is bigger than me. (Just Kidding) Compromise can be accomplished by listening to the other person’s views and working things out peacefully.

4- How often have you attended City Council meetings in the last year and what, if any, issues have you spoken out about in such meetings?

Once elected, I will regularly attend City Council meetings. Until then, I use to go to City Council meetings when Faith Frazier was a Council woman and the city was open for all to speak.

GOOD GOVERNANCE

5- The San Leandro City Council is no longer producing full minutes of its meetings, and instead produces an audio/video recording and a record of its votes (but not comments/discussions). Would you restore full minutes?

San Leandro should have full mintues restored of all Council meetings, either online or a hard copy should be available if anyone wanted to pick it up at City Hall.

6- Do you support a sunshine ordinance in San Leandro? Be specific as to terms.

I thought the sunshine always shined in San Leandro. Yes, we need to have a sunshine ordinance to promote transperancy in city government.

7- Do you believe the City Council should censure Vice-Mayor Benny Lee for lobbying the Oakland City Council against renewing its $1Billion garbage contract with Waste Management? San Leandro collects $500K in taxes annually from WM’s transfer station.

No, the City Council needs to remind Council members that they represent the city and the city should educate Council members how to act when they represent the city.

REVENUE

8- What’s your position on measure HH?

I am NOT in favor of measure HH; the sales tax increase. We pay a lot of taxes now. A 30 year addition to sales tax is ridiculous. We need to save money and find other ways to generate revenue for the city.

9- Do you support continuing or making permanent the business license fee holiday for new businesses? Why or why not?

I think every business needs to pay the business license fee and no businesses should be exempt. The company I work for has been doing business in San Leandro for over 30 years and has always paid for their business license to do business in San Leandro.

10- Do you support pension reform in San Leandro? Be specific.

Yes, we should have had city employees contribute to their own pension years ago. If we did, we would not have a huge pension deficit in San Leandro today.

11- What are your plans for increasing revenue and/or cutting costs in San Leandro? Be specific.

We need to cut the fat out of city government. We have people who make the big bucks and hardly do anything. New business can help generate income but also create overhead. We need to stop giving the city away. As an example; no business license fees for new businesses and tax breaks for big businesses. Everyone should pay their fare share.

12- San Leandro is about to lose millions of dollars in taxes and development fees, due to Waste Management losing its garbage contract with the City of Oakland. What would you have done to prevent that situation from occurring and what will you do in the future to support San Leandro businesses?

The situation with Waste Management has changed and the city of San Leandro will not lose revenue because of Oakland’s garbage pick up. Waste Management will now pick up garbage and green waste and CWS will handle recycling. Waste Management is rumored to build a multimillion dollar recycling facility in San Leandro.

13- San Leandro has invested on creating a fiber loop and is trying to market itself to high tech manufacturing. What would you do to promote these efforts?

They city has already put out an open invitation to solicit high tech businesses to move to San leandro but we need to remember more business means more traffic which means more overhead.

DEVELOPMENT

14- What are your thoughts on redevelopment in general? What should the City do to spruce up downtown and the South part of town?

Development of the downtown area is important. More shops and more resturants means more revenue for San Leandro. The city needs to have a plan and stick with it. Now I see a dysfunctional city with disruptions.

15- What are your plans for the development of the Marina? If they include dredging, who should pay for it? Be specific as to what you will work to see happen.

This is the concern deep in my heart. I would like to see the channel dredged so we can bring back the boats and turn San Leandro Marina back into a marina again. We need to find the funds to do this. It seems everyone has given up. Money was found in the past, why not now? The developer who the city sold out to should have included marina dredging. I am looking to get a bid from a company to get cost effective ways of dredging the marina.

16- What type of affordable housing requirements do you support for new developments?

I support low income housing for senors. Senors have worked and supported this city and now the city needs to support them. Affordable housing is dear to my heart. Everyone needs a place to live, but there are some people that don’t want to work hard to achieve this.

17- How should the City and the School District collaborate regarding any new housing developments?

The city needs to realize that with more housing you have more students. Developer should have to contribute to our school system by building or enlarging our schools. I remember when San Leandro had 3 high schools, and many elementary schools which were torn down in the name of progress. I think it’s time to rebuild them to divert overcrowded classrooms and promote the education of our future city leaders.

18- What is your specific plan for repairing streets and sidewalks in San Leandro?

The city needs to get on the ball and start fixing the pot holes. I remember when the city street crew used to do just this. What happened to them? Not having funds is not an excuse. How did we do it before? Seems like street repair has been forgotten.

ENVIRONMENT

19- Global warming threatens to raise sea levels. What should the City be doing to help prevent rising bay waters from damaging property?

Global warming is more of a national issue rather than a city one. We can help on the local level by reducing carbon monoxide from our city by taking public transportation, riding a bicycle or walking.

20- What’s your position on a “tree preservation ordinance”? Please be specific as to any ordinance that you would support.

People are concerned about their private property rights and consider a tree on their property their business and they should have the right to do as they please on their property. I heard the Mulford Gardens HOA wants to prohibit cutting a tree in our own backyard. I remember when my street was beautifully tree lined until the trees broke the sidewalk and clogged the sewers causing the trees to be removed. Now, to get a treet removed the city requires too much red tape.

21- Should the City offer incentives to encourage property owners to install solar systems or other alternative energy sources? Be specific.

Solar engery is the upcoming means of energy but it should be up to the individual home owners if they wish to install it. I think the city should not offer incentives because the federal government already has incentives in place.

22- What will you do to make San Leandro more friendly for pedestrians and cyclists?

San Leandro has already become pedestrian and cycle friendly. We have bike lanes, handicap ramps and crosswalks with flashing lights. I hear San Leandro is going to become even more bicycle and pedestrian friendly.

SURVEILLANCE & LAW ENFORCEMENT

23- What’s your position on red light cameras and why?

I have always thought we need to do away with the red light cameras, especially the one on the corner of Washington and Halcyon.

24- What is your position on public/police operated public surveillance cameras?

San Leandro does not need survallance cameras. NO BIG BROTHER! We as citiznes to watch and protect each other.

25- SLPD operates several mobile and static license place readers which photograph millions of license plates and cars. Do you support an ordinance that will restrict how long these records are kept and who they are shared with? Be specific as to terms.

San Leandro does not need license plates readers. People should be able to come and go as they please. What’s next? GPS tracking devices?

26- How would you tackle the increasing militarization of the SLPD? Do you believe that the SLPD should continue to operate its SWAT team?

San Leandro police does not need an armored vehicle by NO MEANS! San Leandro police does a great job in maintaining law and order in the city. Sometimes they show too much force when it takes 4 or 5 patrol cars to write 1 speeding ticket.

27- What are your public safety priorities?

Everyone’s priority is to keep our neighborhood safe from crime and violence. We can do this by watching out for your neighbors.

28- When the City Council passed an ordinance allowing citizens to keep bees with a permit, it provided that in order to get that permit citizens had to agree to waive their 4th amendment right to warrantless searches of their properties. What’s your position on this type of requirements? What will you do specifically with the requirement in the “chicken & bee” ordinance?

No BEES! No CHICKENS! If this is something you want you should not live in the city.

SOCIAL WELFARE

29- What do you think are the City’s responsibilities vis a vis ensuring that everyone in San Leandro has access to food, housing, health care and other necessities of life? How will you meet such responsibilities?

The city has a lot of community assistant programs. Davis Street Family Resource Center, Food Banks, and Churches have been doing a great job helping the less fortunate.

30- How should the Council promote community health in San Leandro?

With the new healthcare system in effect, everyone should have healthcare. San Leandro should not be responsible to provide community healthcare.

31- Will you support an ordinance to increase the minimum wage in San Leandro? If so, to what amount.

Yes. A living wage is important. A hard days work is worth a honest days pay. More people need to be educated to get higher paying jobs.

32- Do you support reducing development fees, zoning entitlements and construction permits in order to make housing more affordable?

Yes, construction fees have continued to sky rocket. More government involvement in the permit process, building inspections, and fire inspection. Everyone wants a piece of the pie therefore developers refuse to build in our city and go to other cities with less red tape. I was amazed to find out what it cost to break ground as far as taxes and permit fees.

33- What should San Leandro do to aid its homeless population?

We need to give more assistance to non profit organizations to provide services for the homeless. However, soime homeless people dont want assistance and want to remain homeless. San Leandro needs to help those who want to be helped by finding jobs and lost cost housing.

34- Do you support an ordinance that would stabilize rents and impose just cause requirement for evictions? Be specific as to what proposals you would support/oppose.

There is no rent control in San Leandro. We have a rent review board where landlords and renters can work things out. Yes, rents are on the rise but not as bad as other near by cities. Property owners have increased expenses as well; taxes, upkeep, utlities etc… and need to pass these increases to the renters. No one is getting rich.

35- What’s your position on having medical marijuana dispensaries in San Leandro?

I am okay with the marijuana dispensaries. San Leandro has already approved them. I would like to see a close watch on it to make sure they pay their fare share.