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Jim Prola Says Thank You

Appreciates his campaign volunteers and supporters.


(From Jim Prola)

I would like to express my thanks to all of the residents of San Leandro who voted for me, walked precincts, made phone calls, and contributed financially to my recent election campaign.  It takes a large group of supporters to make a campaign successful, and I will always be grateful to those whose efforts  helped me win.  I also stand ready to listen to those whose views are different from my own.  A Councilmember is the representative of all residents.

I love San Leandro.  Now that the election is over, I will put all my efforts into making good decisions to move our city forward.  I will continue to be accessible to all San Leandrans.  Please let me know of your ideas and concerns.  The success of a city is a direct result of the involvement of its citizens.


Jim Prola

Councilmember, District 6

Marga Lacabe November 14, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Congratulations on winning, Jim. Though, of course, it was a foregone conclusion that you would. Now, make up with Cassidy and let's all move forward to improve San Leandro!
Paul November 15, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Marga I think it's Cassidy who needs to make up. All the people he endorsed lost, two against incumbents. He has done his best to alienate staff, council members and employees. However I don't think it is in DNA to admit he is wrong, to much ego.
David November 15, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Math is a harsh master. Cassidy was elected to do his best to fix a structural issue in SL -- pension payments. Santos and the council (which included Prola) did their best to undermine him by approving a two year contract with no pension concessions at the earliest point in the year ever (and right before Cassidy took office). Cassidy could probably be "nicer." So what. We're short a few million that can conveniently be fixed by having police & fire pay the "employee" portion of the pension instead of the city.
Justin H. November 15, 2012 at 02:58 AM
David, was earmarking 3 million dollars of taxpayer money to go in on a pseudo-county hospital part of his fiscal conservatism? In my opinion Cassidy, Needs to sit down with his new and returning council and figure out a way to work together as a team to make our city better...
Justin H. November 15, 2012 at 02:59 AM
and congratulations to Jim Prola! You worked very hard for your re-election and I look forward to 4 more years!!!
Marga Lacabe November 15, 2012 at 05:42 AM
Actually, that's not the case. Cassidy endorsed Penny Peck, who won the School Board seat she ran for and he co-endorsed Reed and Mack-Rose. Beyond San Leandro, I know that he endorsed Saltzman, Bonta, Swalwell, Valle, Quirk and Kalb, all of whom won. I'm sure there are others as well. It's pretty much impossible for anyone to have a perfect endorsement record. If it happens, it's a fluke. But yes, both of them need to extend a hand to the other and make up.
Marga Lacabe November 15, 2012 at 06:04 AM
Justin, Cassidy never ran as a fiscal conservative. He ran as someone who would balance the city's budget and bring it back to financial health. That doesn't mean not spending any money, but it means to spend money wisely. By far, the majority of the people in San Leandro want the emergency room at San Leandro Hospital to stay open. And they do because it's literally a matter of life and death. The extra time it takes an ambulance to drive to Castro Valley may very well cost someone their life. Cassidy and Prola understand this, which is why they pushed for this subsidy. Your whole argument against it, however, seems to be "Cassidy is for it". And indeed, this seems to be your whole political position: if Cassidy/Chris/I are for it, then you are against it. Here again you remind me of Sara Mestas. And then you wonder why I don't take you seriously.
Mich Russel November 15, 2012 at 06:58 AM
It was a 6 to 1 vote in support of the city matching the contribution by the county to keep the hospital open. Prola and Reed supported Cassidy's proposal. That sounds like a Council working together. Without the city's support the hospital's ER would close.
Justin H. November 15, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Thank you for stating the obvious Marga. I think everyone agrees we would like the hospital to stay open and it is crucial to saving lives. The point is its irresponsible to for the city to pony up 3 million dollars of tax payer money to support it, without gauging a temp from the districts. If the districts support it then it should be a go. And you can compare Sara and I until the cows come home but at the end of the day we both had more courage than you because we actually got out from behind our keyboards and ran for office. Now go type another blog with all the reasons your candidate got smoked in the election:-)
David November 15, 2012 at 06:02 PM
I disagree with giving money to the hospital. However, the hospital is not the source of SL's fiscal stress. It's the $3M in *annual* pension expenses (and sure to grow exponentially once actuaries finally bow to the reality of trying to fund a pension on huge bond investments in an era of 0% interest rates). That's the problem. And until CALPERS cuts benefits, the way to solve it is to make employees pay their "fair share," at least their portion.
Marga Lacabe November 15, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Justin, do you have any idea how the city council works? Actually, do you know how a representative democracy works at all? It's pretty amazing that after all this time you have not bothered to find out. And Justin, putting your name on a ballot takes absolutely no courage. It just takes 20 signatures and a trip to City Hall or downtown Oakland. I've done it twice (and was elected twice), so I speak from experience. What takes courage is to actually fight for your ideals, even in the face of derision and dirty opposition. But, of course, you need to have ideals to fight for. And in that sense, perennial candidate Lou Filipovich has so much more courage than you and Sara and all the other people who think it a joke to put their names on a ballot. Lou may not have made much sense, he may have been wrong, but he stood for something. Indeed, I would say that standing for something *is* our measure as human beings.
anthony November 15, 2012 at 06:50 PM
David... have you crunched the numbers post AB 340 ?


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