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Chris Crow Endorsed By San Leandro Chamber of Commerce

Teamsters, Realtors, Electricians and Business Owners join Community Leaders in declaring Chris Crow the Best Choice for San Leandro.

(San Leandro, CA) September 29, 2012 - City Council District 4 Candidate Chris Crow announced today his endorsement by the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce.  Crow has been working with businesses in San Leandro for over 10 years. 

“Chris Crow has always been a strong  advocate for all types of business, both small and large.  I believe he will bring a strong voice that can first- listen to the needs of the business community and then just as importantly – advocate on their behalf,” said John Johnson, President of San Leandro company McDermottCosta, and a member of the Chamber’s endorsement committee. 

Joining the Chamber in endorsing Chris Crow are the Bay East Association of Realtors, Teamsters Joint Council 7 and IBEW Electricians Union 595.  Crow has also received the endorsement of business and community leaders such as The Englander owner Jott Mangot, FH Daily Chevrolet owner Steve Song, Zocalo Coffeehouse owner Tim Holmes, Older Women’s League member Claudia McHenry, co-founder of Save San Leandro Hospital Mia Ousley, former San Leandro School Board Trustee Ken Pon, former San Leandro School Board Trustee Louis Heystek  and San Leandro School Board Trustee-elect Jason Toro.

“I am humbled by the widespread support my campaign is receiving, both from businesses and labor groups, community leaders and grassroot activists.  I think it shows that the stakeholders in San Leandro are ready to work together to push this city forward.”

Crow has made economic development and achieving fiscal sustainability the cornerstone of his campaign.

“I come to the table with concrete proposals on how to raise revenue without hurting working families and seniors, while bringing our expenses under control.  Everyone agrees that the time has come to reform the pension system.  I’m committed to doing so in an equitable manner, through responsible negotiations with our unions” said Crow.  “Only by getting our financial house in order will we be able to fund needed programs to enhance public safety and help our youth.”

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Justin H. October 02, 2012 at 08:59 AM
Hahaha....I bet you would like that, no I think I will stay in and see how it plays out.......Talk to you November 7th:-)
Fred Eiger October 02, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Frank, no one would want to be endorsed by some Communist, pot smoking, nut job like you. It would be the equivalent of being endorsed by the Perverts of America. Stay in there Justin, and keep doing what you're doing. Don't let idiots try to tell you otherwise.
Fred Eiger October 02, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Why hasn't Patch been covering Dan Dillman the way it drools over Chris Crow? Dillman has a good chance, but this kid Chris gets all the attention.
Fred Eiger October 02, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Stay in there Justin. Keep the flames at Chris' feet, don't let up on him. He didn't get these endorsements by his "good looks" or "brilliant intelligence" he got them by promising the City Treasury to these laggards. He's made some deals with every single one his endorsors and we the taxpayers of San Leandro will be paying the bill to inflate this unqualified youngster's bloated ego. Chris Crow is bad news for San Leandro. He's too young, to naive and too inexperienced in the world to be on the City Council
Frank Mockery October 03, 2012 at 05:32 AM
Fred's obviously a liar & he certainly has a vivid imagination,but unless he has proof to back up his slanderous accusations that Chris Crow has compromised his integrity in exchange for these endorsements he ought to shut his putrid pie hole before someone does it for him !
Fred Eiger October 03, 2012 at 12:26 PM
What's the matter Frank? Can't take the truth? Why doesn't Chris Crow come clean and tell the public exactly what he promised these clowns to ge their endorsement? He won't because if he does then thoughtful people will be outraged at what deals were made and how much these "endoresements" will cost the taxpayers and businesses of San Leandro.
Marga Lacabe October 03, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Fred, what Chris promised his endorsers is to be fair, to be willing to listen, and to act with integrity. The same thing he promised me a year ago when he asked for my support. He also promised that he'll stand by his values and won't allow himself to be co-opted or bought. I won't lie to you, Chris has benefited from Benny Lee's behavior during this campaign. The personal attacks that Lee's supporters have launched against Chris and others may play well with the tea party crowd (as you exemplify), but they scare serious political players. That, coupled with his lack of understanding of San Leandro issues and his penchant for changing his positions to suit those whose favor he asks for, has turned him into the candidate nobody wants elected. That said, I'm fully aware that nothing I or Chris could say would allay your suspicions. We have all seen how little difference it made to the birthers that Obama produced his birth certificate. You are no different. I hope, however, that anyone who has legitimate questions about Chris or other candidate's campaigns, will feel free to voice them.
Fred Eiger October 04, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Marga, you and I both know that the pensions and pay of City workers is bloated, and there is no way in Hell that Chris got any Union support unless he promised to soak it to the taxpayers and keep the hog fat. The Chamber didn't support him unless there was some play given to them. Chris is no babe in the woods and neither are his supporters.
Justin H. October 04, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Yeah Marga, but you know what Benny has never had? An arrest warrant for possession of Marijuana...He has also never been fired from a planning commission and he is employed and he has graduated from college...Oh and he has actually lived in the district he is running in for close to 20 years:-) These are all things Crow Lacks...but if you feel like whats that you want representing you..then by all means...
Marga Lacabe October 04, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Justin, do I understand you right? You believe that not having a BA and having ever lost a job, even in this economy, should disqualify a candidate from running for office? Do you have a BA, Justin? And, just to be clear, have you ever smoked marijuana? But you are right, what I look for on a candidate are not some random things that have no effect on good government. I look for someone who has integrity and is faithful to his values. I want someone who is ethical and honest. I want someone who bases his decisions on solid research and analysis, and not on his personal benefit or gut feelings. But most of all, I want someone who is running for office because she or he wants to make a concrete difference, someone who has a vision and a plan and wants the best for all. And I want someone who will be fair when weighing different interests. I suspect that anyone who understands the importance of government wants the same things. And thus, that's why they endorsed Chris.
Fred Eiger October 04, 2012 at 03:17 AM
Smoking weed is not a "value" that I look for in a candidate for City Council. Not making a decision on a "gut" feeling? Then how does he know if it's the right decision, if he doesn't have a "gut" feeling?
Marga Lacabe October 04, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Fred, if Chris had made that promise to the unions, why would Stephen Cassidy endorse him?
Marga Lacabe October 04, 2012 at 03:32 AM
It's called "research and analyzing". But yes, we know that those concepts are foreign to tea partiers.
Leah Hall October 04, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Mr. Chris Crow has my endorsement.
Barry Kane October 04, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Chris Crow has my endorsement for City Council!
Fred Eiger October 04, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Research and analyzing is just an "out" for not having any core beliefs. It seems the City Council did a lot of "research and analyzing" in regards to Faith Fellowship. They should have used their "gut" feeling rather than the common out of "well, we thought we'd have a good case".
Marga Lacabe October 04, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Fred, it was exactly the opposite. For whatever reason the "powers that be" did not want Faith Fellowship to move to that area, so they said "no" and rather than be honest about it, they concocted a whole year-long process that made FF think they had a chance. And rather than research their legal obligations under RLUIPA /before/ the final denial of the permit, and analyzing the costs to the city if the Church prevailed in litigation, they went ahead with what they wanted to do and we're now almost $3M in the hole. And if you think about it, this is exactly what happened with the Albertson's property. Rather than researching the legal and financial implications of denying Grocery Outlet their permit, they went with what they wanted to do again. That cost us over $4M.
Frank Mockery October 04, 2012 at 04:13 PM
The best endorsements that Chris received were these angry,nasty,irrational & unsubstantiated attacks on his personal integrity (see above) by local wing-nut,Nazi sympathizer & Justin Hutchison campaign manager Fred Eiger !!! No San Leandro voter with an IQ over 60 would ever consider voting for a candidate that this loathsome & repugnant human being backs & any intelligent candidate would deny knowing him at all !!! I personally think that most of the people who endorsed Chris did so just to make Fred mad,so let's keep those endorsements coming !!!
Fred Eiger October 05, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Frank Mockery, what's the matter sweetie? Mad because there's no yard signs for Chris Crow other than at Marga's house? Poor thing. You can't debate the facts you try to take your frustrations on others. Justin is a decent, kind human with a beautiful heart, you're just a bitter little fool.
Fred Eiger October 05, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Cassidy endorsed Chris because Cassidy is smart enough that 90% of something is better than 100% of nothing.
Fred Eiger October 05, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Marga, you and I both agree on Faith Fellowship and Albertson's. But these two issues were no brainers. Anyone with their worth in salt would have risen up in self indignation and said NO to what the City was doing. Unfortunately the City Manager and City Council have no dignity and simply followed what they were told to do, much like a cheap toy bird that sings when you clap your hands in front of it.
Marga Lacabe October 05, 2012 at 03:34 AM
And suddenly, "Fred", I know who you are :-) Wow, I didn't realize you were such a hard-ass conservative. Does your GF?
sanleandronumerouno October 05, 2012 at 11:17 AM
Chris Crow add liar to his resume http://www.ebcitizen.com/2012/10/san-leandro-council-candidate-crow.html
Summer Hemphill October 05, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Chris Crow the "better" candidate,for a "better" San Leandro !!!
Leah Hall October 05, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Chris, it was a pleasure to talk with you yesterday about the needs and opportunities of our socio-economically diverse population and poor families who are struggling in these tough economic times. As I mentioned, I found a recently commissioned human services needs assessment for Eastern Alameda County which I found very helpful for shaping my own thinking about our challenges on "this side of the hill" in Alameda County. I know that you are very active with our youth in San Leandro, serving as a mentor at SLHS and other activist roles. I wanted to call you and your supporters to this section regarding the findings of the above report, dated June 6, 2012: Youth Services “There is very high drug and alcohol use and suicidality among our youth. These issues are affecting our schools and the places that teens hang out every day.” –Key Informant Key Findings • Many residents and organizations are unaware of the stressors faced by youth in the Tri‐Valley. • Substance use and other risky behaviors among youth are increasing. • There are a shortage of low‐cost after‐school and summer enrichment activities for Eastern Alameda County youth. • Public schools can serve as community hubs and as a venue for stigma‐free services for families in need. • Non‐English‐speaking parents face challenges in advocating for their children and communicating with teachers and school administrators. (continued)
Leah Hall October 05, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Community Issues The most common concerns expressed by community stakeholders regarding youth and transitional age youth relate to academic stress and pressure to succeed; growing rates of substance use and other risky behaviors; lack of engaging and supervised extracurricular activities; and parental absenteeism due to long commutes. Informants reported that risky behaviors are now being observed in younger children. One stakeholder offered that, “Youth get together and smoke and use drugs, and our younger kids are watching and susceptible to the same patterns of bad behaviors. This happens when parents are working and kids are left alone.” RDA heard many reports of gang activity, teen pregnancy, abortion, and vandalism as well. Stakeholders, including mental health providers, also reported that Tri‐Valley teens are pressured by their parents and the schools to succeed, but don’t receive sufficient emotional or peer support. (continued)
Leah Hall October 05, 2012 at 06:03 PM
At the same time, those stakeholders working with low income, minority and English as a second language students report differential treatment. One interviewee explained, “I asked a school counselor about the kids who are struggling with English. The schools don’t want them to have a negative effect on test scores, so they end up at a continuation high school.” Others reported that non‐ English‐speaking parents reported difficulty communicating with teachers and school administrators, and could not adequately advocate for their children. One parent said that, ““Many Hispanic parents do not have the resources at school to access all they need to help their children. They do not have the basic English skills to advocate for their children and fluently communicate with teachers.” Such issues, according to one interviewee, speak to a huge need for cultural competence work in the schools. The following data is from the California Health Kids Survey 2009‐2010, a statewide survey of resiliency, protective factors, and risk behaviors of youth. This survey illustrates risk factors related to alcohol and drug use. All responses in the following table represent the portion of students that “Agree” or “Strongly Agree” with the listed statement. Alcohol/Drug Use Tri‐Valley Dublin Livermore Pleasanton Percentage of 11th grade students who reported consuming 4 or more alcoholic 39% 43% 44% 35% drinks in their lifetime. (continued)
Leah Hall October 05, 2012 at 06:11 PM
For full report, see: http://www.cityoflivermore.net/civicax/filebank/documents/7830/
Fred Eiger October 06, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Well perhaps these "English as a Second Language" parents need to change their attitude and start valuing education, learning and upward social mobility rather than embrace a welfare state mentality.
Fred Eiger October 09, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Justin Hutchison gets a major endorsement from Howard Kerr, a thoughtful, kind and generous Statesman of San Leandro and The Patch doesn't cover it. Why? Is The Patch Chris Crows campaign team/manager?

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