Marga's San Leandro Voter Guide

Need some input about who to vote for? These are the candidates who have my votes, and the reasons behind them.


(Editor's note: Marga Lacabe runs the Chris Crow campaign and has made other endorsements through blog postings on Patch. Any candidate, or any reader, who wants to blog on Patch is encouraged to do so and get equal space. Follow this link to start your own blog, whether as a series or as a single posting.)

This are the people I'm voting for at the local level and the reasons why.  I hope you find them useful.

Abel J. Guillen for Assembly

He is the most progressive of the two candidates, he offers actual solutions to the state’s financial troubles (including creating a state bank, which will stimulate the California economy and support small businesses) and he is not in the pockets of the law enforcement/prison industry.  Money for prisons means less money for schools.

Dan Dillman for San Leandro City Council District 2

Yes, Dan is a maverick and someone who dances to his own tune.  But we need independent thinkers at City Hall, and we need people who are willing to challenge the status quo.  Even if you have doubts about Dan, please put him first on your ballot and your other chosen candidate second.  This will at least help show just how many people in SL are unhappy with how the City Council has been functioning.

Chris Crow for San Leandro City Council District 4. 

It is well known that I’ve been backing Chris for months.  I wasn’t his biggest fan when I first met him, but he’s won me over with his willingness to tackle issues seriously, do the research and speak to the different stakeholders.  He is also the only one on his race who understands what’s going on in City Hall and the only one with specific proposals on how to raise revenue without impacting citizens or small businesses, how to address our crime problem comprehensibly and how to attract new businesses to San Leandro.  Everyone else is just talking platitudes. 

In addition, Chris is the only candidate on his race who seems to have convictions and personal integrity.  Chris’ opponents continue to change their stands on issues based on who is asking the question.  I want government officials that I can trust, in this race, that’s Chris.

Jim Prola for San Leandro City Council District 6.  Jim and I very often disagree on policy, but he is the one politician in town whom I’ve always known to be completely straight and honest.  He has no problem telling you when he disagrees with you, but he is willing to change his mind - albeit with much effort.  Perhaps more importantly, he is by far the Councilmember most committed to the job.  He studies every issue that is presented to the City Council, seeks the input of the community and is diligent about responding to every e-mail and phone call. 

Penny Peck and Tony Shah for San Lorenzo School Board.  The SLzUSD needs a new change in leadership.  The current Board Members do not reflect the diversity of the community and they seem to have very little regard for students.  At least one incumbent running for re-election has publicly made extremely racist statements. 

Penny Peck was the Children’s librarian at the San Leandro main library for over twenty years, and has a vast amount of knowledge about how to bring the newst teaching techniques into classrooms. Tony Shah, meanwhile, is a former social worker and school councelor with a lot of experience working with students from similar backgrounds as those who attend San Lorenzo schools.  Both have a lot to give to this School District and they are both supported by the teachers and the Democratic party.

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Ken Briggs October 20, 2012 at 10:54 PM
SO SIR FRED , why you not run for a office ???? STOP the bitching and make the area better .
Fred Eiger October 20, 2012 at 11:01 PM
"why you not run for a office"??? What is that? Are you a native English speaker? Are you some type of foreignor Ken?
Ken Briggs October 20, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Fred at least Cris is doingt something . What are you doing ?
Fred Eiger October 20, 2012 at 11:06 PM
I'm trying to get a real candidate elected out of that district.
Fred Eiger October 20, 2012 at 11:08 PM
It looks like this will end up being a two man race between Benny Lee and Justin Hutchison. Chris Crow is not gaining any traction and Darelene Daevu never awoke from her nap. Those two should gracefully bow out and let Benny Lee and Justin Hutchison have a final debate before election.
Ken Briggs October 20, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Benny has a full plate with that HOA he runs .
Marga Lacabe October 21, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Fred, weren't you trying to get Sara Mestas elected last time around? Or was it Filipovich?
Fred Eiger October 21, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Chris Crow, Sara Mestas, Lou Filipovich are all the same nutjobs who run. I'm not surprised that Marga is backing Chris.
Bong Sativa October 21, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Chris Crow has far more backing & endorsements than any of his opponents,is obviously the most qualified candidate & will win handily on November 6th !!! And as for Guido's I was there yesterday & it should be called Vista Del Banos instead,what a toilet !!!
Fred Eiger October 21, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Chris Crow doesn't stand a snowballs chance in Hell of getting elected. This wet behind the ears bong head is totally unqualified to be on the City Council. Besides doing NOTHING to warrant a vote he is totally absent from campaigning. Oh really Bong, you didn't like Guido's? Too classy and manly for your bong head self?
Bong Sativa October 22, 2012 at 12:48 AM
What's so manly about a handful of drunken,dim-witted & senile old pensioners who couldn't get it up with crane ? And as for too classy you must mean in a class of their own as in unusual,different,unique or one of a kind,because they're certainly not a place of refinement,culture,quality or excellence by anyones standards but yours apparently ! If Guido's is the Hoover Institute & conservative think-tank of San Leandro,progressive & moderate voter's have little to fear as they'll have zero impact at the polls ! Any intelligent candidate with a little political acumen & a modicum of common sense would disavow Fred's endorsement as it could only have a negative effect on their campaign ! Who would take the political recommendations of a man best known by his neighbors as the man who gets drunk,goes out in his backyard in his boxers & yells at the moon ? I certainly wouldn't & I'm certain most San Leandro voters would agree with me & remember Fred no alcohol within 300 ft. of a polling place on election day !
Fred Eiger October 22, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Obvciously Bong you are intimidated by the intelligent, articulate, intellectually and physically superior patron's of Guido's. You can't hand rugged, tough as nails men and conversation? Is your little buddy Chris Crow afriad to come looking for votes from us?
Bong Sativa October 22, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Sounds like they cater to the homosexual crowd there,rugged & tough as nails ! Are you the dominate bear in this lair of Log Cabin Republicans or a do you just enjoy Neil & Bob whenever you can ?
Fred Eiger October 22, 2012 at 04:29 AM
Bong, if your girlfriend showed up at Guido's, she'd finally experience what a real man is like and be in love. She'd dump you so fast she'd be showing up at Guido's the next day with her suitcase all packed ready to move in.
Bong Sativa October 22, 2012 at 06:29 AM
Bigoted,sexist & misogynistic isn't a winning combination in local elections or in life loser,remember he who laughs last laughs best ! I'm sure you'll be an even more amusing clown after the election,but we'll be laughing at you not with you as usual ! I'm sure it won't be the first or last time you've been 86ed in San Leandro,how many cab drivers do you keep on retainer ?
Fred Eiger October 23, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Bong, you're the loser, smoking pot, writing pathological rants on Patch, doing not constructive for society. Come on down to Guido's so we can laugh at your little sorry self. I'm sure you'd feel out of place amongst a manly majority, but we'd have a good laugh at you.
Dalamar October 23, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Fred, What is the purpose of inviting people down to guido's? Will you be a generous host? Will you buy them drinks or food? Or Play some bar games? Or have a healthy debate in person? Or something else?
Fred Eiger October 23, 2012 at 01:39 AM
The detractors here like to slam Guido's for no reason, so why not invite them down?
Summer Hemphill October 23, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Who ever came up with that old adage about not knowing how stupid someone is until they open their mouth & remove all doubt was obviously referring to Fred ! And if that reference seems dated remember he pines for the 1950's when decent people (see white) dressed up before they went downtown ! Rumor has it that the reason he hates marijuana is because Cab Calloway blew some reefer smoke in his face at a speakeasy in 1931 ! It's only the 80 proof embalming fluid he swills daily at Guido's & shear meanness that keeps the dottering old fool alive ! Fred's so old his computer has a treadle & Teddy Roosevelt personally told him he was too old for military service ! When Fred first started patronizing Guido's it was a Pony Express stop & he was nearly hung for selling fire water to the Ohlone Indians ! Anyone else who has memories to share about O'l Fred's dubious past is encouraged to add theirs to this post ! Vote for Chris Crow he didn't start drinking until this century !!!
Justin H. October 25, 2012 at 03:25 AM
www.Hutchisonforslcc.org!!! Guidos is a nice place, I prefer Ryans/Schellys. I was able to gather several signatures for my petition there. I am here to represent the people and I stand with them. I have also had a several of my signs removed and vandalized. Pretty classless!!!
Summer Hemphill October 25, 2012 at 06:02 AM
If you stood with your signs instead of with the people your signs would probably stop disappearing ! I'm not an astrologist & I don't know what your sign is,but I foresee you getting beaten like a rented mule by Chris Crow on November 6th ! You can drown your sorrows at Guido's with Fred after they count the votes,but if you want a clean glass I advise you bring your own !
Ken Briggs October 25, 2012 at 01:17 PM
so , Justin H , you say you went to the BARS to get your petition going , were they all drunk or sober ? we do not want drunks to vote when they are drunk .
Summer Hemphill October 26, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Thank goodness drunks aren't allowed to vote,but apparently you don't have to be sober to sign a candidates petition to get on the ballot ! I wonder how many rounds you had to buy them before they were hammered enough to think that electing you could possibly be a good idea ? Hopefully your small band of supporters (drunks & winos) doesn't get run over crossing the street as they stagger to their polling places (if they can remember where they are,or who they are for that matter) on November 6th ! Justin's supporters don't need bumper stickers,just look for the cars that are weaving all over the road & there's another Hutchinson voter hurrying to vote (or home from Guido's) !!! I understand if you can't pass the Breathilizer you can be arrested for attempting to vote while under the influence (VWI) so if you've been drinking be smart,stay home & watch the results on TV !!!
Ken Briggs October 26, 2012 at 12:34 AM
well Summer Hemphill , lets hope that Freds friends vote by mail so that streets will be safe .
Fred Eiger October 26, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Justin your are absolutely correct. You represent the people. Not the dope heads and degenerates who are supporting Chris Crow. Keep up the good work. You're doing good. Plus you have excellent tastes in saloons with Guido's. I'd like to see some of these know nothings come on down to Guido's and see what a great place it is.
Fred Eiger October 26, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Did Chris Crow get all his signatures from fellow pot heads? I'd rather for a real MAN like Justin Hutchison. A MAN who can hold his liquor and not some wet behind the ears dopehead little punk like Chris Crow.
Fred Eiger October 26, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Summer, bring your little skinny rear on down to Guido's and belly up to the bar. I happen to love the 1950's. I'm sure it was too normal for some degenerate like yourself. And why don't you talk about the racists who are taking down Hermy Almonte signs in Vining Dr.? You like to talk the talk but you won't walk the walk. So walk on down to Guido's and experience some real live kind of people.
Fred Eiger October 26, 2012 at 02:19 AM
I've seen Dillman signs around town and in the downtown at a couple shops.
Ken Briggs October 26, 2012 at 02:42 AM
by the way , where is FREDS list at ?
Brash Brazen October 26, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Well it looks like Justin has locked up the belligerent alcoholic vote & those of manly men,good luck with that on November 6th ! I'm sure San Leandro voters would prefer a cannabis connoisseur to a sloppy drunk with slurred speech whose supporters meet at Guido's for serious political dialog ! Marijuana enthusiasts make better friends,neighbors & politicians than angry wife beaters with a snoot full could ever hope to be ! Vote for Chris Crow,just the fact that Fred Eiger despises him should be reason enough for the majority of intelligent San Leandro voters to propel him to victory !


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